FROM an early age, Bertram resident Jarod Rowe would curiously watch the vapour trails of jets flying over Geraldton.
It was inevitable one day he would fulfil his dreams of becoming a pilot.
The aviation Grade One Instructor, team leader and soon to be Deputy Head of Operations at the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia (RACWA), was granted the 2017 RACWA Wings Instructor of the Year award.
The award recognises the recipient’s outstanding teaching ability, dedication to their work and students, student management, positive attitude, professionalism and teamwork.
Mr Rowe said he is lucky to work with a fantastic team of people.
“I don’t consider this an individual achievement, it’s a team effort,” he said,
During his aviation studies at Edith Cowan University, Mr Rowe worked weekends for 96FM as one of the Thunder in the Sky aviation beach reporters.
On completion of his flight training, Mr Rowe went on to gain employment at RACWA where he has been a club stalwart for the past four years.
His ultimate goal is to become a commercial pilot flying for airlines and a check and training teacher for commercial pilots.
The Wings Presentation Masquerade Dinner and awards ceremony was held in The Astral Ballroom Crown Perth on October 28.