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A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION


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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There will be changes to the usual events. We are looking for sponsors for Friends & Lovers if you have any ideas please contact Charity. We are also looking for volunteers to assist the committee during Friends& Lovers if your interested please contact Charity or one of the Special Events Committee members. AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

Education: The fiesta safety seminar was a huge success, we received great feedback from the attendees.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes

Crew D: Absent

Called to Order by President Craig Pendleton @ 6:00 pm Absent: Dave Eichhorn Secretary: No Report Treasurer- Dick went over the financial and the pie charts will be in the cloud bouncer. Dick is processing three refunds for the AAAA Safety Seminar. VP- Peter updated the board on upcoming speakers for the remainder of 2014. Reminder that there is no meeting in December. Special Events: The Annonay tailgate was a huge success and they enjoyed the friendliness of the AAAA members that attended. Jingle Bell Rally and Friends & Lovers planning is in full swing.

Ways and Means: Michelle updated the board on the proceeds from the happy hour at Oak tree CafĂŠ. Community Relations- Amanda has received three requests for donations of balloon flights details will be in the Cloudbouncer contact Amanda if you wish to assist with these requests. Flying Events: There was no October flying event. The next flying event will be November 10th at the Rio Rancho field. Save the date for January 10th is the date for the annual AAAA awards and new this year the AAAA Crew awards.


What a great Balloon Fiesta! I’ve taken some pride in our entire balloon community that we didn’t give the news any newsworthy stories or pictures of accidents. It was great to have so many safe days. AAAA General Meeting Minutes General Meeting:

Congratulation to all of us!

AAAA General Meeting Called to Order at 6:30 pm by Craig Pendleton –President

As we head into the holiday season, I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving, a Merry Christmas, and many fun filled flights.

Guests: Janet M. Donato from Memphis TN, Martin Kevern from Albuquerque NM

I’ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig

New Balloon: Keith Takach – Takach another Breeze, Head 90 & 2 Fast Takach, Zing 80. New Ratings- none Ballooning in the community: Barbra Fricke donated flight for the East Mountain high School. Linda Bonney, Loretta Zamora and Clarke O’Byrne participated in a balloon glow for the Leukemia Society. Various members from the education committee gave presentation to the Rhoads scholars during the 2014 AIBF.


Speaker: Michael Glen “The Rolling Pilot” How did I become a Balloon pilot. Michael Glen grew up in a family of balloonist his first hot air balloon ride was February 1975 he was two weeks old. Growing up in Roswell NM, Michael’s father and brother were always an inspiration to Michael. March 13, 1996 was the day that his life changes forever. Michael was in a car accident leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. After moving to the Phoenix area 2000 he made two goals for himself first was to become a pilot and second was to walk again. The first time he applied for his pilot’s license the FAA denied him due to his disabilities. However after some help from friends here in Albuquerque he was able to get licensed. In 2005 he was able to get a Cloudhopper. His first Fiesta as pilot in 2006 his balloon and trailer were stolen. In 2010 Joelle the bee became part of the family. Michael travels the county flying hot air balloons and speaking to kids about following their dreams.

Secretary: Diana would like to welcome all new members Lios Mayland, James and Stephanie Dalleska, Benjamin Noyce and Family, Carol Lilley, Linda Heymering, Dan Schwartz, Kristie Michael and Aaron Netzer, Ron and Margie Fincham, Bill and Jennifer Lee

Treasurer: If you have any questions about the pie charts or the financial statements please feel free to contact Dick.

VP: The next general meeting speaker will be Andy Richardson the building of the pirate ship balloon.


Special Events: Charity thanked everyone for their participation in the Annonay Tailgate, it was a huge success. Special events committee is in full swing of planning the upcoming Jingle Bell rally and Friends and Lovers.

Education: We had 180 participants at the Fiesta Safety seminar received a lot of positive feedback. Committee is starting the planning for private ground school in 2015. Crew Development: absent.

great time and we saw some new smiling faces! -Ways and Means was resent at the pilot registration during Fiesta. We stressed membership and also sold pins and stickers. We raised $270 during registration and during Fiesta. A big Thank you to Jackie who helped to sell merchandise during breakfast every day. We also gained new members during Fiesta.

