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AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Caryn Welz ph: 505.948.1111 e: president@hotairballooning.com

VICE PRESIDENT Frank Mezzancello ph: 505.980.1945 e: vice-president@hotairballooning.org

SECRETARY Sue Oldenburg ph: N/A e: secretary@Hotairballooning.org

TREASURER Dick Rice ph:: 505.239.0200 e: treasurer@hotairballooning.org

FLYING EVENTS Zerek Welz ph: 505.948.1112 e: flying-events@hotairballooning.org

COMMUNITY RELATIONS Jason Burns ph: N/A e: community-relations@hotairballooning.org

EDUCATION Don Boyer ph: 505.249.7661 e: education@hotairballooning.org

SPECIAL EVENTS Charity Blanchard ph: 505.235.4799 e: pecial-events@hotairballooning.org

CREW DEVELOPMENT Tom Kious ph: 214.402.8834 e: crew-dev@hotairballooning.org

WAYS & MEANS Rachel Zimmer ph: 505.250.7039 e: ways-means@hotairballooning.org

Official Website: hotairballooning.com Cloudbouncer Editor: Zerek Welz editor@hotairballooning.com

Call for Submission: Send us your photographs for possible addition to the Cloudbouncer editor@hotairballooning.org Include when and where the photo was taken.

The Cloudbouncer is a monthly publication of the AAAA Education Foundation. PO Box 90160, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87199-0160 The AAAA Education Foundation strives to provide the most valuable forum. Editorials are solely the opinions of the authors and do not express the official view of AAAA. We authorize the reprinting of any content for the free exchange of information within AAAA with credit to the author and AAAA Cloudbouncer as the source. Acceptance of advertising cannot imply endorsement of products or services by AAAA nor the Cloudbouncer Editor, Publisher or Staff. Please send articles and photos to www.hotairballooning.org. Deadline for all submissions is the Friday after the General Meeting. Articles, photographs and advertisements received after the deadline will be published in a future issue, if they are still relevant. A A A A B o a r d o f Di r e ct o r s


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Please consider enhancing your Club with your experiences by running for one of these positions. Nominations can be accepted through emailing nominations@hotairballooning.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, January 14, 2019 President Caryn, called the meeting to order at 5:37 PM. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Community Relations (Jason); Education (Don); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel); Flying Events (Zerek). Members absent: Crew Development (Tom). Vice President (Frank) – January program will be a presentation by Bill Smith on his 2017 & 2018 records. February’s program is scheduled to be Troy Bradley. Treasurer (Dick) – The Education Foundation is in good shape. Club is OK and getting better as memberships come in. Please check out the Cloudbouncer for details. Secretary (Sue) – New members for consideration are Rosanne & Tom Eakin from Placitas. Motion to accept new members was made by Charity, seconded by Rachel. New members accepted. Committee reports were presented. The Crew Development report was presented by Caryn. Reports will be in the Cloudbouncer. Cloudbouncer (Charity) – It is suggested that Amanda Sanchez, a graphic artist, be contracted to take over the publishing of the Cloudbouncer. She is willing to do so at a significantly discounted price. Dick suggested a Time & Materials Trial Run to better be able to gauge monthly estimated cost. Sue suggested having Amanda at the February Board meeting for a face to face discussion.

Unfinished Business: New Field Location – Charity has not had any response to her emails or phone calls from the property owners. It is suggested we start looking elsewhere for a suitable site. Dave Bagley and the City of Rio Rancho will be consulted. Election Nominations – Nominations are now being taken for 16


the five open Board positions. Positions are Vice President, no nominations at this time, Secretary, Susan Oldenburg nominee, Community Relations, Jason Burns nominee, Special Events, no nominations at this time, and Ways & Means, no nominations at this time. 2019 Waiver – There has been no action due to the Government shutdown. Award Nominations – Nominations are currently being accepted for the “Slim” Rawley Crew Award and the Bob Ruppenthal Education Award. Written nominations should be submitted prior to the last day of February for consideration. See the Cloudbouncer for details.

New Business: 2018 Reflections – Two words best defines the year so far – Challenges and Opportunities. At 6:58 PM Charity made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Zerek. Meeting adjourned.

