Captain Dale Newman
Have you ever heard the in-flight safety demonstration? That reassuringly calm voice telling you that your nearest exit may be behind you is none other than Captain Dale Newman. Although his working career began at the Lenna Motor Inn in Hobart as a porter, before moving up to the dizzying heights of Storeman for the Commonwealth Dental Supply Company, Dale’s career path ended up being as a Qantas Boeing 737 pilot and Angel Flight Volunteer.
From 1980 until 1986 Dale was an air traffic controller at Tullamarine, so have a chat if you were late in the ‘eighties. Since 1986 Dale has been Captain Dale, serving with charter companies, regional airlines and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He has even convened courses on the fear of flying.
An all round sportsman, Dale rowed for many years, and still plays squash. A little known secret is that he is also a champion Ballroom Dancer, and even used to play the piano. His interests are as varied as his job history, ranging from reading (who doesn’t like a good book now and then!) to education, law, theatre, cinema, inventions, innovation, architecture and photography.
Although now based in North Fitzroy, Dale has experienced the cold of Antarctica, the heat of the Sahara (Tunisia), and the open expanse of the Kenyan Masai Mara.