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Treasurer – Income & Expense reports for February are completed and will be in the Cloudbouncer. Informational session on how the Credit Card machines batch transactions and how to put that information together for easier reconciliation with bank deposits.

Treasurer – Sent seperately

AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting March 20, 2017 Vice President called to order at 5:31 PM Board Members present: Vice President (Neal); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Flying Events (Tim); Community Relations (Ursula); Special Events (Charity). Board Members absent: President (Elisa); Education (Don); Crew Development (Larry); Ways & Means (Michelle). Motion to accept February Board Meeting minutes as written made by Dick, seconded by Ursula, motion passed. February Board Meeting minutes approved as written. Vice President – Thank you to the Board for allowing him to be a part of this process.

VP The Vice President has volunteered to work with the Education Committee to develop a presentation in April describing crew propane training. This presentation should be sufficient to assist pilots to start certifying crew for refueling operations. Suggestions are sought and welcome. Two more potential topics will be provided to the new Vice President.

Secretary – Since the new member list was not available, request for an email vote was made and approved by the members in attendance. New members for consideration are Trenten Caldwell of Albuquerque, Duncan Hernandez of Albuquerque, Mike Suarez of Albuquerque, and Kaitlyn Zimmitti of Aurora, CO. Email of this list was sent approximately 7:25 PM Monday March 20, 2017. Email motion to approve all was made by Charity, seconded by Dick. By email, motion was approved to accept these new members. Committee reports were presented, discussed and approved. Report not received for discussion was Crew Development, which will be emailed to the Board. Reports will be in the Cloudbouncer.

Secretary – Board & General meeting minutes attached Unfinished Business: Balloon Camp scholarships – With Larry not in attendance, criteria could not be discussed. With time being a factor, Neal will contact him to email criteria to the Board. New Pilot education – This fell into four parts: Fiesta PZ Map, new pilots won’t have one: Baggies, again new pilots probably won’t have one; Waiver, have they read it or not; Sign in sheets, need to update. Two of these parts have been taken care of, a map is now on display at flying events, and baggies have been donated for those who need one. Suggestion to put the Waiver in the Cloudbouncer was made and will be followed up on. Sign in sheets will be reviewed and updated. Business closed.

New Business: None. 6:05 PM Motion to adjourn open session made by Charity, seconded by Ursula. Open meeting closed. 6:05 PM Executive Session called to order.

6:12 PM Motion to adjourn made by Sue, seconded by Dick.

Articles can be sent to communityrelations@hotairballooning.org or president@hotairballooning.org

Education As of March we have 10 students enrolled for the Commercial Pilot Ground School in April and 11 students enrolled in the Private Pilot Ground School in June. Registration is online and students can register at the General Meeting.

Executive and open session adjourned.

Flying Events Our March flying event was held on the 12th and had 64 pilots sign-in. The task was called as a hare and hound with Peter Cuneo flying the hare balloon. Twelve pilots scored on the target. Our top three were 1st- Steve Coffing 0.33m; 2nd Steve Mezzancello 0.83; and 3rd Trenten Caldwell 1.09m. Compiled scores for the year will be submitted at a later time.

Registration of the AAAA Balloon Fiesta Safety Seminar is now online. The Fiesta posted on their website that you can go to the AAAA website and register so we needed to get the form online now. In order to encourage more crew to attend, we have decided to offer a special crew fee of $25 for the seminar. Pilot fees will remain the same at $45 for non-AAAA members and $35 for members.

Our next flying event will take place on Saturday April 8th at the Rio Rancho flying field. Registration will begin at 6:15am.

Crew D Community Relations I have one new request this month. Contact: Beverly Quinlan, President, NMAF Phone: 505-250-2694 A small non-profit animal rescue group, New Mexico Animal Friends (NMAF.org), is looking for a balloon ride donation for their 10th annual fundraiser, the "Fur Bowl" on May 7th. If you are interested in donating a ride for a worthy cause, please contact Beverly.

Ways & Means The W&M is getting ready for the Annual AAAA Raffle and Silent Auction next week. We have some excellent donations. We will be switching it up this year and trying an additional prize drawing. We have many moderate value donations so we'll be selling snacks that have a number on the inside label associated with the prizes. Everyone's a winner! They will be able to collect their prize immediately. This will reduce the time spent drawing numbers for the raffle. We will have a smaller raffle and silent auction this year with more substantial prizes. The AAAA Roster is almost ready to go to print.

