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  1. NOTAM 07OCT18 - Reserved Positions for Real Ops

    1. INTRODUCTION This NOTAM is detailed in accordance with section 4.1 of the VATPAC Controller Positions and Ratings Policy. This is for the purpose of Real Ops Sydney. 2. RESERVED POSITIONS SY_DEL SY_GND SY-E_GND SY_TWR SY-E_TWR SY_APP SY-S_APP SY-DEP SY-S_DEP SY-D_APP SY-DE_APP ML-WOL_CTR BN-MDE_CTR 3. EFFECTIVE DATE & TIME The above positions will be reserved for use between 0000Z and 0800z Sunday 07/10/18. 4. CONTACT Trent Hopkinson - Deputy Director Events E: t.hopkinson(at)vatpac.org Tristan Duncombe - Event Coordinator E: t.duncombe(at)vatpac.org 5. NOTICE TO ATC Under section 4.1, controllers must not control these positions during the times indicated without prior approval of the listed contacts. 6. CANCELLATION This NOTAM Self Cancels at 0800z 07 OCTOBER 2018.
  2. NOTAM 1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 Elements of RAAFvirtual.org (VSOA) and will be conducting a wide range of military/formation flying training in the airspace surrounding RAAFv Base Williamtown. 1.2 Training period begins on the 30th September 2018 and will continue on set weekly night as follows: Friday’s 0630 – 1130 UTC Saturday’s 0200 – 1330 UTC Sunday’s 0200 – 1330 UTC 1.3 The Training will involve F/A18, E737, KC30A, C17A, C130/C30J, C27J, B350, P8 and PC-9 aircraft operating from RAAFv Base Williamtown. 2. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION 2.1 For the duration of the NOTAM, activity is anticipated for sporadic timeframes within the time period as set out in 1.2. 2.2 The following Temporary Modified Restricted and AAR, AEW&C airspace are established at Williamtown (YWLM), and will be activated by NOTAM: a. YWLM/R580 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 4500 – F125 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC b. YWLM/R583A CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC – F125 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC c. YWLM/R574 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA3 (Primary) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC – F600 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC 3. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION TIMING. 3.1 Training Sorties are planned to take place as set out in 1.2 of this NOTAM 4. FLIGHT PLANNING AND ROUTE LIMITATIONS. 4.1 All waypoints inside exercise lateral boundaries will be available above FL355 during the exercise. 4.2 Upper limits are set out in section 2.0 of this NOTAM 5. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS 5.1 High speed military jet & turboprop aircraft will be on random tracks without communications within all exercise airspace. Traffic information will not be provided to or about exercise aircraft operating in exercise area. (Intentions may be handed to ATC by the flight lead on a flight by flight basis) 5.2 Aircraft operating out of Williamtown (YWLM) will operate on the appropriate CTAF channels when ATC is not online. 5.3 When outside CTAF areas, military aircraft will tune UNICOM until established within active restricted airspace. Upon entering active restricted airspace military aircraft will be virtually NOCOM. (See para 5.4) 5.4 Regardless of the phase of flight, military aircraft will endeavour to monitor UNICOM text (122.800) for mutual separation when ATC is offline. 5.5 The below list outlines the civil frequencies that military aircraft will operate on when outside of restricted airspace. Location Frequency YWLM TWR: 118.30 YWLM APP: 130.350 All Other (UNICOM) 6. PRIORITIES 6.1 During exercise activity periods, access to the exercise airspace may not be available due to high density/high energy military operations. 6.2 Every endeavour will be made to adjust exercise activities and minimize delays to facilitate transit of civil aircraft. 7. CANCELLATION 7.1 This NOTAM will cancel by formal notification from RAAFv executive 8. DISTRIBUTION 8.1 VATPAC Forums/Website 8.2 RAAFvirtual Forums/Website 9. CONTACTS 9.1 VATPAC Operations 9.2 RAAFv Executive Team – [email protected] Appendix Exercise Area – NOTAM Request Form YWLM Sep18.docx
  3. USE OF OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT AND REQUEST

