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have some ideas that you want to hear, or even if you want to volunteer someone else; please let Frank know.

Treasurer March 31, 2017 financials are completed and will be in the Cloudbouncer. May Board meeting will focus on 2017-2018 budget which will be forwarded to Board members prior to the May 15th Board meeting for review.

Secretary AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

New members presented for approval were Brenda & Alan Baron and Kelly Price, all from Albuquerque. Motion to approve made by Dick, seconded by Don, motion passed.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes April 17, 2017 President called to order 5:37 PM Members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Neal); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Crew Development (Larry); Ways & Means (Michelle); Special Events (Charity). Members absent: Flying Events (Tim); Community Relations (Ursula). Guests: Vice President elect (Frank Mezzancello); Ways & Means elect (Caryn Welz); Community Relations elect (Jason Burns); Keith Lutz. Agenda approved. Minutes from Monday March 20, 2017 Board of Directors meeting were approved as written.


Committee reports were presented and approved. Elisa presented Flying Events and Community Relations reports. Reports will be in the Cloudbouncer. 6:09 PM Motion to adjourn outgoing Board made by Charity seconded by Don, outgoing Board members released. 6:10 PM President called to order current elected Board. Board members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick) Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Crew Development (Larry); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason); Special Events (Charity). Board members absent: Flying Events (Tim). Guest: Keith Lutz. President – Welcome to our new Board Members.

April program will be Neal Smith presenting the criteria and training requirements to certify a person other than a pilot to be in compliance with the National Fire Protection Agency’s new fueling regulations. Frank Mezzancello is inviting ideas for presentation topics and themes. If you are interested in speaking,

Provided information about General Meeting dates (always the fourth Tuesday of the month), and Board Meeting dates (the Monday of the week prior to the General meeting), committee reports and Cloudbouncer report requirements. Unfinished Business: Moved to New Business.

New Business: ATC (Keith Lutz) – Review of his efforts to procure a Letter of Agreement from Albuquerque ATC that would waive balloons from having to have transponders in the Albuquerque Class C airspace. Negotiations resulted in no letter. Keith will present this information at a General Meeting within a month or two. This affects all pilots flying in the Albuquerque Class C airspace year round, the exception being pilots registered for the nine days of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta during which AIBF Rules and Regulations are in effect. Youth Committee (Don Boyer) – Don proposed forming a Youth Committee under AAAA. Currently there is a 25 member committee that oversees the planning and running of the BFA Balloon Camp held in Albuquerque. The purpose of this committee would be planning year round events for the youth of our ballooning community and not just BFA Balloon Camp. After discussion, it was determined that the Youth Committee should be a subcommittee of the Education Committee. Don will Education Committee to work up details. Top Gun (Frank Mezzancello) – Frank made a motion to add $500.00 to the amount AAAA gives to Top Gun for State Championships held during the Rio Grande Classic, to be a one time only donation. Motion seconded by Dick. Discussion of funds availability resulted in the affirmative. Motion passed. BFA Camp Scholarship Criteria (Larry Kaibetoney) – Criteria for AAAA scholarship consideration:

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Must be a first time camper. Needs a Letter of Recommendation from a AAAA member in good standing. Applicant will need to write an essay on why they should receive a scholarship from AAAA. Receiver of a scholarship will need to present an essay summarizing their experiences during the Balloon Camp and if possible make a presentation at a General Meeting.

Discussion followed regarding the number of scholarships and the amount per scholarship to be given by AAAA. Motion by Charity that AAAA gives four scholarships of $400.00 each annually, seconded by Dick. Seven for, one abstain, motion passed. 7:41 PM Motion to adjourn by Charity, seconded by Frank. Meeting adjourned. AAAA Board Meeting Special Session April 25, 2017 Session called to order at 7:53 PM. Board Members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Flying Events (Tim); Crew Development (Larry); Community Relations (Jason); Special Events (Charity); Way & Means (Caryn). Board Members absent: Treasurer (Dick). Purpose of the special session is to finalize AAAA scholarship recipients. There are currently four $400.00 AAAA scholarships available and one anonymous $425.00 donated scholarship. There are five campers meeting the scholarship requirement. Charity made a motion to amend her prior motion of the dollar amount to award from $400.00 to $425.00, Caryn seconded. Discussion followed, vote results: 7 For, 0 Opposed, 1 abstention. Motion passed.

