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AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS BOARD MEETING MINUTES AUGUST MEETING MINUTES SEPT. MEETING MINUTES UPCOMING EVENTS SAFETY CORNER COMMUNITY RELATIONS GENERAL MEETING MINUTES PRESIDENTS REPORT CREW CHIEF'S CORNER TREASURER'S REPORT AAAA ELECTIONS MEMBER BIRTHDAYS SUNRISE/SUNSET CALENDAR
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BOARD MEETING MINUTES AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting Minutes, November 19, 2018 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, AAAA Secretary President, Caryn, called the meeting to order at 5:28 PM Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Community Relations (Jason); Special Events (Charity); Flying Events (Zerek). Members absent: Treasurer (Dick); Crew Development (Tom); Ways & Means (Rachel). A review of the minutes from the October 22nd Board Meeting was made. Charity moved to accept the minutes as written, seconded by Jason. Minutes were approved as written. Vice President (Frank) – The November General Meeting program will be a 2018 Fiesta recap with Sam Parks presenting the final statistics. The January program is scheduled to be Troy Bradley discussing his “Over the Mountain” flights. Treasurer – Per Dicks email prior to our meeting, Pie Charts will be ready by the General Meeting. Secretary (Sue) – We have one new member consideration for 2019, Jason Fisher, from Swarthmore, PA. Motion by Charity to accept new member was seconded by Jason. New member approved. Committee reports were presented at this time. There was no report from Crew Development and the Ways & Means report was presented by Zerek.
New Field Location – Charity is working diligently with the City of Rio Rancho and the property owners to come to terms. Currently negotiations are on hold until one of the property owners returns to the country. Nominations Committee Chairperson – Katie Heffron has agreed to chair the nominations committee.
New Business: 2019 Waiver – Initial documents have been submitted to the FAA. Currently waiting for a response. Year End Awards Banquet – To be held January 5, 2019, at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Tickets available online at hotairballooning.org, or at the November General meeting, or Jingle Bell non Rally.
Member Letters/Comments: Concern has been voiced about the missed two months of Cloudbouncers. With the resolution of all issues that caused the problems, going forward, there should be no delays in the Cloudbouncer going out as scheduled. At 6:49 PM Charity made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Don. Meeting adjourned.
On-Line/Updated Membership form – The updates to the
membership form will affect pilots wishing to participate in any of our monthly flying events only. Discussion followed, potential solution is to provide a link to a Pilot Information Sheet for those submitting an online membership form. Paper forms will ask for the information required on the back of the form. Renewals for 2019 will contain a secondary sheet asking for the required information and to be returned with the renewal.
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Flying Events We had 42 pilots signed in for the flying event. Due to weather no one flew from the field. The documents for the 2019 waiver have been submitted and we are awaiting any feedback from the FAA. The Awards Banquet will be held at the Crowne Plaza on January 5, 2019. Tickets are $20 each or you can reserve a ten top table for $180. The Crown Plaza has set aside a block of rooms for anyone interested in staying the night. AAAA Awards Banquet tickets will be available online at hotairballoong.org or during the November General Meeting and Jingle Bell Non-Rally, or by emailing email@example.com If you would like to donate any items for the banquets raffle or silent auction we can accept those items during the General Meeting or Jingle Bell Non-Rally. Your donation will be greatly appreciated.
Crew Development There were no activities for November. For the Jingle Bell rally, we will be hosting a lost and found glove exchange. Bring all of your mismatched gloves and other lost and found items. Crews can go match up a new set of gloves or find that long lost item. We will also have a crew game for Jingle Bell, details will be provided at briefing.
Education The review of the Safety Seminar participant evaluations is complete, and the feedback is generally very good. We will use this information to help improve future seminars. The detailed report has been sent to all presenters, education committee members and the AAAA Board. The video recordings of the seminar are posted on our YouTube channel at: http://bit.ly/AAAAvideo . There is a playlist link there to the seminar videos … and remember to subscribe when you are there, so you will get future notifications of new video postings. We would again like to thank the Balloon Fiesta for providing the use of the Sid Cutter Pilots’ Pavilion for the event. And thanks to all the speakers, volunteers and committee members who helped.
YOUTH COMMITTEE: The Camp program at the October General Meeting went well. 4 of the campers attended. Other Youth activates are being discussed such as; Outreach to schools, work with the balloon museum, get more pilot participation, create educational programs and presentations for each youth age group that can be utilized by others who present balloon programs to schools and youth groups.
