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01JUL22 | Darwin to Port Keats



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: 185 nm

Est Flight Time: Approx 75 min

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

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

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 scenery is available for Port Keats in OzXP and for other airports.


Flight details

  • DARWIN [YPDN] Takeoff
    elev: 103
    rwy: 11/29 18/36 asphalt
    TWR: 133.1

    Tune DME to Darwin VOR/DME (DN 112.6).
  • WICKHAM POINT [WIKP] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - H-188° D-5.3 nm
  • CHANNEL ISLAND [CHI] overfly not above 1000 ft or as directed by ATC - H-169° D-2.7 nm

    Not above 1000 ft until crossing the Middle Arm coast.
    Not above 2500 ft within 30 DME BN.
  • LAKE DEAN [LDN] overfly not above 2500 ft - H-139° D-14.1 nm
  • MANTON DAM [MTD] overfly not above 2500 ft - H-135° D-9.4 nm

    Not above 6500 ft within 40 DME DN.
  • COOMALIE CREEK [YCCR] T&G - visual along the Stuart Highway
    elev: 174
    rwy: 17/35 dirt
    CTAF: 126.7

    Not above 9500 ft within 50 DME NM.

  • TIPPERARY [YTPA] T&G - visual along the Stuart Highway, Daly River Road and Tipperary Access Road (direct track H-185° D-30 nm)
    elev: 235
    rwy: 11/29 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • DALY RIVER MISSION [YDMN] T&G - direct track H-264° D-20 nm
    elev: 471
    rwy: 12/30 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

    Not above 5000 ft beyond the Port Keats Road/Woodycupaldiya Road intersection.

  • PEPPIMENARTH [YPEP] T&G - visual along Port Keats Road
    elev: 79
    rwy: 07/25 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • PALUMPA [YPUA] T&G - visual along Port Keats Road
    elev: 60
    rwy: 18/36 asphalt
    CTAF: 126.7

  • PORT KEATS [YPKT] Land - visual along Esk-Kilcoy Road
    elev: 111
    rwy: 16/34 asplaht
    CTAF: 126.7





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