This May, VATPAC invites you to the Gold Coast for the next rendition of the Panic Stations series! Whether you decide to shoot a coastal visual approach or fly the scenic route via the stunning Gold Coast cityscape, it doesn't matter; all that matters is you make it on time to win the bragging rights! Queensland awaits this rendition of Panic Stations, with expectations of a fully staffed Gold Coast (YBCG) between 0700z – 1100z (5pm-9pm AEST, 4:30pm-8:30pm ACST, 3pm-7pm AWST).
The aim of Panic Stations is simple; get as many aircraft flying into the destination as possible with one objective. Be the first person to arrive into the Gold Coast at or after the arrival time, for your chance to score bragging rights!
Note: pilots must depart from an aerodrome more than 30 Nautical miles from the Gold Coast to be eligible to win the panic station award.
This time around the touchdown time is: 1000z (8pm AEST : 7:30pm ACST : 6pm AWST)
We recommend bringing some extra holding fuel as controllers will be busy trying to accommodate the influx of pilots whilst trying to maintain separation standards.
We recommend using the following routes when arriving into the Gold Coast from different locations around Australia. These are only a handful of the possible departure points so feel free to depart from any airfield you like.
Any controllers interested in providing ATC services during this event are encouraged to apply here. Applications will be open until Wednesday the 17th of May, on which the roster will be released for public viewing.
Below are the positions being rostered for Panic Stations: Gold Coast. Please keep in mind the number of controller positions rostered will ultimately be dependant on the number of controller applications received.