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VOLUME 207 ISSUE 06

JUNE 2019

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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Contents 5 AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 6 UPCOMING EVENTS 8 BOARD MEETING MINUTES 10 GENERAL MEETING MINUTES 12 COMMITTEE REPORTS 16 COMMUNITY RELATIONS 19 PRESIDENTS REPORT 21 CREW CHIEF'S CORNER 24 TREASURER'S REPORT 34 MEMBER BIRTHDAYS

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

VICE PRESIDENT Jennifer Garcia ph: 505.274.8096 e: jenngarcia3180@hotmail.com

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 Katie Hefron ph: 505.250.4331 e: lilheff1807@gmail.com

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

WAYS & MEANS Madison Rumbaugh ph: 505.315.6032 e: madisonrumbaugh@gmail.com

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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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UPCOMING EVENTS AAAA Monthly Flying Event

AAAA General Meeting

When: June 15 (Saturday) 5:30am Where: Rio Rancho Balloon Field

When: June 25 6:00 pm Social Hour 6:30 pm Meeting Begins Where: Balloon Museum

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When: June 7-9 Where: AIBF Offices

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BOARD MEETING MINUTES AAAA Board Meeting Minutes, April 18, 2019 President Caryn called the meeting to order at 5:36 PM. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Jennifer); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Crew Development (Tom); Flying Events (Zerek); Ways & Means (Madison); Community Relations (Jason); Special Events (Katie); Education (Don) by phone. The Board Meeting Minutes from Monday April 15, 2019 were reviewed. Dick made a motion to approve as written, seconded by Zerek. Minutes approved as written. Vice President (Jennifer) – The May meeting will have two speakers Kim Vesley of Rio Rancho and Sam Parks with AIBF. They will discuss the changes and impact on the launching and landing that the building taking place in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque has presented. New meeting (seating) arrangement will also be tried. Treasurer (Dick) – Financials through April are complete. Pie Charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Insurance quotes will be requested from both AIR and RPS for the current year. Secretary (Sue) – Nothing to report. Just a note that there were almost 57% of the ballots returned for our March elections (56.8%). Nice response. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer.

Unfinished Business Cloudbouncer – Discussion relating to the lateness of publication was addressed. Deadlines for submission of Board/Committee reports as well as other articles was set in an attempt to remove this issue.

New Business Budget (Club) – Review of the 2020 budget was made. Following discussion with minor corrections noted, Dick made a motion to approve the revised budget, seconded by Jason. Club budget was approved.

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Budget (Foundation) – Don had presented adjustments to the preliminary budget prior to our meeting, after review of the updated budget, with minor corrections noted, Dick made a motion to approve, seconded by Tom. Foundation budget was approved. Summary Club and Foundation Budgets will be in the Cloudbouncer. At 7:37 PM Dick made a motion to adjourn, Jason seconded. Meeting adjurned.


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

At 6:30 PM our President, Caryn, started our meeting with a welcome to our guests Scott & April James from Clinton, TN. There were no new pilot ratings, new balloons, or ballooning in the community noted at our meeting. The evenings program was broken into two parts. Kim Vesely with the upcoming construction in Rio Rancho, and Sam Parks with the Albuquerque changes. Kim’s video presentation started with an overview of the areas to be developed starting with the area west and north of the Westside and Unser (unofficial) launch site. It then continued to the current AAAA Rio Rancho launch area noting the current construction around Idalia, north of Northern, and the ground work for a new housing development, already started, south of Cleveland High School. It may be within months that construction will start around the current AAAA Rio Rancho launch site. AAAA and the City of Rio Rancho are continuing to work together to find a suitable replacement site for the Rio Rancho events. Sam Parks followed with his presentation which focused on Albuquerque’s landing issues. There have been approximately 500 sites identified as balloon friendly landing spots within the city. An AIBF/Albuquerque task force will be following up with a visual review of each site, to establish the actual safe landing probability. As the growth continues in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque, AAAA will endeavor to keep our members apprized of the impact on ballooning. The Board was convened. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Jennifer); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Community Relations (Jason); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Katie); Ways & Mean (Madison); Flying Events (Zerek). Members absent: Education (Don). Vice President (Jennifer) – Seating arrangements will be experimented with at the next two meetings to try to get the noise and sun issues eliminated. Secretary (Sue) – Nothing to report this month. Treasurer (Dick) – The financial summary and Pie Charts through April will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer. The education committee report was presented by Peggy Billson and the Special Events committee report was presented by Jennifer (need to keep Katie off her foot).

