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14FEB21 | Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek

    

VFR Operations
David Bromage

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Exploring the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

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: 171 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Cessna 208 or similar aircraft capable of 160 to 180 kias.

Altitude: Not above FL125.

Flight plan

File as: YFTZ YFOS YNLH YHLC

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

Navigation: Pilots familiar with the area can 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. 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.

Scenery

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

 

Flight Details

  • FITZROY CROSSING [YFTZ] Taleoff
    elev: 363
    rwy: 01/19 asphalt

    CTAF: 126.7

  • FOSSIL DOWNS STATION [YFOS] T&G - H-075° D-13.3 nm
    elev: 413
    rwy: 06/24 12/30 dirt
    CTAF: 122.8

  • DRYSDALE STRIP [AU47] T&G - H-025° D-41 nm
    elev: 643
    rwy: 07/25 dirt
    CTAF: 122.8

  • NEW LANDSDOWN [YNLH] T&G - H-097° D-36 nm
    elev: 1158
    rwy: 08/26 dirt
    CTAF: 122.8

  • SPRINGVALE [A004] T&G - H-099° D-54 nm
    elev: 1415
    rwy: 07/25 dirt
    CTAF: 122.8

  • HALLS CREEK [YHLC] Land - H-178° D-27 nm
    elev: 1346
    rwy: 04/22 asphalt
    rwy: 08/26 gravel
    CTAF: 126.7
    NDB: HLC 245

Chart

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Recommended Comments

Thank you for a great event with some awesome approaches. I will be more vigilant on the frequencies. Apologies for that, but I had amazing fun. Thank you all!

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