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    17 July 2021 06:00 AM      09:00 AM

    This July, we are happy to welcome you to the Festival City for another edition of the ever-popular Panic Stations! It doesn't matter what aircraft you decide to fly, all that matters is that you make it on time to enjoy those all-important bragging rights. 
    South Australia awaits for this edition of Panic Stations, with the expectation of a fully staffed Adelaide (YPAD) between 0600z-0900z (4pm-7pm AEST). Whether you arrive over the beautiful Flinders Ranges, or by crossing the renowned Eyre Peninsula, we can ensure that Adelaide won't disappoint. 
     
    Event Details:
    The aim of Panic Stations is a simple one; get as many aircraft flying into the destination as possible with one objective. This being to arrive into Adelaide at or after the arrival time to be in the running for exclusive bragging rights, as well as a special prize!
    This time around the touchdown time is: 0800z
    (6pm AEST : 5:30pm ACST : 4pm AWST)
    We do recommend bringing some extra holding fuel as controllers will be busy trying to accommodate the influx of pilots whilst trying to maintain larger separation standards than usual. 
     
    Prizes:
    Thanks to the lovely people at Aerosoft, this Panic Stations will have a little bit more up for grabs than usual. They have generously donated three $15 Aerosoft Store Vouchers to be won by two punctual pilots and one lucky controller. 
    For Pilots: To win one of two awards on offer, you must be one of the aircraft to arrive at or just after the target arrival time. One prize will be given to the first jet aircraft to arrive, with the second going to the first non-jet aircraft to arrive. 
    For Controllers: Everyone controlling during the event will be entered into a controller matrix and assigned a random number. A random number generator will then be used to determine a winner of the third prize. 
    This means that you have to be in it to win it!
    Our three lucky winners will be immediately contacted by VATPAC5 to redeem their rewards.
    The eligibility requirements for receiving these prizes will be released closer to the event date. 
     
    Routes:
    We recommend using the following routes when arriving into Adelaide from Australia's major cities. These are only a handful of the possible departure points so feel free to depart any airfield you like. 
    YMML -> YPAD:
    ML H345 AD
    YSSY -> YPAD:
    JET: TESAT A576 KADOM H44 MAXEM Q60 BLACK H309 AD
    NON-JET: TESAT A576 KADOM H44 BORLI W451 MIA H309 AD
    YBBN -> YPAD:
    BN H91 SANEG Q210 NBR Q53 WOONA Q60 BLACK H309 AD
    YBCG -> YPAD:
    CG APAGI Q53 WOONA Q60 BLACK H309 AD
    YBTL -> YPAD:
    TL CATEY LRE WDH OOM H246 AD
    YPDN -> YPAD:
    DN Y25 BEBUX UY83 GREGA J251 WHA H84 AD
    YBAS -> YPAD:
    AS J251 WHA H84 AD
    YPPH -> YPAD:
    PH HECTO Y135 ROGAS Y39 RIKAB AD 
     
    ATC:
    Any controllers interested in providing ATC services during this event are encouraged to apply here. Applications will be open until Monday the 12th of July, on which the roster will be released for public viewing. 
    Below are the positions being rostered for Panic Stations: Adelaide. Please keep in mind that slot availability will be dependant on the number of applications, and that any non-standard positions (marked with '~') must be approved by a Senior Staff Member of C3 Controller before being opened. 
    Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: AD_GND Adelaide Ground  121.700 AD_TWR Adelaide Tower 120.500 AD_APP Adelaide Approach  124.200       ML-TBD_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.300 ~ML-MUN_CTR~* Melbourne Centre 132.600       ML-SNO_CTR Melbourne Centre 124.000 ML-WOL_CTR Melbourne Centre 125.000 ML-ASP_CTR Melbourne Centre 131.800 *Extending to ML-OXL_CTR
     
    Previous Winners:
    We would once again like to congratulate the following pilots who took home the prize during the last Panic Stations, held in Canberra.
    JET: Sam Keast // EVY15 // Touched Down at 10:30.17z
    NON-JET: Ken Dixon // QLK126D // Touched Down at 10:32.37z
    Congratulations to both of our previous winners who will be giving up their crowns to three more participants. Will you be one of them?
     
