These photos were taken in my last months at the Dept of Civil Aviation Regional Training School (DCA RTS) at Waverton. For many years I caught the 389 bus from Paddington into town and then caught the train from Platform 3 at Town Hall Station to Waverton. In my final year and a half I bought a car and managed to cut my travel time to 1/3. The school is no more and the buildings are gone, but the memories are strong and these photos are the last of a time long gone. It was the class of 71.
The class(es) of 1971 were a mix of DCA and OTC Technicians in Training (we were known as TITs)
The first photo above was actually from Aug 1970. I seem to remember that the instructor was Thompson and he liked sports cars. I can’t see who is directly in front of me, but the guy with the long sideburns and his head turned was Will Toms and he was talking to Viv Makila. They were DCA.trainees.
The rest of the photos are from Nov 1971. Garry Cearns (above) was always the top of the year. He was a hard worker and I really liked the guy, but for a number of personal reasons he left OTC a few years after graduating and returned to his family home in the southern alps of NSW. Gary always beat me by half a mark each year. It served me right for being lazy and not studying hard. He was such a great guy and I hope that things worked out for him. After graduation he went to MRS on the 4th floor of Paddington.
I have never been good with names, but numbers were my thing so excuse me if I do not remember the names or the spelling. Above, instructor Bob Williams is talking to Paul Davies (OTC). In front with the beard is Carl Vigilanti (dark tee shirt) and I think that was muscle man Jerry Versallo (DCA)? Paul joined me at ITMC Paddington, as did Carl, after graduation. Carl was always posing in front of a camera!
Above instructor Bob Williams in class. No whiteboards or smart-boards back then!
Above in the orange shirt is Mike Battelina?(OTC) and smoking on the right is Jim Gould (OTC). Mike ended up in ISTC and Jim eventually made his way to ITMC – both at Paddington.
Instructor John Dryden, above, giving it all in the last period of the day.
The only other person above that has not been named and shamed is Laurie Keegan (front right) who ended up in ISMC at Paddington I believe. I did some gliding with Laurie up at Warkworth near Cessnock and soloed at that field. The guy with the long hair and blue shirt is Stuart Melville (DCA). If anyone wants to correct my spelling of memory for names, please comment away! If you have other photos or memories of the place or tall stories, let me know.