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CLOUDBOUNCER A M o n t h ly P u b lic a ti on of the Al buquer que Aer os tat A s c e n s io n Ass oci ati on & E ducati on

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UltraMagic USA Spare Parts Warehouse, located at Bradens Havasu Balloon Hospital FAA CertiďŹ ed Repair Station 38BR485C with a large stock of fabric and balloon parts to supply all UltraMagic balloon owners. Next day air shipping available. Call or email for all your parts needs Ultramagic dealer Morgan Braden at 928-302-9013 morgan@ultramagic-usa.com Allen Braden, Braden Balloons in Albuquerque, New Mexico FAA CertiďŹ ed Repair Station B4LR629J Call or email Allen Braden at 505-306-7548 bradensballoons@hotmail.com

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: Amanda Sanchez 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


UPCOMING EVENTS Top Gun Flying Event

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When: Mar 9 7:00am - Doors Open 7:45am - Program Begins 5:00pm - Program Ends Where: Sid Cutter Pavillion

AAAA Board Meeting

"A Warning to Others"

When: March 18, 2019 5:30 - 7:30pm Where: Balloon Fiesta Offices

AAAA Private Pilot Ground School When: June 7-9, 2019 Where: Balloon Fiesta Offices

$60/person Register and Reserve Your Seat by calling Aerco 505-344-5844 (This is a BFA sanctioned continuing education seminar.)

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AAAA General Meeting When: March 26 6:00 pm Social Hour 6:30 pm Meeting Begins Where: Balloon Museum

Happy Hour When: Mar 5 6:00 pm Where: Grassburger 11225 Montgomery Blvd NE, Ste C, Albuquerque, NM 87102 February 2019 AAAA Private Pilot Ground School. Missed it? Register for our next session in June! Visit www.hotairballooning.org for more info



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AAAA ELECTIONS 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


BIOGRAPHIES Position - Vice President WIL FITZPATRICK William Fitzpatrick is a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque. He has been around aviation since he was six months old. His father is an Airline Transport Pilot who owned his own Piper Cherokee 235 which was at Alameda, Coronado and eventually Double Eagle II airports. William earned his private pilot certificate LTA in November 2015, his commercial pilot certificate LTA in March of 2017 and had his restriction for balloons with airborne heater removed in December of 2017. William is a founding member of the New Mexico Wing, Civil Air Patrol’s LTA program, being one of the first to receive both his private and commercial certificates through the program. He is now a lead instructor for the New Mexico Wing’s LTA program and also is a 141 flight school instructor and THE Balloon Flight School. William serves as a traditional drill status guardsman with the New Mexico Air National Guard where he was a Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman on F-16C block 30 fighter jets. He served overseas at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea in 2006 and a combat tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom at Balad Air Base, Iraq in 2007. He has also participated multiple times in Operation Noble Eagle which contributed to the air defense of the United States. He now serves as a Material Management Craftsman in the logistics squadron with additional duties as the Unit Safety Representative, Quality Assurance Inspector, Vehicle Control Officer, and Assistant Wing Historical Property Manager. William also serves as the New Mexico Aviation Safety and Education Administrator for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division. In this capacity he assembles and distributes to the public, information relating to aviation, landing fields, beacons and other matters pertaining to aviation. He conducts pilot seminars dealing with safety issues, provides for the gathering and dissemination of information related to aviation safety, inspection, regulatory and compliance knowledge. He also conducts inspections of New Mexico airports on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration. He holds a degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology (AAS) and a degree in Logistics (AAS) and is a senior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Aeronautics with a minor in management. In December of 2018 he became a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives. The C.M. program obtain the designation by completing a 180-question, multiple-choice examination. The multiple-choice exam is comprised of information that measures a candidate’s comprehensive knowledge of airport management. William is a Lieutenant Colonel in Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, where he is a squadron commander, Operations Officer, Standards and Evaluations officer, Master rated Aerospace Education Officer and Emergency Services Officer. In these capacities he oversees and guides over 200 personnel in achieving congressionally mandated objectives for the organization here in New Mexico. William has over 275 hours of flight time and has also soloed single engine land airplanes and gliders and is in the process of completing his private pilot privileges in Airplane Single Engine Land and Gliders. William also serves as the Vice President of Top Gun Inc., Hot Air Balloon Competition Club and as a Director on the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Press Club.


