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Contents 3 AAAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 5 UPCOMING EVENTS 7 BOARD MEETING MINUTES 9 GENERAL MEETING MINUTES 10 FEATURED ARTICLE 'TIS THE SEASON FOR A LONG JUMP 12 COMMITTEE REPORTS 15 COMMUNITY RELATIONS 18 TREASURER'S REPORT 24 CREW CHIEF'S CORNER 26 PRESIDENT'S REPORT 27 MEMBER BIRTHDAYS
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UPCOMING EVENTS AAAA Monthly Flying Event
AAAA General Meeting
(See Jingle Bell Non-Rally)
When: January 28, 2020 (No December meeting) 6:00 pm Social Hour 6:30 pm Meeting Begins Where: Balloon Museum
Top Gun Flying Event When: December 22 5:30 am Registration 6:00 am Pilot Briefing Where: Balloon Fiesta Offices
Jingle Bell Non-Rally When: December 14-15 6:30 -11 am
AAAA Board Meeting
Where: Sid Cutter Pavillion
When: December 16 5:30 pm Where: Balloon Fiesta Offices
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BOARD MEETING MINUTES AAAA Board Meeting AAAA Board Meeting Minutes, Monday December 16, 2019 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, AAAA Secretary President Caryn called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM. Board members present: President (Caryn); Treasurer (Dick); Secretary (Sue); Crew Development (Tom); Education (Don); Flying Events (Zerek); Special Events (Katie); Community Relations (Jason); Interim Ways & Means liaison (Chani Kaibetoney). Board members absent: Vice President (Jennifer). The November 18, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were reviewed. Dick moved to approve as written, Tom seconded. Motion carried. Vice President (presented by Zerek) – January General meeting topic will be “A Reflection of the Past-Tribute to Bill Flynt”, presented by Eric Hodges. Treasurer (Dick) – Working on setting up a credit card account for the club for membership payments. Six months into the year and the Education Foundation did well with the Safety Seminar and currently filling the ground schools. The Social club is starting to increase funds with membership renewals. The full report including pie charts will be in the Cloudbouncer. Secretary (Sue) - There is a new membership for consideration; Amie and Josh Cato from Commerce, TX. Dick made a motion to accept the new members, seconded by Tom. Motion carried. Committee reports were presented and will be in the Cloudbouncer.
NEW BUSINESS Balloon Camp Scholarships – Two issues up for discussion: BFA Camp Fee increase; AAAA qualifications to receive a scholarship. Issue one – AAAA donates four scholarships at $450.00 to the Balloon Camp, due to the increase in fees, Dick moved that AAAA provide four scholarships at the increased rate of $575.00, motion seconded by Tom. Motion carried. Issue two – The guidelines for receiving an AAAA scholarship have been defined by the Education Committee. 2019 had three qualified recipients leaving one scholarship not issued due to the first time Camp attendee requirement. Dick moved – All scholarships will be awarded, first time campers will have priority, any remaining scholarships will be available to second time attendees who fulfill the balance of the requirements. Motion seconded by Zerek. Motion carried. Sign(s) – With the AAAA meetings being taped and made available on-line, it has been agreed that a more polished look should be presented. Following discussion, the Board agreed to the purchase of two stand up signs identifying AAAA. At 7:10 PM Don made a motion to adjourn, seconded by Tom. Meeting adjourned.
The Education Report included the newly established Youth Balloon Program “Operating Rules and Procedures”, following review, Dick moved that the Youth Balloon Program “Operating Rules and Procedures be approved, Jason seconded. Motion carried. Ways & Means, not having a formal report, presented an “action plan” to fulfill the upcoming commitments and requirements.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS 2020 Waiver – Dates have been verified for the 2020 Flying Events. Following Jennifer’ssignature, waiver will be submitted to the FAA for approval.
