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Bo[r^ of Dir_]tors PRESIDENT Mike Garcia Ph: 505 274 9301 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 Tom Fisher Ph: 505 681-7202 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 when and where it was taken. Thanks, Pat

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Vice President: Peter will not be attending the General Meeting next week. The doors to the museum will be open for the ways and means committee members at 4:00. The issue with the microphone last month was not caused by us the microphone was defective. Dewey Reinhart will be speaking in May. We have had request to video his presentation; Peter will try to use his gopro2 to record the session.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association Board Meeting 03-18-13 Mike Garcia called the meeting to order at 6:00pm Board Members in attendance: Mike Garcia, Peter Cuneo, Diana Rutz, Dick Rice, Jennifer Greenwood, Tom Fisher, Keith Lutz, Colleen Johnson, Mike Gonzales Guest: Michelle Lutz-Ways and Means Committee Secretary: Pins and Patches have been ordered. Had slight issues with artwork for the pin, however our new corporate sponsor T-Shirts and Things provided me the vector files they used to create samples for ways and means. Pins will be ready in 2-3 weeks; the patches should be ready on March 22, 2012. As soon as I receive the order the back log of new member’s packs will be sent out. Membership: We received an application for Slade Bogle Peter motioned to approve the application for membership, Dick seconded the motion board voted all in favor. Treasurer: Dick has emailed out the monthly financials and pie charts. If anyone has any questions or concerns Dick encourages you contact him via email or at a meeting to discuss. Keith had questions about the year to year balances and what they mean Dick explained the information that Keith was questioning. Mike asked when we will be preparing the 2013-2014 Budget. Dick will get each board member the spreadsheet so that we can be prepared for the budget meeting in May.

Special Events: Colleen reported that she is pretty much on hold at this moment until we have the upcoming board elections. Colleen has not had time to review this month’s financials to report on the how well the committee did for Friends and Lovers. Education: April will be the Commercial Pilot Ground School; So far we have one registered student. If we do not have any further students register we may have to cancel. We are starting our planning for the Fiesta safety seminar. Crew Development: We are focusing on our next Crew D seminar which is the Land Owner Relations, please contact Craig or another Crew D committee member to register. Even though this is a free seminar the registration is down. We are working on the Crew Tail Gate cook off more information to come. Ways and Means: Happy hours continue to be a success the last happy hour was at Stone Face we received two new members during the event. Next Happy hour is at Consuelo’s in Rio Rancho we will have a private brewery room, 10 % back to the club they will have a $1.00 off beers. April 30 happy hour at Boston’s 1-25 and Jefferson May Happy Hour will be at Il Vicinco on Alameda. Ways and Means has received a lot of nice stuff for the Raffle and Silent Auction for the March Meeting. Save the Date July 28th Tentative Date for the Isotopes Game. Date for ads submittal has been extended to the 28th of March. Community Relations: Jennifer’s met with the Web Designer from Lobonet presented him the ideas that the sub-committee has for the revised site. The land owner hotline is still coming up as disconnected; Jennifer has been trying to get with Verizon to get the number turned back on. Comanche Elementary School requested for a

donation of a hot air balloon ride. Please contact Jennifer if you would like more information. Flying Events: Considering the weather and the forecast for the last flying event was not good, we had a good turnout. NM Search and Rescue came out we raised s$160.00 donation money for the rescue. We are still in need of scorers for flying events. Committee is still working on ideas for getting volunteers. Recruitment and recognition has been determined to be are main focus for recruitment. The ice sCream social is in the planning trying to plan it for June. Flying events committee is willing to make a community calendar. Karen Cotter and Kelly Anderson are our newest volunteers for Flying Events Committee. Looking at ways to put more fun into the flying events competition as was done in the past.

AAAA General Meeting Minutes MARCH 26, 2012 Meeting Called to order at 6:30 By Mike Garcia New Members: Slade Bogle

Unfinished Business: Mike has received some information back from Shantz Agency still waiting on information from IMC. Will email the proposal to all board members once he receives both, he will send them out via email. %ew Business: Keith has requested that the board approve an additional $250.00 for the Flying Events Committee to purchase pins to give to the Scorers at Events. Colleen Motioned to approve Flying Events Committee request for an additional amount of up to but not to exceed $250.00 for the purchase of pins. Motion was seconded by Tom Board voted and the Motion was past with all in favor. Top Gun would like to request a donation of $1000.00 Sponsorship from AAAA for the Top Gun Championship. Dick has motioned to donate $500.00 to the Top Gun for sponsorship. Tom has seconded the motion. Discussion was had among the board voted three board members voted to approve, Five Board Members voted to not approve, One Board Member abstained from Voting. Topic has been tabled until Next month’s meeting.

