Albuquerque Aloft
Nearly 200 pilots who are registered for Balloon Fiesta signed up to participate in Albuquerque Aloft this year. Pilots tether 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.  School requests for balloons are needed prior to May 15 of each year to properly determine if a balloon can inflate in the designated space. 

Albuquerque Aloft is the only Balloon Fiesta event in which balloons launch from pre-designated sites outside of Balloon Fiesta Park. 

2022 School Placements are listed below. Subject to change.

School Balloon Name Pilot Name City State Country
A. MONTOYA WANDERING ENDEAVOR Colin Graham Belgrade MT USA
A. MONTOYA AIRHAWK Steve Libel Naples Fl USA
ADOBE ACRES AFTERNOON DELIGHT Dave Aley Belen NM USA
ADOBE ACRES BLASER! Rick Piendel Annville PA USA
ALAMEDA AIRRAGEOUS Kelli Ballengee Placitas NM USA
ALAMEDA SQUAWKURS Ursula Richards Albuquerque NM USA
ALAMOSA BUCKEYE Henry Gabaldon Albuquerque NM USA
ALAMOSA All In Jesse Naylor Albuquerque NM USA
ALVARADO DIAMOND GIRL Bill Dickey Corrales NM USA
ALVARADO 2ND WIND Frank Dickey Albuquerque NM USA
ANNUNCIATION REBEL ANGEL Gavin Moughan Albuquerque NM USA
APACHE SUNRISE ANGEL Bill Dimmitt Los Lunas NM USA
ARMIJO SPHERICAL TURTLE Paul Heiken Stockton CA USA
ARMIJO FALLEN ANGELS Robert Raper North Bend OR USA
ASK ACADEMY GUILTY Zerek Welz Albuquerque NM USA
ATRISCO COOL BEANS!! Barney Watson Placitas NM USA
BANDELIER SYNCHRONICITY Jeff Haliczer Reno NV USA
BANDELIER CITRUS IN THE SKY Karalyn Mumm Reno NV USA
BARCELONA DETOUR Christopher Mccord Albuquerque NM USA
BEL AIR SKITTLES Phil Cathey Roswell NM USA
BEL AIR NERFER Mike Bertetto Albuquerque NM USA
BELLEHAVEN ELLAVATION Gregory Garcia Albuquerque NM USA
BERNALILLO ELEMENTARY HIGHNLOE Stuart Enloe Woodstock GA USA
BERNALILLO ELEMENTARY I'LL FLY AWAY 2 Greg Miller Prineville OR USA
BOSQUE FARMS MEH William Manus Bosque Farms NM USA
CARLOS REY FREEDOMFLYER Mark Fritze Tallahassee FL USA
CHAMIZA ENCHANTED Eric Greenwood Albuquerque NM USA
CHAMIZA FLAMEBUOYANT 2 Charles Humiston Albuquerque NM USA
CHAPARRAL Heart's Desire Blair Kaufman Albuquerque NM USA
CHAPARRAL U.S. BANK Scott Mcclinton Prospect KY USA
CHELWOOD JYN'S TONIC John Hofer Chadron NE USA
CHELWOOD NORTHERN FLIGHTS Cliff Skocdopole Condor Alberta Canada
CHRISTINE DUNCAN HERITAGE ACADEMY MASTER ZABA John Viner North Muskham Nottinghamshire United Kingdom
CIELO AZUL WILDTHANG! Shane Richardson Henderson NV USA
COCHITI INFINITUDE Jonathan Wolfe Albuquerque NM USA
COLINAS DEL NORTE VOYAGER William Fitzgerald Lubbock TX USA
COLINAS DEL NORTE DAWN SONG Don Martindell Albuquerque NM USA
COLLET PARK CATHY'S HOPE Brian Liley Fall Branch TN USA
COMANCHE CLYDESCOPE Kathy Arkwell Peoria IL USA
COMANCHE MR. SPRINKLES J.j. Mancini Albuquerque NM USA
CORONADO MALL SPIRIT OF FIESTA Ray Bair Albuquerque NM USA
CORONADO MALL ORANGE CRUSH David Bristol Sautee Nacoochee GA USA
CORONADO MALL CRYSTAL BLUE Toby Brown Denver CO USA
CORONADO MALL 770 KKOB Ron Curry Corrales NM USA
