August brings us back to Perth, and to the WA region of Gascoyne for FIFO Friday! Here you'll find a bit of everything, from fishing, to mining, and even tourism as the region is home to the iconic pink lake at Hutt Lagoon, as well as the idyllic Kalbarri National Park. With an area extending from Gerladton to Exmouth, there's definitely no shortage of stunning scenery in Gascoyne!
Join us between 0700z and 1000z (5pm-8pm AEST : 3pm-6pm AWST) on August 6th to experience the Gascoyne region for yourself. We aim to have a fully staffed Perth TMA (YPPH), as well as enroute coverage for the entire region. Regardless of aircraft type, we welcome you to the Gascoyne region of Western Australia this August!
The below map highlights some of the most popular routes which can be flown in this region:
Other important airports in the region include: Plutonic (YPLU), Jundee (YJUN), and Dalgaranga Mine (YDGA)
With ATC covering the entire region, pilots are free to fly in whichever direction and between whichever airports they choose. For the more popular airport pairs, we recommend the following routings:
YPPH - YGEL:
PH Y15 AVNEX H16 GEL
YPPH - YSHK:
PH Q17 ONGAR W14 GEL
YPPH - YCAR:
PH Q17 ONGAR W14 CAR
YPPH - YPLM:
PH Y15 AVNEX H16 LM
YPPH - YMEK:
PH Z19 WIRAL V17 MEK
YPPH - YWLU:
PH Z19 NORIC Z61 WLU
YPPH - YMNE:
PH Y31 MANIG Y18 SUGAB
YPPH - YLST:
PH Y31 MANIG Y18 LST
YPPH - YLEO:
PH Z19 RAVON Z87 ROSMO Z23 KATCM Z83 YOKRA Y69 LEO
Gascoyne is home to a whole array of magnificent regional airfields for you to explore. Being too small for full control services, OCTA services will be provided by enroute controllers to assist you. Below is a guide to help you with these servies:
The taxi call informs ATC of your intentions and that you are taxiing at your respective airfield. In response, centre will provide you with a traffic statement and a squawk code. Example:
SKP71: "Brisbane Centre, IFR Dash 8, SKYTRANS 71 taxies runway 14 at Pormpuraaw for Cairns"
BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS78, no reported IFR traffic, squawk 4782"
SKP71: "Squawk 4782, SKYTRANS 71"
Once you have departed, the departure call allows ATC to identify you and to provide you with your airways clearance to your destination. Example:
SKP71: "Centre, SKYTRANS 71 departure"
BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS 71, centre"
SKP71: "SKYTRANS 71 departed Pormpuraaw at time 49, tracking direct MASHA, passing 4500 for FL190, estimating MASHA at time:02"
BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS 71, cleared to Cairns via MASHA flight planned route, climb FL190"
SKP71: "Cleared to Cairns via MASHA flight planned route, climbing to FL190, SKYTRANS 71"
As you approach your destination, the centre controller will advise you that you are cleared to leave controlled airspace on your descent. They will provide you with a clearance, traffic statement, and the local QNH.
BN-ARA_CTR: SKYRANS 53, leave control area descending, no reported IFR traffic, area QNH 1015"
Termination of SARWATCH:
Once you have arrived at your destination, inform centre that you have landed and expect them to respond with a termination of your SARWATCH. Example:
SKP53: "Centre, SKYTRANS 53 landed Aurukun, time 38; cancel SARWATCH"
BN-ARA_CTR: "SKYTRANS 53, Aurukun SARWATCH terminated, time 38"
Communication with Other Aircraft:
When you are not in communication with the overlying enroute controller, you must announce you intentions on UNICOM (122.800), as well as monitoring and using the local CTAF frequency for traffic in the vicinity.
For more information, see here: https://vatpac.org/help/tutorials/ctaf-unicom-and-vhf2-monitoring/
Only standard positions are rostered during FIFO Fridays, with non-standard positions only becoming available according to traffic levels, and only with the approval of a Senior Staff Member or C3 Controller. As such, the following positions will be rostered during this event: