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
Circular No.41 January 1944
Annual statistics for previous year on trans Tasman service
- U.S. agreement
Establishment of U.S. Sea and Air bases in Colombia
Atlantic Air Record
Non-stop flight by Liberator (Capt Richard Allen) Montreal - U.K. 3,100
SM. in 11Hrs 35 Min.
Prediction of the influence of air transport requirements on urban infrastructure.
Field Gun has Wings
Description of the fitting of a 75mm gun in the Mitchell Bomber. Also
a more general discussion of the increase of weight or gunfire in modern
Develops Airlines in Pacific
Progress being made by the U.S.A. in the development of Pacific airlines
and the implications for post-war operations.
Bomber : Our best weapon
Discussion of the make-up of a Bomber crew and the team work required.
roomed house" that can fly
Descriptions of the operation of a Mars flying boat - the largest aircraft
in the world.
Use of vertical photographs for many purposes besides war related activities
Plan for Flying Doctor
Suggestion made to Federal Council of Flying Doctor Service.
Airport for New York
Description of the future Idlewild airport.
the Middle Group of Civil Aviation: - A.B.
Letter to middle management group, encouraging them to prepare themselves
for higher office and the challenges of post war aviation.
Circular No.42 February 1944
Aircraft in the Sea
Rescue of the crew of a ditched aircraft. Description of the fixing of
the aircraft's position by means of radio cross bearings from Cooktown
and Port Moresby.
Suggested pattern for new Idlewild airport.
History is being made
Description of the trans - Pacific air operations using Douglas C54 Skymasters.
with no Propellers
First flights of Jet aircraft and a brief description of the principle
of operation of a jet engine.
Transport for London
look ahead at the possible airport requirements for London.
lines forming Air Company
Five British shipping Lines to form a company to provide air transport
between Britain, the continent and South America.
Circular No.43 March 1944
new Director General
An introduction to the new DG - Mr D McVey. Written by A.B. Corbett DGCA
Establishment of a policy to issue protective clothing to various categories
of staff and a table of entitlement.
Statistics regarding the carriage of air freight by several countries.
with Packard built engine
packed with airfields
The proliferation and increasing size of airfields in Britain.
Suggestion by an Aeradio Operator that the department assist with the
professional studies of outstation staff by the introduction of a correspondence
course. This course to cover aviation and administrative disciplines and
be credited to the person's staff record.
Statistics, and the introduction of the service to Victoria.
Circular No.44 April 1944
Very comprehensive circular on the specification, use and care of all
tyre types used in the department.
- War Air Transport
Press conference given by Lord Knollys, chairman of BOAC, on the shape
of Intercontinental air transport after the war. Choice between Shortest
journey (2 days) between Australia and England and More leisurely trip
(5 days) stopping nights en-route.
pound Prize for Airport design
The aircraft journal "The Aeroplane" offers a £500 St
prize to the designer of the best layout of an international airport for
London. Competition open to all members of the Commonwealth.
Circular No.45 May 1944
case for the Flying Boat
Importance of Marine Aircraft to the British Empire and the danger that
development programme may overlook it.
for Helicopter routes
The Greyhound Corporation of Chicago applies for 78 helicopter routes.
Crosses the USA in under 7 hours at an average speed of 380mph.
function of the Administrator
The aim and practice of administration, and related matters and attitudes.
Circular No.46 June 1944
for Injuries on Duty
Detailed information on new Act of Parliament specifying compensation
parameters and amounts payable for particular injuries (table).
- An Airport of Tomorrow
Currently a sandy plain Idlewild will be six times bigger than La Guardia.
A description of the size scope and type of facilities projected for the
Points against tangent runways.
flights by Mosquito Aircraft
London - Moscow in 4.5 hrs flying time.
Transatlantic flight between Canada - UK 2200 statute miles in 6hrs 46
Circular No.47 July 1944
Pioneer British Invention
History of the Diesel engine developed by Dr Diesel and the high-speed
oil engine developed by Ackroyd Stuart in the UK. This engine has developed
into the most universally used oil engine today.
you a Bureaucrat?
The relationship between Civil Service and Business in Wartime is mutually
beneficial. The difference between a Civil Servant and a Bureaucrat results
from the concentration of power in the hands of public appointees, who
are the Bureaucrats.
Statistics for 1943.
Circular No.48 August 1944
Message from retiring DGCA
New system of connecting lighting in series and the hazards associated
The symptoms and effects of various levels of electric shock on the human
body. High voltage systems are becoming much more common around airports.
