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24SEP21 | Tamworth to Inverell via New England Highway


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: 168 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 80 min

Aircraft: Any GA aircraft capable of 120-130 kias.

Altitude: Not above 8500 ft once in Class G airspace. 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 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

  • TAMWORTH [YSTW] Takeoff
    elev: 1335
    rwy: 12L/30R 12R/30L asphalt [RH circuit RWY 12R and 30R. RWY 12R/30L for single engine VFR departures south and west only.]
    rwy: 06/24 18/36 grass
    TWR/CTAF: 119.4
    VOR/DME: TW 116.0
    NDB: TW 341

    Tune DME to Tamworth VOR/DME.

  • TAMWORTH GOLF COURSE overfly not above 3500 ft or as directed by ATC - if RWY 12L is in use, visual along Gunnedah Road. If RWY 30R is in use, right downwind then visual along the railway.
  • NEMINGAH [NEM] overfly not above 3500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along the New England Highway
  • KOOTINGAL [KOT] overfly not above 3500 ft or as directed by ATC - visual along the New England Highway

    After 15 DME TW, aircraft may climb to not above 8500 ft.

  • BENDEMEER [BND] overfly - visual along the New England Highway

    Slower aircraft may elect to bypass Walcha and continue north east along the New England Highway to Uralla.

  • WALCHA ROAD RAILWAY STATION overfly - visual along the Oxley Highway
  • WALCHA [YWCH] T&G - visual along the Oxley Highway
    elev: 3744
    rwy: 06/24 gravel/dirt
    rwy: 13/31 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • WALCHA GOLF COURSE overfly - H-009° D-1.8 nm
  • URALLA GOLF COURSE overfly - visual along Thunderbolts Way
  • ARMIDALE [YARM] T&G - visual along the New England Highway
    elev: 3556
    rwy: 05/23 asphalt
    rwy: 09/27 grass/gravel
    CTAF: 127.5
    NDB: ARM 401
    DME: ARM 112.6

  • GUYRA GOLF COURSE overfly - visual along the New England Highway
  • GLENCOE overfly - visual along the New England Highway
  • GLEN INNES TOWNSHIP overfly - visual along the New England Highway
  • GLEN INNES [YGLI] T&G - visual along Emmaville Road
    elev: 3431
    rwy: 14/32 asphalt
    rwy: 10/28 gravel
    CTAF: 126.7

  • INVERELL NORTH [YINO] T&G - visual along the Gwydir Highway
    elev: 2282
    rwy: 09/27 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • INVERELL RACE COURSE overfly - visual along the Gwydir Highway
  • INVERELL [YIVL] Land - visual along Tingha Road and Guyra Road
    elev: 2669
    rwy: 16/34 asphalt
    rwy: 04/22 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7
    NDB: IVL 260





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