2019 GROUND SCHOOLS: Registration is online now for the 2019 Private and Commercial Ground Schools. Please go to the AAAA website for details. You can also register at the back of the room at the General Meetings. To date we have 12 students registered for the private school in February and 3 for the commercial school in April. These classes have filled quickly in the past so don’t wait too long to register.
Ways & Means It's time to pick our new theme for 2019. Please contact me with your choice from the below list: Where The Wind Goes Rise Above Propane Therapy Altitude Adjustment Early Risers In December we will be working on a logo to go with the 2019 theme. All logo ideas are welcome and greatly appreciate. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org We are also collecting items for our annual silent auction and raffle. If you have anything you would like to donate please drop it off. Get them before they are gone!!! Only a limited supply of the Fly Safe Shirts are left starting at $25 each. We have a limited amount of printed 2018 Rosters available. They come on a first come first serve basis. The Roster is also available for online viewing and download on the AAAA website. B oard M eeting M inutes
This year’s annual AAAA Fly Safe Pins are HERE!!! They feature our 2018 theme Fly Safe. They are $5 and you can find them at the next AAAA monthly meeting. Special thank you to all the pilots who fly the sponsor banners at the flying events. Please don't forget to return the banners to me! We will continue to need volunteers to fly the banners at each AAAA Flying event. Each pilot will sign the banner after flying and return it. At the end of the year the sponsors will receive their banner at the AAAA Awards Banquet as a gift. Flying a banner does not mean your flying a sponsor, just the banner :-) Happy Hour will be at Filling Philly’s located at 3700 Ellison Dr. NW, Albuquerque 87114 at 6:00pm. Looking to join a fun and exciting committee? Look no further than Ways and Means. Please let me know if you interested in attending our next meeting.
Special Events Plans are in full swing for Jingle Bell and Friends and Lovers!
Jingle Bell (December 8-9, 2018): Pilot Briefing in the Sid Cutter Building, 7:00 AM (both days) We have been approached by Acton Academy to host a Christmas Craft fair for some of their students. Action Academy is an entrepreneurial based school and the students form and run small businesses during their time there. The craft fair will be Sunday, December 9 from 8AM to 11AM. Thank you to Judy Nakamura, Larry Kaibetoney, and Debi O for agreeing to be our judges. There will be a small awards ceremony following the fair to award the winning students. Once again we will be doing a toy drive for a local non profit. The committee voted to partner with Fathers Building Futures again this year. Last year we were able to provide (not just help, we were the sole provider) Christmas for approximately 30 families. This year the non-profit has suffered from a loss of funding and is in even more need of assistance. Please open your hearts to help this deserving organization again this year. The cooking contest this year will be a gingerbread house contest. The contest theme will be … Christmas in the Tropics!!!!!!! Please see rules at the end of this report.
Friends and Lovers (February 8-10, 2019): Pilot Registration and Crew of the Year are now open. Pilot registration will close at midnight on December 31 and no late registrations will be accepted. This is due to the new regulations regarding paperwork and the timeframe in which it must be submitted to the FAA. Please email your Crew of the Year nominations to email@example.com. Nominations close January 25 and no late entries will be considered. We are looking for sponsors and donations for this event so please let the committee know if you know anyone who might like to be a sponsor or if you have something to donate for a raffle/silent auction/prize item!!! The cooking contest for Friends and Lovers this year is simple … with a twist. Make your best or signature tailgating dish … but you MUST incorporate Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies!!!!! See criteria at the end of this report.
Jingle Bell Gingerbread House Rules: Date
December 8, 2018 (Saturday)
6:45 am to 11:00 am
6:45 am to 9:45 am: Let Event Staff know of intention to participate.
9:45 am: Crews assigned a table, and may bring materials to table
10:00 am: Official starting time
11:00 am: Official quitting time
RULES Use the Theme, Christmas in the Tropics, to assemble and decorate a Gingerbread Structure with crew participation. All components must be edible. Includes icing, pastes, decorations, etc. 8
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Main structural components must be gingerbread. Gingerbread should be cut-out and baked prior to event day. Structure should be assembled on a tray or plate or suitable surface. A table will be provided for crew for decorations, away from tailgate tables. Judging will take place between 11:00 and 11:30 am Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on same day as event. Crew does not have to be present to accept prize. Prizes are provided by AAAA. Judging will be based on the following: Use of theme Presentation Crew participation
* In Case of Flight cancellations: The time frame will be moved up and announced at pilot briefing. Friends & Lovers Crew of the Year Award The Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally is traditionally a time for pilots to thank their crews for their hard work and dedication. To this end, we are pleased to announce we are taking nominations for the 2019 Friends & Lovers Balloon Rally -- Crew of the Year. We want to know why your crew is the best -- Do they remember your birthday? Help you rip stitches when you need a repair? Wash your basket and clean your burners for your birthday? Take landowner relations to a whole new level? Take tailgate to a whole new level? This is your chance to brag on your crew AND possibly win them some FABULOUS prizes! Email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us why your crew should win the Crew of the Year Award and the corresponding FABULOUS prizes!!!! Nominations will be accepted via email from today until 5:00 PM on Friday, January 25. Written and hand delivered nominations will NOT be accepted. The Friends & Lovers Crew of the Year will be announced at the Awards Brunch on Sunday, February 10, 2019. We look forward to hearing about all the REAL heros of ballooning!!!!!
