VOLUME 207 ISSUE 01
CL O U D B OUNC ER A M o n t h l y P u b l i ca tio n o f t h e A lbu qu erqu e A ero st at As cen s i o n A sso ciat io n & Edu cat io n
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Contents 3 AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 4 UPCOMING EVENTS 5 AAAA ELECTIONS 17 BOARD MEETING MINUTES 18 GENERAL MEETING MINUTES 19 COMMITTEE REPORTS 21 COMMUNITY RELATIONS 22 PRESIDENTS REPORT 23 CREW CHIEF'S CORNER 26 TREASURER'S REPORT 30 AWARDS NOMINATIONS 31 2018 TOP 20
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UPCOMING EVENTS AAAA Banquet When: Jan 5th - 6pm Hosted by: Flying Events Where: Crowne Plaza 1901 University Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87102 This is a formal event. We will be our Top 20 pilots, sponsors, and more.
Jan Flying Event Jan 13 Registration 6:45am Pilot Briefing 7:15am Where: Rio Rancho
When: Jan 23 - 5pm Where: Golf & Event Center 9401 Balloon Museum Dr (South end of the park) If you are a balloonist and have a gate pass or plan to get a gate pass your attendance is requested at this meeting. If you don't have a gate pass but just want to learn about field usage and requirements, you are also welcome to attend.
Jan Happy Hour
Top Gun Annual Meeting and Elections When: Jan 19 - 11am Where: Balloon Fiesta Office
When: Jan 29 - 6pm Where: Rio Bravo Brewing 1912 2nd St. Albuquerque, NM 87102
Friends and Lovers Rally
Top Gun Flying Event
When: Feb 8-10, 2019 Pilot Registration (Both Days): 6:15 - 6:45am Where: Sid Cutter Pavilion, Balloon Fiesta Park A Valentine-Themed event with crew games, a cooking contest and tether rides for the public
When: Jan 20, 2018 Pilot Registration Start: 6:30am Where: AIBF Offices
AAAA Board Meeting When: December 17, 2018 5:30 - 7:30pm Where: Balloon Fiesta Offices
AAAA General Meeting When: Jan 22 Social Hour- 6pm Meeting Begins - 6:30pm Where: Balloon Museum
Balloon Fiesta Park User Group Meeting
A A A A EDU C A T I ON F OUND A T I ON
Please consider enhancing your Club with your experiences by running for one of these positions. Nominations can be accepted through emailing firstname.lastname@example.org 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 A A A A E l e cti o n s
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BOARD MEETING MINUTES AAAA Board Meeting Minutes, December 17, 2018 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, AAAA Secretary President, Caryn, called the meeting to order at 5:37 PM. Members present: President (Caryn); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Community Relations (Jason); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel). Members absent: Vice President (Frank); Education (Don); Flying Events (Zerek). A review of the minutes from November 19th Board Meeting was conducted. Charity moved to accept the minutes as written Rachel seconded. Minutes were approved as written. Treasurer (Dick) – Dick reviewed the year to date Profit & Loss Statement for the Club and the Education Foundation using a comparison between the 2018 and 2017 financials. With the membership renewals starting to come in, the loss showing in the Club will diminish, while the profit in the Education Foundation will increase with Ground School registrations. Secretary (Sue) – Renewals are coming in daily. The 2019 Membership Cards will be mailed to out-of- state and out-ofarea members in early January. Area members will be able to pick theirs up starting at the January General meeting. Committee reports were presented. Education report was presented by Sue. Flying Events report was presented by Caryn. Cloudbouncer (Presented by Caryn) - In order to abide by the AAAA By-Laws, an email blast will be going out with the Board Meeting Schedule that were not able to be included in the December Cloudbouncer.
Unfinished Business: New Field Location – Negotiations are still on hold. Tom will check the access situation at the Rio Rancho site (Fruta Field) prior to the scheduled January Flying Event, which is to be held in Rio Rancho. Nominations – Nominations are being accepted for the positions of Vice President, Secretary, Community Relations, Special Events, and Ways & Means. 2019 Waiver – The waiver has been submitted to the FAA and is in the review stage. Banquet – Tickets will be available for sale at the January Happy Hour to be held Thursday January 3rd. Place to be determined. Tickets are also available by email to email@example.com and will be sold at the door. The Banquet will be held on January 5, 2019 at the Crown Plaza Hotel.
