Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Arizona campus was honored this past November when Solomon “Sol” Kaawaloa, ERAU graduate and eight-year flight instructor, received the prestigious Flight Instructor of the Year award. This award was presented by the Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Sol is originally from Pahoa, Hawaii on the Big Island. He began as a student at Embry-Riddle in 1995 after graduating from Kamehameha High School. He graduated with a degree in Aeronautical Science in 1999. After graduation, Sol took a one-year sabbatical to coach volleyball and be a flight attendant. He returned to Embry-Riddle in 2000 to begin his career as a flight instructor, and has been teaching the next generation of pilots ever since. When asked about future career aspirations, he said he was “committed to instructing” and that his goal was to create and inspire “the best aviators we can. Sol hopes to one day fly for an air medical evacuation business, but has remained selective about whom he is employed by. He is keeping his focus on teaching while holding out for an air evacuation position to become available in the local area. Sol and his wife, Patricia, a registered nurse, will always call Prescott home.
The coveted “Flight Instructor of the Year” award, given annually, has a tough selection process. It begins when flight-training managers across Arizona nominate instructors and submits them to the local Flight Standards District Office. There, judges endlessly sift through nominees until deciding on the most deserving flight instructor. Embry-Riddle is proud that Solomon Kaawaloa was selected from approximately 50 of Arizona’s best flight instructors and came out on top…
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