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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 ~ Patrick Chando Editor@hotairballooning.org

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AAAA Board Meeting Minutes

2015 budgets. Dick motioned to approve the 2014-2015 Budget as presented. Diana seconded the motion. Keith voted to not approve the current version. Discussion was had and amendments were made to the budget. Once the amendments were made the Board voted unanimously to approve the amended 2014-2015 Budgets. Dick also informed the board that he will not be at the next board meeting and the treasures report will not be ready until he returns from his vacation, sue to Kirtland not having bank statements available until June 7, 2014 and he will already be out of town.,

May 19, 2014

Meeting was called to order by President Craig Pendleton at 6:00pm

Members in Attendance - Craig Pendleton , Peter Cuneo, Diana Rutz, Dick Rice, Tom Fisher, Keith Lutz, Michelle Lutz, Charity Blanchard Absent:

Amanda Molina, David Eichhorn

Secretary report –Diana and Peter have fixed the issue with Microsoft Office on the secretary’s laptop. Diana investigated the missing members on the first draft of the roster, the payment date was not added to Lifetime, Honorary and trade accounts. Jennifer had assisted Diana with data entry and was not aware that a payment date needed to be entered in order for the record to be in the roster extract. The extract is pulled by current year payment date.

Treasurer’s report – The pie charts and financial reports have been emailed to the board and to Pat for print in the cloud bounce. Dick has been working on the 2014-

Vice President’s report – Peter updated the board on the upcoming meeting. Bruce Comstock will speak in May as well as have a book signing and Chris Perez-PNM will present in June.

Flying Events – Mays event cancelled due to weather. Next flying event will be June 14, 2014 (Saturday) at Rio Rancho Launch Field. Registration 5:30 am / Pilot Brief 6:00 am

Community Relations – Absent Crew Development- Absent Education – Commercial ground school was a success, the committee is now focusing on the upcoming Pilot Instructor Refresher course being held June 28, 2014 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm . The education committee is looking for instructors for this class if you are interested please contact Tom or one of the committee members.

Ways and Means –Michelle and the committee have been working on the upcoming happy hour place TBD. They have also been working with Marg on advertising ads in the Roster. Special Events –The club picnic will be on August 23, 2014 the special events committee will send more information as the date gets closer. New Business – Keith has motioned to formally pursue Liability insurance for the club Keith will be requesting an additional quote from IMC as he has already received a quote from the Shantz agency. Tom seconded the motion, board voted to approve the motion. Adjourned : 7:25 pm

AAAA General Meeting Minutes May 27, 2014

Meeting was called to order by President Craig Pendleton at 6:30pm Guest Speaker – Bruce Comstock “Tales of an Early Balloonist” Bruce Comstock’s extraordinary accomplishments in ballooning eventually landed him in both the international and the U.S. ballooning halls of fame. Bruce has set world records, won major championships, guided the national organization of balloonists, revived and edited Ballooning magazine, flown all sorts of balloons, planned and made epic balloon flights, created the first U.S. balloon repair facility, established and built up a major balloon manufacturing company, designed and built the autopilot that made solo ultra-long distance balloon flight possible, trained and educated other pilots, and represented the Federal Aviation Administration in the certification of new pilots and of newly manufactured balloons. Driven by curiosity and blessed with an aptitude for physics and math, Bruce started college studying engineering physics. Despite doing well in this, the curriculum seemed too narrow to him. He transferred to the college of arts and sciences and graduated with a degree in economics. While

in graduate school, his plan to teach economics in college was sidetracked by an unsolicited job offer designing and creating computer software. A chance series of events while he was doing this drew him into the then nascent sport of flying balloons. The rest is history. Setting World Records Bruce set balloon absolute world records for duration, distance and altitude. On June 17-18, 1980, he and fellow pilot David Schaffer became the first persons to fly a hot air balloon for more than a full day, setting a new world hot air balloon duration record of 24 hours, 7 minutes, 58 seconds. On December 3, 1980, he and fellow pilot Jeff VanAlstine bettered the existing world hot air balloon distance record by more than 80 miles in a flight of 494.6 statute miles, from Anderson, Indiana, to just south of Raleigh, North Carolina. On September 22, 1996, he and fellow pilot Steve Fossett set a new world altitude record for Roziere (temperature controlled gas) balloons of 27,477 feet.

