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JUDY NAKAMURA

A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION

GENERAL MEETING BALLOON MUSEUM 27th MAY 6:30PM

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Board of Directors PRESIDENT Craig Pendleton Ph: 505 504 4655 President@hotairballooning.org

VICE PRESIDENT Peter Cuneo Ph: 505 265 2865 Vice-president@hotairballooning.org

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

TREASURER Dick Rice Ph: 505 239 0200 Treasurer@hotairballooning.org

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

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

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

SPECIAL EVENTS Charity Blanchard Specialevents@hotairballooning.org

CREW DEVELOPMENT Dave Eichhorn Ph: 505 659 9496 crew-dev@hotairballooning.org

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

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

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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 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 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.


Crew Development- Registration for the land owner relation class is open class will be held on May 17, 2014 this class is free but registration is required. There are only 40 spots available. We are in preparations for Advance crew seminar on August 24, 2014 Education – Registration for the commercial ground school is open currently have 10 pilots registered to participate. Education committee is planning a half day instructor refresher course for June. Also the education committee is looking for volunteers to teach in future ground schools.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes April 14, 2014 Meeting was called to order by President Mike Garcia at 6:00pm Members in Attendance – Mike Garcia, Peter Cuneo, Diana Rutz, Dick Rice, Tom Fisher, Keith Lutz, Craig Pendleton, Michelle Lutz, Amanda Molina Guest: Charity Blanchard – New Board Member

Secretary report –Diana has been working with Rich from Intel to add extra phone numbers. Once this has been completed the reports will be fixed to pull all the phone numbers. Treasurer’s report – Dick has emailed the pie charts and financial reports Vice President’s report – April general meeting speaker will be Marilee Schmit Mason the Curator of Collections. May’s general meeting speaker will be Bruce Comstock. Flying Events – The April flying event will be held in Rio Rancho registration at 5:30 am Briefing will be at 6:00 am

Community Relations – Amanda has been contacted to get volunteers to participate in the great egg drop email blast will be sent to members.

Ways and M eans – Michelle informed the board the next happy hour will be held at the Oak Tree Café on April 29, 2014. Michelle updated the board on shirts sales and future types of shirts they are planning on selling. August 3, 2014 will be the annual AAAA at Isotopes Game. Special Events –Vacant Mike asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting and thanked the board for their support the last two years. New Board Members were welcomed and Craig Pendleton called the meeting to order New Business – Keith has been contacted by the City in regards to Fiesta field responsibilities. There are three types of activities that are held on Balloon Fiesta field which is a City of Albuquerque park. 1. Fiesta- AIBF rents the entire field from Sept – Oct 2. Other Rentals 3. Day Users There have been issues of use of the park during the various types of events being held. Board decided it would be best if we invite Susan from the city to come speak at an upcoming meeting. There is a calendar of events being held on the field and this calendar link has been added to the AAAA website. Use of the AIBF offices 1. Please let the receptionist know who you are


2. Please let the receptionist what you are there to do We are giving the use of these offices as a courtesy and when we are using the offices or equipment we should be courteous and tactful to all the AIBF employees. Adjourned: 7:10 pm

AAAA General Meeting Minutes August 22, 2014 Meeting was called to order by President Craig Pendleton at 6:30pm Guest: Jill Lane – Balloon Museum Foundation, Marilee Nason –Curator of Collections at the museum. Karimull A Syed – India

New Pilots: Don Rose, Charles Garcia Guest Speaker – Marilee Nason Conquering the Channel In April 1963, Yost and Don Piccard made the first hot air balloon flight across the English Channel. Yost said that the flight was not a sport balloon flight. The government project sponsor wanted to demonstrate the range and endurance capabilities of the new type of aircraft. W hen told by European air traffic control officials that there was too much traffic to fly across the Channel at the shortest point near Calais, Yost said that was no problem. W ith 12 hours of fuel on board, the flight intentionally did not take place at the narrowest part of the channel because that would not have adequately demonstrated the range and duration capabilities of the balloon. The balloon was carried over to England on a Minnesota-based Air Force KC-97, with the navigator on the flight the now famous Paul Poberezny, founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Yost was not particularly complimentary toward Don Piccard, who shared the flight and who Yost referred to as a "passenger", not a copilot. "I don't know why we took Piccard," Yost related. "He didn't know how to fly the damn thing. I told him 'keep your damn hands off and take pictures'" They took off on April 13, 1963 despite unfavorable winds because the KC-97 was scheduled to pick them up in France on the 14th and return to the United States. Initially, at low altitudes the balloon headed inland toward London. Yost, in an incredible display of faith in the equipment he had designed, took the balloon to 13,500 feet where he finally found winds heading toward France. He had never before had the balloon above 3,000 feet!


