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Bathurst to Bankstown


VFR Operations
Russell Diehl

Event details


Event Details

This weekend is VFR Operations takes a trip to Bathurst Airport for the annual Mount Panorama Races. Sunday after the race conclusion the flight departs Bathurst returning via a southerly scenic route to Sydney Bankstown.

Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.

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

Distance : 126 nm

Est Flight Time : approx 75 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 : 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 "INBOUND FROM THE SOUTH VIA 2RN"

Bathurst Aiport Race Restrictions


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Flight Details

  • BATHURST [YBTH] Takeoff
    elev : 2435
    rwy : 17/35ns asphalt
    rwy : 08/26 gravel
    CTAF : 127.35
    NDB : BTH BATHURST 383.0

  • OBERON Overfly - H-137° D-20.3 nm

  • BERRIMA FARM T&G - H-145° D-49.9 nm
    elev : 2200
    rwy : 15/33 08/26 grass
    CTAF : 131.25

  • MITTAGONG [YMIG] T&G - H-073° D-12.3 nm
    elev : 1840
    rwy : 06/24ns dirt
    CTAF : 126.70

  • WILTON [YWIO] T&G - H-019° D-16.3 nm
    elev : 610
    rwy : 15/33 grass
    rwy : 18/36 dirt
    CTAF : 124.55 (FSINN 131.25)

  • WEDDERBURN [YWBN] T&G - H-059° D-7.3 nm
    elev : 850
    rwy : 35/17 bitumen
    CTAF : 122.55

  • 2RN [TWRN] Overfly - H-002° D-15.2 nm

  • BANKSTOWN [YSBK] Land - H-069° D-5 nm
    elev : 34
    rwy : 11R/29L 11L/29R 11C/29C asphalt
    CTAF : 132.80

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