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22OCT21 | Swan Hill to Bendigo


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: 122 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 min

Aircraft: Any "low and slow" aircraft capable of 100 kias.

Altitude: Not above FL125 Swan Hill to Echuca, not above 8500 ft Echuca to Bendigo. Suggested 2000 ft.

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

  • SWAN HILL [YSWH] Takeoff
    elev: 234
    rwy: 08/26 asphalt
    rwy: 04/22 gravel
    CTAF: 119.1
    NDB: SWH 407

    If not making any T&G between Swan Hill and Echuca, an alternative route is to follow the Murray River.
  • LAKE BOGA overfly - visual along the Murray Valley Highway
    Lake Boga was an RAAF flying boat base from 1942 to 1947.

  • KERANG [YKER] T&G - visual along the Murray Valley Highway
    elev: 255
    rwy: 14/32 asphalt
    rwy: 05/23 gravel
    CTAF: 126.7

  • COHUNA [YCOH] T&G - visual along the Murray Valley Highway
    elev: 255
    rwy: 15/33 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • GUNBOWER [YGBW] T&G - visual along the Murray Valley Highway
    elev: 287
    rwy: 14/32 dirt/grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • TORRUMBURRY [YTBR] T&G - visual along the Murray Valley Highway
    elev: 304
    rwy: 18/36 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • ECHUCA [YECH] T&G - visual along the Murray Valley Highway
    elev: 323
    rwy: 17/35 asphalt
    rwy: 05/23 gravel
    CTAF: 119.1

  • ROCHESTER overfly - visual along the Northern Highway
  • ELMORE [YELM] T&G - visual along the Northern Highway
    elev: 419
    rwy: 02/20 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • AVONMORE [YAVM] T&G - visual along the Northern Highway
    elev: 449
    rwy: 15/33 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

    HUNTLEY OVAL overfly - visual along the Northern Highway

  • BENDIGO [YBDG] Land - visual along the Northern Highway
    elev: 710
    rwy: 05/23 17/35 asphalt
    CTAF: 119.3





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