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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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Family, John Kugler, Mark Abbott, Glen and Cookie See, Mark Hogan, Jennifer Dehorty, Keanu Alaniz, Cathryn Cambell, William Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Peck, Jason Burns, Hannah Nusz. Dick Motioned to approve all the applications and Craig seconded the motion all new members are approved. New members packs will be sent out or given directly to the new members at upcoming meetings.

Special Events: Friends and Lovers recap the event went really well. We have not received any complaints thus far.

Crew Development: Crew Games for the Friends

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Board Meeting Minutes

2/16/16 meeting called to order at 6:00 by Craig Pendleton

President: Nominations are coming up; currently we have 2 nominees for most positions. Nominations will close at next week’s general meeting. By-Law Peter, Keith and Craig will look at what may need updating.

Vice President: Annonay one person has shown interest. Peter wrote up a memorandum of Agreement, the committee has dissipated- Peter is moving ahead as it is written. We have a speaker for next week Alan Ustes and Julian Knot. Trying to get Troy Bradley to speak in April, Please remember we have no speaker at the march meeting due to raffle, silent auction and voting.

Treasurer: Pie charts and reports have been emailed and will be in the cloud bouncer. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dick.


The following new members have been presented for board approval. Gavin Moughan, Rick Walker, Charles Garcia, Kim Kelbe, Jeff Secrist and

and Lovers Rally went well and were a lot of fun. Davis is working with Sandy to put together a crew training session. Will be a half-day session for crew members only, tentatively scheduled for March. We are always in need of instructors if you wish to assist Crew D please contact Dave. CPR training will be held this fall and land owner relations class next year. We have six kids signed up to go to BFA Balloon Camp we should have enough funds to assist with some travel expenses. March 21 @ Aerco we will be having a safety seminar the registration fee is $50.00 lunch will be included.

Education: Private ground school registration is open we currently have 24 participants registered. We are very close to closing registration as we can accommodate 30 participants.

Community Relations: Amanda has not received any request this month.

Flying Events: We had 93 pilots registered for the last flying event. Only on participant made it to the target on Saturday. Would like to thank Pam Miker for the zebra and Dave Bagley for scoring, the next event will be at Fiesta Field on March 8th Pilot briefing will be earlier than we are used to as the time changes that night.

Ways and Means: Last month’s happy hour at Marios went very well due to our celebrity guest Troy and Leonid . Mario’s gave $150.00 back to the club.

used for the feat was manufactured by the Balloon Facility of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Hyderabad, India.[1] His descent to Earth lasted 15 minutes and stretched nearly 26 miles (42 km) with peak speeds exceeding 821.45 miles (1,322.00 km) per hour;[9] setting new world records for the highest free fall jump, and total free fall distance(123,334 ft=37,617 m).[10] However, because Eustace's jump involved a drogue parachute while Baumgartner's did not, their vertical speed and free fall distance records remain in different categories.[11][12] Unlike Baumgartner, Eustace, a Cessna twin engine jet pilot, was not widely known as a daredevil prior to his jump.[ General Meeting Minutes 02/23/15 called to order by Craig Pendleton

Speaker Julian Knot and Alan Eustace “Stratospheric Exploration” Bio from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Eustace

In 2011, Eustace decided to pursue a stratosphere jump and met with Taber MacCallum, one of the founding members of Biosphere 2, to begin preparations for the project.[2] MacCallum's company, Paragon Space Development Corporation, created a life-support system to allow Eustace to breathe pure oxygen in a pressure suit, designed and built by ILC Dover, during his ascent and fall.[2] Over the next three years, the Paragon Space Development technical team designed and redesigned many of the components of his parachute and life-support system.[1][2] On October 24, 2014, Eustace made a jump from the stratosphere, breaking Felix Baumgartner's 2012 world record.[9] The launch-point for his jump was from an abandoned runway in Roswell, New Mexico, where he began his balloon-powered ascent early that morning.[9] He reached a reported maximum altitude of 135,908 feet—25.740 miles (41.425 km)—but the final number submitted to the World Air Sports Federation was 135,889.108 ft— 25.736573 miles (41.419000 km).[2] The balloon

