A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION
FIRST PLACE KEITH LUTZ
NO GENERAL MEETING HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Treasurer – Two errors were noted in the Treasurers Report as of October 31, 2016, these will be corrected prior to submission to the Cloudbouncer. Pie charts are correct and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Secretary – New members presented for approval are John Gruenberg of Longmont, CO 2016 & prepaid 2017; Mark & Anita Ibbotson of Grand Prairie, TX 2016 & prepaid 2017; Brann & Marie Smith of Chico, CA 2016; and Kenneth & Sandra VanWye of Albuquerque 2017. Motion to accept new members made by Dick, seconded by Don, all approved. Committee reports were presented and approved. They will be in the Cloudbouncer.
AAAA Board Meeting November 14, 2016 Vice President called to order at 5:30PM Board Members Present – Vice President (Neal); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Flying Events (Tim); Community Relations (Ursula). Board Members Absent – President (Elisa); Crew Development (Larry); Ways & Means (Michelle); Special Events (Charity). Vice President – November General meeting has two potential speakers, finalization has not been made. Speaker for November came through in a clutch. Profuse thanks to Jonathon Wright. February is NTSB David Bowling. We have two candidates for January. There is no speaker required at the March meeting. There are three other speaker candidates that weren’t able to make the short notice request for this month that may (with enough notice) be able to present in April, May, and June. Neal Smith is unable to run for VP next term. We are soliciting candidates for this position. The duties are simple and don’t require a huge time investment.
Unfinished Business: Meeting room at the Balloon Museum – This issue has been resolved with the Museum, starting with the November 22nd General Meeting AAAA will return to the second floor meeting room.
New Business: The 2017 Board Meeting Schedule – There is a conflict with committee meetings in August and September. Motion to address at a later date was approved. Lobo Net - Entertain a return visit by Lobo Net for further education in updating the AAAA web site. Discussion to be continued. New pilot education regarding AAAA Flying Events – Suggestions will be addressed at the next Flying Events committee meeting. 6:11 PM Motion to adjourn made by Sue, seconded by Tim.
Flying Events At our November 2016 flying event we had 49 pilots register for the event. Two targets were set for a task and 27 pilots scored. Our next flying event will be held in December during the Jingle Bell NonRally. The AAAA awards banquet will be held at Club Rio Rancho on Saturday January 7th. Tickets are on sale now for the awards banquet. $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Education Both Private and Commercial Ground School registration is online on the AAAA website.
The Flying Events Committee is accepting donated items for the awards banquet raffle and auction.
We have had to do a price increase due to the rising costs of the books and materials.
Private Pilot Ground School will be Feb 24 – 26, 2017 at the AIBF office. Pricing: Member $175.00 Non Member $200.00. After Feb 10 the tuition for all is $225.00.
Community Relations I have two new requests this month. Contact: Jason Bogue Phone: 505-307-9365 The 6th Annual benefit dinner in support of St. Vincent De Paul's is on Dec. 8th at the Sheraton Uptown. They are looking for donations for raffle prizes. If interested in donating a balloon ride or any other items contact Jason. Contact: Amecus England, Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children Phone: 505-459-2071 She is requesting some balloons for a static display on December 17th from 9am - 1pm at the Manual Lujan Building - Expo New Mexico. This display will be for children under the care of licensed foster care parents and the event is being authorized by CYFD through NM Kids Matter. If interested in participating in this event contact Amecus. Ballooning Around the Community The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk was held on November 5th at Civic Plaza downtown. Don Boyer and his crew and Ursula Richards and her crew did a candlestick glow for all those participating in the walk. We had great time sharing our "balloons" with the walkers.
