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3rd Aug 2022, 12:41
Replies: 10
Views: 2,124
Posted By topdrop

Bob Rogers went from Townsville FS to short term...

Bob Rogers went from Townsville FS to short term ATC course in 80 or 81 - great bloke.
22nd Jul 2022, 12:57
Replies: 84
Views: 10,506
Posted By topdrop

Retired a while now from Cairns ATC. We had a...

Retired a while now from Cairns ATC. We had a contingency plan for when either Tower &/or Approach service was not available. I know of 2 occasions when Tower was not available and the plan was put...
2nd Jul 2022, 13:17
Replies: 24
Views: 5,688
Posted By topdrop

I seem to remember (while ago now) the Westwind...

I seem to remember (while ago now) the Westwind would give us 350 to 4 mile final, allowing us to slot a lightie into the sequence via a right or left base before the next jet arrival. The 727 was...
6th May 2022, 12:20
Replies: 54
Views: 12,082
Posted By topdrop

For one of my renewals, I just put the month and...

For one of my renewals, I just put the month and year that I moved address as I couldn't recall the actual day of the month. I was told an actual date was required. Told them again I couldn't...
Forum: ATC Issues
1st May 2022, 13:08
Replies: 7
Views: 1,286
Posted By topdrop

In Cairns when weather is suitable, still...

In Cairns when weather is suitable, still requested and still offered. One of the visual approach tracks is a noise abatement procedure which joins straight in final at about 2.5NM.
Forum: ATC Issues
28th Dec 2021, 00:03
Replies: 7
Views: 1,615
Posted By topdrop

Where I worked, the missed approach and SID from...

Where I worked, the missed approach and SID from RWY 15 were essentially the same - turn left to 030 - due terrain.
C208 airborne, SH360 missed approach from 300ft (due low cloud). The SH360, in...
13th Sep 2021, 12:06
Replies: 81
Views: 14,643
Posted By topdrop

Until I left FS in 1988, in an AFIZ all traffic...

Until I left FS in 1988, in an AFIZ all traffic got full info on all other traffic. Outside AFIZ, IFR always received full traffic info on IFR and known VFR, except when really busy, you could pass...
25th Jul 2021, 01:03
Replies: 23
Views: 4,484
Posted By topdrop

Geoff was a controller in Brisbane when I worked...

Geoff was a controller in Brisbane when I worked there. Don't remember a RHS, so I think they are two different people.
Apologies may due to one of them or both of them. :)
12th Jul 2021, 01:36
Replies: 21
Views: 2,660
Posted By topdrop

I was still in Flight Service and instructed on...

I was still in Flight Service and instructed on the changes, so it would have to have been 1988 or earlier. The change was made as part of the change from 6 to 8 letter identifiers for aviation...
7th Apr 2021, 04:08
Replies: 95
Views: 9,230
Posted By topdrop

Phil was a very respected controller and Head of...

Phil was a very respected controller and Head of ATC. I knew him quite well and followed the Voices of Reason threads. While VOR could have been Phil, I doubt it from what VOR said in the thread and...
21st Feb 2021, 22:45
Replies: 22
Views: 4,411
Posted By topdrop

R766 (Michaelmas Cay) NE of Cairns is a bird...

R766 (Michaelmas Cay) NE of Cairns is a bird breeding site. Controlling authority is Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. Cairns Approach have approval to clear the Rescue helicopter into it for...
27th Jan 2021, 12:11
Replies: 5
Views: 1,381
Posted By topdrop

There is a microlight strip with hangars about...

There is a microlight strip with hangars about 2km North of the Port Douglas turnoff on the Captain Cook Hwy. I don't know exactly how long their strip is and if they would accept you.
23rd Jan 2021, 23:33
Replies: 19
Views: 3,979
Posted By topdrop

Airservices introduced separation assurance to...

Airservices introduced separation assurance to cater for the lowest common denominator. They were passing trainees that should never have passed and as a result the number of separation incidents had...
9th Oct 2020, 08:30
Replies: 25
Views: 4,481
Posted By topdrop

I thought you could fly with level 4 (expires...

I thought you could fly with level 4 (expires after 3 years), level 5 (6 year expiry) or level 6 (never expires)
Forum: ATC Issues
7th Oct 2020, 04:39
Replies: 6
Views: 3,669
Posted By topdrop

Yes, the controller is responsible for terrain...

Yes, the controller is responsible for terrain clearance in this situation - using the Radar Terrain Clearance Chart (or whatever it is called in your neck of the woods). The exception is to add the...
27th Jun 2020, 01:00
Replies: 26
Views: 3,172
Posted By topdrop

When I started in FS/ATC there were 60NM wide...

When I started in FS/ATC there were 60NM wide corridors of controlled airspace over the continent and 100NM wide corridors over the ocean. I think the corridors were F250 to F450. Apart from CTR and...
27th May 2020, 08:20
Replies: 677
Views: 1,798,261
Posted By topdrop

Hoosten, I worked Approach for 21 years and we...