    Scenery:
    YPAD - Adelaide 
    Payware - AUscene (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - AusFS (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Roger Leupold (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - ISDG (X-Plane)
    YMML - Melbourne - Tullamarine
    Payware - ORBX (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Robert Catehrall (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - ISDG (X-Plane)
    YSSY - Sydney - Kingsford Smith
    Payware - FlyTampa (FSX / P3D / MSFS)
    Freeware - Robert Catherall (FSX / P3D)
    Freeware - ISDG (X-Plane)
    YBBN - Brisbane
    Payware - ORBX (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Ants Aussie Airports (P3D / FSX) *NO NEW RUNWAY*
    Freeware - Ray Smith (P3D / FSX) *NO NEW RUNWAY*
    Freeware - CDG (X-Plane)
    YPPH - Perth
    Payware - MFSG (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Ray Smith (P3D / FSX)
    Payware - Axonos (X-Plane)
    Freeware - patschwarz_ (X-Plane)
    YPDN - Darwin
    Payware - MFSG (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Roger Leupold (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - WorldWideXP (X-Plane)
    YBAS - Alice Springs
    Payware - ORBX (FSX / P3D)
    Freeware - Roger Leupold (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Bk1984 (P3D / FSX)
    Miscellaneous 
    Payware - ORBX - Australia V2 (P3D / FSX) 
    Payware - ORBX - Global (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - Freeware Australian Airport List (P3D / FSX)
    Freeware - OpenSceneryX (X-Plane) 

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    • 04 August 2021 10:00 AM Until 11:30 AM
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      This weeks flight 4th August 2021 commences a five leg flight around regional New Zealand in the North Island.
      Leg 1 commences at Kaitaia (NZKT) with destination Kaipara Flats (NZKF) with T&G opportunities as per flight details below.
      Flights suggested and prepared by Peter Smith YMA489
      Scenery Suggested: There is a plethora of scenery available for both X-Plane 11 and MSFS2020 so choice of any addons is left to pilot discretion.
      Aircraft Suggested: Any capable 120/150 kias
      Comms: Unicom 122.80 unless instructed by ATC
      Flight Details: LINK
      Weather: Real time weather, fair weather if conditions are not suitable.
      Flight Plan:(NZ Leg 1)< Just click on this link for Flight Plan for .fms and .pln formats

    • 06 August 2021 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: 132 nm
      Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins
      Aircraft: Any "low and slow" aircraft capable of 100-110 kias.
      Altitude: Remain in class G airspace after leaving Cairns CTR. See waypoint notes below.
      Flight plan
      File as: YBCS YKS BUCP WAT PTD YWGA YCBY YBMD EDOR YCKN
      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 accompanying 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 11 scenery is available here.
       
      Flight details
      CAIRNS [YBCS] Takeoff
      elev: 10
      rwy: 15/33 asphalt
      TWR: 124.9
      VOR/DME: CS 113.0
      NDB: CS 364
      If there is no ATC, use UNICOM 122.8. There is no CTAF for Cairns.

      Tune DME to Cairns VOR/DME.
        YORKEY'S KNOB [YKS] overfly not above 1500 ft - visual along the coast
        BUCHAN POINT [BUCP] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along the coast

      After 12 DME CS, aircraft may climb to not above 2500 ft
        WANGETTI [WAT] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the coast

      After 22 DME CS, aircraft may climb to not above 4500 ft
        PORT DOUGLAS [PTD] overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the coast
        COOYA BEACH overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the coast
        WONGA BEACH [YWHA] T&G - visual along the coast
      elev: 22
      rwy: 03/21 grass
      CTAF: 121.2

      After 36 DME CS, aircraft may climb to not above 6500 ft
        CAPE KIMBERLY overfly not above 6500 ft - visual along the coast
        DAINTREE [YCBY] T&G - visual along the coast (Airfield may be called Cow Bay in some simulator databases.)
      elev: 41
      rwy: 02/20 grass
      CTAF: 121.2
        CAPE TRIBULATION overfly not above 6500 ft - visual along the coast

