VATUSA in partnership with VATPAC, welcomes you to Friday Night Ops! Join us as we light up the skies between Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide! Kicking off on Friday 15th October at 2300z, leave your hangover behind and light up our Australian skies and get your flights planned!
VATPAC will have the skies covered between Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide! We encourage you to fly between these airfields in any order you wish. If you are more of the daring type, try flying into our Class D or Class G airfields.
What is Friday Night Ops?
Friday Night Ops is a weekly event run by VATUSA normally visiting places all over the United States! This time around, Friday Night Ops are coming to the land downunder and flying in Australia between Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
In Australia, flight plans are filed in the ICAO method, with the SID/STAR not included with the initial filing. This will be provided by ATC on contact with clearance delivery (for departure) and with Centre, usually prior to initial descent clearance.
PDC's in Australia are quite common with controllers handing them out. In Australia all pilots must read back PDC's to the delivery controller. When reading back a PDC, you do not need to read back everything. All you need to read back as a pilot is:
Squawk, Departure Procedure, Runway and advise your bay number.
[PILOT] "Melbourne Delivery, Qantas 436 with PDC readback." [ML_DEL] "Qantas 436 g'day Melbourne Delivery, go ahead with PDC readback" [PILOT] "Qantas 436 is cleared to Sydney, DOSEL1 departure, runway 27, squawk 4457; bay C3" [ML_DEL] "Qantas 436"
VATPAC recommends the following routes flying into and out of Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Aerodrome and Procedure Charts can be locatedhere.
YPAD – YMML: DCT AD V255 BENDO Y12 ARBEY H119 ML DCT (1 hour)
Controllers who wish to control during this event are encouraged to submit their ATC Applicationshere. Applications will remain open until three days before the event (12OCT21), after which the roster will be released and available for viewing. Non-Standards can be approved during the event as per theNOTAM.