Jacob Lynn "Jake" Pavelka (born January 27, 1978) is an American pilot who appeared on four reality TV programs, most notably The Bachelor.
Pavelka was born in Dallas, Texas to James and Sallie Pavelka, he has two brothers, Jason and Matthew, both of whom are married. Pavelka attended University of North Texas and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida. Pavelka began taking flying lessons at the age of 12 and became an airline captain flight instructor at 23. He worked as a pilot for Atlantic Southeast Airlines and, under the name of Jake Landrum, acted in several television commercials and programs produced in the Dallas area.
Pavelka first appeared as a contestant in the fifth season of the ABC reality show The Bachelorette. He was eliminated from the competition, but was brought back by the network to star in the 14th season of its series The Bachelor. The program’s run ended with Pavelka proposing marriage to contestant Vienna Girardi. The couple split up in June 2010.
Following the end of The Bachelor, Pavelka was named as one of the celebrity contestants for the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars. He and his partner Chelsie Hightower were the fifth to be...