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  • Upcoming Events

    • 25 January 2021 07:30 AM Until 11:30 AM
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      We always know that the month is drawing to a close when Spilled Milk Run makes its way back into the events calendar. This week we are taking you up to the tropical north after flying in the southern states for majority of the month!
      Fly between Cairns International Airport (YBCS) and Darwin International Airport (YPDN) with the expectation of ATC services throughout the flight!
      Traffic Levels usually begin to pick up around 0800z and peak between 0900-1030z.
       
      Routes:
      We recommend the following routes to fly between Cairns & Darwin, however you are also welcome to fly to any airport in between these airfields!
      YPDN-YBCS
      ROUTE: DN RUSKA DUMAV J61 KONDA CODIE CS
      YBCS- YPDN
      ROUTE: CS SWIFT KONDA J61 DUMAV Q91 ALLEE Q23 VEGPU DN
       
      ATC:
      Positions during Spilled Milk Run are NOT rostered. Positions are often filled up fast so be sure to float around on the discord to check when positions become available! Remember there are non-standard positions that can be opened should you be looking to join in on the fun (see a C3 or Senior Staff Member for authorisation to open them!)
      Login Identifier: Radio Callsign: Frequency: CS_DEL Cairns Delivery 128.750 CS_GND Cairns Ground 121.700 CS_TWR Cairns Tower 124.900 CS_APP Cairns Approach 118.400       DN_DEL Darwin Delivery 126.800 DN_GND Darwin Ground 121.800 DN_TWR Darwin Tower 133.100 DN_APP Darwin Approach 134.400       BN-TRT_CTR Brisbane Centre 133.200 BN-ARA_CTR Brisbane Centre 133.700 BN-ISA_CTR Brisbane Centre 125.200 BN-TBP_CTR Brisbane Centre 120.550  
      Scenery:
      YPDN - Darwin Airport
      Freeware - Ants Aussie (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - Gateway (X-Plane)
      Payware - MSFG Darwin (P3D)
      YBCS - Cairns Airport
      Payware - ORBX (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - AVSIM (FSX/P3D)
      Freeware - FSClips (X-Plane)
      Freeware - Gateway (X-Plane)

      Other
      Payware - ORBX Australia v2 (Needed for some addons)
       
      We look forward to seeing you at our first Spilled Milk Run of 2021!
    • 27 January 2021 09:30 AM Until 11:00 AM
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      This Weeks Flight on 27th January 2021 completes a two leg scenic flight in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, USA from Aspen (KASE) to Yampa Valley (KHDN).
      VFR Flight with wild swings in Altitudes. Maintain 16000 feet for most of the flight to and from the airports. You will have to fly around mountains on approaches with some steep short field finals. GPS flight plan is just a guide. You will have to follow the mountain passes from some airports in order to attain sufficient altitude (in some cases).
      Flight suggested by Dan McKee YMA555
      Scenery Suggested: Due to the plethora of simulation platforms now being used scenery is left to the discretion of each pilot.
      Aircraft Suggested: Any GA capable of 140-180kias and high altitude climb.
      Comms: Unicom 122.80 unless instructed by ATC
      Flight Details: LINK
      Weather: Real time weather, fair weather if conditions are not suitable.
      Flight Plan:(KASE-KHDN)< Just click on this link for Flight Plan for FSX, P3D and XP11