Commercial Pilot Ground School will be April 21 – 23, 2017 at the AIBF office. Pricing: Member $195.00 Non Member $220.00. Late tuition is $245. An additional ground school may be scheduled for June if needed. Students may also register via mail using the downloadable form or at the AAAA General Meetings. To date, we have 13 students signed-up for the private school and 3 signed-up for the commercial school. 9 of these are from outside NM. Ways & Means Next Happy Hour will be at Il Vicino on the west side on November 29th at pm. We will have a prize drawing at 7:30. Il Vicino has awesome food and drink!!! They will be giving the organization 20% back on our checks! There will be no Happy Hour in December. If you have any items you wish to donate to AAAA, please contact Michelle. We are collecting for both the AAAA Awards Banquet and the March Raffle. Thank you!
Special Events Jingle Bell planning is underway. Loretta’s Lattes will once again be on site selling coffee and breakfast both days of the event. Pilot Briefing will be in the Sid Cutter Pavilion around 6:45 - 7:00 AM.
The cooking contest this year is a gingerbread cookie contest. Please email Charity or see any of the committee members to sign up! Slots are starting to fill up!
Dawn with moving from Active Duty to the VA Healthcare system. They help with paperwork, getting specialized appointments, referrals and case management. They also assist those that are struggling with the transition financially, but can only do so through donations. Many veterans working to get into the VA system have a difficult time, especially around the holidays, providing for their families. Through donations, this program is able to provide much needed relief in their time of need. Additionally the program provides gifts to the children of these families during the Holiday season
Jingle Bell 2016 Gingerbread Cookie Contest Rules •
You must pre-register for this contest by December 1, 2016. Only 25 Participants will be allowed.
Please have 3 flat gingerbread cookies available for judging (1 per judge, no gingerbread houses)
Decorations must be G-Rated. Judging will be on Flavor, Decoration, and originality.
Here is a list of what we will be collecting at the event (and before): New: Socks (in package) Undergarments (in package) Toys Gift cards Gently used winter clothing -- think of all those event jackets you have hanging in your closet!!!
Registration for Friends and Lovers is open and going strong. We have had several applications • You must be present to be judged. turned in and more come each day. If you do not Judging: want to pay through PayPal, you can send a check • If we fly, judging will begin promptly at 10:30 AM to the AAAA PO box or hand it to Dick or Charity. You don’t have to pay online, you do have to on Saturday December 17th. register online! Remember, there is a $25 fee this • If we don’t fly, judging will begin promptly at 8:00 year to help offset the increasing cost of putting AM this fabulous event on. •
To respect the time of our volunteer judges, if we fly, please ensure you or your designee are onsite to submit your submission for judging or you will forfeit.
No more than 3 cookies (1 per judge) and no gingerbread houses.
This year we are changing the non-profit we donate to. This is to spread the wealth a little bit and not to have to scramble to meet the Toys for Tots deadline. This year we have selected to support the Transition and Care group at the Albuquerque VA. The Transition and Care unit assists returning service members from Operation iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New
At this time the Board was called to order. Present were President (Elisa); Vice President (Neal); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Flying Events (Tim); Crew Development (Larry); and Education (Don). Absent were Community Relations (Ursula) report presented by Don; Ways & Means (Michelle); and Special Events (Charity) report presented by Larry.
General Meeting Minutes from November 22, 2016 President (Elisa) called to order at 6:33 with a welcome to all and especially to our guests: Cheyan Rose, Eric Maxon, and Jeremiah Dotson all of Albuquerque; and Margaret Bretfeilh of Driggs, ID. Elisa continued with Ballooning in the Community with a thank you to Frank & Niki Dickey for providing rides on behalf of the National Federation of the Blind. There were no new pilots or balloons listed at the meeting but there was one, congratulations go out to one of our members, Ryan Gunter, on passing his Private Pilot check ride on Saturday November 19th. At this time our guest speaker, Jonathan Wright, was presented to provide us with his experiences flying Worlds. His presentation started with the qualification process to be eligible to compete in Worlds, and continued with a pictorial walk through transporting the system to Japan, the pilot and crews transportation once there (105 identical vans), the briefings, the flying, the targets, and a birds eye view of about 70 balloons converging on one target. Jonathan continued with the elevated level of experience needed by the 105 participants from around the world that made this a safe and memorable experience.