New Business: BFA Young Aeronauts – Since AAAA’s mission is to promote the sport of Ballooning, the Board discussed what AAAA could offer to the Young Aeronauts (18 to 30 year old’s) that attended the BFA luncheon during Fiesta. The outcome is a new member only introductory discounted AAAA membership valid 2019 (January to December) only. Funds for BFA Campers for travel to other camps – It was determined that, as in the past, the Scholarships will be available to first time campers only. If a scholarship is received by a camper wishing to go to one of the other camps, transportation money will not be provided. At 7:00 PM Sue made a motion to adjourn, Charity seconded.
Website (Presented by Caryn) – The updated site is progressing slowly. Friends & Lovers Rally registration is available through the site as well as Ground School Registration.
B o a r d M e e ti n g M i n u t e s
GENERAL MEETING MINUTES AAAA General Meeting Minutes Cancelled due to holidays.
Flying Events We had a huge success with two great days of flying. 69 pilots checked in on Saturday and 30 pilots scoring on the target. 53 pilots checked in on Sunday and 17 pilots that successfully delivered their toy to Dave at the target. The waiver for 2019 is being worked on making sure that we are meeting the new requirements asked by from the FAA. Banquet tickets will be available at the next AAAA Happy Hour or you can email me at flying-events@hotairballooning. org.
Education AAAA Education Committee Report to BoD - November 19, 2018 2019 Ground Schools: Registration for the February 23 - 25, 2019 Private Ground School is going well. To date, we have 19 students signed up with a capacity of 24. Once the class is filled, all others will go on a waiting list. If a sufficient number are on the list, a second private ground school will be scheduled for early June. We have 3 so far registered for the Commercial Ground School April 26 - 28, 2019. Please go to the AAAA website for registration details. You can also register at the back of the room at the General Meetings. The Education Committee will be donating ground school scholarships to Special Events and Flying Events for their fund raising. Youth Committee: The planning for the Rio Grande Balloon Camp is going well. The dates are July 13-18 2019 and registration begins at 8:00am Central time March 1, 2019. Status of the youth balloon donation: ? Power Line Safety Video 18
A sub-committee has been formed to remake the AAAA powerline safety video, Hot Air and Hot Wires. The committee will meet on Tuesday Dec. 18 to map out a plan on how to proceed.
Ways and Means Voting is done and the new theme for 2019 is Altitude Adjustment!! In December we will be working on a logo to go with the 2019 theme. All logo ideas are welcome and greatly appreciated. Your design may end up on the 2019 AAAA pin. 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. This yearâ€™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
COMMITTEE REPORTS Special Events Thank you to everyone who came out for Jingle Bell 2018! We collected 2 envelope bags of toys for Fathers Building Futures -- thank you everyone who opened your hearts to donate. Congratulations to Dr. Tom Kious for winning the Gingerbread House Contest with his amazing crew participation and creativity and to Debi Ellis-Ostgulen for taking the presentation category!!!!! We would also like to thank everyone who supported the kids from Acton Academy on Sunday -- the kids had a great time and I think everyone can agree there were some extremely creative businesses! Special Events would like to congratulate Debi Ellis-Ostgulen for being honored by the BFA for her contributions to the BFA Balloon Camp raised by the Facebook Group Chicks Fly! Members. Thank you Debi, for all you do to support the youth of ballooning. BFA President Cheri White presented Debi with the recognition plaque on Saturday during the Gingerbread House Awards. With the conclusion of Jingle Bell, we move on to Friends and Lovers! 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 Motherâ€™s Circus Animal Cookies!!!!! See criteria at the end of this report. The Baggie Decorating contest this year must incorporate the theme: My Furry Valentine. Additional rules are at the end of this report. 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? We want to know!!!! Email your nomination to special-events@ hotairballooning.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 Crew Contests -- These are for Friends