AAAA Member (15 years)

Coordinated the Colorado Balloon Club website redesign (2006)

Crew Development committee member for 2 years (2010-2012)

Nomination Chair for 3 years (2011-2014)

Assistant to AAAA President for 2 years (2012)

Balloon Meisterin for Friends and Lovers (2018)

Volunteer for Friends of Smokey Bear Balloon Organization (6 years)

Work for AIBF (7 years)

Private Pilot – currently working on commercial

I am active in the ballooning community with an ever-growing network of resources for potential presentations to club members.



Everyone has oceans to fly, If they have the heart to do it. Is it reckless? Maybe. But what do dreams Know of boundaries? --Amelia Earhart

Position - Secretary SUSAN OLDENBURG Being a retired accountant, I understand the importance of updated and accurate information being available in a timely manner. As Secretary for the last four years I have strived to keep the AAAA database as accurate as possible (not as easy as one might think) as well as completing tasks in a timely manner and meeting necessary deadlines. I joined AAAA in 2006 and became a pilot in 2008. I have sat as a committee member on Flying Events, Special Events, and Ways & Means committees.

Position - Special Events KATHY HEFFRON My name is Katie (Kathy) Heffron. My wonderful husband of 12 years, Mike Heffron, is a commercial balloon pilot. We got involved in the ballooning community a little over 4 years ago. We have 4 amazing sons together and one beautiful daughter in “love”. I have worked for the FAA since 1998 as an electronics technician, working on aviation equipment. Prior to that, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force working on HH-60 helicopters. We love ballooning, traveling, riding our motorcycles and making memories with family and friends

Position - Community Relations JASON BURNS Hello my name is Jason Burns. I have served as the community relations board member for the last two years. I would like to thank you for the opportunity that I had in serving for that. I am now asking you to continue this opportunity with your vote to serve in this board position for the next two years. It is a joy to be able to be a resource to people with the skills and equipment that we have to enhance other people’s experiences. It is great to be in a great community that helps restore people’s belief in kindness again by our great balloon community offering up help predominantly out of the kindness of our hearts to help others. I am honored and humbled to be the representative for this community and I would appreciate your vote to help me continue this.

Position - Ways and Means MADISON RUMBAUGH Madison Rumbaugh is the Business Development Manager at New Mexico Piñon Coffee. She oversees all state and national sales, as well as special events. The largest event she was in charge of from conception to reality was New Mexico Pinon Coffee’s sponsorship at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, where she oversaw all sales, merchandising, logistics, and a 40-person team consisting of paid staff and volunteers. Aside from her current position with New Mexico Piñon Coffee, she is a founding member of the New Mexico Coffee Association, a former MiABQ Board Member, and a former North I-25 Board Member. Outside the office, you can find Madison crewing for her aunt, on the kickball field, hiking, and trying to fill up her passport.

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES AAAA General Meeting Minutes Tuesday February 26, 2019

