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Albuquerque Aloft

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

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 2015 participating schools. The pilots that will scheduled to launched from each school will be added as the assignments are made.

 Albuquerque Schools

APS School Address Pilot Pilot Pilot
Adobe Acres 1724 Camino Del Valle SW  87105      
Alameda 412 Alameda Blvd. NW  87114      
Alvarado 1100 Solar Rd. NW  87107      
Apache 12800 Copper St. NE  87123      
Arroyo del Oso 6504 Harper NE  87109      
Armijo 1440 Gatewood Rd. SW  87105      
Barcelona 2311 Barcelona Rd. SW  87105      
Bel-Air 4725 Candelaria Rd. NE  87110      
Carlos Rey 1215 Cerrillos Rd. SW  87121      
Chamiza 5401 Homestead Cir. NW  87120      
Chelwood 12701 Constitution Ave. NE  87112      
Cochiti 3100 San Isidro Rd. NW  87107      
Comanche 3505 Pennsylvania St. NE  87110      
Corrales 200 Target Rd., Corrales, NM  87048      
Dennis Chavez 7500 Barstow NE  87109      
Double Eagle 8901 Lowell NE  87122      
Edward Gonzales 554 90th St. SW  87121      
E.G. Ross 6700 Palomas NE        
Emerson 620 Georgia St. SE  87108      
Eubank 9717 Indian School Rd. NE  87112      
Georgia O'Keeffe 11701 San Victorio NE  87111      
Governor Bent 5700 Hendrix Rd. NE  87110      
Griegos 4040 San Isidro NW  87107      
Hodgin 3801 Morningside Dr. NE  87110      
Inez 1700 Pennsylvania St. NE  87110      
John Baker 12015-B Tivoli St. NE  87111      
Kit Carson 1921 Byron Ave. SW  87105      
La Luz 225 Griegos Rd. NW  87107      
La Mesa 7500 Copper Ave. NE  87108      
Los Padillas 2525 Los Padillas Rd. SW  87105      
Los Ranchos 7609 4th Street NW  87107      
MacArthur 1100 MacArthur Rd. NW  87107      
Marie M. Hughes 5701 Mojave NW  87120      
Mark Twain 6316 Constitution Ave. NE  87110      
Matheson Park 10809 Lexington NE  87112      
McCollum 10900 San Jacinto St. NE  87112      
Mission Avenue 725 Mission Ave. NE  87107      
Mitchell 10121  Comanche Rd. NE  87111      
Monte Vista 3211 Monte Vista Blvd. NE  87106      
Montezuma 3100 Indian School NE  87106      
Navajo 2936 Hughes Rd. SW  87105      
North Star 9301 Ventura NE  87122      
Osuna 4715 Moon St. NE  87111      
Painted Sky 8101 Gavin Dr. NW  87120      
Reginald Chavez 2700 Mountain Rd. NW  87104      
Rudolfo Anaya 2800 Vermejo Park Dr. SW 87121      
S.Y. Jackson 4720 Cairo Dr. NE  87111      
Sombra Del Monte 9110 Shoshone Rd. NE  87111      
Susie Rayos Marmon 1800 72nd Street NW  87120      
Tierra Antigua 8121 Rainbow Blvd. NW  87120      
Tomasita 701 Tomasita St. NE  87123      
Ventana Ranch 6801 Ventana Village Rd. NW  87114      
Zia 440 Jefferson St. NE  87108      
Zuni 6300 Claremont Ave. NE  87110      


Rio Rancho Schools

Rio Rancho Schools Address Piot Pilot
Cielo Azul 1550 34th Ave NE 87144  
Colinas del Norte 1001 23rd Ave NE 87144    
Enchanted Hills 5400 Obregon Rd NE 87144    
Ernest Stapleton 3400 8th Ave NE 87124    
Maggie Cordova 1500 Verabda Rd SE 87124    
Martin Luther King Jr 1301 27th Ave SE 87124    
Puesta del Sol 450 Southern Blve SE 87124    
Rio Rancho 4601 Pepe Ortiz SE 87124    
Sandia Vista 6800 Franklin Rd NE 87144    
Shining Stars 4477 9th Ave NE 87124    
Vista Grande 7001 Chayote Rd NE 87144    


Other Schools

Other Schools Address Pilot Pilot Pilot
Legacy Academy 7201 Central  Ave NW 87121      
New Mexico International School 8650 Alameda Blvd. NE 87122      
Menaul School 301 Menaul NE  87107      
Alice King Comm School 1905 South Mountain Rd NW 87104      
Jewish Comm. Ctr.  
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE  87109
Hoffmantown Church  
8888 Harper Dr. NE  87111

Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


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