W hen he reached the French coast, Yost looked straight down at Calais and could see smoke from a powerplant stack blowing straight out to sea. He decided to fly five or six miles inland and then dive for the ground. W hen he was ready to descend, he "turned off everything and screamed out of the sky". He periodically slowed the descent with the single burner can, finally turning it on wide open at 1,500 feet to round out the descent. Ahead were plowed fields, but also powerlines. He pulled up over two of three sets of powerlines. Fortunately, the final set of poles was new with no lines. The balloon finally flew over a canal and landed in a muddy field less than half a mile from the ocean. Yost said that his landing was complicated by his passenger bailing out when he fired the squib to open the top for deflation. The balloon took off again and dragged a long way through the mud. Yost said when he finally caught up with Piccard again he told him "If you ever ride with me again I'm going to tie your legs in the basket". They were initially taken to a local French police station, where "every piece of paper in their pockets was inspected", and then released. Maybe the police were giving the town officials time to arrange for the impromptu celebration to follow. Yost and Piccard were next taken to City Hall where the Burgomeister, a former W orld W ar I balloonist, met them wearing tails. They were treated to champagne and pastries. Less than two hours after they landed they were taken to a restaurant for a banquet. Yost said that half the business people in town showed up. One hilarious episode occurred at the banquet. Charles Dollfus, the elderly and eccentric French balloonist, took Yost aside and ushered him into the coed toilets. "Now is the time", Dollfus told

him. "The time for what?" Yost responded. "The time to see the tattoos!" exclaimed Dollfus, bending over and dropping his pants. The world ballooning community, including Yost, had heard stories that Dollfus had a Charliere balloon tattooed on one cheek and a Montgolfiere on the other. Yost said "I did get a good look at the things. The Montgolfiere was on the right. He was about 90 so they looked semi-deflated, and faded too!"

Secretary Report: Diana informed the members that we now have the ability to add all phone numbers for family members, she requested that members email her any additional email address and phone numbers to be added to database before the roster is printed.

Treasurer’s report:

Financial statements and pie charts will be in the Cloudbouncer if any member has questions please contact Dick.

Vice President’s report – The April Speaker will be Marilee Schmit Nason. Her topic will be the flight of the Channel Champ with Ed Yost and Don Piccard aboard. This flight happened just over 50 years ago and was instrumental in bringing the new sport of hot aire ballooning into the public vision. The May Speaker will be Bruce Comstock, author of the new book A Life in the Air, many time US Hot Air Balloon Champion as well as past world champion and former owner of Cameron Balloon’s USA. He will speak of some of his many adventures and will also hold a book signing before the meeting.


your name and email address to crewdev@hotairballoning.org to register.

Special Event: Charity has had her first committee meeting, she introduced the committee members in the room. Charity request you call her or one of the current members if you wish to volunteer.

Education: - Commercial Pilot Ground School (CPGS) April 25, 26 & 27, 2014 Registration deadline April 17 As it is after April 8th

We are continuing to prepare for the Advanced Crew Seminar to be held the afternoon of August 24 at Balloon Fiesta park. Save the date on your calendars and we will share more details and registration information when it becomes available. Finally, I would like to thank the members of the Crew Development committee who have worked hard to present some great classes, activities, and competitions for AAAA crew members during the last two years in which I served as the Crew Development board liaison. I look forward to watching the opportunities that they and the new board liaison Dave Eichhorn will continue to offer and the new programs that they will establish and grow.

We currently have 10 students signed up We are planning an Instructor Refresher Course to be held in the Saturday afternoon on June 28, 2014. The proposed agenda includes: Available Resources for Instruction; Scenario Based Instruction; Conducting Ground School One-On-One; Logbooks, Instruction Entries, endorsements and keeping instructor records; Practical Test Standards; Assuring Student Readiness; Observed Weaknesses. The education committee is seeking people interested in being instructors or support people for the various education events.

Crew Development - Please join us on May 17, from noon to 4:00 p.m., at the AIBF offices at 4401 Alameda Ave NE, for the Landowner Relations class, sponsored by the Crew Development committee. Speakers will include Dave Tennis presenting Landowner Relations: The Welcome Mat or the Red Zone, Paul Smith presenting The Legal Side of Landowner Relations, and Matt Hannum presenting Diffusing a Situation. The class is free but is limited to the first 40 students. Please email