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GENERAL MEETING MINUTES AAAA General Meeting Minutes Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, AAAA Secretary
General Meeting Minutes, Tuesday November 26, 2019 Submitted by Susan Oldenburg, AAAA Secretary At 6:38 our President, Caryn, opened the meeting with a welcome to our guests, Chuck Kierstynn, and Kendra Wehner. Due to a technical difficulty with our program, the Vice President report came next. Vice President, Jennifer, announced – No December meeting – See you in January. The evening was then turned over to Jessie, with Colibri Media, providing our program of the evening. Unless you were there to see the incredible video, shot from a drone, it’s hard to describe. Jessie started with video shot at the 2018 Fiesta, by a 20 inch plus drone, carrying a 20 pound camera, to the 2019 Fiesta shot by a drone that will fit in your hand. With drones being classified as aircraft by the FAA, Jessie continued to explain the waivers required for night flying as well as distance requirements and flight requirements around balloons. When the video becomes available, it’s a must watch. The Board was convened at this time. Members present: President (Caryn); Vice President (Jennifer); Secretary (Sue); Treasurer (Dick); Community Relations (Jason); Crew Development (Tom); Special Events (Katie); Flying Events (Zerek). Members absent: Education (Don). Ways & Means is currently vacant. Secretary (Sue) – New Members for 2020 are Natasha Bowman of Rio Rancho, Erin Wilson and Rebecca DeSantis both of Albuquerque, welcome. Also, a reminder that 2020 membership renewals will be going out early December, send me your money early and I won’t harass you in February. Treasurer (Dick) – Financials starting to look better. Club will pick up with membership renewals and Foundation will increase with the upcoming ground schools. Pie charts and summary will be in the Cloudbouncer. Committee reports were presented and will be in the
Cloudbouncer. It is again that time of year were AAAA is looking for volunteers to sit on the Board. Mike Garcia is the 2020 Nominations Chair Person. The positions open for the March election are President, Treasurer, Education, Crew Development, and Flying Events. Due to the resignation of Madison (Ways & Means), the Ways & Means Board position will also be on the ballot to finish the current term of one year. Please submit bios to Mike.
Other Ballooning Organizations: BFA – No representation. VFRS - No Representation Top Gun (Steve Mezzancello) – November featured a two-day flying event, having 19 pilots on Saturday, and 21 on Sunday. The top three were Jason Buckner, third, Keith Takach, second, and Chris Cliver took first. Just a note, there were six Top Gun members in the top ten of 2019 Fiesta competition winners. December Top Gun event will be held on December 22 nd . Thank you for the wonderful support. FAA – No representation. Balloon Museum/Foundation – No representation. Balloon Explorium (Rosanne Eakin) - Explorium, in late October and early November, hosted over 300 students in Artesia, NM, introducing them to ballooning. Two weeks later (Nov. 14 to Nov. 16) they celebrated Montgolfier days with over 600 local students learning the art of tissue paper balloons and ballooning. To end the evening, Ray Bair, reminded all, of the Christmas Eve glow at Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course, and the pot luck afterwards. Please contact Ray if you wish to participate. Happy Holidays to all, see you in 2020! AAAA- Vice President Report: November meeting is with Colibri Media, hot air balloons and new technology for capturing images from your balloon. No meeting for December, Happy Holidays!
G e n e r a l M e e ti n g M i n u t e s
'TIS THE SEASON FOR LONG JUMPS
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The 2019-2020 Long Jump season is now open through March 31. For three decades, the Balloon Federation of America (BFA) has been sponsoring the Long Jump Challenge to encourage pilots to improve their personal best flight distance while promoting safe flight planning and execution. For the first 10 years of the event, 232 pilots participated; from 2000 to 2019, 86 pilots logged results; and in the last decade, less than 30 long jump flights were officially recorded. The distances achieved ranged from 7 to 750 miles. As we begin our fourth decade of the challenge, the goal for the BFA Long Jump Committee is to promote awareness of event and improve participation. As a balloon club member, try encouraging your group to add a long jump flight to this winter's schedule. You just need a Saturday or Sunday with skies clear below 10,000', reasonable surface winds, and winds aloft over 25 knots to have a great flight. With most balloons having at least a two-hour duration capability in colder temperatures, it is pretty easy to log a flight of 50 miles or more. I have found that there are few thing more exciting to a pilot than improving on a personal best distance, altitude or duration record. And if your group does go more than a 100 miles, they will be talking about that adventure for a long time. Most less-experienced pilots are a little nervous about flying at altitudes of 10,000' MSL or at speeds of more than 20 knots. However, it is human nature to have strength in numbers, so a group flight will reduce the apprehension for those who are stepping out of their comfort zone. It is also a lot more fun to make a long jump with a bunch of friends. For new pilots who would like to fly with someone with a little more experience, we have a team category with two pilots or a pilot and crewmember. The military instilled in me the "Six Ps for Mission Success": Proper Planning Prevents P---- Poor Performance. To help you properly plan and equip yourself for a flight, I can email you a copy of my personal long jump checklist and an article written on flight preparation. While both of these documents are aimed at more serious distance endeavors, they will give you some things to consider during your planning phase regardless of your goals. There are also detailed administrative instructions on the BFA website at https://www.bfa.net/information/long-jump-competition. 10
This year, I will be writing an article for the May issue of Ballooning telling about all of the long jump activities of the 2019-2020 season. I would like to include your flight in my report, so take a few notes and pictures and send them to me before April 1. Also, all participants will receive a certificate from BFA. A long-distance flight can be a real morale-boosting activity for your club, as well as an educational experience for you. Please join in on the fun with us this year and fly a BFA long jump. Bill Smith BFA Long Jump Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org (502) 338-6397
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COMMITTEE REPORTS Education
PRIVATE PILOT GROUND SCHOOL
The Youth Balloon is ready to start flying. The registration and insurance are in place including coverage for the trailer when being pulled by a member’s personal vehicle. The policies and procedures are still to completed. We would like to have the youth balloon fly at the Jingle Bell non-rally and the Friends and Lover’s Rally with the entry fees waived.
