A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION
JOHN GREEN 1ST PLACE
GENERAL MEETING BALLOON MUSEUM October 25th Social 1800 / Meeting 1830
BFA Balloon Camp participants, and highlights from this past July. Treasurer – Review of the financial status as of August 31, 2016. Report and Pie Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer.
AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes President called to order at 5:31 PM Board Members Present – President (Elisa); Vice President (Neal); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Ways & Means (Michelle); Special Events (Charity); Education (Don); Flying Events (Tim); Community Relations (Ursula); Crew Development (Larry). Board Members Absent – None Review of the Board Meeting Minutes from the August 19th meeting. Ursula made the motion to accept the minutes as written, seconded by Charity, motion passed. Minutes are final as written. Vice President - The September General Meeting will consist of the 2016 AIBF Safety Video with Paul Petrehn providing updates and changes for the upcoming Fiesta. October speaker will tentatively be Melissa Bond providing all the after Fiesta highlights and stats. November program to consist of
Secretary – New Members presented for approval are Andrew Feltman of Albuquerque; William Kaeser of Waunakee, WI; and Mary Jo Norgarn also of Waunakee, WI. Motion to approve the applicants was made by Dick, seconded by Tim, all approved. Committee reports were presented and approved, will be in the Cloudbouncer. Unfinished Business: Ground School Changes – A draft of the proposed changes for all Ground Schools presented by the AAAA Education committee, was presented to the Board. These changes include: An increase of Tuition with Books; Tuition only with a separate charge for the current notebook; Scholarship requirements; Eligibility for Tuition waiver only, charge for books and/or current notebook will still apply; and preapproval for those who wish to Audit the class. After discussion, Neal moved to approve the revisions, seconded by Dick. Motion approved. General Meeting room at the Balloon Museum – Septembers General Meeting will be held in the first floor
meeting room. Discussion to return to the second floor is ongoing and will be readdressed at the Board meeting in October. Schedule of volunteers for Ways & Means merchandise sales and AAAA Membership drive during AIBF registration â€“ Wednesday evening will be covered by Board members, volunteers are still needed for Thursday and Friday. Michelle and Sue to follow up with contacting potential volunteers. New Business: Sid Cutter Award â€“ Nominations are closed. The 2016 Sid Cutter Award recipient will be announced at the AIBF awards Banquet on Saturday October 8th. The AAAA Board meeting on October 17th will again be held at 2703 Broadbent Parkway, Suite G, due to AIBF offices still being unavailable. 6:31 PM Motion to adjourn made by Charity, seconded by Ursula. Meeting adjourned.
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.
Flying Events The September Flying Event was held at Balloon Fiesta Park on September 11, 2016. We had 60 pilots sign in for the event. Two targets were placed and nine pilots scored. The top there were 3rd - Bill Dimmitt 0.84m, 2nd Paul Smith - 0.68m, and 1st John Green 0.53m. Our community partner for the September event was the New Mexico Search and Rescue. It was great to see the horses at the event and a collection was taken for Search and Rescue. Thank you to AAAA members generous donations we were able to raise $196 for our partners at NM Search and Rescue. Scores have been tallied for all events for 2016. Standings for the top 40 pilots can be found below. Interestingly there is a 5 way tie for 18th place based on show up points from perfect attendance. Crew D 45 people attended the Crew Development Pre-Fiesta Safety Seminar AKA Ballooning 202 on September 11, 2016. There was great feedback and Crew D would like to thank all the pilots and crew that helped with the hands on training portion of the safety seminar. The students commented that the pilots and crew were very informative, patient, friendly and knowledgeable. The hands on portion of the safety seminar was very popular and well received. Thank you again to all the pilots and crew who participated.
For those who participated in the Crew D Trivia game at September's flying event, your points will be added to your crew games total. I am working on the breakdown of the crew games and will post results on the AAAA Crew Development page. Larry Kaibetoney Crew Development Board Liaison Community Relations Ballooning Around the Community Art Lloyd Jr. and Dick Rice did a Power Point presentation on Thursday Sept 15th to approximately 45 members of the Newcomers Club at the Texas Land & Cattle Co. The presentation was well received and they discussed the possibility of future presentations. There was an event at the Balloon Museum on Friday Sept. 17 which was a fundraiser for "Hawks Aloft." We weren't able to glow because of the inclement weather. We were however, able to do a candlestick glow. Pilots and crews involved included Ursula Richards, Loretta Zamora, Chris Cutter and Al Lowenstein and all of their respective crews.
