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16JUL21 | Borroloola to McArthur River


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: 184nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Beechcraft Baron or similar aircraft capable of 150-160 kias.

Altitude: Not above FL125. Recommended 2000 ft.

Flight plan

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

Navigation: Pilots are encouraged to 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 for McArthur River and Borroloola in OzXP and for other airports.


Flight details

    elev: 55
    rwy: 02/20 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • BING BONG [YBIG] - visual along Bing Bong Road
    elev: 11
    rwy: 07/25 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

    Note: the real world YBIG airstrip has been cut by a new mining road and dam. T&G at pilot's discretion depending on scenery.

  • THE FOUR ARCHERS overfly - visual along the HaulRoad (a private mining road between the Roper Bar Mine and Bing Bong Loading Facility)
  • NATHAN RIVER STATION [YNAT] T&G - visual along the Limmen Bight River
    elev: 162
    rwy: 16/34 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • BILLENGARRAH [YBGH] T&G - visual along Nathan River Road
    elev: 326
    rwy: 17/35 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • CAPE CRAWFORD [YCCF] T&G - visual along Nathan River Road
    elev: 255
    rwy: 16/34 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • BESSIE SPRINGS [YBSN] T&G - visual along the Carpentaria Highway or McArthur River
    elev: 214
    rwy: 13/31 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • MCARTHUR RIVER MINE [YMHU] Land - visual along the Carpentaria Highway or McArthur River
    elev: 136
    rwy: 06/24 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7




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