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Cairns return via Port Douglas and Mareeba


VFR Operations
Russell Diehl

Event details


Event Details

Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.

Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.

Distance : 115 nm

Est Flight Time : approx 70 mins

Aircraft : Single engine piston aircraft such as Cessna 172 or similar capable of 105 to 135 kias.

Communications : Australia uses CTAF (Common Traffic Advisory Frequency) for radio comms at uncontrolled 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.
For pilots connecting to VATSIM using VPilot, there is a work around that enables these pilots to also take advantage of online voice CTAF. Refer to this informative VATPAC Forum post to learn how to implement the work around.

Altitude : Once clear of Cairns Control Zone remain clear of Cairns Class C steps until ready to return to Cairns



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.

Navigation : Pilots have a choice of alternatives for this flight. There is the obligatory accompanying flight plan for those that embrace the latest technology. For the more adventurous pilots the radial and distances are provided allowing the flight to be navigated using ground based radio and visual navigation techniques.


Cairns is a class C civil aerodrome. An excellent source of VFR procedural information for Cairns can be found in CASA's "Ontrack" Online Reference Resource. Pilots unfamiliar with Cairns Operations are encouraged to visit the site and review available information (video is very informative) prior to operating within Cairns airspace.

In particular, review :

  • Outbound North via the Western VFR Corridor
  • Inbound from the West

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Flight Details

  • CAIRNS INTL [YBCS] Takeoff
    elev : 10
    rwy : 15/33 asphalt
    CTAF/TWR : 124.90 (FSINN 122.80)
    VOR/DME : CS CAIRNS 113.00
    NDB : CS CAIRNS 364.0

  • BUCHAN POINT [BUCP] Overfly - visual via western VFR corridor

  • WANGETTI [WAT] Overfly - visual via western VFR corridor

  • LOW ISLETS [LWI] Overfly - H-353° D-16.9 nm

  • PORT DOUGLAS [PTD] Overfly - H-218° D-8.4 nm

  • MOSSMAN [MMA] Overfly - H-279° D-5.5 nm

  • MOUNT MALLOY [MMY] Overfly - H-183° D-13.4 nm

  • SOUTHEDGE [SDG] Overfly - H-211° D-10.5 nm

  • MAREEBA [YMBA] T&G - H-136° D-19.1 nm
    elev : 1560
    rwy : 10/28ns bitumen
    CTAF : 126.70
    DEPARTING OBTAIN CAIRNS ATIS- To return VFR via Stoney Creek, clouds need to be higher than A3000. IF not the case, either seek alternative arrival or request upgrade IFR from ATC before attempting to cross the high terrain.

  • STONEY CREEK [SCRK] Overfly - H-045° D-17.5 nm

  • CAIRNS INTL [YBCS] Land - H-081° D-5.6 nm
    elev : 10
    rwy : 15/33 asphalt
    CTAF/TWR : 124.90 (FSINN 122.80)
    VOR/DME : CS CAIRNS 113.00
    NDB : CS CAIRNS 364.0



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