Vice President: Please remember we will not have a speaker at the March meeting due to election Secretary: Welcomed all new members for the first part of 2015. Treasure: Pie Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer If you need to discuss the reports please contact Dick. Education: Private ground school is full registration has been closed. Special Events: Friends and Lovers went very well, if you have any observations or ideas for next year please contact one of the committee members. Flying Events: Would like to thank Pam Miker for the zebra and Dave Bagley for scoring and Al Lowenstein for Weather. Next Flying event is March 8th Briefing will be at 6:45 am please remember the time changes that night so spring your clocks forward before bed. Ways and Means: Next happy hour will be at the Oak Tree café on March 3rd. We are starting to get the 20152016 Roster together we need volunteers to proof read. Dead line for advertising in the roster is March 20th please contact Michelle if you would like to place and ad. The 2015 pin are in stop at the ways and means table to purchase one. Donations are needed for the March raffle and silent auction if you have items you would like to donate please contact one of the committee members.

Community Relations: We have received two requests for donation of a balloon flight for Silent auctions from Alzheimer’s and Community hills preschool. Please contact Amanda if you wish to donate to these events.

Charity Blanchard Tonya (Hale) Perdun


Candidate Bios

Vice President: Blair Kaufman


Secretary: Sue Oldenburg and Sue Palmer

Blair Kaufman

Special Events: Charity Blanchard and Tonya Perdun Ways and Means: Michelle Lutz Community Relations: Robin Boyer and Ursula Richards Nominations are closed by vote of the membership.

Nominating Committee Slate of Candidates Vice-President Blair Kaufman

Secretary Sue Oldenburg Sue Palmer

Community Relations and Communications Robin Boyer Ursala Richards

I am proud to accept the nomination for the position of Vice-President of AAAA for the term beginning in 2015. I have been actively involved in ballooning since 1988. I received my Private Pilot License in 1991 and my Commercial Pilot License in 1998. I have been a member of AAAA since 1988 and have previously held the position of Vice-President from 2005 until 2007. I have been a member of the AAAA Education Committee. I have been a member of Top Gun since 2001 and held the position of President in 2008 and 2009. I was the Southwest Regional Director for the Ballooning Federation of America (BFA) from 2010 until 2012. I am a retired educator and school administrator who currently has the time to devote to the position of Vice-President. I will continue to provide high quality programs for AAAA and support activities that grow our membership and continue to strengthen our club.

Ways and Means Secretary Michelle Lutz Sue Oldenburg

Special Events

I moved to Albuquerque in 1975 and attended my first Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in 1976. I have participated in Fiesta in some capacity every year since 1976. In 1999 I received my first ride and was instantly hooked on ballooning. I began crewing with a co-worker of mine in 2000 and joined AAAA around 2004. In 2008 I received my Private Pilot certification and am currently working toward my Commercial. Since joining AAAA, I have been a member of the Flying Events Committee for 2 years, spent a year working with Special Events, and am currently a member of the Ways & Means committee. Sue Palmer I have been asked by the nominating committee to put my name in the hat for Secretary.

In 2010 the most wonderful thing happened….I became an official part of a chase crew. My first balloon flight solidified my balloon addiction. The rest is recent history which includes 5 additional Fiestas, many balloon rallies, weekends that do not include sleeping in, convincing my husband that there are good reasons to be out of the house before dawn, joining AAAA, and a rather long chase gas balloon from Albuquerque to White River, Ontario, Canada. I am currently employed at Rio Rancho schools. I am a registrar and attendance secretary at a preschool. This guarantees that at least most of the students will be smaller than me.

