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Blackwater to Rockhampton


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 : 165 nm

Est Flight Time : approx 85 mins

Aircraft : Single or twin engine aircraft such as Beechcraft Baron, Mooney Bravo or similar capable of 145 to 175 kias.

Altitude : Remain outside Rockhampton controlled airspace until Yaamba.



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. Optionally, fixed navigation references are provided for those wanting to navigate "old school". There is of course the option to navigate via the accompanying GPS Flightplan.


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.

Arrivals at non-controlled aerodromes

Operating in and around non-controlled aerodromes is an important VFR skill. All pilots should at some point take the time and effort to familiarise themselves with the publication "Operations in the vicinity of non-controlled aerodromes."

Below is an arrival chart summarising some of the content in the guide


Recommended Scenery


X-Plane 10/11

Flight Details

    elev : 658
    rwy : 18/36 asphalt
    CTAF : 126.70

  • YARRABEE MINE [YYBE] T&G - H-020° D-24
    pos : RK R-266° D-80.5
    (Scenery not depicted in P3D)
    elev : 443
    rwy : 2/20 dirt
    CTAF : 122.80

  • KAIUROO [YKIU] T&G - H-057° D-21
    pos : RK R-275° D-63.0
    (Scenery not depicted in P3D)
    elev : 478
    rwy : 13/31 4/22 dirt
    CTAF : 122.80

  • WILLIAMSON [YWIS] T&G - H-039° D-59 **** Caution Shoalwater Restricted Area (refer to accompanying VTC) ****
    pos : RK R-334° D-57.5
    elev : 104
    rwy : 14/32 asphalt
    CTAF : 126.70

  • MAGNESITE MINE [MAS] Overfly - H-169° D-25
    pos : RK R-323° D-34.0

  • YAAMBA [YMA] Overfly - H-135° D-18
    If Rocky Tower or Approach is active DO NOT PROCEED UNTIL CLEARANCE IS OBTAINED

  • ROCKHAMPTON [YBRK] Land - H-148° D-16
    elev : 36
    rwy : 04/22ns 15ns/33 asphalt
    CTAF/TWR : 118.10

Wide Area Chart


Visual Terminal Chart


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