Steve Buckley   Pilot

Steve Buckley is Chief Pilot at Global Ballooning Australia. He joined us, as Maintenance Manager, 4 years ago.

What do you like most about your job?

I love the daily challenge of flying our balloons in the Yarra Valley.

If you could share one tip with a new employee, what would it be?
Get a reliable alarm to wake up to!

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

The feeling post flight of an enjoyable flight had by all.

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be?
An Arborist, working with trees.

How many times have you been ballooning?
Too many to count.

In which locations have you flown over?
Melbourne, Yarra Valley, Benalla, Wangaratta, Qatar, Canowindra, Bacchus Marsh & Daylesford.

If you could choose one place in the world to fly over in a hot air balloon where would it be?
I couldn’t choose, there are too many amazing sites on Earth to decide on one! (Ok after much thought, Sossusvlei in Namibia).

Steve's background

Born and raised in Melbourne, I have worked many jobs and travelled throughout Africa and Asia. I have always loved travel which led me to become a tour guide working on the Great Ocean Road and in the Yarra Valley for many years. I started my ballooning career in 2005 as Ground Crew and eventually trained to become a Pilot.

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