At 6:32 Our Vice President, Frank, started our evening with a “Toast” minus the “Roast” for Mark Sullivan. With Mark out of the country, and unable to defend himself, Frank will be saving his stories for another time. They must be good. Following the Toast, Frank welcomed our members, new members, and our guests: Herman Gabaldon; Denise & Maurie Ringler; Kate Johnson; Rachael England, JoAnn Smith; Cameron Marples; and Bruce Thul, all hailing from Albuquerque. Anita Eichhorn provided a reminder about the Aerco Safety Seminar to be held on March 9th at the Sid Cutter Pavilion. $60.00 registration fee prior to the seminar, $70.00 at the door. The doors will open at 7:00 AM. Troy Bradley, our featured presenter, then provided a wonderful program about his recent flight over the Grand Canyon. Troy started with a brief history of balloon flights over the canyon, with the first thought to be in 1966 with Tracy Barnes piloting, and continuing through to the five balloons, most balloons to cross at one time, on the day of his flight. Troy’s pictorial flight, originating at Kanab Airport in Kanab, Utah, and continuing south over the Grand Canyon was spectacular. What a beautiful 103 mile morning he had.

ton, TX; Dallas Lasley from Littleton, CO; Colleen & Gleason Gregory, as well as Gary Shank (in attendance) from Rio Rancho; and the Albuquerque group, Jensen Baca, J.J. & Sara Mancini, Jeannine Nelson, Brian & Ellen Speicher, and Shawn Speicher. With ballots going out shortly, a reminder to VOTE and return as early as possible. Ballots will be available at the March meeting for those who did not receive a mailed ballot. Committee reports were presented at this time and will be in the Cloudbouncer. Floor Nominations – Peggy Billson nominated Madison Rumbaugh for Ways & Means. Nomination accepted. Lachelle Peete nominated Jennifer Garcia for Vice President. Nomination accepted. Nominations closed. Ballot will be as follows: Vice President – Will Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Garcia. Secretary – Susan Oldenburg. Community Relations – Jason Burns. Special events – Katie Heffron. Ways & Means – Madison Rumbaugh. Thanks to all for stepping up. Bios will be included with the ballots.

Other Ballooning Organizations:

The Safety Corner, presented by Don Boyer, was next up, topic Drop Line Safety. Some things to think about as a pilot before deploying your drop line: How fast is the wind; What’s underneath you that it could get caught on; Have you trained your crew, where you trained on using a drop line? Under no circumstances should a drop line be used in a high wind landing. Under 5 mph only and only as a means of getting to a safer or more accessible take down area.

BFA – No representation.

Nominations where next. Katie Heffron resigned as Chairperson to be able to run for a position. Charity provided a list of current nominees, Will Fitzpatrick (Vice President), Susan Oldenburg (Secretary). Nominated Katie Heffron for Special Events and deferred the balance of the floor nominations until after the Board reports.

Fiesta (Jennifer Garcia) – Fiesta registration will open on Monday March 4th. As Fiesta gets closer to the 50th anniversary, applications are being submitted quicker, so get yours in early (doesn’t have to be Monday). The 2019 Fiesta is looking forward to the return of the 23th America’s Challenge gas balloon race.

Board reports were next. Board members present: Vice President (Frank); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Special Events (Charity); Flying Events (Zerek); Crew Development (Tom); Ways & Means (Rachel); Education (Don). Members absent: President (Caryn); Community Relations (Jason). Vice President (Frank) – The contract with the Balloon Museum, to have our monthly General meeting held there, has been renewed. Thank you to the Balloon Museum. Secretary (Sue) – A welcome to our new members: Fred Dinkler from Livingston, TX; Heather Thompson from Carrall-

VFRS (Kelli Ballengee) – Acceptances for the St. Patty’s Rally have been sent, if you have not received yours, contact Kelli. Top Gun (Steve Mezzancello) – The February Flying event went well with a relatively new competition pilot, Mike Heffron, taking first place honors. Bill Dimmitt will be the March ED so come out and join the fun.

Balloon Explorium – No representation. Chicks Fly – No representation. CAP (Will Fitzpatrick) – Oshkosh Balloons Rally is coming up, if you wish to participate, contact Will. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. At the end of the meeting, the six remaining Board members present (Frank, Dick, Sue, Tom, Don, and Rachel), held a closed session.