    AERONAUTICAL INFORMATION CIRCULAR (In compliance with AIC H32/18) Effective 201809050100 USE OF OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT AND REQUEST 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 The use of the terms “DUE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT” or “REQUIRE” alerts ATC that a pilot needs to operate their aircraft in a non-standard manner and that it is essential to the safety of the flight and its occupants to do so, e.g. the need to use a certain runway due to its length, or a non-standard cruising level to avoid potentially dangerous turbulence. 1.2 In accordance with AIP GEN 3.4 para 4.13 (para 5.1.1 in AIP effective 8 November), the use of the term “REQUEST” indicates that a pilot’s query is not essential to the safety of the flight or its occupants, i.e. it is something they “should like to know or wish to obtain”. 2. USE OF “DUE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT” OR “REQUIRE” 2.1 The use of “DUE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT” or “REQUIRE” must be limited to circumstances where the safe operation of the aircraft or its occupants would be jeopardised if the stated requirement is not met. 2.2 For example, as per AIP ENR 1.7 para 3.1.2.1: “Pilots must only request a level not conforming to the table of cruising levels when it is determined by the pilot in command to be essential to the safety of the flight and its occupants. In such circumstances, the phrase “DUE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT” must be included with the level change request.”Page 2 of 2 (AIC H32/18) 3. USE OF “REQUEST” 3.1 In other circumstances, where the safe operation of the aircraft is not in jeopardy but the pilot has a preference for the use of a procedure or runway that is contrary to that currently in use by other aircraft, then the pilot can “REQUEST” use of that procedure or runway. ATC must consider the potential impact on other airspace users when assessing a pilot’s request. If safety or efficiency could be compromised, a request will not be granted. 4. FURTHER ADVICE 4.1 Further advice may be obtained by contacting the following: Director, Operations – [email protected] 5. CANCELLATION 5.1 This AIC will remain current until 201812050100 UTC. 6. DISTRIBUTION 6.1 VATPAC website only. NOTAM090518 - AIC H32-18.pdf
  4. NOTAM Sydney Area Local Instructions 6.1 Update Effective Immediately Introduction Local Area Instruction Documentation is made available to provide specific detail at major capital city airfields. From time to time changes in the AIP and ERSA documentation require adjustments to these documents. To Remove a Restriction and Correct a Typographical Error. Section 11.3.1.5 is deleted. Authority Director, Operations – [email protected] Cancellation This NOTAM will cancel on a new issue of the Sydney Local Area Instructions.
  5. AIRAC 1809 Update Available

