NOTAM 22OCT17 - WorldFlight 2017 Procedures in VATPAC Airspace
On Sunday 05NOV17 at approximately 0900 AEDT, WorldFlight will commence the annual around-the-world flight. The initial legs will transit through the following VATPAC airports; Sydney (YSSY), Brisbane (YBBN), Cairns (YBCS) and Port Moresby.
WorldFlight will re-enter VATPAC Airspace on Saturday 11NOV17 at approximately 0800 en route to Darwin (YPDN). They will also transit through Alice Springs (YBAS), Adelaide (YPAD), Melbourne (YMML) before arriving in Sydney (YSSY).
It is anticipated that significant traffic levels will be present along the routes to these locations. Past events have seen in excess of 200 aircraft on the first and final legs through Sydney.
This NOTAM will provide pilots with information about ATC requirements with regard to air traffic management. Pilots should endeavor to comply with these requirements to minimize delays and disruption.
2. PRE-DEPARTURE CLEARANCES
ATC may elect to issue pre-departure clearance instead of a normal airways clearance. This is only available to pilots that have planned via the routes listed in section 3. When pre-departure clearances are in use, pilots will be notified by ATIS, for example: "PDC AVBL. ACFT IN RECEIPT OF PDC TO MNTN 5000FT"
In order to reduce radio congestion, pilots of eligible aircraft shall contact Clearance Delivery by text only on frequency chat and request "PDC REQ" with the ATIS identifier. For Example: "PDC REQ with INFO A". ATC will respond with one of the following:
"[CALLSIGN], PDC NOT AVBL, CONTACT ME ON 133.800" (Example - "QFA123 PDC NOT AVBL, CONTACT ME ON 133.800")
^IF PDC NOT AVAILABLE
Please note that ATC will not actively be checking flight planned routes for conformance. Pilots must not use this procedure unless they have planned via an approved route. Failure to do so will result in the clearance being invalid and may result in significant delays.
ATC will require readback of the SID (Including runway and/or transition if issued) and transponder code as received from your PDC message. Your clearance read back should also include any other requirements and must state your current parking position/bay. You should read back on the Clearance Delivery Frequency prior to pushback.
Once you have completed this process, you can contact the appropriate ground frequency for further requests.
3. APPROVED FLIGHT ROUTES FOR VATPAC AIRSPACE
The following routes are the approved routes for aircraft operating in VATPAC Airspace. Pilots can file alternative routes however they will be more likely to receive delays. These routes are the only approved PDC routes.
Two clearance delivery frequencies will be in use at Sydney. To balance radio traffic and workload, it is essential that pilots use the correct frequency for their parking location.
Aircraft parked WEST of runway 16R/34L - use 133.800 MHz Aircraft parked EAST of runway 16R/34L - use 127.600 MHz
5. REPORTING "READY"
Pilots should not report "ready" to the tower controller until:
(a) the aircrat is at or approaching the holding point for departure. (b) The aircraft is the first aircraft at the holding point. (c) The aircraft is configured such that the pilot can taxi the aircraft onto the runway and take-off without delay.
6. AIRCRAFT CLIMB AND DESCENT SPEEDS
After departure, pilots of jet aircraft are expected to utilize either a standard NADP1 or NADP2 climb profile. In any case, unless otherwise published in the allocated SID or advised by ATC, upon passing 3000FT above aerodrome level, pilots are expected to accelerate to 250KT or minimum clean speed (whichever is higher) without delay. Pilots should nofity ATC immediately if they expect to deviate from a normal climb profile.
On descent, pilots of Jet aircraft are expected to descend at Mach 0.78/280KT above 10,000FT AMSL. Pilots must comply with Standard Terminal Area Arrival Speeds (STAAS) listed on STAR charts unless an alternative clearance is issued by ATC. Pilots must notify ATC immediately if they are unable to comply with STARS or other speed restrictions issued by ATC.
7. HOLDING FUEL
During legs within VATPAC administered airspace, ATC anticipate a maximum airborne delay of 1 hour. Pilots should carry sufficient holding fuel to absorb this delay.
This NOTAM is issued by VATSIM Australia Pacific (VATPAC) and shall be distributed via:
(a) VATPAC Forums
(b) VATPAC Facebook
(c) VATSIM Forums
(d) VATSIM Facebook
(e) WorldFlight Forums
(f) WorldFlight Facebook
This NOTAM self-cancels at 12 NOVEMBER 17 2359 AEDT.