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GENERAL MEETING BALLOON MUSEUM September 27th Social 1800 / Meeting 1830


Neil Smith

Treasurer – In the main Bouncer Committee reports presented and approved. Unfinished Business: BFA Balloon Camp Fees and Scholarship Awards –Process of awarding AAAA scholarship money to campers was discussed. After which Charity made the following motion: AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting August 15, 2016 President called to order at 5:30 PM Board Members present – President (Elisa); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Ways & Means (Michelle); Flying Events (Tim); Special Events (Charity); Education (Don); Crew Development (Larry) Board Members Absent – Community Relations (Ursula) The Board approved the appointment of Neal Smith as AAAA Vice President, to fulfill the term recently vacated by Blair. Secretary – New Members presented for approval are Doug Gantt of DeLand, FL; Matthew and VIN Grote of Albuquerque; William Mast and family of Albuquerque; James Morgan of Amarillo, TX; Janet Soffera of Rancho de Taos, NM; Sean Thompson of Albuquerque; Caryn Welz and family of Albuquerque. All approved.

The AAAA Board will implement a vetting system for the AAAA Scholarship recipients of Balloon Camp. Motion seconded by Michelle. Vote resulted in eight for, zero against, motion approved. The form for camper submission will fall under the Crew Development committee, and will be reviewed at the November Board meeting. Outstanding Code of Conduct Forms – All now received. Fees for community relations requests – Motion to remove made by Charity, seconded by Tim. Subject removed. Ground School changes – Postponed to September. New Business: General Meeting room at the Balloon Museum - The echo and increased noise level, which is distracting and disrespectful to those in attendance, that has been noted since moving from the second floor to the first prompted the discussion of moving back to the original

second floor venue. To be followed up at September’s Board Meeting.

serve until the regular general election in March.

AAAA membership drive during AIBF registration – Assistance needed, Michelle to put together an availability sheet for support, which will also encompass Ways and Means.

September program will be the annual pre-fiesta video showing. Please make sure to arrive early as the registration will close and the video will start promptly at 6:30pm. Registration will begin no later than 6pm.

Charity request to speak at the August General meeting– Referred to Flying Events to become a Community Partner for the November Flying Event. Sid Cutter Award – Nominations are now open, please submit nominations to Elisa at president@hotairballooning.org or Sue at secretary@hotairballooning.org. Education Committee and AAAA Board Meeting change of venue – September’s Education Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday September 13th at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, located at 7521 Carmel Ave. NE at 6:00 PM. Board meeting may be held at this same location. Elisa will call to schedule. This change is due to AIBF offices are not available during September. 6:48 PM Motion to adjourn made by Don, seconded by Michelle. Meeting adjourned. Vice President Neal Smith has been appointed by the Board of Directors to serve the remaining term of Vice President vacated by Blair Kaufman. Neal will

Flying Events The August flying event took place on the 13th at the Rio Rancho flying field. We had 44 pilots sign in to the register. The event was canceled due to poor weather. We collected food, backpacks, and cash donations for the Rio Rancho schools. Thanks to all that have and brought items. Crew D Crew Development will be putting on the annual Pre-fiesta Safety Seminar on September 11. There has been a post on the AIBF Navigator page on FB inviting Navigators to come to the seminar. They are calling it Ballooning 202. There will be a full attack on the Crew Development portion of the AAAA website and I will personally make sure the information is up to date before August 17th. Details and information on the Pre-fiesta Safety Seminar will be available there. The Pre-fiesta Safety Brief will be held on Balloon Fiesta Field and will meet at

the Public Safety Building. The classes will began at 7am and will end at 2pm. I will update new information as I confirm it. Community Relations Contact: Erica Bourdon, HMS PFO Secretary Phone: 505-274-1266 Hoover Middle School's 50th year! The Hoover Middle School PFO is holding their 2nd Annual Fall Festival on October 21st from 4-8 PM. There will be carnival games, an arts and crafts fair, a DJ, musical performances by the Hoover Jazz Band and chorus, a pumpkin patch, a cake walk, food by Chick-Fil-A, plus more. They are wanting 2 balloonists to set up on the Hoover soccer field from 68 PM for a glow. A check in the amount of $40.00 dollars will also be issued to the pilots for propane. The address is Hoover Middle School, 12015 Tivoli NE. Contact: Dick Rice, AAAA Board Treasurer Phone: 505-897-2184 Dick Rice will be setting up his basket and burner (no envelope) at 181 E. La Entrada, Corrales on W ednesday, September 28th from 10:00am to 11:30am. He is in need of pilots and crew to talk about the aspects of ballooning. If interested please call Dick.

