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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


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Damien Brennan
Website Administrator

Aviation Dinner Winter version approaching

Where :- Arab Steed Hotel, 241 Hutt St
When :- Sat 3rd Aug 2019
Time :- 7pm (drinks), 7.30pm dinner
R.S.V.P. – Wed 31st Jul
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

Regards Doug Symons

RIP David Turnbull

David Turnbull, formerly of Sydney, Dubbo, Cooma, Wagga, Lord Howe Island and Coffs Harbour Flight Service Units, passed away at Tweed Heads this week aged 83, after a long battle with cancer.

His funeral was held on Friday 1st March at the Tweed Heads Crematorium.

From
Brian Jackson


RIP Clive Norfolk

Hi Damien,
Could you please publish on the website that Clive NORFOLK passed away on 28th of January 2019

From
Geoff Barclay


RIP Allan Kirk

Hi Damien,
Could you please publish on the website that Robert Allan Kirk (known to all as Allan) passed away on 17th of January 2019

From
Robert Kirk (son)


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?

From
Roger Meyer
(roger.meyer@bigpond.com)

Brisbane FSC

Can anyone advise on the history of the BN FSC and the move into 1 Lomandra Drive?
Cheers
Boyd Moody
moodybd@gmail.com


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?

regards,
Herman Willemsen
OTC Coastal Radio Officer
1966-1996

Editors Note: Anyone??????

RECENT PASSINGS

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

Details are available in the RIP Section.