Friends and Lovers Tailgate Competition: Date
February 9, 2019 (Saturday)
6:45 am to 11:00 am
6:45 am to 9:45 am: Let Event Staff know of intention to
10:00 am: Judging Begins
11:00 am: Winners Announced
Make your best/signature tailgate dish and incorporate Motherâ€™s Circus Animal Cookies. Dishes will be judged on: Most Creative, Crew Participation Best Use of the Secret Ingredient * In Case of Flight cancellations: The time frame will be moved up and announced at pilot briefing.
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AUGUST MEETING MINUTES August AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting, Monday August 20, 2018 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, Secretary President (Caryn) called the meeting to order at 5:32 PM. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Crew Development (Tom); Flying Events (Zerek); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel); Community Relations (Jason). Members absent: Education (Don). He was on speaker phone as much as possible during the meeting. Guests: Shelly Cannaday (on the agenda); Pam Micker. A review of the minutes from July 16, 2018 was made, Dick moved to accept as written, Charity seconded. Motion carried. Minutes accepted as written. Vice President (Frank): In preparation for Fiesta, the August program will be the 1985 Fiesta Pilot Safety Video. Doug Gallager was Balloon Meister, the theme was Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. The “Toast and Roast will be a surprise. The September General meeting will be the showing of the 2018 Fiesta Pilot Safety Video. Treasurer (Dick): We are two months into the current fiscal year. There is money in the bank, financials are currently showing a loss in the Education Foundation and a small income for the club. This is typical for this time of year. See the full report in the Cloudbouncer. Secretary (Sue): There is one new application for approval this month, Kim Loomis from St. Louis, MO. A motion made by Dick to approve the new member, seconded by Charity. Motion carried, new member approved. Committee reports were presented at this time. Education report was presented by Sue. Zerek (Cloudbouncer & Website): Due to difficulties with the new design, the August Cloudbouncer has been delayed.
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Shelly brought up the lateness concerns (she handles the printing and distribution of the paper Cloudbouncer) with events and schedules listed in the Cloudbouncer having already passed. She also noted that in the years she has been doing this the Cloudbouncer has always been issued within the first week of the month following the General Meeting. No report for the website. Jason (Community Relations): Requests from organizations for rides during Fiesta are starting but since we have no control it was advised that he notify these requestors to contact Fiesta or Rainbow Ryders directly. Don (Education): Presented by Sue. On line registration for the Fiesta Safety Seminar is available. The Youth Committee is discussing cell phone policy changes for the 2019 Balloon Camp. A sub-committee has been formed for the possibility of remaking the 1990’s version of Hot Air and Hot Wires Powerline Safety Video. Safety Corner will be Mike Voorhees. Rachael (Ways & Means): Distribution of the limited number of paper rosters was discussed, along with the possibility of charging to receive one. It was decided that those members receiving the paper Cloudbouncer will receive a copy and the balance will be distributed at the August General meeting on a first come, first serve basis. There will be no fee this year. Tom (Crew Development): Report will be in the Cloudbouncer. Zerek (Flying Events): Report will be in the Cloudbouncer. Charity (Special Events): Report will be in the Cloudbouncer.
Unfinished Business: New Field Location – Dave Bagley is working with the City of Rio Rancho for an alternative site. The best suggestion is for
the lot north of Rust Hospital at Westside and Unser. Since the owner of the property is out of state, Charity will try to get the owner’s local representative’s contact information and forward to the Presidents of Top Gun and AAAA for possible negotiations.
New Business: New Flying Events Waiver – The FAA pulled the AAAA Waiver due to violation of Attachment C, paragraph 20 of the Certificate of Waiver. To reinstate the Waiver for the next flying event the FAA has requested that certain information on each pilot be available to them upon request. Shelly Cannaday maintains the needed information for Top Gun and shared this with the Board. To expedite retrieval of this information an email request will go out to all pilots of AAAA to provide the requested information.