The 2020 Ground School registrations are open and online on the AAAA website. The 2020 Ground School Schedule is: • • •
PPGS #1 - February 21 – 23rd CPGS - April 24 – 26th PPGS #2 - June 5 – 7th
Planning is underway for the Private Pilot Ground School to be held Feb. 21-23. Online registration is open for all the 2020 ground schools. We are looking into the feasibility of offering a Remote Classroom for our ground schools. Students can watch a live feed and have text or live chat communication with the class. We will do a test run during the Feb. PPGS with selected remote students.
2019 FIESTA SAFETY SEMINAR The Fiesta Safety Seminar was a success. There were 264 paid attendees plus Education Committee volunteers and speakers. The gross income was $10,727. Peg Billson tabulated the evaluation forms but could not attend the committee meeting so the discussion on the evaluations was tabled until the December meeting. The seminar videos are online on the AAAA YouTube page. We would like to thank the speakers: Dr. Nancy Wright, Dr. David Bowling, Mike Voorhees, Rob Schantz, Ray Bair, David Bair, and Elizabeth Wright-Smith. We would also like thank the Balloon Fiesta for the use of Pavilion.
ROAD SCHOLAR-FIESTA PRESENTATIONS: We gave ballooning presentations to four Road Scholars groups during Fiesta. There were 325 in attendance and the organization paid $2000 to the AAAA Education Foundation. Thank you to the presenters who gave up their afternoon naps: Tom Fisher, Kelli Ballengee, Peg Billson and Sam Bradshaw.
The BFA has formed a new Youth Programs Committee in lieu of having one individual in charge. We will be working closely with this committee to put on the Rio Grande Balloon Camp. The BFA has announced that there will be only two camps in 2020. They will be in Albuquerque July 11-16 and Gaffney, South Carolina : June 14-19.
Ways and Means Have you seen the Barista Tumblers we are selling?? They come 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. They are only $20 each! Have any fundraising ideas? Let me know! ways-means@ hotairballooning.org
Flying Events We had 32 pilots checked in. Our task was a fly in at the Rio Rancho field. Congrats to our top 3: 1st place - Neil Smith 2nd place - Becca DeSantis 3rd place - John Green Next event is jingle bell out at Fiesta field on December 14th and 15th. Briefing will be at 7:00am The first flyable day will be scored for over all scores. If we are able to fly both days the second day will be a for fun competition.
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COMMUNITY RELATIONS Date and Time of Event: Organization Organizing the Event: Name, Description and Benefitting Group of the Event:
Desired Participation from Balloonist: Is this for a non-profit organization:
14 Dec 19 from 1700-2200 377 th MDG Booster Club Laboratory Operations Kirtland AFB are asking your company’s help in supporting our 2019 Holiday Party which will take place on 14 December 2019. The success of this event is made possible by the generosity of companies like yours in our local community donating gift certificates and cards, promotional products, etc., to be used as participation prizes. We use these items to contribute to the morale and esprit de corps of our unit. We are respectfully requesting that you support us to provide our service members, their families (including those deployed) and civilians, a welldeserved and wonderful holiday party. Two balloon ride passes Yes
Will propane be provided or reimbursed for pilot: Contact Person's Name, Phone Number, and Email:
Date and Time of Event:
February 21, 2020 (Saturday)
Organization Organizing the Event: Name, Description and Benefitting Group of the Event:
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School
Desired Participation from Balloonist: Is this for a non-profit organization:
We are hoping for possibly a donation of a Balloon Ride for 2 that we can auction off to raise money for the school Is this for a non-profit organization: Our school is Non-Profit and we will be happy to provide a Tax Id if necessary.
Will propane be provided or reimbursed for pilot: Contact Person's Name, Phone Number, and Email:
Tiffany Knippelberg, (505) 515-8376
At St. Charles Catholic School we focus on providing the best education possible. We strive to make sure our students have the tools and resources they need to prepare them to be tomorrow’s leaders. At this event, typically attended by 300 or more community members, we conduct a silent auction, a live auction, and a reverse raffle. Proceeds earned at the Gala will help raise vital funds for upgrades to the school and help support on-going programs to include Technology, Arts, STEM, and our enrichment program. Our goal is to raise more than $20,000. As a valued local business, we would like to ask for your support to help us reach our goal. There are several different opportunities available to your company to support the Gala and St. Charles Catholic School. Your donation of gift cards, merchandise, services, or a sponsorship contribution would help pay for the much-needed support.