Radio broadcast by C.M. Newton, Chairman of the Aerodrome Owners Association,
contrasting American Airports with those in Gt. Britain.
A Description of the Bomber Command Pathfinder force and its effectiveness.
Mention of Air Vice Marshal D.C.T. Bennett (Australian).
Right way to Train
A description of the training effort brought on by the war and the pitfalls
on incorrect instruction technique.
of the source of the Orinoco river
Discovery flight by US Army pilots establishes accurate position for the
source of the Orinoco in a gorge in the jungle separating Venezuela and
New major international airport being considered.
First York Aircraft
Proving flight to West Africa and back.
flight Washington to London
First non-stop flight by Douglas C54 took 18Hrs to fly 3,800 sm.
Circular No.49 September 1944
from the Director-General D.McVey
Flying Boat Bases
Staff vacancies resulting from the resumption of Departmental control
of the bases at Karumba and Groote
Ocean Air Service
A Description of the Western Australia Ceylon Air route, given
in an interview with Hudson Fysh Managing Director of QANTAS Empire Airways.
An overview of the possible Post-War developments that could lead to a
one day Air Service between the USA and Australia.
How Britain changed over to a wartime economy and production system. The
influence of improvements in efficiency and the introduction of new weapons.
The use of interlocking steel planks to create roads and hard standings.
Circular No.50 October 1944
A detailed description of air operations from New Guineas primary
Doctor Service, Forbes NSW
The establishment of an Air Ambulance service in western NSW
of the De Havilland Mosquito
New information on the fighter-bomber version.
planes in the USA : weekly auctions
The release of surplus military aircraft to the civilian market.
and figures of Australia at War Civil Aviation
Description and statistics of operations and a table of airway facilities.
of Douglas C-47 Aircraft
The Department has acquired 12 C-47 aircraft, which will be re-conditioned
and converted for use on the civil air routes in Australia. Includes a
description of the conversion work that is necessary.
the Continent Overnight
A description of a non-stop direct overnight flight, in a Liberator aircraft
, from Perth to Brisbane direct. The distance of 2,300 sm was covered
in 10hrs 30min with 11hrs 30min fuel remaining!
Circular No.51 November 1944
of Forced Progress Sqn Ldr A.C. Purthrey
A Pamphlet describing how the accelerated progress, in many aviation related
fields, due to the war will benefit peace time aviation and travel,
not just in the UK
Regular Air Transport Services
Statistics for the three years ending 30th June 1944.
Civil Air Control
Note of the appointment of a Minister for Civil Aviation (Lord Swinton).
This will facilitate the development of civil aviation after the war,
although for the present the Air Ministry continues to control aviation
day to day.
Landing Facilities in Australia
Statistics as at 30th Sept 1944
The Premier of Victoria (Mr. Dunstan) announces the establishment of a
scientific Survey Branch for Air Photography. The product of this unit
will be used by many State Instrumentalities where Photo-mapping is of
value. The whole of Victoria will be surveyed by this means.
Commissioners of Police, in conference at Adelaide, agreed that after
the war police forces should have their own aircraft to use in the combating
Description of the latest Helicopter design.
A description of the pioneering system of air transport of cattle to Burma
in Australian military aircraft.
The operations of MacRobertson-Miller Aviation Company in NW Australia
over the last ten years.
The introduction of Silicone as an insulating varnish in electrical machinery
enables weight reductions of up to 50%
Circular No.52 December 1944
Precautions at Aerodromes and Flying Boat Bases
A recent costly fire Focuses attention on promulgated Fire Instructions
which are reproduced here.
on Termite Damage in the Northern Territory
A description of the habits of Termites and the damage they cause. Some
precautions to combat the menace are indicated.
System of Electrical wiring
A major improvement in the design and layout of aircraft electrical systems
is made possible by the adoption of a modular connection system with plug-in
Aviation in the USA
Proceedings of a Senate War contracts committee in relation to post-war
Record Flight during which a QANTAS Liberator flew 3,600 sm from Ceylon
to Perth in 17Hrs 30min at an average speed of more than 200mph.
Production models of the B29 cost $600,000 each as opposed to $3,392,396
for the prototype.
Air Tramp Freighters
Description of the Bristol Freighter.
Model 39 Commercial Transport
Current Status of services on the trans-Atlantic route.
by Brian Surtees, CAHS
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