Comments: Shelly Cannaday – Top Gun will be flying in conjunction with AAAA at the September Flying Event. Top Gun will supply the Event Director with the tasks to be flown. Shelly has asked that AAAA supply the weather person for this event. Dick Rice – The FAA has rejected the registration of the Mardi Cone balloon pending additional paperwork required. This additional information has been sent. At 7:07 Charity made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Tom. Meeting adjourned.
General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday August 28, 2018 Our Vice President (Frank) called our meeting to order at 6:33 with a “Toast & Roast” to Charity Blanchard. Frank recounted the excellent job Charity has done as the Special Events coordinator. Without her diligence and hard work, the Friends & Lovers Rally, the Jingle Bell non-rally, and the summer picnic would not be as successful and fun as they have been. Thank you, Charity. Our President, Caryn took over with a welcome to our guest, Jon Young of Corrales, NM. Congratulations then went out to Debi Ellis Ostgulen on receiving her Commercial Certification. Due to technical difficulties, the Board was convened at this time. Members Present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don) Community Relations (Jason); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel); Flying Events (Zerek). Vice President (Frank) – The September meeting will be the 2018 AIBF Safety Video. October’s program will consist of members from this summer BFA Balloon Camp sharing their experiences with the group. November will feature highlights and stats from this year’s Fiesta. Secretary (Sue) – A big welcome to our newest member, Kim Loomis from St. Louis MO. Treasurer (Dick) – Two months into the new Fiscal Year and the Club is showing a small income, while the Education Foundation is showing a loss. There’s no need to worry, this too will change. Look for the Pie Charts and summary in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented next and will be in the Cloudbouncer. In addition to the Flying Events report, Zerek provided further information regarding the AAAA Waiver and the reason for the additional documentation requested from the pilots. A ugust M eeting M inutes
With technical difficulties resolved, we were able to proceed with the program, the 1985 AIBF Pilot Safety Video-Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Doug Gallagher was Balloon Meister and played Mr. Rogers in this entertaining and informative video. My, how things have changed in the “Neighborhood”. Safety Corner followed with Mike Voorhees discussing “Power Line Safety”. The focus of this discussion was training of your crew chief or other responsible person on what to do in the event of a power line strike. Call 911, call your local electric provider with a location and pole number, keep everyone away until it’s safe to approach. One-third of all ballooning accidents are due to power lines, two-thirds of all fatalities are due to power line strikes. Train your crew.
Other Ballooning Organizations: BFA – No representation. VFRS (Don Boyer) – Nothing new at this time. Top Gun (Steve Mezzancello) – The two day August event went off without a hitch. There was an FAA presence on Sunday with six of the eleven pilots being RAMP checked. On September 9th Top Gun will hold its monthly flying event in conjunction with AAAA at Fiesta field. TG pilots may register for both. Scoring will be separated with certain tasks open only to TG pilots. Fiesta (Sam Parks) – 39 days and counting. Launch sites should be available by September 7th. The new access for propane is complete. This year there is a sponsor providing prizes for Land Owners through the Land Owner Relations Committee. Check out your pilot pack for more info. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. Balloon Explorium (Caryn Welz) – They are looking for old Lap Tops for use in their classes. Final Note – It is with sadness that we report the passing of Dick Wagner earlier this month. Dick was one of the early balloon pilots in our community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dick’s family in this time of sorrow.
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SEPT. MEETING MINUTES September AAAA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes AAAA Board Meeting Minutes from Monday September 17, 2018 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, Secretary Vice President, Frank, called the meeting to order at 5:35 PM. Members present: Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Education (Don); Crew Development (Tom); Flying Events (Zerek); Ways & Means (Rachel); Special Events (Charity); Community Relations (Jason). Members absent: President (Caryn). A review of the minutes from the August 20, 2018 was made. Dick moved to accept as written, Don seconded. Motion carried. Minutes were accepted as written. The agenda was review and accepted for the evenings meeting. Vice President (Frank) – The September General Meeting will be a showing of the 2018 Balloon Fiesta Safety video. October’s program will be some of the campers from the 2018 BFA Rio Grande Balloon Camp held in July. They will be providing us with their insights and experiences obtained during the camp. The November program will be a representative of AIBF with the stats from this year’s Fiesta. Treasurer (Dick) – Three months into the current fiscal year and there is money in both the Club’s and the Foundation’s accounts. Both are showing a current net loss on the financials, but that will turn around in October during Fiesta. The full report will be in the Cloudbouncer. Secretary (Sue) – One new application was presented for membership, Douglas Chapman and family of Placitas. Charity made a motion to accept, seconded by Don, motion carried. New members approved.
