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.
Est Flight Time:approx 75 mins
Aircraft: Beechcraft Baron or similar aircraft capable of 150-160 kias.
Altitude:Remain in class G airspace until Cairns CTR. See waypoint notes below.
GPS flight plan is available for FSX/P3D .pln, MFS2020 .pln, X-Plane .fms and Little Navmap.
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 availablehere.
HELENVALE [YHEL] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft elev: 460
rwy: 10/28 grass
LAKELAND DOWNS [YLND] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft elev: 460
rwy: 16/34 dirt
PALMER RIVER [YPAL] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft elev: 1383
rwy: 10/28 dirt
MAITLAND DOWNS [YMDW] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway not above 8500 ft elev: 1994
rwy: 11/29 dirt
Tune DME to Cairns VOR/DME (CS 113.0)
Not above 6500 ft within 50 DME CS
Not above 4500 ft within 36 DME CS
BROOKLYN [YBYN] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway elev: 1168
rwy: 13/31 dirt
YALKULKA [YYAK] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway elev: 1270
rwy: 18/36 asphalt
MAREEBA GOLF COURSE overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the Mulligan Highway
MAREEBA [YMBA] T&G - visual along the Mulligan Highway elev: 1564
rwy: 10/28 asphalt
ATHERTON [YATN] T&G - visual along the Kennedy Highway elev: 1564
rwy: 15/33 grass
GORDONVALE [GOV] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the Gillies Highway *** Inbound reporting point ***
Contact Cairns TWR if active.
If there is no ATC, broadcast intentions on UNICOM 122.8. There is no CTAF for Cairns.
GREENHILL overfly not above 1500 ft - H-038° D-3.9 nm
If ATC is active, do not proceed until given circuit instructions.
TIMBERTOP overfly not above 1500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along Yarabah Road
ABEAM SUGAR TERMINAL [ASUTR] not above 1500 ft - visual towards Cairns Harbour or as directed by ATC
CAIRNS [YBCS]Land - as directed by ATC elev: 10
rwy: 15/33 asphalt
VOR/DME: CS 113.0
NDB: CS 364