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GENERAL MEETING BALLOON MUSEUM 26TH Social 1800 / Meeting 1830


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

VICE PRESIDENT Blair Kaufman Ph: Vice-president@hotairballooning.org

SECRETARY Sue Oldenburg Ph: 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 Ursula Richards Ph: 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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already stuffed with the ballot and the nominees bio’s and the chairperson of the nominating committee is present throughout the process of adhering labels, and sealing envelops, then the possibility of tampering with the ballots is eliminated.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association

Due to the time necessary for return when mailing paper ballots, the preceding discussion led to a motion being made by Keith to cut off new member voting privileges as of the end of the February Board meeting, , seconded by Michelle. Discussion followed by a vote – 2 for; 6 opposed. Motion defeated.

AAAA Board meeting March 14, 2016 President called to order at 5:56PM Board Members Present – President (Craig); Vice President (Blair); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Education (Tom); Flying Events (Keith); Ways & Means (Michelle); Community Relations (Ursula); Crew Development (Dave). Board Members Absent – Special Events (Charity). President – Concern brought to his attention regarding who should or should not be involved in the process of mailing the ballots. After discussion it was deemed if the envelopes are

Re-motion by Michele to have voting by new members who are approved by the February Board meeting – withdrawn. After further discussion, Keith made a motion to change the wording on the Membership Form to include Members in good standing by the end of the February Board meeting will receive a paper ballot, after which voting will need to be in person at the March General Meeting, seconded by Tom. Vote results 5 for; 3 opposed. Motion passed. Vice-President – March meeting to be the election with the Silent Auction

and Raffle. No door prizes will be awarded. April is set with Paul Petrehn. May is yet to be determined. Secretary – Five new members approved by the board, Linda Ballenthin, Josh Saiz and family, and Thomas Kious and family, of Albuquerque; Chris Kenworthy and family of Rio Rancho; Janet Mcclanahan of Sanford, CO. Treasurer – Corrected report will be in the Cloudbouncer with charts. Education – Report to be in the Cloudbouncer, Crew Development – Recap of Crew Safety Seminar held Sunday March 13th. The next will be Landowner Relations to be held May 21, 2016. There is still a reserve for two more scholarships for the BFA Balloon Camp this summer. Flying Events – Recap of the event March 14th. Report will be in the Cloudbouncer. Ways & Means – This year’s annual pins are selling well. Gary (Pin, Patches, Etc.) will continue with the chance to be on next year’s pin with a pin purchase through him this year. Roster is being worked on.

Community Relations – No new requests made this month. Blair brought to our attention that there is a property owner who has complained, to his crew, about balloons flying low over his house in the Westside and Unser area. Dave will address, with a follow up with Ursula. Special Events – No report. Old Business: Revisions to the Membership Form, will be presented for approval at the April Board Meeting. New Business: Presented by Tom – The projector used by both Education and Programs, which is 3 to 4 years old, is no longer useable. Quotes will be gotten for repairing and buying new, to be presented at the April Board meeting for comparison and decision. 7:27PM – Board convened in a closed meeting. 7:36PM Motion to adjourn made by Michelle, seconded by Dick. Meeting adjourned.

tether at the Balloon Museum for their program - Ballooning for All. At this time the Board was convened: President (Craig) Vice President (Blair) – April program will be Paul Petrehn on the World Air Games. Treasurer (Dick) – Pie Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer.

General Meeting minutes from Tuesday March 22, 2016 President called to order at 6:37PM with a welcome to all and especially our guests: Tuty Quinton, Suzan Harris, Miranda Carson and John Walsh Followed by congratulations to Mike & Suzie Bertetto on their new balloon “CoCo Bird”, a Cameron Z 90. Concluding with Ballooning in the Community where 10 balloons did a

Special Events (Charity) – Will be planning for the AAAA summer picnic starting with the April Committee meeting. The Special Events committee took off the month of March to recoup from the Friends & Lovers Rally. Special Events: Special Events takes the month of March off. We will reconvene in April to start planning fabulous summer events!!!!!

Secretary (Sue) - Five new members have joined our ranks. They are Linda Ballenthin, Josh Saiz and Family, and Thomas Kious and family, of Albuquerque; Chris Kenworthy and family of Rio Rancho; Janet McClanahan of Sanford, CO. A big welcome to all.

