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  1. 1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 Elements of RAAFvirtual.org (VSOA) and Virtual United States Navy (VSOA)will be conducting a wide range of military/formation flying training in the airspace surrounding RAAFv Base TIndal. 1.2 Training period begins on the 27th September 2019 and will self-cancel on 9th November 2019 as follows: Airspaces will be active for the duration of the NOTAM period 1.3 The Training will involve F/A18, E737, KC30A, C17A, C130/C30J, C27J, B350, P8, F22, F35 and PC-21 aircraft operating from RAAFv Base Tindal. 2. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION 2.1 For the duration of the NOTAM, activity is anticipated for the entire time period as set out in 1.2. 2.2 The following Temporary Modified Restricted and AAR, AEW&C airspace are established at Tindal (YPTN), and will be activated by NOTAM: a. YPTN/R249 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA1 (Primary) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 10000-NOTAM HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC b. YPTN/R225 (A, B, C, D, & F) CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Primary) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 9500 – F600 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC c. YPTN/R226 (A & B) CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 9500 – NOTAM HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC d. YPTN/R264 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Primary/AAR/AWACS) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: NOTAM- NOTAM HOURS OF ACTIVITY: 5000-F400 CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC d. YPDN/R230 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 5000 – F400 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC 3. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION TIMING. 3.1 Training Sorties are planned to take place as set out in 1.2 of this NOTAM 4. FLIGHT PLANNING AND ROUTE LIMITATIONS. 4.1 All waypoints inside exercise lateral boundaries will be available above FL400 during the exercise. 4.2 Upper limits are set out in section 2.0 of this NOTAM 5. PROCEDURES 5.1 Military pilots are present in the activated Restricted Areas (VSOA in flight plan remarks) 5.1.1 Pilots: If unable to conduct flights without transiting the Restricted Areas at or above the levels in para 4.1 BN-TRT_CTR active: contact Brisbane Centre on 133.200 who will coordinate with the Range Controller to arrange access – note rerouting may be required to avoid an area with RA2 or RA3 Conditional Status. BN-TRT_CTR not active: contact the Range Controller (via private message). 5.1.2 Range Controller: If access is required, contact the Range Controller callsign in the following order: WGTL***, BUCK***, COLT*** 5.2 Military pilots are not present in the activated Restricted Areas 5.2.1 Pilots and ATC: There are no restrictions on accessing the activated Restricted Areas. 6. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS 6.1 High speed military jet & turboprop aircraft will be on random tracks without communications within all exercise airspace. Traffic information will not be provided to or about exercise aircraft operating in exercise area. (Intentions may be handed to ATC by the flight lead on a flight by flight basis) 6.2 Aircraft operating out of Tindal (YPTN) will operate on the appropriate CTAF channels when ATC is not online. 6.3 Aircraft operating out if Darwin(YPDN) will operate on the appropriate Freq if ATC is online Otherwise aircraft to monitor UNICOM. 6.4 When outside CTAF areas, military aircraft will tune UNICOM until established within active restricted airspace. Upon entering active restricted airspace military aircraft will be virtually NOCOM. (See para 5.4) 6.5 Regardless of the phase of flight, military aircraft will endeavour to monitor UNICOM text (122.800) for mutual separation when ATC is offline. 6.6 The below list outlines the civil frequencies that military aircraft will operate on when outside of restricted airspace. Location Frequency YPTN TWR: 119.700 YPTN APP: 120.950 All Other (UNICOM) 7. PRIORITIES 7.1 During exercise activity periods, access to the exercise airspace may not be available due to high density/high energy military operations. 7.2 Every endeavour will be made to adjust exercise activities and minimize delays to facilitate transit of civil aircraft. 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 This NOTAM will self-cancel on the date set out in 1.2 9. DISTRIBUTION 9.1 VATPAC Forums/Website 9.2 RAAFvirtual Forums/Website 10. CONTACTS 10.1 VATPAC Operations 10.2 vAVM Ashley Carlson - RAAFv – [email protected] Appendix Exercise Area –
  2. NOTAM: Letter of Agreement Between RAAFv and VATSIM Australia Pacific 1. INTRODUCTION RAAFv and VATSIM Australia Pacific have ratified a Letter of Agreement that defines the release of restricted airspace within VATPAC to RAAFv during operational periods. This letter of agreement is supplementary to VATSIM and Regional documents and does not replace or override VATSIM Policy. Document: RAAFv VATPAC LOA 2. DETAILS Background RAAFv conducts operations that utilise restricted airspace within the designated airspace assigned to VATPAC by the CoR. In the past, the release of this airspace has not been formally documented and has been at the discretion of the Director Operations. Additionally, procedures pertaining to the responsibilities of AEWAC pilots, civil aircraft and civil controllers has not been documented during the activation of RA's. Document Summary Provides definition to restricted airspace and it states, these include Activated, Active and Inactive. Defines who an AEWAC pilot is and how pilots can identify them. Defines the release of controlling authority from VATPAC controllers to AEWAC Controllers. Provides operational procedures and requirements of controllers for handling aircraft travelling into and out of RA's Area's of Potential Confusion AEWAC Pilots are NOT controllers, they are aircraft which are connected to the network via a pilot client and maybe utilising a radar scope which is proxied. RA's are not entirely restricted to military aircraft. There are different categories of restricted areas which determine whether civilian aircraft can transit. To find the category of an active RA, consult the NOTAM pertaining to the operation. See this post for clarification: here When an RA is active and an AEWAC pilot is within its boundaries, pilots shall contact the AEWAC pilot. If a pilot is unaware of the active RA, the AEWAC pilot shall make contact with the civilian pilot. In addition to this, AEWAC pilots may give aircraft and alternate route/level which avoids the active RA. However, aircraft may deem this operationally unviable in which the AEWAC pilot shall manage military traffic around the civilian aircraft. ATC may be unaware of this LOA. In the event that a civilian controller is unaware, the AEWAC pilot shall provide a link to the LOA and the civilian controller shall comply with the details set out within the document. In the event the controller continues to be non-compliant, use the .wallop command to call a supervisor and cite the link to this post and the LOA. 3. AUTHORITY VATPAC Board of Directors 4. CANCELLATION This LOA shall remain active unless notification is provided in the NOTAM forum.
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