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Other Ballooning Organizations: BFA – No representation. VFRS – No representation. Top Gun (Will Fitzpatrick) – The Rio Grande Classic/State Championships were held over Memorial weekend. Of the 36 competitors, 27 were eligible for participation in the State Championship. The top five State winners were Morgan Chando in 5th place, Craig Pendleton in 4th place, Trent Caldwell in 3rd place, Neil Jackson in 2nd place, and first place went to not only a new pilot, but a first time competition pilot, JJ Mancini. The Rio Grande Classic results were Neil Jackson in 5th place, Bruce Wood in 4th place, Bubba Cliver in 3rd place, Jonathan Wright in 2nd place, and Chris Cliver took first place. Congratulations to all. AIBF (Sam Parks) – The pilot selection for 2019 Balloon Fiesta has been completed with the count being 593 accepted. FAA – No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. Balloon Explorium (Rosanne Eakin) – Earlier in May representatives of Balloon Explorium traveled to Roswell, where 240 elementary school students experienced building and launching tissue paper balloons.


COMMITTEE REPORTS Education

Flying Events

2019 Ground Schools:

We had 48 pilots participate. Of the 48, 14 pilots threw baggies at the target and one successful diaper drop landed on the target.

The Commercial Pilot Ground School was held on April 26-28. We 22 students attending including 11 from NM, 3 from CO, 2 each from CA & AZ, 1 each from TX & PA and 1 from Canada. We would like to thank all the instructors: Beth Wright-Smith, JD Huss, Chris Kenworthy, Tom Fisher, Dave Tennis, Don Boyer and Barbara Fricke. Also, the other members of the Education Committee who help in support roles. We especially appreciate the AIBF for the use of their classroom facilities. The second Private Pilot Ground School for 2019 which will be held June 7-9. We have 26 students signed up and registration is closed.

Youth Sub-Committee:

Balloon Camp: All is moving along well; pilots, counselors & volunteers lined up. 18 Campers signed up, leaving 2 vacancies. There are also still openings in the PA and Reno Camps.

Youth Balloon Program:

Still waiting on the FAA for final paperwork.

Vice President Our speaker for the month of May is going to be Kim Vesely (Rio Rancho Public Schools), Sam Parks (City of Albuquerque Landing Taskforce Committee Member) concerning landing sites throughout both cities, and how it affects you. I am working with the Balloon Museum regarding our layout for meetings, as mentioned at the April meeting we are going to mix it up! We will then see what the membership thinks works best. In this process, we are also trying to keep the meetings on a tighter schedule to be respectful of our members’ time while attending any of our monthly meetings. If you want to speak or comment at a monthly meeting, please email vice-president@hotairballooning.org , so we can add you to the meeting agenda. I hope to publish a meeting topic calendar in the upcoming week for all of the membership to be aware of the various topics for their schedules. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out!

1st - Jeff Ashworth 2nd - Ron Sanchez 3rd - Keith Takach Diaper winner - Keith Takach Our next event is June 15th, Saturday, at the Rio Rancho field. The waiver committee has wrapped up changes to our operations manual, including new operations areas and an official targets list. Thank you to Ray Bair, Dave Bagley, Sam Bradshaw and Kathy Smith for all their help in the process of completing these changes.

Ways and Means Your new 2019 pin has arrived!!! Come to the Ways & Means table at the next general meeting to purchase one for $5. We are also 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 Get them before they are gone!!! Only a limited supply of the Fly Safe Shirts are left starting at $25 each. 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 No report this month.

Special feature: Don Boyer and Tom Fisher gave an interview during AIBF 2018. Thanks to Don for sharing!

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Special Feature from Don Boyer and Tom Fisher

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COMMUNITY RELATIONS AIBF is looking for pilots to participate in a demonstration for the 3 row rule at the July AAAA Flying event any pilots that are able to help please contact president@ hotairballooning.org Cherie Vaughan is coordinating the first annual Glasgow Groove and Glow in Kentucky and I would like to invite balloon pilots from around the country to attend. Please contact Cherie Vaughan at 270-590-1410 if you would like more details to participate in this upcoming event.

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Meet Some of Our Friends! AAAA has friends from all over, young and..."seasoned." 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!

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SUBMITTED BY: PETER GEORGE MIDLANDS AIR FESTIVAL, UK

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PRESIDENTS REPORT AAAA

TOP GUN

In a club the size of ours there are always several different groups of people. We tend to stay within our own group. Those that we grew up with or those that brought us into the sport of ballooning.

