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San Francisco Scenic Flight


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 : 113 nm

Est Flight Time : approx 75 mins

Aircraft : Single piston engine training or light sports aircraft Cessna 152, Piper Warrior, Evektor Sportstar or similar capable of 105 to 125 kias.


Unicom 122.80 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.



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. This client, once installed and configured (not for the faint of heart - some guidance can be found in this video tutorial for those with X-Plane on Windows x64), also provides a capability for pilots to designate a private voice channel to allow communication with other pilots in the same voice channel. However, to do this requires a frequency over ride to be set allowing the client to ignore the set frequency instead providing text entry into a text box. Into this box the name of the voice room needs to be entered to enable voice communication. A voice room is typically in the form of "<Airport ICAO>". The server component is ALWAYS "". So this week's departure would use "<Airport ICAO>".
For airports without an airport ICAO it is typical to use VATPAC VFR Virtual voice room acccessed using 131.25 in FSINN. The equivalent for SWIFT is "".

Altitude : Not above FL125



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 are encouraged to navigate visually for the most part and use the accompanying GPS Flightplan to locate airports.

Recommended Scenery


  • Default Scenery (supports local landmarks and airports)

X-Plane 10/11

Flight Details

    elev : 13
    rwy : 01L/19R 01R/19L 10R/28L 10L/28R asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80
    Squawk C and file a flightplan prior to taxi

  • SAN CARLOS [KSQL] T&G - H-122° D-9
    elev : 5
    rwy : 12/30 asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80

  • PALO ALTO [KPAO] T&G - H-100° D-7
    elev : 7
    rwy : 13/31 asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80

    elev : 62
    rwy : 12L/30R asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80

  • WOODSIDE (113.9 MHZ) [OSI] Overfly - MSA is A5000 from OSI 9.0 DME H-260° D-17
    This leg is notorious for cloud and pilots may need to upgrade IFR to remain above 5000ft Minimum Safe Altitude and sqawk 2000 for the duration

  • HALF MOON BAY [KHAF] T&G - MSA is A5000 until OSI 8.0 DME H-288° D-13
    elev : 66
    rwy : 12/30 asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80

  • GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE Overfly - Visual along the coast otherwise H-331° D-18

  • SAN RAFAEL [CA35] T&G - Follow the US101 from the bridge otherwise H-336° D-12
    elev : 5
    rwy : 04/22 asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80

  • SAN PEDRO HILL Overfly - H-102° D-4

  • ALCATRAZ ISLAND Overfly - H-157° D-10

  • SAN FRANCISCO INTL [KSFO] Land - H-155° D-13
    elev : 13
    rwy : 01L/19R 01R/19L 10R/28L 10L/28R asphalt
    CTAF : 122.80



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