Born in Mount
Morgan, Queensland, Brian Wise joined DCA in
Brisbane as a Radio Trainee in January 1952 and after successfully completing
a 5 year course was promoted to Supervising Radio Technician in charge of Radio
Maintenance at Charleville Airport in western Queensland in 1957. In 1961 Brian
transferred back to Brisbane Radio Maintenance in charge of Navigational Aids
and the remote communications sites. In June 1961 Brian joined the DCA Flying
Unit based at Essendon Airport and spent the next 31 years engaged in Flight
Testing the Department's airways facilities in a variety of aircraft including
the DC-3, F.27,
F.28 and HS125.
1973 Brian was promoted to be the Chief Flight Surveyor
in the Flying Unit and was involved in the following projects over the years:
development, construction, installation and testing of Flight Inspection systems
and consoles for the F28 aircraft.
with RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) for the takeover of Military
Flight Testing, including the development of flight test procedures, and specification
and installation of aeronautical systems designed to flight test military installations
at the various bases and naval ships.
with the New Zealand Flying Unit for the takeover of their civil and military
flight testing in New Zealand and Pacific Island Bases.
a member of the Yates Committee inspected the USA, Canadian, Swedish, Dutch, French
and English Flying Units in order to ensure that our Flying Unit was following
world best practice.
in charge of Operational Planning, involving Flight Survey, scheduling of Pilot
Training and liaising with the VIP Squadron on VIP Flying using departmental aircraft.
Wise was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) in 1991 for services to aviation.
He retired in September 1992 after 41 years in civil aviation and flying over
8,000 hours in various Departmental aircraft.
involvement with the Civil Aviation Historical Society began when he gave a talk
to the Society in October 1993, and also presented the Society with a short history
of the Flying Unit from post-war to 1992. Brian later joined the volunteers at
the Building 44 Airways Museum and was involved in assisting other volunteers
in the following projects:
up the following sections of the museum
Transmitters and Receivers equipment and racks
ATC and Tower Consoles and Radar displays
Unit Consoles, Rack, and Tracking System
library and film library
of computer systems, digital cameras and scanners
a website for the society
Secretary of the Civil Aviation Historical Society until 2016, Brian was involved in the day
to day administration of the Society and was very keen to see the Society's archives
and collections listed on our website and hopefully used for research by aviation
Brian Wise passed away on Friday 9 September 2016.