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Bo[r^ of Dir_]tors PRESIDENT Mike Garcia Ph: 505 659 2473 mike1dwn@msn.com

VICE PRESIDENT Peter Cuneo Ph: 505 265 2865 PeterCuneo@msn.com

SECRETARY Diana Rutz Ph: 505 490 2412 Secretary@Hotairballooning.org

TREASURER Dick Rice Ph: 505 239 0200 rwrcpa@flash.net

FLYING EVENTS Keith Lutz Ph: 973 945 2819

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Jennifer Greenwood Ph: 505 362 3167 communityrelations@hotairballooning.org


EDUCATION Garry Haruska Ph: 505 830 2225 education@hotairballooning.org

SPECIAL EVENTS Colleen Johnson Ph: 505 417 5605 Johnson_ec@aps.edu

CREW DEVELOPMENT Craig Pendleton Ph: 505 504 4655 pendleton.craig@gmail.com

WAYS & MEANS Mike Gonzales Ph: 505 563 0029 Steampwr6@live.com




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Cloudbouncer Editor ~ Pat Chando Editor@hotairballooning.org

Please submit your photographs for possible addition to the Coudbouncer at Editor@hotairballooning.org Remember to say w hen and w here it w as taken. Thanks, Pat

The Cloudbouncer is a monthly publication of the AAAA Education Foundation. PO Box 90160, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199-0160 Subscription rate: $17 annually; Electronic Copy FREE to AAAA Members in good standing. The AAAA Education Foundation strives to provide the most valuable forum possible for the free exchange of information w ithin the AAAA. Acceptance of advertising cannot imply endorsement of products or services by AAAA nor the Cloudbouncer Editor, Publisher or Staff. Opinions presented in Cloudbouncer in information, contributions, articles, letters and editorials are solely the opinions of the authors and do not express the official view of AAAA. We authorize the reprinting of any original w ork in this new sletter w ith credit to the author and AAAA Cloudbouncer as the source. Please send articles and photos to our dedicated email address: Editor@hotairballooning.org Persons w hose articles are published are eligible to receive a special Cloudbouncer appreciation lapel pin. Deadline for all submissions is the Friday after the General Meeting. Articles, photographs and advertisements received after the deadline w ill be published in a future issue, if they are still relevant.

May 14, 2012 Meeting was called to order by President Mike Garcia at 6:00pm Membe rs in Attendance - Mike Garcia, Peter Cuneo, Diana Rutz, Keith Lutz, Craig Pendelton, Mike Gonzales, Colleen Johnson Absent:

Garry Haruska, Jennifer Greenwood Guest: Michelle Lutz

Secretary report – Philip Gilson has volunteered to assist Diana on ensuring that the data given to ways and means for the roster is accurate. If the board chooses to invest in a updated version of access he will also volunteer to help with any data entry to get it up and going. Treasurer’s report – Dick presented the board with the 2013 budgets for the AAAA education foundation and AAAA Budget. Discussion was had as several line items as board asked Dick to clarify. Colleen motioned to have the budget approved motion was seconded by Peter board voted budget is approved. Dick has also received a new credit card machine as we have changed credit card processing companies. We will no longer use Merchant Services we will now be using TYSY as they offered us a better deal which save the club money on this monthly expense. Dick was able to get the new credit cards machine free of charge from TYSY. Vice President’s report – Jim Renolds with the national weather service will be the speaker at Mays general meeting. Peter has signed the contract with the Cooperage for the bars starting in July when the monthly meeting moves to the Balloon Museum. The balloon museum is still working on getting privacy screens to cut the glare down from the windows in the area we will be having our meetings.

Flying Events – Keith has been asked when we will be having the AAAA Ice Cream Social as he was not aware of it. Discussion was had on the past ice cream socials and how it worked. June is being considered as a good month but no final decision was made at this time. Decembers Flying Event/Jingle Bell Rally will need to be moved to the weekend of December 15-16, 2012. As the prior weekend is booked at fiesta field, Keith has spoken with the board of Top Gun and they will be going us on Sunday the 15th for a CO-Flying event with the Club. The flying events committee is contemplating moving all the 2013 flying events to Fiesta Field as there have been multiple complaints about the flying area in Rio Rancho.

