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26MAR21 | Albany to Margaret River via Cape Leeuwin


VFR Operations
David Bromage


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: 169 nm via direct GPS route, approx 190 nm along the coast.

Est Flight Time: approx 80 mins

Aircraft: Any GA aircraft capable of 120 to 140 kias.

Altitude: Not above FL125. 

Flight plan


GPS flight plan is available for FSX/P3D .pln, MSFS2020 .pln, X-Plane .fms and Little Navmap.

Navigation: Pilots are encouraged to navigate visually along the coast. 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. Updated X-Plane scenery is available here.


Flight details

  • ALBANY [YABA] Takeoff
    elev: 233
    rwy: 05/23 14/32 asphalt
    CTAF: 127.85
    NDB: ABA 240
    DME: ABA 109.7

  • DENMARK [YDEK] T&G - H-272° D-20 nm
    elev: 230
    rwy: 09/27 asphalt
    CTAF: 127.85
  • WALPOLE [YWPE] T&G H-271° D-35 nm
    elev: 59
    rwy: 13/31 dirt
    CTAF: 124.3

    Cape Leeuwin is the most south-westerly point on the Australian mainland and the point where the Southern Ocean meets the Indian Ocean.

  • AUGUSTA [YAUG] T&G H-023° D-4 nm
    elev: 120
    rwy: 15/33 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • LEEUWIN ESTATE [YLUW]  T&G H-347° D-19.6 nm
    elev: 277
    rwy: 15/33 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • MARGARET RIVER [YMGT] Land H-030° D-5.7 nm
    elev: 374
    rwy: 02/20 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7



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