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COMMITTEE REPORTS Education, February 26, 2019


Ken Tuley requests that this notice be distributed to all AAAA members:

2019 Ground Schools: The first Private Pilot Ground School for 2019 was held on Feb 22 to 24 at the Balloon Fiesta office. We had 20 students who completed the course. There were 24 originally registered but 3 switched to the June class and one dropped at the last minute. We want to thank Dick Rice the proctor and chief instructor, Beth Wright-Smith, Ken Beebe, J D Huss, Don Boyer, Peg Billson, Chris Kenworthy, Dave Tennis, Ken Beebe, Barbara Fricke, and Ray Bair. We would also like to thank the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta for the use of their classroom facility. We have 7 students so far registered for the Commercial Ground School April 26 - 28, 2019. We have 8 students registered so far for the second Private Pilot Ground School Jun 7-9, 2019. Please go to the AAAA website for online registration. You can also register at the back of the room at the General Meetings. Youth Sub-Committee: Planning for the BFA Youth Camp is going well and on schedule. We plan to use addition pilots this year who will not be required to attend the entire camp. Pilots must be commercial rated. Almost all volunteers for the camps will need to have a background check this year and the BFA has contracted with an outside company to do them more easily, quickly and less expensively. The youth balloon donation saga is moving forward a bit. Dick met with Paul Smith & estate executor about the process of probating the estate regarding the balloon donation. Ryan was very pleased with the outcome & wrote a donation check to the Foundation for $1,000.00 as a thank you for the patience & help shown in working with him through this process.

AAAA Power Line Safety Video Subcommittee Video Sub-Committee - Ken Tuley recently assisted the First Lego League Championships here in ABQ to record their event using the AAAA video system. It went well with the AAAA logo scrolling at the bottom of the program and numerous acknowledgments to AAAA. The video of Bill Smith’s presentation at the AAAA meeting is now online. It may be accessed at https://youtu.be/XcFdzedblSY



As you may know, our AAAA Education committee is now video recording our ground schools, safety seminars and monthly programs. The first of the monthly recordings is now available for you, a AAAA member to view. It’s Bill Smith’s presentation to the January membership meeting. He talks about being a hot air pilot participating in his first Gordon Bennett (Gas) balloon event. You’ll hear a lot of information that just doesn’t come out when the event is in progress. Bill is also a record setter in hot air balloons. Toward the end of the presentation, you’ll hear about his record setting long jump flight and lessons learned on both flights. In order to keep this a benefit to members, you must use the URL https://youtu.be/XcFdzedblSY to access the video. Please do not share the link, as you’re undercutting your AAAA membership value. And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel while you’re there. The more subscribers we get, the more options we have in bringing these videos to you! Thanks…Your AAAA Education Committee & Video SubCommittee

*************** New Power Line Safety Video – Planning for the production is continuing with discussion on subject matter, message and story-boarding. The next meeting will be Wednesday, April 3rd, 11:00 a.m., Flying Star Corrales. Request from Arizona Balloon Club: We received a request from the AZ Balloon Club to see if we would share our ground school curriculum and presentations with them so they can conduct their own classes without reinventing the wheel. They are willing to give AAAA all copyright credit and give us a suitable donation for our efforts in developing the class. While we feel an obligation to help other balloon organizations and the ballooning community at large, we are not comfortable with releasing the Powerpoint presentations and lesson plans. However, we have offered to partner with them in a “Remote Classroom” set-up using a live streaming feed of our regularly scheduled ground schools. We would charge a fee for this service which is yet to be determined. If successful, we may partner with other balloon clubs also.

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Flying Events

Special Events

Congrats to our top 3 from Friends and Lovers! In 1st we had Mark Sullivan, 2nd place was Daniel Schultz, and 3rd was Peg Billson. Thank you to everyone that participated. All scores will be posted on the website.

With a final count of 130 registered balloons, Friends and Lovers 2019 was a success! We had one day of indoor tailgating and one day of flying. Several crews participated in the crew contests and there were some VERY creative entries in the baggie and the cooking contests! We sold a record number of brunch tickets and even ran out of food (after everyone had eaten, thank goodness!!!!!) Thank you to everyone who came and a HUGE thanks to the pilots to volunteered to do the tether flights and made valiant efforts.

