Rod Newman

I was one of the lucky Cadet Pilots under Rod’s stewardship at MASUAS in 85/‘86. (I studied Computer Engineering at Manchester Uni). After graduation (when I couldn’t afford to fly for a good while!), my career took me into the energy sector applying advanced technologies, much of it with BP. I ended up in Houston, TX and now run my own business. I never lost my love for flying, nor the great pleasure I get reminiscing on my short time at RAF Woodvale – Truly a privilege and Honour. I resumed flying after nearly 25 years, and as luck would have it, stumbled upon a Scottish Aviation Bulldog for sale – which I bought without hesitation. It’s amazing how many of the great lessons Rod gave me came flooding back! In fact, I hung on to the notes I made when the great man taught me and still occasionally refer to them today! Anyway, I just wanted to say I found Rod to be a great instructor, a very special leader and true mentor in life. I still hold so many fond memories of flights with him and conversations at formal silver service dinners at Woodvale. Wow! How lucky I was to have that character-building experience and it stood me in good stead for life. I wanted to give my sincere condolences to Rod’s wife and his beloved family. I know because he mentioned the importance of his family to me many times in the mess. While this is such a profoundly sad moment, it is also a moment of celebration of a true gentlemen who showed the rest of us not only how to fly, but how to live. He cared for all his students, and I am amazed that he still remembered me after 25 years or so, when we reconnected on Facebook. I was privileged to FaceTime with him a couple of months back, when his infectious enthusiasm still came across the airwaves, despite everything he was going through. RIP Rod, and keep shining your light on us, showing us the way, like the beacon you always were. Sincere thanks to you, Sir. Colin.

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Colin Frost

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