Education (Tom) – There are two upcoming Ground Schools, the Commercial Pilot Ground School to be held April 23, 24 and 25, and the second Private Pilot Ground School of the year to be held June 3, 4, and 5. Community Relations (Ursula) – Requests will be in the Cloudbouncer. Education: We had a very successful Private Pilot Ground School on February 26, 27 and 28 of February, 2106. Upcoming Ground schools: Commercial Pilot Ground School April 22, 23 & 24, 2016 Registration deadline April 14 before April 5th - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after April 5th - $200* members and non members Private Pilot Ground School June 3, 4 and 5, 2016 Registration deadline May 28 before May 7th - $155* AAAA member, $175* non members after May 7th - $200* members and non members

Crew Development (Dave) – Report will be in the Cloudbouncer. Crew Development: The AAAA/BFA Safety Seminar on March 12th, 2016 had 120 attendees. The Theme this year was flying with

“Confidence and Competence – No Fear.” Especially noteworthy was Casey Donnelly’s first-hand account of the hazards of propane. Ask an attendee for details. The AAAA/AIBF Crew Safety Seminar on Sunday March 13th had 27 attendees. The hands on training several AAAA Pilots provided was greatly appreciated. Crew-D is looking at a trivia and photo contest for our next event. Photos must be about the crew and NOT the pilot or his/her balloon. Details to be announced.

Ways & Means (Michelle absent presented by Keith) – Report will be in the Cloudbouncer. The next Happy Hour location will go out in a blast when established. Flying Events (Keith) – Report will be in the Cloudbouncer. Flying Events: March 2016 Flying Event March’s flying event took place at Balloon Fiesta Park on Sunday March 13th. Forty eight (48) pilots registered with ten making it to score on the Hare & Hound task flown by Phred Mcallaster. Phred climbed high to catch the southeasterly winds before being taken into the Sandia Pueblo, raced into town at 3000’ AGL and 30 mph before

dropping down for a stand up landing at Albuquerque Academy, where he remained satnding long enough for pilots to locate where the target was. Neil Jackson took first place with a score of 4.72m, followed by Ray Bair with a throw of 7.37 meters, and Buzz Biernacki at 16.48 meters. 1. Neil Jackson - 4.72m 2. Ray Bair - 7.37m 3. Buzz Biernacki – 16.48m 4. Casey Donnely – 25.19m 5. Keith Lutz – 25.88m 6. Blair Kaufman – 29.48m 7. Paul Petrehn – 50.44m 8. Ron Sanchez – 71.14m 9. Ian Whitling – 72.72m 10. Barbara Fricke – 80.00m Next Flying Event Our next flying event will be at the Rio Rancho launch area on Saturday April 9, 2016. Registration will be 6:15-6:45. Official sunrise will be 6:42 am. All our scheduled flying events can be found on the AAAA Web Page at: http://www.hotairballooning.org/uploads/ FlyingEvents/2015%20Attachment%20A %20Flying%20Events%20Schedule%20 2015%202016.pdf

Community RelationsCommunity Relations: I have one request this month. Contact: Jewel Cabeza de Baca, Camp Corazones

Phone: 505-690-4837 siete@sisna.com A group in Santa Fe (Camp Carazones), that runs a camp for kids with HIV/AIDs is requesting a balloon on July 16th for a static display. There will be a total of 45-50 kids, and it will be held at the New Mexico National Guard in Santa Fe.

Other ballooning organizations called: BFA (Don Boyer) – The BFA Balloon Camp to be held in Albuquerque in July has been approved to increase its campers from 20 to 25, which is expected to fill quickly. There will be a need for local experienced crew during the camp session, if you are able to volunteer, please contact Don. VFRS (Don Boyer) – Recap of the St. Patty’s Rally. Thanks to Top Gun for manning the refueling station. FAA – No representation Top Gun (Ian Whitling) – The two day March event had only one flyable day, Saturday March 5th. Jonathan Wright took first place with Keith Takach a close second and Ian Whitling rounding out the top three. On Saturday, April 16, there will be a scoring class held at AIBF offices from

