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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 ........


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

Aviation Dinner - Adelaide - 1st Feb 2020

Hi All
Hello 2020. Happy New Year to you all. I hope you, your family, loved ones and friends have remained safe during our very nasty bushfire scenarios.

Reminder……. Aviation Dinner approaching!!
Where :- Arab Steed Hotel, 241 Hutt St
When :- Sat 1st Feb 2020
Time :- 7pm (drinks), 7.30pm dinner
R.S.V.P. – Wed 29th Jan 2020
I have arranged a number of places with the hotel. Please reply email me with your attending numbers so I can assist the Hotel with their catering. Thanks.

Three things I need to mention…..
1) The end of this year (Not sure of the exact date myself) marks 20 years since the Adelaide FSC closure. It would be worth discussing a possible date/location change etc to celebrate this significant occasion. Thoughts on the night of the dinner, or email “reply all” to have your say  Cheers
2) Some August attendances have become low due to the time/weather factors, so should this be abandoned for a once-a-year Dinner in February? Thoughts please
3) I have enjoyed my time at organising the dinners, but feel it’s time for someone with better organisational skills (especially for later this year), to take over. I ask for 1 or 2 Volunteers to take over this role for all future functions from the Feb 2020 dinner going forward. Thanks

Hope you can make it.
Doug Symons

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 --- Clive Norfolk
David Turnbull --- Allan Kirk --- Steve Royal
Les Quilliam --- Bill Parkin --- Martin Melkus

Details are available in the RIP Section.