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Committee reports were presented at this time. Cloudbouncer & Website (Zerek) – There are no updates for either. Cloudbouncer is experiencing issues and will again be delayed. All committee reports will be available in the Cloudbouncer. Unfinished Business: New Flying Events Waiver – The FAA approved the new waiver on September 7, 2018. This waiver will be in effect until December 16, 2018. Matter closed.
New Business: New Rio Rancho Field – Several places have been reviewed but due to access problems or owner negotiations not able to be made, an alternate has been made possible. There are three lots available to the west of Puesta Del Sol Elementary School located south of Southern across from Rainbow Pools in Rio Rancho. Discussion followed regarding complaints received from the neighborhood directly to the north of the school as well as the current condition of the terrain and what it would take to level and clear. Discussion will continue.
Comments: Sue, Secretary apologized to the Board for neglecting to inform the ballooning community that nominations were being accepted for the Sid Cuter award starting in June. Discussion followed regarding last year’s nominations as a possibility for the current year. The Board decided as a whole that there would not be a Sid Cutter recipient for 2018. At 6:20 PM Dick made a motion to adjourn, Charity
seconded. Meeting adjourned.
General Meeting Minutes from Tuesday September 25, 2018 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, Secretary, AAAA Vice President, Frank, called our meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Due to the length of the program, there was no “Toast and Roast” this month, but be sure to be surprised next month. Caryn, President, took over from there to greet our guest Harold Carter in from Snellville GA. Harold was one of the original thirteen pilots from the first Balloon Fiesta in 1972. What a pleasure to have him at our meeting. From there we went to new pilots, Major Sean Eakin received his Private Pilot Certification, and Aspen Mitchell passed the FAA written test as a Student (soon to be) pilot. New balloons include Ian Whittling and a Cameron 090 and Trent Caldwell with a Linstrand 69X. There were several school presentations for Ballooning in the Community, but the only one to write it down was Kelli Ballengee who gave a presentation to the Special Education class at Cibola High School. Thank you to all of those who contributed their time toward the sport of ballooning. At this time a moment of silence was observed for those we have recently lost, Michael LaPlante, Fred Lete, Paul “Buzz” Wills, Karl Stefan and Earl Luthey. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends, they will be missed. Will Fitzpatrick gave an update on the Petroglyphs PZ status. The Petroglyphs have been a Red PZ for a long time, this year the status has changed to a Yellow PZ. The Fiesta electronic maps will show this change however, the paper maps were printed prior to this change taking effect so they will still show the Petroglyphs as a Red PZ. Don Boyer reminded us of the Fiesta Safety Seminar on October 9th. There is still time to register on line, or members of the Education Committee will be accepting registrations during AIBF pilot registration. The 2018 AIBF Pilot Safety Video was then shown. The Board was convened following the video. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Community Relations (Jason); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel); Education (Don). Members absent: Flying Events (Zerek). Report presented by Caryn Welz. Vice President (Frank) – The program for the October General meeting will be participants from this summers BFA Rio Grande Balloon Camp. The November General meeting will be AIBF with the stats of the 2018 Fiesta. Secretary (Sue) – A welcome to our newest member, Douglas Chapman and his family from Placitas, NM. Treasurer (Dick) – Look for those pesky Pie Charts in the Cloudbouncer. Any questions please direct them to Dick at email@example.com. Committee reports were then presented. Look for them in the Cloudbouncer.
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Other Ballooning Organizations: BFA (Kelli Ballengee) – The 2019 BFA Balloon Camps have been established. The three confirmed camps will be in Albuquerque, Reno, and in Pennsylvania. Two more locations are still pending. The Albuquerque Camp will be limited to 20 for 2019. VFRS – No representation. Top Gun (Will Fitzpatrick) – The September event was a joint competition with AAAA’s Flying Event. Thank you to Sam Parks for being the Event Director. Congratulations to the winners. The next event will be October 21st. An Event Director is needed. Fiesta – No representation. Civil Air Patrol (Jessica Makin) – CAP will be hosting an FAA Wings Seminar on November 3rd at the Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center, 2500 Carlisle, Albuquerque, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. To register for this seminar please visit www.nmwg. cap.gov. Balloon Explorium – No Representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. Chicks Fly (Debi Ellis-Ostgulen) – Visit their Facebook page to check coming events or check out kellyjodesignsbywine.com for a fundraiser event taking place to benefit Chick Fly on Monday October 8th.