Guest Jill Kenney –Australia Awards PresentationBob Ruppenthal Education Awarded to Tom G. Allen Jones Volunteer Awarded to Michelle Lutz

Guest - George Hahn – AAAA & Aerco had a safety seminar last Saturday. Seminar was great all around, had very interesting training and mock interviews with news, FAA, and a mock trial. One thing we learned as presenters is that most participants prefer to have an interactive seminar where they can ask questions, talk about scenarios and discuss issues. George has a need for 25 commercial pilots for a commercial. Pilots will be paid please contact George Hahn for more information.

MembersSlim Rawley Crew Awarded to Debbie Tennis

I hope that you all are starting to thaw out from out winter months of flying! We all know that spring is in the air when the wind starts to blow. I want to say a thank you to Jennifer Greenwood for her time and dedication to AAAA, in the Community Relations seat. She has done a great job making sure that all requests are validated, and making sure we have happy landowners! A big round of applause for you Jennifer, thank you again.

Award Photos by Beth Wright Smith

I would like to welcome the newest members to the board, Michelle Lutz and Amanda Molina. I know that Michelle has been involved on the Ways and Means committee and has attended her fair share of board meetings, now it is all on you! We look forward to the great things in future, club outings and more I am sure. Welcome Amanda! I know

that you will succeed with your background, bringing so much to the club. To our re-elected members of the board… THANK YOU, for agreeing to renew your term. It takes dedication to commit another 2 years to the club and its progress. Thank you again, Peter Cuneo, Diana Rutz, and Colleen Johnson. Thank you to the Nomination Committee: Jennifer Garcia, Debbie Tennis, Kat Pattyn, Melissa Winters, Sam Tzamaloukas. Your long hours of recruiting (the hardest part!), printing, and stuffing envelopes (over 480 to be exact), validating and counting ballots! For those members who love to volunteer, there will be another election coming soon, next March to be exact. Our club would not be what it is without a wonderful membership base that steps up and volunteers when needed.

VP-Absent from General Meeting April Speaker is scheduled to be Don Day on Behind the Scenes in the Command Room of the Red Bull Stratos Project. (We have purchased a plane ticket for Don so I think this is really a go!) May Speaker will be Dewey Reinhard on Reminiscences on Forty Plus Years in Ballooning. June Speaker is likely to be Mark and Elisa Trillanes on Ballooning in Annonay, France July – We may bring David Craft back for yet another encore.

Secretary: Diana has a large amount of cards that were not mailed with Ballots. She will be mailing them out as soon as possible. If you do not receive a card or have any issues with your card please email Diana and she will ensure you receive your card.

Thank you, Mike Garcia

Treasurer’s report –Financial statements and pie charts will be in the Cloudbouncer if any member has questions please contact Dick.

Flying Events: March flying event was a bit Chilly. Nm Mounted search and Rescue came out and the club helped raise some money for the cause as they are all volunteers. We still need volunteers for scorers. Ice cream social date change- June Flying Events at the Rio Rancho Field. We have heard stories of past fun flying events if you have any ideas or past experience’s please contact a committee member.

Addition Marc h Fly ing Event: Despite a breezy, cold morning, and even a few snow flurries, we had a good turnout of 37 pilots and their crews. Approximately ten balloon took to the air to attempt the Judge Declared Goal task. An early wind shift pushed many competitors to the east of the target, but the last three pilots launched made it too the target, but only two made it before the target closed. Congratulations to Al Lowenstein for his first place toss, and to Kirk Hooper who came in second place!

meets the Monday prior to the monthly Fly ing Event at the Applebee’s on Menaul at 6pm. More Fun in our Flying! The committee will be looking at ways to continue to add more fun to the monthly Fly ing Events, We brainstormed on some new ideas, and reminisced about things that have been done in the past. Anyone remember throw ing a rubber chicken or empty beer cans at a target? New and old ideas and suggestions from all AAAA members are welcome! Email: fly ingevents@hotairballooning.org

