Transport/Aviation Australia Index 1981-1987
Part 3 1985-86

These pages index articles that appeared in the house newspaper Aviation Australia between 1981 and 1987. They provide an interesting insight into the activities of the Department at that time.

Names of staff or other personalities have been highlighted in bold. To find an article on a particular subject or person, use your browser's 'search within page' function.

January/February 1985
· Report urges full aviation cost recovery in 10 years +++ Dept urged to adopt a more commercial approach.
· Minister not new to aviation +++ New Minister Peter Morris was previously responsible for ALP aviation policy.
· The flying Director +++ NSW Regional Director Dick Thompson flies himself to regional centres (photo).
· More Helicopter flexibility +++ More flexibility for helicopters in the Sydney Metropolitan area.
· US team for ATC study +++ American consultancy firm studies ATC/FS integration.
· Frank Yeend says goodbye to an era +++ Veteran WW2 pilot, ATC officer and Accident Investigator reties as Head of Flight Standards division after 50 yrs in aviation.
· Cheers to +++ Farewell to retiring staff
· Obituary +++ Norman John Properjohn ex WW2 pilot, captain of Prime Ministers aircraft, ATC officer and Airport Manager, latterly of Hobart Airport.
· Team effort restores Navaids +++ D of A team restores derelict navaids in Zimbabwe
· 'Lumpy seas' make SAR demo a real test +++ D of A Flying Unit G1000, RAAF and industry aircraft stage difficult rescue exercise in conjunction with Police and Media.
· Award for Lineman +++ Line Inspector Rudi Skoda suggests new time-saving method of fixing insulators.
· Falcon Trials success in Birdstrike war +++ French trials prove Falcons can keep birds away from airports.
· Bouquet for D of A +++ PNG Director of Civil Aviation thank Dept for training Indigenous ATC personnel.
· D of A man recalls punt that paid off +++ Sid Morris Senior Comms officer at Sydney in 1954, devised method of secret communication through a navaid, with BOAC airliner carrying Ms Petrov, leading to her rescue in Darwin.
· Booklet explains Staff help scheme +++ Staff scheme offers help and assistance to staff suffering problems.

March/April 1985
· Top Safety record reflects D of A policies says Secretary +++ Secretary Freeland praises Conservative safety policies and staff professionalism.
· Melbourne Show a winner +++ Melbourne Airport open weekend attracts 100,000 visitors
· Air Safety - experts tell how we do it +++ Flight Magazine nominates Australia as the safest aviation nation.
· Airports conference for Cairns +++ Operators from Asia/Pacific to meet in Cairns to discuss airport management
· All in a day's work +++ Technicians continue to operate at Mt Majura radar during threatening bushfires.
· Report looks at effect of aviation policies on women +++ Specifically targeted recommendations .
· WA Pioneer honoured +++ Dame Mary Durack present at naming of Horrie Miller Drive at Perth Airport after her husband
· Engineering achievements recalled +++ Former Director of Airports Bill Bradfield addresses ACT Historical Soc.
· Airline growth continues +++ Australian Domestic Airlines experience strong growth in past year.
· Record for Beechcraft +++ Super King Air VH-IBC records 20,000 flying hours.
· Award nominees sought +++ Australian region of GAPAN calls for nominees for Grand Masters Medal.
· SOMAP extended +++ Senior Officers Media Awareness Programme extended to 3 day course.
· D of A men honoured +++ Jim Schofield, Dr John Lane and Peter Langford made Members of the Order of Australia. Robert Purdam awarded Order of Australia medal.
· Staff rights guarantee in NAA transfers +++ National Airports Authority taskforce leader John Spencer says that between 1200 and 1500 Dept positions could be transferred to the new NAA.
· Department plans GCN awareness programme +++ Dept staff to be trained in use of new Dept networked computers
· Two-Airline policy review +++ Minister Morris announces independent review of this long established policy.
· Corporate plan for Vic-Tas +++ Plan is the result of widespread consultation within and outside the Dept.
· Adelaide Open Day +++ Adelaide Airport's 30th anniversary celebrated by 10,000 visitors.
· Hobby airforce a reminder of darker days +++ History of the Confederate Airforce and it's Australian offshoot.
· Australian launch for F50 +++ Ansett is world launch customer for the new twin turboprop from Fokker
· 50-yr anniversary for Qantas +++ 50 yrs as an International carrier.
· TAA back in the black +++ After two years of losses TAA made a profit of $4mil in 1983/4
· RFFS crews battle ACT, Vic fires +++ Crews have a hectic year fighting severe fires.
· End in sight for Sydney airport site selection ++ Ongoing speculation and reaction
· Aviation Portfolio +++ Organisation chart of senior Dept management.

