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Bankstown to Bathurst


VFR Operations
Russell Diehl

Event details


Event Details

This weekend VFR Operations takes a trip to Bathurst Airport for the annual Mount Panorama Races. Friday the flight departs Sydney Bankstown flying a scening route into Bathurst Airport to join the race festivities.

Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.

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

Distance : 134 nm

Est Flight Time : approx 80 mins

Aircraft : Single piston engine aircraft such as Cessna 182 or similar capable of 125 to 155 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 : Comply with Bankstown CTA then once clear remain below Sydney CTA steps.



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.


Bankstown is a general aviation class D aerodrome and is located in close proximity to Sydney International Airport and RAAF Airbase Richmond. An excellent source of information for Bankstown VFR operations inbound and outbound can be found in CASA's "Ontrack" Online Reference Resource. Pilots unfamiliar with Bankstown Operations are encouraged to visit the site and review available information prior to operating within Bankstown airspace.

In particular refer to Bankstown "OUTBOUND TO THE WEST"

Bathurst Aiport Race Restrictions


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Flight Details

  • BANKSTOWN [YSBK] Takeoff
    elev : 34
    rwy : 11R/29L 11L/29R 11C/29C asphalt
    CTAF : 132.80

  • WARRAGAMBA DAM [WAD] Overfly - H-264° D-19.9 nm

  • KATOOMBA AIRSTRIP [YKAT] T&G - H-301° D-18.7 nm
    elev : 3280
    rwy : 06ns/24 10/28 gravel
    CTAF : 126.70

  • MARSDEN SWAMP T&G - H-258° D-11 nm
    elev : 2427
    rwy : 04/22 grass
    CTAF : 131.25

  • BLAYNEY AIRFARMERS T&G - H-264° D-44.7 nm
    pos : CWR R-049
    elev : 2885
    rwy : 18/36 grass
    CTAF : 131.25

  • ORANGE [YORG] T&G - H-329° D-12.4 nm
    pos : CWR R-030
    elev : 3112
    rwy : 04/22 11/29 asphalt
    CTAF : 119.00

  • MT PANORAMA CIRCUIT Overfly - H-088° D-21.6 nm
    pos : CWR R-050

  • BATHURST [YBTH] Land - H-055° D-5.1 nm
    elev : 2435
    rwy : 17/35ns asphalt
    rwy : 08/26 gravel
    CTAF : 127.35
    NDB : BTH BATHURST 383.0

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