miles – perhaps the longest distance ever purely pleasure flight. Winning Championships Winning six U.S. national hot air balloon championships, in 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, and 1987, Bruce has won more national championships than anyone else ever has. He also finished in the top three places of the U.S. nationals in most of the nationals in which he competed. A successful veteran of world hot balloon competition, Comstock won the World Hot Air Balloon Championship in June 1981, in Battle Creek, Michigan. He finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th in other world hot air balloon championships. These include 4th in 1973, in Albuquerque, New Mexico; 2nd in 1977, in York, England; 6th in 1979, in Uppsala, Sweden; 3rd in 1989, in Saga, Japan; and 7th in 1991, in St-JeanSur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. Contributing to the Ballooning Community

Making Other Epic Flights Bruce also conceived and made other epic flights. These include a dramatic Long Jump flight, in which the rules limit the fuel to 40 gallons – an amount typically carried on a weekend morning recreational flight. In January 1994 Bruce flew 645 statute miles on less than 37 gallons of fuel, from Atlantic, Iowa to Huntland, Tennessee. This flight more than doubled the distance flown on any previous Long Jump flight. This flight was also the second longest distance flight ever in a hot air balloon of this size. This Long Jump performance was not exceeded for almost ten years, and then with Bruce’s encouragement, consultation and advice. In May 1994, Bruce flew a hot air balloon to 30,820 feet above sea level – an altitude that put him above almost three quarters of the earth’s atmosphere. And in early October 1995, Bruce and Ed Heltshe flew a Roziere balloon from Snowmass, Colorado to the center of Pennsylvania, a distance of 1519

Bruce was president of the Balloon Federation of America (BFA), the national organization of balloonists, and the U.S. delegate to the International Ballooning Commission of the International Aeronautic Federation from 1973 to 1975. From 1971 to 1972 he was editor of Ballooning, the magazine of the BFA. He served on the BFA board of directors from 1972 to 1975. From 1971 onward, Bruce instructed many other beginning balloon pilots. He also served on the international juries for the 2nd World Hot Air Balloon Championship in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1975, the 1st World Gas Balloon Championship in Augsburg, West Germany, in 1976, and the 2002 Motegi, Japan Hot Air Balloon International Championship. Bruce has served as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated examiner for balloon pilot oral and flight tests and as an FAA designated manufacturing inspection representative for purposes of inspecting newly manufactured balloons for airworthiness

certification. He has received the FAA Service Award for preparing educational material on ballooning and instructing FAA personnel in the basics of safe ballooning.

performance in balloon competition. This award was bestowed on Bruce by the FAI in 1977.

Inspecting, Repairing, and Manufacturing Balloons

Comstock has a strong, continuing interest in all forms of lighter-than-air flight. He is a long-time enthusiast of gas ballooning, having made 14 flights, including a flight from Mürren, Switzerland, 140 miles over the Alps (1974). His gas balloon experience includes pure gas flights using hydrogen, helium, and anhydrous ammonia as lifting gases, and Roziere flights using helium. He has piloted both gas and hot air blimps. In a series of flights beginning in 1975, he developed techniques for safe night flight in hot air balloons.

In 1972, he established the first FAA-certificated balloon maintenance facility in the United States, and is an FAA-certificated balloon repairman. Over a period of years, with his then-wife Tucker, Bruce founded and built Cameron Balloons U S, a leading U.S. balloon manufacturing company. Helping Make Solo Round-the-World Balloon Flight Possible Comstock designed and built the electronic balloon autopilot that made extremely long distance solo flights possible. Two of these are now in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He shared balloon technical advisor and launch director duties for two of the world's then longest distance balloon flights ever, and for the longest duration solo flight ever. These include the Solo Spirit non-stop flight halfway around the world from St. Louis, Missouri to eastern India in January 1997, the Pacific Peregrine non-stop flight from Seoul, Korea to Saskatchewan, Canada in February 1995, and the J Renee non-stop flight from Rockford, Illinois to central Myanmar in February/March of 2000. Bruce has also been a technical advisor and launch team member for several other very long distance Roziere flights.