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UPCOMING EVENTS NO General Meeting in December! Jingle Bell (Non) Rally
Friends and Lovers Rally
When: December 8-9, 2018 Pilot Registration: 6:15 - 6:45am Where: Sid Cutter, Balloon Fiesta Park Hosted by: Special Events Brief Description: A Christmas-Themed event with a gingerbread house contest and a toy drive
Feb 8-10, 2019 Pilot Registration (Both Days): 6:15 - 6:45am Where: Sid Cutter Pavilion, Balloon Fiesta Park Hosted by: Special Events Brief Description: A Valentine-Themed event with crew games, a cooking contest and tether rides for the public
Top Gun Flying Event When: December 16, 2018 Pilot Registration Start: 6:30am Where: AIBF Offices Hosted by: Top Gun
AAAA Board Meeting When: December 17, 2018 5:30 - 7:30pm Where: Balloon Fiesta Offices
AAAA Happy Hour When: January 01, 2019 6:00pm Where: TBD
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SAFETY CORNER Presented by Chris Kenworthy How many reading this have done something stupid before? How about something stupid and you got hurt? What about something stupid and you ended up a little on fire... not a lot, just a little? No? Just me? On a Sunny morning after the 2017 Jingle Bell Non-Rally, I found myself grilling some hot dogs, and helping my beautiful wife setup her new propane-powered Coleman coffee maker on the tailgate of our truck. Standing between the open balloon trailer and the tailgate, I flipped hot dogs while the crew put the little green propane tank on the coffee maker... spitting propane as they tried to get it seat correctly. I reached over to "help" by tightening it when that little bit of propane reached that nicely lit grill a few feet away and..... WOOOOOSH. Fire ball. My Santa hat ended up a little crispy. My eye brows mostly gone. Beard and mustache a little shorter. And most of my exposed skin a bit more red than before I started. No major injuries. My crew member burnt her finger retrieving the flaming coffee maker from the bed of my truck. And my wife got to yell "Get the fire extinguisher" which was conveniently located in my basket. So what did we learn here? 1) It takes a surprisingly small amount of propane to make a big fire ball. 2) Propane safety doesn't end at Ortega's or Pinnacle. 3) Having a fire extinguisher in the truck and basket really is a good idea. 4) Propane coffee makers are more trouble than their worth. Stay safe out there. Before. During. And.... after the flight.
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AAAA Flying Event Location Maps Fiesta Field: From I-25 turn west onto Alameda Blvd (NM 528) Turn north onto San Mateo from Alameda Turn west onto Balloon Fiesta Parkway NE. This road dead ends into the park!! Have a Safe Flight!!! Rio Rancho Balloon Park: From NM 528 turn west onto Northern Blvd Turn North onto Broadmoor Blvd NE
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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES AAAA General Meeting Minutes Tuesday November 27, 2018
Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, AAAA Secretary At 6:33 PM Vice President, Frank, started our meeting with a “Toast & Roast” to Jennifer Garcia in appreciation of all her efforts that may the 2018 Fiesta registration go relatively pain free for all the volunteers as well as the pilots. President, Caryn got us started with a welcome to our guests, Captian-Crystal Stout & Lee Edgemon from Sequim, WA, Dan Halderman from Albuquerque, and Valerie Oliver from Rio Rancho. Next was our “Thanks” to Ursula Richards, Don Rose, Steven Loeffler & Josh Saiz for the candlestick for Lukemia/Lymphoma Society during their Light the Night Walk on November 4th. And last but not least, congratulations to Jesse Zimmer on receiving his Private Certification earlier this month. Sam Parks and Jennifer Garcia were next with their slide presentation of the 2018 Balloon Fiesta statistics. So here we go: • Total Pilots Registered – 640 • Primary Pilots – 567 • Additional Pilots – 73 Of the 640 pilots there were 170 from New Mexico and 68 International pilots. 41 states were represented and 14 countries.
Jennifer reminded us that the annual gift shop sale will be Saturday December 8th from 8:00 AM to noon at Fiesta offices. The Safety Corner was “How I Burnt My Face Off at Tailgate” presented by Chris Kenworthy. The moral of his story was first don’t buy a propane operated coffee maker and second it takes only a small leak to create a fireball. So as with any leak, don’t just keep tightening the fitting to try to get it to stop, turn it off. Note: Chris didn’t actually burn his face off but he did lose his eyebrows, part of his mustache and singe his hair. The Chairperson of the Nominations Committee, Katie Heffron, advised us that nominations for 2019 are now open. Positions opening are Vice President, Secretary, Special Events, Ways & Means, and Community Relations. Please consider enhancing your Club with your experiences by running for one of these positions. The Board was convened at this time. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Secretary (Sue); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel); Education (Don); Flying Events (Zerek). Members absent: Treasurer (Dick); Community Relations (Jason).