Contact: Katy Hubbard, Museum Services Rep. Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum Phone: 505.768.6031 khubbard@cabq.gov

The Balloon Museum is planning a Halloween event for Friday, October 28th as part of their BOOloon program they are starting this year. They would like to have some balloons glow on the north grounds. Time is yet to be determined. They are also able to provide propane. Contact Katy for more information

Have you participated recently in a balloon event you think the rest of the club would enjoy hearing about. Share your experience and photos with the other members and write an article for the Cloudbouncer. Articles can be sent to communityrelations@hotairballooning.org or president@hotairballooning.org Education The title for the AAAA/AIBF Safety Seminar is “It’s All Fun Until …” The tentative schedule is: • Andy Baird – Accident Mentality • Jeff Chatterton – Dealings with Media • Ray Bair (or Beth or Don) – Dealings with Crew • Dale Patten – Dealing with Propane • David Boling – NTSB Information The cost is $35 for AAAA members and $45 for non-members. The online registration is up on the AAAA website. It will be in the Sid Cutter Pilot Pavilion starting at 1:00pm on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

We will be doing eight Road Scholar presentations during Fiesta. These are 1 ½ hours talks to groups of 30 – 50 people about ballooning in general and what to expect at the Fiesta. Go to www.roadscholar.org to check them out. We may be looking for an additional presenter or two. Ways & Means Ways & Means had a nice Happy Hour last month at Pi Brewery. It was a good turn out and members had a great time. Thank You to Marj, Keith and Leslie for making it a successful event! Next Happy Hour is on August 30th at 6pm at Cervantes Restaurant and Lounge (5801 Gibson Boulevard Southeast Albuquerque, NM 87108). Cervantes is giving the organization 15% back form the food ordered by ballooning guests. They are also a AAAA Corporate Member! Enjoy the Authentic New Mexican Cuisine! Full bar, great Margaritas, beer and wine. Ways & Means has ordered the 2 bumper stickers you voted for on facebook! Our members can express their love of ballooning with these... "Caution: Hot Air Balloon, Random turns and frequent indecision" and "I'd rather be ballooning". They should be here soon! We also have some older pins for sale. They will be sold for a limited time 2 for $5! If you are missing the annual pin and

the jingle bell pin for 2008, 2009, 2010 come and get them from the W&M table while supplies last. Special Events The AAAA Annual Picnic will be at Coronado Campground on Saturday, August 27, 3-7PM. Special Events will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, garnishes and condiments. Please bring a side dish to share with the group. We are starting to gear up for Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers. The dates for Jingle Bell are December 17th and 18th this year. Please mark your calendars!!!!! We will once again be collecting toys for underprivileged children... more details on which organization to come. As a reminder, registration for Friends and Lovers will be ONLINE this year. More information regarding Friends and Lovers will be available soon

General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday August 23, 2016 President (Elisa) called to order at 6:30 PM with a welcome to those in attendance and congratulations to Cody Robinson for receiving his Private Pilot Certification. The evening’s program, FAI Women’s World Hot Air Balloon Championships held in Lithuania, followed and was presented by Elisa Trillanes. The program consisted of Elisa’s experiences, and the challenges encountered at this event, highlighted with pictures and short videos, helping it come alive for those of us who weren’t there. At this time the Board was called to order. Board members absent – Ways & Means (Michelle), committee report was presented by Sue. Vice-President – Welcome to Neal Smith

Secretary (Sue) – Welcome to our new members: Doug Gantt of DeLand, FL; James Morgan of Amarillo, TX; Janet Soffera of Rancho de Taos, NM; Sean Thompson; Caryn Welz and family; Matthew & VIN Grote; William Mast and family, all from Albuquerque. A special welcome and thank you to Matthew Grote, and William & Stephanie Mast, for being in attendance at the evenings meeting. Treasurer (Dick) – Pie and Donut Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer. Education Committee Safety Corner (Barbara Fricke) – This month’s focus was making sure you have all available weather information before you fly. Remember the three briefings available when calling Flight Services: Standard, for current weather information for your area; Abbreviated, for updates to your standard briefing; and Outlook, projected information six hours or more out. There are two official web sites recognized by the FAA, if you don’t want to call, for getting complete weather briefing information and registering your N number and they are: https://www.18wxbrief.com and http://www.duats.com.

