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Board of Directors 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

FLYING EVENTS Keith Lutz Ph: 973 945 2819 flying-events@hotairballooning.org

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

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Amanda Molina Ph: 505 610 0753 Community-relations@ Hotairballooning.org

EDUCATION Tom Fisher Ph: 505 681-7202 education@hotairballooning.org

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

Website www.hotairballooning.org Cloudbouncer Editor ~ Pat Chando Editor@hotairballooning.org

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

WAYS & MEANS Michelle Lutz Ph: 973 851 8113 Ways-means@ hotairballooning.org

Photographs By: Patrick Chando http://www.Invisibleblack.zenfolio.com

http://www.ColorBandit.com http://www.HotAirPhotos.com 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

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 within 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 work in this newsletter with credit to the author and AAAA Cloudbouncer as the source. Please send articles and photos to our dedicated email address: Editor@hotairballooning.org Persons whose 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 will be published in a future issue, if they are still relevant.

Friday. We will be having the chopped completion again as well as brunch on Sunday at the Crown Plaza. Please contact Colleen if you are planning on competing in the chopped contest. Education: Private ground school has had eight students register registration is open as well for commercial ground school. AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Called to Order by President Mike Garcia @ 6:00 pm Guest: Gil Davis Secretary: Renewals have been steadily coming in, Diana wanted to thank Kat, Mike and Jennifer for their assistance in preparing renewals to be mailed. Treasurer: Dick went over the financial and the pie charts will be in the cloud bouncer. Vice President: January’s speaker will be Paul DeBerjeois, February we will have a presentation by Troy Bradley and Ray Bair covering the recent flight over Pikes Peak Special Events: Everything is progressing for the Friends and Lover Rally. We will have dinner catered by the Cooperage on

Crew D: Has set several dates for miniseminars as well as crew orientations for the upcoming year. Ways and Means: The next happy hour will be February 4th at the Albuquerque Press Club. Michelle has sent the renewals to our current corporate sponsors; we have lost Air Rocky Top as they are cutting back on expenses. The ways and means committee is still working on the partner discount program. The 2014 AAAA pin is in production. The ways and means committee is looking for donations for the raffle and silent auctions that will be held at the March meeting. Community Relations: Amanda has received one request for a donation of a balloon flight from the Senorita Ball. If you are interested please contact Amanda for further information.

Flying Events: Keith gave the board a review of the 2013 flying event standings and number of participants at our events. We were unable to fly at the January flying event due to weather. The awards banquet was a success we had 126 members in attendance. New Business: Gil Davis spoke to the board Gil is a self-taught programmer of internet code. He has several ideas for our website, we asked that he prepare a demonstration for an upcoming meeting.

AAAA General Meeting Minutes General Meeting: Guests: David Runge, Rex Smart, Danny Lovato, Ben Noyce, Becca Hall, Brian Foster, Andy Richardson, Daniel Flores. New Ratings: Savannah Bradley, Student, 7th Heaven Ballooning in the community: David Tennis, donated 2 rides to Hope Lutheran Christian School. New Members approved by the board: William Baca John Rason Michael Zink and Spouse John Watkins Andrea Babcock Rebecca Hall and Spouse Joseph Michelson and Family Robert Fear Nominations: Currently the nomination committee has the following for the open seats, if you are interested please contact someone on the nomination committee. President: Craig Pendleton Treasurer: Dick Rice Jim Dowling (open call add from the floor) Crew Development: David Eichhorn

Education: Tom Fisher Flying Events: Keith Lutz

Paul DeBerjeois came to give a presentation on photography, GoPro, and live streaming as it can apply to ballooning. The presentation was streamed live on Paul’s channel: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/colorbandit. He is an official photographer of the Balloon Fiesta. He grew up in Colorado and started with photography when he was young and played the drums. He started taking pictures of his drums and then moved onto landscape photography. After he got into that, he started taking pictures of balloons. He entered the photo contest for the Colorado Springs rally and after he won a few years in a row, they asked him to become their official photographer. He also does photography for big commercial/government meetings and events. Still Photography: There are 4 main aspects to still photography: composition, context, depth of field, and telling a story. 1. Composition a. The Rule of Thirds: imagine vertical and horizontal lines dividing the frame of the picture into thirds from top to bottom and from side to side. The points where the lines intersect are called power points. b. The best way to compose a picture is to have the subject of the photo aligning with one of the vertical lines (so that it is off center) and to have the most interesting part of the subject (the balloon basket, the widest part of the envelope, etc.) sitting on one of the power points. c. If you are trying to emphasize something that is on the ground, line the horizon up with the top horizontal line, and if you are trying to emphasize something in the air, the horizon should be along the bottom line.