May/June 1985
· Heavy workload raises doubts over NAA timetable +++ Policy statements by Minister Morris
· 'One voice for GA' call by Secretary +++ Secretary Freeland urges formation of Peak negotiating body for GA
· Aero clubs concerned by shortage of Instructors +++ club instructors attracted to more lucrative flying jobs.
· Quick thinking earns Director's praise +++ ATC officers handle Light aircraft emergency over the Southern Ocean with Skill and professionalism.
· High in the clouds yet still on the ground +++ Development of simple simulators for GA operations and training.
· SA/NT's Bill Chegwidden retires +++ WW2 radio Operator, joined DCA in 1945. Radio Technical officer retired as Regional Director SA/NT
· 'Sniping must stop', Minister tells GA Industry +++ Minister states that intra industry strife disadvantages all in GA.
· Prospects good for domestic aviation growth, says Minister +++ Dept paper shows record growth in airline activity.
· New ultralight regulations +++ Regulations now cater for the separate class of heavier and two seater ultralights.
· Bug-eye plane cleared for service +++ Edgley Optica EA7 observation aircraft awarded Certificate of Airworthiness.
· Airport layouts released +++ Proposals for Badgery's Creek and Wilton published.
· Hat trick for Michael +++ Apprentice carpenter Michael Wicks wins 3 apprenticeship awards.
· New laboratory shows science is for the birds +++ Canberra facility aids efforts to reduce Birdstrike hazard.
· Crackers versus Falcons ++ French tests show pyrotechnics and broadcast bird distress calls as effective as Falcons.
· Secretary outlines plans to boost airport revenue +++ Airports to be more attractive to visitors and have more commercial and recreational areas.
· Department on parade +++ Photo, Department's float in recent Canberra day parade.
· Finance the most significant challenge, says airports man +++ Asst. Sec Jack Moffatt encourages airport managers to improve commercial skills and ensure frequent contact with concessionaires.
· Cairns charters approved +++ All Nippon Airways to operate B747 charter flights between Japan and Cairns.
· Subsidy ended +++ The subsidy of airline services to Western Queensland is to be ended.
· Birdman Harvey planning another record bid +++ Harvey Ritchie of BASI attempts 50 metres of unpowered flight.
· Satellite programme under way +++ Construction of satellite communication ground stations at airports has begun.
· Airports face increasing strain worldwide +++ Huge traffic growth expected in next 10 yrs.
· Darwin project deferred +++ Redevelopment of Darwin airport deferred pending re-appraisal.
· 30 million for Heathrow +++ World's busiest gateway will break 30 million passenger level this year.
· Canberra skyfest grows +++ Original Canberra Aero club open day grows into multi participant skyfest.