Community Relations – Jennifer was absent Crew Development- Received a last minute candidate for Balloon Camp, Erin Bair was chosen as she is a very qualified candidate. Crew Development Committee would like to make a donation to the Abruzzo Foundation to support Nancy in her endeavor to bring ballooning into the Albuquerque public schools. Nancy herself goes to the schools and gives a presentation to the kids were she incorporated ballooning and the science of ballooning to educate the children. The committee believes this will fall into the Youth Ballooning budget in which they feel they can afford to make the donation. July Crew Development will be facilitating the Tail Gate Cook Off at the July Flying Event. More information will be in the Cloudbouncer. Education – Garry was absent Ways and Means – The 2012 AAAA pin has arrived pins will be available for purchase at all the upcoming meetings and flying events. We have also just received our shipment of AAAA Coozies , we have one for bottles and one for cans they will also be available for purchase at the upcoming meetings and flying events. The next AAAA happy hour will be on May 29th at Il Vicino 10701 Coors Blvd. NW Il Vicino will be giving the club 20% of all the revenue generated by customers who have our flyers for the entire day of the 29th.

Special Events –The club picnic will be on July 7, 2012 this will be a potluck style picnic like last year. The club will provide water and the meats for the BBQ. We will be having the picnic at the Coronado State Park there are camp sites available please contact Colleen or Coronado State Park for further information on reserving a camp area for the night or the weekend. We will be reserving Fiesta on the Green for the Jingle Bell Rally so that we will be able to have inside tailgates as we did at the Friends and Lovers rally. Old Business – John Hofer and the Flying events committee are on the final editing stage of the Revised Waiver. IMC Application: Mike will be touching base with Elisa Trillanes for the status of this item. Code of Conduct forms new Board Members: Diana has received forms from Craig Pendleton, Keith Lutz, Dick Rice. Computer for Secretary: Pat Chando researched computer and database software. He has found three computers that are in the price range to fit our needs. All three specs were presented the tech savvy board members went over the specs of each computer and the replacement recommendation was for the Sony Vaio EG2 series VPCEG21FX/B 14 inch screen 2.1 ghz Pentium , 4 gig ram, 500 gig hdd, win7, for $499.99 plus tax, shipping and set up. We will also need to purchase Office 2010 with Access. Colleen motioned that the club purchase this computer for the secretary position. Motion was seconded by Keith Board Voted Motion to purchase the Sony Vaio for the Secretary Passes. Pins and patches for new members packs should be ready Dick will be going back to the vendor to pick them up. New Business – Mike was given an abundance of Cloudbouncer Pins with the other items from the prior president Elisa. Mike would like to give these pins to Ways and Means to sell for a minimal price or use as raffles. Motion to give these pins to ways and means was given by Peter and motion was seconded by Diana Board voted motion passed. Summer Balloon Camp with the City of Albuquerque – The Board cannot authorize the club name to be associated with this function due to our bylaws. The city charges the kids to participate in this summer camp and we can participate in events of this nature. Colleen will participate on her own with volunteers to help the city with this event but

she will do it on her own not for the club. She has volunteers willing to help her out with this event. Keith requested that at a future board meeting that we invite the Parliamentarian to help clarify some of the bylaws.

AAAA General Meeting Minutes May 22, 2012 Guests: Aja Garcia of Colorado Springs Colorado Ballooning in the Community: May 5th Peter Cuneo and Barbra Fricke Presentation @the balloon museum for high school science students on Gas Ballooning. May 11th Don Boyer preformed a stand up inflation & discussion @ Horizon Academy West. Guest Speaker: Jim Reynolds, Meteorologist in Charge of the Center Weather Service Unit (CWSU) at Albuquerque Center described the characteristics of Albuquerque Center's airspace and the challenges they bring for the controllers and meteorologists. The products and services provided by the CWSU to meet these challenges and ensure the smooth flow of traffic across the airspace were also discussed. Please see Pete Cuneo for a copy of the presentation if you missed it.

