Big bank boss's secret hobby

Mike Duffy

He's one of Australia's most powerful men, setting our official interest rate, and chances are you're carrying his autograph in your pocket.

Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens flies his twin-engine Beechcraft Baron for Angel Flight, bringing seriously ill people from the country to the city for treatment.

This time, he's off to Orange for lung cancer sufferer Don Wheeler.

"Taking time out of your own day to do things like this is just unbelievable, you just don't realise what people are about until you're in a bit of a crisis yourself," Wheeler said.


Glenn is just one of about 2000 pilots who give their planes and time for flights like these and there are also hundreds of ground staff that make these transfers happen, an army of dedicated people working together for those in desperate need.

From up there, the hard headed economist gets a wider perspective too.

"Just being up there floating along, there's nothing like it," Stevens said.

"If you have good health, a job to go to a roof over your head and someone to love, what more do you need?"

Glenn has flown dozens of Angel Flights across New South Wales.

RBA Governor Glenn Stevens (right) flies his twin-engine Beechcraft Baron for Angel Flight. Pictured here with 7News reporter Mike Duffy.
RBA Governor Glenn Stevens (right) flies his twin-engine Beechcraft Baron for Angel Flight. Pictured here with 7News reporter Mike Duffy.

Many of Glenn's passengers have no idea who's at the controls.

"In some ways the anonymity of flying around in a cap and sunglasses, I rather like that,” he said.

Others, he knows well.

"There's a very lovely family from Quirindi, Their business is producing honey, so there's always a free jar of honey whenever I fly them that I use on my cereal every morning."

For more information about Angel Flight, visit www.angelflight.org.au