Age: 65+

Member since October 2017

Retired airline pilot, now part-time instructor pilot on the Boeing 737, and aviation adventure fiction writer with three published novels.

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I was born in Brisbane, Australia, where I first learned to fly. I had a plane crash in 1978, as a result of which I wrote my first book, an autobiography, 'Steel Spine, Iron Will', in which I narrate my recovery from paralysis after the accident. This book has been in circulation for over two decades. I have spent the last thirty-five years as a professional pilot - both charter and airline. I have experienced all kinds of adventure as a pilot, from operating seaplanes on the Great Barrier Reef, the far outback of Western Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Greece, to airline flying in DC-3s, 727s, and 737s in the U.S. In the last four years, I have written three aviation adventure novels,'The Port Havannah Paradox', being the third in the series (so far). These stories are based on some of my own exploits.

This year, I purchased a small travel trailer, a Casita, built in Rice, Texas. So far, I have only ventured short distances from home in Fort Worth, Texas, and stayed in public National and State Park campgrounds, but I would really like to 'get away from it all', including the crowds, so that I can continue to write my novels in the peace and quiet of the true 'outback' country.

Skills & Expertise to Share

Flying, sailing, writing, camping, hiking.

rodlewin's Pets

One small dog (Yorkie/cross) and one cat, and they travel with my wife and I.

Favorite Boondocking Locations

None so far.

rodlewin's Hometown

Fort Worth, Texas.

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rodlewin's Rig

Rig Type: Travel Trailer

17 feet long

It is a 2017 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe, with all the comforts of home (for such a small trailer).

rodlewin's Travel Preferences

  • Has a tow vehicle
  • Travels with pets