Sanshiro Ishih   Pilot

Sanshiro Ishih is Yarra Valley Pilot at Global Ballooning Australia. He joined us, as Balloon Pilot, 2049 years ago.

His duties are:

Yarra Valley hot air balloon pilot

What do you like most about your job?

I love my ballooning life and I really like to share the amazing experience with my passengers, especially when I see the look of delight on their faces.

If you could share one tip with a new employee, what would it be?
You have to give up night life .

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Sharing amazing scenery with lovely passengers.

Describe yourself in three words
Eat Sleep Ballooning

What was your worst ever job?

I've never had a worst kind of job.

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be?
Making Gyoza at food truck, traveling around world.

How many times have you been ballooning?
No idea in the first 20 years, last ten years around 800-1000 times .

In which locations have you flown over?
Around 15 locations in japan, South Korea, Austria, Hungry, Dubai, Thailand, and Australia.

If you could choose one place in the world to fly over in a hot air balloon where would it be?
Tokyo during Olympics. I want fly in the opening ceremony with 24 passengers. I am still thinking….

Sanshiro's background

My first flight was with my father when I was 3 years old. After 32years, I still love ballooning and now it is my Job.

I grew up around balloons in Saga “ World famous ballooning Capital” in Japan. 20-30 balloons flying almost every weekend during Balloon season which is 6-7 month every year.  Saga has hosted three World champion ships. I was very lucky that I could see World top pilots flying in World champion ship twice 1989 and 1997 in Saga.

I still remember their great flying technique and Skills. After chasing balloon for many years, I started my own flying training in 2004 and attained my private pilot balloon licence 2006.

I arrived in Australia to complete my commercial pilot training and attained my commercial pilot licence in 2017. I have flown Hunter valley , Mudgee, and Camden .