Aussie Group Flights Team – Focus on Western Australia – Flying the Kimberley Coast

Scheduled for 2020-08-28T10:00:00Z
This scenic adventure sees us taking off from Broom (YBRM) and tracking to points that are fairly coastal up to Darwin (YPDN). This showcases the beautiful and striking western coastal areas of the Kimberley Coast.

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

Regards, Paul

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ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2020-08-28T10:00:00Z

Departure: Broome (YBRM) GA Ramp.
Arrival: Darwin (YPDN)

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

Route: YBRM Broome – YDBY Derby – Lake Preston –YCTI Cockatoo Is. – YTST Truscott- mungalalu – ETP (inbound reporting point) East Point – YPDN Darwin

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

  • Take off from Broome
  • Track 064 deg to Derby (90nm)
  • Track 355 deg to Cockatoo Is. (75nm)
  • Track 051 deg to Truscott-mungalalu (201nm)
  • Track 066 deg to East Point (278nm)
  • Track 094 deg to Darwin (4nm)
  • Land at Darwin

Altitude: The route can be flown at 7,500’ but you can vary the altitude to suite the terrain.

You may choose to do a Touch and Go or Full Stop landing at any of the small airfields along the route.

Airport details:

Broome (YBRM)
Elev: 57’
RW 10/28

Cockatoo Is. (YCTI)
Elev: 380’
RW 12/30

Truscott-mungalalu (YTST)
Elev: 181’
RW 12/30

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

Aircraft: As the route is around six hundred and fifty nm in distance the following is a guide for flight duration:

TBM: Cruise: 330knots = 118mins (just under two hrs)
King Air: Cruise: 244knots = 162mins (just over two and a half hrs)
Baron: Cruise: 176knots = 222mins (just over three and a half hrs)
CJ4: Cruise: 451knots = 86mins (just over an hr).

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

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 for the event:YBRMYPDN.PLN (2.8 KB)

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Now’s the time to practice flying your aircraft of choice in readiness for the event. Have a good week and see you on Friday night for some more FUN in the virtual skies over Australia.

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Thanks for organizing the last group flight Paul, it was a really nice route. Looking forward to this one! For the moment I am planning to go with the TBM or the King Air. Cheers!

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Awesome thanks for organizing these flights, I didn’t see the first flight flight but living in WA and doing alot of flying up in the Kimberley and Pilbara Ill be in for sure.

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Looks great well done Paul

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See you then.

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So this was the suprise you were talking about haha, cant wait to fly with you again my friend <3

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Some teaser shots …

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We have storms Marco and Laura coming through this week. I’m safe but I may not have internet afterwards until electricity is restored. So, I really hope to be able to fly with the group.

And I tried to go take a look at the storm in the Gulf of Mexico and It isn’t being shown.

Update: Marco veered West and fizzled out. Laura strengthened to Category 4, but also veered West, missing my location, The Greater New Orleans area. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected in South West Louisiana and East Texas.

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Hi guys,

Unfortunately will probably not make it tonight. Just got back from Launceston after being up really early.

Looks like a great choice for a flight.

Have a good one!

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Discord channel Event2 where you are is not allowing more people. Says it has the max no of people in Event2

It’s certainly spectacular up there. I flew from Perth to Broome, Truscott then across the water to Kupang and Bali in a real C172. The sim looks great, but if you get there for real, I highly recommend it!

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Hmm…mild technical problem here

Also have pilot figure in the cockpit. Was enjoying some scenery from the drone cam then came back to the cockpit view to find none of the gauges working and everything looking crappy.

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Don’t know how to stop the drone camera bobbing around, have to time the shots in the cockpit

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Thanks for the flight! Darwin looked great :slight_smile:

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Thanks for the great trip guys! A long one this time for sure!

I recommend checking out Darwin more, it’s all in Ortho. Who can find the old Qantas hangar first (without looking it up)? Hint: It’s not on the airport :grin:
Kakadu National Park around Jabiru airport is pretty striking, and there’s a few little strips to fly to in the Tiwi Islands to the north - go pick up massive local aboriginal footy players from Garden Island, Snake Creek and Bathurst Island, and bring them to the city for their weekly match… Watch out for the crocs!


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It was great fun! Can’t wait for next week.
Stunning scenery to fly over.

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