Flying All Kinds of Balloons

Bruce has flown several thousand hours in balloons. He is also a certificated airplane pilot and has made more than a thousand footlaunched paraglider flights. Bruce now resides in Ashland, Oregon

Being Recognized in Other Ways Bruce was the first U.S. balloonist, and the second in the world, to earn the FAI Gold Ballooning Badge with all three diamonds. This requires having made flights of 9,000 meters (29,528 feet) altitude, 500 kilometers (310 miles) distance, 24 hours duration, and one-meter pilot-declaredgoal accuracy. Bruce did this the hard way – all with hot air balloon flights. As one of the more successful ever competition balloon pilots, Bruce received the Montgolfier Diploma, the world's highest honor for a balloonist, for his impressive, consistent

Secretary Report- Absent

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

We are planning an Instructor Refresher Course to be held Saturday afternoon, June 28, 2014.

Vice President’s report – June speaker will be Power Line Safety- PNM, Michael Glen will be the speaker for the July Meeting.

Special Events- August 23, 2014 from 3pm to 8pm will be the Annual AAAA Picnic at the Coronado Camp and Picnic area in Bernalillo. We are asking for volunteers to assist with cakes, pies side dishes and for shifts on the grill. Would you like to help improve Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers please send your suggestions to Charity Addition: Plans for the picnic are coming along. Date is sent for August 23, tentatively at Coronado Campground. We are looking for donations of food and are hoping the membership will bring a dish to share. We are also discussing activities for the kinds and the adults. (Water balloon fights, cake walk, hula hoop contest). We will be asking for volunteers to man the grill in 15 minute increments so everyone can enjoy the event.

Proposed Agenda (pending instructor concurrence): 12:45 – 1:00 Registration/Check-in (Barbara) 1:00 – 1:10 introduction (Fred) 1:10 – 1:30 Available Resources for Instruction (Dave) 1:30 – 2:10 Scenario Based Instruction (Dale) 2:10 – 2:30 Break 2:30 – 3:00 Conducting Ground School One-OnOne (Al) 3:00 – 3:30 Logbook, Instruction Entries, Endorsements and Keeping Instructor Records (Clarke) 3:30 – 3:40 Break 3:40 – 4:50 Practical Test Standards (Beth and Ray) Assuring Student Readiness Observed Weaknesses 4:50 – 5:00 Closing Remarks (Fred) Seeking Additional Instructors The education committee is seeking people interested in being instructors or support people for various education events.

I will be meeting with Colleen on the 20th to get the key to the storage shed and information on past years events. We are discussing plans for Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers. More to come as those events get closer.

Education - Registration is open for the upcoming instructor refresher course on June 28th Registration is online. We had a successful Commercial Pilot Ground School (CPGS) with 14 students.

Crew Development - We have 26 participant s registered for LOR class, will be again having the annual tailgate cook off in June.

Ways and M eans - Roster is coming along planning on finalizing and printing in the end of June. T-shirts will be out in June as well. August 3rd will be the AAAA day at the Albuquerque Isotopes. Addition: Roster is going great. Marj Baxter has been a great help with advertising fundraising. Can't wait to see the finished product in June. 42 spots have been sold on the "Your balloon on the AAAA T-shirt" and we will ASAP. A big thank you to T-shirts and Things for doing such a great job with the shirt orders and pictures you have sent in. Looking to place first order end of May. Our next summer project is embroidered Polo and Henley shirts. June 3 Happy Hour TBD. Looking for a few new places! Isotopes Game August 3 6:05pm. We will start selling tickets in the beginning of May and sell through June 24.

Community Relations – Amanda has received a requests for a speaker on June 7-8 to speak to a group of around 60-70 kids at Ghost Ranch. Please contact Amanda for further information.

Flying Events – June 14, 2014 next Flying Event at Balloon Fiesta Park 5:30am registration briefing at 6:00am

