You know it’s the end of the month when Spilled Milk Run Monday is back on the calendar. This week we are taking you to Melbourne and Christchurch! Join us as we unite with our New Zealand friends and cross between the Tasman!
Fly between Melbourne (YMML) and Christchurch (NZCH) with the expectation of full ATC services throughout your flight!
To accommodate for the time zone differences between Australia and New Zealand, this weeks Spilled Milk Run Monday has been moved between 0630-1030z.
Flying in Oceanic Airspace:
Normal ATC throughout Australia (Brisbane Centre, Melbourne Centre, Sydney Approach, etc.) rely on radar to determine where an aircraft is in the air.
Over the ocean, there is no radar. This non-radar airspace is controlled by oceanic ATC.
All Oceanic Controlled Airspace in Australia is controlled from Brisbane, so all oceanic controllers in Australia are called "Brisbane Radio".
One of the significant differences between radar and Oceanic flying is the need for position reports.
Position reports are how ATC can determine where you are. Position reports contain estimates for waypoints, speeds, altitudes and any other information. Because there is no radar over the ocean, ATC relies on time-based separation and reports from the pilots. ATC has no way of determining where you are unless you specifically tell them.
The standard format is:
Current/Previous waypoint name and the time which you crossed that point.
Current flight level.
Mach number if assigned by ATC.
Your next waypoint and estimate for that point.
The waypoint after that.
For example: "Qantas 123 is position PLUGA at time 0523, flight level 380, estimating VELKU at 0750, SASRO next."
Routes: We recommend the following routes between Melbourne and Christchurch.
YMML – NZCH:ML Y260 ECKHO L508 KABIN NZCH – YMML: KABIN L508 MILLA P753 WAREN W687 ML
Christchurch Departure and Approach Charts can be found here.
Controllers: Controllers who wish to reserve a position to control during this event are encouraged to apply via https://events.vatpac.org/. After the controller roster is released on Saturday evening. Positions that do not have a nominated controller (i.e. no controller assigned on the position) will remain free for all controllers available on the day to control.
*Non-Standard positions* will be available for opening depending on traffic levels. Please review the 'Activation of Non-Standard Positions' NOTAM for information regarding the activation of approved non-standard positions.