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In The Beginning.....

"With the development of commercial air services (and radio) in the 1930s came the need for a supporting ground organisation.

This need was reinforced by the tragic losses of the first ANA's Avro X Southern Cloud in 1931, Airlines of Australia's Stinson VH-UHH in 1937 and the second ANA's DC3 Kyeema in 1938.

At first marine radio stations were used for communication with aircraft, but soon a dedicated air traffic services organisation was established, one that continues to play a vital role in safe air transport today."

..courtesy of the Airways Museum Website

LATEST NEWS ........


Hi All
Happy New Year 2019. Hope your Xmas/New Year was a blast  Reminder…Summer Aviation Dinner version approaching!!

Location - Arab Steed, 24 Hutt St, Adelaide.
Time/Date - 7pm Sat 2nd Feb 2019
RSVP - Wed 30th Jan
Please email me directly (dr.symons@bigpond.com) indicating numbers if attending. I have been in touch with the hotel and booked a number of places already.

Enjoy and be safe.
Kind Regards
Doug Symons

RIP Robert Whitecross

Funeral details for Robert Whitecross are listed in the RIP Section of this website. There may be many ex-FS personnel who would know of him. I would appreciate it if the notice could be put up on Listeningwatch.

Brian Jackson

Help needed ... identify this photo

I came across this photo among a batch of old NSW photos.
I don’t think it is Cooma.
Might any subscriber to ‘Listening Watch’ be able to identify the location and, as a bonus, who the operator is?

Roger Meyer

Brisbane FSC

Can anyone advise on the history of the BN FSC and the move into 1 Lomandra Drive?
Boyd Moody

FLIGHT SERVICE UNIT on Thursday Island (TI) in late 1970s

Hello Damien,
I did a 2-year stint as OTC Coastal Radio Radio Officer on TI from 1975-1977. At that time we had a dual role as we also manned the DCA Flight Service Unit on TI.

In 1977 this FSU closed and Weipa took over.

I am after somebody that knows what sort of equipment DCA used on TI and its frequencies. I do remember that we worked the aircraft on a VHF frequency.
Receivers were rackmounted nearby but HF transmitters were on Milmann Hill in the weather burea station and remotely controlled.
Maybe a DCA technical officer that used to service the equipment on TI could help.
What was the standard VHF frequency ground-to-air at that time?

I have been in contact with Roger Meyer of the Aviation Museum but I understand he is on holidays.
Would it be best to await his return?

Herman Willemsen
OTC Coastal Radio Officer

Editors Note: Anyone??????


It is with sadness we report the following recent passings :

Kerry Rorison -- Dave McDonell -- Russell Chalmers
Warren Tulk -- Jack Kleinhanss -- Wayne Hedges
Robin Bridger -- Tom Crogan -- Terry Hine
Steve Mahoney -- Barry Hayward -- Graham "Sandy" McNab
Steve Aiberti -- Lawrence Passmore -- Alec Lee
Trevor Schwarz -- Sid Goodwin -- Fred Kluth
Ron Foale -- John Birt -- Alan Pedersen
Alan Clayton --- John Cooper --- Kevin Coomber
Bob Taylor --- Mike Roberts --- Keith Bebbington
Noel Jackson --- Robert Whitecross

Details are available in the RIP Section.