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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 Mary Balengee    
Alameda 412 Alameda Blvd. NW  87114 Steve Coffing Ryan Lowenstien Al Lowenstien
Alvarado 1100 Solar Rd. NW  87107 Frank Dickey Lee Hooper  
Apache 12800 Copper St. NE  87123 Carol LaRounda Danny Bradock  
Arroyo del Oso 6504 Harper NE  87109 Jeffery Able Charles Garcia Ron Curry
Armijo 1440 Gatewood Rd. SW  87105 Pual Hiekien    
Barcelona 2311 Barcelona Rd. SW  87105 Tom Steinbck    
Bel-Air 4725 Candelaria Rd. NE  87110 Phil Cathey Geraod Guziel  
Carlos Rey 1215 Cerrillos Rd. SW  87121 David Fox Mathew Hurst  
Chamiza 5401 Homestead Cir. NW  87120 Charles Humiston Steven Jones  
Chelwood 12701 Constitution Ave. NE  87112 Michael Glen    
Cochiti 3100 San Isidro Rd. NW  87107 Timmerly Ecklund    
Comanche 3505 Pennsylvania St. NE  87110 Kenny Weiner Ben Drenan Ray Bair
Corrales 200 Target Rd., Corrales, NM  87048 Jeff Ashworth    
Dennis Chavez 7500 Barstow NE  87109 Michael Voorhees Pat Fogue  
Double Eagle 8901 Lowell NE  87122 Elisa Trillanes Rich Lawhorn  
Edward Gonzales 554 90th St. SW  87121 Barney Watson    
E.G. Ross 6700 Palomas NE   Mike Garcia    
Emerson 620 Georgia St. SE  87108 James Cassell David Lopushinsky  
Eubank 9717 Indian School Rd. NE  87112 Bill Wells Tom Fisher  
Georgia O'Keeffe 11701 San Victorio NE  87111 Neil Jackson Mark Sullivan  
Governor Bent 5700 Hendrix Rd. NE  87110 Dave Aley Frank McCrory  
Griegos 4040 San Isidro NW  87107 Gay James Eric Hiben Jason Buckner
Hodgin 3801 Morningside Dr. NE  87110 Sam Wiley Crystal Stout  
Inez 1700 Pennsylvania St. NE  87110 Lichele Peete Johnny Nash  
John Baker 12015-B Tivoli St. NE  87111 Tomas Jameson Richard Neubauer  
Kit Carson 1921 Byron Ave. SW  87105 Bill Demitt    
La Luz 225 Griegos Rd. NW  87107 Katlyn Salazar    
La Mesa 7500 Copper Ave. NE  87108 Bruce Lavorgra    
Los Padillas 2525 Los Padillas Rd. SW  87105 William Manus    
Los Ranchos 7609 4th Street NW  87107 Frank Bacon Keith Sproul  
MacArthur 1100 MacArthur Rd. NW  87107 David Echhorn Steven Stoke  
Marie M. Hughes 5701 Mojave NW  87120 Steven Black    
Mark Twain 6316 Constitution Ave. NE  87110 Johnny Anthony Colin Graham  
Matheson Park 10809 Lexington NE  87112 Blair Kaufman David Tennis Mardi Cone
McCollum 10900 San Jacinto St. NE  87112 David Holms    
Mission Avenue 725 Mission Ave. NE  87107 Charles Clark Hsu Yu-Ju  
Mitchell 10121  Comanche Rd. NE  87111 Timothy Evans Glo Kehoe  
Monte Vista 3211 Monte Vista Blvd. NE  87106 Dale Ruth Jothan Wolfe  
Montezuma 3100 Indian School NE  87106 Rodney Greigo    
Navajo 2936 Hughes Rd. SW  87105 Pat Lamb Nick Meleski  
North Star 9301 Ventura NE  87122 Chris Cutter & Jason Martin Adie  
Osuna 4715 Moon St. NE  87111 Shai Shelhav Carolyn Waltman Bob Romaneschi
Painted Sky 8101 Gavin Dr. NW  87120 Robert Raper    
Reginald Chavez 2700 Mountain Rd. NW  87104 Myia Danley Charles Danley  
Rudolfo Anaya 2800 Vermejo Park Dr. SW 87121 Dale Pattyn    
S.Y. Jackson 4720 Cairo Dr. NE  87111 Steven Adams Niel Smith  
Sombra Del Monte 9110 Shoshone Rd. NE  87111 Deborrah Ellis-Ostgulen Ian Whitling  
Susie Rayos Marmon 1800 72nd Street NW  87120 Greg Ashton Edwardo Assis  
Tierra Antigua 8121 Rainbow Blvd. NW  87120 Mike Johnson Colleen Johnson  
Tomasita 701 Tomasita St. NE  87123 Fred Dinkler Elaine Thacher  
Ventana Ranch 6801 Ventana Village Rd. NW  87114 Eric Greenwood Roger Mackechnie  
Zia 440 Jefferson St. NE  87108 Walter Pringle    
Zuni 6300 Claremont Ave. NE  87110 Micheal Carpenter Salzan Takisvilanan  


Rio Rancho Schools

Rio Rancho Schools Address Piot Pilot Pilot
Cielo Azul 1550 34th Ave NE 87144 Richard Squires Jane Schill Rick Rood
Colinas del Norte 1001 23rd Ave NE 87144 Buzz Beirnacki Micheal Hance Bruce Skatch
Enchanted Hills 5400 Obregon Rd NE 87144 Mark Hofheines Keith Takach Robert Fear
Ernest Stapleton 3400 8th Ave NE 87124 Angela Murphy Donald Martindell Laurence Dushane, Scott Vesley
Maggie Cordova 1500 Verabda Rd SE 87124 Ted Maes Earl Buzzard Rice Family, Peter Cuneo
Martin Luther King Jr 1301 27th Ave SE 87124 Charles Polonowski Paul Oguin Eric Hodges, Pat Chando
Puesta del Sol 450 Southern Blve SE 87124 Trudy DeGraff Tom Pilson Sharon Heartshorn, Gerald Candelaria
Rio Rancho 4601 Pepe Ortiz SE 87124 Mike Korfe Mathew Kromeki Rodney Baca
Sandia Vista 6800 Franklin Rd NE 87144 Rebecca Curling Fred Lete  
Shining Stars 4477 9th Ave NE 87124 Angelica Howes Laurie Chavez Kent Yoest, Jessica Makin
Vista Grande 7001 Chayote Rd NE 87144 Stacy Eldridge Keith Lutz Frank O'Neil


Other Schools

Other Schools Address Pilot Pilot Pilot
Legacy Academy 7201 Central  Ave NW 87121 Ron Sanchez    
New Mexico International School 8650 Alameda Blvd. NE 87122 Jeff Haliczar    
Menaul School 301 Menaul NE  87107 Tomas Gough Sidney Sevrin Jos Seghers
Alice King Comm School 1905 South Mountain Rd NW 87104 Andy Waner    
Jewish Comm. Ctr.  
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE  87109
Doug Lenburg    
Hoffmantown Church  
8888 Harper Dr. NE  87111
William Woodhead    

Balloon Fiesta Park

(For GPS planning only)
5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE

Mailing address

4401 Alameda NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113


Local: (505) 821-1000