2. Context a. You always want to capture enough in the image to give it context. b. There should be a way to see where the photo is taking place. c. This can be done by using reflections off of windows. 3. Depth of Field (DOF) or Aperture a. This is what determines what part of the picture will be in focus. It determines the amount of light that is let in through the camera lens. b. DOF is determined by the F stop of the camera and there can be many F stops to play around with. For point & shoot cameras, there are two setting which are illustrated with either a Portrait icon, representing shallow DOF, or a Mountain icon, representing extreme DOF. c. Shallow DOF will have only the subject of the photo in focus. This setting also has a much quicker shutter speed because the camera lens is letting in a lot of light. d. Extreme DOF will have every part of the photo in focus, no matter the distance. This setting will have a slower shutter speed as the lens is letting in a very limited amount of light. 4. Telling a Story a. The picture should be able to convey what was happening in that moment. b. Capturing facial expressions is the best way to do this.

GoPro: GoPro cameras are small portable cameras that have become very popular in ballooning and other sports. 1. They are very useful because you can set the camera to take pictures at intervals, such as 1 per second or 1 every few minutes. 2. You can easily edit the photos into a time lapse video. 3. Paul recommended Corel Videostudio X6 which is what he uses.

Live Streaming: Live streaming is a great way to share flights and other events with the world. 1. Paul recommends two sites which are both free. a. UStream.tv

b. LiveStream.com 2. Both can be broadcast to using a computer & webcam or a cell phone or tablet. 3. You can also imbed the live feeds into Facebook or personal websites, or you can simply post a link to your channel.

The main idea with photography, no matter which method, is to “Flatter the subject”. Paul’s websites: 1. http://www.colorbandit.com 2. http://www.HotAirPhotos.com 3. http://www.facebook.com/pdeberjeois

Major Smith with Security Forces from Kirtland Airforce Base came to speak with us about the proper procedures if it becomes necessary to land on the installation (base). 1. If a safe landing can be achieved by landing before the installation or by flying over it entirely, that is the best thing to do. If there is not a safe way to land anywhere but on the base, that is what is preferred. They realize that this is a balloon town and they would rather have everyone get on the ground safely than make risky landings to avoid the base. 2. If the winds are heading in a direction that could possibly take you towards the base, make sure that the pilot and all passengers in the balloon have IDs with them. If you end up landing on base all IDs will be checked and they will do a federal background/warrant check. 3. Any time that a balloon lands on the installation it is considered a base incursion because the base was accessed without going through the proper checkpoints. 4. It is good to contact the Air Traffic Control tower at the airport if you are needing to land near the runways/taxiways or on base. Ask ATC to contact base security. 5. It is also a good idea to contact base security yourself in case the tower does not. a. Call either 846-7913 or 846-7926. 6. The best gates for chase crews to use are: a. The Truman gate at Gibson and Truman, open 24 hours. b. The Gibson gate at Gibson and Louisiana, open 24 hours.

c. The Eubank gate on Eubank, open 6am to midnight. 7. Chase crew just needs to say that they are here to get their balloon and have IDs ready. a. Depending on where the balloon has landed security may need to escort the chase crew there and may try to insist that the crew gets packed up very quickly. b. Before anyone can leave, security may ask that pictures on cameras/phones be deleted depending on where the landing occurred. c. Since Sandia is technically not the base’s jurisdiction, they might have to turn the chase crew over to be escorted by Sandia’s security. 8. The most important thing to remember is that the security team is just doing their job, be patient with them if they take a while to run ID checks, and always remember that if needed you can request a superior to come out and speak with you if you feel that they are rushing you or treating you unfairly.

We also had a visit from a city representative with Parks & Rec Department. He came to discuss the work that is going to be done at Vista del Norte field. They have come to the decision that there is no reason to keep the gate closed to balloon crews. There will be a combination lock put on the fence so that crews can get in and out of the area during the construction. The finished project is said to not have any light poles, trees, or goal posts that will be disruptive to the balloonists who need to use this area. The city wants to renovate the park but keep it as balloon friendly as possible.

See Flyers Further Down:

Private Pilot Ground School (PPGS) February 21, 22 & 23, 2014 Registration deadline Feb. 13 before Feb. 3rd - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after Feb. 3rd - $200* members and non members

Secretary Report: In Board Minutes

Treasurer’s report: In Cloudbouncer with charts.