We were also joined on the field by 2- and 4legged members of the NM Mounted Search and Rescue unit. Horses and riders circulated among the balloons as they inflated and launched, and drew near balloonists that set up their baskets and burners to help familiarize and condition the unit for supporting events like AIBF. Our members also donates $160 in cash which will be used to help this all volunteer group purchase necessary equipment like 2-way radios used in search and rescue operations. http://nmmsar.org/ Scoring & Score rs: The Flying Event Committee reviewed proposals for increasing the participation and recognition of volunteer scorers. A proposal to award points to pilots that volunteer to score, like we do to Hare pilots, was tabled and will be revisited for adoption in the 2014 competition year. Focus will continue on recruit ment and recognition of volunteer scorers. Anyone interested in volunteering or learning more should contact committee chair Keith Lutz @ flyingevents@hotairballooning.org. Ice Cream Socia l – C hange of Date: To allow us to conduct the Crew Development Cook-Off at our July event at Balloon Fiesta Park we need to reschedule the Ice Cream Social. The Ice Cream Social w ill be held during the June flying event in Rio Rancho. The Flying Events Committee will be the focal point for working with the other committees for putting together an initial forward-looking calendar of monthly events, themes, and non-profit community giv ing opportunities. Ne w Committee Members! Welcome to Karen Cotter and Kelly Anderson who attended their first Flying Event Committee meetings in March. The Flying Event Committee

Education- Commercial Ground school registration closes on April 8th, 2013 Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

Education Committee Report March 18, 2013

1) Commerci al Pilot Ground School April 26, 27 & 28, 2013 Registration deadline April 17 $155* AAAA member, $175* non members before April 8th after April 8th - $200* members and non members Both BFA and Ground Schools are in/on CB and web sites.

2) Begin Planning for Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar 2013

3) AAAA/BFA online seminar, Jan 2013

AAAA Education Foundation Income


AAAA Education Foundation Expenses

lunch for attendees


Printing seminar materials


drinks/snacks for attendees




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Crew D – Thank you Dale Pattyn and Randy for sharing your balloon for the crew d mini seminar, Registration is open for Land Owner Relations class seminar is free but you must register. The Crew Tail Gate cook off will be in July at the Flying event. Ways and Means – Happy hours are going great, next week happy hours at Consuela’s would like to thank all of those who helped with the silent auction. Isotopes game will July 28th at 6:05 pm bobble head night. Addition

/s/ Tom Fisher

Education: Commercial Ground school will be held April 26, 27 & 28, 2013 Registration deadline April 17 $155* AAAA member, $175* non-members before April 8th after April 8th - $200* members and non-members Both BFA and Ground Schools are in/on CB and web sites

Community Relations-Absent

Crew Development- The Crew Development committee wishes a big "Thank You!" to Dale Pattyn and Randy Myklebust for sharing their Cameron and Lindstrand balloon systems with interested crew and pilots during our mini-seminar following the March flying event. We are still accepting registrations for the Landowner Relations class on April 6, Noon to 4 pm, at the AIBF Office. This will be a great class covering prohibited zones (PZs) and maps, techniques for approaching landowners and getting permission, legal issues of land owner rights and relations, and defusing tense situations and irate landowners. The seminar is FREE but registration is required. Class size is limited so sign up today! Register via email to crewdev@hotairballooning.org or contacting any member of the Crew Development committee at AAAA flying events and meetings.

<<Tentatively may update with teaser for the Crew Tailgate Cook-off in July, pending coordination with the Flying Events committee. Thanks Keith!!>> .

provided by our newest Gold Corporate Sponsor Tshirts and Things.

Ways and Means - Ways and Means March report We had a very successful happy hour at Stoneface on March 5. We had a turnout of 60 people and got TWO NEW members. Stoneface donated 4 T-shirts and gift certificates. Our next happy hour is on April 2 at Cozuela's in Rio Rancho. They are giving us the private brewery room plus 10% of the tab from our night. April 30th Happy Hour has been scheduled at Boston's on Jefferson and the I25. They will be creating some custom happy hour specials just for our group and will give us 10% back from all AAAA tabs. June 4th Happy hour we will return to Il Vicino on Coors and Alameda. They will also give us 10% back and awesome prizes. Thank you members and sponsors for donating the great items for the March raffle and Silent auction. This is a major fundraising event! Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets and came to the meeting to sign up to win some great prizes! Save the date for this year's Isotopes game, we are aiming for Sunday July 28 6:05 game. It’s also bobble head night! Detail will follow soon. Our newest addition to this year’s Gold Corporate Sponsors: Margie Tackach with Beauti Control (your friend and AAAA member), and T-Shirts and Things. Nexus Brewery, who hosted our very first happy hour, has signed on as a Silver Sponsor. Thank You sponsors! They are doing a great thing by supporting AAAA let’s make sure we support them 100%! We have begun to take orders for AAAA Polo Shirts. We have 12 colors for members to choose from. The cost for polo shirts starts at $20. If you want a size 2X10X a $1 per X charge applies. The polo shirts are