July/August 1985
· Government gets tough on overdue ANC's +++ New penalties to encourage recovery of overdue charges.
· Ray McNamara new SA/NT Regional Director +++ Ex RAAF pilot and Departmental Examiner of Airmen.
· D of A puts case to Dick Smith inquiry +++ Dept's primary duty to the public is to promote the safety of aviation.
· TAA gets government nod +++ Airline gets the go-ahead to buy 12 new Boeing 737-300 aircraft.
· 50yr anniversary +++ Celebration of the formal gazetting of the Civil Air Ensign in 1935.
· Ansett buys Airbus +++ 1$Billion dollar deal for the Airbus A 320
· Photo +++ Traffic Officer Victor Holtham of Adelaide Airport - a familiar face.
· Vic-Tas presentations +++ Regional Director Wes Willoughby presents Silver Axe award to RFFS recruit Michael Bergin.
· Sir Norman, 95 flies again +++ Sir Norman Brearley flies with his great niece Jenny Houghton in Tiger Moth.
· Flight Service rap for 'Aviation Australia' +++ Corrections to a previous aircraft in distress story to give due credit to flight Service staff.
· Funds available for Townsville +++ Improvements to the domestic terminal to commence.
· New Branches established in FS review +++ Flight Standards Division to comprise Flying Operations and Standards Development Branches. These replace Regular Public Transport and General Aviation Branches.
· An Aviation Landmark +++ Dept hands B767 endorsed Pilot licences to Qantas. (Photo)
· Qantas profit soars to new height +++ Record pre tax profit of $62.7m.
· Air freight review announced +++ Independent review to consider export of primary produce.
· Airport site decision by end of year, says Minister +++ Minister Morris says Gov. decision following EIS.
· BAC One-eleven celebrates 20yrs +++ World's first short-medium range jetliner celebrates 20yrs service.
· Topsy grew up in a spin +++ Article with photo about Adelaide airport and it's ATC
· Cockpit recorders for Beech 200's +++ Following Adavale (Qld) crash, all B200's will have cockpit voice recorders.
· Tasmania subsidy discontinued +++ Air-fare subsidy between Melbourne and Tasmania discontinued.
· Night exercise first in 20yrs +++ Simulated aircraft accident at night at Sydney involves 300 emergency workers.
· And it's still growing +++ Photo of the new control tower at Brisbane Airport.
· Leading role for Australia in helicopter project +++ Development of the first world-wide noise standards.
· Pat clocks up 40 years +++ Photo. Pat Richards WA region has served since 1945.

September/October 1985
· Aviation Budget +++ More money for Airports and technical equipment in 1985/86 budget.
· Minister outlines aviation blueprint +++ Minister Morris announces the Federal Airports Corporation
· New traffic procedures for busy airports +++ Simultaneous landings on intersecting runways to be permitted.
· A flying start for vintage museum +++ SA Div of Historical society plans museum around Vickers Vimy bomber.
· Pakistanis praise D of A technology and Co-operation +++ Calibration crew praises Flying unit and its technology.
· US award for medico +++ Dr John Lane awarded John A Tamisea award by US Civil Aviation Medical Assn.
· ATC's go out smiling +++ 6 retiring ATC officers, with 230 yrs experience gather in Sydney tower. Photo.
· Jazzbo Collins ends an era +++ John Collins retires after 33 yrs as ATC officer .
· Les sets a first +++ Les Harper, Qld firefighter retires at 65 after 38 yrs service.
· Behind the locked door of aviation security +++ description of the activities of the Dept's Security planning organisation.
· October start for Canberra Airport upgrade +++ Work on passenger terminal upgrade to start.
· Austral wins new fire vehicle contract +++ $6.3mil fire vehicle update contract won by Qld company.
· Migrant workshops +++ Needs of migrants employed by the Dept to be addressed by courses and workshops.
· Callsign change +++ Airline radio callsigns to change from Rego to flight numbers.
· Record growth for domestic airlines +++ Minister says Passenger Kilometres and tonne kilometres at new high.
· Ferranti wins $8m simulator contract +++ Two simulators to provide Dept's Air traffic services officers.
· Qantas now number eight +++ Qantas is now the eighth busiest international airline.
· First women ATC's close a chapter +++ First and second women controllers Olga Tarling and Shirley Anderson reminisce in Sydney tower. Photo.
· The Essendon bicycle brigade +++ Flying pioneers! The use of bicycles, others follow.
· Airports head sees China role for D of A +++ Ellis Kiel says Australian aviation expertise could assist China
· BASI photo contest winner +++ Photo of Beaver floatplane off Pittwater by Ron Israel of Sydney.
· Computer contract to be signed soon +++ New GCN equipment to be ordered in Oct and delivered early next year
· The Volcano watchman +++ Pat Jackson is the Dept's airways volcano liaison officer who monitors volcanic activity
· ATC changes for Melbourne +++ Procedures altered to prevent aircraft mistaking Essendon for Tullamarine.
· New policy for airport site rentals +++ Long term leases encouraged, to boost commercial development and income
· Scout work wins RTO merit award +++ SA/NT radio tech Geoff Maschmedt Scout leader wins award after 17 yrs
· SAR training +++ Training for GA operators by the Safety Council of Australia should be completed in October.

