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Callum Strawbridge

VATPAC Host's VATUSA's Friday Night Ops [14-15JUL17]

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Ladies and Gentleman, On Friday 14th July 2017, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane welcomes VATUSA to Friday Night Ops. Kicking off at 2300z, The sun will have started heating up the Winter temperatures of the Australian East Coast.


VATPAC has your ATC Covered manning airspace between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane! We invite and encourage you to fly between the three airports, In any order you wish. You should allow approx 1.3-1.5 hours flying time for Jets between any given pair.




- Melbourne Tullamarine International (YMML)

Payware YMML ORBX Direct

Freeware YMML FSX

Freeware YMML X-Plane



- Sydney Kingsford Smith Intl (YSSY)

Payware FlyTampa YSSY

Freeware YSSY FSX

Freeware YSSY P3D

Freeware YSSY X-Plane


- Brisbane International (YBBN)

Payware YBBN ORBX Direct

Freeware YBBN Aussie Ants FSX/P3D

Freeware YBBN X-Plane



Flight Planning

In Australia, flight plans are filed in the ICAO method, with the SID/STAR not included with the initial filing. This will be provided by ATC on contact with clearance delivery (for departure) and with Centre, usually just prior to initial descent clearance.


In Sydney each different runway has it's own set of SID's, which can be hard to predict ahead of time. Due to this, the outbound route should start with "TESAT". TESAT is an RNAV waypoint located on the airfield, replacing the old VOR "SY" which has since been decommissioned in the real world as part of the Navigation Rationalization project which removed 179 ground-based navigation aids on the 26th of May 2016, meaning GNSS is now the primary means of navigation for all instrument flight rule aircraft and flight plans.


An IFR Aircraft flying from Sydney to Melbourne will file TESAT H65 RAZZI Q29 ML regardless of the runways in use. Indeed some aircraft may well be assigned the WOL9 departure from runway 34L, and others the MARUB5 departure from runway 34R given northerly prevailing winds. Both of these departures join the H65 airway at WOL (Wollongong), however the SID tracks are very different, with one starting with a Left turn off runway 34L, and the MARUB5 departure from runway 34R starting with a Right turn.


Knowledge about deleting waypoints and closing route discontinuities in your FMS will be useful. Cheats include knowing the 2nd waypoint along the initial airway. Additionally be aware that ATC is likely to ammend the text of your route when giving clearance in the same manner as the Electronic Flight Strip is used in the real world. Once you file it, it's theirs.



Flight Plan Route

To help with filing your flight plan, VATPAC provides the Flight Planning Tool at




Additionally the real world Air Services Australia website provides charts for all airports in Australia, free of charge, on their Aerodrome and Procedure Charts website


YSSY Sydney airport ground chart, and the areas various airlines typically use.

Note: International on the west (left) side and Dometic on the east (right) side, including freight.

In most FSX sceneries (including default) the Domestic side gates start with the letter "D", and the international side has no alphabetic prefix.



YMML Melbourne airport ground chart, and the areas various airlines typically use.



YBBN Brisbane Airport, Ground chart with typical parking area's of airlines.




Information for Air Traffic Controllers


ATC Applications are now open for this event. You can apply Here.


The amount of positions published will depend strongly upon the amount of applications. As previous trends have shown, This event attracts close to if not more than 80-100 Pilots. As such, We would love to have a large amount of controller positions rostered. Due to the length of the event, We have split the roster into two, 2 hour 30 minute periods.


The positions which will be allocated first are below:




If we have a large number of applications, We will additionally roster the below positions:




ATC Applications for this event will close on Sunday 09/07/17 2100 AEST. The roster will be published thereafter (Currently expect to be published Monday evening).






Should you have any questions, Queries or suggestions, please contact the events department via myself c.strawbridge(at)


We look forward to seeing you at this not to be missed Event!

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