Our Global Ballooning Australia 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 the training of many pilots flying in Victoria today. Kiff Saunders is a delegate of CASA and is responsible for the issuing of commercial balloon pilot licences in Australia.
The Global Ballooning Australia ground retrieve crew are an integral part of our morning adventure. Their job entails setting the balloon up for flight, chasing the balloon to the landing point and getting us back to breakfast.
Typically their job looks relatively easy, but in reality, they play a much bigger role than you can imagine in how smoothly and safely the flight is conducted. Our ground crew provide pilots with a tremendous amount of back up support when it comes to weather observations and potential hazards. The are fully conversant with emergency procedures, first aid, landowner relations, driving techniques, customer relations and how to properly pour a glass of champagne!
All Global Ballooning Australia ground crew undergo comprehensive training - this is documented and constantly updated. Global Ballooning Australia conduct quarterly safety seminars for our pilots and crew and re-address all significant safety issues to make sure that complacency is ruled out of our flight operations.
Our crew are definitely the worker bees of your morning balloon flight and generally, if their contribution goes unnoticed, then they have most probably done a good job.
Without office staff, our pilots would not be flying at all! The team in the office are customer service geniuses and will assist you through every step of the booking process. Aside from ballooning, the office team are responsible for all marketing and advertising as well as making sure there are plenty of packages available to suit the needs of our customers.
The office currently consists of 2 x full time Sales & Marketing Coordinators, 1 x part-time Reservation Consultant and 1 part time Accounts payable position. Each bring to the office their own unique and vibrant personalities, which assist with the day to day running of the business.
It is not uncommon for them to be sharing food recipes, shopping tips and organising social events outside of work.
Every staff member is important to Global Ballooning Australia and most continue to keep in touch long after they have left working with us. We love hearing from them and learning about their new experiences outside of ballooning including career change, family life and travel stories.