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Howard Houliston.


Howard Houliston was in the Gong Ride on the first Sunday in November. The Gong Ride is a bike ride (that's a push-bike) from Sydney down the hill to Wollongong to raise funds for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) - if you can contribute to a good cause (it’s not too late) his fundraising link is HERE.


Please help this worthy cause!!




Bob McInnes.


Bon McInnes, the bloke who led the charge to get helicopter A2-1022 stuffed and mounted at the Caloundra RSL recently got in touch. His committee is trying to record the whole event and produce a YouTube clip – but they need a hand.


If you know how to do it and you have a bit of spare time please let us know and we’ll put you in touch with Bob.




Retired RAAF Engineer Officers.


A team of ex-Engineer Officers lead by GPCAPT (Retd) Brian Duddington, AM, currently is working to establish a Queensland Chapter of the Retired Engineer Officer Association (REOA),  the charter for which will be  similar to that of the long-established Melbourne association of the same name.


Please see the REOA website (www.reoa.org.au) for details.


The charter provides a sound basis for the establishment of a “club” that would satisfy the needs of a defined group of people of similar background and professional interest while promoting the ideals of mateship and camaraderie in a relaxed and benign environment.


If you have any interest in joining the team or know someone who may, please contact Brian on M: 0417 625 213 W:3637 3833 or E-Mail: Duddo8@bigpond.com.au.”




Defence Family Fun Day


Howie Campbell wrote, he says, “I am a member of the Central Coast Pension and Welfare Officers Network, and in May this year, we formed a committee to organize a "Defence Family Fun Day" which was held on the 28th October, 2012. We are very aware that our younger serving and ex-serving men and women, who have served in The Solomons, Iraq, Afghanistan, Timor and other hot spots around the world, are not travelling too well. There is a high rate of Post Traumatic Stress and suicide. We need to be there for these people. They are young and don’t want to be called "veterans" and many, on discharge, are not fitting back into the general community. Our Family Fun Day was designed to attract them as well as their families, as they also suffer because of these problems. We had lots of stalls to show them what is available for them in the community, and also activities for children. We also had a "chill out" tent for mums and or dads.


You can download a flyer HERE.


Howie Campbell

Welfare Officer, Radar Branch, and State Councillor ,

RAAF Association NSW Div.




70th Anniversary of RAAF Radar Wings 08 Feb 2013

Number 41, 42 & 44 Wings will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of their formation on 08 February 2013 through a combined Wing Parade and Open Day to be held at RAAF Base Williamtown. The Parade will commence at 0900 with an Open Day featuring static displays from all three Wings commencing from 1100 through to 1400.

An invitation to attend both the combined Wing Parade and Open Day is extended to all current and ex-serving members and their families, who have at some time been part of Number 41, 42 or 44 Wings or operated, maintained and supported RAAF Radar.

Expressions of Interest from those wishing to attend are to be passed to WOFF Robert McFerran on (02) 403 49156 or email robert.mcferran@defence.gov.au by 18 Jan 13.



Mike Greyson


This is an informative message to all my Aussie friends.  


Radio Butterworth staff


Your members who had connections with Radio RAAF Butterworth  may like to know that a site has been set up on Facebook by  Bruce "Bones" Welsh. Anyone caring to reminisce/join/post are welcome....Go to Facebook.com/raaf radio butterworth....see you there.



Everything will turn out alright at the end.

If things are not alright now, then this cannot be the end



This is my definition of a good bloke - tb




Mick Owens


Recently the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced the conclusion of its review of marine radio certificates of proficiency for recreational boaters. The outcomes from the review are:


That the ACMA will:


·         co-ordinate the development and implementation of the Australian Waters Qualification (AWQ), which will become the new mandatory qualification for recreational boaters using VHF marine radio channels within Australian territorial waters. It is anticipated the AWQ arrangement will begin during2013-14.

·         align its remaining marine radio certificate of proficiency framework with the Maritime Training Package administered by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) in the longer.


For more information on the review outcomes please see the Media Release.





