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They are requesting some hot air balloons tether for the National Park Service, which is celebrating 100 years at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for August 27th, 2016 from 8am to noon. They are willing to supply propane for a couple of balloons. Any further questions please contact either Peggy.
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Community Relations Contact: Peggy Gautier, Los Amigos de Valles Caldera firstname.lastname@example.org She is requesting some hot air balloons tether for the National Park Service which is celebrating 100 years at the Valles Caldera National Preserve. This event is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for August 27th, 2016 from 8am to noon. Any further questions please contact Peggy.
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The 2nd Annual Benner Memorial Balloon Launch & First Responders Support Flight is on Sunday, Sept 25th, 2016. Meet at sunrise at Rio Rancho Police Department in the park. Everyone will want to get a good flight in right before fiesta, so please come out and support our first responders. Or even better give them a balloon ride.
Contact: Shai Shelhav 505-550-0299, email@example.com Wants to do a Balloon Glow on Dec 31, 2016 for the last night of Chanukah. This event is sponsored by Chabad of NM. Meeting time is 1 hour before sunset @ the Sid Cutter Pavilion. They are requesting 9 balloons and the pilots will be reimbursed for propane. Food will also be provided the night of the event.
ATTENTION: A balloon Pilot while inflating a couple of weeks ago, had an area homeowner come to complain about balloons flying low over her house. The location is north of Puesta del Sol Elementary School (on Southern Blvd east of Rainbow Road. According to the pilot she was very livid. Please be aware of this area and try to stay at least 1,000 feet above any buildings, houses etc., particularly in this area.
Education PPGS Final Evaluation: In general a good response on the survey results, school went well. Fiesta Safety Seminar: Possible Main Theme and Title: It’s All Fun & Games Until……….. 1. Propane Safety: How it works, properties etc. 2. Crew training, awareness: Gordon (?) 3. Pucker Factor: Stories about flights that took a “scary turn”, no accident discussion per se; but how and what can happen. Presenters TBA 4. Aftermath: how to deal with the media and social media: Jeff Chattworth. Neal Smith gave us a glimpse of what ‘s coming at Fiesta with possible re-fueling procedure change. All baskets must be pulled out of trailers, and the “carts” that will be used. Neal proposed to put together a program in conjunction with Crew Development Committee to be presented at the Sept AAAA flying event. He will work with Pinnacle Propane for actual practice and instruction for pilots & crew members. We are in the planning stage for the AAAA Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar. The seminar will Tuesday Oct. 4 at the Sid Cutter Pilot Pavilion. We also working on eight presentation during AIBF to groups from Road Scholar. We present 1 1/2 talks on ballooning the the Fiesta to groups of 30 to 50 people on educational tours. Check our Road Scholar at www.roadscholar.org Don Boyer
Ways & Means Last month’s Happy Hour was held at Kelly’s Brewery, everyone had a good time. Thank You Kelly’s for your support to the ballooning community. Tuesday, August 2nd at 6pm at Pi Brewery located at 9780 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque 87114. This will be out first happy hour at this location. Pi Brewery is a new supporter of the club. Please show your appreciation by attending this event. We will have a prize drawing at 7:30. We also have some AAAA merchandise for sale. We are selling beer koozies for 4 for $10 and the AAAA sports bag for $10. Great items to get for your crews. The sports bags are perfect for crewing and even better for Fiesta! Put your balloon on the AAAA Bumper Sticker and other bumper stickers are coming soon! If you haven’t already please pick up your 20162017 Annual Roster at the W&M table.
Special Events Plans for the annual picnic are coming along. We are looking at moving it to the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area this year -- more information on that will come as soon as we have more information on the space. We are starting to plan for Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers. One BIG change to Friends and Lovers this year will be online registration! We are asking that all applications be submitted this way -- the form will be up and running in October. More information on this will come closer to registration opening, but we want to make sure no one is surprised by this!
If you haven’t already please pick up your 20162017 Annual Roster at the W&M table.
Top Gun – Top Gun’s July event was successful and fun. Thank You Alan Cannaday for being our Event Director. Thank you to all our scorers. You are appreciated. Congratulations to our July Champion. Keith Takach Last month’s Happy Hour was held at Kelly’s Brewery, everyone had a good time. Thank You Kelly’s for your support to the ballooning community. Tuesday, August 2nd at 6pm at Pi Brewery located at 9780 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque 87114. This will be out first happy hour at this location. Pi Brewery is a new supporter of the club. Please show your appreciation by attending this event. We will have a prize drawing at 7:30. We also have some AAAA merchandise for sale. We are selling beer koozies for 4 for $10 and the AAAA sports bag for $10. Great items to get for your crews. The sports bags are perfect for crewing and even better for Fiesta! Put your balloon on the AAAA Bumper Sticker and other bumper stickers are coming soon!
Second Place went to Ian Whitling and Third to Steve Coffing. August flying event is a 2day event. Aug 20 / 21st More details to follow.
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I believe I speak for most of us when I say the recent accident in Texas has left us with a lot of unanswered questions. Shortly after the accident, the AAAA Board began receiving requests from the media for information and interviews. With Paul Smith's assistance, we created a statement for our Board members to use in response to any requests. As a Board, we agreed it was improper for us to make any statements until the NTSB and FAA have completed their investigation into the accident. I'm interested in seeing their findings and am confident our AAAA Education committee will look for insights gained from the investigation to help educate our membership to make us better and safer pilots and crew. I have received several official calls from the FAA with questions regarding balloons and ballooning. I have been invited to participate in a meeting next Friday with the Director of Flight Standards in Washington, D. C. As President of the largest balloon club, I feel an obligation to represent you, our membership, as the FAA works to understand the nature of balloons and our sport. I will update our membership at the August General Meeting and my September column. Elisa Trillianes
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** Nominations for the Sid Cutter Award will be accepted through August 31st. Please send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org The Sid Cutter Award is a traveling trophy presented annually in Sid Cutterâ€™s name by the club to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the sport of ballooning. The recipient should be an individual whose extraordinary dedication has benefited the hot air ballooning community as a whole. The award should be presented to someone whose actions and efforts are not otherwise widely publicly recognized. ~~*~~
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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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