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  1. Changes 02JAN22 First Wings - Adelaide & Canberra: Date confirmed Saturday 09APR22 Long Haul - Melbourne & Adelaide > Bali & Singapore: Date confirmed Saturday 16JUL22 First Wings - Perth & Adelaide: Date confirmed Sunday 07AUG22 FNO Downunder - Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney: Date confirmed Saturday 15OCT22 This should be the last change for a while. With this change, all events now have confirmed dates for 2022!
  2. As of today, the above NOTAM is terminated with immediate effect. The explanation for this change can be found here
  3. Good Evening Everyone, As we head into 2022. I would like to advise all controllers that the following regular events will NO LONGER be rostered each week. Milk Run Monday Spilled Mik Run Monday FIFO Friday This is due to the significant lack of interest from the community over the past 3 months with regards to reserving positions, apart from two or three regular controllers. From the 1JAN22, these changes will come into effect. Please direct any concerns you have regarding these changes to me via [email protected] or https://helpdesk.vatpac.org.
  4. Changes 29DEC21 Darwin - Sultan Shuttle: Date confirmed Sunday 13MAR22 - Destination changed to Sultan (WAAA) Real Ops Sydney: Date changed Sunday 01MAY22 Panic Stations - Gold Coast: Date changed Friday 20MAY22 Cross the Ditch 22: Date confirmed Sunday 12JUN22 City Pair - Brisbane & Cairns: Date changed to Saturday 26JUN22 Cross the Ditch 23: Date confirmed Sunday 04DEC22
  5. Welcome to the next installment of Newbie Night. This event offers the chance for inexperienced members to join experienced aviators and controllers and take to the Virtual skies. Whether you're completely new to flight simulation or you've been flying for years but never connected to the VATSIM network, this is the night for you with plenty of people available to help on the VATPAC Discord. To Join the Discord visit this link. Event Details: Fly from Canberra (YSCB) to Gold Coast (YBCG) to experience Class C and enroute airspace, with a bit of time to relax in cruise and enjoy the scenery. This flight is for: Newbie pilots who want to learn and gain confidence flying on the VATSIM network with live ATC. Experienced controllers who are patient and willing to help newbie pilots on the network. Experienced pilots who are patient and willing to assist newbie pilots through the VATPAC Discord. The flight will depart from 0800z (1900 AEDT) with ATC requested/available until around 1100z (2200 AEDT). An example of procedures between Class C airports in a radar environment can be found here: https://vatpac.org/help/pilot-tutorials/ifr-melbourne-to-sydney/ Route: We recommend using the following route which is suitable for a jet such as a Boeing 737, Airbus A320, Cessna Citation or similar. YSCB – YBCG:ROUTE: DCT CB W137 MUDGI H66 TW Y23 BERNI DCT Charts: If you do not have a Navigraph subscription, charts are available from Airservices Australia: https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/current/dap/AeroProcChartsTOC.htm ATC:Controllers interested in controlling the event are encouraged to submit their ATC Applications here. Applications will remain open until three days before the event (12JAN22), after which the roster will be released and available for viewing. Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: CB_GND Canberra Ground 121.700 CB_TWR Canberra Tower 118.700 CB_APP Canberra Approach 124.500 CG_APP Gold Coast Approach 123.500 CG_TWR Gold Coast Tower 118.700 CG_GND Gold Coast Ground 121.800 ML-BIK_CTR Melbourne Centre 129.800 BN-ARL_CTR Brisbane Centre 130.900 BN-INL_CTR Brisbane Centre 134.200 Scenery: YSCB - Canberra: Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D) Freeware - FlyAwaySimulations (FSX/P3D) Freeware - Gateway (X-Plane) YBCG - Gold Coast: Payware - Axonos (X-Plane) Payware - Orbx (P3D/FSX) Freeware - JBAviation (MFS2020) Freeware – AVSIM (P3D/FSX) Freeware - Zero Dollar Payware (X-Plane)
  6. Good Evening Everyone I have some announcements to make regarding staffing changes for the Events Department as we head into 2022. I am excited for these changes, but also saddened to see some long time staff members departing the team. Chris Gardiner rises to the Events Manager Role @Chris Gardinerhas been appointed to the Events Manager Role for 2022 and beyond (hopefully). Chris has been a member of the Events Department since August 2021 and since then has been responsible for a number of Major Events during the final quarter of 2021. Chris brings with him many interesting ideas and plans for the events team and I look forward to working with him in leading the department into 2022. Chris's appointment as Events Manager will officially commence on the 1JAN22. Cameron Wilbraham departs the Events Team After 15 months as the Events Manager, @Cameron Wilbrahamhas resigned from the events department on the whole. Cameron has been my right hand person for much of the last 15 months, and will be greatly missed from the entire staff team as he ventures into new pastures. Best of luck with everything into the future mate! Paris Ioannidis departs the Events Team After 12 months as an Events Coordinator, @Paris Ioannidishas decided to hang up the hat and focus on real life commitments. Paris was pivital in starting the now successful FIFO Friday events, which will continue into 2022. Thank you for all of you hard effort Paris! Zachari Gell joins the Events Team @Zachari Gell joins the Events Department as an Events Coordinator. Zach has been a Mentor with the ATC Training team and recently expressed interest in also expanding across to events. Zach will be a valued addition to the team as we head into 2022! Best of luck to these four individuals. We wish you all the best in 2022 and beyond, regardless of your role in the Events Department! Regards,
  7. Changes 22DEC21 FNO Downunder: Date TBC with VATUSA in the new year. WorldFlight Departure & Arrival: Dates confirmed as 6NOV22 & 12NOV22
  8. We are seeking feedback for the last major event of 2021 which was conducted on Sunday! This will only take a few minutes, and will help us with out next Real Ops event in 2022! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdoomZBaT1sVsGwFsJ478RICZhyGc-nuEX3Lry3RS6OrBxZOA/viewform Thanks!