President (Elisa) – Diana Gilson has agreed to be the AAAA Nominations Chairperson for this year. Opening Board positions are Vice President, Secretary, Community Relations, Ways & Means, and Special Events. If there is anyone who would like to run for any of these positions, please contact Diana. Secretary (Sue) – Welcome to our new members: John Gruenberg of Longmont, CO; Mark & Anita Ibbotson of Grand Prairie, TX; Brann & Marie Smith of Chico, CA; and Kenneth & Sandra VanWye of Albuquerque. 2017 renewals will be going out December 1st and 2nd, if you have moved and not provided a change of address to me, please do so as soon as possible by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Treasurer (Dick) – Donut Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer. Education Committee Safety Corner (Don Boyer) – This month’s focus was all about the vision. For those of us who wear glasses, how well can you see if they lose a screw and fall into the basket and get stepped on, or you’re watching that spit falling and your glasses slid off your sweaty nose after it? Will you be able to see those power lines just before that big open, you think, field, or that fence that’s crossing the middle of it? Do you wear a cheater
strap so your glasses won’t slide off, do you carry an old pair with you so if you lose a screw and the ear piece falls off there’s a backup? Think about it – if you can’t see where you’re going, it’s tough to fly and land a balloon. Guests: Shai Shelhav – December 31st is the last day of Chanukah. The Chabad of New Mexico is looking for pilots who would like to participate in the making of the largest Menorah in history. If there are enough pilots willing to glow New Year’s Eve, they will make more than one. If interested, please contact the Chabad of NM at 505880-1181 or www.menorahglow.com. Ray Bair – Christmas Eve Glow at Arroyo del Oso golf course with tail gate at the Bair’s afterward. If interested, please contact Carol Bair at 505-934-1066 for details.
December Top Gun Flying Event will be Sunday December 11th. Meeting at Einstein’s in Rio Rancho. Top Gun Annual Meeting will be Saturday, January 14th. Awards will be presented and a new board will be voted in. Those interested in joining the Board of Directors for Top Gun please contact any current board member.
BFA – No representation Fiesta (Paul Smith) – No more news. VFRS (Kelli Ballengee) – St Patty’s Rally preparations are underway. A thank you to the pilots who did a static display for the freshmen at Belen High School to go along with their current science lessons FAA – No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No Representation
Top Gun - November Top Gun 2 day event was a success. Special Thank You to Jonathan Wright for being our Event Director for the weekend. Scores are still being calculated and will be sent to the pilots as soon as possible.
Explorium (Neal Smith) – Explorium was host to approximately 150 students from four different schools on November 15th providing programs related to STEM education.
It’s that time of year again. No I’m not talking about the holidays, I’m talking about AAAA nominations! Do you have an interest in where your club is going? Do you have great ideas? Would you like to be a part of your club and make a difference? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE- Your club has the following Board Positions open: Vice-President, Secretary, Community Relations, Ways & Means, and Special Events Want to know more about what these Board position do? Ask the current Board Member or read the bi-laws online thru your very own AAAA club website. Don't be left out - Talk to the Nomination Committee or President if you are interested Nomination Committee Chair is: Diana Gilson Elections are in March with the new Board taking their positions in April. ~~*~~
WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon Schwontkowski)
CREW CHIEF TRAINING AND PROFICIENCY Continued from November issue… 17. Launch site selection: determine adequate size, downwind hazards, likely layout direction 18. Equipment set-up: assist pilot/crew in complete basket/envelope unloading and set-up 19. Fan safety: start, stop, shut off fuel, brief handler, load by self, secure for travel 20. Tie-off safe ty: identify suitable anchors, secure both ends, create no-walk zone, proper/safe release 21. Throat handling on inflation: know where to stand/hold, possible pilot commands 22. Crown line command: calm/moderate/gusty condition techniques, secure when walked in, handle to deflate in tight spots with hazards 23. Inflation: assign crew, manage spectators, tab parachute, know what “normal” looks like 24. Weight-on: how/when on cold/hot inflations and landings, do’s and don’ts 25. Pre-launch che ck list: spare strikers/radios/maps onboard, pilot and crew checklists complete, all lines secured, no overhead traffic, spectators away from tie-off, crew weight-off 26. Landing site s: identify suitability by size, approach path, power lines/fences/livestock, access 27. Live stock manage ment: identify type, spot when hidden, know risks, radio pilot, dog safety
