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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

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Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar 2014

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Board Meeting Minutes 09/15/14 meeting called to order at 6:08 by Peter Cuneo Members in Attendance: Not Available Absent: Michelle Lutz, Amanda Molina and David Eichhorn Secretary report: Again we are experiencing issues with Microsoft Office on the laptop; Craig will work with Diana to resolve these issues. Treasurer’s report: Pie charts and reports have been emailed and will be in the cloud bouncer. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dick. Vice President’s report-: Peter has lined up speakers for upcoming meetings. October’s presenter will be Michael Glen. November’s presentation is “How to Build a Pirate Ship” Education:

Title: Would’a / Could’a / Should’a; Situational Awareness / Accident Prevention Time: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 1 pm to 5 pm Location: Calvary Church – Rio Rancho, 138 Frontage Rd NE (off NM 28 north of Rockway Blvd and south of Northern Blvd). Online registration is on-going. Registration will also be held during pilot registration. Road Scholar We have been asked to give presentations during Fiesta and are looking for instructors for the following times and places: ROAD SCHOLARS TALKS: Committee members will handle the presentation as follows: Saturday, October 4th from 2:30-3:30 MCM Elegante - Don Boyer Monday, October 6th from 2:00-3:30 Hotel Albuquerque - Tom Fisher Thursday, October 9th from 1:30-2:30 MCM Elegante - Hank Humiston Thursday, October 9th from 2:30-3:30 MCM Elegante - Hank Humiston Thursday, October 9th from 2:00-3:30 Best Western Rio Grande - Tom Fisher Saturday, October 11th from 2:30-3:30 MCM Elegante - Fred Lete Road Scholar is an American not-for-profit organization that provides educational travel tours primarily geared to older adults.

Crew Development: Crew Development's Baggie toss was a success. We had 17 participants. The winners were: 1) Balloon-Bounce, Crew Chief-Cathryn Campbell, Pilot-Judy Nakamura, 2) Balloon-The Aftermath, Crew ChiefBernadette Green, Pilot-John Green 3) Balloon-Jyn & Tonic, Crew Chief-John Hofer, Pilot-Lyn Hofer There was an Honorable Mention that went to Balloon-Cavu, Crew Chief-Dave Hannum, Pilot-Dave Tennis for the most creative chase vehicle-a Mounted Search and Rescue Horse. All participants will receive 200 points. First place will receive 300 point, Second place200, and Third Place-100. The Honorable Mention participant will receive an additional 100 points for creative thinking.

"Your balloon on the AAAA shirt" has come to an end. It was a very complicated project and we want to thank T-Shirts and Things for all their hard work. We are getting some great feedback from pilots and crews. Last orders were at the September Flying event. The coupon T-Shirts and Things gave to each pilot is good with orders through T-Shirts and Things W&M will be selling pins and stickers at the pilot registration during Fiesta. The extra bracelet for AAAA members will NOT be available during the registration. The Happy Hour will take place on Wednesday 6pm-8pm. October 1st at Oak Tree Cafe. (2 blocks east of AIBF offices) We moved it from it's usual day to Wednesday so folks can stop by after or before early registration. Oak Tree will be donating 20% back to AAAA from our checks. Half price membership is available!

Next event, after Fiesta - is still in planning...TBD Ways and Means: Thank you to the Albuquerque Press Club for hosting last month's happy hour and providing all the prizes for the drawing. Thanks to special events for providing the food. We had a small crowd and a very nice event. The club brought in $125 from donations.

Community Relations: Community Request: Animal Humane New Mexico is requesting the donation of a balloon ride to be auctioned off during the Montezuma Ball, at which they will be the primary beneficiary of. Please contact Amanda Molina if interested alansfor@comcast.net. Community Request: The Women's Housing Coalition houses young men during their stay in ABQ, during their stay these young

men put in countless hours of volunteering to local deserving organizations. They are requesting a balloon ride for their two young men. Please contact Amanda Molina if interested alansfor@comcast.net.

Saturday, November 14 at the Rio Rancho launch field. Registration is 6:00-6:30 am. Road conditions around the field continue to deteriorate from heavy rains, so please be extra cautious driving in the vicinity.