Ways and Means - Our Next happy hour is April 29 at Oak Tree Cafe. Oak Tree has been a great supporter of AAAA in the past and will now host another happy Hour giving the club 20% back on waah we purchase during the event. We have 47 spots taken for "Your balloon on the AAAA T-shirt". Last chance to be on the shirt is May 1st. Please send your artwork into T-shirts and Things and Ways and Means ASAP. The deadline for artwork or photos is due by May 1st. Once the T-shirt design is complete we will be asking for orders with your personal balloon on the front and the balloons of AAAA on the back. We have many orders already and look forward to the finished product. Polo and Henley shirts will begin in May with either the new pin logo or the AAAA logo. Roster will begin production as soon as we receive ad's and hear back from some of the past advertisers and Corporate Members. Raised over $1400 between the Silent Auction and Raffle. Thanks to the Ways and Means committee for helping with the fundraiser and


thank you to all the members and supporters who donated some really cool items!

for transporting the balloon system should drive on the grass panels. Other vehicles should stay on the paved roadways and parking lots. Also, due to issues with ‘pet excrement’, city park officials will ask anyone bringing dogs to the park to leave.

I’d like to extend a big thank you to our outgoing board members Mike Garcia and Colleen Johnson. Thank you also to our returning and our new board members. Serving on the board is a large, yet fun and rewarding, commitment and our club is what it is thanks to you and everyone who volunteers their time to the club.

Community Relations –Amanda has received two requests. Please contact Amanda for further information.

Flying Events – April Flying Event 52 pilots registered for our April Event at the Rio Rancho launch field. Last month’s event winner Keith Takach called a Hare & Hound task with Barbara Fricke flying Sandia Sunrise as the hare and putting a target near Inca and Northern, south of the launch field. A ‘reverse box’ with southerly winds aloft and northerly surface winds guided pilots to the target where scorers Dave Bagley and Craig Pendleton measured 14 qualifying baggie drops. Paul Smith was 3rd with a distance of 5’ 11”, Mark Trillanes recorded his second 2nd place finish of the year with a toss of 4’ 5”, and Judy Nakamura took 1st place with a throw of 4’ 1”. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we raised $92 for Joy Junction. Next Flying Event Our next flying event is Sunday, May 11 at Balloon Fiesta Park. Registration begins at 5:30 am and Pilot Brief begins at 6:00. Scorers are needed to help with this event. As a reminder, only the vehicle required

I am looking forward to these next two years as President with excitement to lead such a fine organization and with overwhelming responsibility to fill the seat as well as those that have led before me. I am honored with the trust you have placed in me and will do my best to keep our club running efficiently and seek ways to continue to grow both our membership and our fun. As part of our efforts to create a fun, positive, and inviting atmosphere lets all remember that as balloonists we are one big community. We will thrive if we maintain harmony amongst ourselves within AAAA as well as with partner organizations such as Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, Top Gun, and the City of Albuquerque. Remembering to be nice, treat each other with courtesy and respect, don’t take each other for granted, and work toward solutions that are mutually beneficial will nearly always end with bigger smiles than if we take the alternative approach. Please remember that the Vista del Norte park is still under construction. If landing there, please try to stay to the eastern half of the park away from where they are actively working with large equipment. Also remember to not block the entrance to the park so that other chase crews and the construction guys can all come and go as needed. I look forward to seeing you all on the launch field. Safe landings!


Craig

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/

April Top Gun was a success with the winds. Thank You Alan Cannaday for being our Event Director. Thank You to our scorers, you are so appreciated. Dave Bagley, Shelly Cannaday, Dan and Beth Talbert, Ursula Richards and Steve Wilson. Congratulations to our April Top Gun Champion Ray Bair. MARK YOUR CALENDARS RIO GRANDE CLASSIC BALLOON RALLY May 23 - 26, 2014. Volunteers are needed and much appreciated.

