A MONTHLY PUBLICATION OF THE ALBUQUERQUE AEROSTAT ASCENSION ASSOCIATION & EDUCATION
Secretary (Sue) – New members for consideration this month are Gary & Mary Jo Chapman of Kingwood, TX, Sean Eakin of Lubbock, TX, and Vanessa Sampson of Albuquerque. Motion to approve memberships made by Dick, seconded by Charity. Motion passed, new members approved. Committee reports were presented at this time. Following discussion, reports were approved and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting Minutes from August 14, 2017 President (Elisa) called the meeting to order at 5:39 PM. Members Present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason); Special Events (Charity). Members Absent; Flying Events (Tim); Crew Development (Larry). Guests: Zerek Welz. Review of minutes from July 17, 2017 Board meeting. Motion to approve minutes as written made by Caryn, seconded by Dick. Minutes approved as written.
VP (Frank) – The August “Toast & Roast” will be in honor of George Hahn, with the program “We’ve Come a Long Way Baby, or Have We?”, presenting a look at the past (1987) in contrast to the present.
Treasurer (Dick) – There is money in the bank. The AAAA Education Foundation is in the black and although the AAAA club is in the red, we are only two months into the fiscal year. Pie charts will be in the Cloudbouncer.
Old Business: Notebooks – Following discussion of criteria, it was determined that each Board member will provide an outline of the duties required of their position, which will include schedules and deadlines to be met. Notebooks will be reviewed at the September meeting. Website (Presented by Zerek Welz) – Due to the reluctance of the current management of the AAAA website regarding changes and upgrades, Zerek submitted various proposed changes that will make the website more user friendly. Following discussions on payments made to AAAA (Paypal), membership submission, registration forms, management of site, security, and other topics, including cost to AAAA, Charity made the motion to move the website from Lobo Net to Dream Host, seconded by Dick. After acknowledgement by Zerek that he would pursue this, vote was taken – Seven for, none against, motion passed. Updates will follow at the September meeting. Sid Cuter Nominations – Nominations for the Sid Cutter Award that will be presented at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Awards Banquet will be accepted through August 31, 2017. At the September Board meeting the Sid Cutter Award recipient will be chosen.
New Business: Balloon Donation – AAAA has received a contribution of a complete Aerostar balloon system for the Youth Education programs. Don presented a list of criteria for the use of this balloon. Following discussion, suggestions will be taken back to the Education committee for revisions and will be readdressed in September. Board meeting location change – Since the September and October meeting cannot be held at AIBF offices due to Fiesta preparation, it was decided that the Board will convene at Charity’s place of employment at 2703 Broadbent Parkway, NE, Suite G. Liability Insurance – AAAA Liability Insurance is up for renewal, we will continue our policy through Schantz. Dick will proceed. 7:13 PM Motion to adjourn made by Dick, seconded by Don.
Flying Events Our August flying event was held on the 12th at the Rio Rancho flying field. Forty pilots signed in for the event. A Hare and Hound task was called with only one person, Tomee Wright, scoring. Our community partner was Rio Rancho schools raising money for food for school children through Storehouse West. We raised $243, food, and school supplies. Our next event is scheduled for September 10th.
Crew D Community Relations Community Relations has had no requests this month Changes are coming to the AAAA Website and Cloudbouncer stay tuned for more information
Board meeting adjourned. The program has been set for the Fiesta Safety Seminar including presentations by Gordon Schwontkowski, Jessie Zimmer, David Craft and Dr David Bowling. Registration is online on the AAAA website and at the back of the room. We have met with the manager of the Pavilion and have approved a plan for putting up drapes to darken the room for projector presentations. The city will not share the cost. The approved flame retardant drapes and materials will be around $500.00. AAAA will keep these drapes for future use. The Committee agreed on Jasons Deli for the box lunches. Road Scholar: Tom has all set up and ready to go. 11 speakers, times and locations all confirmed. The AAAA Education Foundation will be paid for these presentations. Media Orientation and Flights: Ken Tuley is inviting the media and putting together appropriate information for them to take away. Need pilots volunteer at the Sept. Flying Event at Fiesta Park.
Youth Sub Committee: Kelli Ballengee & Neida Courtney Bueno will head this committee and have been tasked with its creation, goals & outline of classes, camps and events.
