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05FEB21 | Mildura to Swan Hill via Murray River


VFR Operations
David Bromage


A "low and slow" flight along the Murray River.

Simulation Date/Time: Current date set to daylight.

Weather: Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.

Distance: 101 nm via direct GPS route (approx 135 nm following the river)

Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Cessna 172 or similar aircraft capable of 100 to 120 kias.

Altitude: Not above FL125.

Flight plan


GPS flight plan is available for FSX/P3D .pln, X-Plane .fms and Little Navmap.

Navigation: Pilots are encouraged to navigate visually along the Murray River. For those less familiar the accompanying GPS flight plan is the recommended method of navigation.


Australia uses CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency) for radio comms at uncontrolled airfields. Now that VATSIM has introduced AFV (Audio For VATSIM) CTAF can now be used across all VATSIM approved pilot clients. Pilots are requested to tune to the published frequency as detailed in the flight details for an event when operating in or around an aerodome to make and monitor CTAF broadcasts. Pilots should also be aware that it is a VATSIM COC (Code of Conduct) requirement that all pilots at uncontrolled airfields should monitor UNICOM (Australia 122.80). It is highly recommended that pilots ensure that at least one of their "on board" COM radios (COM 2 being the most likely) is tuned to receive UNICOM transmissions in addition to transmitting and receiving on the published CTAF frequency.

Please Note. All pilots should also be vigilant regarding the receipt of text on both UNICOM and CTAF. If it is discovered there is a pilot participating that is unable to receive voice transmissions, pilots should arrange to also broadcast via text to ensure those pilots without the benefit of voice is able to receive appropriate broadcasts. VATSIM provides an update guide for getting AFV working on each of the approved pilot clients.

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.


Due to the plethora of simulation platforms now being used, scenery is left to the discretion of each pilot.


Flight Details

  • MILDURA [YMIA] Takeoff
    elev: 167
    rwy: 09/27 18/36 asphalt
    CTAF: 118.8
    VOR/DME: MIA 113.7
    NDB: MIA 272

  • YATPOOL [YATP] T&G - H-141° D-8.6 nm
    elev: 180
    rwy: 18/36 dirt
    CTAF: 118.8

  • ROBINVALE [YROI] T&G - H-111° D-35 nm
    elev: 285
    rwy: 01/19 asphalt
    rwy: 12/30 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • NYAH [A036] T&G - H-127° D-43 nm
    elev: 250
    rwy: 01/19 11/29 grass
    CTAF: 122.8

  • SWAN HILL [YSWH] Land - H-138° D-15.2 nm
    elev: 229
    rwy: 08/26 sealed
    rwy: 04/22 15/33 grass
    CTAF: 119.1
    NDB: SWH 407



Recommended Comments

11 minutes ago, Ben O'Leary said:

Be great to see a video of how it is exactly done.

If you mean from me, I'm not sure I would be a good example of "How to do it" lol but, I will record it. lol

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On 1/30/2021 at 4:52 PM, Ben O'Leary said:

Be great to see a video of how it is exactly done.

Not much to show. Take off, follow the river, land. It's that simple. Touch and go along the way is optional.

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1 hour ago, Matt Baker said:

Hi, does this event start 7.30pm AEST or ADST?  I'm in Brisbane so just checking, thanks!

7.30pm AEDT (NSW/ACT/Vic/Tas time), 8.30pm AEST (Queensland time)

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