I want to also take some time to talk about safety during our flying events. During this months flying event I was made aware of multiple drop lines being used, some fan issues, and a poorly placed tie-off. I encourage everyone out on the field to police your fellow balloonists if they are performing unsafely. If you are not comfortable approaching someone or they are not willing to fix the problem I am available to be the bad guy to ensure our flying events are a success. I have been in contact with the FSDO about the waiver. Utilizing the fiesta map as we have done in previous years is no longer being accepted. I am learning how get out a 7.5 series topographic map with our operating area. The last instructions given to me were act as if none of our previous years existed and start from scratch. It was also requested to decrease our operating area from the current 9NM. I have been going over the new requirements given in N8900_488 since late last year to ensure we are current on the all updated requirements of maintaining a waiver. I look forward to seeing everyone out at our next event Sunday, March 10th @ Balloon Fiesta Field. Check in will start at 6:45am

Ways and Means Your new 2019 pin has been ordered and should arrive in time for the March meeting. We will also be selling Barista Tumblers with two lids for Hot/Cold drinks. These mugs have a 17 oz capacity, they keep your beverages hot/cold for up to 12 hours, they are vacuum sealed, stainless steel and dishwasher safe! These mugs are specially designed and include the 2019 logo/pin on them. The should arrive any day and will be $20 each. Your 2019 AAAA Roster is half way through production. Thank you to all of our Sponsors who have renewed and thank you to our new Sponsors! 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. Happy Hour will be at Grassburger located at, 11225 Montgomery Blvd. NE Ste. C Albuquerque, NM on Tuesday, March 5th 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. 18


An even BIGGER thanks to the amazing people who gave up their time to put this event on -this year and years past -- this event take HOURS of work on the part of the committee and, for many, is a labor of love. Ballon Meisteriens: Pat Mezzancello and Elisa Paulk Committee Members: Diana Gilson, Andi Babcock, Lorraine Donovan, Mary Chando, Carol (Bicher) Watson, Chani and Larry Kaibetoney, and Tiffany Kenworthy Past Balloon Meisteriens: Carol Bair, Janie Jordan, Barbara Fricke, Jennifer Garcia Past Committee Members: Nancy Zink, Christina Weaver, Ursula Richards, Robin Boyer It has been my absolute pleasure to chair this event (as well as the Ice Cream Social, Picnic, and Jingle Bell) for the past 5 years. I have loved getting to see these events grow and change as they have and to get to work with the amazing people I have met along the way. I look forward to seeing how these events will continue to grow over the next few years as I take a break and recharge my batteries!

Friends and Lovers 2019 Winners: Baggie Decorating: Most Creative -- Iris Crew, Anthony Lard, Pilot Best Use of Theme -- TrentZKidd Crew, Trenten Caldwell, Pilot Best Crew Participation -- On The Rocks Crew, Chris Kenworthy, Pilot Honorable Mention -- Saki Bomber Crew, Loretta Zamora, Pilot ZONK! Prizes: Using the same baggie every year: 2FastTackach Crew, Keith Takach, Pilot Slightly Creepy Baggie: Raven Crew, Bill “Squid” Mast, Pilot

Cooking Contest: Best Use of Required Ingredient: Plum Fired Up Crew, Debi Ellis-Ostgulen, Pilot Best Overall Taste: Crystal Blue Horizon Crew, Josh Saiz, Pilot Best Presentation: Road Trip Crew, Deby Young, Pilot ZONK! Prize: “Took the Easy Way” -- Hale-Lucinations Crew, Jason “Hopper” Buckner, Pilot

