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20AUG21 | Coffs Harbour to Gold Coast

    

VFR Operations
David Bromage

 

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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: 145 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 mins

Aircraft: Cessna 172 or similar aircraft capable of 110-120 kias.

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

Flight plan
File as: YCFS SIO YSEW WGG RER YPLI YEVD YBNA YTYH HASS CDG YBCG 

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.

Communications

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.

 

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 is available here.

 

Flight details

  • COFFS HARBOUR [YCFS] Takeoff
    elev: 18
    rwy: 03/21 10/28 asphalt
    TWR/CTAF: 118.2
    VOR/DME: CFS 117.0

    Tune DME to Coffs Harbour VOR/DME.

     
  • SPLIT SOLITARY ISLAND [SIO] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - H-022° D-5.7 nm
     
  • STEWARTS [YSEW] T&G - H-340° D-5.2 nm
    elev: 104
    rwy: 13/31 grass
    CTAF: 122.8

    Not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC until 12 DME CFS.

     
  • WOOLGOOLGA [WGG] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the coast

    Not above 2500 ft within 17 DME CFS.
    Not above 3500 ft within 22 DME CFS.

     
  • RED ROCK [RER] overfly not above 3500 ft - visual along the coast

    Not above 5500 ft within 30 DME CFS.
    Not above 8500 ft beyond 30 DME CFS.

    Tune DME to Gold Coast VOR/DME (CG 112.3)

     
  • TREE POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • BROOMS HEAD overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • PALMERS ISLAND/MACLEAN [YPLI] T&G - visual along the coast
    elev: 15
    rwy: 09/27 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

     
  • YAMBA POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast

    Assume Evans Head RAAF weapons range is not activated by NOTAM. Remain over water in area R638D - do not cross the coast.

     
  •  WOODY HEAD overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast

    Descend to not above 1000 ft by Snapper Point.

     
  • SNAPPER POINT overfly not above 1000 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • EVANS HEAD [YEVD] T&G - visual along the coast
    elev: 20
    rwy: 18/36 asphalt [RH circuit RWY 18]
    CTAF: 124.2

    Complete circuit at 500 ft, then not above 1000 ft until over water.

    Track over land not above 1000 ft until outside restricted area R638A or over water not above 8500 ft until outside restricted area R638D.

    Jet aircraft operate into Ballina. Broadcast intentions on CTAF 124.2 before or as soon as possible after entering the Ballina broadcast area (within 10 nm YBNA).

     
  • BALLINA [YBNA] T&G - visual along the coast
    elev: 7
    rwy: 06/24 asphalt [RH circuit RWY 06. When departing RWY 06, maintain runway heading until over water.]
    CTAF: 124.2
    NDB: BNA 206

    Not above 4500 ft within 30 DME CG.

     
  • CAPE BYRON LIGHTHOUSE overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • TYAGARAH [YTYH] T&G - visual along the coast
    elev: 10
    rwy: 05/23 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

    Not above 3500 ft within 22 DME CG.
    Not above 1500 ft within 15 DME CG.

     
  • HASTINGS POINT [HASS] overfly at 1500 ft - visual along the coast
    *** Inbound reporting point ***

    Northbound traffic remain at 1500 ft unless directed by ATC.

     
  • CUDGEN HEDLAND [CGD] overfly at 1500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along the coast.

    If ATC is active, do not proceed until given circuit instructions.

     
  • GOLD COAST [YBCG] Land - track as directed by ATC
    elev: 21
    rwy: 14/32 17/35 asphalt
    TWR/CTAF: 118.7
    VOR/DME: CG 112.3
    NDB: CG 278

Charts

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