Circulars were instituted in September 1940 as a means of communicating
information throughout the by now far-flung branches of the Department.
The Monthly Circulars were continued until December 1950 when they
were replaced by Administrative Instructions.
indexes list noteworthy entries only - minor administrative matters are
No.1 September 1940
to Outstation Staff A.B. Corbett Director General of Civil Aviation
Précis: The DG is aware of the difficulties experienced by loyal
and hardworking outstation staff, who are cut off from daily contact with
headquarters. He requests an understanding that policy decisions reached
by headquarters, which may appear ill advised, are based on a range of
information that may not be available to remote staff. The job of the
organisation is to develop and assist aviation in all its forms. Teamwork
is essential to success.
Mentions shortage of paper and need for economical use of all forms of
communication and power.
Night Landings using Car Headlights
· Cars travel at 60 yards interval in procession to indicate direction
to landing ground
· Six cars at 55 yards interval shine headlights at 45 degrees
into the wind along the line of landing
· Aircraft lands with the beams on the left, into the wind
· Mark far end of safe runway with red Hurricane Lamps, landing
end with green lamps, with regard to obstructions
· Place red hurricane lamps on the top of significant obstructions
· Drivers should remain in cars with engine running and ready to
reverse quickly if necessary!
· Provision of emergency equipment
First priority is the lighting of the landing area in sufficient time
method of measuring Take-Off Run
Description of method developed by American Army Air Corps, using Gun
camera taking 3 pictures per second and stopwatch, together with marker
Aerodrome - Description
of Mr JV Fairbairn - Minister for Civil Aviation
Died in RAAF aircraft crash at Canberra
Committee to review existing standards for materials used in local aircraft
manufacture. Australian timbers of particular interest.
of civil Aircraft for Military purposes
Design work carried out by Aeronautical Engineering Branch of Dept. Actual
Modifications carried out by civil firms under Dept supervision.
Need for Departmental radio operators to upgrade skills to set a new standard.
Table of requirements for various classes of Airports
For the duration of the war Pilots joining the RAAF will have renewal
of their civil licences withheld. Pilots completing an RAAF training course
may apply for a civil licence after discharge from the service
Number of Licences and certificates in force as at 25.8.1940
of Aeradio Stations
Report of inspecting officer, Adelaide-Darwin and Darwin-Perth Routes
Circular No.2 October 1940
of petrol for Civil Aviation purposes
Introduction of rationing and procedures for using and recording of approved
of privately owned aircraft
Supervision, recording and reporting of private aircraft movements required
to detect any suspicious activity detrimental to national security
for fresh food at Tropical stations
Dietary advice for staff in remote locations lacking fresh food supplies.
Scale of Rations for active men and explanation of dietary value of various
Guardia Airport New York - Description
Description of Transmitters and Receivers
Aircraft purchased by the Department for radio range test work
Article comparing radio facilities of the First War era with those of
Circular No.3 November 1940
for active service - Memo from A.B. Corbett DGCA
Difficulties for the Department generated by loss of staff to the services.
Explanation why not all requests for leave to enlist can be granted.
Airport - Description
record of US Airlines
Scheduled airlines completed a year without fatal accident or serious
injury - message from President Roosevelt
Howe Island Aeradio - Description
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and the German Air force
Comment by an Aeronautical Engineer (R.S. Robinson) on how different nations
Circular No.4 December 1940
Aerodrome Berlin - Description
Prophecy of the Flying Forties
Prophecy of increased use of air-travel and supporting services
conditions associated with Aircraft Lightening discharges and Atmospherics
Explanations of conditions leading to lightning strikes and increased
vulnerability of metal aircraft. Flight procedures recommended to decrease
Air Service Operation under bad weather conditions
for the cancellation of operations in adverse weather
by Brian Surtees, CAHS
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