11:00AM to 2:00PM. Preparation for the Rio Grande Classic over Memorial weekend is underway, if anyone would like to volunteer to help with this process, please contact Debby Young. AIBF (Paul Petrehn) – 192 days to Fiesta. 577 applications including additional pilots) have been received and 180 have already been approved. The cap, for primary pilots, is approximately 550, if you haven’t submitted your application yet, you better hurry. There have been 14 applications submitted for Women’s Nationals at this time. Balloon Museum – No representation Explorium (Ursula) – Spring Break Family Day will be held on Wednesday March 30 from 9:30AM to 3:00PM at the museum. Bring the family for fun with balloons, kites and a host of other activities. At this time Craig, as his final act as President, had the pleasure to announce the 2016 Bob Ruppenthal Education Award recipient, Tom

Fisher. Our congratulations go out to Tom with our thanks for all the years he has been an active member of the Education Committee, and the years he has held the Education Board member position. Diana, the election committee chairperson, concluded the business portion of our meeting with the announcement of our newly elected Board members: President – Elisa Trillanes Treasurer – Dick Rice Education – Don Boyer Flying Events – Tim Martin Crew Development – Larry Kailbetoney Congratulations to our new Board members. For our outgoing Board members, Craig Pendleton, Tom Fisher, Keith Lutz, and Dave Eichhorn, a sincere THANK YOU.

Thank you to Paul Petrehn at Balloon Fiesta for sharing the link to the new wind profiler that has been set up at Double Eagle Airport. It takes a little bit of experimenting to get the hang of it but this can be a great resource when folks are flying on the west side of Albuquerque. The link is at: http://detect.rwp.abq.s3-website-uswest-2.amazonaws.com/ As I wrap up my final Cloudbouncer column and my final month as your AAAA President, I want to thank everyone who has supported me and worked with me over the last two years as president and the last four years on the board of directors. Thank you to the members of this great club who have participated in events and have brought feedback and issues to me so that we can address them and continue to run smooth and make this the great organization that it is. Thank you to the members of the board who have stepped up to get the job done and make my job go relatively

smoothly. Thank you to all of the volunteers that work on the committees to make all of our club events happen. Finally, yet by far not least, thank you to my family who have had less time with me while I attended meetings and sent emails to tend to club business yet encouraged me and helped me knowing the good of the club that I spent that time working for. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to serve the club these past few years and I look forward to remaining involved and engaged in what we do. As always… I’ll see you on the launch field. Safe landings! Craig

April Top Gun Event will be Sunday, April 17th March 2 day event became a 1 day event thanks to the winds.

Meeting at AIBF offices. There will be no food or drink

Congratulations to our March Champion

Allowed in AIBF offices. Your attention and help is appreciated.

Jonathan Wright.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Top Gun will be hosting a scoring class for the upcoming Rio Grande Classic. April 16, 2016, meeting at AIBF offices. 11am to 2pm Please contact Dave Bagley or a Top Gun Board Member for more information.

Rio Grande Classic Rally is moving along smoothly. Sponsors and volunteers are needed.

2ND place – Ian Whitling 3RD place – Keith Takach Special thanks to our Event Directors Alan Cannaday and Paul Petrehn. Thank You to our scorers. You are all appreciated.

Contact Debby Young, RGC coordinator or any Top Gun Board Member for information.

Top Gun has a new website. Check it out. It is still in the baby step motion. TopGun.groovygroovy.net

the accelerated programs that a 141 school can offer unless you have your student pilot certificate before you begin. Beth Wright-Smith Airborne Heat, part 141 school 1ABS874K

Thanks, Beth NOTICE----Student changes----NOTICE



April 1, 2016 there will be significant changes to obtaining a student pilot certificate. If you plan to get one soon, I would recommend getting it before April. Now they can be obtained from the FAA FSDO near the International Airport, from any Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) or from a doctor who issues medical certificates & student pilot certificates for the FAA. The latter will cost you some money and you will also have a medical certificate that is unnecessary for a balloon rating but it is an option. The other 2 are at no cost. Your certificate could be ready same-day. Beginning April 1, you will need to plan ahead. All student certificates will be plastic just as the permanent certificates are now and will be issued out of Oklahoma City, not locally. Medical Examiners will no longer be able to issue them but fixed wing or rotorcraft Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) will. However, given the backlog now, you can expect to wait 2-3 months for your certificate’s arrival. You will not be able to solo until you receive it so you won’t be able to do spur-of-the-moment flight instruction. Nor will you be able to take advantage of

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2016 April Cloudbouncer  

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

2016 April Cloudbouncer  

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