There were 1064 Navigators To take care of the 886,037 visitors, pilots and crews attending this year’s Fiesta. Around the field there were 375 portable toilets to take care of the 2000 lbs. of coffee consumed. The pilots saved Fiesta on propane cost this year by only using 77,212 gals. (about 15,000 gal. less than last year) but that’s still a lot of gas.
Vice President (Frank) – There is no December meeting. January is tentatively Troy Bradley.
That’s 2018 Fiesta numbers and now its on to 2019 – The theme is Picture Perfect, registration will open on March 4, 2019, so get ready it’s just around the corner.
Treasurer – Look for the Pie Charts in the Cloudbouncer.
Secretary (Sue) – We have a new member for 2019, Jason Fischer from Swarthmore, PA. Welcome to Jason. Renewals will be going out the 3rd and 4th of December, please return them early so you don’t miss out on anything.
Committee reports were then presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
G eneral M eeting M inutes
PRESIDENTS REPORT Volunteering is a huge part of what makes our club operate smoothly. Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to put on all the events that we do. We are currently looking for volunteers for several different parts of our club. Be the change you want to see in our community. We want to hear your suggestions and have your help. If interested in being more involved, please see any Board member to get more information. We, the Board members and the Committee members, work hard for the betterment of the club and sometimes have to make tough decisions we know not everyone will like. Please remember all AAAA Board and Committee members are Volunteers and treat them with the same respect you would want to be treated.
Other Ballooning Organizations: TOP GUN November flying event was a success with 17 pilots flying on Saturday. Sunday the weather wasn't nice for us. A big Thank You to Bubba Cliver for flying into Albuquerque to be our Event Director. Thank You to all the volunteers that made the event fun.
A big Thank You to Top Gun and all the board and members for the last 12 years. Alan and Shelly Cannaday have enjoyed being involved with the board and all the pilots. Wishing the 2019 Board of Directors and members a successful year.
BFA No representation.
VFRS No representation.
BALLOON MUSEUM/FOUNDATION (JILL LANE) The new FAI exhibit is now open in the museum. There will be a fund raiser held February 2nd “East Meets West”. For more information and other upcoming events, please visit their website.
BALLOON EXPLORIUM Asking for donations of used laptops.
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Congratulations to our top 3 winners. First place - Neil Jackson Second Place - Jason Buckner Third Place Mike Heffron.
At their fundraiser held on October 8th, they were able to raise funds to provide two more scholarships for the 2019 BFA Balloon camp.
December Flying Event will be Sunday, December 16th. Meeting at AIBF offices. Registration - 630am Pilot Briefing - 700am MARK YOUR CALENDARS Top Gun Annual Meeting Saturday, January 19th Meeting at 11am at AIBF offices Bring a dish to share. 22
2019 Top Gun information will be emailed in the coming weeks with the new 2019 membership applications. January Top Gun flying event will be Sunday, January 20th at AIBF offices.
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As previously mentioned, our goal is to ensure that new regulations will not be overly burdensome. It should be noted that the language of the bill clearly applies to commercial operations and not private ballooning. There have been no discussions about requiring medicals for private flying, and we will work with the FAA to try to minimize any impact on LTA instructors. We will keep you up to date as new information is available. Sincerely, Cheri White BFA President Photo Credit: Rodney Jeff Griego C rew C hief ' s corner
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Nov. 30th - Dec. 2nd â€˘ 2018
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TREASURER'S REPORT November, 2018 EDITORS NOTE: Due to some personal life complications our regularly scheduled pie charts will be delayed until next month.
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A A A A E D U C AT I O N F O U N D AT I O N
Please consider enhancing your Club with your experiences by running for one of these positions. Nominations can be accepted through emailing email@example.com or during the January and February general meetings. Elections will be held during the March general meeting.
Vice President The Vice-President shall, in the absence of the President, in the event of the President’s death, or the in the inability or refusal to act, perform the duties of President and, when so acting shall have all the powers of and be subject to all of the restrictions upon the President. The Vice-President has the authority to sign checks and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President of by the Board of Directors.