Also, it was an honor and privilege to serve on the board these past two years. Thank you to all the AAAA members and board members who I have served with.

We will need new Board members information and photos at the end of the elections.

A big shout out to Patrick Chando for editing and publishing the Cloud Bouncer for over 6 years now. He made my job so much easier.

We gained and lost a few Corporate Members. Most of the Corporate Members we lost continue to advertise in our Roster.

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.

Please support our advertisers and Corporate Members who continue to support us year after year.

Special Events Special Events is looking for a few new committee members. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 PM at the Balloon Fiesta Office. If you are interested in knowing more about Special Events and getting involved, please contact Charity or come to the meeting.

Next came congratulations to Duncan Hernandez for passing his Private Pilot check ride on Monday March 27th, and to Will Fitzpatrick who received his Commercial rating earlier in the month. Following were more congratulations to Trent Caldwell with his new Fantasy envelope over a Kubicek bottom, and to Tom Kious for his Aerostar envelope over a Linstrand bottom. At this time the Board was convened. Members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Neal); Secretary (Sue); Flying Events (Tim); Crew Development (Larry); Special Events (Charity); Community Relations (Ursula); Ways & Means (Michelle). Members absent: Treasurer (Dick); Education (Don). Vice President (Neal) – Nothing to report Secretary (Sue) – A big welcome to our newest members; Trenten Caldwell, Duncan Hernandez, and Mike Suarez, all from Albuquerque, and Kaitlyn Zimmitti of Aurora, CO. Treasurer (Dick, presented by Elisa) – Pie charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer.

General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday March 28, 2017 President called to order at 6:35 PM with a welcome to all and especially our guests: Eric Archer, Heidi Buxman, and Matt Hurst.

BFA (Kelli Ballengee) – The Albuquerque Junior Balloon camp is almost full with 23 of the available 25 spots filled. They are still needing two counselors ideally between the ages of 18 and 22 to round out the staff. If

interested contact either Kelli or Robyn Boyer. BFA (Elisa Trillanes) – The nominating committee for BFA is looking for anyone interested in running for the at-large position on the main BFA Board. If you are interested please contact Elisa and she will pass your information on to the committee. VFRS (Kelli Ballengee) – St Patty’s Rallye was a great success, with three days of the best flying seen in years. The rally raised over $2000.00 for “The Friends of Smokey” organization in memory of Bill Chapel. Top Gun (Jason Babcock) – Preparations are under way for the Rio Grande Classic, which will be held in Albuquerque over Memorial weekend. This competition will also be the host of BFA State Championships. Applications can be found on line at riograndeclassic.org Fiesta (Paul Petrehn) – As of Tuesday March 28, 2017 there were 186 days till Fiesta. At this time Fiesta has received over 540 applications with 509 being primary pilots

Following Board results Elisa had the pleasure of announcing our 2017 Allen Jones Volunteer Award recipient, Keith Lutz, and the 2017 Bob Ruppenthal Education Award recipient, Dale Pattyn. A huge Thank You goes out to both these gentlemen for the support and service they have provided to our organization and the Ballooning Community as a whole. To our outgoing Board Members, Neal Smith, Michelle Lutz, and Ursula Richards, a sincere THANK YOU.

Top Gun March 3 day flying event had 11 participating pilots.

Congratulations to our March champion Harold "Bubba" Cliver

FAA – No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. Balloon Explorium – No. representation. At this time congratulation went out to our new Board members: Vice President – Frank Mezzancello Secretary – Susan Oldenburg Special Events – Charity Blanchard 2nd place - Jason Buckner Ways & means – Caryn Welz Community Relations – Jason Burns

3rd place - Ray Bair

Special thanks to Bill Dimmitt for being our Event Director. Thank You to all our scorers and volunteers. Thank You Elisa Trillanes for being the scoring official. With all the scoring challenges, you are so appreciated. RGC Committee Meeting is working hard on the 2017 NM State Championships. Sponsors and volunteers are needed and appreciated. Please contact any member for details. MARK YOUR CALENDARS Top Gun will be hosting a scoring class to gear up for the upcoming NM State Championships.

