Simulation Date/Time : Current date set to daylight.
Weather : Real World / Fair weather if real world is unsuitable for VFR operations.
Distance : 120 nm
Est Flight Time : approx 80 mins
Aircraft : Single or twin engine aircraft such as Cessna 172, Piper Warrior, Orion Maul or similar capable of 105 to 125 kias.
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.
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 "some.server.org/<Airport ICAO>". The server component is ALWAYS "rw1.vatpac.org". So this week's departure would use "rw1.vatpac.org/<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 "rw1.vatpac.org/virtualvfr".
Altitude : Once clear of Hobart remain below Hobart CTA
File as : YCBG TAS YSFY YLPR STRA YSRN
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.
NOTE : Following the GPS flighplan will result in pilots entering restricted airspace. Allowances will be required to avoid entering restricted airspace.
FSX / P3D
* NOTE Frequency 131.25 - "rw1.vatpac.org/virtualvfr"
CAMBRIDGE [YCBG] Takeoff
elev : 67
rwy : 09/27 12/30 14/32 asphalt
CTAF/TWR : 118.10
VOR/DME : HB HOBART 112.70
TASMAN BRIDGE [TAS] Overfly - H-231° D-6
SANDFLY [YSFY] T&G - H-206° D-9
elev : 635
rwy : 10/28 grass
CTAF : 131.25
LAKE PEDDER T&G - H-265° D-45
(Scenery not depicted in X-Plane)
elev : 1026
rwy : 06/24 gravel
CTAF : 131.25
STRATHGORDON [STRA] Overfly - H-303° D-9
X-Plane depicts an associated heliport
STRAHAN [YSRN] Land - H-303° D-49
elev : 66
rwy : 18/36 asphalt
CTAF : 124.20
Cambridge to Strahan VNC