  9. Hello Everyone, The VATPAC Events Department is happy to announce the 2022 events calendar! This is a list of major events that will be conducted throughout the duration of 2022. Event dates may change, we will maintain this list throughout the year to ensure it is your go-to place for what major events we are hosting in 2022. 2022 Major Events List January FRI 21st | City Pair - Brisbane & Adelaide February SAT 26th | Transcon Shuttle Eastbound - Perth, Broome & Darwin > Melbourne March SUN 13th | Darwin - Denpasar Shuttle April TBC | First Wings - Adelaide & Canberra May SUN 1st | Real Ops - Sydney FRI 20th | Panic Stations - Gold Coast June SUN 12th | Cross the Ditch 22: Winter 2022 SAT 26th | City Pair: Brisbane - Cairns July TBC | Long Haul - Melbourne & Adelaide > Bali & Singapore August TBC | First Wings - Perth > Adelaide SAT 20th | Transcon Shuttle - Alice Springs, Brisbane & Melbourne > Perth September SUN 18th | Panic Stations - Melbourne October TBC | FNO Downunder - Adelaide, Melbourne & Sydney November SUN 6th | WorldFlight Departure SAT 12th | WorldFlight Arrival December SUN 4th | Cross the Ditch 23: Summer 2022 SUN 18th | Real Ops - Perth
  10. Hello Everyone, I just wanted to send out a merry Christmas to everyone as we enter the festive season this week! It has been a while since we have had a festive season since 'the thing that shall not be named' kicked off in early 2020. Some much needed family catch-up is in store. The Events Department will be taking a much needed break from the 22nd of December till the 12th of January. During this time, we will be running our regular events unrostered, and all events will be without an event coordinator. The team deserves a much needed break after the terrific work that they have all done this year. Enjoy the many laughs, catchups and relaxing afternoons that the festive season will bring. We will see you all in 2022!
  11. NOTAM: Positions Reserved For Real Ops Brisbane 1 INTRODUCTION The following positions are reserved under section 4.1 of the VATPAC Controller Positions and Ratings Policy. This NOTAM is the reservation of the positions noted in 2 RESERVED POSITIONS for the purpose of Real Ops Brisbane. 2 RESERVED POSITIONS The following positions are reserved from 0200z to 1000z on the 19th of December. • BN-INL_CTR • BN-APP • BN_DEP • BN_TWR • BN-W_TWR • BN_GND • BN_DEL 3 AUTHORITY This NOTAM Is under the authority of the following: • Joshua Micallef - Events Director (events[at]vatpac.org) 4 CONTACT The nominated Event Coordinator(s) for this event are: • Tyler Hindle - Event Coordinator (t.hindle[at]vatpac.org) Event Coordinators will be available for contact on the VATPAC Discord, using the @eventcoordinator role. They can also be contacted via PM over the VATSIM network. They may also be logged onto the network as VATPAC35. 5 ROSTER The roster for Real Ops Brisbane can be found here. If you have any questions about the roster, or wish to have it amended, please contact roster[at]vatpac.org. If you find yourself free during the event, and wish to offer your ATC services, please contact one of the dedicated event coordinators 6 CANCELLATION This NOTAM will self-cancel at 1000z on the 19th of December 2021.