CORONADO MALL SINCERELY Jeff Duff Albuquerque NM USA
CORONADO MALL TRUE-LEE NEW MEXICO Bill Lee Gallup NM USA
CORONADO MALL REALTY ONE OF NEW MEXICO Jaybird Mason Albuquerque NM USA
CORONADO MALL DARKSIDE 2020 Gary Moore Lake Havasu City AZ USA
CORONADO MALL MONTGOLFIER Larry Nickolay Newport MN USA
CORONADO MALL SPIRITS IN THE SKY Barbara Fricke Albuquerque NM USA
CORONADO MALL FLYING CIRCUS Neil Jackson Albuquerque NM USA
CORONADO MALL FIESTA GOLD Judy Nakamura Placitas NM USA
CORRALES SLÁINTE! Jeffrey Ashworth Corrales NM USA
CORRALES PATA GOLD John Pata Rio Rancho NM USA
CORRALES INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL ANGEL WINGS Dave Cowen Corrales NM USA
COYOTE WILLOW FS OUR TREAT Richard Clark Calgary Alberta Canada
CROSS OF HOPE HYGGELIG Dale Pattyn Kennesaw GA USA
DENNIS CHAVEZ AIR FLO Mike Gorenflo Albuquerque NM USA
DENNIS CHAVEZ SAKI BOMBER Loretta Zamora Albuquerque NM USA
DESERT WILLOW FS CHAIN GANG Thom Wright Albuquerque NM USA
DESERT WILLOW FS UNCHAINED Thomee Wright Albuquerque NM USA
DOLORES GONZALES HOPSCOTCH Martin Adie Edgewood NM USA
DOUBLE EAGLE TWIST OF FATE Steve Coffing Albuquerque NM USA
DOUBLE EAGLE SUNSET RISE Al Lowenstein Albuquerque NM USA
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR MORNING MAGIC Buzz Biernacki Albuquerque NM USA
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR CRYPTONAUT Mike Voorhees Albuquerque NM USA
DURANES MOO CREW Dale Ritchie Golden, British Columbia V0A Canada
DURANES RE/MAX Randy Rogers Albuquerque NM USA
EAST SAN JOSE AMERICAN BEAUTY Jeff Griego Albuquerque NM USA
EAST SAN JOSE SUNRISE Tim Strand Lake Ariel PA USA
EG ROSS SILVER LININGS Lichele Peete Albuquerque NM USA
EG ROSS ITSZEE Glenn See Cortez CO USA
EMERSON PATTURNS IN CZECH Pat Chando Albuquerque NM USA
EMERSON MARYLAND ONE Patrick Smith Walkersville MD USA
ENCHANTED HILLS LIFTIN' SPIRITS Marcus Favero Smithfield VA USA
ENCHANTED HILLS TATER TOT Jody Browning Rio Rancho NM USA
CHILLIN' PEPPER
ERNEST STAPLETON NEVER FORGET Mark Komadina Rio Rancho NM USA
ERNEST STAPLETON AIRMOSA Alex Bartra Rio Rancho NM USA
EUGENE FIELD LOOKING GLASS Elizabeth Walker Addison TX USA
EXPLORE ACADEMY BREAKING WIND Mike Rightley Albuquerque NM USA
FULL TIME FAMILIES RIK RAK Myia Hackett Walla Walla WA USA
GEORGE SANCHEZ CC THE JOURNEY Michael Gonzales Rio Rancho NM USA
GEORGE SANCHEZ CC MISCHIEF Steve Williams Albuquerque NM USA
GEORGIA O'KEEFE JAW'S Johnny Wilson Albuquerque NM USA
GOVERNOR BENT SEEKING NIRVANA Sharon Hartshorn Amarillo TX USA
GOVERNOR BENT AIRLOOM Suzanne Warren Rio Rancho NM USA
GRIEGOS WANDERER Gay James Orland CA USA
GRIEGOS SKY STAR Jos Seghers Breendonk
Belgium
HAWTHORNE SONORAN SUNSET Neil Davison Phoenix AZ USA
HAWTHORNE SPIRIT'S RAINBOW Michael Scott Oklahoma City OK USA
HODGIN/NM SCHOOL FOR DEAF SWEET CAROLINE II Michael Carpenter Rio Rancho NM USA
HODGIN/NM SCHOOL OF THE DEAF WILEY COYOTE Sam Wiley San Marcos TX USA
INEZ HUBBABUBBA Bubba Waner El Paso TX USA
