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24OCT21 | Bendigo to Swan Hill


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: 142 nm

Est Flight Time: approx 75 min

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

Altitude: Not above 8500 ft Bendigo to Wedderburn, not above FL125 Wedderburn to Swan Hill. 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

  • BENDIGO [YBDG] Takeoff
    elev: 710
    rwy: 05/23 17/35 asphalt
    CTAF: 119.3

  • SPECIMEN HILL RESERVOIR overfly - H-239° D-4.4 nm
  • MARONG RACECOURSE overfly - visual along the Calder Highway
  • BRIDGEWATER [YBGR] T&G - visual along the Calder Highway
    elev: 500
    rwy: 09/27 18/36 grass
    CTAF: 119.3

  • INGLEWOOD GOLF COURSE overfly - visual along the Calder Highway
  • WEDDERBURN RACECOURSE overfly - visual along the Calder Highway
  • CHARLTON [YCHL] T&G - visual along the Calder Highway
    elev: 458
    rwy: 03/21 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • CHARLTON RACECOURSE overfly - visual along the Calder Highway
  • WYCHEPROOF [YWYF] T&G - visual along the Calder Highway
    elev: 350
    rwy: 08/26 17/35 grass/clay
    CTAF: 126.7

  • CULGOA overly - visual along the Calder Highway
  • SEA LAKE [YSLK] T&G - visual along the Calder Highway
    elev: 184
    rwy: 09/27 17/35 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • ULTIMA overfly - visual along Sea Lake - Swan Hill Road
  • SWAN HILL [YSWH] Land - visual along Sea Lake - Swan Hill Road
    elev: 234
    rwy: 08/26 asphalt
    rwy: 04/22 gravel
    CTAF: 119.1
    NDB: SWH 407




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Thanks everyone for the event. Was my first event with Vatsim. Looking forward to participating in many more and learning from you all . Not sure who that was on my tail coming into YSWH and apologies for making you go around !  


Jason (VH-JAE)

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