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26JUL20 | Newbie Night (Cairns to Gold Coast)

Joshua Micallef

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Welcome to the next instalment of Newbie Night. This events offers the chance for inexperienced members to join experienced real world aviators who are ready to take to the Virtual skies to offer their expertise. Whether you've been flying for years or never connected, it'll be the night for you with plenty of people available to help on the VATPAC Discord. 

To Join the Discord visit this link

The Requirements:

- ATC who are willing to teach and have patience

- Pilots who are also patient but would love to share knowledge or learn something knew


This Week

This week, fly from Cairns to Gold Coast and experience Class C and enroute airspace. The flight will depart around 1800 AEST (0800z) with ATC requested/available till around 2200 AEST (1200z)

An example of procedures with Tower, Approach and Center can be found here https://vatpac.org/pilots/tutorials/ifr-melbourne-to-sydney/


VATPAC recommends the following routes to fly from Cairns to Gold Coast. This route has been sourced from the ERSA Flight Planning Document https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/current/ersa/GUID_ersa-fac-2-2_21MAY2020.pdf.



ATC Positions


Name Login Identifier Radio Callsign Frequency
Cairns Tower CS_TWR Cairns Tower 124.900 

Cairns Approach

Gold Coast Tower



Cairns Approach

Gold Coast Tower



Brisbane Approach BN_APP Brisbane Approach 124.700
Brisbane Center (Tabletop) BN-TBP_CTR Brisbane Center 120.550
Brisbane Center (Downs) BN-DOS_CTR Brisbane Center 135.600


Charts / Scenery

Australian Charts


Air-Services Charts: https://www.airservicesaustralia.com/aip/current/dap/AeroProcChartsTOC.htm



YBCS - Cairns
Payware - YBCS

Freeware - YBCS (Queensland Pack)

Freeware - YBCS (XP)

YBCG - Gold Coast
Payware - YBCG

Freeware - YBCG

Freeware - YBCG (XP)

Payware - Gold Coast Cityscene

Gold Coast City (XP)

MISC - Miscellaneous Items
Payware - AUSv2 (FSX/P3D) *Required by ORBX Airports* (P3Dv4 Fix here)

Edited by Joshua Micallef

Joshua Micallef
C3 Senior Controller | I1 Instructor
VATPAC Director, Events| ATC Training Instructor
[email protected]

3000+ Hours on the Network


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