November/December 1985
· Secretary gives assurances on FAC transfers +++ Sec Freeland says Dept will identify those staff affected.
· D of A forum seeks higher profile +++ Consultative Council promotes it's activities and more seeks participation
· Vocational award winner retires +++ Flo Johnson retires from Flight standards branch WA after 16 yrs Dept service
· Liens legislation +++ Statutory liens taken out on 15 aircraft because of unpaid Navigation charges.
· Transport Canada man here for domestic aviation +++ John Connell a policy adviser to study Australia's system.
· Minister helps to resolve a Chinese puzzle +++ Minister acts to provide interpreter to assist flying training of Chinese pilots in agricultural flying. Photo.
· Forty years at the 'Top End' +++ Cyril McGorey Airport Director Darwin, retires.
· Strong named new TAA head +++ Mr James Strong replaces Frank Ball as general manager.
· Students see the real D of A +++ Adelaide high school students hosted by Dept officers see a variety of activities.
· Qantas, JAL agree on new services +++ Three new direct services will begin next year between Japan and Australia.
· Airline performance up for the third year in a row +++ report tabled in parliament shows 6.7% growth in activity.
· New policy on D of A examinations +++ Approved outside organisations and individuals to supervise exams
· Committee seeks greater accord +++ New committee to seek better communication between the Dept and GA
· D of A provides lead in 21st Century Technology +++ Satellite comms, MLS and home computer use to come.
· Mt Isa wins for D of A +++ D of A teams win in indoor cricket and table tennis.
· D of A exhibit attracts 100,000 +++ Dept's display at the Royal Melbourne Show featured new airport master plan.
· PWC hearing for Sydney ITB +++ Parliamentary Public Works committee to consider Sydney International Terminal Building upgrade.
· New weekly Tas-NZ service +++ Qantas and Air New Zealand agree to direct Hobart - Auckland service.
· Brian's labour of love makes old like new +++ Brian Chadwick restores vintage aircraft at Bankstown airport.
· Conference looks at problems in aviation medicine +++ Largest gathering of Aviation medical examiners in Perth
· SA/NT appeal for Aviation relics +++ SA/NT Div of Historical society concerned about lack of relics in SA
· All set for G1000 +++ Dept purchases it's sixth G1000. Photo.
· Melbourne and Sydney courses offer fearless flying +++ Women Pilots Association run courses for nervous passengers.
· Two appointed to ERDA review +++ Prof Gordon Mills and Mr Ted Butcher join the review of Economic Regulation of the Domestic Aviation Industry.
· Adelaide skies busy for historic Grand Prix +++ Dept coordinates large increase in air traffic for first motor Grand Prix in Adelaide.
· Ground Controller +++ Air traffic controllers also assisted with Grand Prix area ground traffic as marshals.
· Australian survey confirms safety record +++ 1983 survey of accidents confirms high level of aviation safety in Aus.
· Queensland best in TAI carnival +++ QLD win the Shane Paltridge Shield for best overall performance.
· New fire link in SA/NT +++ Improved communication between Airport and other civilian fire agencies
· Expertise and vigilance combine to make flying safer +++ Dept engineer Bob Douglas assists in investigation of accident to a Britten Norman Islander in PNG
· Australia seen overseas as advanced aviation country +++Secretary Freeland describes overseas tour of Aviation regulators and their attitudes.
· D of A engineering skills on display +++ D of A exhibit in Canberra during Professional Engineers Week.
· Casino opened for Jet operations +++ Minister Morris opens Casino airport NSW for jet F28 operations.
· SAR training programme ends first phase +++ 241 GA personnel have received SAR related flight training.
· Air accident figures down +++ Decrease of 22% compared to same period in previous three years.
· Aviation regulation views aired at seminar +++ Bureau of transport Economics host conference in Canberra attended by senior management from Dept's, aviation industry, unions.
· New equipment for Albury +++ Installation and relocation of navigation aids at Albury Airport.
· Conference charges electrical men for challenges in the 1990's +++ Heads of D of A electrical Facilities sections meet in Canberra.