Hoosten,
I worked Approach for 21 years and we would regularly pass traffic info on behalf of adjoining sectors - both on our own initiative and on request of the adjoining sectors.
8th May 2020, 06:27
Replies: 70
Views: 9,108
Posted By topdrop

I have heard that a lot of operators are not...

I have heard that a lot of operators are not allowed by their insurance company to depart VFR and then change to IFR when traffic allows an ATC clearance (IFR pickup). Is it correct that some are not...
25th Apr 2020, 01:47
Replies: 43
Views: 9,368
Posted By topdrop

A new Regional Director was appointed to SA/NT...

A new Regional Director was appointed to SA/NT region, who balked at the cost of manning Gove Tower. He cancelled it. The Tower was not yet fitted out, though I think some of the console was...
Forum: ATC Issues
4th Nov 2019, 22:27
Replies: 8
Views: 1,496
Posted By topdrop

Depends on the software that your radar data is...

Depends on the software that your radar data is fed into. Many places have multiple radar feeds to one display to cater for terrain issues. Have 3 feeds where I work. To merge the feeds, the display...
18th Aug 2019, 07:29
Replies: 101
Views: 22,147
Posted By topdrop

Been cleared "the option" 3 or 4 times in Cairns...

Been cleared "the option" 3 or 4 times in Cairns - mainly when doing flight review.
6th Aug 2019, 23:38
Replies: 57
Views: 11,366
Posted By topdrop

Did those criticising the report note this to the...

Did those criticising the report note this to the right of the investigation numberStatus: Activehttps://www.atsb.gov.au/Assets/Progress/progress_0.pngPhase: Evidence collection
Forum: ATC Issues
1st Jul 2019, 12:28
Replies: 17
Views: 8,525
Posted By topdrop

Had a member of the public ring Cairns ATC to...

Had a member of the public ring Cairns ATC to report a crashed Dash 8 on about a 2 mile final. Ascertained that the person was looking at Google Earth and the aircraft hadn't moved for over 10...
15th Apr 2019, 03:51
Replies: 29
Views: 6,098
Posted By topdrop

The wing in ground effect craft in Cairns had...

The wing in ground effect craft in Cairns had both marine and aviation registration. Had a dispo for nil transponder. Test pilot was previously aero club instructor. After venture folded, he became a...
Forum: ATC Issues
21st Mar 2019, 22:42
Replies: 22
Views: 9,128
Posted By topdrop

Does Bahrain recruit local female trainees for...

Does Bahrain recruit local female trainees for ATC? Are they paid the same as males? Discrimination can take many forms.
22nd Feb 2019, 23:16
Replies: 9
Views: 2,328
Posted By topdrop

Airways NZ does training - don't know about NZ...

Airways NZ does training - don't know about NZ military. HK trains locals and expats with ATC experience, though they are reducing the number of expats as more locals qualify.
12th Feb 2019, 06:39
Replies: 25
Views: 10,521
Posted By topdrop

Thought it was QANTAS that liked old aircraft.

Thought it was QANTAS that liked old aircraft.
2nd Feb 2019, 07:55
Replies: 28
Views: 9,404
Posted By topdrop

Have a read of this -...

Have a read of this - https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-Return/2018/Tax-return/Deduction-questions-D1-D10/D4-Work-related-self-education-expenses-2018/?=redirected
Then talk to a taxation...
26th Jan 2019, 22:22
Replies: 64
Views: 16,773
Posted By topdrop

To anyone not sure what to do, opt out by Jan 31...

To anyone not sure what to do, opt out by Jan 31 - you can always opt back in later after further research or the privacy issues have been sorted.
26th Jan 2019, 11:06
Replies: 29
Views: 7,166
Posted By topdrop

We (Enroute Controllers) took over the Amberley...

We (Enroute Controllers) took over the Amberley Approach airspace on weekends and at night back in the early 1990's. Plenty of routes through the airspace into Amberley, Brisbane and Archerfield...
23rd Dec 2018, 01:23
Replies: 34
Views: 3,841
Posted By topdrop

If he wanted to land in Darwin, it's possible...

If he wanted to land in Darwin, it's possible authorities could stop it. Elsewhere along NT coastline different story.
Many years ago, a missionary got scared for the safety of his family due to...
24th Nov 2018, 22:18
Replies: 283
Views: 107,188
Posted By topdrop

Little smiley at the end is a bit of a clue.

Little smiley at the end is a bit of a clue.
28th Oct 2018, 11:20
Replies: 66
Views: 12,607
Posted By topdrop

Never endorsed on a twin, though I have got to...

Never endorsed on a twin, though I have got to fly a few under supervision. First (at about 30 hours) was 1 circuit in a PNGDF DC3 after maintenance at East West in Tamworth - President of aero club...
24th Oct 2018, 23:54
Replies: 246
Views: 127,084
Posted By topdrop

LongLegs, I really enjoyed reading your first...

LongLegs, I really enjoyed reading your first hand account, informative and not sensationalist - well done. Enjoy the rest of your life, it's not everyone that survives a plane crash.
22nd Sep 2018, 09:42
Replies: 28
Views: 4,744
Posted By topdrop

As a local, I was told Gunny G'noo

As a local, I was told Gunny G'noo
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