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Cross the Ditch 10: Spring 2014

Cross the Ditch 10: Spring 2014

It's December, the spring weather is kicking up a storm in the Southern Hemisphere, and it's time once again to Cross the Ditch!

Help us celebrate the tenth edition of Cross the Ditch!

Check out the official Cross the Ditch website

Apply to provide ATC

Book your Flights now!

Check out the Virtual Airline Leaderboard

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

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 – 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 twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world join the fun:

  • UTC: Saturday 13th December 2014 17:00 - Sunday 14th December 2014 13:00
  • AEDT: Sunday 14th December 2014 04:00 - Monday 15th December 2014 00:00
  • NZDT: Sunday 14th December 2014 06:00 - Monday 15th December 2014 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 10 - Spring 2014 are:

WaveFlightDeparture Window
1Wellington (NZWN) to Noumea (NWWW)1700-19300400-06300600-0830
2Noumea (NWWW) to Dundein (NZDN)
(B737/A320 and smaller)
2aNoumea (NWWW) to Christchurch (NZCH)
(Large aircraft only)
3Dunedin (NZDN) to Adelaide (YPAD)
(B737/A320 and smaller)
3aChristchurch (NZCH) to Adelaide (YPAD)
(Large aircraft only)
4Adelaide (YPAD) to Auckland (NZAA)0230-06001330-17001530-1900
5Auckland (NZAA) to Melbourne (YMML)0600-10001700-21001900-2300

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.


NZAA Auckland, New Zealand

NZCH Christchurch, New Zealand


 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-K_CTRChristchurch Control129.400
 NZCH-R_CTRAuckland Control126.000
 NZCH-S_CTRChristchurch Control129.300
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
APPNZAA_APPAuckland Approach124.300
 NZCH_APPChristchurch Approach126.100
 NZWN_APPWellington Approach119.300
TWRNZAA_TWRAuckland Tower118.700
 NZCH_TWRChristchurch Tower118.400
 NZDN_TWRDunedin Tower120.700
 NZWN_TWRWellington Tower118.800
GNDNZAA_GNDAuckland Ground121.900
 NZCH_GNDChristchurch Ground121.900
 NZWN_GNDWellington Ground121.900
DELNZAA_DELAuckland Delivery128.200
 NZCH_DELChristchurch Delivery128.200
 NZWN_DELWellington Delivery128.200