February 1986
· Inaugural Aviation Journalism awards honour Print, TV feature work +++ Lady Anderson presents the inaugural journalism awards named after Sir Donald Anderson
· New Secretary +++ Mr Rae Taylor replaces Mr Colin Freeland as Secretary of the Dept.
· Replacement sought by TAA for 727;'s, DC 9's +++ TAA seeks government approval to purchase nine A320's
· Firemen remember with plaque +++ Plaque in New Brisbane Airport Fire Station honours RFFS dead members
· Noel and family face PNG task +++ Noel Moore goes to PNG as Assistant Secretary Technical Assistance team
· It's new faces time at AVINEWS +++ Dept Bi-monthly news video gets new presenter Mel Dunn
· John roped in to Help publicise Suggestion scheme +++ Canberra airport groundsman John Mills invents 'Hang glider simulator' to publicise the staff suggestion scheme
· 'Hot shot' from Darwin +++ Darwin Firefighter David Matthews finishes a notable second in national competition.
· Engineer home from Manila +++ Engineer John Pashen returns home after 2yrs as an ICAO adviser in the Philippines.
· Louie flies in to Canberra AGM +++ Humorous description of the launch of Roger Meyer's book on Aeradio in Australia.
· Biggest staff idea payout goes to Qld +++ Three radio Tech officers design radar simulator.
· Cocos darts players 'Scotch' opposition +++ D of A's Cocos team win in WA competition .
· Satellite technology is here as $127m AUSSAT contract signed +++ Remote area Comms to be enhanced.
· Satellite first for Ron in Darwin +++ Darwin Flight Service officer Ron Jaques receives first flight plan filed via phone through satellite comms.
· Interviewing veterans to record history +++ Long serving departmental officers are being interviewed for posterity.
· Series of booklets on Aviation +++ Historical society is producing a series of booklets on Australia's Civil Aviation History.
· Jetstream 31 is TAA choice for Western Qld +++ Three Jetstream 31 turboprops will replace F27's on W Qld routes.
· Quality by Qantas gains services Maintenance award +++ Minister Beazley presents Qantas with the 1985 Australian Defence Industry Quality and Achievement award for excellent work in RAAF maintenance and service.
· Early operators the stars in new historical booklet +++ 'Aeradio in Australia' by Roger Meyer is about Aeradio as a service to civil aviation in Australia.
· Death of veteran of 1934 Air Race +++ Owen Cathcart-Jones dies aged 85 in California. He flew with the late Ken Waller in a DH Comet to 4th place.
· Aviation burden on taxpayer to ease over decade - Minister +++ Full cost recovery to be achieved over next decade.
· Video promotes aviation safety +++ Video for low time GA pilots highlights human factors.
· They're grunting and sweating at Parafield +++ Staff gymnasium built at Parafield through staff efforts and Dept assistance.
· E.E.O. network established by D of A +++ An Informal network of Equal Opportunity contact officers is set up.
· Perth to stage IFE conference +++ WA branch of Institution of Fire Engineers to host conference and exhibition.

