Becoming A Pilot

Global Ballooning Australia’s commercial balloon pilots are some of the most experienced balloonists in the country.

Our current pilots have been ballooning with the company for many years and all have rich histories of ballooning throughout Australia and the world. They are highly accomplished in their field with the majority of pilots having accrued over 3000hrs in hot air balloons. We have no hesitation in offering you our assurance that you will be in extremely safe hands during your balloon flight.

Global Ballooning Australia is a registered Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) flying school and has been associated with training many pilots flying in Victoria today. Kiff Saunders is a delegate of CASA and is responsible for issuing commercial balloon pilot licences in Australia.

Kiff Saunders is the Director of Global Ballooning Australia. He is one of only a handful of delegates of CASA 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 Japan, Canada, Europe, China, USA, New Zealand and the North Pole. 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 & the world and would be considered one of Australia’s best commercial operators.

Becoming a Pilot involves extensive theory and exams which are approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. You will learn how to read the weather through in-depth meteorology training and all other aspects of ballooning procedures. You’re also required to build up hours of practical flying with a Pilot, flying alone and then once you have built your flying hours up and passed all the exams, you will qualify as a commercial balloon pilot, meaning you are able to fly passengers for Global!

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