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Road Scholar program presentations made by AAAA members.

Secretary (Sue) – Final numbers for renewing and new members are not yet compiled. Numbers will be presented at the AAAA General Meeting. Committee reports were presented. Following discussion, reports were approved and will be in the Cloudbouncer.

Old Business:

AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Notebooks – Will be an ongoing process. Windtalker – Not addressed.

AAAA Board Meeting Minutes from October 16, 2017

Online Roster – Secretary to meet with Zerek Welz to address logistics.

President (Elisa) called the meeting to order at 5:33 PM Members Present: President (Elisa); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Special Events (Charity); Flying Events (Tim); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason). Members Absent: Crew Development (Larry); Education (Don). Review of the minutes from the September 18, 2017 Board Meeting. Motion to approve the minutes as written was made by Caryn, seconded by Charity. Minutes were approved as written.

New Business: Web Site – Time line for going live was estimated to be December 1st. Per discussion time line needed to be November 1st. The latest date possible for transition compromised to November 15th. 6:29 PM Motion to adjourn was made by Dick, seconded by Tim. Meeting adjourned.

VP Flying Events (Frank) – The October General Meeting will feature the

BFA Youth Balloon Camp attendees. The November General meeting is scheduled to be AIFB with the final Fiesta data. Dr. Tom McConnell has graciously provided AAAA with 25 copies of his publication “Balloon Safety”.

Treasurer (Dick) – Financials are in progress and will be in the

Cloudbouncer. AAAA received $3000.00 from the

November’s Flying Event will be held Saturday, November 11 at the Rio Rancho field. Registration begins at 6am. The AAAA website flying events standings have been updated on the flying events page with year to date scores through the September event.

Crew D

Don Boyer, Sam Bradshaw, Hank Humiston, Lee Little, Dick Rice, and Charity Blanchard.

No Report Submitted

Upcoming Education dates:

Community Relations

Private Pilot Ground School – Feb. 23-25, 2018 Instructor Refresher Course – Mar. 24, 2018

Congregation Albert PreK and Kindergarten School is completing a teaching lesson on hot air balloons and were hoping someone could bring their equipment and give an equipment and ballooning overview to the kids, they do have a field if you desire to inflate your balloon but is not necessary. They are hoping for this to be done the last week of October or the first week of November. If you are able to help contact Valinda Barkley at 505-3317881 or by email vjvbarkley@gmail.com Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 out of Rio Rancho who provides therapy through horsemanship for adults and children with cognitive or physical disabilities and recovering veterans. Loving Thunder is having an event on November 5th which will include a silent auction which they were looking for a donation of a balloon ride or rides to help raise money to reach more people. Please contact Norm Cohen at 505-715-9227 or by email at normcohen@hotmail.com

Education The AAAA / Fiesta Safety Seminar was held on Oct. 10 in the Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion. There were 249 in attendance. On the surveys, the overall seminar rating was 4.7 out of 5. We would like to thank all the speakers: Gordon Schwontkowski, David Craft, Jesse Zimmer, Dr. David Bowling and the discussion panel, Beth, Dick, Fred and Don. We would also like to thank the AIBF for providing the use of the Pavilion. The Education Committee presented talks to eleven Road Scholar tour groups during the Fiesta. Road Scholar pays a fee to the AAAA Education Foundation for these presentations. Thank you to all the speakers who gave up their afternoon Fiesta naps: Tom Fisher, Elisa Trillanes, Kelli Ballengee,

Commercial Pilot Ground School – Apr. 27-29, 2018

Ways & Means Ways and Means would like to thank Jackie for working our table for the entire week of Fiesta. We would also like to thank all the pilots and crew who purchased from us or just stopped by to say hi and catch up. There will be a Social Hour event on Dec 5. More information will be provided online and at the November general meeting.

Special Events 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 two suggestions for a non-profit to benefit from the Jingle Bell toy drive. 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 special-events@hotairballooning.org 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. Friends and Lovers will be February 10th and 11th with the registration reception in the evening of the 9th. Registration will be live as soon as the new website is up and running. I will announce when the registration site is up.

An opportunity to witness a reenactment of Jean Pierre Blanchard’s voyage using the replica basket built by Bert Padelt, a Grand Ball Gala, a trade show, a balloon glow, a Pioneers Dinner, a Montgolfier reception, and a ground school.

