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Albuquerque Aloft

Many pilots who are registered for Balloon Fiesta sign up to participate in Albuquerque Aloft. Pilots 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 1990, 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:  -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 2013 participating schools and the pilots that were scheduled to launched from each school.

 

Albuquerque Schools

Schools Pilots
Adobe Acres
1724 Camino Del Valle SW, 87105
  • Jeff Bennett
  • Lauren Ball
Alamosa
6500 Sunset Gardens Rd SW, 87105
  • Brian Duncan
  • Martin Gregoire
Alvarado
1100 Solar Rd NW, 87107
  • Frank Dickey
  • Katelyn Salazar
Apache
12800 Copper St NE, 87123
  • Ron Curry
  • Paul Hieken
Armijo
1440 Gatewood Rd SW, 87105
  • William Dimmitt
  • Hector Corominas
Arroyo Del Oso
6504 Harper NE, 87109
  • Steve Coffing
  • Al Lowenstein
Atrisco
1201 Atrisco Rd SW, 87105
  • Glenn See
  • Timothy Chico
Barcelona
2311 Barcelona Rd SW, 87105
  • Richard Kelley
Bel Air
4725 Candelaria Rd NW, 87110
  • Sam Wiley
  • Jos Seghers
Bellehaven
8701 Princess Jeanne St NE, 87112
  • Greg Garcia
  • Eduardo Assis
Carlos Rey
1215 Cerrillos Rd SW, 87121
  • David Fox
  • Julius Lutz
Chamiza
5401 Homestead Circle NW, 87120
  • Charles Humiston
  • Charles Polonowski
Chaparral
6325 Milne Rd NW, 87120
  • Michael Carpenter
  • Tom Schroeder
Chelwood
12701 Constitution Ave NW, 87112
  • Dean Davey
  • Daniel Lariviere
Cochiti
3100 San Isidro Rd NW, 87107
  • Timmerly Eklund
  • Gloria Kehoe
Collet Park
2100 Morris St NE, 87112
  • Michael Glen
  • Gerald Guziel
Comanche
3505 Pennsylvania St NE, 87110
  • Ray Bair
  • Kenny Weiner
Corrales
200 Target Rd , 87048
  • Jeffrey Ashworth
  • Andy Waner
Dennis Chavez
7500 Barstow NE, 87109
  • Jefferson Hooten
  • Lichele Peete
Double Eagle
8901 Lowell NE, 87122
  • Neil Freedman
  • Frank O'Neil
Duranes
2436 Zickert Rd NW, 87104
  • James Harwell
E.G. Ross
6700 Palomas NE, 87109
  • Mike Garcia
  • Lori Pitman
  • Kurt Wilson
Edward Gonzales
554 90th St SW, 87121
  • Barney Watson
  • Johann-Francois Ouellette-Freve
Emerson
620 Georgia St SW, 87108
  • Patrick Chando
  • Eric Hodges
Eubank
9717 Indian School Rd NW, 87112
  • Bill Wells
  • Brian Clay
Georgia O'Keeffe
11701 San Victorio NE, 87111
  • Danny Braddock
  • Martin Philpott
Governor Bent
5700 Hendrix Rd NW, 87110
  • Dave Aley
  • Craig Kennedy
  • Laura LiAnne Adams
Griegos
4040 San Isidro NW, 87107
  • Jason Buckner
  • Paul Clinton
Hawthorne
420 General Somervell St NE, 87123
  • Roger Hoppe
  • Angelica Howes
Inez
1700 Pennsylvania St NE, 87110
  • Paul Smith
John Baker
12015-B Tivoli NE, 87111
  • Gary Boyd
La Mesa
7500 Copper Ave NE, 87108
  • Bruce Lavorgna
  • Sidney Sevrin
Los Padillas
2525 Los Padillas Rd SW, 87105
  • William Manus
  • Dave Baker
Los Ranchos
7609 Fourth St NW, 87107
  • Frank Bacon
Marie M. Hughes
5701 Mojave NW, 87120
  • Jon Peterson
  • Richard Lawhorn
Mark Twain
6316 Constitution Ave NE, 87110
  • Johnny Anthony
  • Bruce Sidlinger
Matheson Park
10809 Lexington St NE, 87112
  • Mardi Cone
  • Dave Tennis
McCollum
10900 San Jacinto NE, 87112
  • Robert Raper
Mission Avenue
725 Mission Ave NE, 87107
  • Buzz Biernacki
  • Scott Esposito
Mitchell
10121 Comanche Rd NE, 87111
  • Neil Jackson
  • Timothy Evans
  • Deborah Ellis-Ostgulen
Monte Vista
3211 Monte Vista Blvd NE, 87106
  • Dale Ruth
  • Jonathan Wolfe
Navajo
2936 Hughes Rd SW, 87105
  • Patrick Lamb
  • Nick Meleski
North Star
9301 Ventura NE, 87122
  • Martin Adie
  • Kevin Barnes
Osuna
4715 Moon St NE, 87111
  • Carol LaRotonda
  • Brad Rice
Painted Sky
8101 Gavin Dr NW, 87120
  • Kenneth Ferguson
  • Gerald Schuler
Reginald Chavez
2700 Mountain Rd NW, 87104
  • Chuck Danley
  • Myia Danley
Rudolfo Anaya
2800 Vermejo Park Dr SW, 87121
  • Tom Steinbock
  • Leo Burman
S.R. Marmon
1800 72nd St NW, 87120
  • Robert Hahn
  • Richard Schmidt
S.Y. Jackson
4720 Cairo Dr NE, 87111
  • Dale Pattyn
  • Neal Smith
Sombra Del Monte
9110 Shoshone Rd NE, 87111
  • Steven Stokoe
Tierra Antigua
8121 Rainbow Blvd NW, 87120
  • Mike Johnson
  • Colleen Johnson
Tomasita
701 Tomasita St NE, 87123
  • Ron Sanchez
  • Jose Eduardo Souza
Valle Vista
1700 Mae Ave SW, 87105
  • Michael Voorhees
  • Mark Kilgore
Ventana Ranch
6801 Ventana Village Rd, 87114
  • Eric Greenwood
  • Michael Korfe
Zia
440 Jefferson St NE, 87108
  • Walter Pringle

Rio Rancho Schools

Schools Pilots
Cielo Azul
1550 34th Ave NE, 87144
  • Jane Schill
  • Richard Squires
Colinas del Norte
1001 23rd Ave NE, 87144
  • Bruce Skach
  • Scott Vesely
Enchanted Hills
5400 Obregon Rd NE, 87144
  • Mark Hofheins
  • Matthew Kromeke
  • Keith Takach
Ernest Stapleton
3400 8th Ave NE, 87124
  • Donald Martindell
  • Angela Murphy
Maggie Cordova
1500 Verabda Rd SE, 87124
  • Earl Buzzard
  • Barbara Fricke
  • Chris Liberti
Martin Luther King Jr
1301 27th Ave SE, 87124
  • Robert Thomas
  • Ted Maes
  • Tony Polito
Puesta del Sol
450 Southern Blve SE, 87124
  • Gerald Candelaria
  • Sharon Hartshorn
  • Thomas Pilson
Rio Rancho
4601 Pepe Ortiz SE, 87124
  • Rod Baca
  • Rebecca Curling
Sandia Vista
6800 Franklin Rd NE, 87144
  • Michael Gonzales
  • Kent Yoest
Shining Stars
4477 9th Ave NE, 87124
  • Laurie Chavez
  • John Pata
Vista Grande
7001 Chayote Rd NE, 87144
  • Stacy Eldridge
  • Dick Goss

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Albuquerque, NM 87113

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