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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 Alan Pedersen

There may be many in your FSO address list who knew Alan Pedersen (Sydney, Norfolk Island, Brisbane etc). He had been very ill for a long time. One of the real good guys
Peter Reardon - Canberra

Further details in RIP Section.

VALE John Birt

Sad to advise that John Birt (long time SANT FSO) passed away last week. Funeral in Morphett Vale (SA) on Tuesday 11th April 2017.

Further details in RIP Section.

VALE Ron Foale

I am very sorry to advise that Ron passed away last night (6th March 2017). I have no further details at this time.
Rgds Denis Prider

Further details in RIP Section.

VALE Fred Kluth

Fred Kluth FSO ex Dubbo, Wagga and NT died on 2nd March 2017 in Darwin.

Further details later in RIP Section.


Ambidji is looking for ex-FSO or ex-ATC personnel who may be interested in registering for potential CA/GRO opportunities at two CA/GRS stations - Ayers Rock (NT) and Ballina (NSW). Further details after login.

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??????