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and Lovers Points ONLY and DO NOT count toward the overall points for the ongoing crew competition. Friends and Lovers Tailgate Competition: Date February 9, 2019 (Saturday) Time Frame* 6:45 am to 11:00 am 6:45 am to 9:45 am: Let Event Staff know of intention to participate. 10:00 am: Judging Begins 11:00 am: Winners Announced Make your best/signature tailgate dish and incorporate Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies. Dishes will be judged on: • Most Creative • Crew Participation • Best Use of the Secret Ingredient Friends and Lovers Baggie Decorating: • Baggies will be accepted during the Friday night Pilot Registration Party on February 8, 2019 • between 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM. • Baggies MUST NOT create a hazard when dropped from a balloon. Debi Ostgulen receiving an award from Cheri • Baggies must include the theme “My Furry Valentine” White for her contributions to youth in the • Two matching or complementary baggies: ballooning community. One for Pilot to drop for competition One for Crew to use for competition • Baggies must not weigh more than 4 oz. each. • Baggies must have a tail between 2 & 4 feet in length. • Tail must include the following information: Balloon Name Pilot Name Crew Chief Name • Baggies will be judged by our Balloon Meisterin, Pat Mezzancello, and the winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony & Brunch on Sunday, February 10, at the Sid Cutter Pavilion. • Entries will be judged on appearance, creativity and conformity. • Baggies will be available for pick up before Pilot Briefing on Saturday morning. Friends and Lovers Crew Target/Creative Cheating: • The Crew Target and Creative Cheating will be combined this year. • Crews must creatively find a way to get their baggie from the chase vehicle to the target, WITHOUT it touching the ground. • The vehicle must not stop ... it CAN move very, very slowly ... and it MUST NOT leave the pavement. • The most creative way of getting the baggie to the center of the target wins. • Bribes will not be accepted ... Get creative with your cheating instead!!!!!
COMMUNITY RELATIONS Several of our committees are in need of a few more volunteers. Cloudbouncer Editor: Someone who is familiar with InDesign. Must be willing to put a minimum of 15-20 hours per month working to build and organize monthly information. Social Media Manager: someone with accounts on both Facebook and Instagram and willing to post daily with engaging posts. Must be quick to respond to questions, comments and concerns, and do so in a positive manner.
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PRESIDENTS REPORT Volunteering is a huge part of what makes our club operate smoothly. Without volunteers we wouldnâ€™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 Top Gun December flying event was cancelled due to weather. Top Gun 2019 Annual Meeting Saturday, January 19th at 11am Meeting at AIBF offices Bring a dish to share with the club Membership applications and agenda will be going out soon. Interested in being on the board of directors, contact a board member Top Gun has 5 open positions January flying event Sunday, January 20th Registration - 6:30am Pilot Briefing - 7:00am Meeting at AIBF offices
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CREW CHIEF'S CORNER ROPES AND LINES They’re everywhere. Ropes and lines of all sorts – crown lines, load cables, parachute and vent lines, tie-off restraints, drop lines, tether systems – make every flight both possible and safe. An average sport balloon contains at least 500’ of rope/line/cable, and that number passes 1000’ when tethered. In their relaxed state before they transfer loads, our braided, woven, and wire friends look so innocent as they swing freely, dangle in gracious arcs, or snake along the ground. Under load, they instantly become tight as steel, burning hot, and scalpel sharp. Improperly handled lines will throw, drag, cut, and burn you at lightning speed, silently, and with little or no warning. Whether they serve as your lifeline or hangman depends entirely on your knowledge and skill, and the simplest precautions will keep all of them from getting out of line: HANDLERS Always wear gloves, preferably leather. Rope burns may simply irritate, but blisters can cause you to lose both your grip and control of the balloon in stronger winds. Never tie any line around any part of your body you wish to keep! Resist the temptation to wrap one around any body part for a better grip or more leverage. A tie-off, load cable, or vent line under tension can create tourniquet or scalpel-like results on fingers, wrists, and arms before you even realize it. Grab onto a pre-existing knot, loop, handle, or the rope itself rather than letting it encircle you. Beware of crown line clips that can grab belt loops and drag or lift you. LET GO to protect yourself first. Always choose your safety over “doing what you were told” or protecting equipment. Your risk of injury far outweighs any damage your balloon