Secretary report – We are preparing to print the 2012 roster if you have any changes to your information please email them to me at secretary@hotairballoon.org Treasurer’s report – Dick discussed the financial statements for the club please see the treasures report for detailed information. Vice President’s report –The general meeting will be moving in July. The July meeting will be held at the Anderson Abruzzo Balloon Museum. The Museum is still working on getting privacy screens for the windows. Education: We are still working on meeting space for the Fiesta Safety Seminar. Crew Development: Announcement was made that Erin Bair has been chosen to go to the BFA Balloon Camp. Crew D is preparing for the August Crew Safety seminar please give us your suggestion using the survey provided at the meeting. Special Events: Camp Enchantment needs volunteers to set up balloons for display as well as educating the kids at camp enchantment. Camp Enchantment is a camp for kids with cancer. The AAAA Picnic will be on July 7th at the Coronado State Park in Bernalillo. Top Gun – May’s Event Director will be Mike Garcia. BFA – No reports FAA – No report Fiesta - 136 Days till Fiesta, 530 primary pilots registered. 480 completed apps and 40 apps pending review. Please get all your original documents ready. If you have any issues or need any assistance please contact the fiesta offices.

MembersI just wanted to fill you all in on some great AAAA events coming up. Have you all seen what the Ways & Means committee has been putting together? Let’s see, the member happy hours at different locations around the city, such as “The Press Club,” “Nexus Brewery,” and most recently “Il Vicino.” The biggest one coming up is the AAAA night of Baseball, AUG 5th , for $7.00. If you ask me that is like the good ole days when going to a game didn’t cost you an arm and a leg! Keep your eyes peeled for more info! Second, Colleen and the special events committee are working hard in putting together the “AAAA Picnic” at the Coronado State Park on JULY 7th . AAAA is providing the meat! Bring your favorite side dish to share. Last year was very fun; I look forward to this year’s picnic. If you are interested in camping make sure to contact Colleen. Crew Development was able to send someone to BFA balloon camp in Michigan, Miss Erin Bair, Ray and Carol Bair’s granddaughter. We look forward to hearing about the camp.

Here are some of the great things that we are putting together outside of ballooning hours! I hope to see everyone at one of these events! Next month I will be writing about my experience in flying Temecula, CA. Remember if you have any suggestions for AAAA please feel free to contact me. Mike Casa de Rey Church has requested a balloon stand up for their vacation bible school. The theme this year is "the sky" and they would like for a hot air balloon to do a stand up at their church in the morning on July 11th. The church is located at Coors/I40 area. Reimbursement for propane. If interested please contact me. Thank you, Jennifer Greenwood The location for the AAAA Monthly Meeting is CHANGING Starting with the Tuesday, July 24 meeting, the new location will be the Pugash Room of the Albuquerque Anderson Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. The meeting will still start at 6:30 pm and there will still be a full bar, catered by the Cooperage. Food and drink will not be allowed outside the meeting room. The Board is very excited with the Museum's kind offer to host our meetings and enhance the cooperation of these two Albuquerque ballooning organizations. Please make a special effort to come and help inaugurate this partnership at the July meeting. The May and June meetings will remain at the MCM Elegante.

Our May flying event was cancelled due to weather. Unfortunately, after a weather hold on the field. Winds were still changing and there was some inclement weather in the area. Our June flying event is on Saturday June 9. Registration is 5:30 AM with pilot brief at 06:00 AM at the Rio Rancho field. An ice cream social is in the works for this year. Flying Events still needs volunteer scorers and committee members. Please let Keith Lutz know or email flying-events@hotairballooning.org.

We have the new Quad A 2012 pin on sale for $5. Also a new item most can't live without... Beer koozies... $2 for the can koozies and $4 for the bottle koozies We have vintage Cloudbouncer pins, 2 different styles, get them for only 1$ each while supplies last. All merchandise will be on sale at all events. We are still making plans for polo shirts. Happy Hour Thank you Johnathan and the Albuquerque Press Club for providing a wonderful Happy for the group last month. The food was great the atmosphere is wonderful and the prizes you gave us for the raffle were amazing. We look forward to having many more events at the Press Club. Tuesday May 29th Happy Hour is at Il Vicino @6pm, Westside location. They will be donating some grand raffle prizes. You are also welcome to donate a raffle item. The get together will be at the Westside location, on the corner of Coors/Corrales Rd. and Alameda in the sunflower shopping plaza. Food, beer and wine. We will get 20% back from them. Bring your entire crew!! Il Vicino is also donating 20% of the proceeds of your bill back to AAAA for the day at 2 locations. Westside and Nobb Hill. So If you can't make the Happy Hour on the Westside you can still help to contribute to this fundraiser by eating lunch or dinner at either of these locations on Tuesday the 29th. You will just need to present them with the mini flyer for us to get credit. These mini flyers will be included in an email blast so you can forward it to family, friends, co-workers or print as many out as you want. Anyone can help to contribute to this fundraiser. This is a great new relationship we have with Il Vicino, they are very excited be a supporter of the ballooning community! Isotopes Baseball Game We have plans to go to an Isotopes Baseball game on Sunday August 5th for a 6:05 game. Tickets are being sold at a discount rate of $7.00 each. Please pre-pay for the tickets when you

sign up. Last chance to order tickets will be at the June flying event. Tickets will be given out at all July AAAA events.