Instructors have been selected and agenda is set for the PPGS There are 13 students signed up and other in progress. Commercial Pilot Ground School (CPGS)April 25, 26 & 27, 2014 Registration deadline April 17 before April 8th - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after April 8th - $200* members and non members Instructors are being selected for the CPGS Instructor Refresher Course

February General Meeting Speakers – Ray Bair and Troy Bradley, Eight Balloons over Pikes Peak, Thanksgiving weekend 2013 March General Meeting – Elections!!!! Don’t forget to vote and/or volunteer for a rewarding position on the board

The Education committee is looking into conducting an Instructor Refresher Course for sometime this spring.

It’s the start of Roster time for Ways and Means. We are looking for Corporate Sponsor renewals and new Corporate Sponsors. Contact Ways and Means for advertising opportunity! AAAA has a Partner Discount Program which has about 6 business that offer discounts to AAAA members. We are looking for more business to join the Discount program. If you are interested please contact the W&M committee or email Michelle at waysmeans@hotairballooning.org W&M continues to work on a photo contest for the upcoming months. Keep taking great photos at AAAA events! We have a really exciting year of events planned from the Crew Development committee!! We are looking forward to presenting another Landowner Relations seminar in May. We will hold our annual Crew Tailgate Cook-off at the July flying event. In August we will have a pre-Fiesta crew seminar to get crews, new and experienced, ready to go for a safe and fun time. And throughout the year we are continuing to develop our joint crew orientation program with the Balloon Fiesta volunteer coordinators. Look for details and registration information for all of these events in future Cloudbouncers.

Happy Hour 6pm, February 4th at the Albuquerque Press Club. One door prize ticket per person but bring new AAAA Members and get extra door prize tickets! Huge selection of beer, wine and spirits. Come hungry, we will be grilling! See the newly renovated Press Club! 201 Highland Park Circle SE. Albuquerque

Donation Request – One Balloon Ride The committee from the Music Guild and Señorita Ball is requesting the donation of a balloon ride to be included in their silent auction. The Senorita Ball is March 29. Anyone wanting to donate should contact Amanda, alansfor@comast.net. The silent and live auctions at the Señorita Ball are major sources of funding for the Music Guild of New Mexico (MGNM), which uses the funds to support the MGNM educational programs as well as nonprofit musical organizations and nonprofit music education. The deadline to notify Amanda of your interest is February 7.

2013 Year In Review Thank you to everyone that participated in and supported our Flying Events in 2013. We had 141 different pilots at our events and we had at least one monthly event where we launched more than 50 balloons - that's bigger than most rallies. We raised well over $1000 for local charities plus we filled a US Marine Corp van with Toys For Tots. We were visited by an international film crew, the local news media, we helped NM Mounted Search & Rescue prepare for Fiesta, and the Governor of New Mexico joined us for her first Hot Air Balloon ride. Thank you and here is to an even better 2014!

January Flying Event Fast winds aloft quickly made themselves felt on the surface, whipping up our new 2014 Flying Event flag and quickly taking our pibal on a trip toward Bernalillo and the Sandia Reservation. The result... cancellation of the flying event from Balloon Fiesta Park. We did however raise $108 for Haven House, a Rio Rancho shelter and domestic violence service whose mission is to help domestic violence victims gain immediate safety plus knowledge, skills, and resources to succeed in lives free of violence. Thank you to our members as always for their generosity. http://www.havenhouseinc.org/ AAAA Awards Dinner 126 members and their guests attended the 2013 AAAA Flying Events Awards Dinner at the Rio Rancho Inn. Those that attended enjoyed a happy hour, buffet dinner, delicious cupcakes, Top-20 award presentation, and the opportunity to have their pictures professionally taken red-carpet style. Photos will be available for download shortly and custom prints will be available for purchase. Generous donors provided items for a very successful silent auction and raffle, and we raised enough money that no one had to wash dishes to pay for the event! Special thanks go out to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, T-Shirts & Things and Il Vicino for their generosity.

And this event could not happen without the outstanding planning and execution by these AAAA members: Michelle Lutz, Kristin Elliott, Jennifer Garcia, Elisa Trillanes, Sam Bradshaw, Tom Fisher, Sue Oldenburg, Jane Schill, Charity Blanchard, and Jonathan Wright.