Photos in the reports section by: Susan Palmer AAAA member

TOP GUN


~~~~*~~~~ Raton Rally Revived July 4-6, 2014 THE INTERNATIONAL SANTA FE TRAIL BALLOON RALLY IN RATON, NEW MEXICO WAS SUCCESSFULLY REVIVED LAST JULY 4T H WEEKEND WITH FIFTEEN (15) BALLOONS, PILOTS AND CREW PARTICIPATING.

CAMERON BALLOON SALES Need consultation, information or quotes on a new balloon. Call Beth Wright-Smith at 604-2865. pilotschool@lobo.net. Website: www.airborneheat.com and on Facebook

THE RALLY HAD RUN SUCCESSFULLY FROM 1994 THROUGH 2010, BUT SUFFERED A CANCELLATION IN 2011 DUE TO THE TRACK FIRE NEARBY. THERE WAS A “NONRALLY” IN 2012 WITH ONE PILOT PARTICIPATING. THE 2014 RALLY WILL BE A THREE DAY FLYING EVENT ON JULY 4-6, WITH A PILOT’S RECEPTION ON THURSDAY JULY 3RD AT 6 PM WITH A FREE DINNER AND DJ. THIS IS A COME FULL, LEAVE FULL RALLY WITH A $50 REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE. ADDITIONALLY, THE RALLY WILL GIVE EACH PILOT $75 PER NIGHT FOR LODGING. THE PLAN IS TO FLY SPONSORS ON THE 4TH OR 5TH AND THEN A PILOT COMPETITION ON THE 6T H. RATON WILL PUT ON A GREAT FIREWORKS DISPLAY THE EVENING OF THE 4T H. THE TOWN’S ALL AMERICAN WEEKEND INCLUDES A PARADE DOWN TOWN ON THE 5T H (PILOT’S ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE) AND A PARTY IN THE PARK ON THE 4THT H AND 5T H WITH ARTS, CRAFTS, FOOD, AND LIVE MUSIC. LAST YEAR’S MASS ASCENSIONS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MORNINGS DELIGHTED SPECTATORS WHO LINED THE RIDGE AT THE EDGE OF THE LAUNCH AREA AT THE OLD LA MESA AIRFIELD. A PANCAKE BREAKFAST WAS PROVIDED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB BOTH MORNINGS AND DJ TED ROMERO FILLED THE AIRWAVES WITH 60’S AND 70’S TUNES.


KRTN-FM BROADCASTED LIVE FROM THE EVENT AND INCLUDED PILOT INTERVIEWS.

W OOO HOOO

BALLOONISTS WERE GREETED EACH MORNING AT THE FIELD ENTRYWAY BY FESTIVELY CLAD KATHY MCQUEARY AND ANN SCHMEITS. THEY HAVE BEEN THE FIELD SENTRIES FOR MANY YEARS AND HAVE BECOME A TRADITION OF THE EVENT. THEY PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEED SMILES FROM ALL WHO ENTERED.

Our webhost figured out where our gremlin was and moved it out of the way sooooo WOOOO HOOOO!!

TIM KELLER, PHOTOGRAPHER/WRITER FOR THE CHRONICLE-NEWS COVERED THE PROMOTION OF THE EVENT IN PRINT AND VIA THE NET AND PUBLISHED FOLLOW UP REPORTS WITH PHOTOS FOR BOTH DAYS OF THE RALLY. TIM WAS ASKED BY THE NM MAGAZINE TO WRITE AN ARTICLE FEATURING RATON’S RALLY TO BE PUBLISHED JUNE, 2014.

We realize many of you have already registered and we truly appreciate that. But would you please help us spread the word?

FLIGHTS FOR BOTH DAYS WERE SPECTACULAR VISIONS WITH THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AS BACKDROPS FOR THE BALLOONS. THE LOCAL RESIDENTS WERE GRACIOUS AND HOSPITABLE AND ASSISTED IN ALLOWING ACCESS TO THEIR PROPERTIES TO RETRIEVE SYSTEMS AFTER LANDING. THIS YEAR THE RALLY IS HOPING FOR 25 BALLOONS. PILOT APPLICATIONS WILL BE GOING OUT IN LATE MARCH TO THOSE THAT ATTENDED LAST YEAR.

The 2014 Colorado Balloon Classic Pilot Applications are available online at www.balloonclassic.com Just click “Participate” and follow the link.

And for those that haven’t registered yet, hope you register today. Looking forward to seeing you at the Classic!!

ctàáç tÇw à{x VÉÄÉÜtwÉ UtÄÄÉÉÇ VÄtáá|v gxtÅ Patsy M . Buchwald, President Colorado Balloon Classic 328 Bonfoy Avenue Colorado Springs, CO 80909

IF YOU WISH TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S EVENT CONTACT TOM GARDNER AT AJUUA@Q.COM TO BE ADDED TO THE INVITATION LIST.

Email: patsy@balloonclassic.com Email: balloonclassic@balloonclassic.com Website: www.balloonclassic.com Phone: 719-471-4833 Fax: 719-471-7303


MAY GENERAL MEETING

BRUCE COMSTOCK .


May Events

ADVERTISING RATES

5th- Flying Events, Ways and Means meetings 6pm

Full Page……$110.00

6th – Crew Development

Half Page…….$55.00 Quarter Page..$28.00

11th - Flying Event – Balloon Fiesta Park.

Eighth Page…$14.00

19th - Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm

23rd-26th - TOP GUN Rio Grande Classic.org 27th – General Meeting @ Balloon Museum 6:30

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

June Events 9th – Flying Events & Ways and Means 6pm 10th - AAAA Crew Development 6pm 14th – Flying Event Rio Rancho 0530 Reg 0600 brief. 9th Ed Committee 6pm 22nd - Top Gun. 0515 reg. 0545 brief. 16th – Board Meeting 24th – General Meeting 28th – Instructor Refresher Course

“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.”


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

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

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