GENERAL MEETING BALLOON MUSEUM 26TH Social 1800 / Meeting 1830
A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION
Balloon Camp – Postponed to August Ground School Changes – Postponed to September Change of Meeting room – Museum has agreed to change our General meeting venue from the upstairs meeting room to the downstairs meeting room starting with our June General Meeting. New Business:
AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting June 20, 2016
Paypal Account – AAAA has a Paypal account that Dick can activate for an event that requires it. Item concluded. Rio Grande Balloon Camp Fire Extinguisher Safety Class – 10 Fire Extinguishers needed. Will check on having good ones recharged, before using slightly discharged or old ones.
President called to order at 5:30 PM.
No other business, meeting adjourned.
Board Members Present – President (Elisa); Vice President (Blair); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Education (Don); Crew Development (Larry); Community Relations (Ursula); Special Events (Charity).
AAAA Education Foundation Annual Meeting President called to order
Board Members Absent – Flying Events (Tim); Ways & Means (Michelle).
No other business for discussion.
Guests – Debbie Tennis; Bryan Burton
Review of Minutes – Motion to approve, motion passed.
7:42 PM Motion to adjourn made by Charity, seconded by Dick.
President introduced our guests, Debbie Tennis who presented an overview of Parliamentary procedures and a summary of Roberts Rules of Order, and Bryon Burton from Lobonet who provided some basic training on maintaining and updating the AAAA website.
Board agenda continued with a review of minutes. Motion to approve by Blair, motion passed.
Thank you to Keith Lutz for heading the June Flying Event. 59 pilots participated in the June flying event in Rio Rancho. 20 of those pilots scored on the Judge Declared target near Unser and Northern. Thank you to our scorers Dave Bagley, Dan & Beth Talbert and the Trillanes Family. First Place Bill Dimmitt 1.18m Second Place Craig Pendleton 1.50m Third Place Ray Bair 2.24m
Committee Reports presented. Unfinished Business: Assignments – Ideas were presented and discussed. Information will be taken back to each committee for further review.
Treasurer – In the main Bouncer Flying Events
July Flying Event will be held at Balloon Fiesta Park July 10, 2016 â€“ 5:30am registration - 6am briefing I have been asked to look around for a possible alternative launch location to the Rio Rancho field we launch from. I would very much appreciate any suggestions or insight that can be provided. Please email those to email@example.com.
Crew D â€“ Crew Development is putting on the annual Crew D Tailgate Cook Off on July 10th at Fiesta Field. Registrations will be accepted after pilots brief. Complete rules and guidelines for cookoff will be available there. If you would like a copy of the rules and regulation before the morning of July 10th, you can contact Larry Kaibetoney at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 505453-6606. Crew Development is also planning to provide a free mini crew safety session after the August flying event. There is no need to register prior to the session. The mini crew safety session will be a short 15 minute class on fan safety. Balloon crew who do attend the mini session will be awarded points for participation. Class will be informal so come on over with your drink and learn something new or something you already know! Do not forget to sign in to get your Crew Development points. Crew PreFiesta Safety Seminar will be conducted on September 11th on Fiesta Field. We will meet at the safety building. More information will be available on the AAAA website soon. The Crew Development section on the AAAA website will be undergoing changes from July 5 to July 9. Old information will be removed and new information will be added and updated on a regular basis.
Happy flying and safe landings.
Crew Development Board Liaison, Larry Kaibetoney email@example.com 505-453-6606
Community Relations Contact: Pam Russom, Goodwill 5000 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-881-6401 x1879 voice 505-314-1919 fax Requesting tether rides at Goodwill on 3401 NMHWY 528, (Alameda at the old Golden Corral in Saver's parking lot) on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. They will block off a "no traffic" area for the balloon based on the pilot's suggestions. The pilot will be compensated for time and propane. I have one new request for this month. Contact: Pam Russom, Goodwill 5000 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-881-6401 x1879 voice 505-314-1919 fax Requesting tether rides at Goodwill on 3401 NMHWY 528, (Alameda at the old Golden Corral in Saver's parking lot) on Saturday, August 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. They will block off a "no traffic" area for the balloon based on the pilot's suggestions. The pilot will be compensated for time and propane.
