National Award for Tamworth Aircrew Officer Trent Owen
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has today recognised the achievements of Aircrew Officer Trent Owen, after he was awarded the prestigious honour of ‘Australian Helicopter Aircrew Member of the Year’ by the Australian Helicopter Industry Association.
The national award recognises excellence in the helicopter industry, with Mr Owen specifically recognised for his leadership and commitment to aviation safety, his exemplary career and obvious dedication to using his knowledge and experience to benefit the next generation of helicopter Aircrew Officers.
Mr Owen is stationed at the Service’s Tamworth Base and also leads the Regional Training and Checking Program. Mr Owen has made a vital contribution to the region’s Service in the past eighteen months, firstly with the preparation for and introduction of the new AW139 Aircraft and secondly with the reintroduction of winching capability on the Tamworth based Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Richard Jones OAM, Chief Executive Officer, said the Service was very proud of Mr Owen’s Award. "Trent is thoroughly deserving of this recognition. He works incredibly hard to uphold the highest standards of safety and quality in everything he does. He’s also very dedicated to the development of others and this ultimately ensures the best possible service for our community," he said.
"We introduced the AW139 in mid-2017 and one of the most noticeable changes has been the increased workload on the Tamworth base. The missions have been more frequent and the distances have been greater including calls to locations like Bourke, Lightning Ridge and Coonamble. The entire team has done a remarkable job to transition to this new level of capability and availability, but I am very pleased Trent has been recognised with this honour, he deserves it," Jones added.
Mr Owen joined the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in 2002 as a Rescue Crewman. He has flown over 3,000 flight hours and over 1,200 missions on his way to his current role of Training and Checking Aircrew Officer.
"I don’t feel I am any more deserving than any other Aircrew Officer flying on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. I feel fortunate to work with such a dedicated team of professionals. We do this because we know we’re making a difference in our communities," Mr Owen said.
"The entire operation relies on teamwork. This includes the Aircrew, Pilots, Paramedics, Doctors, our engineers, ground staff, support teams, fundraisers and volunteers. Everyone plays their role to ensure the helicopters are available 24-7 to serve our community. It’s a privilege to do what I do," he said.
The award was open to all Aircrew Officers working on civilian helicopters throughout Australasia and the Pacific. An independent judging panel selected the winner and made the announcement at the Rotortech 2018 AHIA Annual Awards Gala Dinner on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Photo: L to R: Peter Crook (AHIA President) Trent Owen (Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service) and Charles “Chuck” Aaron (International Keynote Speaker at Rotortech 2018)