could sustain without you. Crown lines can drag you 100’ to the basket with surprising speed. Worse yet, load cables can snare arms and legs and pull you into the burner or its path. Your pilot was trained to inflate without crown line crew, and throat on many balloons increasingly self-support (called positive throat pressure) as cold inflation progresses. Your safety comes before anything else. STAY ON THE GROUND at all times. If your balloon ascends while you’re holding a line or basket handle, let go while you’re on the ground. Never ride a line off the ground or let one catch and lift you. Most people overestimate their strength; you won’t be able to hold on until your pilot levels out and lands. If you’re climbing fast or too high to let go safely, your best bet may be getting into the basket. Watch children closely; some can’t resist the temptation to ride a tie-off or tether line off the ground. Stay outside all load cables and vent lines when holding the throat on cold inflation or when adding weight prior to launch. One gust can swing the basket, tangling your feet or legs and lift you off the ground. Fans + lines = disaster. Your fan can easily suck in vent lines, throat lines, tie-offs, or even clothing drawstrings which get wrapped around the shaft. Anything – or anyone – caught in the way will be pinned against the fan cage or cut as line tension increases. Don’t underestimate the speed or ease of this; a ¼” rope can flip a 6’ tall adult off the ground in an instant, ruining both his day and the fan itself. Keep all non-handlers away, preferably behind your vehicle. Lines will trip or snare spectators while C r e w C hi e f ' s c o r n e r
crown line crew often run over the unsuspecting from behind. A released tie-off can recoil with enough power to shatter a windshield or crease a hood while a failed tie-off anchor will slingshot the other way to the basket. Assign a crew member to tie-off patrol. If none is available, place a basket cover, envelope bag, or heavy blanket over the line to discourage spectators from walking near it, nearby loitering, or unrestrained recoil in either direction. During tethers, keep all spectators behind tether line anchor points. HANDLING Respect ropes and lines as you would burners. Mishaps have burned, cut, disfigured, snapped, broken, and amputated assorted parts of everyday crew members just like you. It only takes a second, and no one ever believes it can or will happen to them. While line accidents are relatively rare, it only takes one to make it very real for you. Unfurl ropes completely before cold inflation. Tangles always take longer to unknot when the fan’s running. The crown line that won’t uncoil before hot inflation leads to impossibly tight knots, crew members lifted off the ground, or loss of control as the line is released. None of these, however inconvenient, trump your safety or should ever put you at risk. Knotting a rope may be appropriate, but tying one into knots is not! Knots reduce a rope’s strength by up to 50% as loads normally distributed over distance get directed to the knot which becomes the weak point. Learn common knots (bowline, daisy chain, etc.) and where to use them. Have your pilot or crew chief check your first ones as well; an improperly tied knot on a tie-off or during a tether can spell disaster. Make common knots firm and secure but not overtight. Ropes and lines often need adjusting or releasing immediately. A pilot will often keep the heaviest and strongest crew members near the basket and send another crew member to work the line, an equally if not more important and urgent task. Whoever that crew member is must be able to quickly and easily work any knot put in that line. Make sure every crew member can rework your knots. 24
Choose tie-off anchors with care. For tie-offs, your vehicle’s frame or trailer hitch often suffices. Park your vehicle in line with your basket and envelope, not at a right angle to them. Not only can your tie off abrade on your lift gate or body panels, it’s easier to swing the relatively light back end of a van than pull the entire vehicle forward. Do NOT tie off to your trailer which can easily swing or lift off the ground. Connect manufacturer-approved tie-off equipment to manufacturer-approved points on your equipment; improper harnessing can easily destroy a basket. Knowing how to release line pressure is even more important. Feeding line, untying or retying a knot, or moving a vehicle-anchor point can add needed slack to deflate on windy tethers or scrubbed inflations. This urgent task results in safety, injury, or broken equipment; keep everyone back from highly tensed lines. Carry a rope-cutting knife or keep one in your basket/truck in case of emergency. Pilots are trained in goal sacrificing; preserving