       
    • 29 January 2021 09:30 AM
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      Event Details
      As the penultimate official VATPAC VFR Operations event, this flight will begin from my home airport of Parafield and at the discretion of ATC services attempt to fly from the Northern to Souther Adelaide beaches at low level. This requires clearance to fly and if the airspace is busy can be denied requiring pilots to seek the alternate Hope Valley VFR Route. Ultimately this flight follows the coast around Adelaide's Fleurieu Peninsula to the Mouth of the Murray Goolwa, my home away from home.
      VFR Coordinator Russell Diehl (VH-DLL)
      Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.
      Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
      Distance : 103 nm
      Est Flight Time : approx 80 mins
      Aircraft : Single piston engine aircraft such as Cessna 172 or similar capable of 105 to 125 kias.
      Altitude : Carefully negotiate Adelaide CTA until clear to the south then remain below the steps thereafter.
      Flightplan
      File as : YPPF SKI NON-STD-COASTAL PNL YHTF YADG CAPE.JERVIS YPRS YGWA
      GPS Flightplan is available for FSX, P3D, FS2020 as a 'pln' file and X-Plane as an 'fms' file. The original Plan-G flightplan is also included for those that find this useful. These are all enclosed within a Zip archive.
      Navigation : Pilots familiar with the area can navigate visually, for those less familiar the accompanying GPS Flightplan is the recommended method of navigating the flight.
      NOTE : If scenery precludes the jetties along the coastal beaches then consider flying an aircraft that supports the GPS flightplans so the positions of the jetties will be obvious.
      Communications
      Australia uses CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency) for radio comms at uncontrolled airfields. Now that VATSIM has introduced AFV (Audio For VATSIM) CTAF can now be used across all VATSIM approved pilot clients. Pilots are requested to tune to the published frequency as detailed in the flight details for an event when operating in or around an aerodome to make and monitor CTAF broadcasts. Pilots should also be aware that it is a VATSIM COC (Code of Conduct) requirement that all pilots at uncontrolled airfields should monitor Unicom (Australia 122.80). It is highly recommended that pilots ensure that at least one of their "on board" COM radios (COM 2 being the most likely) is tuned to receive unicom transmissions in addition to transmitting and receiving on the published CTAF frequency. Please Note. All pilots should also be vigilant regarding the receipt of text on both unicom and CTAF. If it is discovered there is a pilot participating that is unable to receive voice transmissions, pilots should arrange to also broadcast via text to ensure those pilots without the benefit of voice is able to receive appropriate broadcasts. VATSIM provides an update guide for getting AFV working on each of the approved pilot clients.
      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.
      Recommended Scenery
      FSX / P3D
      ORBX Australia ANTS AUSSIE AIRPORTS OZX 3.5 AU Scenery OZX Libraries 1.2 (required for all OZX scenery) X-Plane 10/11
      Bazz's Australian and PNG Scenery for X-Plane Parafield Aerodrome
      Parafield Aerodrome services general aviation aircraft located in close proximity to Adelaide International Airport and Edinburgh Airbase further to the north.
      For this flight we depart Parafield to the north via Saint Kilda before turning south and transiting Adelaide controlled airspace along the coast. This requires an ATC clearance (usually from Ground) arranged whilst stationary on the apron prior to departure in much the same manner as clearance to transit Adelaide airspace via the Hope Valley Reservoir is obtained. A coastal transit isn't typically granted to GA and is more usually provided to beach patrol aircraft. Since this transit crosses the departure/approach path to Adelaide's main 05/23 runway the coastal transit is divided into transition segments using beach jetties as boundaries and excellent visual reference points. ATC will not clear aircraft into a segment until it is vacant of aircraft. ATC will issue pilots holding orbits when unable to clear them to proceed.
      Parafield aerodrome has a layout that can precipitate unintended runway incursions, most prevalently by unwary pilots transiting taxiway B. There are two undershoots to rwys 26L/26R that require clearance to cross, one of which is the threshold holding point for runway 21R. Most pilots familiar with Parafield typically request taxying via F to the run-up bay and then taxying to the 21R threshold via A and A4. Even this has some local considerations. Pilots routinely will hold position and give way to aircraft on approach or departing 21R/03L when transiting taxiway F.
      Air Services Australia offer a handy fact sheet TIPS FOR FLYING AT PARAFIELD and provides valuable insight into operating at Parafield.