Landowner Relations Notice This one should have been common sense, but since it actually happened, the Homeowners Association representative has asked for chase vehicle access to be clarified: Please do not drive chase vehicles onto the grass park (Los Pablanos Orchards) in the middle of the houses to the west of the Los Pablanos Open Space. (North of Montano & east of Rio Grande) Except for a small section next to a vacant lot, the park is totally fenced and barricaded to vehicle traffic. Next to the vacant lot you still have to drive across the landscaping and sprinkler heads to get into the grass park area. If you do land in the park, which is discouraged but not completely banned, you will need to walk your equipment out. As a reminder, do not drive vehicles anyplace in Albuquerque that has grass, except sometimes Fiesta Park. There is even a city ordinance against it. Grass or anything that grows a nice green color is too hard to grow here and shouldn’t have vehicle traffic.

Treasurers Report In Main Cloudbouncer Section

Neal Smith Fred Lete Thank You for you help with flying our sponsors! Thanks to all our directors and scorers. Our event would not be where it is without you. THANK YOU!!! Mike Garcia - Event Director Mark Trillanes - Coordinator Dave Tennis - Weather Officer Randy Myklebust - Safety Officer Russ Pederson - Cheif Scoring Officer Dave Bagley - Cheif Measuring Officer Shelly Cannaday - Asst. Measuring Officer Alan Cannaday - Equipment Manager Fred Peek - Logger Officer Dave Bagley - scorer Shelly Cannaday - scorer Alan Cannaday - scorer Jane Schill - scorer Dan Talbert - scorer Bill Kennedy - scorer Cyndie Patrick Jackie Kohlasch Charity Blanchard Top Gun hosted the 2012 Top Gun State Championships this past Memorial Weekend. Seventeen (17) participating pilots flew six (6) challenging tasks that were called by our own Mike Garcia, whom served has our Event Director. GREAT JOB MIKE!!!

Congratulations to Mark Sullivan 2012 Top Gun State Championship winner. Contratulations to all our participatants: 2nd - Keith Takach 3rd - Scott Appleman 4th - Steven Adams 5th - Mike Johnson 6th - Colleen Johnson 7th - Dale Wong 8th - Jonathan Radowski 9th - Blair Kaufman 10th - Ray Bair 11th - Michael Glen 12th - Neil Jackson 13th - Jason Buckner 14th - Brooke Owen 15th - Sue Oldenburg 16th - Joe Candelaria 17th - Steven Coffing Fun Flyers Criag Pendleton Gary Boyd

Top Gun Sponsors a special THANK YOU! AAAA AIBF Nexus Brewery Il Vicino Guzman Construction Subway SW Custom Acrylics Discover Balloons Enchantment Helicopters Jaynes Corp Resolution Graphics Aerco Braden's Sunbelt Landscaping Director's Cut Radio Show Embassy Suites Cameron Ballooons Copperstate Rainbow Ryders June's Top Gun Board Meeting will be Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6pm at Nexus Brewery.

June's Top Gun Flying Event will be Sunday, June 17, 2012. Bob Mass will be our Event Director.

Double Eagle AWOS Since the Double Eagle weather isn’t available by phone once the tower opens, I called them to see if it was possible to have it available both by aircraft radio and by phone after 6 am. The tower personnel told me the system is incompatible with having them both on, but if balloonists wanted to get weather by phone, they could call the tower at 3525595 and get a real- time weather update from them on current conditions at the airport.

Congratulations to this year's Crew Development BFA Balloon Camp Scholarship awardee, Erin Bair! We know you will put your camp experience to good use as crew and as a soon-to-be pilot. The Crew Development Committee will again be putting on a Crew Tailgate Cook-off after the July flying event. Stay tuned for categories, rules, and other details next month.