Each of the five qualified recipients will receive a $425.00 scholarship. 7:58 Special Session adjourned.

Flying Events Our April flying event was held on the 8th and had 42 pilots sign-in. The task was called as a hare and hound with Al Lowenstein flying the hare balloon. Three pilots scored on the target. Our top three were 1st- Sam Bradshaw 6.3m; 2nd Dale Pattyn 35m; and 3rd Duncan Hernandez 65m. Our next flying event will take place on Sunday May 14th at Balloon Fiesta Park. Registration will begin at 5:30am

Requests: The Albuquerque BioPark and Zoo is having their annual fundraising Father’s Day Fiesta at the Zoo on Sunday June 18 and looking for a donation of a free balloon ride. If you are willing to do this and own your own business or would like to support a business they would put your logo on a banner that will be hanging at the Zoo Bandshell and they will mention your company’s name in the presentations. Additionally if you would like to do a ticket trade (for Father’s Day, or Zoo Music or Summer Nights, or just general Zoo or ABQ admission they can work something out). If interested and able to help you can contact Maryann Torrez Operations and Events Supervisor ABQBioPark 2601 Central Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 (505) 848-7150 www.abqbiopark.com, MTorrez@cabq.gov

Crew D Crew D took the month of April off from competition to let everyone crew, fly, chase and relax. The next Crew D game will be at the next flying event on May 14th. Remember, there are bragging rights and the 2017 Crew Development Flag at stake so everyone bring your A game. It has been a nightmare trying to figure out a format to put standings and points of Crew D games on the Crew D page of the AAAA website. We have just about figured it out and Crew D will be updating the page so you can see exactly where your team stands.

La Petite is having a summer camp and would like someone to come give an hour and half presentation on ballooning and possibly a balloon inflation and demonstration. The camp runs May 29-August 10th. Typically guest speakers are scheduled for Wednesday mornings. Currently they have June 21st, July 5th, July 12th, August 2nd, and August 9th available. They are very flexible though and if there is another day or time that works better for you they will work to make it work. If you are interested and able to help you can contact Jacquelyn Chasteen, School Education Manager, La Petite Academy 4910 Kachina NW Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87120, 505-899-3361, jchasteen@lapetite.com Contact: Beverly Quinlan, President, NMAF Phone: 505-250-2694

Crew D is planning on an Envelope Roll Contest for May but that may change. An official announcement will be made at the AAAA General meeting and posted online the day after the AAAA general meeting. Safe flights and happy landings.

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.

Community Relations

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. 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.

Hello my name is Jason Burns and the new board member for Community Relations. Thank you all for nominating me and allowing me to represent you all and the ballooning community. My phone number is (505) 228-2229 if you need to contact me for anything.

Note from Ursula As previously mentioned it has been an honor and privilege to serve on the board. Thanks all.

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 Commercial Ground School will be held at the AIBF offices on April 28 to 30. There are 13 students enrolled. The late registration fee is now $245.00 for both members and non-members. The Private Pilot Ground School will be held at the AIBF offices on June 2-5. There are 14 students enrolled. The registration fees are $175.00 for members and $200.00 for non-members. The fee will go up to $225.00 on May 15.

the AAAA Happy Hour. It has been my pleasure working with the guests and supporters who have hosted these events from the beginning.

AAAA annual pins are in! So far, we sold about 50 just at the happy hour and flying event. They are $5 and look great! Thank you, Gary from Pins Patches and etc.! Get your pins made with Gary!!! He has been a Corporate Member for 5 years and will donate $25 to AAAA for every member who tells him they are a AAAA member.

Ways and Means is excited to announce this year’s lineup of Corporate Members. We gained several new members and currently have 23 businesses/organizations who support us. Discover these amazing people who contribute $9,000 to AAAA. Please visit and tell them you are a AAAA member!