Other news. Ideas have been brought up by the AAAA Board and will be implemented in the near future. 1. We are going to have a form that a person/group requesting a ride, tether etc. will be available to fill out online. Instead of having the money go directly to the commercial pilot - we are asking that the money be donated to AAAA - in return a propane voucher will be issued to the pilot. That being said, both commercial and private pilots can be involved in this process of giving rides/tethers etc. and will receive a propane voucher.
2. It was also brought up at the board meeting that we should have a photo caption contest in the monthly Cloud Bouncer.
Education The second Private Pilot Ground School was held June 3-5, 2016 with 24 students. 2 students canceled at the last minute. We discussed a cancellation policy. After much discussion it was decided that there will be no refunds after the Late Fee Date, with the understanding this is on a case by case basis if necessary. We are researching both a new laptop and a PA system for classroom presentations. We feel these are necessary in order to continue to provide quality presentations, grouond schools and programs and to save Beth’s voice (she is under Dr’s advisement to stop raising her voice). [the preceding about Beth is not for public dissemination.] We have started planning for the AAAA / AIBF Safety Seminar. It will be held in the Sid Cutter Pilot Pavilion on Tuesday October 4. The city will not be providing black out curtains so we need to see what we can do to darken the room for the projector. Several possible presenters were discussed. We are open to suggestions on what subjects and presenters folks would like us to include
Ways & Means Ways & Means is pleased to announce the 2016/2017 Roster is here! We are extremely proud of the final product. Many thanks to Marj Baxter for producing this amazing book. This year membership is holding steady, about the same from last year. We enhanced the format of the Roster with color inserts. Last year we had 4 pages, this year we have 8 beautiful pages. We increased our Corporate Membership from 18 members to 22 members. We also created an additional Corporate level to now include Diamond, Platinum, Gold and Silver. We are so excited to announce our 2016/2017 AAAA Corporate Members:
Diamond members: Adams Balloons, Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, T-Shirts and Things, Kirtland FCU and Vara Wines. Platinum Members: Freedom Ride, Flight and Cruise, Kelly’s Brewery, Red Rock Balloon Rally Association and Savoy/Seasons/Zinc. Gold Members: Aerco, Airborne Heat Ballooning, Pins Patches Etc., Otero& Sons Roofing, Sunbelt Landscaping, T.H.E. Insurance Agency, Wells Fargo Silver Members: Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, Chocolate Dude, IMC Balloon Agency, Cervantes Restaurant, Nexus Brewery & Restaurant and Schantz Agency.
• We want to thank our Corporate Members who have been supporting the organization year after year and we want to welcome the new members with open arms. Please use their services, visit their business, eat at their restaurants, order their products. Tell them you’re with AAAA! Happy Hours are still going very strong. We had about 50 people at Sinners N Saints at last months. They donated 15% back on our checks. Everyone had a great time. Shout out to Discover Balloons, Patty and Doug brought our grand prize! Thank you Tim for always being our MC, Becky, Janet and Keith for helping with the night! This month’s happy hour will be very special. It will be at Kelly’s Brewery. Kelly’s have been a supporter of ballooning for many years. This will be the last time we are meeting there as a club before the owners retire. Let’s thank them for all they have done for ballooning. The happy hour will be Tuesday, July 5th at 6pm. We will have an awesome prize drawing at 7:30. We are also excited to announce new merchandise!!!! Beer Koozies, Sport bags, and bumper stickers! The “get your balloon on the
AAAA bumper sticker” is about to kick off again! Thank you Ted Maes for helping with this project! We had a contest on Facebook to pick the best bumper stickers and the winners are: •
#1 “Caution: Balloon Chase Vehicle. Random turns and frequent indecision” • Runner up: “I’d rather be ballooning” None of this happens without the support of amazing, talented people!!! A giant thank you to the W&M Committee for their dedication: Sue Oldenburg, Noelle Packard, Becky Spear, Tim Martin and Keith Lutz.
Special Events The ice cream social was a success. The club ate 6 gallons of ice cream and a whole lot of toppings! Thank you to the people who donated waffle bowls and toppings. A special thank you to Dan Talbert and Camille Lawson for pitching in a scooping ice cream and helping the committee! Plans for the annual picnic are coming along. The location is to be determined, but will be decided on in July. As usual, please bring a dish to share! The committee is starting to plan for Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers -- more details will come soon, but registration for Friends and Lovers will be online this year! The committee is VERY excited about this and hopes it will be much easier for all involved.