Community Relations and Communications Robin Boyer

While living in Oklahoma I saw my first hot air balloon at a rally in Tulsa. My husband got a position at Kirtland AFB and we moved to New Mexico. What I didn’t know was that hot air balloons are a rather big deal here.

My name is Robin Boyer. I am a 30 year veteran crew member. I've grown up surrounded by the best pilots and crew in NM. I have been one of many crew chiefs on our crew for several years. I want to put myself out into the ballooning world in new and exciting areas.

One morning, while my son was getting ready for school, I heard a ”dragon” overhead. I went outside and discovered it wasn’t a dragon but a hot air balloon---a lovely red and pink concoction with hearts all around it. October, 2009 was my first Balloon Fiesta. I spent some time unofficially chasing balloons and just loving it all.

In 2014, I had the privilege to be a ZIT (Zebra In Training) for AIBF. It was one of the best ballooning experiences I've ever had. I was more visible to the public eye than I have ever been before. Interacting in an official capacity was much different than just being on a crew. I enjoyed speaking to the spectators and answering questions, as well

as getting to know more pilots and crew. I am an eager and talented public speaker and believe I would thrive as Community Relations and Communications Chairman.

balloonists. Thank you for your consideration.

Ways and Means Ursula Richards My name is Ursula Richards, and I am interested in the Community Relations and Communications position on the AAAA Board. I have been a member of AAA A since 2013 and a Balloon Museum Member since 2015. I have been interested in ballooning all of my life. In Elementary School balloons would always land in our school yard, from that point I was hooked. I am currently serving on the Special Events Committee, and have served on various boards/committees throughout my lifetime. I am also currently serving on the board for our Symphony HOA, serving as VicePresident and then Secretary, respectively. After finishing my tours in the Navy, I moved back to Albuquerque in 1994 and my passion for ballooning resumed. I have crewed for numerous balloons, mostly Special Shapes over the last 20+ years. I have been a volunteer at the AIBF offices for over 9 years. I was also a Fiesta Greeter for 5 years. I have also been a Scorer for Top Gun Ballooning. I chased/crewed for America's Challenge in 2006, and have gone overseas to crew on a Special Shape Balloon. I have owned my Special Shape Balloon since 2013 - "SquawkURs" - and I am on my way to finishing my private pilot's certification. I know this is a huge commitment, and I am up for the challenge. It would be an honor to serve with fellow

Michelle Lutz I am an active member of the ballooning community. I have been chairman on the AAAA board of directors with Ways & Means for the past two years. I recently became part of the Top Gun Board of Directors. I am 100% committed in my role with AAAA. In addition to my involvement with Ways and Means, I also volunteer on the flying events committee and the special events committee where I am supportive to other events within AAAA. If you don’t know me, I am the person you typically see every month checking in pilots at the flying events and also at the Ways & Means table selling merchandise and assisting with memberships or anything else you need. You will find me the three days before Balloon Fiesta promoting membership at the AAAA table. I organize the flying event awards banquets and March raffles. As the current Ways and Means Chairman I started the monthly AAAA happy hours which allows members to meet and socialize and also raises money for the club. I am extremely proud of my committee and enjoy bringing non-balloonists into the ballooning world. Last year I had the opportunity to assist with the Annonay welcome tailgate where I helped to organize a party at Fiesta

for the pilot exchange with the ABA club in Annonay, France. I co-own three balloons with my husband, Keith. We enjoy flying in the area and out-of-town rallies. I am crew chief for our team called the “Flying Monkeys”. Outside of ballooning I am the store manager of Marshalls in Albuquerque. I travel around the country facilitating leadership training for several levels of salaried managers. I enjoy the people aspect in and outside of work.

Special Events Charity Blanchard My name is Charity Blanchard and I am running for Special Events. I was the Special Events Board Liaison last year and have been a member in good standing of AAAA since 2011. I have been able to attend most of the monthly flying events either as a pilot or in other volunteer or crew capacities. I am very involved in the club and have also served on the Ways and Means Committee. As the Special Events Board Liaison, my committee and I put on three successful events -- the Annual Picnic, the Jingle Bell (Non) Rally and the Friends and Lovers Rally. Each of these events was met with enthusiasm from the membership before and a great many accolades after. We have a great many ideas we would like to implement for these events in the next 2 years if I am re-elected.