JANET KAHN SIA RAVEN Squid Mast Albuquerque NM USA
JOE HARRIS LIGHTHOUSE BUSINESS INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, LLC Scott Vesely Frisco TX USA
JOE HARRIS SMOKEY BEAR Beth Wright-Smith Albuquerque NM USA
JOHN BAKER JESSE'S GIRL TOO Laurie Chavez Albuquerque NM USA
JOHN BAKER EMINENCE Bernard Smatana El Paso TX USA
KATHERINE GALLEGOS GIGGLES AND GRINS Nancy Aubol-Hanks Bosque Farms NM USA
KIRTLAND VOLCANIC MOTION Sandra Vanwye Placitas NM USA
KIT CARSON BREEZY RIDER Tom Fisher Albuquerque NM USA
KIT CARSON DOUBLE TROUBLE Bobby Richardson Rio Rancho NM USA
LA LUZ TALL STEVE Andrew Holly
GL13 United Kingdom
LA LUZ PIXIE SPIRIT Katelyn Salazar Los Lunas NM USA
LA MESA AERODACTYL Bruce Lavorgna Austin TX USA
LEGACY ACADEMY BRIGHT IDEA Hef Heffron Albuquerque NM USA
LEGACY ACADEMY
DIVINE APPOINTMENT Sam Seay Albuquerque NM USA
LONGFELLOW PLUM FIRED-UP Debi Ostgulen Albuquerque NM USA
LONGFELLOW WITCH Murilo Gonçalves Pereira Goncalves Sombrio Santa Catarina Brazil
LOS PADILLAS MARAUDER'S MARK Dave Eichhorn Corrales NM USA
LOS RANCHOS FLIP FLOP FANTASIES Terry Dillard Debary FL USA
LOWELL PLUM FANCY Matt Fitch Albuquerque NM USA
LOWELL TAKACH ANOTHER BREEZE Keith Takach Albuquerque NM USA
MAGGIE CORDOVA BUZZARDS ROOST 2 Earl Buzzard Albuquerque NM USA
MAGGIE CORDOVA SHELBY S SUNRISER Yvette Galaz Albuquerque NM USA
MANZANO MESA SHOTGUN RIDER Sean Eakin Cameron NC USA
MANZANO MESA ON THE FLY Mark Meyer Vass NC USA
MARIE HUGHES HUMPTY DUMPTY Rich Lawhorn Louisville KY USA
MARK TWAIN SPECTRUM Lonnie Carreathers Cuba NM USA
MARK TWAIN FLYING SQUID Scott Hutchinson Albuquerque NM USA
MARTIN LUTHER KING ITSY BITSY Don Boyer Belen NM USA
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ON THE ROCKS Chris Kenworthy Rio Rancho NM USA
MARY ANN BINFORD FOXTROT Debbie Rice Houston TX USA
MATHESON PARK PONDEMONIUM Debbi Waltman Windsor CO USA
MATHESON PARK AIRE-N GO BRAGH Adele Woodruff Albuquerque NM USA
MCCOLLUM CRUISE CONTROL Rod Baca Los Lunas NM USA
MCCOLLUM JOSEPH'S COAT David Holmes Rocheport MO USA
MISSION AVENUE SILVER LINING Paul Olguin Chandler AZ USA
MITCHELL CREW BALLOON Tim Evans Cedar Crest NM USA
MONTE VISTA DAWN'S DELIGHT Dale Ruth Albuquerque NM USA
MONTESSORI ON THE RIO GRANDE HEAVEN BOUND, TOO Allan Hahn Aurora CO USA
MONTEZUMA YELLOW BRICK ROAD Daryl Tatum Canton GA USA
MONTEZUMA EMPTY NEST Steve Wilson Pagosa Springs CO USA
MOUNTAIN VIEW KIRMIZI Johann Ouellette Freve Longueuil Quebec Canada
MOUNTAIN VIEW BANK BOBBER Natasha Stanke Albuquerque NM USA
NM INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL TORTUGA DEL FUEGO Ken Beebe Rio Rancho NM USA
NORTH STAR DREAM ON Tom Kious Albuquerque NM USA
OAK GROVE CLASSICAL Freedom Breeze Collin Mcclung Albuquerque NM USA
OSUNA BAIRLY AWAKE Dave Bair Colorado Springs CO USA
OSUNA PRIMARY DREAM Mike Kelly Albuquerque NM USA
PAINTED SKY MILAGRO Mike Brennand Tijeras NM USA
PAJARITO SEASONS CHANGE Ben Drennan Cordele GA USA
PAJARITO COSMIC CRISP APPLE Steve Wilkinson Palm Desert CA USA
