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Old 16th May 2022, 06:08
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Dick Smith
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Australia
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Those were the days

I have just been reading again the book “Call of the Kyeema” by Doug Whitfield, which tells the story of the early days of DCA and Flight Service. I particularly like this bit in relation to Alice Springs in 1970:

“The staff included six flight service radio operators, three flight service briefing office operators, three communication officers to operate the teleprinter circuits, three administration staff, twelve airport groundsmen, three district airport inspectors, three mechanics, three electrical tradesmen, six radio technicians, and an officer in charge. An air traffic control unit was about to commence full operations, and with it would be six to eight air traffic controllers to add to the list.”
I can see why the Review of Resources was so successful. Imagine if the industry had to pay for all that!
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