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16MAY21 | Hamilton Island to Mackay


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: 170 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Any GA aircraft capable of 150 kias.

Altitude: Remain in class G airspace as far as possible. See waypoint notes and charts below.

Flight plan


GPS flight plan is available for FSX/P3D .pln, MFS2020 .pln, X-Plane .fms and Little Navmap. This package includes high resolution charts.

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. During an event, Pilots are requested to broadcast intentions on the published CTAF. Pilots should also be aware that it is a VATSIM CoC (Code of Conduct) requirement that all pilots at uncontrolled airfields should monitor UNICOM on 122.800. Pilots should ensure that at least one of their radios (COM 2 being the most likely) is tuned to receive UNICOM transmissions in addition to transmitting and receiving on the published CTAF.

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 11 scenery is available here.

UPDATE: New Hamilton Island scenery has been released for X-Plane.

Flight details

    elev: 15
    rwy: 14/32 asphalt
    TWR: 118.7
    CTAF (if TWR not active): 127.85

    Not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC.

  • SHUTE HARBOUR [YSHR] T&G - H-285° D-12 nm
    elev: 40
    rwy: 14/32 asphalt
    CTAF: 127.85

    Not above 3500 ft until abeam Double Bay, then not above 4500 ft.

  • HYDEAWAY BAY [YHAB] T&GH-293° D-20 nm or visual along the coast
    NOTE: The airfield name was officially changed to "Hydeaway Bay" in November 2020 to match the name of the locality, but may still appear as "Hideaway Bay" in simulator databases.
    elev: 56
    rwy: 15/33 grass
    CTAF: 135.5

    Not above 4500 ft until crossing the Bruce Highway, then not above 8500 ft.

  • COLLINSVILLE [YCSV] T&GH-220° D-45 nm
    elev: 591
    rwy: 06/24 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

    elev: 175
    rwy: 04/22 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

    Not above 4500 ft.

    Tune DME to Mackay VOR/DME (
    MK 112.7)
    Not above 3500 ft within 22 DME MK.
    Not above 2500 ft within 16 DME MK.
    Not above 1000 ft within 11 DME MK.

  • TURTLE PARK [YTPK] T&GH-140° D-37 nm or visual along the coast
    elev: 120
    rwy: 09/27 grass
    CTAF: 132.05

  • WALKERSTON [WKN] overfly not above 1000 ft.
    ** Inbound reporting point **
    If Mackay TWR is active, do not proceed until given circuit instructions.

  • MACKAY [YBMK] Land
    elev: 19
    rwy: 14/32 asphalt
    TWR/CTAF: 124.5
    VOR/DME: MK 112.7
    NDB: MK 308

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




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