A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION
thanks to all of those who helped, there is more to do, next date still to be determined.
Treasurer 2016/17 was a successful year for both the AAAA Social Club and the AAAA Education Foundation. Year end (May 31, 2017) Pie Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. If there are any questions or comments, please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be addressed.
Secretary AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
There were no new members to bring before the Board. Committee reports were presented and approved at this time. Special Events report presented by Elisa. They will be in the Cloudbouncer.
AAAA Board Meeting Minutes June 19, 2017 Vice President called the meeting to order at 5:33 PM. Members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Crew Development (Larry); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason); Flying Events (Tim). Members absent: Special Events (Charity) Approval of agenda: Motion to approve made by Dick, seconded by Frank. Agenda approved. Review of Minutes from May 15, 2017: Motion to approve as written made by Dick, seconded by Frank. Minutes approved as written.
VP The June speaker will be Jewel Cutter accompanied by Paul Woesner discussing the Bermuda Triangle balloon race. July’s speaker will be Paul Smith providing information on the newly acquired property west of Fiesta Field that will be used for Navigator parking. He will also be presenting information regarding the ongoing negotiations with the Pueblo of Sandia as to Do’s and Don’ts during Fiesta. The AAAA storage unit was partially gone through the first weekend in June,
Unfinished Business: Board Member Notebooks – Some discussion and clarification was presented on the contents of notebooks. Further discussion postponed till July. Top Gun as a AAAA sub-committee – Discussion regarding pros and cons resulted in more information needed. This issue will be readdressed at the July meeting. Sid Cutter nominations – Not addressed. Website Training – Lobo Net was not able to make the meeting, we will try to reschedule for July or August. Budget for 2017/2018 – The final budgets as approved at the May 15, 2017 Board of Directors meeting will be published in the July Cloudbouncer. Upon review, if there are any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
New Business: AAAA Cumulative January – June 2017 Instructor Refresher Course – Presented by Don (Education): The Education Committee is exploring whether to offer a refresher course to Commercial or “in training Commercial Pilots”. Board is in agreement. More information to be provided. Grant Money – Presented by Caryn (Ways & Means): Larger companies and corporations are asking for Grant proposals prior to making donations to non-profit organizations, do we have the resources to write these proposals to elicit those funds. Board discussion followed and since the AAAA Education Foundation would be the recipient, Grants may be used to attain these funds. A generic proposal will be written for board approval prior to release. 6:54 Motion to adjourn made by Frank, seconded by Dick. Meeting adjourned.
Place Pilot Name Total 1 Coffing, Stephen 6430.31 2 Mezzancello, Steve 6300.62 3 Lowenstein, Al 5552.88 4 Bair, Ray 5523.19 5 Ahern, Jim 5508.81 6 Pendleton, Craig 5181.51 7 Heffron, Mike 4950.06 8 Trillanes, Elisa 4630.53 9 Bradshaw, Sam 4581.62 10 Dimmitt, Bill 4353.17 11 Cuneo, Peter 4016.32 12 Candaleria, Gerald 3624.01 13 Smith, Neal 3620.87 14 Peek, Fred 3536.34 15 McAllaster, Phred 3536.11 16 Green, John 3440.79 17 Takach, Keith 3189.87 18 Garcia, Jerry 2797.90 19 Pattyn, Dale 2724.25 20 Boyer, Don 2634.79 Perfect Attendance 2633.14
Crew D July 9th will be the Crew D Tailgate Cookoff. Rules will be posted on the Crew D page after June's flying event. See you at the flying event and good luck to everyone!
Report: There were 51 pilots signed in for out June event. We had 16 folks score. Results for and thru June are attached. Our next event is scheduled for July 9 at Balloon Fiesta Park. We will be joined by the balloon camp for this event.
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
AAAA June Flying Event Top 3 Place Pilot Name Distance (m) 1 Trillanes, Elisa 0.33 2 Boyer, Don 0.47 3 Ahern, Jim 2.90
Petite Academy 4910 Kachina NW Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87120, 505-899-3361, firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Private Pilot Ground School We had 24 students attend the Private Pilot Ground School. We want to thank all the instructors who took part: Bob Mass, Dave Tennis, J.D. Huss, Lee Little, Beth Wright-Smith, Clark O’Byrne, Savannah Bradley, Neal Smith, and Ray Bair. Tom Fisher was the Proctor. Thank you to AIBF for the use of their meeting rooms.