We will once again be doing presentations during Fiesta for Road Scholars.org. They have scheduled 10 presentations and may add 2 more. Some program times will conflict with Fiesta glows and the safety seminar. Anyone interested in presenting please contact Don Boyer or Tom Fisher.


Planning is underway for the Fiesta Safety Seminar. Suggestions for topics and speakers are appreciated. The seminar will be Tuesday October 10 from 1 to 5pm at the Sid Cutter Pavilion. Reminder that we are offering a special crew rate of $25.00 to encourage more crewmember participation.

T-Shirts and Things

The Education Committee submitted a proposal to the BoD to form a Youth Committee. Either as a stand-alone committee with a chairperson and board member or as a sub-committee to an existing committee. The Youth Committee would, among other year-round youth focused activities, manage the Albuquerque BFA Young Balloonists Camp each year. The Board approved for the Education Committee to move forward with forming a Youth Subcommittee.

Ways & Means Happy Hour was awesome at a long time happy hour supporter, Il Vicino on the westside. As usual, Il Vicino donated 20% of the checks to AAAA! Thanks to Shelly Cannaday for bringing Tupperware for the prize drawing. This month marks the 5-year anniversary of

Adams Balloons Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Kirtland Federal Credit Union

Vara Wines

Platinum Aerco Las Ristras of Corrales Freedom Ride, Flight, and Cruise Red Rock Balloon Rally Association Savoy/Seasons/Zinc

Gold Airborne Heat Ballooning Braden’s Repair & Ultramagic Balloons Pins-Patches-Etc. Sunbelt Landscapes & Nursery

T.H.E. Insurance Agency

Special Events

Wells Fargo

Silver Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum Foundation, The Balloon Flight School LLC Discover Balloons RPS IMC Balloon Nexus Brewery & Restaurant Pinnacle Propane Schantz Agency

Your 2016-2017 AAAA Roster is going to print! This year we added an additional 4-page color spread to the middle of the book! This brings the Roster up to 4 (4pages each) of color! Enjoy the 16 color pages along with other amazing ads, the membership information, and insight about club. The advertisements are absolutely beautiful!! Look for your balloon throughout the book!!!! I am extremely proud of the finished product and want to thank my partner in this yearly adventure, Marj Baxter. Marj, thank you for your above and beyond efforts to get this Roster to where it is today.

Finally, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank EVERYONE!!! Every person who attended a happy hour and bought a piece of merchandise, everyone who donated items for the Raffles and Silent Auctions and the people who bought raffle tickets and bid on the wonderful prizes. Last but not least, thank you to every Ways and Means committee member who volunteered your time and energy to what we have accomplished in the last 5 years. I will truly miss everyone in AAAA and wish everyone gentle breezes and marshmallow landings.

Special Events is planning the Ice Cream Social for the June Flying Event. In the event we do NOT fly, we will NOT be serving ice cream ‌ it has been our experience there are very few people who want to eat ice cream at 7AM. If we don’t fly we will serve it after flying at the July event. The AAAA Summer Picnic has been scheduled for Saturday, August 5 at the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area. NOTE THIS IS A NEW LOCATION! As usual, Special Events will provide hot dogs, hamburgers, buns, garnishes, condiments and water. Please bring a dish to share with the group. The Red Solo Cup Rule will be in effect! More details on this will come, but we do know Steve Mezzancello will be making a return appearance as Chief Grill Master. The Special Events Committee is still selling posters to benefit the BFA Youth Camp. Posters are $20 and can be shipped to you for an additional $8. (This covers a box and shipping costs). We accept cash, checks and PayPal. Please contact Charity at special-events@hotairballooning.org to place your order. This benefits all of us as we get more and more young pilots and crews interested in our sport.