Cid Cutter Nominations are being accepted by Craig. There is a Polish Pilot looking to rent a balloon contact Don Edwards for more information. The summer is revving up. Many of us will be traveling to our favorite balloon rallies near and far but when you are in town don’t forget that AAAA continues to have events every month to enjoy and socialize with your local balloon family. The monthly flying events will continue with the next one on June 14 in Rio Rancho. The Ways and Means committee is continuing to work hard organizing AAAA Happy Hours in partnership with local establishments and selling group tickets to the Isotopes baseball game on August 3. The Special Events committee is toiling to put on a great AAAA summer picnic on August 23. You can find details on all of these events in the Cloudbouncer. There is no shortage of fun to be had near home enjoying all the events that AAAA offers to club members. The success of a club like ours depends on the great volunteers that work to organize and present events and classes. If you have been looking for opportunities to get more involved with the club and with the balloon community as a whole, please consider volunteering on one of our committees. If you have questions about what each committee does please contact me or any of the committee chairs to get more information and consider joining the committee. Finally, in June we will begin accepting nominations for the 2014 Sid Cutter award which is presented annually during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta awards ceremony. The Sid Cutter award is given to an individual “whose extraordinary dedication has benefited the hot air ballooning community as a whole, not just AAAA, and is someone whose actions and efforts are not otherwise widely or publicly recognized”. If you know of someone who is deserving of this recognition please consider submitting a nomination. You can find a list of past winners of the Sid Cutter award on our web site at www.hotairballooning.org. Safe landings!


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/

being by Maury's side so early in the morning. Thank you to everyone for a great Rally!

Congratulations to our winners! Rio Grande Classic First Place - Kinnie Gibson Second Place - Robert Gonzales Third Place - Bruce Wood SW Regionals First Place - Kinnie Gibson Second Place - Robert Gonzales Third Place - Keith Takach NM State Championships First Place - David Fuston Second Place - Keith Takach Third Place - Ray Bair

TOP GUN 2014 Rio Grande Classic Rally was a huge success. Many thanks to all our sponsors, scorers, volunteers and our staff. A big special Thank You to Howard Johnsons (formally Inn at Rio Rancho). Special thanks to Maury Sullivan for being our Event Director. Thank you Lynn Sullivan for

Balloon Explorium Balloon Explorium will be holding a yard sale on June 21 from 9 am to 3 pm. This yard sale helps the organization raise funds to finance the annual Montgolfier Day tissue paper balloon event. Over 800 fifth grade students take part in the event with all materials and transportation provided by Explorium. The sale will be held at 3412

Reina Dr NE in Albuquerque. Balloon Explorium sponsors educational activities and events in lighter-than-air flight for children of all ages. Contact Karen Brown at 980-1922 or touchogold@hotmail.com for more information. Karen Brown Executive Director Balloon Explorium

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

Jerry Brenden While training in Albuquerque for the Senior Olympics, Jerry Brenden was critically injured in a bicycle accident Monday May 26 and passed away the next day, May 27. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday June 14, 2014 at Faith Church, 900 Southern Blvd SE, Rio Rancho, NM. Lunch following. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to: •


True North Financial Ministries, (505) 314-3470 or www.truenorthministries.org or Focus on the Family (800) 232-6459 or 8605 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Fay Godfrey Longtime AAAA members will remember Fay Godfrey, a passionate balloonist and dedicated club member. Fay became a pilot when her husband surprised her with a balloon on her 60th birthday. She flew "Blaze of Glory" for more than a decade, and never missed a single AAAA meeting. Fay passed away May 29 after a long illness.

AAAA General Meeting to be held in the Pugash Room of the Albuquerque Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. The speaker will be Chris Perez - PNM Representative, talking on Powerline safety. .

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Education Foundation Treasurer’s Report April 30, 2014

COMMENTS: Eleven months down and one to go on this fiscal year. All in all I’d say it’s been another great year for our club. The Financials as evidenced by the Pie Charts look pretty good in comparison to the budgets set a year ago and the budget for next year is completed and ready for Board approval. CASH: Cash on hand at the end of April in the Education Foundation was $55,382, an approximate increase of 3% from March, and The AAAA Club cash was $16,562, an approximate 19% decrease from March. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of April we were showing an excess of revenue over disbursements of $1,615 in the Education Foundation an approximate increase of 430% from March. Excess disbursements over revenue in the AAAA Club were $728, an approximate decrease of 150% 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

June Events


9th – Flying Events & Ways and Means 6pm 10th - AAAA Crew Development 6pm

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9th Ed Committee 6pm 22nd - Top Gun. 0515 reg. 0545 brief. 16th – Board Meeting 24th – General Meeting 28th – Instructor Refresher Course

July Events

7th- Flying Events, Ways and Means, Education meetings - 6pm 13th - Flying Event 14th - Board Meeting @ Balloon Fiesta Office, 6pm

20nd - TOP GUN 0530 reg. 0600 brief. 22th – General Meeting @ Balloon Museum 6:30

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2014 June Cloudbouncer  

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

2014 June Cloudbouncer  

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