      Airport Diagram is extracted from CASA Parafield manoeuvring area map
      Circuit Directions
      Note : Circuit runways 21L/03R and 26L/08R are only available when ATC is active
      Tower Active
      RWY 03L - Left RWY 03R - Right RWY 21L - Left RWY 21R - Right RWY 08L - Left RWY 08R - Right RWY 26L - Left RWY 26R - Right ATC may at their discretion alter these. Also, when parallel operations are in progress, there may be one tower dedicated to the circuit runway 06R/24L as well as a tower dedicated to the main 03L/21R runway. Check with Parafield ATIS pior to starting. Tower Inactive
      RWY 03L - Left RWY 21R - Right RWY 08R - Right RWY 26L - Left RWY 21L/03R & RWY 26R/08L - Unavailable Frequencies
      CTAF : 118.70 TWR : 118.70 / 124.60 SMC : 119.90 ATIS : 120.90 / 416 NDB : PF 416.0 Flight Details
      PARAFIELD [YPPF] Takeoff
      elev : 57
      rwy : 08L/26R 08R/26L 03R/21L 03L/21R asphalt
      CTAF/TWR : 118.70
      NDB : PF PARAFIELD ADELAIDE 416.0
      NOTE : IF ADELAIDE APPROACH ACTIVE transitting the coast requires ATC clearance where significant delays can be expected if Adelaide is busy.
      ALTERNATELY, clearance can also be sought to transition via Hope Valley VFR and will avoid lengthy delays.
      ST KILDA [SKI] Overfly - visual D-6
      If ATC ACTIVE CONTACT AD_APP TO OBTAIN CLEARANCE TO COMMENCE COASTAL TRANSITION. ATC may request orbits at HENLEY and SEMAPHORE JETTY to allow egress/ingress of Adelaide's main runway.
      SEMAPHORE JETTY Overfly - visual D-6
      ATC will allow pilots to proceed if next segment is vacant. ATC will request pilots to orbit otherwise.
      HENLEY JETTY Overfly - visual D-5
      ATC will allow pilots to proceed if next segment is vacant. ATC will request pilots to orbit otherwise.
      GLENELG JETTY Overfly - visual D-4
      SEGMENT encompasses AD RWY 05/23 Undershoot/Overshoot. VFR aircraft are denied entry whilst departures/arrivals are in progress
      BRIGHTON JETTY [BTJ] Overfly - visual D-2
      PORT STANVAC Overfly - visual D-6
      PORT NOARLUNGA [PNL] Overfly - visual D-3
      HUNT FIELD [YHTF] T&G - visual D-2
      elev : 8
      rwy : 01/19 dirt
      CTAF : 122.80
      ALDINGA [YADG] T&G - H-171° D-7
      elev : 110
      rwy : 21ns/03 asphalt
      rwy : 18ns/36 08/26ns grass
      rwy : 14/32 dirt
      CTAF : 127.15
      NORMANVILLE Overfly - visual D-13
      CAPE JERVIS Overfly - visual D-14
      DEEP CREEK COVE Overfly - visual D-8
      PARSONS BEACH [YPRS] T&G - visual D-11
      (Scenery not depicted in P3D)
      elev : 10
      rwy : 10/28 unsealed
      CTAF : 122.80
      ROSETTA HEAD Overfly - visual D-7
      GRANITE ISLAND Overfly - visual D-2
      GOOLWA [YGWA] Land - visual D-8
      elev : 104
      rwy : 01/19 gravel
      rwy : 16/34 09/27 grass
      CTAF : 126.95
      Adelaide Visual Terminal Chart

      Adelaide Visual Navigation Chart

    • 31 January 2021 09:30 AM Until 10:45 AM
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      Event Details
      As my final official VATPAC VFR Operations event, this flight will begin from Goolwa, a home away from home returning to my home airport of Parafield. Departing Goolwa the flight overflies the series of five barrages that keeps the lower Murray free of salt. The flight continues via Murray Bridge and the Barossa Valley returning to Parafield from the North East.
      VFR Coordinator Russell Diehl
      Many thanks to pilots, controllers and VATPAC staff for supporting these events these past many years and hope they continue to do so as Dave Bromage takes control and advances these events to even greater altitudes. Expect to see VH-DLL flying these events for many years to come!
      Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.
      Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
      Distance : 103 nm
      Est Flight Time : approx 80 mins
      Aircraft : Single piston engine aircraft such as Cessna 172 or similar capable of 105 to 125 kias.
      Altitude : Carefully negotiate Adelaide CTA until clear to the south then remain below the steps thereafter.
      Flightplan
      File as : YGWA YMEG YSYN YMBD WARR DMW YPPF
      GPS Flightplan is available for FSX, P3D, FS2020 as a 'pln' file and X-Plane as an 'fms' file. The original Plan-G flightplan is also included for those that find this useful. These are all enclosed within a Zip archive.
      Navigation : Pilots familiar with the area can navigate visually, for those less familiar the accompanying GPS Flightplan is the recommended method of navigating the flight.
      NOTE : If scenery precludes the jetties along the coastal beaches then consider flying an aircraft that supports the GPS flightplans so the positions of the jetties will be obvious.
      Communications
      Australia uses CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency) for radio comms at uncontrolled airfields. Now that VATSIM has introduced AFV (Audio For VATSIM) CTAF can now be used across all VATSIM approved pilot clients. Pilots are requested to tune to the published frequency as detailed in the flight details for an event when operating in or around an aerodome to make and monitor CTAF broadcasts. Pilots should also be aware that it is a VATSIM COC (Code of Conduct) requirement that all pilots at uncontrolled airfields should monitor Unicom (Australia 122.80). It is highly recommended that pilots ensure that at least one of their "on board" COM radios (COM 2 being the most likely) is tuned to receive unicom transmissions in addition to transmitting and receiving on the published CTAF frequency. Please Note. All pilots should also be vigilant regarding the receipt of text on both unicom and CTAF. If it is discovered there is a pilot participating that is unable to receive voice transmissions, pilots should arrange to also broadcast via text to ensure those pilots without the benefit of voice is able to receive appropriate broadcasts. VATSIM provides an update guide for getting AFV working on each of the approved pilot clients.
      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.
      Recommended Scenery
      FSX / P3D
      ORBX Australia ANTS AUSSIE AIRPORTS OZX 3.5 AU Scenery OZX Libraries 1.2 (required for all OZX scenery) X-Plane 10/11
      Bazz's Australian and PNG Scenery for X-Plane Parafield Aerodrome
      Parafield aerodrome has a layout that can precipitate unintended runway incursions, most prevalently by unwary pilots transiting taxiway B. There are two undershoots to rwys 26L/26R that require clearance to cross. Pilots vacating rwy 03L/21R to B need to be wary returning to the apron when entering these zones. For those that roll through rwy 03L to B5 and vacate, beware as that taxiway is in fact part of the undershoot to rwy 26R.
      Air Services Australia offer a handy fact sheet TIPS FOR FLYING AT PARAFIELD and provides valuable insight into operating at Parafield.

