Vol 61

Dec 2017

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Sadly, in the few months since our last issue, we have once again lost some very good mates.  


See Page 2.

Our lovely Page 3 girl this issue is Mary Windsor (Moore) and we have lots of old time pics.


See Page 3.

Macros can be very handy, see how and before you buy a smart speaker, you should read this.


See Page 4

We have been sent some current pics of Butterworth.


See Page 5

10 things to do in Oz while nomading, and Airbus might have to stop making the A380.   


See Page 6

Jock Cassels begins his story of his exciting life in two Air Forces.


See Page 7


38 Sqn, the RAAF’s longest continuously serving operational Sqn looks to be headed for the cupboard.


See Page 8

GM is gearing up to produce auto-drive cars, and we have another look at the old Shackleton.


See Page 9

Why do carriers have an angled runway and what’s the difference between a turbo and a supercharger.


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How much weight do you lose when you exercise? and finally, birthing simply explained. Is Manuka honey all that good?


See Page 11.

Jeff remembers his time flying the old Caribou in Vietnam back in 1966/67 and the Melbourne Sydney air route is the world’s second busiest.


See Page 12.

DVA has digitised their Grants Scheme, it’s now all done on line.


See Page 13.

The Appies got together at the Trans hotel in Brisbane.


See Page 14.

21 Radio Appy got together at the RACV Resort in Torquay (Vic).


Page 15

“Ghosts of Camden Past”.  John recounts his introduction into the aviation world as a young bloke loading aircraft with newspapers at Camden airport.


See Page 16

Sick Parade. A couple of our mates have been crook. We wish them a speedy recovery.  


(Page 17).

We’re looking for a few people, perhaps you can help.  


(Page 18).

This is where you have your say. We look forward to getting your letters - so please keep them coming.  


(Page 19).

Here’s the news, all the news, the whole news and nothing but the news.  


(Page 20).



If you're looking for a topic or a photo of someone, click on the Index link on the top of each page and just follow the links.






RAM thought for the day.


Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning - See more at: http://homeinsteaders.org/category/opportunity/#sthash.1Hd7i5GH.dpuf

Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning - See more at: http://homeinsteaders.org/category/opportunity/#sthash.1Hd7i5GH.dpuf

Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,

anyone can start from now
and make a brand new beginning - See more at: http://homeinsteaders.org/category/opportunity/#sthash.1Hd7i5GH.dpuf

 Actions prove who someone is, words prove who they want to be.




2021 – the RAAF’s 100 year anniversary.


Later this month I’ll be in Melbourne to see the RAAF and some potential sponsors to discuss our wish list re the celebration. We’ll have more on this in our next issue or you can keep an eye on things on the Celebration web-site (www.radschool.org.au/2021 Celebratons/) which will be continuously updated.


If you would like to join us in Melbourne for the Celebration, please go to the site, fill in the form (HERE) and send it off to us. This is not a commitment, it is only an indication, we just need to have an “idea” of the numbers. We've put the names already received on the site and we'll continuously up date it.


All those that have indicated they will be going will get “down the front” reserved seats at the Myer Music Bowl for the Sunday concert.




The Sunday Concert event will be open to all in Melbourne and could look like this below, you’ll definitely want a reserved seat. Believe me, you don't want to be "on the hill."



Remember, the “other day” Celebration events are open to anyone and everyone who has spent time at Ballarat, Laverton, Point Cook, St Kilda or Frognall, it’s open to clerks, cooks, framies, pilots, instructors, even radtechs, it’s irrespective of mustering. The individual cost to everyone will be minimal as we’re down the road aways with sponsors and it’s looking good.


Early in 2020 we’ll need you to commit and fill in another form with all names, shirt sizes etc and soon after that you’ll need to make a payment, but more on that later too.


We’ll be asking for volunteers later, people to help with set up, team leaders, crowd management, waiters etc, more on that later too.




Early Editions.


We’ve fixed the early editions that had “dropped off”, you can now access every edition from number 1 (back in May 1999) onwards. And the index has been updated too.






If you’re using Cisco “Advanced Malware Protection” (AMP) I would strongly suggest you dump it and get a program that actually works. Cisco issue false positives, they will brand a web site as containing Malware and even though they know it to be incorrect, will not amend their branding. If you’re using Cisco and you try and log onto the Radschool Site, you will get the message below.


We’ve been onto them trying to get that false warning removed and this is their answer:


“Thank you for your email.


I was able to open your website (see attached screenshot) and I see nothing suspicious in it. However if any user of Cisco Security equipment faces any issues with accessing your website, he should directly contact us to verify why the website has been added and if it was added by mistake to be removed from there.


To open a case with Cisco we must be contacted by owner of Cisco Security equipment. If you own such you may open a case with us. If not, you should advise whoever send you the screenshot from your first email to contact us directly (tac@cisco.com) with a request for your website to be removed from the Suspicious list.


Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.”


Kind regards


Cisco.com support.”


Even though they acknowledge their warning is wrong, they won’t remove it unless/until we are a paid up user.  Well, news for them, we wouldn’t give them a cent and we suggest you don’t either, switch over to a proper and reputable program, such as Malwarebytes and you’ll be far better off.






We’ve decided to go with the following membership.


·                1 year’s full membership for $12.00.  (now till 30 June 2018)

·                Full membership for $45.00 to 30 June 2021.


Annual Membership will run from July one year to June the next, with this year’s annual membership now expiring in June 2018. As we’ve said, full membership is not compulsory, you can still receive the RAM which will remain open, free and available on the net.


So, if you’d like to contribute and help us with the ever increasing costs, please join as a full member.


If you are already a member (ie: if your name is on this LIST), please fill in the form below and send it to us, if you haven’t already joined (if you're not on the list), please use the form HERE.


First name:       Surname:  


Your email address:  


Membership type:                   


Your State:                         Sum transferred:  $


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Please transfer your joining contribution to:


BSB: 124-021       Account number: 1048 7401      Title:  RAAF Radschool Association.

Bank:  Bank of Queensland.

and include your name in the "Remarks" window on the deposit.


You can of course pay more if you wish!!



AND!!  If you work for a firm that would be kind and generous enough to sponsor the Radschool Association, please get in touch.






If you're having a reunion and you would like us to cover it and publish it, let us know and we'll see what can be done.






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It is a very large file, contains 274 pages and will take a while to download.


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