Sunday 25th April 2021 1400-2100 NZST / 1200-1900 AEST / 0200-0900 UTC
Anzac Day has arrived again so join us for our yearly Anzac Parade event.
Every year on Anzac Day we celebrate the strong connection between New Zealand and Australia and remember all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
As part of that, each year VATNZ and VATPAC hold an Anzac Parade event between Auckland and Sydney as our way to commemorate and remember.
Fly from New Zealand's busiest airport (Auckland, NZAA) to Australia's busiest airport (Sydney, YSSY) or in the other direction and if you rush you can get a return trip in.
Auckland deals with around 180,000 movements a year while Sydney gets a staggering 330,000 a year which is an average of 34 movements an hour. Everyone get your aircraft out of the hangar and let's get more movements than the real airports!
You will also get to experience Oceanic procedures with both Auckland and Brisbane radio positions planning to be staffed.
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Normal ATC throughout New Zealand rely on radar to determine where an aircraft is in the air. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over the ocean however, there is no radar. This non-radar airspace is controlled by oceanic ATC.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">All Oceanic Controlled Airspace in New Zealand is controlled from Auckland, so New Zealand's oceanic ATC is called "Auckland Radio".</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the significant differences between radar and Oceanic flying is the need for position reports. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">Position reports are how ATC can determine where you are. Position reports contain estimates for waypoints, speeds, altitudes and any other information. Because there is no radar over the ocean, ATC relies on time-based separation and reports from the pilots. ATC has no way of determining where you are unless you specifically tell them.</span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">The standard format is:</span>
- <span style="font-weight: 400;">Current/Previous waypoint name and the time which you crossed that point.</span>
- <span style="font-weight: 400;">Current flight level.</span>
- <span style="font-weight: 400;">Mach number if assigned by ATC.</span>
- <span style="font-weight: 400;">Your next waypoint and estimate for that point.</span>
- <span style="font-weight: 400;">The waypoint after that.</span>
So read up on your position reporting and to assist you with position reports, feel free to use the Oceanic Reporting Tool.
You can also find more info on our Oceanic FAQs page
NZAA - YSSY - <span class="sv_planpoint">MADEP</span> <span class="sv_planats">N774</span> <span class="sv_planpoint">MARLN</span>
<span class="sv_planpoint">YSSY - NZAA - EVONN <span class="sv_planats">L521</span> LUNBI </span>
Controllers wishing to apply to control the event should use the ATC applications tab above.
There will be a controller briefing at 1:30pm that all first shift controllers will be required to attend.
Any controllers for subsequent shifts will need to report for a briefing from the active Director in charge at least 15 minutes prior to logging on.
The controller positions for this event are being rostered by the event organisers.
You can apply to provide ATC via the VATNZ Website.
We encourage pilots to book your intention to fly using vroute.
These bookings display on the VATNZ website and allow others to know when and where to expect pilots and controllers to be online.
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For more information, including airport charts and position details, check out the event page.