      Airport Diagram is extracted from CASA Parafield manoeuvring area map
      Circuit Directions
      Note : Circuit runways 21L/03R and 26L/08R are only available when ATC is active
      Tower Active
      RWY 03L - Left RWY 03R - Right RWY 21L - Left RWY 21R - Right RWY 08L - Left RWY 08R - Right RWY 26L - Left RWY 26R - Right ATC may at their discretion alter these. Also, when parallel operations are in progress, there may be one tower dedicated to the circuit runway 06R/24L as well as a tower dedicated to the main 03L/21R runway. Check with Parafield ATIS pior to starting. Tower Inactive
      RWY 03L - Left RWY 21R - Right RWY 08R - Right RWY 26L - Left RWY 21L/03R & RWY 26R/08L - Unavailable Frequencies
      CTAF : 118.70 TWR : 118.70 / 124.60 SMC : 119.90 ATIS : 120.90 / 416 NDB : PF 416.0 Flight Details
      GOOLWA [YGWA] Takeoff
      elev : 104
      rwy : 01/19 gravel
      rwy : 16/34 09/27 grass
      CTAF : 126.95
      GOOLWA BARRAGE [GOOLWABG] Overfly - visual D-4
      MUNDOO BARRAGE [MUNDOO] Overfly - visual D-5
      BOUNDARY CREEK BARRAGE [BNDRYCK] Overfly - visual D-2
      EWE ISLAND BARRAGE [EWEISL] Overfly - visual D-1
      TAUWITCHERE BARRAGE [TAUWICH] Overfly - visual D-3
      MENINGIE [YMEG] T&G - H-104° D-18
      (Scenery not depicted in P3D)
      elev : 13
      rwy : 14/32 4/22 grass
      CTAF : 122.80
      STRATHALBYN [YSYN] T&G - H-314° D-29
      elev : 70
      rwy : 14/32 gravel
      rwy : 18/36 10/28 grass
      CTAF : 122.80
      MURRAY BRIDGE [YMBD] T&G - H-027° D-19
      elev : 180
      rwy : 10/28 gravel
      rwy : 09/27 grass
      CTAF : 127.50
      WARREN RESERVOIR [WARR] Overfly - H-315° D-26
      DAM WALL [DMW] Overfly - visual D-10
      PARAFIELD [YPPF] Land - H-233° D-5
      elev : 57
      rwy : 08L/26R 08R/26L 03R/21L 03L/21R asphalt
      CTAF/TWR : 118.70
      NDB : PF PARAFIELD ADELAIDE 416.0
      Adelaide Visual Terminal Chart

      Adelaide Visual Navigation Chart

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