Special events – Friends and Lovers was very successful I would like to again thank all of the sponsors. Special Events – Thank you AAAA members for re-electing me to the Special Events position. Please let me know if you would like to help on the special events committee. Next on the agenda.....AAAA picnic!

Bill Dimmitt, Steven Adams and Colleen Johnson for tying for second place! Special thanks to our scorers, Dave Bagley, Alan Cannaday, Shelly Cannaday, Bryana Cannaday and Marissa Trillanes. April Top Gun Event will be Sunday, April 21st. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: May 25 - 27, 2013 Top Gun Competition Balloon Club presents Commercial Pilot Ground School April 26, 27 & 28, 2013 Registration deadline April 17 $155* AAAA member, $175* non members before April 8th after April 8th $200* members and non members Both BFA and Ground Schools are in/on CB and web sites.

Rio Grande Classic New Mexico State Championships and SW Regional Championships.

Applications online at RioGrandeClassic.org Application deadline is April 30, 2013

March Top Gun 2 day Event was a success. With 15 pilots working to get to the targets the sky was filled with excitement! Thank You to Mark Trillanes for a great job as Event Director. Congratulations to Jason Buckner for being our March Top Gun Champion! Congrats to

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Education Foundation Treasurer’s Report February 28, 2013 COMMENTS: Both the Education Foundation and Club are in the black for the year. The BFA Online Seminar and the Private Pilot Ground School were successful, as was the Friends & Lovers Rally, even though we didn’t fly. With eight months in the bag we are slightly ahead of Budget, which is a good thing. CASH: Cash on hand February 28, 2013 in the Education Foundation was $44,193, an approximate decrease of 3% from January 31, 2013, and The AAAA Club cash was $22,140, an approximate 12% increase from January 31, 2013. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of February we were showing an excess of revenues over expenses of $1,675 in the Education Foundation an approximate decrease of 45% from January 31, 2013. Excess revenues over expenses in the AAAA club were $1802, an approximate decrease of 20% over the same period. Closing Comments: You will find in this issue of the CloudBouncer a one page summary of both the Education Foundation and the AAAA Club Statement of Receipts and Disbursements with Budget Comparison along with illustrative Pie Charts, which I hope you will take the time to review. I welcome any questions, comments, or thoughts for improvement. Dick Rice Treasurer Treasurer@hotairballooning.org

APRIL Events


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15th – Board Meeting Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 21st – Top Gun Flying Event Reg. 6am Brief 630am 23rd - General Meeting @ The Balloon Museum 6:30pm 26th/27th/28th – Comm Ground School 5pm AIBF

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May Events 6th - Flying Committee & Ways and Means 6pm

Happy Hour @ 8th – Crew Development Meeting, 6pm 12th - Flying Event – Balloon Fiesta Park. 530 Registration 13th – Education Meeting, 6:30pm 20h – Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm 25th / 26th / 27th – Top State Championships. 6:00am Brief 28th – General Meeting @ Balloon Museum 6:30pm


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APRIL 23RD , 2013 Don Day on Behind the Scenes in the Command Room of the Red Bull Stratos Project.

Elections for 2013-2015 Thank you to everyone who voted either by mail or in person! Thank you to our wonderful nomination committee members: Debbie Tennis, Kat Pattyn, Melissa Winters, Mike Garcia, Sam Tzamaloukas. Without your dedication to weekend hours of stuffing and counting we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have had such a great election. Vice President: Peter Cuneo Secretary: Diana Rutz Ways & Means: Michelle Lutz Special Events: Colleen Johnson Community Relations: Amanda Molina A special Thank you to Johnny Anthony and David Eichhorn who offered up their time to be on the ballot and board, I hope that you continue to volunteer for AAAA or a committee.

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2013 April Cloudbouncer  

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

2013 April Cloudbouncer  

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