Next Flying Event Our next flying event is the Friends & Lovers Rally, February 08 & 09 at Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park. Registration begins at 6:00 am and Pilot Brief at 7:00 am at Fiesta on the Green. We Need Your Help! The Flying Events Committee needs member help to deliver the best Flying Events we possibly can. We need volunteers to help plan both flying events and non-flying events like the Awards Dinner. We need scorers to be our officials at competition targets (it’s a great photo op and no experience necessary!). And we need backup /assistant event directors to be a point of contact on the field, answer questions and help with logistics (you do not have to be a pilot). Please contact Keith Lutz at flyingevents@hotairballooning.org with any questions or to volunteer.

AAAA 2013 Top 20 Position Pilot Position Pilot Takach, Oldenburg, 1 Keith 11 Susan Fuston, Kaufman, 2 David 12 Blair 3 Smith, Paul 13 Bair, Ray Pattyn, Cuneo, 4 Dale 14 Peter Lowenstein, Anthony, 5 Al 15 Johnny Pendleton, Dimmitt, 6 Craig 16 Bill Garcia, 7 Mike 17 Schill, Jane Nakamura, Eichorn, 8 Judy 18 David Jackson, Smith, 9 Neil 19 Neal Bradshaw, Garcia, 10 Sam 20 Jerry

1. The President shall: a) Assure that the Board, through its activities and through the committee structure, is responsible to the needs and wishes of the membership and that required tasks and functions are being performed. b) Be readily available to board members, committee chairperson, liaisons, and attend committee meetings when requested. c) Assure that the nomination, evaluation, selection process, as well as the purchase of plaques is carried out each year for club awards. (See Appendix F for details on club awards.) d) Assist the new President as requested, during the year after his/her term has expired, e) Be responsible for correspondence with such individuals or organizations as may have business with the club. f) Answer inquires or directs the inquiry to the appropriate person(s) for action. g) Before the November Board meeting solicit a club member to serve as the Nominations Chairman. h) Appoint the Vice President to assume these responsibilities in the event of his/her absence. 4. The Treasurer Shall: a) Be responsible for the club’s financial management. b) Insure that funds of AAAA shall be deposited at least monthly in a board approved financial institution insured by the Federal Government. c) Accurately maintain and balance club accounts, and obtain new signature cards for authorized signers (board officers) by the May Board Meeting. d) Prepare a monthly trended statement for board meetings. This statement shall be distributed to board members for review prior to each monthly board meeting. Prepare a Profit and Loss statement for quarterly publication in the Cloudbouncer. Prepare annual financial statement for presentation to the board at least once a year. e) Present the annual proposed budget to the membership at the May General meeting and submit a copy of the approved budget to the Cloudbouncer for publication in June. f) Pay all obligations of the club in a timely manner based on required documentation. Reimburse club

members for expenses related to the club’s business or operation. Insure all income and expenditures are accompanied with the appropriate voucher and documentation Appendix E. g) Enlist the services of a professional accountant who prepares all required State and Federal forms as required by law. h) Provide the board with guidelines for separation of finances between The Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association and the AAAA Education Foundation for inclusion in the Operating Rules Appendix D. 8 i) Follow an established protocol (Appendix E Voucher System) for receipt of funds and expenditure or reimbursement of club/committee expenses. j) Appoint a Board Officer to assume these responsibilities, including check writing, in the event of his/her absence.

D. Standing Committees 1. General a) The business and activities of the club are principally managed by a set of standing committees. b) Each committee liaison shall select a chairperson who shall call the meetings, coordinate the activities, submit minutes and/or reports to the Cloudbouncer each month and report to the membership at general meetings. c) The Board Liaison may be the committee chairperson, if this is in the club’s best interest. d) All committees are expected to meet monthly or as necessary to fulfill their obligations. 3. Crew Development The purpose of the Crew Development Committee is to coordinate involvement, education, and recognition for chase crew (non-pilots) in the club and community. a) The Crew Development Committee shall: i) Establish a club youth balloonist subcommittee and its efforts shall be coordinated and overseen by the Crew Development committee. ii) Work closely with the Education Committee to ensure that there is not a duplication of effort. The committee shall also work closely with other ballooning/crew groups to maximize efforts on behalf of promoting chase crew development. 4. Education