Crew Target: Best Creative Cheat: Ariana Crew, Jessica Makin, Pilot Closest WIthout Cheating: 2FastTackach Crew, Keith Takach, Pilot Honorable Mention: Twist of Fate Crew, Steve Coffing, Pilot ZONK! Prize: “The Streaker:” Raven Crew, Bill “Squid” Mast, Pilot

Pilots: 1) Mark Sullivan 2) Daniel Schulz 3) Peg Billson

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Friends and Lovers Crew of the Year: Play Me Crew, Peg Billson, Pilot




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COMMUNITY RELATIONS Animal Humane New Mexico is hosting a volunteer appreciation event on Thursday, April 11 starting at 5:30pm at the Sid Cutter Pilot’s Pavilion in Balloon Fiesta Park. They would be happy to offer anyone generous enough to volunteer to help at the event a $50 gift card to cover the cost of propane. Please contact Jessica Langer at 505.938.7884 or jessical@ animalhumanenm.org The Balloon Museum in partnership with the Arc New Mexico and Rio Grande Down Network and balloon pilots will present Ballooning for ALL with free balloon inflations and tethers on Saturday, March 16, 2019 7am-11am at the North Lawn of the Balloon Museum. This event presents a resource fair and activities along with the static balloons inviting 10002000 individuals with special needs to enjoy the view or try a tethered ride. Please contact Laurie Magovern at lmagovern@ cabq.gov or 505-506-6218

RELAY FOR LIFE as part of the annual Delta Air Lines corporate event are having a fund raiser to fund Cancer research and provide support to those battling this horrible disease. They are requesting a donation in the form of a gift certificate good for a HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE FOR TWO (2) ADULTS, which would be put up for bidding in our annual online fundraising auction benefitting RELAY FOR LIFE. Vouchers should be valid for rides dated any time after June 30, 2019. Please contact Allyson Becker at allyson.ablenetwork@gmail.com



Meet Some of Our Friends! AAAA has friends from all over, young and...not as young. We want to get to know you! Send us a photo, share where you're from, tell us about an exciting flight, and introduce us to your crew and family!

Pilot Troy Bradley was our guest at the February General AAAA meeting. He shared his recent flight over the Grand Canyon!

Great capture of Mike Heffron in Bright Idea! Submitted by Triston Garcia (Albuquerque, NM) Submitted by Sharon Hartshorn (Albuquerque, NM) "Sorry I couldn't be in Albuquerque [for Friends and Lovers Balloon Rally]. I had to be a little closer to home. But still had one of those flights. Ya know where you take off fly for an hour and about 3 miles and return to within 10' from where you took off kind of days. Beautiful Tonopah!!" Submitted by Kevin Stephenson (Glendale, AZ)



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Once again Elections are upon us and we need you!

February’s event was successful with 15 pilots signed in. A HUGE thank you to Mike Garcia for being Event Director, Russ Pederson for scoring, and all the volunteers who came out to help.

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 Ways and Means Please reach out and help grow our club. If interested, please email Katie Heffron at nominations@hotairballooning.org.



The top 5 from February are: 1.Mike Heffron 2.Lonnie Carreathers 3.Peg Billson 4.Stephen Coffing 5.Craig Pendleton Bill Dimmit will be out Event Director for our next event. 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