    NOTAM AIRAC1809 Update Effective 201808300000UTC Introduction The VATPAC sector files have been produced and developed by the operations department. Every 3 months they are updated as close as possible in accordance with the ICAO schedule. The updated version is AIRAC 1809, effective on the 30th of Aug. 2018. The sector files provided support both the Virtual Radar Client and the Euroscope Client. AIRAC 1809 Details There have been no significant change to airspace boundaries. There have been editorial additions to SIDS and STARS, mainly the addition of height and speed direction. These additions have resulted in the re-numbering of several SIDS and STARS. These files are available from the VATPAC website: https://vatpac.org/operations/sector-files/ Use of these Sector files shall be valid from the 30 Aug. 2018 at 00:00 UTC Authority Director, Operations – [email protected] Cancellation This NOTAM will cancel on the issue of the AIRAC 1812 update. NOTAM300818 - AIRAC1809.pdf
  6. NOTAM 1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 Elements of RAAFvirtual.org (VSOA) and will be conducting a wide range of military/formation flying exercises in the restricted Airspace off Williamtown (YWLM). 1.2 Exercise period begins on the 17th August 2018 and will conclude on the 17h August 2018. 1.3 The exercise will involve F/A18, E737, KC30A, C17A, C130/C30J, P8, C27 aircraft operating from RAAFv Base Williamtown. 2. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION 2.1 For the period 17th August 2018, activity is anticipated for a maximum of one 4 to 5 hour period between 0800 and 1300 UTC. 2.2 The following Temporary Modified Restricted and AAR, AEW&C airspace are established off Williamtown (YWLM), and will be activated by NOTAM: a. YWLM/R574 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: 31 00 21S 153 16 04E, 30 43 33S 153 24 27E 31 01 44S 155 18 14E, 32 33 37S 154 47 57E 33 51 30S 154 01 56E, 33 51 30S 152 07 57E 33 32 50S 151 58 52E, 33 12 21S 151 56 02E then along the counter clockwise arc of a circle of 25.00NM radius centred on 32 47 49S 151 49 59E (WLM/TAC) to 32 44 35S 152 19 24E 32 25 00S 152 33 00E, 32 00 00S 152 45 52E 31 00 21S 153 16 04E VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC – F250 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC 3. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION TIMING. 3.1 Aerial Refuelling & Control activities are planned to take place as follows: Dates Times(UTC) 17 Aug 18 0800-1300 4. FLIGHT PLANNING AND ROUTE LIMITATIONS. 4.1 All waypoints inside exercise lateral boundaries will be available above FL270 during the exercise as approved by VATPAC ATC in consultation with RAAFv FCC’s. NOTAM Request Form Prepared by: RAAFvirtual.org 5. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS 5.1 High speed military jet aircraft will be on random tracks without communications within all exercise airspace. Traffic information will not be provided to or about exercise aircraft operating in exercise area. (Intentions may be handed to ATC by the flight lead on a flight by flight basis) 5.2 Aircraft operating out of Williamtown (YWLM) will operate on the appropriate CTAF channels when ATC is not online. 5.3 When outside CTAF areas, military aircraft will tune UNICOM until established within active restricted airspace. Upon entering active restricted airspace military aircraft will be virtually NOCOM. (See para 5.4) 5.4 Regardless of the phase of flight, military aircraft will endeavour to monitor UNICOM text (122.800) for mutual separation when ATC is offline. 5.5 The below list outlines the civil frequencies that military aircraft will operate on when outside of restricted airspace. Location Frequency YWLM TWR: 118.30 YWLM APP: 135.70 All Other (UNICOM) 6. PRIORITIES 6.1 During exercise activity periods, access to the exercise airspace may not be available due to high density/high energy military operations. 6.2 Every endeavour will be made to adjust exercise activities and minimize delays to facilitate transit of civil aircraft. 7. CANCELLATION 7.1 This NOTAM will self-cancel at 18th August 2018 1600hrs UTC. 8. DISTRIBUTION 8.1 VATPAC Forums/Website 8.2 RAAFvirtual Forums/Website 9. CONTACTS 9.1 VATPAC Operations 9.2 vAIRMSHL Ashley Carlson - RAAFv – [email protected] NOTAM Request Form Prepared by: RAAFvirtual.org Appendix Exercise Area – NOTAM_Request_Form_-_AAR_17th_Aug_18 (1).pdf
  7. NOTAM Amendment and Clarification Controller Information and ATIS Policy 1Introduction The VATPAC Controller Information and ATIS Policy currently states in Section 7.2.1 Where top-down coverage is being provided an ATIS shall be provide for the primary aerodrome in that TMA or Sector except as provided in subsection 6.1. This has usually been interpreted as instructing an ENR controller to provide an ATIS at the principle aerodrome in the sector for which their radio call sign are identifies them. If an ATIS is being provided by a TMA or TWR controller then the ENR controller is free to mount an ATIS at either another aerodrome in their sector or in a sector to which they are providing extended coverage. There have recently been instances where ENR controllers have interpreted the existing wording in a different manner. After consultation with VATPAC senior instructors the Controller Information and ATIS Policy Section 7, is amended as follows in paragraph 2. This NOTAM is effective 1200Z10082018 until replaced by an updated edition of the Controller Information and ATIS Policy. 2 Controller Information and ATIS Policy Details 7 ATIS 7.1 When must an ATIS be provided? 7.1.1 An ATIS must be provided for an aerodrome, if and only if, an air traffic control service is also being provided for that aerodrome. 7.1.2 Where top-down coverage is being provided to more than one aerodrome by a TMA or ENR controller an ATIS shall be provide for the primary or principle aerodrome in that TMA or Sector corresponding to the radio callsign of the TMA or ENR controller except as may be provided in subsection 6.1. 7.1.3 Where an ENR controller is providing extended services to more than one sector they may provide an ATIS to an aerodrome in the sectors to which they may be extended if, and only if, an ATIS has been provided to those principle aerodromes in the sector corresponding to ENR controller’s radio callsign by a TMA or TWR controller. 7.1.4 Notwithstanding subsection 7.1.1, a controller must not provide more than one ATIS. Examples: ENR controller logged on as ML-SNO_CTR. No other controllers active in SNO. ML-SNO_CTR must provide an ATIS for YMML. ENR controller logged on as ML-SNO_CTR. ML_APP is on. ML-SNO_CTR provides an ATIS for YSCB. If providing top-down service. ENR controller logged on as ML-SNO_CTR. ML_APP & CB_APP are on. ML-SNO_CTR provides an ATIS for YSSY or another principle aerodrome for which they are providing top-down service. 3Authority Director, Operations – [email protected] 4Cancellation This NOTAM self-cancels upon the publication of the VATPAC Controller and ATIS Policy v5.2 NOTAM_ATIS_2018.pdf
  8. Ammendment to Cairns Local Area Instructions

