15 June 2019 06:00 PM Until 16 June 2019 01:59 PM
Cross the Ditch 16: Winter 2019
The days have grown short and winter has returned to Australasia.
From New Zealand's snow-covered South Island to the beaches of Australia's Gold Coast, from wild and windy Wellington to cosmopolitan Melbourne and bustling Sydney, aircraft everywhere are taking to the skies to Cross the Ditch!
Check out the official Cross the Ditch website
Apply to provide ATC
Book your Flights now!
View the Event Schedule
Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard
Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports
What's it all about?
For twenty hours this December, 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 four hours flight time.
Throughout the event, the Oceania region's two divisions – VATNZ and VATPAC – will be providing full 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.
This twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world join the fun:
UTC: Saturday 15th June 2019 18:00 - Sunday 16th June 2019 14:00 AEST: Sunday 16th June 2019 04:00 - Monday 17th June 2019 00:00 NZST: Sunday 16th June 2019 06:00 - Monday 17th June 2019 02:00
This season's event is organised in waves. Each airport will have a three-to-four hour departure window, during which time flights will be able to leave for the next destination. As the window closes, the departure window will open at the next destination.
Given each of the flights is 2.5 - 4hrs in length, the previous wave's flights will be arriving at the same airport as the next wave departs, maximising the amount of traffic at each airport.
NOTE: in order to ensure that you have ATC coverage throughout your flight, you MUST fly the wave route that is active at the time of your departure.
The individual routes are designed to ensure as much opposing traffic enroute as possible.
Each flight passes from one Oceania division to the other, and the result is six mini-flyins over the course of twenty hours!
The Waves for Cross the Ditch 16 - Winter 2019 are:
Flight Departure Window UTC AEST NZST 1 Christchurch (NZCH) to Sydney (YSSY) 1800-2030 0400-0630 0600-0830 2 Sydney (YSSY) to Queenstown (NZQN)
(B753/A321 and smaller) 2030-0000 0630-1000 0830-1200 2a Sydney (YSSY) to Christchurch (NZCH)
(Wide-body aircraft only) 2030-0000 0630-1000 0830-1200 3 Queenstown (NZQN) to Gold Coast (YBCG)
(B753/A321 and smaller) 2330-0300 0930-1300 1130-1500 3a Christchurch (NZCH) to Gold Coast (YBCG)
(Wide-body aircraft only) 2330-0300 0930-1300 1130-1500 4 Gold Coast (YBCG) to Wellington (NZWN) 0300-0630 1300-1630 1500-1830 5 Wellington (NZWN) to Melbourne (YMML) 0630-1000 1630-2000 1830-2200
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.
17 June 2019 08:30 AM Until 11:30 AM
By far the most popular of our regular weekly events, on any given Milk Run Monday you'll find the famous "J-Curve" between Melbourne and Sydney well serviced by both pilots and ATC.
Not to be confused with our Spilled Milk Run Monday events, details of which can be found on the Spilled Milk Run page, the Milk Run invites you to fly in any direction between Sydney and Melbourne and all destinations in between (Canberra, Albury etc).
Prefer to control? We recommend getting in early. ATC positions on Milk Run Monday are often scarce so definitely worth being an early bird.
Traffic levels traditionally start to pick up at around 7:30pm AEST / AEDT and generally peak between 8:30pm and 9:30pm AEST / AEDT.
ML H129 DOSEL Y59 TESAT
TESAT H65 RAZZI Q29 ML
SY_ATIS 126.25 SY_DEL 133.80 SY_GND 121.70 SY_TWR 120.50 SY_APP 124.40 ML-WOL_CTR 125.00 ML-SNO_CTR 124.00 ML_APP 132.00 ML_TWR 120.50 ML_GND 121.70 ML_DEL 127.20 ML_ATIS 118.00
Melbourne Airport - Freeware for FSX
Orbx YMML Melbourne v3 (FSX/P3D) Melbourne Airport for Xplane (ISDG) Sydney YSSY freeware, FSX version | P3D version Sydney YSSY by FlyTampa (FSX & P3D) Sydney YSSY for Xplane (ISDG)
19 June 2019 10:00 AM Until 11:30 AM
This Greek Isles flight created by Peter Smith [YMA489]
Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.
Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
Distance : 166 nm
Est Flight Time : approx 65 mins
Aircraft : Single or piston engine aircraft such as Mooney Bravo, Beechcraft Bonanza or similar capable of between 150-170 kias.
United States uses Unicom 122.80 for radio comms at all airfields.
VATSIM pilots connecting to the network using FSCOPILOT/FSINN can install an additional file that provides the ability to tune the CTAF frequency and make voice announcements to other pilots on frequency. These files can be obtained via this link.
Swift is a recent VATSIM Pilot Client alternative now released to the public as a beta release candidate. This pilot client is a one fits all alternative and will work with FSX, P3D V3/V4 and XPlane in either 32 bit Windows or 64 bit Windows, Mac and Linux. The client is a little challenging to get installed and configured. Some further guidance can be found in this video tutorial for those with X-Plane on Windows x64).
Altitude : Not above A6500
File as : LGKP LGKS LGST LGIR LG54 LGSA
GPS Flightplan is available for FSX and X-Plane FMS and also provided is the original Plan-G flightplan for those that find this useful 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 plan.
FSX / P3D
Default scenery X-Plane 10/11
Default scenery Flight Details
* NOTE Frequency 131.25 - "rw1.vatpac.org/virtualvfr"
KARPATHOS [LGKP] Takeoff
elev : 66
rwy : 12/30 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
KASSOS [LGKS] T&G - H-269° D-11
elev : 35
rwy : 09/27 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
SITIA/VITSENTZOS KORNAROS [LGST] T&G - H-252° D-42
elev : 376
rwy : 05/23 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS [LGIR] T&G - H-278° D-46
elev : 115
rwy : 12/30 09/27 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
TYMPAKI [LG54] T&G - H-228° D-26
elev : 7
rwy : 09/27 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
IOANNIS DASKALOGIANNIS [LGSA] Land - H-310° D-41
elev : 490
rwy : 11/29 asphalt
CTAF : 122.80
22 June 2019 09:00 AM Until 12:00 PM
What is Saturday Australia Tour?
Australia Tour is a new fortnightly event that aims to tour Australia’s airports and show this country’s beauty. Every fortnight you’ll be starting another leg of the Australia wide flight! The tour will start in Sydney and end in Sydney commencing in January and ending in November! With 23 legs touring every state of the country you’ll experience the many different areas, from the booming southeast to the dusty west, there will be something for everyone! Australia Tour is a fortnightly event that occurs every second Saturday from 0900z – 1200z (6pm-9pm AEDT & 7pm-10pm AEST).
This Week (22/06/2019) from 0900z - 1200z:
Depart the beautiful town of Broome inbound the cozy regional town of Port Headland. This route sees no regional carriers conducting weekly services between the pair. Aircraft as small as light passenger jets up to the size of Dash 8 and Boeing 737's could be suitable for this flight.
BRM SAFIR J151 YPPD
It is recommended that this event is flown in any aircraft similar to a turboprop, business jet or a small commercial jet (Equivalent to a B712/DH8D)
Charts for Broome can be found here
Charts for Port Headland can be found here
Requested ATC Positions:
The below positions are what are recommended to provide pilots with ATC Services - However, if these become full, we welcome you to log onto additional positions to provide even more services.
ORBX Australia (Enroute), FSX/P3D - https://www.orbxdirect.com/product/au (PAYWARE)
ORBX Simulations (YBRM), FSX/P3D - https://orbxdirect.com/product/ybrm (PAYWARE)
ORBX Simulations (YBRM), XPlane - https://orbxdirect.com/product/ybrm/xp11 (PAYWARE)
FlightSim.Com West Australian Airport Pack (YBRM) - https://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?searchid=71301456 (FREEWARE)
AVSIM Library (YPPD), FSX/P3D - https://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=204324 (FREEWARE)
If you have any questions or feedback, please email Joshua Micallef - [email protected] with your feedback, we would be happy to hear any feedback you have!
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