The purpose of the Education Committee is to keep the members of the club and the interested public informed and educated on safety, operation, and regulatory aspects of the sport of hot air ballooning. This shall be accomplished by offering safety and regulatory seminars, private and commercial pilot ground schools, and instructor refresher seminars, as well as any other seminars warranted by the need of the club membership. a) The Education Committee shall i) Offer these seminars at a reasonable cost to the membership and non- members. ii) Offer for sale books related to the safety, operational and regulatory aspects of the sport of hot air ballooning. iii) Support the Crew Development Committee in its training efforts by coordination student registration and providing instructors and/or equipment, as needed. 5. Flying Events The purpose of the Flying Events Committee is to provide opportunities for competition and the improvement of flying skills to members in good standing of the club. Whether the events are formal, informal, local or out-of-town shall be the decision of the committee members. a) The Flying Events Committee shall: i) Publish an annual schedule of event dates in the January Cloudbouncer. If date changes are required due to unforeseen circumstances the Flying Events chairperson shall make every effort to coordinate with other committees to avoid potential conflicts. ii) Appoint such scorers or other officials as deemed necessary to run events. iii) Work with the Special Events Committee in the planning and execution of the Friends and Lovers Rally and, if requested, may assist in setting pilot criteria and in enforcing safety measures enforcing the rally.

Instagram Photo Contest: Beginning with the December Jingle Bell Rally AAAA members, crew and passengers will be encouraged to post their favorite Flying Event pictures via Instagram using the hash tag #AAAAPhotos. Submissions will reviewed and fan favorites will be recognized at the following General Meeting. For info on how to set up and use Instagram go to http://instagram.com/

Congratulations to the new 2014 Top Gun Board

TOP GUN January's Top Gun flying event was a success with 13 pilots filling the sky. Congratulations to Jason Buckner our January Top Gun Champion.

Keith Lutz - President Mark Trillanes - Vice President Dave Bagley - Treasurer Shelly Cannaday - Secretary Alan Cannaday - Director Jason Buckner - Director Fred Peek - Director Steven Adams - Director Jonathan Wright – Director – New Board Member! A special thanks to our outgoing Board Members – Mark Trillanes - President and Keith Takach - Director. Your hard work and knowledge will help Top Gun go into 2014 with a positive future.

Congratulations to Keith Takach on taking second place and Neil Jackson for taking third place. Thank you, Mark Trillanes for being our Event Director and Mike Garcia for calling the tasks. Thank you to our scorers Dave Bagley, Cyndie Patrick, Dan and Beth Talbert, Alan and Shelly Cannaday for your participation. You are appreciated.

Top Gun’s February flying event will be February 16 at AIBF office. Thanks as always to AIBF for their generosity in hosting us there. Registration will be at 6:15am, and Pilot brief will be at 6:45am. Reminder, if you have not renewed your BFA or HACD membership, please do so before that event if you want your points to count toward BFA ranking. You do not need to be a BFA member to fly with us!

And a reminder, Top Gun offers a halfprice discount on first time Top Gun pilot memberships for AAAA members.

Mark Your Calendars Rio Grande Classic, NM State Championships and SW Regionals Memorial Weekend 2014

CAMERON BALLOON SALES Need consultation, information or quotes on a new balloon. Call Beth WrightSmith at 604-2865. pilotschool@lobo.net. Website: www.airborneheat.com and on Facebook Do you know someone who deserves one of these prestigious awards? Want to know who has already received one; if so go to our website, www.hotairballooning.org under “about us, history and awards.�

Bob Ruppenthal Education Award First awarded in 1981, this award is made to an AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the education of others in the area of balloon safety and operation. This person must have contributed significantly in time and effort and must have participated actively in the organization and/or instruction of ground schools and safety seminars for AAAA and the ballooning community at large. Written nominations must be submitted to the AAAA Board of Directors prior to the last day of February.

"Slim" Rawley Crew Award The P.B. "Slim" Rawley Crew award, named in honor of AAAA member and volunteer P.B. "Slim" Rawley who died in 1999, was first awarded in 2000. This award is presented to an AAAA member who is a balloon crew member who has contributed significantly in time and effort to the operation of the club and/or to ballooning in the community. In addition, the recipient must have participated actively on at least one standing committee or had significantly contributed to the bettering of relations between the ballooning community and the public at large. Written nominations must be submitted to the AAAA Board of Directors prior to the last day of February Send nominations to: AAAA Board of Directors P.O. Box 4091 Albuquerque, NM 87196

FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING A presentation by Troy Bradley and Ray Bair covering the recent flight over Pikes Peak


Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Education Foundation Treasurer’s Report December 31, 2013 COMMENTS: Happy New Year! It’s time to pay your annual dues again. Things are starting to look a little better. The Education Foundation is tracking last year and the Club is lagging in Dues receipts so it’s a little behind. The Pie Charts tell the story better than I can. CASH: Cash on hand at the end of December in the Education Foundation was $50,875, an approximate increase of 1.5% from November, and The AAAA Club cash was $11,449,an approximate 12% decrease from November. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of December we were showing an excess of disbursements over revenue of $2,105 in the Education Foundation an approximate increase of 39% from November. Excess disbursements over revenues in the AAAA Club were $5,394, an approximate increase of 18% 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



3rd – Flying Events & Ways and Means 6pm 4th - AAAA Crew Development 6pm

4th is the AAAA Happy Hour at Press Club

Full Page……$110.00 Half Page…….$55.00 Quarter Page..$28.00 Eighth Page…$14.00

8th - 9th Friends & Lovers Rally 10th - – Ed Committee 6pm Top Gun. Refer to the Top Gun Web Site 17th – Board Meeting

All prepaid advertisements

25th – General Meeting

March Events 3rd- Flying Events, Ways and Means meetings 6pm 4th – Crew Development 9th - Flying Event – Balloon Fiesta Park. 10th – Education Committee 17th

Classified Advertisements $2 per 50-characterline; prepaid only

- Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm

21st / 22nd : TOP GUN two day event. Reg 0630 Brief 0700 25th – General Meeting @ Balloon Museum 6:30

“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.”

BFA Approved

AAAA Education Committee and AERCO Present “The Devil in the Details”

BFA Approved

Our safety seminar will cover all aspects of flight preparation and execution: ridge jumping, weather, maintenance, awareness of the FARs and causes of accidents Additionally, we will feature an interactive manufacturer’s panel of Cameron, Lindstrand, FireFly and Flytec (all invited) Why do they build them the way they build them? Who else has seen what I’ve seen? What were they thinking?

The seminar will be held at AERCO on March 22, 2014 from 7:30 till 5:30 The cost is $50 per person and includes all seminar materials and a hot lunch! BFA approval is pending To register, please call David or Carol at 505-344-5844 or email david@aercoballoonport.com

VISTA DEL NORTE CHANGES David Flores came to the January AAAA meeting to explain the City’s plans for the Vista del Norte Park (a/k/a Wal-Mart Site) at Osuna and Vista del Norte. As the Planning & Design Division Manager in the Parks & Recreation Department, David is the Project Manager for the development of this Park. Several years ago the City purchased about 17 acres of the available land at that site to preserve it for balloon landings and to build a Park. About four acres along Osuna Blvd was reserved for commercial development. A few years later the City acquired those four acres and bundled the entire parcel for a Park. Since that time, the City has had the power lines along the north side of Osuna removed and has made plans for the construction of the Park. The City has worked with the adjoining neighborhood, AIBF and AAAA in developing plans for Park. The top priority for the design of the Park was to preserve the area as a primary landing site for balloons. The vast majority of the area will have no permanent obstacles above ground. However we need to recognize that the City has a duty to make the area usable for more than just balloonists who might be looking for a landing site. To make it usable for a larger group of people the City needed to include trees, parking and lights. At balloonists’ suggestions they removed the light poles from the east side of the parking lot; moved trees to the west side of the parking lot; minimized the east-west dimension of the parking lot; included a gate that can keep non-balloon vehicles from driving onto the fields (and hindering landings); included a new entrance/exit on Osuna; reconfigured the “roundabouts” to allow balloon trucks with trailers and Chase Commanders; and reduced the number of trees on the north side of the Park. As it was planned from the beginning, the Park will be as “balloon-friendly” as possible. The City has started construction of Phase 1 of the Park. Phase 1 will include construction of the parking lot on the west side of the Park and planting grass on about half of the field. During construction, parts of the Park will not be available for balloon landings and retrieval. The plan for the ultimate completion of the Park is shown in Figure 1. The construction anticipated in Phase 1 is shown in Figure 2. Landing on the east half of the site should not be affected by the construction. When trenches are dug and grass is planted balloon landings should not occur on the western half of the site and vehicle access to the eastern half should be from Vista del Norte and the vehicles travel south along the perimeter of the site. The proposed schedule for the construction is: January-March: Grading (Landings should be fine for Friends & Lovers!) April-May: Parking lot construction, irrigation June-July: Landscaping and planting grass August- September: Finish work; establishment of grass and grow-in period…and Opening!

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2014 February Cloudbouncer  

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

2014 February Cloudbouncer  

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