Cross the Ditch - New Zealand to Australia in 5 waves


08.12.2012 / 19:00
VATSIM Oceania - Cross the Ditch 7

Cross the Ditch 7: Spring 2012

The Southern Hemisphere spring heralds fiesty weather and spectacular skies. This can only mean it's time once again to Cross the Ditch!

Check out the official Cross the Ditch website

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Book your Flights now!

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Grab the recommended add-on scenery for each of the event airports

What's it all about?

For eighteen hours this December, the skies over the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand will be filled with aircraft all on a mission to Cross the Ditch.

An example of that typical down-under understatement, this "ditch" is over 1100nm wide. The flight routes all range from two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours flight time.

Throughout the event, the Oceania region's two divisions – VATNZ and VATPAC – will be providing full ATC coverage, in the Southern Hemisphere's premiere oceanic event.

This is a great opportunity to experience Oceanic flying without the need to commit to an eight-hour flight! If you're new to Oceanic Flying, our reporting tool makes taking part a breeze.

Event Times

This eighteen hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world join the fun:

  • UTC: Saturday 8th December 2012 19:00 - Sunday 9th December 2012 13:00
  • AEDT: Sunday 9th December 2012 06:00 - Monday 10th December 2012 00:00
  • NZDT: Sunday 9th December 2012 08:00 - Monday 10th December 2012 02:00

Waves

This season's event is organised in waves. Each airport will have a three hour departure window, during which time flights will be able to leave for the next destination. As the window closes, the departure window will open at the next destination.

Given each of the flights is 2.5 - 3.5hrs in length, the previous wave's flights will be arriving at the same airport as the next wave departs, maximising the amount of traffic at each airport.

NOTE: in order to ensure that you have ATC coverage throughout your flight, you MUST fly the wave route that is active at the time of your departure.

The individual routes are designed to ensure as much opposing traffic enroute as possible.

Each flight passes from one Oceania division to the other, and the result is six mini-flyins over the course of eighteen hours!

The Waves for Cross the Ditch 7 - Spring 2012 are:

Wave

Flight

UTC

AEDT

NZDT

1

Auckland (NZAA) to Sydney (YSSY)

1900-2200

0600-0900

0800-1100

2

Sydney (YSSY) to Christchurch (NZCH)

2200-0100

0900-1200

1100-1400

3

Christchurch (NZCH) to Adelaide (YPAD)

0100-0400

1200-1500

1400-1700

4

Adelaide (YPAD) to Wellington (NZWN)

0400-0700

1500-1800

1700-2000

5

Wellington (NZWN) to Melbourne (YMML)

0700-1000

1800-2100

2000-2300

Calling all Pilots and Controllers

Flight plans are available from the Flight Plans section.

Book your flights now from the Flight Bookings page. Bookings made on this site help us plan for the event, and will also show up in vroute.

Controllers wanting to get in on the action can also apply now at the event's ATC Applications page.

 
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