Secretary The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the membership meetings and Board of Directors meeting; see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or as required by law; be custodian of the official copies of the Bylaws, the Operating Rules, and all corporate records except the financial records; maintain a register of the post office address and telephone number of each member of the Corporation (current information must be furnished to the Secretary by each member); and in general perform all of the duties incidental to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the President or the Board of Directors. The Secretary may be given authority to sign checks and certificates of membership.
Ways and Means The purpose of the Ways and Means Committee is to plan and organize fund raising events for the club. Ideas for fund raisers shall be left to the discretion of the committee but require the support of the general membership for maximum benefit.
Community Relations The purpose of the Community Relations and Communications Committees is to provide a liaison between the club and the general public of the greater Albuquerque area. This includes interactions with individuals, local governments and other agencies as required. The objective is to provide club members with a safe and amicable flying environment on a year-round basis, and to help educate the general public about the sport of ballooning.
Special Events The Special Events Committee is responsible for the organization and running of all AAAA special events including: Ice Cream Social – June Annual Picnic – August Jingle Bell (non) Rally – December Friends and Lovers Rally -- February 28
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MEMBER BIRTHDAYS HAPPY BIRTHDAY! DALE PATTYN SHERIDAN SECRIST BERNADETTE GREEN ARTHUR LITES JOHN KUGLER MEGHAN CONANT VANESSA SAMPSON BOBBIE TULEY JEANELLE KIOUS KAREN MARTIN KATIE HEFFRON MARTIN ADIE MARY ANN GARCIA ALINE SAIZ KATHLEEN TIGHE-SMITH DAVE OSTGULEN KEVIN STEPHENSON ROGER BALDWIN TERI EAKIN CYNTHIA WISE JOHN HOWES LAURA SHELHAV ANITA EICHHORN GLEN CAMPBELL
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JANE SCHILL MARK HIGH COOKIE SEE JOE CANDELARIA CLARKE O'BYRNE MIKE FORD RICHARD LAWHORN ROBERT LANZA JEFFERY SPEAR PAUL TANOUYE KEN TADOLINI THOMAS FISHER DONNA SCHEER FRANK IVES FRED LETE CHERI WHITE JIM HOIDAHL BILL LEE DON MARTINDELL GLENN SEE KEITH LUTZ PATRICE FELTMAN
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SUNRISE/SUNSET CALENDAR December 2018
December, 2018 | Albuquerque,Albuquerque, New Mexico USA USA New Mexico, Sunday
Sunrise: 6:57am Sunset: 4:55pm Sunrise: 7:03am Sunset: 4:54pm
Sunrise: 7:08am Sunset: 4:56pm
Sunrise: 7:12am Sunset: 4:59pm
Sunrise: 7:14am Sunset: 5:03pm
Sunrise: 6:58am Sunset: 4:54pm Sunrise: 7:03am Sunset: 4:55pm
Sunrise: 7:08am Sunset: 4:56pm
Sunrise: 7:12am Sunset: 4:59pm
Sunrise: 7:14am Sunset: 5:04pm
Sunrise: 6:59am Sunset: 4:54pm Sunrise: 7:04am Sunset: 4:55pm
Sunrise: 7:09am Sunset: 4:57pm
Sunrise: 7:12am Sunset: 5:00pm
Sunrise: 6:59am Sunset: 4:54pm Sunrise: 7:05am Sunset: 4:55pm
Sunrise: 7:10am Sunset: 4:57pm
Sunrise: 7:13am Sunset: 5:01pm
Sunrise: 7:00am Sunset: 4:54pm Sunrise: 7:06am Sunset: 4:55pm
Sunrise: 7:10am Sunset: 4:57pm
Sunrise: 7:13am Sunset: 5:01pm
Sunrise: 7:01am Sunset: 4:54pm Sunrise: 7:06am Sunset: 4:55pm
Sunrise: 7:11am Sunset: 4:58pm
Sunrise: 7:14am Sunset: 5:02pm
Sunrise: 6:56am Sunset: 4:55pm
Sunrise: 7:02am Sunset: 4:54pm
Sunrise: 7:07am Sunset: 4:56pm
Sunrise: 7:11am Sunset: 4:58pm
Sunrise: 7:14am Sunset: 5:03pm
Standard/Winter Time for entire month. © 2017 Edwards Apps, Inc. — SunriseSunset.com
Latitude, Longitude: 35 07.0' N, 106 37.4' W Time zone: UTC-7 hours DST observance: North America
*Latitude and longitude are not for navigational purposes. *Daylight Saving/Summer Time is in effect for the entire month. © 2017 Edwards Apps, Inc. — SunriseSunset.com S unrise / sunset C alendar
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