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22AUG21 | Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour


VFR Operations
David Bromage


NOTE: This event overlaps with the East Coast Birthday Bash.

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: 147 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

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 available here.


Flight details

  • GOLD COAST [YBCG] Takeoff
    elev: 21
    rwy: 14/32 17/35 asphalt
    TWR/CTAF: 118.7
    VOR/DME: CG 112.3
    NDB: CG 278

    Tune DME to Gold Coast VOR/DME

  • STOTTS ISLAND [STOT] overfly not above 1500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along the Tweed River
  • CONDONG MILL [CGM] overfly not above 1500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along the Tweed River
  • MURWILLUMBAH [YMUR] T&G - visual along Tweed Valley Way
    elev: 18
    rwy: 18/36 grass [Wide LH circuit RWY 36 to avoid overflying Murwillumbah Hospital]

    Not above 2500 ft within 15 DME CG.
  • CLARRIE HALL DAM overfly not above 4500 ft - visual along the Tweed River

    Not above 4500 ft within 22 DME CG.
    Not above 6500 ft within 30 DME CG.
    Not above 8500 ft beyond 30 DME CG.

  • CAWONGLA overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along Kyogle Road
  • KYOGLE SHOWGROUNDS overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along Kyogle Road
  • CASINO [YCAS] T&G - visual along the railway
    elev: 86
    rwy: 10/28 asphalt
  • CLEARFIELD overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the railway
  • BANYABBA overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the railway

    Tune DME to Coffs Harbour VOR/DME (CFS 117.0)
  • SOUTH GRAFTON [YSGR] T&G - visual along the railway
    elev: 20
    rwy: 08/26 asphalt [RWY 26 preferred unless operationally necessary]

    Not above 5500 ft within 30 DME CFS.
    Not above 3500 ft within 22 DME CFS.
    Not above 2500 ft within 17 DME CFS

  • GLENREAGH [GRE] overfly not above 2500 ft - visual along the railway
    *** Inbound reporting point ***

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

  • MOUNT CORAMBA [MTBA] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along Coramba Road

    If ATC is active, do not proceed until given circuit instructions.
  • COFFS HARBOUR [YCFS] Land - track as directed by ATC
    elev: 18
    rwy: 03/21 10/28 asphalt [RH circuit RWY 03 except as directed by ATC]
    TWR/CTAF: 118.2
    VOR/DME: CFS 117.0





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