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    • 28 May 2022 08:00 AM Until 12:00 PM
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      VATPAC invites you to the inaugural edition of VATPAC's newest training based series. Welcome to Training Night!
       
      Event Details
      Designed to teach members of the VATPAC and VATSIM Network on specific procedures, Training Night is open to members of all experiences, backgrounds and knowledge levels. Whether you are looking to gain knowledge about a specific procedure, or wanting to extend a helping hand to members of the community, this event will satisfy your urges.
      For this edition, we are going to focus on Metro D Operations within VATPAC Airspace. Looking at some key Metro D Airports within the Sydney Basin (Camden and Bankstown) on Saturday the 28th of May from 0800-1200z.
      While there will be some specific procedures for some of the airfields during this event. This event is designed to teach you the basic building blocks for controlling and flying at all Metro D fields within VATPAC Airspace.
       
      Event Briefings
      In order to assist with understanding the procedures and operations during this event. VATPAC has created a Pilot Briefing & Controller Briefing for all pilots and controllers to review before the event. It is strongly recommended that you review this document to get the most out of this event! You can access both of these briefings below.
      Controller Briefing Pilot Briefing Note: The Pilot & Controller Briefings will be released on the 25th of May.
       
      Routes
      Routes recommended during this event can be found in the Pilot Briefing above.
       
      Controllers
      Controllers who wish to participate in this event are encouraged to apply via https://events.vatpac.org/. Below is the list of controller positions of which are planned to be rostered during Training Night - Metro D Operations.
      Controllers are requested to review the controller briefing located above. Air Traffic Service Team Members will be available on the VATPAC Discord to assist you with learning new procedures during the event. You can gain access the VATPAC Discord via https://discord.vatpac.org/.
      Login Identifier Radio Callsign Frequency ML-BIK_CTR Brisbane Centre 129.800 BN-ARL_CTR Brisbane Centre 130.900       SY_APP Sydney Approach 124.400 SY-S_APP Sydney Approach 129.700 SY_DEP Sydney Departures 123.000       BK_TWR Bankstown Tower 132.800 BK_GND Bankstown Ground 119.900 CN_TWR Camden Tower 121.900 CN_GND Camden Ground 120.100  
      Scenery
      YCNK - Cessnock Airport
      Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D)
      YSBK - Bankstown Airport
      Payware - Impulse Simulation (MSFS)
      Freeware - FlightSim.com (P3Dv4)
      Freeware - FlightSim.com (FSX)
    • 29 May 2022 10:00 AM Until 11:15 AM
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      Simulation Date/Time: Current date set to daylight.
      Weather: Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
      If not using live weather, please be mindful of others who are using live weather and will be taking off and landing into the wind.
      Distance: 121 nm
      Est Flight Time: Approx 75 min
      Aircraft: Cessna 172 or similar aircraft capable of 110 kias.
      Altitude: Remain in Class G airspace outside Melbourne CTR. See waypoint notes below.
      Flight plan

      File as: YTOC YSHT YWHG YMNG TLK BDF KIM WAN BVG KAO CGB YMEN
      GPS flight plan is available for FSX/P3D .pln, MFS2020 .pln, X-Plane .fms and Little Navmap.
      Navigation: Pilots are encouraged to navigate visually. For those less familiar the GPS flight plan is the recommended method of navigation.
      Communications
      Australia uses CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency) for radio comms at uncontrolled airfields. During an event, Pilots are requested to broadcast intentions on the published CTAF. Pilots should also be aware that it is a VATSIM CoC (Code of Conduct) requirement that all pilots at uncontrolled airfields should monitor UNICOM on 122.800. Pilots should ensure that at least one of their radios (COM 2 being the most likely) is tuned to receive UNICOM transmissions in addition to transmitting and receiving on the published CTAF.
      Pilots also should read this post regarding the implications of using VATSIM UNICOM for CTAF. It provides some insight into potential pitfalls for the unwary when monitoring 122.80 in a CTAF environment.
       
      Scenery
      Due to the plethora of simulation platforms now being used, scenery is left to the discretion of each pilot. Updated X-Plane scenery is available here.
       