Whichever you may choose for your weather briefing, make sure you have the most current information available before you fly.

2nd place going to Ian Whitling 3rd place going to Steven Adams Welcome new Top Gun pilots Mike Bortetto Paul Petrehn Cameron Wall Thank You Paul Petrehn and Ian Whitling for being our event directors for August flying event. Thank you to all our scorers. You are so appreciated! September Top Gun flying event will be Saturday, September 24. Top Gun – Top Gun August 2 day event

turned out to be a 1 day event. We were weathered out on Saturday. Sunday we had 15 participating pilots. August Champion was Keith Takach!

BFA – No representative. Note, there was a lost hoodie found after the BFA Balloon Camp in Albuquerque, if you lost one please contact one of your camp staff. Top Gun – No representative. There will be a report in the Cloudbouncer.

Fiesta (Paul Petrehn) – Less than 38 days. Launch sites and Banner numbers are expected out in early September, as well as Albuquerque Aloft information. The on field target site for competitors will be reduced to accommodate Special Shapes being allowed to stay on the field. New propane rules will be in effect for those with trailers, baskets must be removed, all details not yet final. The pilot safety video will be available online starting September 9th through September 25th. The September AAAA General Meeting will be showing the Fiesta Safety Video starting promptly at 6:30 PM. Registration with Fiesta Safety Officials will begin no later than 6:00PM (start time not yet finalized). Don’t be late! VFRS – No report. FAA – No representative. Balloon Museum (Jill Lane) – The Grand Opening of the Tim Anderson 4-D Theater will take place on September 22nd with the ribbon cutting starting at 4:00PM, the first screening in the theater will follow, with a reception concluding the festivities. This is a free event open to the public. On September 30th starting at 5:00PM the museum will host the FAI Hall of Fame Awards. This year Troy

Bradley is one of the inductees. October 4th there will be a Buddy Bombart Tribute with a balloon glow and fundraiser on the north lawn followed by a reception, more information to follow. Explorium (Neida Courtney) – Registration for Montgolfier Days begins September 1s t ending on September 16th. Get in on the action when “Paper Takes Flight 2016”.

Last month I mentioned being invited to participate in a meeting with John Duncan, FAA Director of Flight Service Standards in Washington, D.C. The meeting/conference call was held on Friday, August 12th. Pat Cannon, Sam Parks, Andy Baird and Scott Appleman attended the meeting in person. Dean Carlton, Jeff Snyder, Kevin Knapp, Paul Suttle, Troy Bradley, Rob Wise, Brian Trapp and I were able to participate via conference call. The FAA was interested in open collaborative communication with the ballooning community to determine some of the balloon industries operating practices,

find any problems within these practices, determine the most effective means of fixing those problems, and monitor to ensure that they stay fixed. The call lasted just under two hours with multiple ideas shared on how the ballooning community already works to reduce risks and what more we can do in the future. These ideas will be formulated into a plan of action to be presented by the FAA in the coming months. On a positive note was Sam Parks request when asked if anyone had anything additional. He simply said Part 91.119. When questioned farther about this comment Sam stated that the ballooning community had been trying to get the altitude restriction changed for hot air balloons for some time. It was noted that there was not time for that discussion right now but the request was now a part of an official meeting transcript and would be discussed at a follow up time.

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FINDING GREAT CREW WANTED: person to lift and (dis)assemble heavy equipment in highly unstructured environment and mosquito-filled fields. Hours: chilly pre-dawns and sweaty evenings, change daily, often short notice. Pay: little or nothing. Call LOVE-CRE-WING to apply. Every pilot and crew chief has faced the same perennial question: where can I find great crew for my flights? As always, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. And make sure you’re asking for exactly what you want!

First things first. “Do you know anyone who can crew?” is impossibly vague. Know what kind of crew you’re looking for, then screen and match carefully. Do you need extra hands or a full-blown crew chief to lead your crew? For casual flights, someone to simply load your fan and responsibly drive your truck while you radio directions may be fine. For paying passenger flights, someone with much more skill and experience as well as diplomacy and tact is essential. For a high-profile or higher-risk flight, you’ll want someone at the top of their game. Matching a crew member’s experience to your flight needs is essential, and you don’t want to burn out or waste that top-notch crew on repeated pleasure flights. Mix up flights for them and definitely save them for your must-have flights. Also consider what qualities you want in your crew. Warm and vertical isn’t enough. Dependable and trustworthy are musts. A quick learner who’s reasonably fit and healthy with some basic skills (listens and follows directions well, reads maps, safe driver, etc.) is invaluable. Add motivated or self-starting, observant, diplomatic, adaptable or flexible, and smiling and you’ve got a trainable crew member

