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30JAN22 | Bathurst Island to Darwin

    

VFR Operations
David Bromage

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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: 177 nm 

Est Flight Time: Approx 75 min

Aircraft: Beechcraft Baron or similar aircraft capable of 160 kias..

Altitude: Remain in Class G airspace until Darwin CTR. See waypoint notes below

Flight plan

File as: YBTI YMXC YSNK CAKE YPCM CGR JAC LPT YPDN

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.

Communications

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.

 

Scenery

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

  • BATHURST ISLAND [YBTI] Takeoff
    elev: 67
    rwy: 15/33 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.5

    Tune DME to Darwin VOR/DME (DN 112.6).

     
  • MAXWELL CREEK [YMXC] T&G - visual along Piriangimpi Road
    elev: 102
    rwy: 03/21 dirt
    CTAF: 126.5

     
  • SNAKE BAY [YSNK] T&G - visual along Maxwell Creek
    elev: 173
    rwy: 13/31 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.5

     
  • RADFORD POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • HAROLD POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • SMOKY POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • POINT BYNG overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • POINT JAHEEL overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • SOLDIER POINT overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • CAPE KEITH [CAKE] overfly not above 8500 ft - visual along the coast
     
  • PICKERTARAMOOR [YPCM] T&G - visual along Pickertaramoor Road
    elev: 102
    rwy: 03/21 dirt
    CTAF: 126.5

    Not above 6500 ft within 40 DME DN.

     
  • CAPE GAMBIER [CGR] overfly not above 2500 ft  - visual along Pickertaramoor and the coast
    *** Inbound reporting point ***

    Not above 2500 ft within 30 DME DN.
    Not above 1000 f ft within 15 DME DN.
     
  • JACKOS JUNCTION [JAC] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - H-166° D-20 nm
     
  • LEE POINT [LPT] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - H-240° D-9.1 nm

    If Darwin TWR is active, do not enter Darwin Military CTR until given circuit instructions.

     
  • DARWIN [YPDN] Land - H-193° D-5.1 nm or as directed by ATC
    elev: 103
    rwy: 11/29 18/46 asphalt
    CTAF: 113.1
    VOR/DME: DN 112.6
    NDB: BGT 308

Charts

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