Why go to the Grand Ball Gala? •

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FAVIA 225/BFA National Convention Celebrating the 225th anniversary of the First Air Voyage in America in historic Philadelphia March 22nd-25th, 2018 Early Registration price available until October 31, 2017

What’s in it for you? •

2 days of top notch speakers presenting informative and entertaining topics meeting the BFA 3 Tier system requirements Breakfasts and receptions included in convention admission

Hear about the amazing experiences and exploits of keynote speaker Sir David Hempleman -Adams Time to have some fun and mingle Live period and contemporary music A chance to dress up - colonial garb, your favorite outfit, or whatever you wish Door prizes, raffles, favors, and giveaways Have your picture taken with Benjamin Franklin and the replica basket Cocktail hour followed by a delicious dinner and dancing

Registration and informationwww.favia225.com Follow, like, and share on Facebook@Favia225

Congratulations go out to Neida for taking the reins on this great endeavor. Following the program, the Board was convened. Members present: President (Elisa); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason); Flying Events (Tim); Crew Development (Larry); Education (Don). Members absent: Vice President (Frank).

General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday October 24, 2017 At 6:31 PM our President Elisa called our meeting to order with a welcome to our members and guests Amiee and Anjulie Sorbello. Congratulations to Ken Tuley followed for being the 2017 recipient of the Sid Cutter Award. Don Boyer was up next with a panel of the Rio Grande Balloon Camp campers. His slide show presentation highlighted some of the camp functions, including classroom sessions held at UNM, Special Shapes Day held on the Balloon Museum lawn, Aerco was fire safety, as well as hands on during an Annual Inspection. Also included were stills of various local news commentators interviewing some of the campers. Following the slide presentation, the campers, Kaylee Zlotkin, Ben Kious, Anjulie Sorbello, Adrian Bueno, Sasha Rager, Caden Gates, and Kat Beebe, provided their experiences and favorite memories of the Balloon Camp. Don finished the program with thanks to all of those who contributed to the success of the Camp including AIBF, Balloon Museum, UNM, Aerco, Rainbow Ryders, the volunteer pilots, staff, camp councilors, and the many more whose donations and behind the scenes contributions made this a successful 2017 Rio Grande Balloon Camp. Don has stepped down from the directorship of the Rio Grande Balloon Camp and has appointed Neita “Kid” Courtney as Director for the 2018 camp.

Secretary (Sue) – Congratulations to Matt Guthrie for receiving the AIBF Heritage Award and to Scotty Appleman on his induction to the Balloon Fiesta Hall of Fame. Presentation of these awards was made during the Awards Banquet on Saturday October 14th. Thanks go out to Leslie Schafer for her help with memberships during AIBF registration, as well as the rest of the Ways & Means committee, and to Jackie Jacobs for manning the AAAA table in the Sid Cutter Pavilion every morning during Fiesta. Some fun facts – There were 30 new and renewing memberships received during Fiesta with 12 being new members and 18 renewing. A total of 16 of the memberships were out of state with 7 of them being new memberships. We also received 3 2018 new memberships. 2018 renewals will be going out between December 1st and December 5th, keep an eye out for them. Treasurer (Dick) – The negative income for the AAAA Club as of the end of September is getting ready to change. All will be looking up as 2018 memberships are received. Review the pie charts in the Cloudbouncer and if there are any questions that need answering, contact Dick at treasurer@hotairballooning.org. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer. Safety Corner – “Fan Safety” – Presented by Dave Eichhorn. Dave told his story from the 1st Sunday when he was piloting the Balloon of the Day and the episode with his fan. Being in L1 a tarp had been set out, more for crowd control than any other reason, the fan had been started and Dave noted a corner was flapping under the fan, flattening seemed to do the trick so the fan goes on. When Dave was partially cold packed, the tarp decided to rear itself right into the fan blades. The

lucky part is the fan person shut it down as soon as it happened and only a corner of a blade got broken off not doing major damage to the fan or the crowd around. So, the moral and safety tip of the day is take your time, do it right, don’t let the pressure get to you. BFA – No representation. Fiesta (Paul Petrehn) – Congratulations and Thanks go out to the Pilots, Crews, and Volunteers, for making this a safe and successful 2017 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

I am soliciting from the membership someone interested or willing to serve as the nominations chair for the upcoming 2018 election. The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to form a slate of Officer and Board of Directors candidates for the annual election. The committee shall be made up of volunteers and/or members solicited by the Board of Directors and/or the chairperson. The President shall be an ex-officio committee member. At the March 2018 election we will be filing the positions of President, Treasurer, Flying Events, Education and Crew Development. Please think about accepting the nomination for one of these very important positions. Our club would not be what it is without the members of the Board who put in many hours volunteering to make AAAA the biggest and best balloon club in the world.

