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 2017 participating schools. The pilots that will scheduled to launched from each school will be added as the assignments are made.

 Albuquerque Public Schools

School Name

1st Pilot Assigned

2nd Pilot Assigned

A. Montoya (/Roosevelt MS)

Colin Graham

 

Adobe Acres

Tom Steinbock

 

Alameda

Kurt Van Sant

Lori Van Sant

Alamosa

Chuck Danley

Glenn See

Alvarado

Nick Meleski

Frank Dickey

Apache

Neil Davison

 

Arroyo del Oso

Laurie Chavez

Tom Fisher

Barcelona

Ben Drennan

Steve Stokoe

Bel-Air

Mike Bertetto

Phillip Cathey

Bellehaven

Greg Garcia

Kevin Stephenson

Chamiza

Charles Huminston

Blair Kaufman

Chaparral

Matt Hurst

Roger Hope

Chelwood

Don Martindell

Angie Howes

Cochiti

Timmerly Eklund

 

Collet Park

David Holmes

 

Comanche

Ken Ferguson

Ray Bair

Coronado

Myia Hackett

Lee Hooper

Corrales

Jeff Ashworth

Dave Cowen

Dennis Chavez

Tom Kious

Tom Kious

Double Eagle

Mike Voorheese

Pat Fogue

Duranes

Debi Ellis-Ostgulen

 

East San Jose

Douglas Maguire

 

Edmund G. Ross

Mike Garcia

Kelli Ballengee

Edward Gonzales

Cody Robinson

 

Emerson

Pat Chando

Morghan Chando

Eugene Field

Kelli Keller

Tom Gough

Georgia O'Keeffe

Neil Jackson

Elaine Thatcher

Governor Bent

David Aley

 

Griegos

Jason Buckner

Gay James

Hawthorne

Johnny Nash

 

Helen Cordero Primary

see (Edward Gonzales)

 

Hodgin

Sam Wiley

Penny Doll

Inez

Lichele Pete

Andy Waner

Janet Kahn

Bill Wells

 

John Baker

Bernard Smatana

 

La Luz

Katelyn Salazar

 

Longfellow

Jay Schuler

 

Los Padillas

Bill Dimmitt

William Manus

Los Ranchos

Keith Sproul

 

Lowell

Steve Coffing

 

MacArthur

Buzz Biernacki

 

Marie M. Hughes

Sidney Sevrin

 

Mark Twain

Taylon Sandlin

Steven Jones

Mary Ann Binford

Deborah Rice

 

Matheson Park

Adele Woodruff

 

Mission Avenue

Keith Takach

Paul Olguin

Mitchell

Tim Evans

 

Monte Vista

Dale Ruth

Jonathan Wolfe

Montezuma

Andrew Freve

Johann Ouellette Freve

Mountain View

Jeff Greigo

John Viner

Navajo

Bruce Lavorgna

Glo Kehoe

North Star

Martin Adie

Robert Raper

Osuna

Shai Shelhav

Carol LaRotonda

Painted Sky

Danny Braddock

Daniel Schulz

Pajarito

Carolyn Waltman

 

Reginald Chavez

Richard Ret

 

Rudolfo Anaya

David Fox

 

S.Y. Jackson

Steve Adams

Ron Curry

San Antonito

Dave Tennis

 

Sierra Vista

Eric Greenwood

 

Sombra Del Monte

Joe Candelaria

 

Sunset View

Jeff Duff

 

Susie Rayos Marmon

Ron Sanchez

 

Tierra Antigua

Collen Johnson & Mike Johnson

Frank Bacon

Tomasita

Fred Dinkler

 

Valle Vista

Rich Neubauer

 

Ventana Ranch

David Eichhorn

Earl Buzzard

Wherry

Barney Watson

 

Whittier

Charles Polonowski

 

Zuni

Ian Whitling

 


Rio Rancho Public Schools

School Name

1st Pilot Assigned

2nd Pilot Assigned

Cielo Azul Jane Schill Bruce Skach
Colinas del Norte Rebecca Curling Peter Cuneo
Enchanted Hills Fred Peek Jessica Makin
Ernest Stapleton Scott Vesley Al Lowenstein
Maggie Cordova Michael Gonzales Mark Hofheins
Martin Luther King Jr Ryan Davie Andy Richardson
Puesta del Sol Trudy DeGraff Sharon Hartshorn
Rio Rancho Rachel Zimmer Elizabeth Walker
Sandia Vista Fred Lete Michael Korfe
Shining Stars Robert Fear Darrell Fear
Vista Grande Stacy Eldridge Keith Lutz

 

Other Schools

School Name 1st Pilot Assigned 2nd Pilot Assigned

Annunciation Catholic School

Rich Lawhorn

 Gavin Moughan

St. Charles Borromeo School

Michael Hance

 

Corral Community Charter School

Gary Boyd

 

NM School for the Deaf (Hodgin)

Sam Wiley 

 Penny Doll 

Calvary

Bill Woodhead

 

Desert Willow Family School

Thom Wright

 Jonathan Wright

Legacy Academy

Mike Heffron

 

NM International School Charter

Jeff Haliczer

 

Sandia View Christian School

Ted Maes

Eric Hodges

Christ Lutheran School

Rod Baca

 

North Valley Academy

Tom McConnell

Michael Charpenter

Corrales Inernational School

Brad Rice