Balloon Fiesta Request I am a pilot from Norway and I have been selected as pilot at the Fiesta this year. I have been recommended by Paul Petrehn to ask for possibility to rent a balloon during the Fiesta. Would that be possible? Or maybe just the bottom end as we could bring our own envelope (it is a Cameron Concept 80). I have some 1100 hours as PIC over some 35 years in 33 countries. Best regards Mikael Klingberg Pilestredet Park 36 0176 Oslo Ph. +47 907 47 314

President (Elisa) - Recognition to out going Board members was made to Blair Kaufman and Neal Smith for their co-sitting of the Vice President position, Ursula Richards as Community Relations, and Michelle Lutz as Ways and Means.

General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday April 25, 2017 President called to order at 6:34 PM with a welcome to all, and especially our guest, Eric Empry from Castle Rock, CO. Congratulations then went out to Rachel Zimmer on receiving her Commercial certification on April 17th. The program was turned over to Neal Smith with his presentation on Training Crew to Safely Refuel Your System under the new NFPA guidelines. Neal’s slide presentation focused on teaching your crew to understand and identify hazards present during refueling, precautions to be considered and taken when refueling, and finally the refueling operation itself. Neal concluded his presentation with a reminder that just because a crew person has been trained and carries a certification card, unless this person is one of yours, they may not know the procedure for refueling your system. At this time the Board was convened. Members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Community Relations (Jason); Crew Development (Larry); Flying Events (Tim); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Caryn). Members absent: Treasurer (Dick).

Vice President (Frank) – Current members in good standing – 530. A Program Committee is being established. If you wish to participate, please contact Frank at vicepresident@hotairballooning.org. New item just prior to the general meeting will be toast an old timer. Come early to see who it is next month. Bob Ruppenthal was this months toastee. Secretary (Sue) – A big welcome to our new members: Kelly Price of Albuquerque, who was in attendance; and Brenda & Alan Baron also of Albuquerque. After elections, curiosity got the better of me. I wanted to know how many eligible voting members we had and how many actual ballots were returned. Check out the analysis I did in this issue of the Cloudbouncer to find out how we fared. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer.

BFA (Robin Boyer) – The Rio Grande Youth Balloon Camp has 24 campers registered leaving one more spot available, the other two camps still have openings if you need to get someone registered. Crews and vehicles for transporting campers are still needed for the Rio Grande Camp.

boats and RV’s, New Mexico True Marketplace, beer garden with local beers & wines, tethered balloon rides, and much more; Starting May 17th, Albuquerque Concert Band-Summer Concert Series kicks off on the North Grounds of the Museum. The Museum will be open with free admission from 5-8 PM on Concert nights. The new Weather Lab is under construction and expected to open in August of this year. Balloon Explorium – No representation.

Top Gun (Mark Trillanes) – Recap of the April 15th event. Three of the 13 pilots registered managed to get to the target with Neal coming in 1st, Elisa placing 2nd, and Steve throwing the wrong baggie color. All are invited to come out and fly competition, the skills involved in trying to get to targets or tasks will aid in becoming a more proficient and confident pilot. Rio Grande Classic is full and will be held Memorial weekend. Fiesta (Paul Petrehn) – Pilot applications close Sunday, April 30th. To date there are 674 pilot applications with 612 being Primary pilots. By day end April 28th approval of 520 pilots is expected. Final acceptances and notices are to go out by May 12th. VFRS (Kelli Ballengee) – Nothing to report. FAA (Keith Lutz) – About that written agreement the Albuquerque Ballooning Community has with the ATC waiving the communication requirements in the Albuquerque Class C airspace – There Isn’t One. The local ATC and FSDO, however, have no intention of changing the current practices or enforcement regarding those requirements. Balloon Museum/Foundation (Jill Lane) – Upcoming events at the Museum: May 7th is New meXpo 2017. Fee is $5.00 for adults, under 12 free. Includes tourism booths,

April Event hosted 11 competition pilots. Congratulations to April Champion Neil Jackson 2nd Place going to Elisa Trillanes. Special thanks to Bill Dimmitt for being our event director. Thank you to our scorers and volunteers! May Top Gun will be Rio Grande Classic and NM State Championships during the Memorial Weekend Holiday


Current Membership in Good Standing 4/25/17 (Excludes Junior members) Total of all Members


