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About Us | Brian Garth, Pilot

Brian Garth is pilot at Global Ballooning. He joined us, as a ground crew, 18 years ago.

His duties are: Conduct daily passenger flights and ensure the smooth operations of our activities in the Yarra Valley.

What I like most about my job:   The highly organised and professional way we go about our business.

If I could share one tip with a new employee, it would be:   Don't argue with the boss!

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?   Exceeding our customers expectations and doing a better job than our competitors.

Describe yourself in three words:   Passionate, grumpy, happy

What was your worst ever job?   Counting insects in a bio security lab

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be?   Working in the timber industry

Brian's background

Brian has lived and worked in the Yarra Valley since 1991, first as a Forest Ranger in Toolangi and later as the director of his own family business, Eco-Adventure Tours, conducting 4WD tours and forest night walks. He began his ballooning career with Global Ballooning as ground crew in 1994, then gained his private pilot certificate in 1997. Since obtaining his commercial licence in 1998 he now pilots some of the largest balloons in Australia and has flown throughout regional Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales.

Ballooning has given him another unique way of experiencing the great outdoors, and despite having flown over fourteen hundred flights in the Yarra Valley, he says no two flights are ever the same. Brian is also our Yarra Valley Operations Manager.

His local knowledge and enthusiasm for the promotion of the region is a great asset and he believes he has the best "office" in Australia.

The most frequently asked question by his passengers after the flight is if he has ever held a real job!

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