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23MAY21 | Real Ops Melbourne

Luke Maynard

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VATPAC invites you to the next Real Operations event featuring Melbourne Tullamarine as the host airport. Fly in or out of Melbourne to a huge selection of locations the aerodrome services on a daily basis. Whether you prefer a quick city hop, a run to the west or a long haul trip starting with or ending with full ATC, this event is for you!


What is Real Ops?
Real Ops Melbourne is a major event hosted within VATPAC's airspace on the VATSIM Network. This 8-hour event aims to closely replicate and simulate the real schedules of Melbourne Tullamarine Airport. 

This year we have decided to open a dedicated 8 hours of full time controlling to capture the peak arrivals and departures for Melbourne. Flight slot times are based on a typical weekend schedule offering the most accurate schedule possible. 

We will provide documentation to help ensure the smooth operations of this event. This document will be released to the public in the final few days before the event.


How does it work?
To simulate Melbourne's real-world environment, we have carefully laid out slot times for pilots to book. These slot times are replicated from the real world to the best of our ability.

A pilot will need to secure their slot before logging onto the network, if a pilot decides to log on to the network without a slot they will need to contact Melbourne Delivery to receive clearance which will be given based on an available slot. If a pilot is inbound from another airport into Melbourne; they will be accommodated secondary to those who have booked slot times.


Event Details:
Real Ops Melbourne is designed to allow pilots and controllers the ability to receive full ATC service as they transition in and out of the Victoria's largest airport. Fly either domestically or internationally as you hurtle your way to/from Melbourne! The possibilities are endless.

Throughout this event, ATC will be tasked with keeping appropriate separations standards whilst pilots move around the TMA and ground, joining the arrival and departure streams. The challenge is to keep Melbourne busy for the entire event! We can only do that with heaps and heaps of pilots!


All VATPAC, VATNZ and Visiting Controllers may apply for a position to control at this event, we intend on splitting the 8 hours into 4x2 hour shifts. To apply for ATC please visit the link below. Apply for ATC here!

Dependent on the number of ATC Applications will ultimately persuade the number of controller positions that are eventually published and rostered. Positions that are planned to be rostered are below. 

Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency:
ML_DEL Melbourne Delivery 127.200
ML_GND Melbourne Ground 121.700
ML_TWR Melbourne Tower 120.500
ML_APP Melbourne Approach 132.000
ML_DEP* Melbourne Departure 118.900
ML-S_DEP* Melbourne Departure 129.400
ML-SNO_CTR Melbourne Centre 124.000
ML-ELW_CTR* Melbourne Centre 123.750

Positions denoted with a '*' are non-standard positions and may not be rostered on the day. 


Booking System:
To book your flight(s), please visit the booking site here.

Aircraft slots have been created to simulate real-world schedules (To the best of our ability). One month prior to the event (23APR21), slots will be opened for booking. Pilots may choose more than one slot to book if their arrival or departure slot times do not overlap.

Once your slot is booked, and flights are confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email. Please read over this to ensure the information is correct.

Bookings will close two days prior to the event (21MAY21 1000z), unless booked out prior to this date.

24 hours prior to the event commencement, you will receive an email from the Director of Events with all the appropriate Event Details!

Important Pilot Information:
- Please read the Pilot Briefing. This will include important airspace information including ATC flow and who to contact.
- Please make sure you log on with the correct callsign at least 20 minutes prior to slot time.
- Please ensure you are using your assigned route, these routes are based on real-world. If you cannot use your assigned route please email [email protected] or converse with Delivery on the day.
- Please be courteous; if for some reason you miss your slot we will endeavour to fit you in.
- If you decide to fly without a slot we will do our best to fit you in, however there may be lengthy delays.


Documentation for this event will be released for pilots and ATC on 18MAY21.


Scenery List:
YMML - Melbourne Tullamarine Intl. Airport:
Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D)
Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D)
Freeware - ISDG (X-Plane)

Feedback is always appreciated, please submit it to feedback to https://feedback.vatpac.org or email [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding this event, please email [email protected]

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An amazing number of controllers applied for this event, thank you all for your interest! The roster has now been released. You can view it via the link below: https://events.vatpac.org/real-ops-melbourne

Controllers and pilots alike are strongly encouraged to read the briefing document for this event via the link below:

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