We have decided to bring back a new summer fundraiser. Flamingo flockings! We will have several sets of flamingo families that you can can pay to have sent to your friends. This fundraiser will begin at the June General AAAA Meeting and run until the August General AAAA Meeting. There are a couple of ways you can participate. 1. Pay $20 to flock your friend. 2. Pay $20 to purchase “Flocking Insurance” so that you cannot be flocked for the next 30 days. 3. Purchase your very own flock to keep forever for $30.
In 2017, we had a total of 59 students go through the two Private and one Commercial Ground schools.
4. Once you have been flocked, you can pay $10 to forward the flock to another friend or leave them there and we will come remove them after 4 days.
We will again present the Ground Schools next year with private in February and commercial in April with a backup date in early June if the Feb private schools fill up.
5. Join a flocking team and help move flamingos during the night with us.
Safety Seminar Planning is underway for the 2017 AAAA / AIBF Safety Seminar. It will be held on Tuesday October 10 from 1pm to 5pm in the Sid Cutter Pilot Pavilion. We would like to thank AIBF for letting us use the facility. Our theme this year is Close Calls, Near Misses and Lessons Learned. We have developed an online survey to be sent out to all the pilots we can reach through Facebook, the Balloon Mail Reflector, AAAA email blast and hopefully the AIBF pilot list. The survey is designed to get pilot experiences of close calls, incidents and accidents, and what lessons they learned. We will use some of these stories in the seminar and in future Cloudbouncer articles.
We look forward to seeing you at our next Social Hour on Wednesday, July 5th. Location TBD. We have moved it to Wednesday for this month only due to the July 4th holiday. See you there!
Seminar registration is open on the AAAA website and at the Education Committee table at the General Meeting. Price is $35.00 AAAA Members, $45.00 Non Members and $25.00 Crew.
Ways & Means Thank you to everyone who came out to our Happy Hour at Boxing Bear Brewery. We had a great time and gave away several fun prizes. Ways and Means is currently working on getting some fun, new giveaway items and membership participation perks. We have quotes out and will be finalizing this month.
The ice cream social at the June flying event was a success!!!!! Thank you to everyone who came out and made sure we didn’t have any ice cream left over!!!! Our next event will be the Annual Picnic on August 5th. This year the venue is the Elena Gallegos Picnic Area.
The address is 7100 Tramway Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111.
Roast” to Sid Cutter, by regaling us with stories of Sid’s antics early in his ballooning career.
As always, Special Events will provide, burgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments and water for the group, along with our famous Red Solo Cups! Steve Mezzancello and Larry Kaibetoney will be manning the grills and we ask everyone to please bring a dish to share. The picnic will start at 2.
Our President took over from there and welcomed our guests: Frankie Martinez, and Ward Morgan. She also congratulated Barbara Fricke & Peter Cuneo on their new Cloud Hopper (name as yet to be determined).
It is never too early to start thinking about Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers! Special Events is taking nominations for a LOCAL nonprofit to benefit at Jingle Bell this year. Please send Charity ( email@example.com ) your suggestions -- we would like to find a local non profit that benefits children and families to receive the incredible generosity our club shows each year.
At this time our speakers, Jewel Cutter and Paul Woesner were introduced to present their stories of the Bermuda Triangle races from the mid-seventies. Paul started with a history of Biminy Island, located in the Caribbean, the launch location of the race. This was followed with the difficulties in getting the balloons and other equipment there in preparation of flying across the Atlantic to Ft. Lauderdale, approximately 50 miles west, the landing location. Jewel recounted her escapades with Sid at this Race, remembering an envelope malfunction due to conch shells in the vent line, and flying close to the water, and low on fuel, with Man-o-rays and Sharks swimming below them. Following Paul and Jewels excerpts a video was shown of the 1974 Bermuda Triangle race, which was won by Tom Rutherford. The Board was convened at this time. Board members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason). Board members absent: Flying Events (Tim) report presented by Sue; Crew Development (Larry) report presented by Anita Eichhorn. Vice President (Frank) – The July General meeting speaker will be Paul Smith discussing the utilization of the newly acquired land west of Fiesta Park were the radio towers once stood. Also, discussion is ongoing to bring the Competition Division (Top Gun) back to AAAA under the Education Committee. Secretary (Sue) – No new members to report for this month. A reminder that Mid Year membership fees go into effect on July 1st, $15.00 Regular, $5.00 Family.
