Aussie Group Flights Team – Focus on Northern Territory – Island hopping in the Top End

This scenic adventure sees up taking off from Darwin (YPDN), the capital city of the Northern Territory and tracking across Melville Island, Bathurst Island and Croker Island, with the ability to land or touch and go on a number of bush strips along the way. Finally landing Croker Is (YCKI).


Details to follow. All welcome, hope you can join us.

Regards, Paul


Some teaser shots …

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That looks great. Any chance of making it as littlenavmap .pln flight plan file?
The MSFS bush trips are .pln files are made with littlenavmap btw.

Bump Love for some good old Aussie flying.

Good stuff Cinnamonlnk going to toss this link into discord , hope you get a turn out, looks fun

ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2020-09-11T10:00:00Z


Route: YPDN Darwin – JAC Jacko’s Junction – CGR Cape Gambier - YPCM Pickertaramoor – YBTI Bathurst Is. YGPT Garden Point – YCPD Cape Don – YVSH Vashon Head – YSMP Smith Pt – YCKI Croker Is.

Charts will be provided to assist locating VFR waypoints and recognising surrounding features.

  • Take off from Darwin
  • Track 043 deg to Jacko’s Junction (13nm)
  • Track 345 deg to Cape Gambier (20nm)
  • Track 327 deg to Pickertaramoor (12nm)
  • Track 266 deg to Bathurst Is. (15nm)
  • Track 330 deg to Garden Point (25nm)
  • Track 083 deg to Cape Don (83nm)
  • Note: just past Shark Bay to the right is a bush strip Snake Bay (YSNK)
  • Track 043 deg to Vashon Head (13nm)
  • Track 087 deg to Smith Pt (10nm)
  • Track 090 deg to Croker Is. (20nm)
  • Land at Croker Is.

Altitude: The route can be flown at 2,500’ but you can vary the altitude to suite the terrain.

Airport details:

Bathurst Is. (YBTI)
Elev: 67’
RW 15/33

Croker Is. (YCKI)
Elev: 51’
RW 13/31

Garden Point (YGPT)
Elev: 90’
RW 04/22

Darwin (YPDN)
Elev: 103’
RW 11/29
RW 18/36

There are several bush strips with no runway markings:

  • Pickertaramoor (YPCM)
  • Snake Bay (YSNK)
  • Cape Don (YCPD)
  • Vashon Head (YVSH)
  • Smith Point (YSMP)

Aircraft: Select any GA aircraft for the event.

Seeing Aircraft Correctly: You need to do two things to ensure you can see the other pilots in the event and see them in the aircraft they selected.

Select the same server: To do this, proceed as follows:

  • From the Welcome Screen, click on your Username (top right)
  • From the list of servers, under Servers, select WEST USA

Turn off Generic Planes: To do this, proceed as follows:

  • From the Welcome Screen, click on OPTIONS
  • Click on GENERAL
  • With GRAPHICS selected, scroll down to the last option and set USE GENERIC PLANE MODELS to OFF

Voice Room: Discord for Official MSFS Community: Event #1 or Event #2 are the voice rooms available to us. I need to see which is available on the day and reserve it. I will be in the room and get it authorised for our use. Just look for my Userid: VHFIB to determine which room to enter.

Note: if you are new to the Discord Server for MS FS, you will need to “react” to get access to the voice rooms.

To “react”, once in the Discord for Official MS FS, click on the Important - Info option and at the very bottom, click on the button (last item at the bottom of the screen) to react and provide access. Note: clicking on the button accepts the conditions etc., which you can read via the available links.

Weather/Time: We will set the time 12hrs prior, i.e., 8am. This will allow us to fly in daylight and choose Live Weather, so you get the current weather:

  1. From the World Map view, click on Flight Conditions (upper right of screen)
  2. Click on All Players, Live Traffic, Custom
  3. Under Weather and Time, select Live Weather and move the time slide bar to show 8:00am or say 7:45am if you arrive at 7:45pm (12hrs prior to current time).
  4. Click Close and Fly from the World Map view.

We can start departing from 8pm. There will be no need for official radio calls. Lets just have some fun taking in the scenery and the social aspects of the event.

Multiplayer Map: Currently, the VFR map won’t show Live players, so if you get lost, it’s difficult to find where the other flyers are. The free multiplayer map, will show the other players (that are using the map) and allow you to see their heading, speed, altitude and callsign. But it will only show those using the map. The below map tool is excellent but only as good as the volume of people using it.

Not mandatory but if you would like to use this map, see the below for details:

Link to moving map: 12 13 23

Once viewing the map, click on Join to download the client that connects MSFS for tracking your flights. Note the .NET Core Windows Runtime requirement that needs installing also.

Let me know if there’s anything else that I’ve missed that you need to know.

Regards, Paul


Charts to support the event …


Flight Plan: YPDNYCKI.PLN (4.3 KB)


Well done, looks a very interesting trip.


Looking forward to this one! See you on the taxiway.


i’m going to do my best to be there

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5am see y’all there really looking forward to it

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Thanks for organizing - nice route!

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Looking forward to this event, my first group flight on FS2020. Thanks for organizing organising this event.

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Some shots from the event …

I used to do this in real life Paul.
To get to Melville and Bathurst Islands we would track pretty much the same route that you’ve proposed.

YPCM is one of the more interesting strips I’ve landed at in my career, uphill, bad rutted surface, lots of fun.

I’d fly all the way across to Gove, down to Groote Island and back to Darwin, all without GPS, and no real ground markings for navigation!

Once we had to go do a charter and dump people off at a dry lake bed, about 8 aircraft worth. That was pretty much Flight Sim in the real world! :joy:

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