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23JAN22 | Portland to Ararat


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: 144nm excluding Grampians sightseeing

Est Flight Time: Approx 75 min

Aircraft: Any GA aircraft capable of 110-120 kias..

Altitude: Not above 8500 ft. Suggested 2500 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 for Ararat and Warrnambool in OzXP and for other airports.


Flight details

  • PORTLAND [YPOD] Takeoff
    elev: 266
    rwy: 08/26 asphalt
    rwy: 17/35 gravel
    CTAF: 127.95

  • WHALERS LIGHTHOUSE overfly - visual along Bridgewater Road
  • PORT FAIRY [YPFA] T&G - visual along the coast
    elev: 7
    rwy: 06/24 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • TOWER HILL overfly - visual along the Princes Highway
  • WARRNAMBOOL [YWBL] T&G - visual along Koroit Road
    elev: 242
    rwy: 13/31 asphalt
    rwy: 04/22 gravel
    CTAF: 126.0

  • PANMURE overfly - visual Hopkins Flat Road
  • COBDEN [YCDE] T&G - visual along the Princes Highway and Cobden-Terang Road
    elev: 460
    rwy: 18/36 asphalt [RH circuits RWY 18]
    CTAF: 126.7

  • COBDEN GOLF COURSE overfly - visual along Camperdown-Cobden Road
  • KURWEETON [YKUW] T&G - visual along Grampians Road and North Grampians Road
    elev: 525
    rwy: 01/19 09/27 grass
    CTAF: 126.7

  • MOUNT ELEPHANT [YMPH] T&G - visual along Kurweeton Road and Pircarra Lane
    elev: 646
    rwy: 03/21 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • NERRIN NERRIN [YNNR] T&G - visual along the railway
    elev: 768
    rwy: 01/19 11/29 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • WESTMERE overfly - visual along the railway
  • MAROONA overfly - visual along the railway
  • ARARAT [YARA] Land - visual along the railway
    elev: 1008
    rwy: 12/30 asphalt
    rwy: 04/22 grass
    CTAF: 126.7




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