    NOTAM RE: Cairns Local Area Instructions v4 Effective: IMMEDIATE Reference: Cairns Local Area Instructions v4 Standard Assignable Levels Section 4.2.3.5 The standard assignable levels between CS TCU and Brisbane Centre are: Situation Standard Assignable Level Departure FL180 or requested level if lower Arrival A070 The Arrival Standard Assignable level is amended as follows: Arrival CTA C6 ~ 055* clockwise to 355* I/B CS VOR CTA C7 ~ 355* clockwise to 055* I/B CS VOR From 36 to 50 NM CS/DME ATS Routes W319; W364; Q76; Q499 A070 A090 This NOTAM self cancels when the Cairns Local Area Instructions v4 update is issued.
  9. AIRAC1806

    NOTAM AIRAC1806 Update Effective 201805250000UTC 1 Introduction The VATPAC sector files have been produced and developed by the operations department. Every 3 months they are updated in accordance with the ICAO schedule. The updated version is AIRAC 1806, effective on the 25th of May 2018. The sector files provided support both the Virtual Radar Client and the Euroscope Client. 2 AIRAC 1806 Details There has been a significant change to airspace boundaries with respect to Brisbane Downs (DOS), Mudgee (MDE) sectors with reference to the Brisbane Carnarvon (CVN) sub-sector. Controllers please note: CVN is now part of DOS. (See map attached) All controllers will ensure that their files are up to date prior to logging onto the network. These sector files are available on the VATPAC Website under the Operations tab, by selecting Sector Files. Use of these Sector files shall be valid from the 25 MAY 2018 at 00:00 UTC 3 AuthorityNOTAM250518 - AIRAC1806.pdf Director, Operations – [email protected] 4 Cancellation This NOTAM will cancels 16 AUG 18 - 23:59UTC. Version: 1.0 VATPAC Operations Department
  10. Gentlemen, It is with pleasure that I announce the appointment of Daniel Johnson as VATPAC Virtual Airline Liaison Officer. Welcome Daniel!
  11. AIRAC1803 – Updated

    NOTAM AIRAC1803 – Updated 1 Introduction The VATPAC sector files are produced and developed by the operations department every 3 months. This version just released is AIRAC 1803, effective on the 1st of March 2018. The sector files provided support both the Virtual Radar Client and the Euroscope Client. Please note that there have been no changes to the Pacific sector files . These Sector files shall take effect on the 1- MARCH-2018 at 00:00 UTC 2 AIRAC 1803 Details In addition to the updates within AIRAC 1712, there have been some changes to STAR procedures around Launceston. There have been waypoint additions, deletions and name changes. All controllers should ensure that their files are up to date prior to logging onto the network. The sector files are available from the VATPAC Sector File page under Controllers on the VATPAC Website. In addition to the sector files, the VATPAC MATS (v2.3) document also been updated with the addition of a section (4.1.1) on Communication and Phraseology. This section includes the new SID/STAR phraseology. The VATPAC MATS is available from the VATPAC Operations page under Documents, Manual & Guides, Manual of Air Traffic Services. 3 Authority Director, Operations – [email protected] 4 Cancellation This NOTAM will cancel at 23-May-2018 - 23:59UTC.
  12. NOTAM 22FEB18 RAAFv VSOA Exercise

