The Ross Dennerstein Foundation

One of our AFAP Jetstar members suddenly passed away recently (1969-2016). The late Captain Ross Dennerstein’s family is establishing a program to conduct research into prevention of Early Cardiac Death.

According to a logbook kept by Graeme Dennerstein, Ross’ father, Ross fell in love with flying at the age of 4 weeks when he took his first flight!

Ross Dennerstein commenced his airline career as a pilot with O’Connor Airways in Mount Gambier and then joined Australian Airlines as their youngest pilot. Ross moved to Qantas and was again its youngest Captain. Ross worked for CASA for two years and then joined Jetstar as Flying Operations Development Manager. His major project was to have night flying approved into Queenstown.

Ross sent a photo to his mother while flying over Queenstown, New Zealand with the caption, “It doesn’t get better than this”.

Ross was always concerned for others' health and would want to prevent others suffering from sudden cardiac deaths.

The Ross Dennerstein Foundation has been established to fund a very necessary research program into Unexplained Cardiac Death in young people. The Baker Institute, one of the world’s leading heart research organisations, will lead the program.

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