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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 ........

VALE - Keith Bebbington

With sadness, I advise the passing of Keith Bebbington (ex FSO in WA) on 2nd January 2018
Kind regards
Clive Norfolk

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VALE - Mike Roberts

With some sadness, I advise the passing of Mike Roberts (ex FSO in MEL and ASP) last Friday 26th Jan in Corowa NSW.
He had been suffering from dementia for a few years and was in the care of his wife Kate (a nurse) however last week he had a stroke.
His funeral is this Friday 2nd Feb in Corowa and I am planning on being there. He was a good mate, a former teacher and flying instructor.
Kind regards
Doug Stott

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VALE - Bob Taylor

Hi All
Sad to advise that Bob Taylor, ex-FSO who served in Darwin and other stations including Alice Springs, passed away on the 13th January 2018 in Darwin Hospital.

Bob's funeral was conducted on the 23rd January at the Alice Springs Garden Cemetery.

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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

Details are available in the RIP Section.