Tim Steiner   Pilot

Tim Steiner is Pilot at Global Ballooning Australia. He joined us, as Crew, 24 years ago.

His duties are:


He has flown 1692 hours with Global Ballooning Australia.

What do you like most about your job?

Getting paid to fly hot air balloons over the amazingly beautiful Yarra Valley every weekend.

If you could share one tip with a new employee, what would it be?
Respect the potential hazards but enjoy yourself. Our customers respond really positively to someone who is also having a good time.

What is the most enjoyable part of your job?

Sharing the experience with people who have dreamed of, waited and saved for this adventure for years.

Describe yourself in three words
Tired, Workaholic, Confused

What was your worst ever job?

Crewing for Kiff!! Just joking. Probably being a crop duster marker. Standing at the end of the paddock waving a flag like an idiot as a crop duster flies straight at you at 10 feet dumping toxic chemicals. I bet it’s illegal now.

How many times have you been ballooning?
Over 1400 times.

In which locations have you flown over?
Many locations in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales, Ayers Rock, Brisbane, Canberra, inside an enormous ship building shed in Liverpool UK.

If you could choose one place in the world to fly over in a hot air balloon where would it be?
Nazca Desert, South America to fly over the Nazca Lines, huge ancient Inca drawings believed to have been carved into the desert with the aid of the worlds first hot air balloon sometime between 200 BC and 400 AD.

Tim's background

Grew up and schooled in Mansfield. Left after year 12 and spent 18 months learning to fly aircraft. Worked as a cattle station pilot in outback Queensland for 8 months, then came home. Managed a ski hire for a few snow seasons and was self employed as a landscaper and compost bin constructor. Employed as a carer at the Mansfield Autistic Centre where I met my wife, a staff member not a client. Was doing this when I met Kiff and started crewing for him in 1992. Worked pretty well full time with Balloon North West sorry Global Ballooning Australia until 2001 when I left to become an Ambulance Paramedic. Have continued casually since then.

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