Bill thought this should be made available to members:
Life is changing, technology is changing, and
ballooning is changing too.
The Balloon Federation of America wants to be
a positive part of that change. With that in mind, we have put
together a survey of questions to find out what we are doing
well, what we can do better, and how we can provide better
services to our members and the ballooning community as a whole.
So, we are asking for your opinions. We invite
all folks that are interested in ballooning to take part in our
survey. We are asking BFA members, former members, and
non-members to complete the survey. The surveys are completed
anonymously, and we will review every single one.
Can you take 5 minutes and share your opinions and ideas?
Take the survey at:
Jim passed away February 7, 2014.
Jim was a long time member of the AZ Balloon
Club. Jim was an active member for many years and brought
fun and laughter to the launch field.
Link to Online Obituary
JoAnn passed away Tuesday, January 28th, 2014.
Joanne was a long time member and was a very
active participant in our club's activities as a pilot, board
member, newsletter editor since the 1980's. This wonderful
person with a kind heart will surely be missed.
Link to Online Guest Book
Monday Feb. 3rd
10-11 AM viewing
11-noon Memorial Service
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church
15th Ave. & Maryland (1500 W. Maryland)
If you wish to send a card, Charles' address is:
627 E. Royal Palm Square North
Phoenix, AZ 85022
One incredible lady has passed from us
and is surely off on another memorable adventure. Click
HERE for more details.
Willard "Bill" Dickinson
Willard "Bill" Dickinson passed away Aug 3 at the
Beatitudes. He was 89.
Bill crewed for many people in the club but mostly for the
Woodhouses and Unicorn Balloon Company. He eventually obtained
his LTA pilot's license and already held a glider license. At
this time, no services are scheduled.
It is with a very heavy heart to announce that
beloved mother, wife, friend
& long time ABC member
passed 11/19/2012. Services were held December 1, 2012.
Vel's Obituary Link
A memorial Presentation by Connie Tyler
Beth Miller, long time employee with IMC,
that many of us dealt with for our balloon insurance, died of
cancer on Sept. 3, 2012.
No further information is available at this time.
Can you please notify your members
that the ASU Research Park is private property and balloonists
are not allowed to land here. Our property is located between
Elliot and Warner Roads in Tempe and we border the 101 Freeway
on the east and a neighborhood of homes on the west.
This morning a balloon landed in the Park near high
security buildings mocking us by stating they land on private
property secured or not. They will be issued a letter formally
trespassing them from the Park. To avoid further incidents we
would appreciate your club member’s cooperation.
ASU Research Park, Manager Property Services
8750 S. Science Drive, Tempe, AZ 85284
SUBJ: Fuselage - Free Manned Balloons with Undivided Gondolas
Date: May 5, 2010 This is information only. Recommendations
This special airworthiness information bulletin alerts
owners and operators of all models of free manned balloons
with gondolas that carry more than four passengers of an
airworthiness concern, specifically the potential risk of
injury during landing with undivided gondolas.
The airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that
would warrant airworthiness directive action under Title 14
of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39.
This recommendation results from an NTSB accident
investigation of aircraft N2867W, Aerostar S77 hot air
balloon. There were eight passengers on board; two
passengers were injured, one minor and one serious. During
the Report of the Administrator, FSDO investigation, it was
determined that large balloons may derive a safety benefit
from having partitions in the gondola.
The FAA recommends that owners/operators of all models of
free manned balloons with more than four passengers divide
the gondola into partitions following gondola manufacturer
methods or standard maintenance practices.
For Further Information Contact
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, Attention: Mr. Taylor
Martin, ACE 112, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO
64106; telephone (816) 329-4139; fax (816) 329-4090.
passed away March 18, 2010 in Vienna, Missouri. He was an early
balloonist and attended flying events in the Valley and had many
Claire had a private license, commercial license,
instructor, and was an FAA examiner. He was an astute business
man, but will be remembered by the older balloonists and crews
for his leadership of “The Hot Air Gang.” This group put on the
Four Corners Memorial Day Balloon Race for many years at
Farmington, New Mexico. The flying tasks were challenging and
unique. After flying were many fun activities. In the whole
world, nothing compares to this weekend of flying, fun, and now
Claire will always be remembered for his smile,
laughter, and his ability to be a friend to all he met.
His wife, Louise, can be reached at 573-422-3454 or PO Box 327,
Vienna, MO, 65582-0327.
Submitted by Wally Perry