CTD / 15 Jun 2019 / Cross The Ditch 16

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CTD / 15 Jun 2019 / Cross The Ditch 16

#1 Post by VATNZ Events » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:11 am

Cross the Ditch
Cross The Ditch 16
Sunday 16th June 2019 0600-2200 NZST / 0400-2000 AEST / Sat 1800-1000 UTC


Cross the Ditch 16

Winter 2019


The days have grown short and winter has returned to Australasia.

From New Zealand's snow-covered South Island to the beaches of Australia's Gold Coast, from wild and windy Wellington to cosmopolitan Melbourne and bustling Sydney, aircraft everywhere are taking to the skies to Cross the Ditch!

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What's it all about?

For twenty 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 four hours flight time.

Throughout the event, the Oceania region's two divisions will be providing full gate-to-gate 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 twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world to join the fun:
  • UTC: Saturday 15th June 2019 18:00 - Sunday 16th June 2019 14:00
  • AEDT: Sunday 16th June 2019 04:00 - Monday 17th June 2019 00:00
  • NZDT: Sunday 16th June 2019 06:00 - Monday 17th June 2019 02:00


This season's event is organised in waves. Each airport will have a three-to-four 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 - 4hrs 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 twenty hours!

The Waves for Cross the Ditch 16 - Winter 2019 are:

<table class="wave_table map_toggle_panel" cellspacing="0">
<tr><th rowspan="2">Wave</th><th rowspan="2">Flight</th><th colspan="3">Departure Window</th></tr>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave1" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Christchurch (NZCH) to Sydney (YSSY)</td>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave2" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Sydney (YSSY) to Queenstown (NZQN)
(B753/A321 and smaller)</td>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave4" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Sydney (YSSY) to Christchurch (NZCH)
(Wide-body aircraft only)</td>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave3" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Queenstown (NZQN) to Gold Coast (YBCG)
(B753/A321 and smaller)</td>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave5" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Christchurch (NZCH) to Gold Coast (YBCG)
(Wide-body aircraft only)</td>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave6" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Gold Coast (YBCG) to Wellington (NZWN)</td>
<tr id="map_toggle_item_wave7" class="map_toggle_item active">
<td>Wellington (NZWN) to Melbourne (YMML)</td>


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.

<span>Cross the Ditch is brought to you by VATPAC and VATNZ</span>

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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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Re: CTD / 15 Jun 2019 / Cross The Ditch 16

#2 Post by Mark Richards » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:22 pm

What a great event yesterday and I really enjoyed controlling. I am embarrassed to say that this is the first time in 2019 that I have actually logged some controlling hours in the VATNZ airspace. I did make up for it by controlling for 13hrs 13mins yesterday (not bad when I was rostered for 11).

A couple of things from me, overall the pilot competence was certainly greater than it has been in previous years which was great. A couple of minor issues and certainly a lot found Queenstown really challenging. Trying to read and understand the chart as you approach the initial approach fix was never going to work, especially for those flying the RNAV-G approach.

Remember to check flight-plans as a number of them had filed incorrect hemispherical altitudes for the direction they were going. There were a number of aircraft flying routes other than the CTD routes and some opposite direction traffic who would not have had separation over the Tasman at RVSM levels if they hadn't been corrected. And I won't mention one aircraft who had been assigned a level in the transition layer (F140) for a domestic NZ flight.

I felt very rusty but relaxed into it and had an awesome day as can be seen by the traffic below.
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Oh, and I lost track of how many times I gave ATC instructions over Discord or made a comment that was intended for the Discord channel over the ATC frequency. Fortunately, I was the only SUP/ADM online most of the day and no-one walloped about me!
Mark Richards (811451)
Vice President Operations (VATGOV2)
Auckland, New Zealand

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