      After 50 DME CS, aircraft may climb to not above 8500 ft
        BLOOMFIELD FALLS overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast and Bloomfield River
        BLOOMFIELD RIVER [YBMD] T&G - visual along the Bloomfield Track
      elev: 10
      rwy: 12/30 asphalt [RWY 30 not available for takeoff/T&G due terrain]
      CTAF: 126.7
        ENDEAVOUR REEF [EDOR] overfly not above 8500 ft - in GPS flight plan, otherwise visual along the coast to Obree Point

      Endeavour Reef is where James Cook's Endeavour ran aground in 1770.
        OBREE POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
        FORSBERG POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
        ARCHER POINT LIGHTHOUSE - overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
        GRAVE POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
        COOKTOWN LIGHTHOUSE overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
        COOKTOWN [YCKN] Land - visual along the Endeavour River
      elev: 26
      rwy: 11/29 asphalt
      CTAF: 126.7 Charts


    • 06 August 2021 07:00 AM Until 10:00 AM
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      August brings us back to Perth, and to the WA region of Gascoyne for FIFO Friday! Here you'll find a bit of everything, from fishing, to mining, and even tourism as the region is home to the iconic pink lake at Hutt Lagoon, as well as the idyllic Kalbarri National Park.  With an area extending from Gerladton to Exmouth, there's definitely no shortage of stunning scenery in Gascoyne!
      Join us between 0700z and 1000z (5pm-8pm AEST : 3pm-6pm AWST) on August 6th to experience the Gascoyne region for yourself. We aim to have a fully staffed Perth TMA (YPPH), as well as enroute coverage for the entire region. Regardless of aircraft type, we welcome you to the Gascoyne region of Western Australia this August!
       
      Routes: 
      The below map highlights some of the most popular routes which can be flown in this region: 

      Other important airports in the region include: Plutonic (YPLU), Jundee (YJUN), and Dalgaranga Mine (YDGA)
      With ATC covering the entire region, pilots are free to fly in whichever direction and between whichever airports they choose. For the more popular airport pairs, we recommend the following routings:
      YPPH - YGEL:
      PH Y15 AVNEX H16 GEL
      YPPH - YSHK:
      PH Q17 ONGAR W14 GEL 
      YPPH - YCAR:
      PH Q17 ONGAR W14 CAR
      YPPH - YPLM:
      PH Y15 AVNEX H16 LM
      YPPH - YMEK: 
      PH Z19 WIRAL V17 MEK
      YPPH - YWLU:
      PH Z19 NORIC Z61 WLU
      YPPH - YMNE:
      PH Y31 MANIG Y18 SUGAB
      YPPH - YLST:
      PH Y31 MANIG Y18 LST
      YPPH - YLEO:
      PH Z19 RAVON Z87 ROSMO Z23 KATCM Z83 YOKRA Y69 LEO
       