VFRS – Nothing to report. FAA – No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. Balloon Explorium (Caryn Welz) – Montgolfier Days are coming up on November 7th and 9th, from 8:30 AM to noon(ish). The kids will be launching tissue paper balloons so anyone willing to assist with time and knowledge is welcome to come. Final note: The General meeting on November 28th will be the final meeting for 2017, as we reconvene in January, we will start looking for persons to fill the Board positions coming to a close in March. Please take the time to consider running for a Board position in the coming year.

October Top Gun event was cancelled. November Top Gun event will be our 2 day event November 18th and 19th (Sat and Sun) Registration starts at 6am. December Top Gun event will be Sunday, December 18th (Sunday) Board elections are coming up in January 2018. Interested in being on the Top Gun board? Contact any Top Gun board member for more information. WELCOME TO CREW CHIEF’S CORNER! (Copyright 2010 by Gordon Schwontkowski) FAQs: FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Continued from the October issue… Get ready, get used to it, and get into it – talking about ballooning is a vital part of keeping our sport healthy and alive. Anyone around a balloon – including first-time crew – is fair game as a target of the roughly 50 standard questions balloonists most often get asked. Inquiring minds want to know, and YOU have all the answers (or so they think). For their satisfaction and your sanity, it’s wise to have prepared answers ready. First things first. Your first priority is safeguarding your pilot, passengers, crew, equipment, and everyone/everything nearby – period. Answering questions come after your most pressing tasks. There’s never a time JUST for questions, so learn to talk as you work. Often you can ask one yourself (Would you like to help out?) and lighten your work as you answer theirs. Below are ballooning’s top 50 FAQs and replies that will satisfy most inquiring minds. Brief answers (10-20 words) often suffice. Tailor them to your particulars, but have your entire crew memorize them so they can answer without hesitation – master the basics. Quiz your crew too: SAFETY • How safe: statistically, one of the safest forms of aviation, but only as safe as you make it • Equipment inspections: once a year or every 100 flight hours • Combustibility: fabric won’t sustain a flame but can melt. Lower Nomex is fireproof • Accidents: rare and preventable, but they occasionally occur • Mid-air contact: usually planned; fabricto-fabric generally safe, basket-to-fabric less so • Planes: balloon has the right-of-way, safe separation distances prevent turbulence issues • Power lines: pose a serious hazard but harmless when proper precautions are taken. Most pilots never strike a power line in their entire flying career • Burner failure: built-in back-up system standard. If that fails, the balloon acts as parachute

Fabric damage: rip/hole up to 4’ long in lower fabric or much smaller tears in upper fabric won’t greatly affect volume or lift. Immediate repair is required of any damage and eliminates the threat of weakened fabric strength Bird collisions: bounce off tensed balloon fabric when both in flight

One sentence or two will satisfy most people. If you can’t answer a question, refer it to your pilot or crew chief. If you can’t answer it right now, tell them to stop back a little later or hang around for a few minutes. Keep things conversational. Be patient and polite – even when you’re sweating, panting, and swatting mosquitoes. Remember, you once asked these same questions, and this isn’t about you – it’s about the person asking the questions and this sport. You’ll answer these questions thousands of times in a year or flying career, but it’s crucial you don’t get testy or edgy. Here’s why: YOU PERSONIFY BALLOONING! And you don’t know who the questioner is. Most people never see a balloon up close, and you’re their big chance to talk with someone doing what they’ve only dreamed about. They don’t know this is your second time crewing or first time as a crew chief. THEY are the landowner, your next paying passenger, the media, a potential student pilot or festival sponsor, or one of the countless people it takes to keep ballooning alive. For commercial operators, this isn’t about being polite – this is money in the bank. You represent your pilot, crew, sponsor, festival, and sport every time you crew – whether you’re aware of that and like it or not. Sure, you maybe had a bad day at work, are running late, or can’t find your gloves – the little time you can spare will almost certainly bring a smile to someone’s face. There’s always a few seconds for that in life, and isn’t that what ballooning is about? You never know what lies behind any question, so treat them all as doors to a better future for our entire sport!

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2017 November Cloudbouncer  

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

2017 November Cloudbouncer  

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