Media: KOB-TV attended Sunday's flying event, his main focus was the Mounted Patrol.

Special Events:

Flying Events: September 2014 Flying Event The September event took place at Balloon Fiesta Park. More than 50 pilots registered and in a very tight competition, score in inches rather than feet, 13 pilots found their way to the ‘X’ with scoring throws. Jerry Garcia took first with a distance of 4.5 inches. Gerry Graf and Dale Pattyn followed in 2nd and 3rd place with throws of 14.0 inches and 22.7 inches respectively. NM Mounted Search & Rescue joined us as part of their pre-Fiesta conditioning exercises and we raised $150 for them through the generous donations of our members. http://nmmsar.org/. Special thanks to Peter Cuneo who ran this month’s event, and to Dan Sabo, Dave Bagley, Pam Micker, Tim Martin and Noelle Sharpe for volunteering to help out as well! No October Flying Event We hope everyone has a great Fiesta and we’ll see you at our next flying event on

The picnic was a great success and the committee has gotten a lot of positive feedback. Special thanks to everyone who helped out with setup, tear down, cooking and taking pictures for us! We are now moving into planning the Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers events and are very excited about them! There will be some changes to both events this year and we hope the membership is as excited about them as we are. Stay tuned! Old Business: Tailgate for the pilots from Annonay will be held on October 5th at G-10 at 11:00am if we fly or immediately after briefing if we don’t fly. Charity has motioned that the Annonay Tailgate committee be given a budget not to exceed $700.00 for items for the tailgate. Keith seconded the motion, board voted and motion is passed. New Business: October membership drive Charity motioned to waive the initiation fee for the month of October in an effort to gain members during fiesta. Peter seconded the motion to waive the fee board voted and the motion was passed.

Ballooning in the community: Tom Fisher gave a presentation to Meadowlark Senior Center on Fiesta and Ballooning. Al Lowenstein donated a ride to Heart, Heath Fur Fund Raising. Presentation- The viewing of the 2014 Fiesta Pilot Video. Board members updated the members their board reports and the meeting was adjourned. FIESTA PILOT VIDEO

AAAA General Meeting Minutes General Meeting: 09/23/14 called to order by Craig Pendleton Guests: Ben Noyce of Albuquerque, Jim and Steph Dallesha of Albuquerque, Cathryn Campbell of Albuquerque, Denise Despnes of Albuquerque, Vips Halkjaerknudsen of Albuquerque New Pilots or New Rankings: Judith Nakamura – Commercial Pilots Licenses Laurence Duschane- Private Pilots Licenses

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not even Christmas yet. It’s Fiesta time! The biggest reunion of the balloon family anywhere. The chance to have lots of beautiful safe flights, see lots of old friends, and meet lots of new friends from across the nation and around the world. In this spirit, please join us to welcome our friends from the Annonay Berceau de l'Aérostation (ABA) on October 5 at 11:00 on launch site G10. We will share with them how we tailgate Albuquerque style and build new friendships as we continue to grow our partnership with this great balloon club from Annonay, the birthplace of hot air ballooning.

Pilots, take care of your crews! Fiesta is tons of fun but is also nine full days of crazy early mornings for all of us. Don’t forget that one of the many benefits of AAAA membership is access to the Fiesta Pilot Tent. Show your AAAA member card at the AAAA table during pilot registration or on the first Saturday of Fiesta and you will get a button to come to the pilot tent all week for breakfast, coffee, and warming up on the chilly Fiesta mornings. This is a great way to take care of your crew so they are warm and fed and ready to go. I wish everyone nine amazing days of safe flights, catching up with friends old and new, and making memories for you, your crew, and all of the spectators that will be out to see our beautiful balloons. I’ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig

Top Gun September Top Gun flying event was cancelled due to weather conditions. Thank you to Russ Pederson for being our Event Director.

October Top Gun flying event will be Sunday, October 19, 2014. Mark your calendars! November 15th and 16th will be our 2 day event.

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2014 October Cloudbouncer  

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

2014 October Cloudbouncer  

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