worth their weight in gold. It’s then up to the pilot and crew chief to teach basic technique and safety. Next consider what you can offer in return. Don’t immediately think of cash- hundreds of crew have volunteered free of charge for decades – but don’t dismiss it either. Crew will keep coming back (even beg to go out flying) if they feel valued, challenged, involved, and happy with their experience. Occasional bad experiences – weather-outs, landowner issues, or flight mishaps – usually don’t deter them. Keep in mind they’ve rearranged their lives to go “on hold” for your flight and have invested time, money, effort, and emotion in your sport . Weather-outs can mean a huge inconvenience and loss for them, even though a pilot may merely reschedule. For regular or above-and-beyond crew, match their motive and efforts with their rewards. Occasional crew might be ecstatic with tailgating, dinner, or just the experience and a thank-you. Hobby crew may like a flight or travel to a weekend festival. An aspiring student pilot may trade crewing for flight time or training. But don’t expect a reliable professional to make a commercial pilot money for nothing. Ask around for going rates for flights,

tethers, or commercial jobs. And be mindful – as elsewhere, you get exactly what you pay for. Two words of advice here. First, great crew are trained, not born. It’s up to YOU to invest your expertise in creating great crew from who you have. A high-profile corporate program can be successfully run with a skilled crew chief and no one else but local first-time crew. Second, you have to ask for crew. Much of ballooning – especially details on crewing – is a mystery to non-balloonists. Most aspiring crew don’t know where to go, look, or sign up – you often need to make the first move and extend the offer. So who do you ask and where do you go? Start with those around you and maybe even those already involved. Spouses, significant others, family, and friends already support you in life and will likely help, at worst trying it a few times. Co-workers and colleagues may be curious about what you do after hours and want to try something different themselves. The opportunity for reinforcing or forging new relationships here is tremendous. TO BE CONTINUED NEXT ISSUE…


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Clarificatio n on New Procedures for Student Pilot Certifica tes By now many balloonists know that the FAA is no longer issuing the paper student pilot certifica tes that a Designated Pilot Examine r or FAA personnel could issue on-the- spot. An applicatio n must be filled out and then verified by one of those same people before it can go to the F AA in Oklahoma City. There is no paper temporary pilot certifica te, but a plastic student pilot certificate will then be issued in a month or so. It looks just like a private or commercia l certifica te. It is a common misconceptio n that a commercia l balloon pilot can do the verificatio n since flight instructors have now been added to those who can verify the informa tio n and send a student applicatio n to the FAA. This is not the case, however, since a commercia l balloon pilot is not a Certified Flight Instructor. Since that is a separate rating not availab le to balloonists, the same people as before are the only ones who can send in student pilot applicatio ns ; 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 appointme nt and go to the FAA FSDO office near the Albuquerq ue Internatio na l Airport. Elizabeth


The "Clarification on New Procedures for Student Pilot Certificates" published in the last issue of the Cloudbouncer ( above ) contains an omission. The point I was trying to make was that commercial balloon pilots, though able to provide flight instruction in balloons, do not hold flight instructor certificates and so cannot be involved in the student pilot certification process. That's correct. Unfortunately, the last sentence, "...the same people as before are the only ones who can send in student pilot applications, DPE's or FAA Inspectors," is not correct. Unlike before, a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) may process an application for a Student Pilot Certificate if they are willing, in addition to DPEs and FAA Inspectors. Whether employed with a flight school or instructing independently, all CFI's can process an application. As Al Lowenstein pointed out at the meeting, he is a CFI and can process the applications, also.

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Emergency Numbers AAAA Roster General Emergency


Power Line Contact


ABQ International Airport Control Tower


After 4pm


ABQ International Airport


Kirtland AFB

846-1478 846-7913 846-7926

Sandia National Lab


Isleta Pueblo


Petroglyph Park & Open Space


Flight Service


Double Eagle Tower

352-5595 352-5596 352-5597

Double Eagle Automated Weather


Southwest FSDO

764-1200 1-800-531-1124

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Albuquerque Fire and Rescue


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Bernalillo County Sheriff


Corrales Fire and Rescue


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2016 September Cloudbouncer  

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

2016 September Cloudbouncer  

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