Welcome to the new Board members who were elected at our March meeting. Please remember these new Board members are all volunteers here to help keep your club running smooth. If you have ideas or suggestions or wish to volunteer with one of the committees please use the contact information at the front of the Cloudbouncer to get ahold of any member of the Board.

Meeting at Coldwell Bankers 8200 Carmel NE Albuquerque, 87122

I also want to say congratulations to our award recipients. Dale Pattyn – Bob Ruppenthal Education Award and Keith Lutz – Allen Jones Memorial AAAA Volunteer of the Year Award.

April 15, 2017 12pm to 3pm

Thank you for your years of service to our club.

Class will begin after the Top Gun flying event. Contact Dave Bagley - dave3114@gmail.com or any committee member for more information.

WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon S chwontkowski)

COMMON CREW MISTAKES AND MISPERCEPTIONS Anyone at the top of their field will tell you getting there is hard work but fairly simple: make a plan, follow it, and don’t do anything that won’t get you closer to your goal. Top athletes also say to win a game you must first not lose it. Crewing and flying safety are no different; both require having solid plans and avoiding the most common mistakes and misconceptions that plague crews of all experience levels. Every crew can learn to identify and correct these mistakes and spare the unneeded risk, work, confusion, and expense they bring. Errors that lead to mishaps, injuries, and even accidents tend to begin with poor planning and decisions based on faulty beliefs. Many fit into categories of commissions,

omissions, inactions, timing errors, degrees of response, and misconceptions. All, however, will recur until replaced only with safety-oriented habits and beliefs. Among the most common crew mistakes and misconceptions are the following: 1. “We ’re chasing.” Decide what you’re doing. Dogs chase cats while crews handle aircraft and minimize flight-related risks. Are you a reactive and indecisive driver or a skilled and proactive flight manager (NOT micro-manager)? 2. “We ’re just cre w.” It takes crew to get virtually every flight off the ground. Crew outnumber pilots 2 or 3:1 on most flights. Without good crew, safety is lacking or compromised. Crew skill can even determine how the best pilot performs on any given flight. 3. Crewing is mostly physical. Crewing is a knowledge business – at its best, 80% mental and 20% physical. Well-guided novice crew can easily outperform a stronger and larger professional crew. 4. Lack of guidance . Even with experienced crew, everyone should clearly know who makes decisions and where to go for help. Delegate a crew chief prior to set-up and listen for directions; don’t assume you know what to do or how it’s done. 5. “Passengers need brie fings, crew don’t.” Crew need to know what’s expected of them and what to expect from their pilot, balloon, and weather. Brief your crew; make your plans, techniques, and desired results known to everyone.

8. Multi-tasking. You are NOT a computer and can only do 3 things well simultaneously by doing one at a time. Designate separate drivers and navigators whenever possible. Give each task your full attention and finish it completely before starting another. 9. Be ing unpre pare d. Always be ready and in place; have what you need and plan on flying until your pilot cancels the flight. Stay nearby on weather holds and informed of the latest briefings and decisions. 10. Unable to stop. Any inflation may be halted at any time BY ANYONE for any reason related to safety. Know who and where your pilot and crew chief are, how to signal for help, how to shut the fan off, and how to pull the top out – and be ready to perform these actions yourself if needed. Nothing gets a pilot to the basket faster than hearing the fan stop. 11. Your pilot knows what you know. Impossible! Crew outnumber pilots, cover more ground, and have larger visual fields with far fewer blind spots. SAY SOMETHING if you SEE SOMETHING that needs attention. What’s obvious on the ground – hidden lines, locked gates, livestock – often isn’t obvious from the basket. To Be Continued in May Cloudbouncer…


6. Not asking questions. Assuming, misunderstanding, or guessing can spell disaster. Ask for clarification or help any time you need it, have doubts, or are working with a different pilot or inexperienced crew. Don’t be shy; “stupid questions” are the ones no one asks.

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7. Inatte ntion and distraction. Crew can recognize most trouble ahead of time if they know what conditions and cues precede it, how to spot them, and what to do. Focus and concentrate; don’t let others or your surroundings distract you from tasks and safety.

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2017 April Cloudbouncer  

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

2017 April Cloudbouncer  

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