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18OCT20 | Armidale to Coffs Harbour


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 : 173 nm

Est Flight Time : approx 80 mins

Aircraft : Single or twin engine aircraft such as DeHavilland Twin Otter, Mooney Bravo or similar capable of 145 to 165 kias.

Altitude : Upto A9500



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 plan.


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


X-Plane 10/11

Coffs Harbour ICAO Code

The original ICAO for Coffs Harbour was YSCH and this code continues to be used in default and ORBX scenery for Coffs Harbour in FSX and P3D. This code has subsequently been redesignated as YCFS and it is this that should be used when referencing Coffs Harbour airport in flightplans. X-Plane also utilises this ICAO in preference to YSCH. Simmers will need to use the appropriate code when locating and spawning at the airport in their respective simulators.
It should also be noted that the ICAO identifier for Coffs Harbour VOR/DME underwent a similar change from CH to CFS. The frequency is 117.0 in both instances. To confuse matters, the Coffs Harbour NDB stills uses designation CH and frequency 311.

Flight Details

  • ARMIDALE [YARM] Takeoff
    elev : 3556
    rwy : 05/23 asphalt
    rwy : 09/27 grass
    CTAF : 127.50
    DME : ARM ARMIDALE 112.60
    NDB : ARM ARMIDALE 401.0

  • WALCHA [YWCH] T&G - H-175° D-29
    (Scenery not depicted in P3D)
    elev : 3788
    rwy : 14/32 grass
    rwy : 6/24 closed
    CTAF : 122.80

  • KEMPSEY [YKMP] T&G - H-082° D-63
    elev : 54
    rwy : 16/34 clay
    rwy : 04/22 asphalt
    CTAF : 118.90
    NDB : KMP KEMPSEY 230.0

  • BALD HILLS [YBLI] T&G - H-328° D-47
    elev : 4041
    rwy : 15/33 grass
    CTAF : 122.80

  • DORRIGO [DRO] Overfly - H-081° D-13

  • MOUNT MOOMBIL [MOB] Overfly - H-065° D-7

  • COFFS HARBOUR [YCFS] Land - H-081° D-14
    elev : 18
    rwy : 03ns/21 asphalt
    rwy : 10/28 bitumen
    CTAF/TWR : 118.20



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yeah, it's a bit like deja vu all over again - - - - - - - - - - - - - > 🙂

Edited by joe martin

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Sorry for the initial mis-post. I obviously still had Friday's details loaded prior to posting this event and inadvertently reposted Friday's flight for the Sunday. All fixed, at least I hope it is now fixed. See you in the air.


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