I have posted the seminar info on the Balloon Email Reflector and several pages on Facebook including the AAAA page. Agenda: Introduction Andy Baird – “Risk and the Art of Ballooning” Ray Bair & Scott McClinton – Training crew for emergencies. Jeff Chatterton – Crises Communications Dale Pattyn – Propane 101 David Bowling NTSB & John DeWitt FSDO Don & Tom will get with Jennifer Garcia next week to check out the Sid Cutter Pavilion and try the new Ed Committee computer to insure projector works and is visible. Presentation area will be the east side of the room. Cooperage will bring and set up trays of sandwiches, there will be some vegetarian sandwiches. They will bring paper plates, napkins and plastic service. We will clean up, and Cooperage will pick up anything not disposable later in the week. We will need to find a place to store the trays etc. $10.73 per person. Loretta will make sure there is water for the seminar.
Education 2016 Fiesta Safety Seminar Title: “It’s All Fun Until…” Online registration is going well, to date about 77 have signed up
Education members will be at all AIBF pilot registration sessions to sign up for the seminar. The Ed Committee has purchased a new computer. Expenditure was $ 280.00 it is set up to handle everything the committee needs it to do. The older AAAA laptop was
not able to handle some video in some presentations. Eight Road Scholar presentations are scheduled during Fiesta. Road Scholar is paying AAAA for this service. There will be no October meeting.
Ways & Means Ways and Means had an outstanding AAAA Happy Hour at Cervantes last month! Cervantes is one of the AAAA Corporate Members. They donated 15% back on the food purchased as well as reserving 2 spaces for our event. We raised about $200 with a prize drawing and selling merchandise at the event. The food and drink were excellent! Please visit Cervantes. Bring your guests during Balloon Fiesta for a great New Mexico food experience. Remember to tell them you're a AAAA member! Visit our other Corporate Members during Fiesta! Eat and Drink at Kelly's Brewery, Savoy/Seasons/Zinc, Cervantes Restaurant, Chocolate Dude, and Nexus Brewery & Restaurant. Tell them youâ€™re a member and thank them for their support! Don't forget to buy your Vara Wines to celebrate your flights! Thanks to Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta who has been a long time member! T-shirts and Things and Pins Patches Etc. have been very very busy getting you dressed for success! Stop by the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, the Foundation supports AAAA. Adams Balloons and Aerco are great local folks...you know... just in case! Use Kirtland FCU and Wells Fargo for all your banking
needs. We really want to thank our other balloon related businesses, Airborne Heat Ballooning (get your crew signed up to learn to fly), T.H.E. Insurance Agency, IMC Balloon Agency and Schantz Agency! When Fiesta is over give Otero & Sons Roofing a call for your roofing needs and Sunbelt Landscaping & Nursery when it's time to make your yard fabulous. If you start to miss ballooning in December you can join the Red Rock Balloon Rally Association for an amazing flight in the red rocks of Gallup and return in July for the fun Freedom, Flight and Cruise. Tell them all you are a AAAA member and give them a big thank you! There will be no AAAA Happy Hour in October due to Fiesta. We are also selling several items. Our current inventory includes: 5 stickers (2 new and 1 window cling reincarnated 2/$5) 2 beer Koozies (can and bottle 4/$10) Vintage Pins 2/$5 Current pins $5 each Surprise pin grab bags (at least 4 pins for $5 going fast) Sports bags $10 Glove clips (6 different colors also going fast $5 each) We sold about $300 at the September Flying Event. Thanks Terry for the help with the selling! Thank you to everyone for your purchase! We plan to sell at the AIBF pilot registration and during the pilot and crew breakfast during Fiesta. AAAA Corporate Members will be picking up the breakfast buttons at AIBF offices and pilot registration through AIBF this year.
Special Events After 2 successful events this year, Special Events is gearing up for our 2 largest events -- Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers. Jingle Bell -- The dates for Jingle Bell this year are December 17 and 18. As usual, the event will take place at Balloon Fiesta Park with the pilot and crew activities taking place in the Sid Cutter Pavilion. In lieu of the chili cookoff contest this year, we will be having a gingerbread cookie contest!!!! Details on that will come laters. Additionally, we will be changing the recipient of the toy drive this year to a local non-profit -- we are currently looking at different options and will let the membership know as soon as a decision is made. Friends and Lovers -- Registration will be online this year and there will be a nominal fee. The event has been free for the last 41 years, but rising costs to put the event on have forced us to have to charge a fee for it. We have worked to keep the events costs down, but as we all know, prices rise, but donâ€™t often go down!!!!! Rest assured we are working hard to make sure you get the most bang for your buck!!!!! We hope to have registration open by December 1.
Fiesta Video Viewing
October flying event had 13 participants. Thank you Jonathan Wright for being our event director. Special thanks to Club Rio Rancho for opening the club early for us. Thank you Jhett and Josh for the golf carts and the use of the course.
