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Albuquerque Aloft

Many pilots who are registered for Balloon Fiesta sign up to participate in Albuquerque Aloft. Pilots tether or launch their balloons from selected school grounds in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho on the Friday morning before Balloon Fiesta.

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Albuquerque Aloft has grown tremendously since the first event in 2005, and continues to bring the joy of ballooning directly to children in their school playgrounds. It is a great way to kick off the beginning of the nine days of Balloon Fiesta every October. Parents, students and teachers alike have the opportunity to meet the pilots and crew, and experience the excitement of watching and learning how a balloon flies. Albuquerque Aloft also provides city residents and guests a visual preview of Balloon Fiesta, as balloons launch from different sites around the city simultaneously.

Balloonists at selected schools may elect to fly from the campus or may remain inflated at the school site. Weather permitting; inflation is scheduled at approximately 6:45-7:00 a.m., with launch scheduled for 7:00 -7:30  a.m. The simultaneous launch is coordinated by KKOB AM Radio, the “official voice” of Balloon Fiesta.
Schools are encouraged to invite parents and students to be on hand for the event, and groups at some schools offer refreshments for sale, adding to the fun.

Albuquerque Aloft is the only Balloon Fiesta event in which balloons launch from pre-designated sites outside of Balloon Fiesta Park. The following is a list of the 2018 participating schools. The pilots that will scheduled to launched from each school will be added as the assignments are made.

 2018 ABQ Aloft assignments

APS - Elementary School Name Pilot Last Pilot First Pilot Last Pilot First
A. Montoya GRAHAM COLIN  
Alameda MARES JP VAN SANT LORI
Alamosa MARTINEZ FRANK BACA ROD
Alvarado DICKEY FRANK MELESKI NICK
Apache DIMMITT BILL  
Armijo HEIKEN PAUL  
Arroyo Del Oso CHAVEZ LAURIE LAROTONDA CAROL
Atrisco BRADSHAW SAM WATSON BARNEY
Bandelier FREVE ANDREW OULETE  JOHAN
Bel-Air BERTETTO MIKE CATHEY PHIL
Bellehaven GARCIA GREG  
Carlos Rey GREENWOOD ERIC STUKAS DJ
Chamiza HUMISTON CHARLES SEVRIN SIDNEY
Chaparral DUFF JEFF HURST MATT
Chelwood MARTINDELL DON HOFER JOHN
Cochiti EKLUND TIMMERLY  
Collet Park HOLMES NEAL SMITH NEAL
Comanche BAIR RAY KELLY MIKE
Corrales ASHWORTH JEFF COWEN DAVID
Dennis Chavez VOORHEES MIKE KIOUS TOM
Dolores Gonzales BREFFEILH MARGARET LINDSEY GREG
Double Eagle SULLIVAN MARK ZAMORA LORETTA
Duranes ELLIS-OSTGULEN DEBI  
E. G. Ross BALLENGEE KELLI ADIE MARTIN
East San Jose RICE DEBI LAWHORN RICH
Edward Gonzales GUNTER RYAN  
Emerson CHANDO  MORGHAN CHANDO PAT
Georgia O'Keeffe THACHER ELAINE JACKSON NEIL
Governor Bent ALEY DAVE  
Griegos SAIZ JOSH SEGHERS JOS
Hodgin WILEY SAM    
Inez WANER ANDY  
Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts WELLS BILL  
John Baker SMATANA BERNARD  
Kit Carson JONES STEVE KELLER KELLI
La Luz PEETE LICHELLE NOYCE BEN
La Mesa LAVORGNA BRUCE  
Los Padillas MANUS WILLIAM  
Los Ranchos BUCKNER JASON BEEBE KEN
Lowell LOWENSTEIN AL COFFING STEVE
M. A. Binford SCHULZ DANIEL    
MacArthur BIERNACKI BUZZ  
Marie M. Hughes FEAR ROBERT FEAR DARRELL
Mark Twain ANTHONY JOHNNY  
Mission Avenue TAKACH KEITH OLGUIN PAUL
Mitchell EVANS TIMMERLY RET RICHARD
Monte Vista WOLFE JONATHAN RUTH DALE
Montezuma STOKOE STEVE DRENNAN BEN
Navajo STEINBOCK TOM  
North Star RAPER ROBERT FOGUE PAT
Osuna BRADDOCK DANNY SHELHAV SHAI
Painted Sky WILSON JOHN  HACKETT MYIA
Pajarito VINER JOHN  
Petroglyph WELZ ZEREK MCCLINTON SCOTT
Reginald Chavez HEFFRON MIKE NASH JOHN
Rudolfo Anaya GORENFLO MIKE ENLOE STUART
S. R. Marmon SANCHEZ RON  
S. Y. Jackson ADAMS STEVE CURRY RON
San Antonito STEM TENNIS DAVE  
Sombra Del Monte WOODRUFF ADELE FERGUSON FERGIE
Tierra Antigua BACON FRANK CANDELARIA JOE
Tomasita DINKLER FRED  
Valle Vista NEUBAUER RICHARD  
Wherry      
Whittier GRIEGO JEFF FITZPATRICK WILL
Zia WALKER ELIZABETH RICHARDSON SHANE
Zuni Technology and Communication WHITLING IAN LARD ANTHONY
 
Corrales International School RICE BRAD  
Montessori of the Rio Grande FRICKE BARBARA  
Coyote Willow Family School JOHNSON COLLEEN JOHNSON MIKE
Desert Willow Family School WRIGHT THOMEE WRIGHT JOHNATHAN
Tres Volcanes Community School EICHHORN DAVID HUTCHINSON SCOTT
 
Rio Rancho-Elementary School Name Pilot Last  Pilot First Pilot Last  Pilot First
Shining Stars Preschool HOPPE ROGER PRICE KELLY
Cielo Azul  SCHILL JANE POLITO TONY
Colinas Del Norte  SKACH BRUCE HOFHEINS MARK
Enchanted Hills  PEEK FRED HAYNES KEVIN
Ernest Stapleton BARTRA ALEX VESLEY SCOTT
Maggie Cordova  BUZZARD EARL KOMADINA MARK
Martin Luther King, JR. AMLONG CHRIS KENWORTHY CHRIS
Puesta Del Sol HARTSHORN SHARON DEGRAFF TRUDY
Rio Rancho DAVIE RYAN ZIMMER RACHEL
Sandia Vista GONZALES MICHAEL MACKECHNIE ROGER
Vista Grande ELDRIDGE STACY  
 
Other School Requests- School Name Pilot Last Pilot First Pilot Last Pilot First
Congregation Albert PATTYN DALE  
Sandia View Christian School HOWES ANGIE  
Christ Lutheran School WOODHEAD BILL  
North Valley Academy HODGES ERIC    
St. Charles Borromeo School MOUGHAN GAVIN