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES AAAA General Meeting Minutes Tuesday January 22, 2019

Vice President, Frank, started our evening with not having a “Toast & Roast” since the person he had planned to put in the limelight was not able to attend our meeting. Look for the return in February. At 6:37 PM our President, Caryn, got the meeting started with a welcome to our guests, who were spread from Ohio to Iowa and back to Albuquerque. Thank you for joining our meeting. Our program followed with Bill Smith as our presenter. In February 2017 Bill broke the US distance record in a hot air balloon by flying 753 miles on 40 gallons of propane during a recorded Long Jump. Also, in 2017 he was awarded the Montgolfier Diploma from the FAI for best performance in a hot air balloon, as well as attaining and flying at a height of 9567 meters (31,387.8 feet). In 2018 he made a duration flight that lasted 12 hours and 3 minutes. His presentation, however, was focused on his Gas Balloon flight as second pilot in the Gordon Bennett race which started this past September in Bern Switzerland. Being a hot air balloon pilot, and out of his normal realm, his pictorial presentation of the flight and insights delivered presented quite an interesting journey with the end being a night landing in Salerno Italy, 2 days and 8 hours later, to take second place in the 2018 Gordon Bennett Balloon Race. Bill’s newest accomplishment after this race, is he is now a Gas rated balloon pilot. Congratulations for this achievement. Following the program, Mike Voorhees discussed the new Power Line Video being compiled, which will have its focus on avoidance rather than what happens when power lines are struck. Safety Corner was next with Dick Rice and his take on medication and alcohol. Ask yourself, am I a bit hung over from last nights wine, still a little groggy from the Nyquil so you could sleep with that cold? Cold and flu season is upon us. It’s up to us as pilots to assess our physical and mental state and be honest with ourselves on whether we should

fly or not. There are days when it’s better to call it and go to breakfast. Stay safe out there. The Board was convened. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Flying Events (Zerek); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Charity); Ways & Means (Rachel); Education (Don). Member absent: Community Relations (Jason). Vice President (Frank) – Nominations are now being accepted for the “Slim” Rawley Crew Award and the Bob Ruppenthal Education Award. Visit the AAAA website for the criteria necessary and submit nominations to the Board prior to the last day of February. The February program will be a presentation by Troy Bradley. Focus flight not yet determined (but it will be good). Treasurer (Dick) – Frank interrupted Dick’s presentation of his financial Pie charts and summary by presenting him with a Pie Chart Baking Buddy (a Baker Nut Cracker). Look for his summary and charts in the Cloudbouncer. More to come on the “Baking Buddy” nut cracker (traveling trophy maybe?). Secretary (Sue) – A welcome goes out to Rosanne & Tom Eakin of Placitas for their new membership. Memberships are due by the last day of February to be able to vote in the March election. Keep them coming.

Other Ballooning Organizations: VFRS (Kelli Ballengee) – Applications for the St. Patrick’s Day Ralley were mailed in late December, deadline for returning is February 1st. If you have not yet gotten your application in, please do so soon.

Top Gun (Steve Mezzancello) – Steve welcomed the new Top Gun Board members and sincerely thanked Alan & Shelly Cannaday who decided to “retire” after more than a decade of service to Top Gun. He also went through the top five winners of 2018 with First Place being awarded to

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COMMITTEE REPORTS Keith Takach, who was also the AAAA top pilot for 2018. Congratulations to Keith and all the winners.

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Youth Committee: The planning for the Rio Grande Balloon Camp is ongoing. The dates are July 13-18 2019 and registration begins at 8:00am Central time March 1, 2019. The contract for the dorms and meals at UNM has been finalized. More volunteers to help with the camp are needed.

Power Line Safety Video A subcommittee meeting was held on Dec. 18 to start the project planning. Attached is a separate report on the project.

Flying Events We had a great turnout for the annual banquet. Congratulations to our top place finishers and everyone that participated this past year. 1st place - Keith Takach, 2nd place - Joe Candelaria, 3rd place - Steve Mezzancello. The full list of scores is available on the website. I look forward to the next year! The flying event this month was cancelled due to weather. Our next flying event is Friends and Lovers, Feb 9-10, at Fiesta Field.

Crew Development Crew D awarded to 2018 flag to Craig Pendleton’s Spirit in the Sky Team. Congratulations. There was no flying event this month due to weather. We have put together a fun ring toss game that will be coming to a future flying event. The crew games for Friends and Lovers will be hosted by special events. Crew D will have the lost glove boxes out again at Friends and Lovers.


Safety Corner Dick Rice will talk about cold and flu season and paying attention to medications both over the counter & prescription.