your balloon is always secondary to preserving human safety. Do NOT cut any line unless told to do so by your pilot or crew chief or someone’s life is in immediate danger. Long hair or clothing pulled into a fan, rope wrapped around an arm similarly sucked in, or a crew member tangled or lifted off the ground by vent lines all demand immediate attention and action. Ropes require a sterile risk environment. Never extend a crown line beneath a power line. As the load ring rises on cold inflation, so does the crown line – contact with the power line and fatal results can follow. Use extreme caution on crowded launch fields; ropes can snag on vehicle/trailer doors, antennas, exhaust systems, and moving vehicles. Keep vehicles from driving over your lines to minimize wear as well. Keep spectators back and behind your truck. Bystanders may trip, strollers may tip, and slack lines may suddenly tense and throw or injure someone. Line tension will vary with conditions. In dead calm, simply leaning backward while holding a crown line provides enough pressure to prevent the throat from rolling back onto burners. Stronger winds may require continuous full
pressure to prevent your balloon from rolling side to side as it dissipates wind energy. Don’t fight your balloon; most lines and situations require firm and even pressure to maintain control. Your crown line is not just an anchor for hot inflation. Consider it your steering wheel and brakes whenever your balloon’s not free flying. It controls the load ring which has as much or more impact on ground handling than your burner(s). Handled properly, it will keep your balloon stable and safe when inflating in moderate conditions or when you get hit with gusts in calm conditions. CARE Deploy ropes and lines just prior to use. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light can weaken ropes and Kevlar cables as well as envelope fabric. Driving over them grind in dirt and moisture, and snagging is always a risk. Keep them dry! Detach wet crown lines before packing your envelope. Make sure lines dry fully before storing them for any length of time in bags, covered baskets, or trailers. Avoid abrasions of any nature. Feed out lines rather than dragging them across pavement or fields. Sharp bends reduce strength and concentrate stresses. Make sure lines don’t run under tree limbs, across fences, or beneath vehicle doors, bumpers, lift-gates, or body panels.
well. Add the fact that insurers and authorities estimate less than half of accidents are ever reported, that the least serious ones are the most common, and the real lesson for crew becomes even more obvious: listen to your pilot and never leave the ground outside a basket. Your safety around ropes is truly a matter of choice. There’s no getting away from ropes and lines in ballooning. But just because ropes are so common and don’t come with warning labels doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous or even deadly. Practice handling ropes and lines during a tether; you can easily condense 2-5 years of experience into a few hours. Know their proper usage and risks so you can keep them in line at all times! Based on the book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” available through the author (see the end of the “Welcome” article for more information).
While equipment damage often occurs from improper line handling, the human costs matter most. Crew most often suffer rope and line injuries along the burn-blister spectrum. More serious injuries, however, are not unheard of. Torn ligaments, severed fingers from rope-fan constriction, and internal/fatal injuries from 10-100’ falls are less common but more frequent than most balloonists would care to admit. Worst of all, nearly all of these are preventable. A review of all NTSB ballooning incident and accident reports sheds further light on roperelated crew injuries. The vast majority of these occur from crew or bystanders adding “weight on” during launch, tethers, or landing voluntarily choosing to hold onto a rope or the basket as the balloon leaves the ground – even against pilot instruction. Becoming entangled and carried aloft is exceptionally rare and most often does not end