May/June 1986
· Minister launches inwards duty free shopping +++ Minister Morris Launches new duty free facility at Sydney Airport on May1st
· Promotion exercise a success +++ Stuart McGee architect of the Joint Selection Committee for promotions, chairs the first such promotions exercise
· From woe to go in 58 minutes +++ ATC coordinates rescue for downed aircraft crew leading to rescue in 58 mins.
· Coming and going +++ Photo. Outgoing Secretary Freeland and incoming Secretary Taylor with Mel Dunn
· Air Controller goes to war +++ Edward Carroll participates in exercise 'Pitch Black' in realistic scenario.
· WA Director retires +++ Paul Jones retires having joined in 1938 as a clerk with time out for war service and university.
· Disability book hailed +++ Minister Morris helps to launch booklet 'Australian Airport Facilities for the disabled'
· Ultralight odyssey +++ English woman Eve Jackson sets out to fly an ultralight to Australia.
· D of A gets it's feet wet +++ Qld SAR personnel get wet in an army LCM (photo)
· Qld aviation spurred on +++ Minister Morris visits facilities in Qld including the new Brisbane control tower.
· "Southern Cross" prepares to fly again +++ Modern replica of Kingsford Smith's aircraft under construction
· Students get pointers +++ TAFE students visit D of A's Canberra drawing office.
· Ulli becomes land bound +++ Experienced sailor Ulli Tuisk is an Airports engineer
· Pioneer launches race +++ The CSR Hinkler Bi-Centennial Air Race is launched by Mrs Lorres Bonney, Aviatrix.
· Brisbane terminal adequate +++ Minister Morris says the Brisbane International terminal is adequate for the present.
· Charlwood award to Townsville man +++ Qld ATC man Gary Laing is the ATC trainee of the year.
· Women in aviation booklet released +++ "The Girls were up there too" a booklet tracing the role of women in Australian aviation is released by D of A.
· EEO survey +++ A public service wide survey of equal opportunity will take place in June, July and August.
· IYY Awards to trainees and Apprentices +++ D of A organised competitive youth awards for outstanding contributions and achievements by D of A trainees and apprentices.
· Minister promises facilities +++ "Facilities where they are needed" promised at opening of new Wagga airport
· Tickets with a tale to tell +++ Roger Meyer describes the finding of old airline tickets.
· Four safety seminars held for pilots +++ GA pilots in NSW benefit from pilot awareness seminars held by D of A
· Canberra RFFS gets accolade +++ Canberra RFFS presented with Award of merit for 1985 by Minister Morris
· Standards develop for Airships +++ D of A Flight Standards personnel review overseas practices and research.
· Qantas high with Aussie wines +++ Qantas wins award from British Sunday times for wines of quality.
· Red Crane endangered +++ JAL's Red Crane symbol eliminated as airline seeks new image.
· Solicitors open at Bankstown +++ Emil J Ford and Co. Solicitors open an office at Bankstown airport.

July/August 1986
· Minister switches on the GCN +++ The new Departmental General Computing Network is commissioned.
· First typing manual launched +++ The Dept's manual outlines style and layout of major correspondence.
· What the GCN means to you +++ Explanation of the network and how it will service the individual.
· The Hi-tech behind GCN +++ Explanation of how the technology used builds the network
· Security man hits 'Lax' claims +++ Dept spokesman Gareth Morgan refutes media claims of lax airport security.
· Ron abandons ships to win Regional award +++ Ron Vandenberg Ex RAN Submariner wins Youth award as Departmental trainee aeronautical telecommunications officer
· An old Bristol gets a new home +++ Bristol Freighter VH-ADL moves from Essendon to Deniliquin museum (photo)
· Flying farmers face fines +++ Pilots Crop dusting from unapproved ultralight aircraft will be fined up to $2500
· Author succeeds twice over +++ Sheila Mann launches her book "The girls were up there too" in Canberra
· Aircraft at major sporting fixtures +++ America's Cup yachting challenge in WA sees major aircraft activity.
· Bundaberg Terminal the Cat's meow +++ Minister opens new terminal and meets airport mascot cat Cherokee
· People pose perils +++ Eve Jackson British ultralight pilot encounters theft and anti aircraft fire enroute to Australia.
· TAA banks on home-grown image +++ Airline engages advertising agency to revamp image
· D of A makes things 'Norm'-al +++ Cairns Sen. Tech. Norm Janz repairs hurricane damage in the Solomons
· Dollar saver coming +++ New, UK built, cheap light aircraft the ARV Super 2 to apply for Australian C of A
· Advanced simulators +++ Ansett to acquire Boeing 737-300 and Airbus A320-20 simulators for Melbourne base
· Darwin's safe sound +++ Darwin Flight Service HF transmission picked up at Hopen Is in the Arctic Ocean
· Foot sore slogger downed in exercise +++ Byron Sullivan Airways engineer takes part in Army reserve exercise
· More TAA Perth flights scheduled +++ Trans continental flight frequency up from 30 to 37 each way
· Sydney runway, terminal works under way +++ $37.7m facelift for airport begins
· Two D of A winners +++ Keith Harmsworth and Noel Clothier win professional awards.
· Matches ban +++ Ansett, TAA and East West airlines ban book matches as dangerous goods
· Hi-tech against high terror +++ New technology to detect modern weapons and explosives
· 11 commandments for safe flying +++ Written by Controllers at Jandakot tower WA
· Freight policy success +++ Charter flights carry fresh and primary produce to overseas market in prime condition
· Papers to be released +++ Independent Air fares Committee releases discussion papers on airline efficiency etc
· Tas. Satellites installed +++ Two satellite dishes installed at Devonport as part of the Dept's nationwide communications update