AAAA Power Line Safety Video Subcommittee First meeting held December 18, 2018 The decision was made to make a new safety video that is not merely a remake of the Hot Air and Hot Wires. It will likely be more of a documentary format. Since the first video was released in October of 2002, the NTSB reported 41 fatalities in 21 ballooning accidents. Of those, 66% involved power lines and 34% did not. Of the power line accidents, causes of death were as follows: 19%—blunt force trauma from a fall 7%—thermal burns and inhalation injuries from fire 74%—a combination of blunt force trauma, thermal burns, and inhalation injuries

2019 Ground Schools: The February Private Ground School is now full at 24 students. We have 6 students on the waiting list. Due to the overflow, we will present a second Private Pilot Ground School Jun 7-9, 2019. We have 5 students so far registered for the Commercial Ground School April 26 - 28, 2019. Please go to the AAAA



This indicates that power line accidents still account for 2/3 of all recent ballooning fatalities. The focus of the new video will be on the need to avoid power line strikes through a number of techniques, including maintaining focus with “sterile cockpit” discipline, crew and passenger vigilance, crew and passenger engagement, and constant 360˚

situational awareness. The video will still discuss techniques for dealing with a power line strike, but will strongly emphasize avoidance, and failing that, minimizing risk to passengers with “planned crash� techniques. Use of drone video of power lines in different lighting conditions and angles, and possibly 3d flight simulation to demonstrate flight maneuvers, will also likely be included. AAAA members wishing to contribute ideas, resources or support to the effort are encouraged to do so.

Ways and Means The new theme for 2019 is Altitude Adjustment!! We are in the final stages of the new logo design for 2019 and your going to LOVE it. A special thanks to the AAAA members who were a part of this design process! We will be debuting the new pin along with some new merchandise to go with it soon. Your 2019 AAAA Roster is already in the beginning stages. If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a sponsor or would like an ad in the roster please let us know so we can reach out to them. We are also collecting items for our annual silent auction and raffle in March. 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 still have a small amount of printed 2018 Rosters available. The Roster is also available for online viewing and download on the AAAA website. Special thanks to all the pilots who flew the sponsor banners for 2019. We are still awaiting 3 banners to be turned in. If your one of the 3 pilots that have one please get it back to us so we can give them to our sponsors. Happy Hour will be at Rio Bravo Brewing located at, 1912 2nd St., Albuquerque, NM 87102 on Tuesday, January 29th 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 Friends and Lovers (February 8-10, 2019): Pilots who have been selected to fly sponsors have been notified -- if you have questions about this please contact Charity at special-events@hotairballooning.org. Thank you to the three pilots who have volunteered to do tether rides on Sunday, February 10. We are looking for 3 pilots willing to do tether flights on Saturday, February 9th. This is the day we typically have our largest crowds and tether flights are a huge draw. If you are willing to do this, please contact Charity at special-events@hotairballooning.org.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday, February 8:

Registration Party, 5:00 - 8:00 PM Baggie Decorating Drop Off: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Saturday, February 9: Check in and briefing - 6:15 - 7:00 AM (ish) Baggie pick up all morning C o mmitt e e R e p o r ts


Crew Target Opens: 7:30 (ish) Cooking Contest Judging: 10:00 (ish) Pavilion closes at 12:30 PM

Sunday, February 10: Check in and briefing - 6:15 - 7:00 AM (ish) Brunch: 9:00 AM (ish) We have 125 pilots registered for this event and the committee is very excited to see all the pilots and crews! The registration party is February 8, 5:00PM to 8:00 PM. As in the past years, you must attend to get your parking passes. If you do not have a pass, you will NOT be permitted to park at the Sid Cutter or surrounding parking lots during the event. Parking is allowed in the old Garduno’s and surrounding lots, so please make use of these areas so we can avoid the congestion we have had in the past of vehicles turning into the Sid. A note on parking -- if you are not handicapped (with a parking pass) or you have a pass but do not need to park in handicapped parking, please leave those spots for those who need them. The grass on the field will (probably) be frozen. As a reminder, ONLY the vehicle with the balloon is allowed to park on the field and ONLY after you have been released from briefing. Please do not park on the field when you arrive for briefing unless you are planning on flying from that spot! Tickets will be available for the Friends and Lovers brunch all weekend until they are gone. Tickets are $5 each and you must have a ticket to attend. . 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. 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 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 Winners Announced at the Sunday Brunch

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. Baggies must include the theme “My Furry Valentine” Two matching or complementary baggies: 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!!!!!

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COMMUNITY RELATIONS Hello dear friends at AAAA, For the past several years, AAAA has generously worked with the Balloon Museum and the local community serving special needs. The Balloon Museum in partnership with the Arc New Mexico and Rio Grande Down Network and balloon pilots will present the free balloon inflations and tethers on Saturday, March 16, 2019 7am-11am. Balloon Museum North Lawn.