    1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 Elements of RAAFvirtual.org (VSOA) and will be conducting a wide range of military/formation flying training in the airspace surrounding RAAFv Base Williamtown. 1.2 Training period begins on the 23nd February 2018 and will self-cancel on 25th February 2018 as follows: Friday’s 0630 – 1130 UTC Saturday’s 0600 – 1200 UTC 1.3 The Training will involve F/A18, E737, KC30A, C17A, C130/C30J, C27J, B350, P8 and PC-9 aircraft operating from RAAFv Base Williamtown. 2. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION 2.1 For the duration of the NOTAM, activity is anticipated for the entire time period as set out in 1.2. 2.2 The following Temporary Modified Restricted and AAR, AEW&C airspace are established at Williamtown (YWLM), and will be activated by NOTAM: a. YWLM/R580 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: 4500 – F125 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC b. YWLM/R583A CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA2 (Transit) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC – F125 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC c. YWLM/R574 CONDITIONAL STATUS: RA3 (Primary) MILITARY FLYING LATERAL LIMITS: Limits are Setout by airspace outline in Appendix VERTICAL LIMITS: SFC – F600 HOURS OF ACTIVITY: NOTAM CONTROLLING AUTHORITY: VATPAC 3. AIRSPACE ACTIVATION TIMING. 3.1 Training Sorties are planned to take place as set out in 1.2 of this NOTAM 4. FLIGHT PLANNING AND ROUTE LIMITATIONS. 4.1 All waypoints inside exercise lateral boundaries will be available above FL355 during the exercise. 4.2 Upper limits are set out in section 2.0 of this NOTAM 5. MILITARY AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS 5.1 High speed military jet & turboprop aircraft will be on random tracks without communications within all exercise airspace. Traffic information will not be provided to or about exercise aircraft operating in exercise area. (Intentions may be handed to ATC by the flight lead on a flight by flight basis) 5.2 Aircraft operating out of Williamtown (YWLM) will operate on the appropriate CTAF channels when ATC is not online. 5.3 When outside CTAF areas, military aircraft will tune UNICOM until established within active restricted airspace. Upon entering active restricted airspace military aircraft will be virtually NOCOM. (See para 5.4) 5.4 Regardless of the phase of flight, military aircraft will endeavour to monitor UNICOM text (122.800) for mutual separation when ATC is offline. 5.5 The below list outlines the civil frequencies that military aircraft will operate on when outside of restricted airspace. Location Frequency YWLM TWR: 118.30 YWLM APP: 130.350 All Other (UNICOM) A briefing for VATPAC ATC will be available on Saturday at 1730hrs AEST 6 PRIORITIES 6.1 During exercise activity periods, access to the exercise airspace may not be available due to high density/high energy military operations. 6.2 Every endeavour will be made to adjust exercise activities and minimize delays to facilitate transit of civil aircraft. 7. CANCELLATION 7.1 This NOTAM will cancel by formal notification from RAAFv excecutive 8. DISTRIBUTION 8.1 VATPAC Forums/Website 8.2 RAAFvirtual Forums/Website 9. CONTACTS 9.1 VATPAC Operations 9.2 vWGCDR Nathan Noble - RAAFv – [email protected] Appendix Exercise Area – see attached file. NOTAM_Request_Form_YWLM_Revised.pdf
  13. Appointment: Trainee Mentor

    Wlecome Will!
  14. Appointment: VATPAC Deputy Director ATC Training

    Wecome Jacob!
  15. Virtual Airlines Liaison Officer

    Please be advised that effective 09/12/17 Mr. Blake Hendrie has been appointed Virtual Airlines Liaison Officer for VATPAC with immediate effect. Please welcome him and direct any relevant enquiries to [email protected] Richard Quigley Director of Operations (Acting)
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