  12. The above NOTAM has been updated to include information regarding Oceanic Extending options during CTD21.
  13. NOTAM: Positions Reserved For Cross the Ditch 21: Summer 2021 1 INTRODUCTION The following positions are reserved under section 4.1 of the VATPAC Controller Positions and Ratings Policy. This NOTAM is the reservation of the positions noted in 2 RESERVED POSITIONS for the purpose of Cross the Ditch 21: Summer 2021 2 RESERVED POSITIONS The following positions are reserved from the 4th of December at 1700z till the 5th of December at 1300z. BN-TSN_FSS BN-KEN_CTR ML-ELW_CTR BN-INL_CTR CS_APP CS_TWR CS_GND CS_DEL ML_APP ML_TWR ML_GND AV_TWR AV_GND CG_APP BN_APP CG_TWR CG_GND 3 AUTHORITY This NOTAM Is under the authority of the following: Joshua Micallef - Events Director (events[at]vatpac.org) 4 OCEANIC PROCEDURE MODIFICATION During CTD21, it is expected that there will be gaps in oceanic coverage during the 20 hour event. During this NOTAM Period, TSN may optionally extend the airspace of NZZO to provide ATC Services for Oceanic Aircraft. The same principle can be expected by NZZO into TSN as required. 5 CONTACT The nominated Event Coordinator(s) for this event are: Chris Gardiner - Event Coordinator ([email protected]) Joshua Micallef - Events Director ([email protected]) Event Coordinators will be available for contact on the VATPAC Discord, using the @eventcoordinator role. They can also be contacted via PM over the VATSIM network. They may also be logged onto the network as VATPAC35. 6 ROSTER The roster for Cross the Ditch 21 can be viewed here. If you have any questions about the roster, or with to have it amended, please contact roster[at]vatpac.org. If you find yourself free during the event, and wish to offer your ATC services, please contact one of the dedicated event coordinators 7 CANCELLATION This NOTAM will self-cancel at 1300z on the 5th of December 2021.
  14. A reminder for those interested to apply for the Events Manager Position, that applications close this Sunday. All details are above
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    If there’s one thing we do best, it’s the good old FIFO flight; keeping communities connected and opening up our stunning interior to the world. Explore this beautiful country on the first Friday of every month as we take a tour around our regional airfields. This month, we invite you to Australia’s famous Pilbara-Kimberley region in WA, famous for its red deserts, extraordinary rock formations and beautiful reefs. With connections to both Perth (YPPH) and Darwin (YPDN), towns in this region play a vital role in keeping WA’s mining and tourism industries rolling. Take full advantage of ATC in this region from 0700z-1000z (1700-2000 AEST; 1500-1800 AWST) on the 3rd of December 2021! Routes: The below map highlights some of the routes available to fly throughout this region: Some other airports of importance in and around this region include: Solomon (YSOL), West Angelas (YANG), Roy Hill-Ginbata (YGIA), Boolgeeda (YBGD), and Fortescue (YFDF) It is recommended to use the following routes when flying between these airports: YPPH - YPKA YPPH - YPKU PH Y15 VETEL Z55 KA PH AMANA Y31 MANIG Y36 BIDAP T63 ARG J72 KU YPPH - YBRM YPPH - YCPR JET: PH Y31 BRM PH Y15 CULAB POGAV NON-JET: PH Z19 MURCH Y31 BRM YPPH - YPPD YPPH - YCWA PH Y15 ESDEG Y44 BUTON PD PH Y15 ESDEG Y60 HALEM SARIG YPPH - YNWN YPPH - YBRY JET: PH Y31 WONYU V35 NWN PH Y15 ESDEG Y60 GUVNA NON-JET: PH Z19 MURCH Y31 MONYU V35 NWN YPDN - YBRM YPPH - YTST DN HELLI J151 CIN J93 BRM PH Z19 NORIC COPDI Y13 VALRA A339 GUNAM YPDN - YPKU YPPH - YSOL DN HELLI J151 ZAMMI KU PH Y15 ESDEG Y44 REMBO ATC: FIFO Fridays will be rostered events and applications can be put in via the events website: https://events.vatpac.org/ Only standard positions will be rostered during FIFO Fridays. If required, any non-standard positions can be opened with authorisation from a C3 or Senior Staff Member. This FIFO Friday will see the following ATC positions rostered: Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: PH_DEL Perth Delivery 118.550 PH_GND Perth Ground 121.700 PH_TWR Perth Tower 127.400 PH_APP Perth Approach 123.600 DN_DEL Darwin Delivery 126.800 DN_GND Darwin Ground 121.800 DN_TWR Darwin Tower 133.100 DN_APP Darwin Approach 134.100 KA_GND Karratha Ground 123.550 KA_TWR Karratha Tower 127.350 BRM_GND Broome Ground 121.700 BRM_TWR Broome Tower 126.000 BN-TRT_CTR Brisbane Centre 133.200 ML-OLW_CTR Melbourne Centre 134.000 ML-PIY_CTR Melbourne Centre 133.900 Please note that since both Broome and Karratha’s towers are procedural, they can only be staffed by members who are S3 or higher, or have completed their Procedural Tower Solo Endorsement. Scenery: YPPH – Perth, WA Payware – MFSG (P3D / FSX) Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX) Payware - Axonos (X-Plane) Freeware – OpenSceneryX (X-Plane) YPDN – Darwin, NT Payware – MFSG (P3D / FSX) Freeware – Ant's Aussie Airports (P3D / FSX) Freeware – WorldWideXP (X-Plane) YBRM – Broome, WA Payware – ORBX (P3D / FSX) Payware - ORBX (X-Plane) YPPD – Port Hedland, WA Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX) Miscellaneous WA FIFO Airports: Freeware – AVSIM (P3D / FSX) Miscellaneous: Payware – ORBX Australia V2 (P3D / FSX) Payware - ORBX Global (P3D / FSX) Welcome to the last rendition of FIFO Friday for 2021!
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