All pilots must provide a General Liability insurance certificate that should list Additional Insured as City of Albuquerque. As a reminder, the Balloon Museum and its partners presents a resource fair and activities along with the static balloons. In addition, we invite 1000-2000 individuals with special needs to enjoy the view or try a tethered ride. Please save the date! If you know you'd like to participate or if you'll be out of town - shoot me an email. Please feel free to share with other pilots. If you would like to join the planning team, we will have two meetings prior the event. First meeting will be Tuesday, February 5th, 2pm, Balloon Museum. Or send me any thoughts or brilliant ideas via emails. Ideas welcome. Thank you so much! Contact: Laurie Magovern, lmagovern@cabq.gov Education Balloon Museum www.cabq.gov/balloon 505-506-6218



PRESIDENTS REPORT AAAA Once again Elections are upon us and we need you! Most of our board is comprised of individuals from different walks of life and varied professions. They have joined the board because they want to contribute in a meaningful way to our club, hot air ballooning or our community in general. Some are also looking for networking opportunities, leadership experience, or simply for social interaction. We recognize that board members are volunteers, many of whom may have little experience with this type of position. For many board members, being in a leadership or management role may not come naturally. We are here to help you become successful in any position within our club. Since our board is full of different people, all wanting different things, we have set up expectations and binders for all who are involved. You will be made aware of the roles and responsibilities towards to each other as well as to the organization. The available positions are Vice President, Secretary, Community Relations, Special Events and Ways and Means. Please reach out and help grow our club. If interested, please email Katie Heffron at nominations@hotairballooning.org.

TOP GUN The annual meeting on January 19th was a packed house at AIBF office. Thank you to all who attended and thanks for all the food that was brought.

Year end scores 1st Keith Takach 2nd Neil Jackson 3rd Hopper 4th David Eichhorn 5th Mike Heffron 6th Jeff Ashworth 7th Ian Whitling

8th Trent Caldwell 9th Mike Bortetto 10th Will Fitzpatrick Rookie of the year........Mike Heffron Thank you to all the scoring teams and officials for your hard work throughout the year . Thank you pilots for an outstanding show of support this year we had record breaking numbers at our monthly events. Special thanks and farewell to some long time board members. Shelly Cannaday Alan Cannaday Mark Trillans (check spelling please) Diana Gilson Without you this club wouldn’t be what it is today. January’s event was excellent with 19 pilots. Top 3 from January 1st Zerek Welz 2nd Will Fitzpatrick 3rd Steven Mezzancello The monthly traveling trophy will be awarded to Zerek Welz at out February 17th event. February event is the 17th registration 6:15am briefing at 6:45am at AIBF office Event directors and scoring officials needed please contact Steven Mezzancello sjmezz@aol.com Julie Maxwell jmaxwell2124@gmail.com Rio Grande Classic help needed please contact Anthony Lard Anthony@sunvista.net

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CREW CHIEF'S CORNER LEGALITIES AND REALITIES OF CREWING Local, state, and federal law are all crystal clear regarding your legal recognition, status, rights, and protection as a crew chief or crew member – you have none. Not that we’re asking or hoping to gain these, but the nonsensical position this puts crews in (Good Samaritans, bicyclists and flight attendants selling pretzels have more rights) demands recognizing and compensating for this in doing our jobs. Crew must follow and obey all local ordinances, state laws, and federal regulations, period. End of discussion - at least as far as that goes. Curious or confused about the term “flight crew?” Lots of crew are. You must be onboard an aircraft to qualify, and a passenger performing a single task (watching for power lines) gains that status. A 747 flight attendant qualifies by being onboard and being trained in emergency procedures (evacuation, oxygen masks, etc.), but the stewardess only flies the plane in the movies. Many balloon crew, on the other hand, assist in assembling, launching, navigating, landing, and ground handling their aircraft – all tasks performed by federally certified pilots. Interfering with a flight attendant in any way is a federal offense - an Air Marshall handcuffs you. Mess with balloon crew and – well, nothing happens. The reality is balloon crew routinely perform “Flight Crew” and even “Pilot” tasks, and their competence directly contributes to flight safety. Safety is no place to quibble over who’s onboard or not. Crew will squarely face this legal reality in three arenas: driving, alcohol consumption, and landowner relations. Every crew chief or driver has faced a flight situation where breaking a Rule of the Road has made a difference in flight safety. Speeding, running a red light, making a U-turn, or some other infraction has gotten their truck to a landing site for a weight-on, high-wind, drop-line, out-of-fuel/wind/ landing site, passenger or medical emergency, or some other kind of gotta-land-here-and-now landing. No one can recommend or condone this, and a balloon won’t justify your conduct to the police or judge. Your truck is not an ambulance or an emergency vehicle. If you get pulled over or cause an accident, you’ve become a liability to your pilot and flight safety twice: first by creating additional risk and then by interfering with your ability to do your job as and when needed.. If your pilot’s radio call sounds absolutely desperate and you choose to break motor vehicle law during a flight, use discretion, do all you can to protect yourself and others, and be fully prepared to pay the legal penalties. Beware you do this at your own risk and create risk for others. Mixing alcohol with driving creates a legal nightmare and complicates any other bad situation. Champagne and beer often accompany ballooning, but a 200-year tradition of toasting flights doesn’t change blood alcohol limits and law. No lecture - we all know the rules and consequences here. Designate a driver if alcohol is opened or consumed, do not drink on private property without first asking the landowner, and use discretion when, where, with whom, and how much you drink. Many crew also mistakenly assume their balloon gives them immunity from trespass law. A pilot who has landed on private property and crew knocking on a door or searching for a landowner are both trespassers (negligent, not criminal). You have no right to be there until the landowner or tenant grants you permission to be there. Getting that permission is the crew chief’s or most diplomatic crew 24