      Flight details
      TOCUMWAL [YTOC] Takeoff
      elev: 372
      rwy: 09/27 18/36 asphalt [parallel grass strips for gliders only]
      CTAF: 125.5

      Tune DME to Melbourne VOR/DME (ML 114.1)
        NUMURKAH overfly - visual along the railway

      Not above 8500 ft within 90 DME ML.
        SHEPPARTON [YSHT] T&G - visual along the Goulburn Valley Highway
      elev: 375
      rwy: 18/36 asphalt
      rwy: 09/27 gravel
      CTAF: 118.8
      NDB: SHT 212
        WAHRING FIELD [YWHG] T&G - visual along the Goulburn Valley Highway
      elev: 410
      rwy: 03/21 grass [cross strip for gliders only]
      CTAF: 121.1
        MANGALORE [YMNG] T&G - visual along the Goulburn Valley Highway
      elev: 467
      rwy: 05/23 18/36 asphalt
      CTAF: 121.1
      VOR: MNG 113.2

      Not above 7500 ft within 45 DME ML.
        TALLAROOK [TLK] overfly not above 7500 ft - visual along the Hume Freeway

      Not above 4500 ft within 30 DME ML.
        BROADFORD [BDF] overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the Hume Freeway

      Contact Melbourne APP (132.0) if active between Broadford and Wallan to arrange clearance into Melbourne CTR. Essendon TWR will issue the clearance closer to Melbourne.
        KILMORE [KIM] overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along Broadford-Kilmore Road

      Not above 3500 ft within 20 DME ML.
        WALLAN [WAN] overfly not above 3500 ft - visual along the Northern Highway

      Not above 2500 ft within 15 DME ML.
        BEVERIDGE [BVG] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the Hume Freeway
        KALKALLO [KAO] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the Hume Freeway
      *** Inbound reporting point***

      If Melbourne APP is not active, contact Essendon TWR (125.1) approaching Kalkallo to obtain clearance into Melbourne CTR. Do not proceed until given clearance.
      If there is no ATC, use UNICOM 122.8 to broadcast intentions. There is no CTAF for Essendon.

      Not above 1500 ft within 10 DME ML
        CRAIGIEBURN OVERPASS [CGB] overfly not above 1500 ft - visual along the Hume Freeway
        ESSENDON [YMEN] Land - track as directed by ATC
      elev: 282
      rwy: 08/26 17/35 asphalt
      TWR: 125.1
        Charts


    • 30 May 2022 08:00 AM Until 12:00 PM
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      You know it’s the end of the month when Spilled Milk Run Monday is back on the calendar. This week we are taking you to Darwin, Alice Springs, and Broome!
      Fly between Darwin (YPDN), Alice Springs (YBAS) and Broome (YBRM) with full expectations of ATC Services throughout your flight!
      Traffic Levels usually begin to pick up between 0830z and peak between 0930z-1030z
       
      Routes:
      We recommend the following routes between Darwin, Alice Springs, and Broome.

      YBAS – YBRM: DCT AS T11 BRM DCT
      YBAS – YPDN: DCT AS J521 TN Q23 DN DCT
      YBRM – YBAS: DCT BRM T11 AS DCT
      YBRM – YPDN: DCT BRM J93 KU J72 DN DCT
      YPDN – YBAS: DCT DN J251 AS DCT
      YPDN – YBRM: DCT DN J151CIN J93 BRM DCT
       
      Controllers:
      Controllers who wish to control a position to control during this event are entitled to log on as a first come first serve basis. Positions that do not have a controller online (i.e. no controller controlling the position) will remain free for all controllers available on the day to control.
      *Non-Standard positions* will be available for opening depending on traffic levels. They may only be opened once all of the Standard positions are filled. Please see a member of Staff, or a C3 rated controller to be granted permission to open a non-standard position. Please review the controller NOTAM for detailed information about which Non-Standard Positions are automatically authorized.
      Login Identifier:
      Radio Callsign:
      Frequency:
      DN_DEL
      Darwin Delivery
      126.800
      DN_GND
      Darwin Ground
      121.800
      DN_TWR
      Darwin Tower
      133.100
      DN_APP
      Darwin Approach
      134.100
            AS_TWR
      Alice Tower
      118.300
            BRM_GND
      Broome Ground
      121.700
      BRM_TWR
      Broome Tower
      126.000
            BN-TRT_CTR
      Brisbane Centre
      133.200
      BN-KIM_CTR
      Brisbane Centre
      133.400       ML-ASP_CTR
      Melbourne Centre
      128.850
       
      Scenery:
      YPDN – Darwin Airport:
      Payware – MFSG (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware – AVSIM (FSX)
      *Note: X-Plane Default Scenery is most up to date*
      YBRM – Broome Airport:
      Payware – ORBX (FSX/P3D)
      Payware – ORBX (X-Plane)
      YBAS – Alice Springs Airport:
      Payware – ORBX (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware – Roger Leupold (FSX/P3D)
      *Note: X-Plane Default Scenery is most up to date*
    • 01 June 2022 10:00 AM Until 11:30 AM
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      This Week's flight for Wednesday 1st June 2022 takes us to the Solomon Islands flying from Santa Ana (AGGT) to the capital Honiara (AGGH) with discretionary T&G's along the route.
      Flight created by YMA555
      Scenery: Due to the plethora of flight sim programs now in use scenery is at the discretion of each pilot. At times the flight author might include links for addon MSFS2020 as that is what he uses personally.
      Irrespective of what scenery you choose to use it is strongly recommended to run your sim to check that the scenery works and does not cause any CTD or other issues.
      Aircraft: Capable of 150 kias
      Comms: Tune Radio to 122.80MHz - Unless Advised by ATC or further detailed hereunder
      Flight Route Link: Details
      Weather: Real time weather, fair weather if conditions are not suitable for VFR Flying.
      Flight Plan Link:(AGGT-AGGH)< Just click on this link for Flight Plan for .fms and .pln
      BELOW: MAP OF ROUTE