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TREASURER'S REPORT November 30, 2018 COMMENTS: Half way thru the current year and hanging in there. Current year dues billings have been mailed and we are a month till Friends & Lovers. Hope all had a wonderful holiday season and youâ€™ve managed to keep your O Rings from freezing. Looking forward to the awards banquet â€“ see ya all there. CASH: Cash on hand at the end of November in the Education Foundation was $52,840, a decrease of approximately 7% from the same period last year, and The AAAA Club cash was $8,039 an approximate 41% decrease from the same period last year. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of November we were showing an excess of revenue over disbursements of $2,175 in the Education Foundation compared to 5,762 for the same period last year. Excess disbursements over revenue in the AAAA Club were $10,471 compared to 8,521 for the same period last year. Closing Comments: You will find in this issue of the CloudBouncer a one page summary of both the Education Foundation and the AAAA Club Statements of Receipts and Disbursements with Budget Comparison along with illustrative Pie Charts, which I hope you will take the time to review. I welcome any questions, comments, or thoughts for improvement. Dick Rice Treasurer Treasurer@hotairballooning.org
AAAA Education Foundation
Income & Expense Comparison with Budget
Six months ended
Annual Budget 6/1/2018 - 5/31/2019
Ordinary Income/Expense Income
Chase Crew Development Communications Dividends Education Special Events Ways & Means Direct Public Support Other Types of Income
Total Income Expense
Communications Chase Crew Development Education Special Events Ways & Means Board and Miscellaneous Facilities and Equipment Operations
Total Expense Net Income
850.00 160.00 45.75 16,580.01 175.00 4,268.63 10.00 0.00
350.00 1,400.00 100.00 26,000.00 26,100.00 12,500.00 600.00 100.00
1,052.12 220.60 7,802.81 5,693.25 4,733.57 115.64 0.00 296.12
2,200.00 1,000.00 15,500.00 34,550.00 10,450.00 650.00 0.00 2,800.00
Income 0.00, 0%
Chase Crew Development 4,268.63, 19%
Communications Dividends Education Special Events Ways & Means
175.00, 1% 16,580.01, 75%
296.12, 1% 0.00, 0%
Direct Public Support Other Types of Income
1,052.12, 5% 220.60, 1%
Communications Chase Crew Development Education Special Events 7,802.81, 39%
Ways & Means Board and Miscellaneous Facilities and Equipment Operations
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AAAA Statement of Receipts & Disbursements with Budget Comparison Six months ended 11/30/2018
Annual Budget 6/1/2018- 6/30/2019
Ordinary Income/Expenses Income
Other Types of Income Membership Board & Administration Flying Events Programs
250.00 2,000.00 10.24 0.00 0.00
0.00 17,000.00 20.00 4,300.00 0.00
5,465.34 3,500.00 60.63 0.00 81.56 1,150.00 2,473.92 0.00
8,630.00 3,500.00 600.00 0.00 1,060.00 1,950.00 5,580.00 0.00
Expenses Flying Events Special Events Membership Facilities and Equipment Board and Administration Other Types of Expenses - Insurance Programs Community Relations Total Expenses Net Ordinary Income
Flying Events 0%
Other 0% Programs 0%
Other Types of Income 11%
Board & Administration 0%
Board and Administration 1%
Community Relations 0%
Flying Events 43% Other Types of Expenses - Insurance 9%
Facilities and Equipment 0%
Special Events 28%
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AWARDS NOMINATIONS Bob Ruppenthal Education Award First awarded in 1981, this award is made to an AAAA member who has contributed significantly to the education of others in the area of balloon safety and operation. This person must have contributed significantly in time and effort and must have participated actively in the organization and/or instruction of ground schools and safety seminars for AAAA and the ballooning community at large.
“Slim” Rawley Crew Award The P.B. “Slim” Rawley Crew award, named in honor of AAAA member and volunteer P.B. “Slim” Rawley who died in 1999, was first awarded in 2000. This award is presented to an AAAA member who is a balloon crew member who has contributed significantly in time and effort to the operation of the club and/or to ballooning in the community. In addition, the recipient must have participated actively on at least one standing committee or had significantly contributed to the bettering of relations between the ballooning community and the public at large.
Written nominations must be submitted to the AAAA Board of Directors prior to the last day of February. Send nominations to: email@example.com OR AAAA Board of Directors P.O. Box 4091 Albuquerque, NM 87196
2018 TOP 20 Placement 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Name Takach, Keith Candelaria, Gerald Mezzancello, Steve Coffing, Stephen Bair, Ray Whitling, Ian Heffron, Mike Garcia, Jerry Caldwell, Trenten Jackson, Neil Pendleton, Craig Dimmitt, Bill Green, John Ahern, Jim Smith, Neal Lowenstein, Al Fisher, Tom Makin, Jessica Griego, Rodney Jeff Healy, Bob
Thank you to all our volunteers that helped throughout the year! Pictured: Beth and Dan Talbert, and Dave Bagley.
Score 7770 6735 6699 5370 4931 4909 4799 4796 4773 4593 4391 4374 4292 3990 3979 3959 3958 3400 3381 3162
1st Place - Keith Takach
2nd Place - Joe Candelaria
3rd Place - Steve Mezzancello
2018 Top 20
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