member’s top priority once your pilot commits to a landing site. Diplomacy and tact are essential, and the whole landowner relation issue merits its own full-length feature. The rare exception is the true emergency landing: equipment malfunction, medical emergency, or similar scenario most crews will never encounter. In that case, get your balloon down safely and sort out details, explain, and pay the price later. If you’re the only one who knows CPR and your passenger’s turning blue, it would probably never make it to court. But even then, you’re still trespassing. The balloonist-as-renegade stereotype many crew have encountered often comes from these kinds of offenses. Every crew has heard of another who “came tearin’ down the road, drove into my yard/crop without even asking, left their empty cans everywhere, and just left.” Exaggerated stories or not, there will always be someone unhappy with ballooning, but legal compliance will boost ballooning’s public image over time. Continued in March Issue... Based on the book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” available through the author (see the end of the “Welcome” article for more information).

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TREASURER'S REPORT December 31 2018 COMMENTS: Greetings all! Things are not as dire as they appear. Sue & Zerek have cash for me from dues and the Awards Banquet, which I will get deposited next week. The difference in the Social club is timing, which means we spent money for the Awards Banquet earlier this year than last year, and the income is still in January as was last year. The Education Foundation is overall pretty close to last year. CASH: Cash on hand at the end of December in the Education Foundation was $58,173, a decrease of approximately 3% from the same period last year, and The AAAA Club cash was $9,558 an approximate 46% decrease from the same period last year. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of December we were showing an excess of revenue over disbursements of $7,626 in the Education Foundation compared to 9,241 for the same period last year. Excess disbursements over revenue in the AAAA Club were $8,453 compared to 4,514 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

Seven 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

850.00 500.00 53.67 17,525.01 5,365.00 4,451.60 10.00 0.00

350.00 1,400.00 100.00 26,000.00 26,100.00 12,500.00 600.00 100.00



1,148.79 220.60 8,002.81 6,457.89 4,733.57 115.64 0.00 449.59

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%

850.00, 3%

10.00, 0%

53.67, 0%

500.00, 2%

Chase Crew Development

4,451.60, 15%

Communications Dividends Education Special Events 17,525.01, 61%

Ways & Means Direct Public Support Other Types of Income

5,365.00, 19%

449.59, 2% 0.00, 0%

Expense 1,148.79, 5%

115.64, 1% 220.60, 1%

4,733.57, 22%

Communications Chase Crew Development Education Special Events 8,002.81, 38%

Ways & Means Board and Miscellaneous Facilities and Equipment Operations

6,457.89, 31%

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AAAA Statement of Receipts & Disbursements with Budget Comparison Seven months ended 12/31/2018

Annual Budget 6/1/2018- 6/30/2019

Ordinary Income/Expenses Income

Other Types of Income Membership Board & Administration Flying Events Programs

Total Income

250.00 4,250.00 11.60 220.00 0.00

0.00 17,000.00 20.00 4,300.00 0.00



5,666.60 3,500.00 312.96 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


Membership 90%

Flying Events 5%

Other 5% Programs 0% Other Types of Income 5%

Board & Administration 0%

Expenses Board and Administration 1%

Community Relations 0%

Programs 19%

Flying Events 43% Other Types of Expenses - Insurance 9%

Facilities and Equipment 0%


Membership 2%

Special Events 26%


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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: nominations@hotairballooning.org OR AAAA Board of Directors P.O. Box 4091 Albuquerque, NM 87196




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2019 February Cloudbouncer  

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

2019 February Cloudbouncer  

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