General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday June 27, 2017
Our meeting came to order at 6:30 with our Vice President, Frank, presenting the evenings “Toast &
Treasurer (Dick) - A moment of silence was observed for Maxie Anderson, a local ballooning pioneer, who died this day in 1983 from a ballooning accident in France. End of Year Financials are complete, 2017/2018 Budgets are
complete. Budgets and Pie Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Coludbouncer. Safety Corner presented by Beth Wright-Smith with comment by Ron Sanchez on Fan Safety and Maintenance. A reminder to keep all loose clothing away from the fan. Pieces from Ron’s fan blades had been found about 150 feet from where the fan was situated after having a spectator’s scarf (spectator was standing about 5 feet away) get caught by the fan and shatter the blades. Maintain your fan: Oil; spark plug; filters; blade balance. Keep it, and all around it, safe. This is Fire Season. Fire restrictions are in effect in various locations, pay attention to your surrounding when launching and landing.
FAA - No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – (Jill Lane) Celebrate the Fourth of July in VIP style at the Balloon Museum, tickets on sale now. On the field, music by the Albuquerque Concert Band, Balloon Glow and Fireworks. Raffle tickets are on sale for a Celebrity Cruise vacation, $25.00 each or 5 for $100.00. Drawing will take place on August 4, 2017 during the Chic–I–Boom Ball. Balloon Explorium – No representation.
June Top Gun Event was Cancelled due to weather and lack of Pilots
BFA (Kelli Ballengee) – BFA Elections are
July Top Gun event will be Sunday July 16th More information will be sent by email.
coming up and we have Ron Sanchez running for an At Large position. BFA Members, please vote. A thank you to AAAA for the scholarships provided for the Rio Grande Balloon Camp.
Top Gun No representation. Fiesta (Paul Petrehn) –101 days till Fiesta. AIBF owns approximately 20 acres of land were the radio towers were, more from Paul Smith at our July meeting on how this area will be utilized during Fiesta. Ken Tuley is compiling a Genealogy of Fiesta participants for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Fiesta. To check out your lineage enter bit.ly/pilotgen in your browser. Contact Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or have corrections that need to be made.
None this Month.
WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon S chwontkowski)
THE GOLDEN RULE AND 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CREWING
Continued from the June issue… THE 10 COMMANDMENTS OF CREWING
VFRS - No representation.
6. PLAN FOR THE UNEXPECTED, THEN EXPECT IT. Prepare yourself for emergencies: injuries, fuel fires, line strikes, difficult landings, etc. Develop proactive strategies, rehearse them, and be ready to use them at any moment. Relax but be ready. 7. ESTABLISH FLIGHT ROUTINES AT HOME. Develop checklists and procedures that standardize your tasks, cut wasted efforts, and prevent forgetting or human error. Learn how your equipment (radios, tie-offs, fans, etc.) work at home on a rainy day with no launch field, pending flight, passenger, crowd, traffic, sponsor, or media pressure. 8. MAKE EVERY DECISION COUNT. Every incident and accident chain begins with one small decision or indecision. Say something if you see something of concern. Your input is vital for flight safety. And when things go wrong, every Small-town, USA is instant global media material via satellite, internet, and camera phone. 9. REVIEW YOUR PERFORMANCE. Make it a ritual – no excuses, no exceptions. Pros watch the films, and you can learn more from failures than successes. Continuous learning is more important than how well you perform at any single time. 10. YOU ARE IN COMMAND! Forecasters, pilots, launch directors, the FAA, insurance providers, and first responders have their roles, but operationally your decisions and skills largely determine flight safety. Take charge and play an active role in every aspect of your flight. Knowing exactly what to do, when, and why will take time and experience. At first, your pilot and crew chief will instruct you carefully on every move you make and count on you to perform exactly as told. Follow the rules – they’re probably right. The more you crew, the more insight you’ll gain into why things are done how they are. You’ll also receive less verbal instruction with time. At some point (varies for everyone), reading cues from your pilot and balloon will replace verbal prompting. Mistakes along this continuum are permitted and even expected. What’s important is that you keep learning until you’ve mastered every crewing position under any flight conditions and can instruct others to perform as well and safely. Be patient with your pilot, crew chief, other crew, and yourself – this is an ongoing process.
