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11APR21 | Lake Macquarie to Bankstown via Victor 1

    

VFR Operations
David Bromage

 

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Join one of several VFR routes through the Sydney basin under one of the busiest approaches in Australia, with an optional flight over Sydney Harbour.

It is recommended that pilots read the Sydney General Flying Guide to understand the procedures and requirements for the VFR Coastal Route Victor 1 SOUTH and from Sea Cliff Bridge to Bankstown. The Guide also includes the procedures for optional HARBOUR SCENIC flights.

Please note change of start time with the end of daylight savings.

 

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: 117 nm

Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Any "low and slow" GA aircraft capable of 100 kias and maintaining accurate altitude.

Altitude: Remain in Class G airspace until Bankstown CTR. See waypoint notes below.

 

Flight plan

File as: YLMQ BRNJ LRF SYHD JIBN SLL SECF APPN CAMB TWRN YSBK

GPS flight plan is available for FSX/P3D .pln, MSFS2020 .pln, X-Plane .fms and Little Navmap. This package also includes high resolution charts.

Navigation: Pilots familiar with the area may 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. Updated X-Plane 11 scenery for Lake Macquarie is available here.

 

Flight details

  • LAKE MACQUARIE [YLMQ] Takeoff
    elev: 5
    rwy: 07/25 asphalt
    CTAF: 132.1

     
  • BARRENJOEY HEAD [BRNJ] overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • LONG REEF [LRF] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the coast
     Set Sydney local QNH. Tune DME to Sydney DME (SY 112.1).
     
  • From LONG REEF pilots may optionally fly HABOUR SCENIC ONE or HARBOUR SCENIC TWO. The procedure is described in the Sydney General Flying Guide. This is not included in the GPS flight plan. Contact Sydney APP on 124.4 if active prior to reaching LONG REEF to obtain clearance. On completion of HARBOUR SCENIC, follow the procedure in the Sydney General Flying Guide to enter Victor 1 SOUTH.
     
  • Enter VFR coastal route Victor 1 SOUTH.
    Monitor Sydney APP on 124.4 on COM2 if active. Pilots may "request flight following" from Sydney APP if desired.
    Broadcast position and intentions on 120.8 at LONG REEF. "Victor 1 traffic, [callsign], a [aircraft type], is at Long Reef southbound at [altitude], entering Victor 1."
    Not above 1000 ft within 10 DME SY.

     
  • SYDNEY HEADS [SHD] - Make an advisory call on 120.8. "Victor 1 traffic, [callsign], a [aircraft type], is at Sydney Heads southbound at 500 ft, Victor 1."
    Maintain exactly 500 ft from South Head to Jibbon Point.

     
  • Make an advisory call on 120.8 passing Botany Bay. "Victor 1 traffic, [callsign], a [aircraft type], is at Botany Bay southbound at 500 ft, Victor 1."
     
  • JIBBON POINT [JIBN] - Make an advisory call on 120.8. "Victor 1 traffic, [callsign], a [aircraft type], is at Jibbon Point southbound at 500 ft, exiting Victor 1."
    If flight following was requested, continue monitoring Sydney APP until instructed by ATC.
    Not above 1000 ft until 12 DME SY.
     
  • STANWELL PARK [SLL] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • SEA CLIFF BRIDGE [SECF] overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • APPIN [APPN] overfly not above 4500 ft H-276° D-9.8 nm
     
  • CAMPBELLTOWN UNIVERSITY [CAMB] overfly not above 4500 ft H-346° D-7.7 nm
    If Bankstown TWR is active, set transponder code 3000.

     
  • TWO RN [TWRN] overfly not above 2500 ft - H-021° D-9.6 nm
    **Inbound reporting point**
    If Bankstown TWR is active, do not proceed until given circuit instructions.

     
  • BANKSTOWN [YSBK] Land H-069° D-5 nm
    elev: 34
    rwy: 11L/20R 11C/29C 11R/29L asphalt
    TWR/CTAF: 132.8
    NDB: BK 416

 

Charts

Due to image size limitations, only low resolution charts are available below. High resolution charts are included in the GPS flight plan package.

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