Albuquerque Area Total Albuquerque Rio Rancho Corrales

360 284 58 18

67.9% 53.6% 10.9% 3.4%

North of Albuq - Placitas



East Mountains Total Tijeras Edgewood Cedar Creast Sandia Park

16 7 5 2 2

3.0% 1.3% 0.9% 0.4% 0.4%

South of Albuq Bosque Farms Los Lunas Belen

18 6 7 5

3.4% 1.1% 1.3% 0.9%

Balance of New Mexico



Out of State



I am excited to be starting my second year as your AAAA President. Your Board has some new and interesting things happening. Frank is starting a new segment prior to the start of the general meeting each month which is roast/toast an old timer. This is a chance to hear and possibly share information about the men and women who began AAAA and were so instrumental in bringing us to where we are today. Don’t miss some of the new venues for our Happy Hours. This month will be at Silva Lanes where you can enjoy watching or participating in a game of bowling, grab a snack in the snack bar or visit with everyone over a beer in the bar. Happy Hours have been a great opportunity for AAAA to get new sponsors and for us to show that we appreciate the businesses in our community. Have you been watching our AAAA Facebook page? There are so many new segments with information and laughs for everyone. Throwback Thursday, Fun Friday, Meme Monday, Tip Tuesday. Take time to check it out and leave a comment.

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


Continued from the April issue… 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: 11. Efforts + time spent = results. Results are better yardsticks than sweat, strain, time, or stress. Simply improving your technique often lets you accomplish more, faster, and with less effort. Well-timed early input can save countless hours, headaches, and crises throughout a flying season. More fun or more work – you decide. 12. More people = less risk. While extra hands sometimes help, safety comes from technique. Throwing people at a problem often complicates it and makes you less effective. Learn to rely on yourself and leverage knowledge into informed decisions and actions; those extra hands won’t always be around when you need them most. 13. Waiting for directions. Pilots often rely on your expertise to act without their prompting or direction. Know what cues, events, or actions signal you to act and how. Predict events (like landings) and your next 2-3 moves so you can be in place when needed. 14. All offense, no defense. Instead of assuming your decisions and techniques are right, ask what you’ll do if they’re wrong just once.

Always have guidelines, limits, and contingency plans to get out of any trouble you could get into. 15. Having no technique or strategy. Reacting to events spells disaster, and being wrong just once can prove deadly. Safety demands some things –including crew action – happen perfectly every time. Systematize everything! 16. Having a single strategy. Have several ready – even if your trusty favorite delivers. What works in calm winds often fails in moderate or stronger winds, and there just might be an easier way to get even better results. Plan B’s are essential to safety. 17. Keeping a poor strategy. If it failed you once, it’ll fail again and at the worst possible moment. Replace or upgrade techniques that fail, perform poorly, or give inconsistent results. Constantly look for ways to improve your strategies – even when they work well. 18. Your pilot always commands the balloon. Legally, yes. Operationally, crew are virtual co-pilots by acting as a pilot’s eyes, ears, and muscles. Pilots decide what to do; crew skill often determines how or how well that happens. Your pilot relies on you to deliver results; take control of any crewing task you have at hand. 19. The basket controls the balloon. In the air, yes. Any other time (inflating, deflating, ground handling, tethering), your balloon behaves more like a ground-based vehicle. When tied to or touching the ground, it often responds more quickly and directly to crew handling (load ring control) than heat input. 20. Confusing good conditions with skill. Don’t let confidence and calm winds fool you – everyone looks like a pro in good conditions. Moderate or marginal conditions will highlight flaws in technique. Learn

continuously to expand you skills but when in doubt, get out or stay out. Any sound familiar? Under certain conditions, many of these may be true. Others have become unchallenged assumptions and standard instruction for many crew. Every crew member has made these mistakes at one time or another with predictable results: injuries of various degrees, damaged equipment/property, and standing by as incidents or accidents (the difference is severity and cost) develop and unfold. Crew often unknowingly create or compound the very situations they’re there to prevent. All these mistakes share one common element: they happen in your head long before anything happens with your hands. Beliefs you hold and decisions you make precede every action you take, and they often represent the bottom line of flight safety. The good news is that safety (like risk) is a function of knowledge, experience, and skills. And for every mistake or problem, there’s a solution or guideline. Even the most inexperienced crew can quickly learn these and deliver the safety and results expected of the pros. In fact, crew can play an equal or greater role in safety than even their pilot – but only with the proper training. Crewing is truly a knowledge business – stay tuned for more of what, when, and how to make yourself part of the safety solution.