CREW CHIEF'S CORNER LEGALITIES AND REALITIES OF CREWING (cont'd from February) There’s seldom a need to ever break the law while crewing, and there are ways to minimize those few times when it seems tempting or even necessary. Some simple planning and other proactive steps can prevent crewing from becoming a mini-crime spree. In addition to promoting legal compliance, these help replace hectic racing thoughts and stress with calm and calculated enjoyment 1. Calm down and breathe deeply. “Chasing” frenzies thought and feeds an “anything-goes” mindset. Think as clearly as a NASCAR team or airport tower would before you get behind the wheel of that $40K truck. Clarity comes before safety 2. Plan your flight and drive. Get the weather forecast, fold your map as needed, futz with your GPS or electronic navigation, plot your launch site, mark red zones, and project a flight path and likely landing sites. Your options and decisions will narrow from seemingly infinite to just a few 3. Predictively drive through the flight before you cold inflate. Knowing your pilot will cross the river/interstate at a certain point or stay high for half the flight may help you pre-plan your road choices. Many flights have points where crew must take one of two directions. Decisions often make themselves (or at least get easier), and there’s less indecision, hesitation, or pressure to speed or drive recklessly to stay near your balloon 4. Keep alcohol in its place: closed until after the flight and opened then with discretion. Designate a driver if you toast your landing (with your landowner’s permission for that too). Many pilots now offer passengers unopened champagne when they return to their passengers’ cars to avoid any liability. Respect others’ rights and safety if you choose to drink 5. Know your landowner terrain. Be able to identify red zones as you drive and potential ones you haven’t marked on your map. If your pilot flies high over those racehorses, will that change the flight path? Will other properties or red zones become issues? Landing at a known red zone will almost guarantee trespassing issues. You’re odds for a favorable reception – and no hassles - are better almost everywhere else 6. Predict where your pilot will land. Once your pilot commits, it’ll be faster to find the landowner and get permission or refused. Getting an answer is sometimes more important than what it is; your pilot may need the time, fuel, and wind to find another landing site 7. Develop skills to offer landing assistance. A tight landing site may be the only way to avoid a red zone. Know how to size up a landing site as your pilot would: is it reachable, big enough, safe to get into/out of, no lines/trees/hazards, likely landowner permission, etc. Can you handle a drop line without endangering your balloon? Can you reach the balloon and add weight if needed? Will you need to clear the parking lot, park, or road? 8. Hone your ability to talk with people of every background. Many landowners are easy-going and well-mannered. Others are irritated, require more diplomacy, have 40 questions, or have already called the police on you. Your communication skills can often spell the difference between trespassing and just dropping in Prove this to yourself. We’ve all had one of those flights: everyone fights a high-wind launch, your pilot crosses the mountain range (or other geographical barrier), you have to drive (or race) 30 miles C r e w C hi e f ' s c o r n e r


off course, then the 5 balloons land on the Indian reservation right at sunset. And when you drive up, there was at least one crew there laughing, relaxed, packed up, thanking the Reservation Police at the gate as they drove out. You know the experience. THAT is the crew who has mastered these skills, and they are the ones you need to study and learn from. They’ve found the way to make this work. Ballooning faces many greater challenges and needs than gaining special legal status for crew or granting I-can-land-anywhere privileges for balloonists. If complying with local ordinances and federal laws seems like a hassle, that’s a signal to further develop your crewing skills in a certain area. Whether we like it or not and even when it’s inconvenient, the laws are there to protect all of us from each other and even ourselves. And isn’t that what safety and law is all about? Look for the article's conclusion in our April Issue! Based on the book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” available through the author (see the end of the “Welcome” article for more information).









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



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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. Nominations closed at the end of February. Look for Award winners in upcoming issues!

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MEMBER BIRTHDAYS HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Mae Bell Pendeleton Sean Rice Thomas E. Gardner Elizabeth Adelman Michael Shrum Nicholas Jansson William Blizzard Armando Sumruld Bruce Pivic Carl Weis Mary Jo Chapman Mike Kelly Lance Capaldi Tim Martin Ailene O'Byrne David Yob Neal C. Smith Mark Hogan Alan J. Wynn

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Eileen Johnson 17 Deborah Rice 21 Bill Dickey 22 Lisa Thornhill 22 Jason Gabriel 23 Lorie Guthrie 23 Michelle Sanford 23 Thom Wright 23 Colleen Procopio 24 Roger Hoppe 25 Peyton Hoge 27 Neil Freedman 28 Anthony Lard 29 Deborah Ortiz 29 Donna Partington 30 Evelyn L. Brickner 30 Frank Dearmin 30 Katelyn Salazar 30 Dan Talbert 31

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                 

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