Technical details | Pilot Credentials
Kiff Saunders is Director and Chief Pilot of Global Ballooning Pty Ltd. He is one of only a handful of delegates of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to issue commercial licences and is an Australian Ballooning Federation flight examiner. He has flown balloons extensively around Australia and overseas, including such countries as France, Japan, Canada, Europe, China, USA and New Zealand. Kiff has been responsible for training nearly all pilots flying over Melbourne plus many more commercial pilots operating in Australia. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from having worked on promotional balloons around Australia and would be considered one of Australia's best commercial operators.
Choosing a suitable pilot for any commercial ballooning work is an extemely important consideration to the success of a campaign. It is crucial that agencies and clients conduct relevant pilot reference checks to qualify their decision before they proceed with an operator.
Issues of critical importance when choosing an operator are:
- Talk is cheap.
- Check the level of skill pilots have flying balloons in the required airspace.
- Check the infrastructure within a company and their ability to supply the best results.
- Previous experience running a balloon promotion or flying the type of aircraft in similar environments.
- Get references or endorsements from previous clients and or a nuetral party. i.e. Federation or Balloon Manufacturer
It is not worth risking your promotion or budget by not choosing a professional.