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28MAR21 | Margaret River to Albany


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: 174 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Any GA aircraft capable of 140 to 160 kias (and capable of carrying a few cases of wine).

Altitude: Not above FL125. 

Flight plan


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

Navigation: Pilots sufficiently familiar with the region may navigate visually. 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

    elev: 374
    rwy: 02/20 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • NANNUP [YNAU] T&G - H-104° D-32 nm
    elev: 498
    rwy: 09/27 17/35 dirt
    CTAF: 131.25

  • MANJIMUP [YMJM] T&G H-127° D-25 nm
    elev: 940
    rwy: 12/30 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • KIN KIN RETREAT [YKKN] T&G H-130° D-11.4 nm
    elev: 400
    rwy: 09/27 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

    elev: 787
    rwy: 09/27 dirt
  • FRANKLAND [YFRK] T&G - H-141° D-5.2 nm
    elev: 800
    rwy: 05/23 dirt
  • CRANBROOK [YCRN/AU90] T&G  - H-075° D-28 nm or visual along Cranbrook-Frankland Road
    elev: 835
    rwy 10/28 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • ALBANY [YABA] Land  - H-165° D-42 nm or visual along the Albany Highway
    elev: 233
    rwy: 05/23 14/32 asphalt
    CTAF: 127.85
    NDB: ABA 240
    DME: ABA 109.7



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