October/November 1986
· Perth gets bigger and better airport terminal +++ New International terminal and Control Tower (Photo)
· FAC - a vital new force in aviation +++ Federal Airports Corporation to improve industry's efficiency and service
· People +++ Edward "Booker" Schneekloth retires as groundsman at Normanton.
· Top gun ATC's go bush +++ New ATC facility at Coffs Harbour starts with four very experienced officers
· ATO's vigilance saves aircraft +++ Frank "Squizzy" Taylor reported a blown tyre on a B727 taxying out.
· Mental Mr Fix-it +++ Qld staff counsellor Tony Petcopoulos provides help and guidance to staff with problems
· Department Doctor wins British aviation medicine prize +++ Dr Adrian Zentner tops RAF course (Photo)
· 5,000th Boeing rolls out +++ Boeing celebrates production of 5,000 commercial jet airliner at Seattle
· Lasers in Airport +++ London Heathrow airport to pioneer laser scan sorting of baggage
· Pioneers honoured +++ Tasmania's aviation pioneers will have roads named after them on Hobart airport
· Ban smoking call +++ US National Academy of Sciences recommends the banning of in-flight smoking
· D of A helps Pope's tour +++ Air transport liaison officer Ray Ruming to facilitate the progress of the Pope's aircraft
· On the SAR frontline +++ Description of the bases and operations of the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA)
· FAC staff get employment assurances +++ D of A staff to be offered employment with the FAC
· Messages in a flash +++ High speed data transmission on the AFTN Via computers (Dataflash)
· New aviation college +++ Proposal for a new college to be built in Canberra
· Adventurous careers end +++ Bruce Coombes and Kevin Parsons retire. They both worked in exotic and hazardous places installing landing sites and communications facilities
· Bandits descend on DCA offices +++ Thieves raid DCA offices in Madang PNG at gunpoint
· D of A "must keep pace" - Minister +++ Minister Morris presents awards to RFFS personnel and warns of economies to come
· Pacific time machine +++ New air service from Sydney to the Cook Is crosses the International dateline 4 times in 2 days
· The terms they are a-changing +++ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to be replaced by UTC (Co-Ordinated Universal Time)
· D of A staff levels' dramatic fall +++ Staff levels have fallen by 1,194 to 9,984 in three years.
· Sydney KSA's past and present +++ History of Sydney airport "From Bullocks to Boeings" by Jennifer Gall launched by Minister Morris at the airport
· Tridents are coming +++ 22 highly advanced rescue and fire fighting vehicles to come into service
· Shoot for the stars +++ AVINEWS searches for new presenters
· AA boom +++ Australian Airlines establishes sales offices in the USA to attract tourist traffic
· Ansett in Asia +++ Ansett airfreight to operate charters around Asia and Vietnam
· Obituary +++ James Harper founder of the Accident Investigation Branch died recently and has been honoured by the Vic/Tas branch of the Historical society
· Organisational chart of Senior management

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Index compiled by Brian Surtees, CAHS

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