I blinked sometime back in April and when I opened my eyes it was September! I stopped and thought, “How can Fiesta possibly be here already?” and yet here it is… ready or not. From early mornings amazing sunrises; fantastic flights over this city we love (with our 500 best friends); being a part of the biggest “family” reunion after each flight; to those unbelievable after glow firework shows - what could you possibly not love about Fiesta? Ok, I’m not a huge fan of the hectic week before or after and I could really use a few more hours of sleep… There are just so many things going on and I don’t want to miss anything.
Thank you to our scores! Scores will be emailed and posted as soon as I get them.
Speaking of not missing anything, don’t forget to sign up for the AAAA Safety Seminar held annually on Tuesday. This year it will be in the Sid Cutter Pilot Pavilion so you don’t even have to leave the park. As always, a big THANK YOU goes out to all the AAAA members who work so hard to make October a great time to be a balloonist in Albuquerque.
WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon S chwontkowski)
FINDING GREAT CREW
questions they ask. Be ready to invite them out to see what crewing is about; have a business card, trading card, phone number/email address, or other contact info ready and ask for the same.
FINDING GREAT CREW
…CONTINUED FROM SEPTEMBER ISSUE Don’t, however, overlook your immediate flying circles. As economic conditions have made some occasional crew more unavailable, more pilots are acting as crew chiefs for other pilots. The benefits include instant experienced balloonists (many crew, however, caution that a pilot certificate doesn’t equal crew skill proficiency), another set of pilot eyes/hands, good availability, and returning the favor when in a jam. Occasionally, other pilot’s crews may also be worth a shot. Far from being “stolen” or “loaned” like products, crewing for another pilot can sharpen and refresh crew outlook on technique, equipment, and safety. Like travel, it’s useful to broaden flying experience and perspective. Opportunistic encounters may prove fertile ground for finding new crew too. Passengers, spectators, sponsors, and media may “get hooked” once they see a balloon up close and want to have more memorable experiences once their first is over. Landowners and crowds that gather on launch or landing have already pre-qualified themselves as interested. Constantly “shop” and be on the lookout for new crew; you’ll know who stands out by the kinds of
Events will parade the maximum number of potential crew directly past your basket. School presentations excite both adults and kids alike and often result in paid rides, new launch sites, and even crew. Put up a “Crew Wanted” sign and sign-up sheet on your basket. Weekend festivals often have a pool of volunteer crew you can draw on; with care, you can often keep crew this way for years. Take advantage of weather-outs when you can set your basket up for the crowd; your ONLY goal here is to introduce others to ballooning, and there’s always someone who wants to come back and see you fly. These potential crew have already rehearsed scheduling their day, arriving on time, and dealing with weather – the odds are already in your favor. Setting up for or flying out of parades, community and sports events, and especially fundraisers for nonprofit groups always brings out those who want to get involved and help and may provide some good bites. For immediate though somewhat unpredictable results, direct outreach is the answer. Some pilots place classified ads for crew with mixed results. Others ask propane workers or those with other flying interests (at airports, for example) to come on out. Consider the demographics or professions
you’d prefer. Ride operators often put the word out among young adults and high school/college students. Firefighters, realtors, and local delivery drivers bring built-in perks; many don’t need a map, know a county’s worth of landowners on a first-name basis (when you don’t), and can deliver results under pressure in unstructured environments. And when you find that new crew member, let them know they can later bring a friend who’s interested as well. Perhaps your best results could come from offering a mini-course in ballooning through your local community college. A few hours on several weekday evenings or Saturday mornings has led to new crew, passengers, student pilots, launch and landing sites, and much more for pilots who’ve done this. Imagine the change and growth in ballooning if just half of active pilots did this – and got paid for it too! Wherever you find new crew, be honest with them about what to expect and what is expected. Don’t overhype the excitement or perks you’re offering for their efforts, and don’t minimize or omit the bummers including 4AM phone calls, sweaty labor, and weather-outs. You’d expect nothing less if the tables were turned, and being prepared means no unpleasant surprises. Recruitment always takes more time and effort than retention. Keeping good crew is much easier than starting fresh or over. Keep a list of a dozen or so crew you can call
on so you’re not caught empty-handed. Fly enough to keep those interested involved or they’ll find another pilot or recreation. Treat your crew with respect; they’re not only keeping you aloft, they’re keeping you and everyone around you safe. Give them every reason to keep coming back and as few as possible not to. There’s no magic bullet for finding great crew for every flight, so start thinking where your next crew will come from. Each crew will vary in their motivation, skill, energy, and fun levels – allow for that. But there’s also no reason you can’t have all the qualified crew you need to pull off your next flying season. It’s up to each pilot and crew chief to build a solid crew base. Make it last by remembering you’re building long-term relationships that will pay off long-term for everyone with many priceless intangibles beyond crewing service.
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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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