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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 ........

Morse versus Texting

This warms the heart. Click HERE

Website Administrator

Where Are They Now???

This new section is now operational. Sign in and click through to the Main Menu. You will see the Where Are They Now tab on the left hand side of the top menu items.

Please, please make this new addition to Listening Watch work.

Send your present whereabouts (and what you are doing) to admin@listeningwatch.org. Also include a story about your experience in FS/ATC/Com. Your story could be a funny episode or experience in your career, or a story that showed FS/ATC/Com were a valuable service back in your day.

Damien Brennan
Website Administrator

"Call Of The Kyeema" by Doug Whitfield

The publishers of this book advise that they have sold out now and will most likely not do a new batch.

I have 10 copies of the book remaining. They are available at the reduced price of AUD $20.00 plus postage.

Doug Whitfield.

New Book by Doug Whitfield

This is my latest book, though not about aviation, I tried a different angle and it seems to have worked.

Click here

Doug Whitfield.

Aeroplane windsock - The Quaal Windsock - Sundance Wyoming

I thought that this may be of interest? I was quite taken with it! An antique Beechcraft airplane serves as a giant windsock for people driving through the blustery open country of eastern Wyoming.

Click here

Doug Whitfield.

Reminiscing - Peter Cope

I noticed in the obituaries in the paper this morning (14th Apr 2020) that Peter Cope, ex-ATC, had died. He was 71.

Peter was one of nature’s gentlemen. I know, because he was my friend for a period of my life. Maybe not my closest friend, but we (and our respective various spouses) enjoyed each other’s company, on and off, for about 20 years. I last spoke to Peter back in the early 90’s when we were both back in Adelaide following consolidation, he as a Sector/Arrivals controller (I think) and me as a FSO in the Flight Service Centre.

We first met in Adelaide in 1971. Peter was a Tower Controller at Parafield and I was doing hard time in the Briefing Office. On Christmas Day, 1971, I was summonsed up to the Tower to a “meeting”. Peter was there with two other controllers, Greg and Wally. They needed a fourth for some board game they wanted to play. Flying was virtually non-existent that day.

I will never forget that Christmas Day, full of old stories and jocularity, laughing and sharing frustrations with “the system”.

Anyway, from that day Peter and I were friends and continued through the Parafield days, Adelaide of the 70’s and up to and including Darwin of the late 70’s and through to the mid-80’s. We saw most of each other in Darwin due to the lifestyle and the closeness of living of most of the ATS staff.

Today I read the paper as usual while eating my breakfast and reminisced about a nice part of my life from a few years ago. I remember Peter as a quiet but articulate person who loved life. Vale Peter.

Damien Brennan
FSO 1970-1991 1997-2000


The following email received from Pamela Billett:

I am the wife of Mal Billett who passed away in 2005 and was a FSO in WA from 70’s to 2000. I understand from one of Mal’s colleagues that there are some references to Mal on your website and I am wondering if it is possible for me to access these as I am writing a book about Mal.

I am also seeking contributions from his ex colleagues, friends and people in the industry who may like to contribute some information or story, serious, humorous etc.

I am happy for you to circulate this and my email address for anyone who may want to contact me.

Thanking you
Pamela Billett

RIP Bruce Gow

In todays (4th March 2020) Coffs paper, the death of Bruce Gow ex FSO4 and the last FSO OIC Coffs Harbour. He was also a survivor of the HMAS Voyager sinking. Funeral on Fri 6th 1.30pm Catholic Church Gordon St Coffs.

Bob Watson


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 --- Clive Norfolk
David Turnbull --- Allan Kirk --- Steve Royal
Les Quilliam --- Bill Parkin --- Martin Melkus
Bruce Gow --- Peter Cope --- Jack Shave
Dave Holmes --- Peter Hull --- Allen Nutton

Details are available in the RIP Section.