PETROGLYPH TRENT'Z K'IDD Trent Caldwell Albuquerque NM USA
PETROGLYPH AEROTONDA Carol Larotonda Albuquerque NM USA
PUESTA DEL SOL CUTIE DINK Trudy Degraff Corrales NM USA
PUESTA DEL SOL MIKE'S 2 IRRESISTIBLE Mike Hance Mckinney TX USA
PUESTA DEL SOL I WANNA WIN II Robert Ambeau Gonzales LA USA
REGINALD CHAVEZ PAT-O-LANTERN Patrick Grogan Cleveland NC USA
RIO GRANDE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS DESERT DRIFTER Judy Holt Phoenix AZ USA
RIO RANCHO KANDY LAND Rachel Zimmer Rio Rancho NM USA
RIO RANCHO TWILIGHT ZONE Ryan Davie Rio Rancho NM USA
RUDOLFO ANAYA SUNSET GLOW Tom Steinbock Crestwood KY USA
RUDOLFO ANAYA BOTTOM'S UP Chuck Wehner Rio Rancho NM USA
SAN ANTONITO CAVU Dave Tennis Tijeras NM USA
SAN ANTONTIO RIO GRANDE DOWN SYNDROME NETWORK Tony Polito Scottsdale AZ USA
SANDIA BASE FRIVOLOUS Neal Smith Albuquerque NM USA
SANDIA PRESBYTERIAN INTERVENTION Derek Grassbaugh Albuquerque NM USA
SANDIA PRESBYTERIAN I DON'T KNOW Shane Shipman Rio Rancho NM USA
SANDIA VIEW CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IT'S ABOUT TIME! David Steidley Albuquerque NM USA
SANDIA VISTA OODALOOP Kelly Price Rio Rancho NM USA
SANDIA VISTA PRIMARY COLORS Jessica Price Rio Rancho NM USA
SEVEN BAR SAPPHIRE Margaret Breffeilh Victor ID USA
SEVEN BAR PINWHEEL Brian Chase Moscow PA USA
SHEPARD LUTHERAN UPSY DAISY Mike King Sandia Park NM USA
SHINING STARS KIPHAVEN Jim Abell Alameda CA USA
SHINING STARS HOUR BIG BUNDLE OF JOY Walt Rudy Wadsworth OH USA
SIERRA VISTA ITSA TOUCHIE SUBJECT Ken Ferguson Albuquerque NM USA
SOMBRA DEL MONTE SPIRIT Tom Russo Monroe Twp NJ USA
SOMBRA DEL MONTE KNIGHT RIDER Steven Stokoe Lutz FL USA
SPARRK ACADEMY TEXAS MAGIC Steve Jones Gatesville TX USA
SR MARMON PSYCHO THERAPY Neil Freedman Albuquerque NM USA
SR MARMON WEGO Ron Sanchez Albuquerque NM USA
ST. CHARLES BORROMEO HOT MINUTE Tristan Maclean Albuquerque NM USA
ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL GUT-WRENCHING Shawn Speicher Albuquerque NM USA
SY JACKSON THE GRATEFUL RED Gary Boyd Albuquerque NM USA
THE MONTESSORI ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL WHITAKER'S GIFT Mike Ford Albuquerque NM USA
TIERRA ANTIGUA SUN FLYER Frank Bacon Los Ranchos NM USA
TIERRA ANTIGUA MARY ALICE IN WONDERLAND Colleen Johnson Mitchell NE USA
TOMASITA SKYLEIDOSCOPE Fred Dinkler Livingston TX USA
TOMASITA QUEEN AND COUNTRY, FLYING FOR VETERANS Jd Dyer Ammanford Carmarthenshire United Kingdom
TRES VOLCANOS IMPULSE DECISIONS Ryan Duff Hallsville MO USA
VALLE VISTA I'M BANANAS II Elaine Thacher Albuquerque NM USA
VENTANA RANCH ENCHANTED ESPERANZA Thomas Randall Placitas NM USA
VISTA GRANDE TEARDROP COWBOY Stacy Eldridge Rio Rancho NM USA
VISTA GRANDE POLE DANCER Chris Liberti Castle Rock CO USA
W.D. CARROLL RAKS BALLOON Frankie Martinez Los Lunas NM USA
WHERRY BUGS BUNNY Tim Orchard Aylesbury Bucks United Kingdom
ZIA RISING STARS Manning Bowie Trenton SC USA
ZUNI PENUMBRA Karen Converse Albuquerque NM USA
ZUNI ROY-G-BIV Ian Whitling Albuquerque NM USA