Earning his wings
PILOT’S LIFETIME PASSION IS NOW HIS PROFESSION
LEARNING to fly can be a stressful time for many young pilots, but having Australia’s best flight instructor in the next seat is likely to make things a little easier.
Grade one instructor Michael Thomas, who is a member of the Royal Aero Club of WA out of Jandakot Airport, was recently named the 2017 Wings Flying Instructor of the Year in recognition of 25 years dedication to training pilots. The Woodvale resident became a full-time instructor at the club this year after a decade of being a casual instructor and volunteering as an air force cadets teacher.
He has had a love for aircraft and aviation for as long as he could remember and was blessed to be able to work at his passion.
“All I know is that whenever I see or hear an aeroplane my head will automatically turn towards the sky,” he said.
“It is difficult to describe the immense feeling I and I am sure other aviators get whenever we fly an aircraft.
“As an instructor I am indeed fortunate and get great satisfaction from being able to help people of all ages and backgrounds develop their skills and knowledge as they learn to fly an aeroplane.
“To see the expression of accomplishment on a person's face after their first solo flight is beyond description and I am grateful for being able to be part of this life changing experience.”
He said he was “honoured and humbled” to receive the award.
Flying instructor Michael Thomas at Jandakot Airport.