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Tether Safety E. Wright-Smith 2017

As the season picks up and we volunteer to tether for charities, etc, a review of tether safety is in order. I learned the do’s-and-don’ts of tethering the hard way, by trial-and-error (with LOTS of errors). I would hope not everyone has to learn the expensive lessons I did... 1. Always plan for the worst possible scenario. It may be calm when you start, but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way, no matter what the forecast. 2. Tethers require a minimum of 150 ft x 150 ft to allow the balloon room to move in any direction should the wind change or increase. 200 ft x 200 ft is better and necessary for balloons larger than 90,000 cu ft. That’s about 12-16 pickups parked end-to-end. There should not be anything the balloon can hit should you need to deflate quickly (in ANY direction). Anything smaller is not safe if conditions change!

3. Tethers require a minimum of 3 lines; 2 upwind and one downwind in the form of an equilateral triangle. All 3 should be tied off to something that will be immovable with 8000 or more pounds of stress on it, such as a light pole or large tree. Since these things are not always available or placed properly, vehicles are the next best alternative. (The term vehicle does not include trailers.) Lines should be tied to a structural part of the vehicle, such as the frame. Tie off points will work if tied with vehicle perpendicular to the lines as long as you can tie off to a structural part and not damage the side of the vehicle. If the vehicle is in line with the front/back end the lines should be tied to the heaviest end of the vehicle, i.e. the front whenever possible, so the end of the vehicle won’t be lifted off the ground. Never have crew hold the lines or tie to bumpers, etc. Neither of these is sufficient should the wind increase or change. Remember, a fully inflated balloon can drag a pickup or motorhome sideways in a gust. 4. Tether lines are typically 9000 pound test double-braided nylon rope, 150 feet long each. This is long enough for the balloon to go 20-30 feet up with little slack before launch. Lines typically are fairly taunt before the balloon is inflated to ensure the system stays where you want it. The more slack in your lines, the higher off the ground the balloon can go, but also the larger the area in which the balloon can move. This makes it more likely that you will have to deflate over your tie-off points, e.g., your vehicle or a tree. 5. The balloon should be tied off where the envelope and basket meet. On all systems, this is the point which can handle the kind of stress that tethering puts in your system. See your flight manual for details.

6. Crew should wear gloves when handling the ropes to prevent severe rope burns. When moving the balloon by the lines it is best not to pull directly against the line, but to pull sideways. This prevents the rope from zipping through crews’ hands and causing burns through their gloves should the wind increase

and also prevents the tremendous jolt in the basket should the crew have to suddenly let go. You will want to have at least one crew person per line. Crew is your main source of crowd control. 7. Passengers waiting for rides should be kept clear of the lines. A waiting area should be established outside the radius of where the balloon can travel, e.g. outside the tie-off points, so that you don’t need to worry about hurting passengers should gusts occur. If it is necessary for passengers to pass where lines are, be sure to have a crew member lift the line up for them to pass UNDER, not over. 8. When using top tethers, always use bottom tethers, too. Top tethers should be long enough that they do not stop the upward motion of the balloon. The bottom lines should do that to prevent damage to the system. There are also (expensive) tether systems that combine the top and bottom lines. Anyone interested enough can ask me the details of my difficult, costly lesson in this regard. 9. Finally, remember to be courteous to everyone. Not all passengers/spectators will understand the reasons for the above safety precautions. In addition, should there be other pilots and crew around, remember that they may be more experienced than you. Take each suggestion made by other balloonists to heart. Consider them carefully. Suggestions may not be something you wish to incorporate, but may be something that can save you damage to your equipment or an injury. By listening and observing over the years, my tether techniques have improved along with my attention to safety.

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

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