General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday June 28, 2016 President (Elisa) called to order at 6:32 PM with a welcome to our guests, congratulations to Mike Bertetto for receiving his Private Pilot Certification, and a thank you to those participating in Ballooning in the Community. A moment of silence followed in honor of Blaine Sant, an active member of AAAA since 1983, who passed away in May. At this time the meeting was turned over to Blair to introduce the evening’s speaker, Nathan Gordon, Albuquerque’s new FAA FSDO representative. Nathan gave a short introduction about himself and reiterated the role of the FSDO in the community of Aviation Safety. Nathan then introduced John DeWitt of the FAA who described his position as that of Safety Outreach. With this in mind, he reminded us that a qualified Safety Seminar will count toward the ground portion of an upcoming Flight Review. John then concluded with various web sites relating to safety, updated regulations, and Flight Standards required for the various systems.
They are www.faasafety.gov, www.ecfr.gov, and www.fsims.gov, please visit these sites and stay informed. At this time the board was called to order. Board members absent – Community Relations (Ursula), and Ways & Means (Michelle). Committee reports for those absent were presented by Charity and Sue respectfully. Vice-President (Blair) – July’s program will consist of individuals willing to share experiences and fun had at recent rally’s. Blair also informed the membership of his stepping down as Vice-President at the end of July due to an upcoming move out of state.
BFA (Kelly & Robyn) – Rio Grande Balloon Camp is in need of fire extinguishers, old sectionals, donations for Pilot Packs (25 of whatever you can give), First Aid Kits to be carried by camp leaders, help with the big Tailgate, scheduled for Saturday, of food prep, cooking, serving, etc. Please contact the event coordinators for more information.
Secretary (Sue) – No new members to
Top Gun – No representative. There will be a report in the Cloudbouncer
Treasurer (Dick) – With a show of hands, Pie Charts will continue, but the suggestion of him taking a drink every time he says Pie Charts, didn’t go over as well. Look for his Year End report, with Pie Charts, in the Cloudbouncer.
Fiesta (Paul) – Less than 95 days. Pilot radios are available for $50.00 at Fiesta offices, contact Jennifer Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 111 Special Shapes will be attending this year with 15 brand new to Fiesta.
Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
VFRS – No representation Education Committee Safety Corner (Beth) – Discussed the changes for Student Pilot applications which now require a CFI’s signature before being considered complete. Commercial Pilots, unless they are a CFI, are no longer valid.
FAA – No representation Balloon Museum (Jill) – Tickets still on sale for the Chic-I-Boom Ball on July 22, 2016. July 4th the Museum is hosting a Red, White and Balloons Celebration. Tickets are available at the Balloon Museum Shoppe, or online at www.balloonmuseum.com. The Balloon Museum offers AAAA members a discounted yearly membership whether it is an individual ($12.00), a couple ($20.00) or a family ($35.00), get in on the
savings. The 40 seat 4D Theater is on schedule to open later this summer and the Polar Exhibit is expected to open before Balloon Fiesta. Explorium (Neida) - The Tissue Paper Balloon program has been visiting the youth Cancer Camps in New Mexico and western Texas with the next ones to be presented in Alamogordo, NM and Lubbock, TX. Congratulations to Steve Coffing, our June champion. Second place went to Keith Lutz Third place went to Ian Whitling July Top Gun Event will be Sunday, July 17th.
None this month.
CAMERON BALLOO N SALES June's flying event had 10 pilots in participation. Thank You Mark Trillanes for being our Event Director. Thank You to all our scorers. You are so appreciated.
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Clarification on New Procedures for Student Pilot Certificates By now many balloonists know that the FAA is no longer issuing the paper student pilot certificates that a Designated Pilot Examiner or FAA personnel could issue on-the-spot. An application must be filled out and then verified by one of those same people before it can go to the FAA in Oklahoma City. There is no paper temporary pilot certificate, but a plastic student pilot certificate will then be issued in a month or so. It looks just like a private or commercial certificate. It is a common misconception that a commercial balloon pilot can do the verification since flight instructors have now been added to those who can verify the information and send a student application to the FAA. This is not the case, however, since a commercial balloon pilot is not a Certified Flight Instructor. Since that is a separate rating not available to balloonists, the same people as before are the only ones who can send in student pilot applications; DPEs or FAA inspectors. Since there are 2 DPEs in Albuquerque, either Ray Bair or I can help those wishing to get a student pilot certificate. The other option is for applicants to make an appointment and go to the FAA FSDO office near the Albuquerque International Airport. Elizabeth Wright-Smith
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