If you know of a local non-profit who could use some extra help at Christmas please email the name and a contact to Charity at email@example.com .
Mardi Cone recently passed & has donated her entire balloon system to AAAA for the purpose of educating youth. The AAAA Youth Committee will work with the AAAA Education Foundation Board to work out the details. PPGS & CPGS dates have been set for 2018. PPGS Feb 23-25 2018 & CPGS April 27-29 2018 An Instructor Refresher course will be scheduled for mid 2018 The last class was June 2014. Please let Don know if you are interested in attending.
Ways & Means Thank you to everyone who came out to our Happy Hours at Main Event and Quarter Celtic. The Happy Hour at Main Event was the highest profit to date for AAAA Social Hours and Happy Hours! Ways and Means is currently working on getting some fun, new giveaway items and membership participation perks. We now have AAAA balloon cards to hand out and are in the works with getting some other fun items just in time for Fiesta! What fun items would you like to see from AAAA? Reply to this email with your suggestions or post on our Facebook page. Thank you to everyone who participated in our flamingo flocking fundraiser! We accepted new flock requests until the general AAAA meeting on August 22nd. There are still 15+ names in the queue.
Special Events The Annual Summer Picnic was a success. The new location received great feedback and gave plenty of room for eating and socializing. Thank you to everyone who came out! With the picnic and ice cream social behind us Special Events is now going full force into Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers. Jingle Bell is December 9-10 this year. So far we have only received one suggestion for a non-profit to benefit from the Jingle Bell toy drive.
Registration for Friends and Lovers will be online again this year. As a reminder, if you do not want to use PayPal, you can pay your fee via check or credit card at the AAAA General Meetings. Just let Ways and Means know you are paying for the event. More information on both of these events will be coming soon!
Secretary (Sue) – Welcome and thank you to our new members: Gary & Mary Jo Chapman of Kingwood, TX; Sean, Teri & Sophia Eakin of Lubbock, TX; and Vanessa Sampson of Albuquerque. Since starting to keep taps on membership enrollment in April, we have added 26 to our membership with 12 being new members. Keep it up everyone. Treasurer (presented by Elisa) – We have money, pie charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented at this time and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday August 22. 2017 Our meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM with our vice president, Frank, presenting the evenings Toast and Roast, honoring George Hahn, by recounting some of his more enlightening antics, supplemented by stories from J. D. Huss which included a special 50th birthday repair station inspection and George’s infamous Cloud Chart. Elisa welcomed our members and guests, Doug and Sima Riddle, Allen Morte, and Hiroki Miyata. Congratulations then went to Ursula Richards on her new balloon “Churp” a Cameon O70, and to Kelly Price for receiving her Private Pilot Certification on August 6, 2017. Our program followed with vice president,Frank, presenting a video of the 1986 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta Pilot Video featuring the crew of “The Love Boat” with the Captain (Balloon Meister), George Hahn, at the wheel. 1986 was the first year of the field to the south of our current location so the video focused on access to the field, location of propane, and as always various safety requirements. “We Have Come a Long Way Baby or Have We? “The Love Boat soon will be making another run”. The Board was convened at this time. Members present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Secretary (Sue); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason); Flying Events (Tim); Crew Development (Larry); Education (Don). Members absent: Treasurer (Dick). Vice President (Frank) – The September meeting will focus on Fiesta preparation.
Safety Corner – What can go wrong? – presented by Don Boyer. Don showed a short video of an unknown pilot landing at Fiesta Field to let us know. After this pilot used a trash container to slow himself down, he hit the ground with his hand still on the burner during a high speed tip over landing, taking out an unknown number of panels, he finally reached outside the basket for the vent line to stop. During this either a crew person, or over zealous fan, tried to help by getting in front of the basket just to be promptly run down. Lessons learned – Keep contact with your vent line during landing; Get Your Hand Off the Burner; Keep crew and spectators away from your path of travel until you’ve stopped.
BFA No representation. Top Gun (Mark Trillanes) – Results of their August Two Day event will be in the Coludbouncer. A reminder that Top Gun is a stepping stone for qualification toward National ranking leading to National or World Competition eligibility. For more information contact any of the Top Gun Board, they are happy to help.
August event was successful with the small group that we had. We had 6 HACD pilots. Congratulations to our August Champion Keith Takach.
