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12JUN22 | Cross the Ditch 22: Winter 2022

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It's June and with the easing of travel restrictions, people all across Australasia are dreaming of escaping the cold with trips to the Islands.

Facilitating these holidays are the pilots and controllers of VATSIM, connecting Melbourne, Auckland, and Fiji as we once again Cross the Ditch!


What's it all about?

For twenty hours this June, the skies over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand will be filled with aircraft all on a mission to Cross the Ditch.

An example of that typical down-under understatement, this "ditch" is over 1100nm wide. The flight routes all range from two and a half to three and a half hours flight time.

Throughout the event, Oceania's two divisions – VATNZ and VATPAC – will be providing full gate-to-gate ATC coverage, in the Southern Hemisphere's premiere oceanic event.

This is a great opportunity to experience Oceanic flying without the need to commit to an eight-hour flight!

If you're new to Oceanic Flying, our reporting tool makes taking part a breeze.


Event Times

This twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world to join the fun:

  • UTC: Saturday 11th June 2022 18:00 - Sunday 12th June 2022 14:00
  • AEST: Sunday 12th June 2022 04:00 - Monday 13th June 2022 00:00
  • NZST: Sunday 12th June 2022 06:00 - Monday 13th June 2022 02:00



This season's event is following a three-airport structure, with an airport in Australia, one in New Zealand, and one in the Pacific Islands - in this case, Nadi in Fiji.

Each flight should take roughly two and a half to three and a half hours to complete, allowing pilots time to easily complete multiple sectors.

The following is the active ATC available during this event. 


The Arrival and Departure Slots available on the Flight Booking page will ensure that there is ATC coverage throughout your flight.

The Routes for Cross the Ditch 22 - Winter 2022 are:

  • Nadi, Fiji (NFFN) to Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA) to Melbourne, Australia (YMML)
  • Melbourne, Australia (YMML) to Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA)
  • Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA) to Nadi, Fiji (NFFN)

Cross the Ditch 22 Route Map


Calling all Pilots and Controllers

Flight plans are available from the Flight Plans section.

Book your flights now from the Flight Bookings page. Bookings made on this site help us plan for the event, and will also show up in vroute.

Controllers wanting to get in on the action can also apply now at the event's ATC Applications page.


Cross the Ditch is brought to you by VATPAC and VATNZ

VATNZ - VATSIM New Zealand

VATPAC - VATSIM Australia/Pacific

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The preliminary roster for cross the ditch has been released! 

We still have plenty of positions available to control. If you are available to control, please put in an application via the following link - https://crosstheditch.net/winter2022/atc_applications

The roster can be viewed via this link (please note this roster is not final, the positions you are on may change). - https://vats.im/ctd-roster

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Thank you to everyone for making your way out last Sunday to support the bi-annual event between VATPAC and VATNZ!

As always, we are looking for feedback about how you found this event, the feedback will only take a few minutes and will assist us for future editions of Cross the Ditch!

Feedback Link - https://forms.gle/Zxt9dmozKoR1ejt89

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