Ways and Means: Michelle update the members on the proceeds earned during the last happy hour at Oak Tree Café Next happy hour will be at Kelly’s Brew Pub on November 5th ADDITION~ Ways and Means Board report October20, 2014 -Last month’s Happy Hour was in conjunction with the Fiesta pilot registration. Thank you to Oak Tree Café for hosting this large event. Oak Tree donated $202 from 20% back on our checks and we raised $107 from the prize drawing. Everyone had a

-The Annonay Welcome pilot tailgate went extremely well. The visitors from the ballooning organization ABA in France were extremely happy with our welcoming. We presented them with a banner which was signed by our members attending the tailgate, a plaque and each of them received a Polo shirt with both of our logos and a combined logo to represent our pact of friendship. They presented AAAA with a beautiful wood sculpture to signify the relationship between both clubs. They also flew a banner with the AAAA logo on the basket throughout


Fiesta. Many thanks to the membership who came with dishes to share to welcome them to our traditional tailgate. We also would like to thank Vara Wines for pouring glasses of sparkling white wine for us and our guests and giving our visitors a bottle for their enjoyment. Also T-shirts and Things presented them with a custom bag with the AAAA logo. I would also like to thank Charity Blanchard and her crew for all her help on the committee and getting the tailgate underway. Also thank you to the remainder of the committee members, Keith Lutz and Pam Micker.

November 10th is the next Flying Event at the Rio Rancho field. January 10th save the date for the AAAA Awards banquet.

-We gained a new Corporate Member this month, Vara Wines. They have been perfect addition to the Corporate Membership. Vara is based in Albuquerque and is committed to a partnership with the ballooning community. Vara has already donated their wonderful product for the Annonay tailgate and also held a photo contest for AAAA members during Fiesta. Congratulations to our daily winners and our grand prize winner Terry Iliff. -Next Happy hour to be announced the general meeting.

Community Relations: Absent. Flying Events:

BFA: Held a meeting during this year’s AIBF a lot is happening with the BFA. Troy reported that they received a lot of feedback from the survey that the BFA


sent out. As a result there will be a new membership structure starting in January 2015. Website changes are coming as well in the first of the year. The BFA convention will be Reno this year.

Congratulations to our October Event champion: Jason Buckner.

Top Gun: November 15th and 16th Top Gun will be having a two day event. If you have interest in the upcoming long jump competitions please contact Keith. Addition ~ October Top Gun flying event was a challenge for our pilots. With the NM winds, it was constantly changing. Thank You Jason Buckner for being our Event Director. Thank You to all our scorers, you are so appreciated! Dan and Beth Talbert, Mary Jo Arell, Bob Mass, Dave Bagley, Steven Coffing, Alan, Shelly and Breezy Cannaday.

Second place going to Keith Takach and Third place going to Mark Sullivan. November Top Gun Event will be our 2 day event. November 15th and 16th. ( Saturday and Sunday)


Sid Cutter Award DICK RICE

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Dick Rice & Craig Pendelton

First awarded in 1975, is presented annually by AAAA to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of hot air ballooning. The award honors an individual whose extraordinary dedication has benefited the hot air ballooning community as a whole, not just AAAA, yet whose actions and efforts are not otherwise widely or publicly recognized. This year’s honoree began ballooning as a scorer at the 1975 world championships. He must have really enjoyed ballooning because he returned the following year for the 1976 world championships. Soon after


he got his pilot’s license and his first balloon, not necessarily in that order. In 1977, he joined the Board of Directors for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta as treasurer where he sat until 1983 when he became President of the Board. In 1985 he decided to take some time away from the Board of Directors, but returned in 2001, where he was promptly voted as treasurer again and has remained since. In addition to Balloon Fiesta, this person has also served AAAA. Not long ago, in a time of need, the club reached out to him for assistance as treasurer. He graciously agreed to step into the position and then ran for the seat at election time where he was elected by the general membership and continues to serve that role today. As if that’s not enough, this individual volunteers at the local Air Force Base assisting military personnel with their taxes and has volunteered countless more hours to multiple organizations around the city of Albuquerque, far too many to list. He is the unsung hero of financial longevity of Albuquerque ballooning organizations, assisting in more ways than just the books. So please join me in recognizing and thanking this year’s recipient of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association Sid Cutter Award, the treasurer with a sense of humor, Dick Rice.


AAAA General Meeting

Andy Richardson The building of the pirate ship balloon. .


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2014 November Cloudbouncer  

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

2014 November Cloudbouncer  

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

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