Fiesta (Paul Petrehn) – The count down to Fiesta is on and the count down by Fiesta staff, organizers, and volunteers for the wrap-up is close behind. He provided a preview of another one of this year’s pilot pack gifts, you’ll like it. Our local FSDO has changed its name, as of August 20th the Flight Standards District Office is now the Flight Standards Office, or FSO. More to come on the Eclipse that will happen during Fiesta in 2023. VFRS - No representation. FAA – No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation (Jill Lang) – An episode of ”Mysteries at the Museum” was being filmed at the Balloon Museum to be featured on the Travel Channel at an unknown time. Keep an eye out for it. The Weather Lab is open, visit the museum and have some fun. Balloon Explorium – No representation.
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2nd Place - -Elisa Trillanes 3rd Place - Keith Lutz Thank you Mark Trillanes for being our Event Director. Thank you to our volunteer scoring teams. September flying event will be on Sunday, September 17th
WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon Schwontkowski) DRESSING THE PART Continued from the August issue… Second, keep your clothing snug. Baggy or oversize shirts – along with neckties, scarves, long necklaces, festival IDs on lanyards, and any clothing with drawstrings – just beg fans to suck them in. Remove the fashion accessories, keep clothing snug, or tuck it in! Third, dress in layers. Flights often start at the coldest or hottest part of the day. With wide ranges of temperature and activity levels
throughout a flight, no single clothing combination will keep you comfortable and protect you that entire time. Add or shed lighter layers as needed; a polo shirt, long-sleeve denim shirt, and light jacket are more versatile than a heavy-weight jacket. Having layers you can shed can protect you other ways as well. Toss a long-sleeve shirt or jacket over your tie-off line so it’s visible to spectators on an open launch field; it may also dampen some of the recoil on a windy launch. Place it over a barbed wire fence as you climb over or through it on your way in and out of a private landing site. Tossing them over expensive electronics can make theft less likely or protect them from moisture or dust. And in a real emergency, they can serve as a bandage, tourniquet, or way to smother a fire. OK, you’re thinking – but it’s 100°F in August in Iowa and I’m gonna roast! You can minimize discomfort many ways. First, carry this clothing in your truck and change or throw it on before your flight. Slip that long-sleeve denim shirt on before cold inflation and again at landing when needed. Working smarter with better techniques means sweating less. A quick pack-up technique can cut most crew’s sweat in half, some by much more. On brutally hot days, run the fan as your crew sits or packs up – why not air condition and bug-proof the field for a dime’s worth of gas? Finally, accept that crewing is sometimes hot. It’s called “hot” air ballooning for a reason, and we all knew that when we signed up. Sweat dries faster than blood clots or bones mend. Appropriate clothing also creates the perception you’re professional, experienced, and safetyconscious. You may consider that goody hat, cutoffs, and t-shirt with the offensive iron-on a fashion statement, but odds are someone you meet won’t if you’re operating commercially (or many times even privately). You personify ballooning, and you never know when you’ll meet your next paying passenger, a festival sponsor, or a potential commercial sponsor. Dress for success! Sadly, many pilots and crew nationwide have learned how costly inappropriate clothing choices are. More than a few sponsors have passed up pilots and crew based on their dress and appearance. But the real cost is measured in compromised injury protection. Ankle injuries slow down the pace of life. Any hand injury –
burns, blisters, cuts, scrapes, stings – is highly inconvenient and disrupts every human activity. Skin irritations (noxious plants, fabric coatings, even sunburn) disrupt sleep, making waking hours less productive. But it’s fire that truly reveals how well you’ve protected yourself. Whether it’s a massive fuel fire or burned fabric dripping down to the basket, you need skin protection no matter how hot it is outside. Don’t risk life-threatening burns. A quick internet search for Nomex clothing will turn up shirts and pants in various fabric weight. Any organic clothing that covers you, though, offers a thermal buffer against fire and can be the difference between red skin and second degree burns. Take it from people who’ve been there. Regret over lack of protective clothing usually accompanies most injuries. Dress sensibly – for risk protection before comfort or social norms. Injuries are never fashionable, and being sidelined because of a wardrobe malfunction is perhaps the most preventable mistake out there. M ake your clothing work for you. Dress for success – in this case, returning safe and sound.
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