      Special Procedures:
      Gascoyne is home to a whole array of magnificent regional airfields for you to explore. Being too small for full control services, OCTA services will be provided by enroute controllers to assist you. Below is a guide to help you with these servies:
      Departure:
      Taxi Call:
      The taxi call informs ATC of your intentions and that you are taxiing at your respective airfield. In response, centre will provide you with a traffic statement and a squawk code. 
      Example:
      SKP71: "Brisbane Centre, IFR Dash 8, SKYTRANS 71 taxies runway 14 at Pormpuraaw for Cairns"
      BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS78, no reported IFR traffic, squawk 4782"
      SKP71: "Squawk 4782, SKYTRANS 71"
      Departure Call:
      Once you have departed, the departure call allows ATC to identify you and to provide you with your airways clearance to your destination. 
      Example:
      SKP71: "Centre, SKYTRANS 71 departure"
      BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS 71, centre"
      SKP71: "SKYTRANS 71 departed Pormpuraaw at time 49, tracking direct MASHA, passing 4500 for FL190, estimating MASHA at time :02"
      BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS 71, cleared to Cairns via MASHA flight planned route, climb FL190"
      SKP71: "Cleared to Cairns via MASHA flight planned route, climbing to FL190, SKYTRANS 71"
      Arrival:
      Descent:
      As you approach your destination, the centre controller will advise you that you are cleared to leave controlled airspace on your descent. They will provide you with a clearance, traffic statement, and the local QNH. 
      Example:
      BN-ARA_CTR: SKYRANS 53, leave control area descending, no reported IFR traffic, area QNH 1015"
      Termination of SARWATCH: 
      Once you have arrived at your destination, inform centre that you have landed and expect them to respond with a termination of your SARWATCH. 
      Example:
      SKP53: "Centre, SKYTRANS 53 landed Aurukun, time 38; cancel SARWATCH"
      BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS 53, Aurukun SARWATCH terminated, time 38"
      Communication with Other Aircraft:
      When you are not in communication with the overlying enroute controller, you must announce you intentions on UNICOM (122.800), as well as monitoring and using the local CTAF frequency for traffic in the vicinity. 
      For more information, see here:
      https://vatpac.org/help/tutorials/ctaf-unicom-and-vhf2-monitoring/ 
       
      ATC:
      FIFO Fridays are rostered events and applications can be filed via the events website: https://events.vatpac.org/
      Only standard positions are rostered during FIFO Fridays, with non-standard positions only becoming available according to traffic levels, and only with the approval of a Senior Staff Member or C3 Controller. As such, the following positions will be rostered during this event:
      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  
      ML-ORE_CTR         Melbourne Centre 127.000 ML-ESP_CTR     Melbourne Centre 123.950  
      Scenery:
      YPPH – Perth, WA
      Payware – MFSG (P3D / FSX)
      Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX)
      Payware - Axonos (X-Plane)
      Freeware – OpenSceneryX (X-Plane)
      YSHK - Shark Bay, WA
      Freeware - Frank Salter (P3D / FSX)
      YCAR - Carnarvon, WA
      Freeware - Uwe Schweitzer (P3D / FSX)
      Freeware - Regional Designs (X-Plane)
      YWLU - Wiluna, WA
      Freeware - OZx (P3D / FSX)
      Freeware - Marten Weber (P3D / FSX)
      YGEL - Geraldton, WA
      Freeware - Nightflyer256 (X-Plane)
      Miscellaneous
      Paywayre - ORBX Australia V2
      Payware - ORBX Global
    • 08 August 2021 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: 185 nm
      Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins
      Aircraft: Beechcraft Baron or similar aircraft capable of 150-160 kias.
      Altitude: Remain in class G airspace until Cairns CTR. See waypoint notes below.
      Flight plan
      File as: YCKN YHEL YLND YPAL YMDW YBYN YYAK YMBA YATN GOV ASUTR YBCS
      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 accompanying 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 11 scenery is available here.
       
      Flight details
      COOKTOWN [YCKN] Takeoff
      elev: 26
      rwy: 11/29 asphalt
      CTAF: 126.7
        HELENVALE [YHEL] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft
      elev: 460
      rwy: 10/28 grass
      CTAF: 126.7
        LAKELAND DOWNS [YLND] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft
      elev: 460
      rwy: 16/34 dirt
      CTAF: 121.2
        PALMER RIVER [YPAL] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft
      elev: 1383
      rwy: 10/28 dirt
      CTAF: 121.2
        MAITLAND DOWNS [YMDW] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft
      elev: 1994
      rwy: 11/29 dirt
      CTAF: 121.2

      Tune DME to Cairns VOR/DME (CS 113.0)