28. Landing assistance: radio information to pilot, handle crop/airport/road landing, add weight (how/when to or not), manage vehicle and spectator traffic 29. Drop line handling: when to use, when to hold or release, how to hold, “walking” the balloon 30. Landowne r re lations: find the landowner, ask permission, handle hostility 31. Quick pack-up: proper and efficient basket/envelope packing, storage, and transport 32. Tethe ring: set up lines, passenger/crowd management, weather updates, stable ground handling 33. Media management: interview do’s and don’ts, damage control when real or perceived 34. Refue ling safety: precautions, do’s and don’ts, fuel fire management, fight/retreat choice This list isn’t complete but will prevent or minimize the most common mishaps: burned throat fabric, wild inflations, lost balloons, landing incidents, passenger/crew injuries, power line strikes, and many others. Becoming a more informed, decisive, skilled, and proactive crew chief creates the redundancy needed to make flying and crewing safer, easier, and more fun than ever before. Use this list as a supplement and not a replacement for other materials local clubs or other organizations may have provided. While some have suggested using this as a national standard, the intended goal is voluntary compliance. If we don’t enforce some sort of safety protocol on our own, we’ll see regulation or action from government, insurance, or events which will be beyond our control and much less to our liking. Train and police ourselves or be regulated – those are our choices. Commit to your crew chief and crew learning ALL of these skills – do NOT stop part way. Resist the urge to sub-categorize experience levels – there’s no reason to accept or stop at anything short of complete safety. Stopping short saps motivation and momentum. Master these as quickly as possible. Not only will training be more effective, you never know if that mishap or accident will occur on your next flight or at the end of the season. A trained crew chief can also provide skill continuity at festivals or other times regular crew can’t make it out. An ideal arrangement is several crew members mastering these skills; everyone feels safer and more relaxed when they know anyone can handle anything.
How and how fast you learn these depends entirely on you, your experience level, and other factors. One- onone, a weekend crash-course with several pilots and crews, cold inflating when passengers are cancelled, or discussions throughout the season – the goal remains mastering these aspects of flying and crewing safety. And don’t think you’re exempt because you only fly or crew occasionally. Crewing for a recreational pilot may make these skills even more crucial for flight safety; fewer chances to develop habits and refine skills may make their flawless delivery more critical yet. Don’t stop here if you need more information on flying and crewing safety. Refer to any of the articles in this series for starting points on specific skills for crew chiefs and crew. The book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” holds far more information yet on all aspects of crewing. Join your pilot and attend an off-season safety seminar for a real eye-opener on current issues pilots must deal with on every flight. Many seminar committees have recognized crew’s unique role in safety and added presentations on crewing to their core topics. And to reach the highest level of skill proficiency, volunteer to speak on crewing at a safety seminar. Nothing will clarify, scrutinize, and solidify skills and information like standing in front of 100 pilots to teach. Many crew chiefs go on to complete pilot training, and this introduction speeds the process and gives you access to and the support of an extensive flying network. Every crew chief can always know more and do things better and faster. Some pilots may resist the idea of devoting time exclusively to crew training, but there is no better investment. A crew chief can often spot – and break – the first link in an accident chain before a pilot can. Trained crew offer benefits far beyond convenience: more safety and fun with less risk, time, expense, and effort. Best of all, they offer unmatched safety and redundancy that nothing else can offer. Decide today how you’ll start your crew training – there’s no reason every crew chief nationwide can’t raise their skill levels this high by the end of this flying season!
Connie Lee Pohlmeyer, 65, of Hanahan, SC, died Earlier this year from a respiratory issue. She was one of AAAA's early female pilots and still can be seen on the power line video.
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