      THANKS FOR FLYING VATPAC WORLD DISCOVERY FLIGHTS
    • 03 June 2022 07:00 AM Until 10:00 AM
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      If there’s one thing we do best, it’s the good old FIFO flight; keeping communities connected and opening up our stunning interior to the world. Explore this beautiful country on the first Friday of every month as we take a tour around our regional airfields.
      VATPAC invites you to Australia’s famous Pilbara-Kimberley region in WA, famous for its red deserts, extraordinary rock formations and beautiful reefs. With connections to both Perth (YPPH) and Darwin (YPDN), towns in this region play a vital role in keeping WA’s mining and tourism industries rolling. Join us between 0700z-1000z (1700-2000 AEST; 1500-1800 AWST) on the 3rd of June 2022!
       
      Routes:
      The below map highlights some of the routes available to fly throughout this region:

      Some other airports of importance in and around this region include: Solomon (YSOL), West Angelas (YANG), Roy Hill-Ginbata (YGIA), Boolgeeda (YBGD), and Fortescue (YFDF)
      It is recommended to use the following routes when flying between these airports:
      YPPH - YPKA YPPH - YPKU  PH Y15 VETEL Z55 KA PH AMANA Y31 MANIG Y36 BIDAP T63 ARG J72 KU     YPPH - YBRM YPPH - YCPR JET: PH Y31 BRM PH Y15 CULAB POGAV NON-JET: PH Z19 MURCH Y31 BRM       YPPH - YPPD YPPH - YCWA PH Y15 ESDEG Y44 BUTON PD PH Y15 ESDEG Y60 HALEM SARIG     YPPH - YNWN YPPH - YBRY JET: PH Y31 WONYU V35 NWN PH Y15 ESDEG Y60 GUVNA NON-JET: PH Z19 MURCH Y31 MONYU V35 NWN       YPDN - YBRM YPPH - YTST DN HELLI J151 CIN J93 BRM PH Z19 NORIC COPDI Y13 VALRA A339 GUNAM      YPDN - YPKU YPPH - YSOL  DN HELLI J151 ZAMMI KU PH Y15 ESDEG Y44 REMBO   
      ATC:
      FIFO Fridays are not rostered. Positions are taken on a first come, first get basis. The recommended positions for the event are listed below:
      Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: PH_DEL Perth Delivery 118.550 PH_GND Perth Ground  121.700 PH_TWR Perth Tower 127.400 PH_APP Perth Approach 123.600       DN_DEL Darwin Delivery 126.800 DN_GND Darwin Ground  121.800 DN_TWR Darwin Tower 133.100 DN_APP Darwin Approach 134.100       KA_GND Karratha Ground  123.550 KA_TWR Karratha Tower 127.350       BRM_GND Broome Ground  121.700 BRM_TWR Broome Tower 126.000       BN-TRT_CTR Brisbane Centre 133.200 ML-OLW_CTR Melbourne Centre 134.000 ML-PIY_CTR Melbourne Centre 133.900 Please note that since both Broome and Karratha’s towers are procedural, they can only be staffed by members who are S3 or higher, or have completed their Procedural Tower Endorsement.
      Scenery:
      YPPH – Perth, WA
      Payware – MFSG (P3D / FSX)
      Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX)
      Payware - Axonos (X-Plane)
      Payware - Axonos (MSFS)
      YPDN – Darwin, NT
      Payware – MFSG (P3D / FSX)
      Freeware – Ant's Aussie Airports (P3D / FSX)
      Freeware – WorldWideXP (X-Plane)
      YBRM – Broome, WA
      Payware – ORBX (P3D / FSX)
      Payware - ORBX (X-Plane)
      YPPD – Port Hedland, WA
      Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX)
      YPKA -Karratha, WA
      Payware - MSFG (P3D/FSX/MSFS)
      Miscellaneous WA FIFO Airports:
      Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX)
      Miscellaneous:
      Payware – ORBX Australia V2 (P3D / FSX)
      Payware - ORBX Global (P3D / FSX)
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