Balloon Museum

HDARC The HDARC has been approached by NM-TF1 to conduct another Tech License class. The weekend of August 25-26? please contact Fred Lete letefred@aol.com to inquire

VISTA DEL NORTE Balloon Museum Membership The Balloon Museum encourages all Fiesta participants and Albuquerque balloonists to become members of the Museum. Memberships, beginning at $15, entitle you to special discounts and perks. For details and online sign-up, see http://www.balloonmuseum.com/index.ph p?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper &Itemid=67

P&R has fenced the Vista del Norte property to control access. Questions have come up about access for balloon landing/ launching and possible neighborhood access. To allow landings and launchings we are going to use a similar locking approach as during the Balloon Fiesta. P&R will install combination locks with the code set to 2012. Please let the balloon community know about this. Also, please remind them to lock the gate after using the area....


JUNE Events


4th – Flying Committee Meeting

Full Page….. ..$110.00

5th – Ways & Means Committee Meeting, 5:30pm 6th – Crew

Half Page…….$55.00

Development Committee Meeting, 6pm

9th – Flying Event ~ Rio Rancho 5:30am Registration 6:00am Briefing

Quarter Page..$28.00 ~

Eighth Page…$14.00

11TH – Education Committee Meeting, 6:30pm 17th – TOP GUN flying event ~ Registration 5:15am Briefing 5:45am 11th – Board Meeting Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 19th- General Meeting @ MCM Elegante 6:30pm

Classified Advertisements $2 per 50-characterline; prepaid only All prepaid advertisements

JULY Events 3rd – Happy hour 9th Flying Committee & Ed Committee Meetings 6pm 10th – Ways & Means Committee Meeting, 5:30pm 11th – Crew Development Committee Meeting, 6pm 15th – Flying Event – Balloon Fiesta Park Registration 6:45 am 16th – Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 22nd – Top Gun Flying Event 530am Reg. 600am Brief. 24th – General Meeting @ Balloon Museum 6:30pm 31ST – Happy hour


“All advertisements must be prepaid with a Credit Card. The deadline for advertisements is the third Friday of the month. Email advertisements to Beth Wright-Smith pbtsmith@lobo.net An invoice will then be emailed as well as payment instructions.”


Emergency Numbers AAAA Roster General Emergency


Power Line Contact


ABQ International Airport Control Tower


After 4pm


ABQ International Airport


Kirtland AFB

846-1478 846-7913 846-7926

Sandia National Lab


Isleta Pueblo


Petroglyph Park & Open Space


Flight Service


Double Eagle Tower

352-5595 352-5596 352-5597

Double Eagle Automated Weather


Southwest FSDO

764-1200 1-800-531-1124

Search and Rescue


Albuquerque Fire and Rescue


Albuquerque Police


Bernalillo County Sheriff


Corrales Fire and Rescue


Sandoval County Public Safety


NOTE: These 2 Numbers are for the entire


Sandoval County: ALL Police, Fire, Rescue for Rio Rancho and Admittance to Pueblos, including Santa Ana Pueblo, Sandia Pueblo AAAA Ballooning Information


PRESCOTT VALLEY DAYS BALLOON FESTIVAL JUNE 16-17, 2012 Questions? Call me at 480--‐710--‐8830 or email kim@aeroink.com. Thanks, and see you in Prescott Valley! Kim Rosenlof Balloonmeister

CL@SSIFIED @DS CAMERON BALLOON SALES: Need consultation, information or quotes on a new balloon. Call Beth Wright-Smith at 604-2865 or Troy Bradley at 350-2705.

PILOT TRAINING from the most experienced instructor in the Southwest! Call Beth Wright-Smith at Airborne Heat. 505-604-2865 or email, pilotschool@lobo.net. FAA approved Part 141 school; flexible schedules. Now awarded the contract to instruct FAA personnel. Also see www.airborneheat.com.

We are pleased to invite you to the 36th annual Colorado Balloon Classic on September 1, 2, 3, 2012! Colorado Balloon Classic Attention: Pilot Registration 328 Bonfoy Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80909 Phone: 719-471-4833 Fax: 719-471-7303 Email: balloonclassic@balloonclassic.com or patsy@balloonclassic.com


WINDTALKER 505-891-1733




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2012 June Cloudbouncer  

Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.

2012 June Cloudbouncer  

Official publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA) Hot Air Balloon Club.