John Sambrooks





Linda is looking to interview anyone who has had a connection with the Caribou for a story that will be shown on TV about Anzac Day next year. The story will also be distributed World-wide.  It is not just about the Caribou in Vietnam, Linda wants to hear about other places where the Caribou operated i.e. P.N.G., Borneo, United Nations etc., flood relief, medi-vac.  In other words, all and any operations in which the Caribou was involved. She is looking for the aircrew of the Caribou that flew the “Survivors” cast to Alice Springs.


If you would like to be involved, you can contact Linda here  linda@laceproductions.com.au or Mobile 0411 884 559.




Avalon Air Show.


Avalon is gearing up for another monstrous Air Show (Feb next year) and if you haven’t been to one, you should have it on the top of your bucket list – it is something not to be missed.



The Australian International Airshow and Aerospace and Defence Exposition (to give its full name) is an event unlike any other in the Australasian region. It is the result of many years of passion and enthusiasm by a dedicated group of aviation enthusiasts.


It has grown from a country airshow at Schofields in outer Western Sydney in 1976, to what is now a biennial event with an enviable reputation on the world airshow calendar. It comprises two separate, but concurrent major international events which are staged at Avalon Airport near Geelong in Victoria. It is now a three day, action packed public event, with public flying displays and an amazing array of static aircraft to view up close.


The Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition is also a major trade event for Australia’s aviation, aerospace and defence industries, with some 600 participating exhibitor companies showcasing their products, services and technologies to a national and international audience.


Together these events are one of the most exciting attractions on the Australian tourism events calendar. Airshow 2013 will be the eleventh in the series of events staged at Avalon Airport.


General Admission Tickets will be on sale soon, details are as follows:


Adult (15 years and over) -  $60

Child (5-14 years) -  $30

Concession (Pensioner, HCC, Student Card Only) - $50

Family (2 adults & 4 children) -  $120

Children under 5 -  Free


On the public days (1-3 March) a car parking fee of $10 per car per day applies and is payable at the gate upon entry. A group discount of 10% is available for advance bookings of 10 or more of the same ticket type for any one day.


Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster shortly. If you would like to register your interest in purchasing General Admission tickets for AIRSHOW 2013 or would like to be notified once tickets are available, please email your details to airshow@amda.com.au



If you would rather see the show a little more comfortably, you can always buy a Gold Pass, see details HERE.


BUT!!!! There is another way to see the Air Show and that is as a Volunteer. If you have an interest in aircraft, and if you can spare a few days, then, not only will you get to see the exciting show for free, you will also meet new people, all with similar interests to yourself and also have a lot of fun along the way.



As a Volunteer you will receive the following benefits.

·         Airshow Family Pass.

·         Free access to Airshow campsite (if required).

·         Free car parking in designated personnel car park.

·         Meals provided as per roster.

·         Uniform Provided.

·         Post Event Recognition, and best of all,

·         Post Event Party.


Garry Jarvis, who is an ex RAAF apprentice (Arab), manages the Aircraft Ground Operations area (tarmac) at the Airshow and he is always on the lookout for ex RAAF Techo’s with tarmac awareness who would like the occasional fix of being around aircraft. Garry says there are many ex RAAF “grey nomads” who use the Airshow as part of their holidays and treat it as a re-union. All comment on the memories of the smell of burnt AVTUR, the scream of jets and the rumbling of radials that come flooding back.


At the 2011 Airshow the “Tarmacers” handled over 1,400 aircraft movements from 600 different visiting aircraft.


There are plenty of different jobs going. No matter what your background – there’s sure to be a great job just for you. If you would like to know more about volunteering, click HERE. That will take you to the registration page which has a description of each job.




Ex-WRAAF reunion.


Rosalyn Curran would like all ex-WRAAF’s to make an entry in their diaries to remind them that the next WRAAF reunion will be held in Perth WA on the 11, 12 and 13 October next year (2013). It’s still a way off but the organisers would like to get some idea of how many girls are interested in attending. If you are thinking about it (in a positive way) please email your details, ie name, address, email, phone, maiden name, recruit course number (if you can remember it) to wraaf2013@hotmail.com This of course is not binding, it just gives the organisers some idea on what to plan.


The reunion will be held at the Rydges Hotel in Perth. 




RAAF Ex-Apprentice/JEAT Reunion.


Dick Tracey advises that the next Appy reunion will be held in Wagga on the 24th, 25th and 26th April next year. Click HERE to download the flier.



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