Aussie Group Flights Team – Focus on NSW – Blue Mountains to the Coast

This scenic adventure sees up taking off from Bathurst (YBTH) and tracking to Katoomba (YKAT) for a full stop landing on a bush strip. Then tracking to Warragamba Dam (WAD) and onto the inbound reporting point for Camden – Bringelly (BRY) with a landing at Camden (YSCN). Take off from Camden and track to Wedderburn (YWBN) for a touch and go, then track across the Cataract Lakes, over the escarpment to Shellharbour (YSHL) on the coast, just south of Wollongong, for a full stop landing.


Flight Plan


Three Sisters Blue Mountains

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

Regards, Paul

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Time, date and is the beer cold at Shellharbour…

Looks like an awesome flight !

Can I ask the where about of that aeronautical chart in your images ?

Thanks.

I use a EFB called OzRunways and extract the charts from there.

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OK fantastic and thank you :+1:

Sounds good - will try to join if I can.

ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2020-09-04T10:00:00Z

Departure: Bathurst (YBTH) GA Ramp.
Arrival: Shellharbour (YSHL)

PLEASE DO NOT SPAWN ON THE RUNWAY. ENSURE YOU SELECT THE STARTING POSITION ON THE RAMP.

Route: YBTH Bathurst – YKAT Katoomba – WAD Warragamba Dam –BRY Bringelly – YSCN Camden – YWBN Wedderburn – YSHL Shellharbour

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

  • Take off from Bathurst
  • Track 102 deg to Katoomba (37nm)
  • Full stop landing at Katoomba (bush strip)
  • Take off from Katoomba
  • Track 122 deg to Warragamba Dam (19nm)
  • Track 104 deg to Bringelly (8nm)
  • Track 187 deg to Camden (6nm)
  • Full stop landing at Camden
  • Take off from Camden
  • Track 132 deg to Wedderburn (10nm)
  • Touch and Go at Wedderburn (challenging strip surrounded by trees)
  • Track 170 deg to Shellharbour (passing over Cataract Reserve), fly off the escarpment and take in the views of Wollongong and the coastal towns.
  • Land at Shellharbour

Altitude: The route can be flown at 5,500’ but you can vary the altitude to suite the terrain. Note: you should be 1,800’ at Bringelly for approach to Camden.

Airport details:

Bathurst (YBTH)
Elev: 2,435’
RW 17/35
RW 08/26

Katoomba (YKAT)
Elev: 3,280’
RW 06/24
RW 10/28

Camden (YSCN)
Elev: 230’
RW 06/24
RW 10/28

Wedderburn (YWBN)
Elev: 850’
RW 17/35

Shellharbour (YSHL)
Elev: 31’
RW 16/34
RW 08/26

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: https://events.flighttracker.tech/ 12 13

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

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Flight plan to support the event: YBTHYSHL.PLN (3.4 KB)

Charts to support the event …

Some teaser shots …

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looking forward to it Paul

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Will see you there!

Beardy McWhisky on the MSFS Discord.

Event 1 in Discord not allowing more pilots to enter

Good Time. :sunglasses:

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Thanks mates for a great flight. Continued up the coast to Sydney to view some free add-on scenery of the Harbor. Picture taken over the zoo (to the right) facing the bridge. Cheers.

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Thanks guys - good times.

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I missed out this time guys. Looks like fun! I was hoping to introduce Tweety on the flight, but I’ll have to wait until next week.

Coincidentally, did you know there’s some freeware for Sydney available now? Adding Sydney Tower, the Harbour Bridge, and the 3 Sisters.

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could you please point me in the direction of the blue mountains scenery?

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thanks so much

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