Safety is truly a matter of attitude. Trouble will surely follow any signs of authority defiance, impulsiveness, invulnerability, machismo, or resignation – in pilots AND in crew. Before dismissing these as other people’s problems, realize that everyone behaves these ways to some degree from time to time. For a healthier outlook, consider repeating the same mistake over and over as a warning sign to unlearn and relearn some aspect of crewing. Risk is often more a function of knowledge, skill, and clarity than conditions or other factors. Clear thinking, proactive planning, and decisive action will keep you as safe as possible. Should you ever question, challenge, or break rules? As a rule, no. Accidents most often occur after one or more members of your flight team has broken one or more rules. Most rules, however, have rare exceptions, and these may serve as fertile ground for creating new and better rules that offer more guidance and safety. For most crew, talking your ideas over with your pilot and crew chief is the best place to start. Pushing the boundaries or experimenting with new techniques is often best left to more seasoned balloonists and controlled conditions. Ballooning safety, however, has much room for improvement, and no one – especially crew – should be discouraged in this pursuit. Not all pilots will agree with these rules or believe crew should take such an active and proactive approach to safety. But forces shaping this sport have moved crewing in this direction, and these trends are accelerating. More pilots allow and even expect crew to perform routine tasks once reserved exclusively for them: crew and passenger briefings, equipment layout, cold inflation, hot inflation, and pack-up. Many competition pilots and ride operators have streamlined their operations, improved their techniques/performance, and pushed ballooning forward by moving in this direction. You’ll crew for pilots who expect to do everything themselves and those who expect crew to do nearly everything but fly. While the pilot in command is legally and always responsible for the safe operation of the balloon, crew participate more in safety than ever before in ballooning history. Work within your pilot’s expectations, be ready to accept and master the next level of responsibility for flight safety, and most importantly – follow the rules!
Who’s Your Daddy? by Ken Tuley aka Art Lloyd Jr. At some point in most everyone’s life, a curiosity about ones ancestors arises. Many times this curiosity is satisfied by asking questions of relatives, sometimes by getting involved in determining family ancestry. For years now, the topic of balloon pilot lineage has surfaced around the tailgate. A couple of years ago, the talk turned a little more serious. Balloon Fiesta began to tackle the topic by asking those registering for the annual event who their instructor was. An initial attempt to organize this information met with mixed results. Mostly due to the limited sample of pilot information gathered. Now, a lot more pilot information has been gathered. Names of pilots have been taken from all the Balloon Fiesta programs. They have been entered into a family tree database. And with great eﬀort, all the family connections known have been made. However the tree is still missing a lot of limbs, leaves and in many cases even the trunk and roots. This is where you come in. The Hot Air Pilot Family Tree is live on the Internet. We’d like to invite every hot air balloon pilot and crew member to check it out and help us flesh out the missing information. 1. Go to http://bit.ly/pilotgen (Consider bookmarking this site.) 2. 3. Search for your name by clicking on persons, then use the letters along the top to find and click on your name. 4. 3. Did you find it? 5. Is it spelled correctly? 6. 5. Is your instructor of record listed as your parent? For purposes of this database, we’re defining instructor of record as the person who signed oﬀ on your private pilot INSTRUCTION, allowing you to take your check-ride. So NOT the examiner, but the person who certified you had received instruction and were ready for the check-ride.
7. If you’re a commercial pilot, are the students you have taught listed as your children? (again, you should only list the ones you certified as being ready for a check-ride.) 8. Is there a date and location listed for where and when you received your private certificate? Commercial certificate? If there are any changes that need to be made, and it is anticipated that everyone will have something to add to the database, please send that information to Ken (Art Lloyd Jr.) Tuley (email@example.com). I’ll enter the information and let you know that it’s done, so you can recheck it. The inclusion of pilot photos is also being considered. If you’d like to submit a photo to be posted along your entry, send it along as well. Best shots will be head shots, although a nice close-up of your balloon would also work. Only one picture can be uploaded per pilot, so choose wisely. While you’re in the family tree, check out some of your friends and colleagues to see how they are connected. And feel free to submit any corrections, additions, etc. for updating as well. Thanks in advance for your help in documenting, Who’s your Daddy?
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