The Rio Grande Classic/State Championships were held over Memorial weekend. Of the 36 competitors, 27 were eligible for participation in the State Championship. The top five State winners were Morgan Chando in 5th place, Craig Pendleton in 4th place, Trent Caldwell in 3rd place, Neil Jackson in 2nd place, and first place went to not only a new pilot, but a first time competition pilot, JJ Mancini. The Rio Grande Classic results were Neil Jackson in 5th place, Bruce Wood in 4th place, Bubba Cliver in 3rd place, Jonathan Wright in 2nd

What I am asking is that you branch out of your group. Get to know others in our ballooning community. Talk to other club members you don't know or have been afraid to approach. Talk to the museum and their volunteers. Talk to Fiesta and their volunteers. Talk the paid ride operators. Talk to the DPEs. Talk to our sponsors. Talk to Top Gun Competition. Talk to the FAA. Talk to BFA. Talk to Rally Balloon Meisters. Talk to our committee members. Talk to our AAAA Board members. Talk to Balloon Explorium. Talk to Chick's Fly members. Talk to CAP members. Talk to our Youth. Talk to ATC. Talk to any other group that I forgot to mention. All these different groups are a wealth of knowledge about their part of ballooning.

place, and Chris Cliver took first place. Congratulations to all.

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You might just learn something new and even make some new and exciting lifelong friends. Caryn Welz

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CREW CHIEF'S CORNER The 2019 AAAA Waiver

The 2019 Waiver submitted by Zerek Welz On April 30th the AAAA received a waiver for the remainder of it’s 2019 flying events. Overall the waiver is mostly still the same as it always has been. It’s primary purpose is to waive normal regulations in 14 CFR, 91.119 (b) and (c). This allows properly registered pilots at the event to fly lower than normal over congested areas and to fly directly above the ground within areas of our targets. I encourage everyone to go through the waiver itself and become familiar with it to understand all the special provisions and information in the operations manual. Below are some key takeaways for understanding what our waiver allows and what is required to fly under the waiver.

Effective Times The waiver is only effective on the morning of the flying events from the time of ​briefing to 10am​. Outside of the monthly scheduled flying event times all standard regulations should be adhered to.

Minimums Except when taking off or landing, the minimum allowable altitudes as delineated in FAR 91.119 (b) and (c) are reduced to: i. 500ft. AGL over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement, over any open-air assembly of persons, and minimum altitudes indicated on the official AIBF map; ii. 75 ft. AGL within 300 meters (984 feet) of the goal/target but outside the 100 meters (328 foot) target area; iii. The surface within 100 meters (328 feet) of the goal/target.

Flights within Class C airspace If a landing can be made north of Central Avenue,​ radio contact is not required​. If contact with ATC is not possible: while ​East​ of I-25 ascend to​ 8000 MSL​; or while ​West​ of I-25 descend below​ 6000 MSL​.

Pilot and Event Documentation Documentation of proof for airworthiness and qualifications. The AAAA are to have this available if requested by the FAA. At each event a Certificate of Understanding is provided and should be returned for verification that they understand the provisions within the waiver. A huge thanks goes out to the waiver committee for all their help in obtaining our waiver for 2019: Ray Bair, Dave Bagley, Sam Bradshaw, and Kathy Smith! C r e w C hi e f ' s c o r n e r

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TREASURER'S REPORT

April 30, 2019

Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Education Foundation Treasurer’s Report

COMMENTS: Turning base to final, one month left. Overall, we have accomplished another successful year. The Pie charts are pretty self-explanatory and the accompanying Statement of Receipts and Disbursements compared to Budget show the details. If you have any questions please ask me, and I’ll do my best to provide some clarity. CASH: Cash on hand at the end of April in the Education Foundation was $53,871, compared to $53,308 for the same period last year, and The AAAA Club cash was $12,945, compared to $20,994 for the same period last year. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of April we were showing an excess of revenue over disbursements of $2,931 in the Education Foundation compared to $1,069 for the same period last year. Excess disbursements over revenue in the AAAA Club were $3,370 compared to $636 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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AAAA Education Foundation

Income & Expense Comparison with Budget

Annual Budget 6/1/2019 - 5/31/2020

Ordinary Income/Expense Income

Chase Crew Development Communications Dividends Education Special Events Ways & Means Direct Public Support Other Types of Income

71,500.00

Total Income Expense

$1,500.00 1,100.00 100.00 29,500.00 25,600.00 13,000.00 600.00 100.00

Communications Chase Crew Development Education Special Events Ways & Means Board and Miscellaneous Facilities and Equipment Operations

1,400.00 1,000.00 21,500.00 34,600.00 9,500.00 700.00 0.00 2,800.00 71,500.00

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

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