I firmly believe in AAAA's mission to further the sport of hot air ballooning and believe if our sport is to grow we must encourage any and everyone who expresses an interest in the sport. Special Events partnered with Crew Development at the Friends and Lovers Rally to raise over $1000 to send kids to Balloon Camp this year. We must continue to partner and support each other within the club in order to bring new pilots and crew into our sport. The Special Events hosted by AAAA are a reflection of the membership and the club as a whole. As the Board Liaison for Special Events, I would continue to strive not only to make this a positive reflection in the ballooning community as a whole, but to also make the events memorable and fun for everyone that joins us. Tonya (Hale) Perdun Hi…..I am Tonya (Hale) Perdun. I am very excited at the opportunity to run as a candidate for the AAAA Special Events Chairman. I have been a member of AAAA for three years and I am crew chief for Spirit in the Sky Balloon Team. I am running for the position because I feel that I can bring new and exciting ideas/changes to the committee. I was the head of special events at Eastern New Mexico University in charge of bringing in big bands, homecoming events, and activities throughout the year for the students and community. After I graduated I worked for the office of nontraditional students. While there, I planned various activities throughout the year for 200+ families. After returning home to Albuquerque I began working for the University of New Mexico children’s campus and now the City of Albuquerque Early Head

Start program. In my free time I plan weddings, baby showers, and monthly events for the Spirit in the Sky Balloon Team. I feel I will be a good candidate for the Special Events Chairman because I can make it fun and exciting for all who are involved. I am willing to take advice, ideas, and comments on how to make things run smooth. I would like to see more new faces involved in the planning and preparation of activities throughout the year. I am willing to go out and recruit new sponsorship, rally more excitement, and educate the community on what AAAA is all about.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the annual Friends & Lovers rally. We were able to get in two flight this year and a great time was had by all! Thank you also, and good luck, to all of the student pilot’s who registered for the 2015 AAAA Private Pilot Ground School. We had so many students register that the class sold out! That’s exciting to have so many up and coming pilots. We look forward to you joining us in the air. Please join us at the March general meeting where we will be counting the ballots and announcing the results of this year’s board of directors elections, as well as announcing the recipients of this year’s Bob Ruppenthal Education Award, Allan Jones Volunteer Award, and "Slim" Rawley Crew Award. We will also have a silent auction and raffle drawings so lots of fun. I’ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig

VFRS: 17 days until the St. Patty’s Rally the rally is full we have approximately 60 balloons registered 12 special shapes this year. We have had to open an auxiliary field that is located next to the Wells Fargo bank.

Fiesta: Registration opens in 5 days and we have 220 days until the start of the 2015 AIBF. (Registration is OPEN!)

Red Rock Balloon Rally: February flying event was cancelled due to weather. March flying event is a 2 day event. March 21 & 22. Meeting at AIBF offices on both days. March 21st at 12:00 noon Top Gun will be hosting a scoring class to get ready for Rio Grande Classic. Please contact Dave Bagley at dave3114@gmail.com or Shelly Cannaday at sjc1elvis1966@msn.com if you are interested or know of any one that would be interested in becoming a scorer for Top Gun Events. Mark Your Calendars Vara Wines Rio Grande Classic Memorial Weekend May 22 - 25, 2015 Volunteers are much needed and appreciated.

http://www.redrockballoonrally.com/ FIRST WEEKEND IN DECEMBER GALLUP NEW MEXICO


yet to be named, there is a Facebook page and a phone number (719-219-3333). We will be seeking out local balloonists to fly, volunteer, and help get the word out! Save the Date...September 4-7, 2015.

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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.