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Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association AAAA Education Foundation Treasurerâ€™s Report
COMMENTS: WOW! What a difference a month makes. Don Boyer and the Education Committee put on a very successful Safety Seminar during Fiesta with a 25% increase in revenue over last year. Thank you, Education Committee and all the speakers. Job well done! CASH: Cash on hand at the end of October in the Education Foundation was $48,733, compared to $55,830 for the same period last year, and The AAAA Club cash was $14,823, compared to $13,638 for the same period last year. INCOME STATEMENT: At the end of October we were showing an excess of revenue over disbursements of $4,789 in the Education Foundation compared to $5,196 for the same period last year. Excess disbursements over revenue in the AAAA Club were $3,280 compared to $5,083 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 Statement of Receipts & Disbursements with Budget Comparison Five months ended 10/31/2019
Annual Budget 6/1/2019- 6/30/2020
Ordinary Income/Expenses Income
Other Types of Income Membership Board & Administration Flying Events Programs
0.00 420.00 7.60 0.00 0.00
0.00 17,000.00 20.00 4,800.00 0.00
300.20 1,000.00 0.00 0.00 143.19 0.00 2,264.00 0.00
8,550.00 4,000.00 600.00 0.00 765.00 1,250.00 6,655.00 0.00
Total Income 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
T r e as u r e r ' s r e p o r t
Flying Events 0%
Programs Other Types 0% of Income 0%
Board & Administration 2%
Community Relations Flying Events 0% 8%
Board and Administration 4%
Special Events 27%
Other Types of Expenses - Insurance 0%
Facilities and Equipment 0% Cloudbouncer
AAAA Education Foundation
Income & Expense Comparison with Budget
Five 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
Total Expense Net Income
Communications Chase Crew Development Education Special Events Ways & Means Board and Miscellaneous Facilities and Equipment Operations
0.00 138.00 44.18 15,438.91 0.00 1,488.27 0.00 0.00
1,500.00 1,100.00 100.00 29,500.00 25,600.00 13,000.00 600.00 100.00
242.15 0.00 6,300.08 333.45 3,451.94 50.74 0.00 1,941.62
1,400.00 1,000.00 21,500.00 34,600.00 9,500.00 700.00 0.00 2,800.00
Income 0.00, 0%
0.00, 0% 44.18, 0%
0.00, 0% 138.00, 1%
Chase Crew Development Communications 0.00, 0%
Dividends Education Special Events Ways & Means Direct Public Support
Other Types of Income
Expense 1,941.62, 16%
Chase Crew Development Education Special Events Ways & Means 6,300.08, 51% 3,451.94, 28%
Board and Miscellaneous Facilities and Equipment Operations
333.45, 3% 22
SUBMITTED BY: ED DEAL
s u b mitt e d b y : E d D e a l
CREW CHIEF'S CORNER DRIVING SAFETY AND VEHICLE HANDLING Based on the book “Hot Air Balloon Crewing Essentials” Having a back-up driver familiar with your truck is smart thinking; you may unexpectedly fly, need the truck moved along the road or at landing, or need an errand run. Everyone driving your truck during a flight or even across a launch/landing site should review and practice the following vehicle safety tips: ON THE FIELD 1. Minimize turns (or make shallow ones) on wet grass, sand, or mud to prevent getting stuck. When in doubt, walk the field on foot to determine what’s safe to drive on. 2. Never leave your vehicle unattended on an active launch field; someone with keys should be in it or nearby. Lock your truck at festivals and keep electronics and valuables covered. Use a spotter whenever backing – no one pays attention to beepers or moves for horns. 3. Respect other pilots’ field positions; give them plenty of room to lay out, inflate, and launch. 4. Yell CLEAR, LIFT, or UP and check for nearby limbs, hands, or feet when raising or lowering your lift-gate. 5. Tie off to your truck’s frame, never to a bumper or any part of your trailer. 6. Keep truck and trailer doors shut (and an envelope bag over your lift-gate) to prevent fabric from snagging or tearing on corners/sharp edges during inflation or stand-up. 7. Keep everyone clear of the area between your basket and truck; tie-off recoil can cause severe injury and damage. 8. Gather all equipment and personal belongings before leaving. Tie down or secure every item! Bumps, turns, and stops create flying objects and potential messes. 9. Walk around your truck before you leave the field. Check beneath you truck for posts, rocks, clothing, cameras, purses, or children!
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