      Not above 6500 ft within 50 DME CS
      Not above 4500 ft within 36 DME CS
        BROOKLYN [YBYN] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway
      elev: 1168
      rwy: 13/31 dirt
      CTAF: 122.8
        YALKULKA [YYAK] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway
      elev: 1270
      rwy: 18/36 asphalt
      CTAF: 122.8
        MAREEBA GOLF COURSE overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the Mulligan Highway
        MAREEBA [YMBA] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway
      elev: 1564
      rwy: 10/28 asphalt
      CTAF: 126.7
        ATHERTON [YATN] T&G - visual along the Kennedy Highway
      elev: 1564
      rwy: 15/33 grass
      CTAF: 126.7
        GORDONVALE [GOV] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the Gillies Highway
      *** Inbound reporting point ***
      Contact Cairns TWR if active.
      If there is no ATC, broadcast intentions on UNICOM 122.8. There is no CTAF for Cairns.
        GREENHILL overfly not above 1500 ft - H-038° D-3.9 nm
      If ATC is active, do not proceed until given circuit instructions.
        TIMBERTOP overfly not above 1500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along Yarabah Road
        ABEAM SUGAR TERMINAL [ASUTR] not above 1500 ft - visual towards Cairns Harbour or as directed by ATC
        CAIRNS [YBCS] Land - as directed by ATC
      elev: 10
      rwy: 15/33 asphalt
      TWR: 124.9
      VOR/DME: CS 113.0
      NDB: CS 364 Charts


    • 09 August 2021 08:00 AM Until 12:00 PM
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      By far our most popular of all the weekly events, on any given Monday you'll find the famous "J-Curve" between Melbourne and Sydney well serviced by both pilots and ATC.
      Not to be confused with out Spilled Milk Run Monday events held on the last Monday of every month, pilots can expect ATC services as you fly between Melbourne and Sydney, or any destination in between (Canberra, Albury etc).
      Traffic Levels usually begin to pick up around 0800z and peak between 0900-1030z. 
       
      Routes:
      We recommend the following routes between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
      YMML-YSSY: ML DOSEL Y59 RIVET TESAT
      YMML-YSCB: ML DOSEL Y59 ARRAN POLLI CB
      YSSY-YMML: TESAT WOL H65 RAZZI Q29 ML
      YSSY-YSCB: TESAT WOL H65 RAZZI CB
      YSCB-YMML: CB TANTA Q29 LIZZI ML
      YSCB-YSSY:  CB TANTA W423 CULIN Y59 RIVET TESAT
       
       
      Controllers:
      Controllers who wish to reserve a position to control during this event are encouraged to apply via https://events.vatpac.org/. After the controller roster is released on Saturday evening, no controllers will be added to the roster. Positions that do not have a nominated controller (i.e. no controller assigned on 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 rostered positions are filled. Please see a member of the Board of Directors, or a C3 rated controller to be granted permission to open a non-standard position. Please review the controller NOTAM here for detailed information about which Non-Standard Positions are automatically authorized.
      Login Identifier:
      Radio Callsign:
      Frequency:
      SY_DEL
      Sydney Delivery
      133.800
      SY_GND
      Sydney Ground
      126.500
      SY_TWR
      Sydney Tower
      120.500
      SY_APP
      Sydney Approach
      124.400
      SY-D_APP*
      Sydney Director
      126.100
      SY_DEP*
      Sydney Departures
      123.000
            ML_DEL
      Melbourne Delivery
      127.200
      ML_GND
      Melbourne Ground
      121.700
      ML_TWR
      Melbourne Tower
      120.500
      ML_APP
      Melbourne Approach
      132.000
      ML_DEP*
      Melbourne Departures
      118.900
            CB_GND
      Canberra Ground
      121.700
      CB_TWR
      Canberra Tower
      118.700
      CB_APP
      Canberra Approach
      124.500
            ML-WOL_CTR
      Melbourne Centre
      125.000
      ML-SNO_CTR
      Melbourne Centre
      124.000
      ML-ELW_CTR*
      Melbourne Centre
      123.750
       
      Scenery:
      YMML - Melbourne International Airport:
      Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - ISDG (xPlane)
      YSCB - Canberra Airport:
      Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - FlyAwaySimulations (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - tdg (xPlane)
      YSSY - Sydney International Airport:
      Payware - FlyTampa v2 (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - ISDG (xPlane)
       
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