At this years HAA Symposium the HAA announced the creation of the new trophy to honour the memory of Colin Dodds.
The Colin Dodds Memorial Trophy for the Young Historic Pilot Of The Year is to be awarded annually to a young pilot flying historic types under the banner of the HAA. The TCDMT recipients are to be from 18 years of age to 30 years of age determined by birthday dates falling within the HAA year of 1st November to 31st October and to coincide with the HAA Annual Symposium.
Squadron Leader Colin Dodds was a member of the Historic Aircraft Association from its earliest formation and served on its Council – later the Management Committee – for more than 3 decades eventually being appointed a Vice President in 2019. He served as Deputy Chairman from 1995 until 2018. An ex-RAF pilot and Vulcan captain Colin Dodds was also an enthusiastic De Havilland aircraft aviator. He was very much a doyen of the historic aircraft world flying Tiger Moth, Dragon Rapide, Piston Provost, Dh Dove and the North American Harvard. Always keen to promote and protect historic aviation Colin also supported the Brooklands Museum as their appeals director raising considerable funds for the Museum. He was an Air Display Authorisation Evaluator, Display Safety Committee Chairman and an Air Display Director. Colin also wrote an historical book published in 2005 – ‘The Story of De Haviland Dragon Types”. Following his death in 2020 his family donated the silver goblet trophy to the HAA in his memory as The Colin Dodds Young Historic Pilot Trophy.