As winter descends upon the Southern Hemisphere, it's time once again to Cross the Ditch!
What's it all about?
For twenty hours this June, 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 to three and a half hours flight time.
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.
This twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world join the fun:
- UTC: Saturday 13th June 2015 18:00 - Sunday 14th June 2015 14:00
- AEST: Sunday 14th June 2015 04:00 - Monday 15th June 2015 00:00
- NZST: Sunday 14th June 2015 06:00 - Monday 15th June 2015 02:00
This season's event is following a three-airport structure, with an airport in Australia, one in New Zealand, and one in the Pacific Islands - in this case, Port Vila in Vanuatu.
Each flight should take roughly two to three and a half hours to complete, allowing pilots time to easily complete multiple sectors.
NOTE: despite the early start time, Sydney will be available for arrivals and departures from 20:00 UTC/06:00 AEST. Port Vila and Christchurch will be available from the start of the event.
Similarly, at the end of the event, Port Vila and Christchurch will remain open for arrivals and departures until 12:00 UTC/00:00 NZST. Sydney will be available until the end of the event.
The Arrival and Departure Slots available on the Flight Booking page will ensure that there is ATC coverage throughout your flight.
The Routes for Cross the Ditch 11 - Winter 2015 are:
- Port Vila (NVVV) to Christchurch (NZCH)
- Christchurch (NZCH) to Sydney (YSSY)
- Sydney (YSSY) to Christchurch (NZCH)
- Christchurch (NZCH) to Port Vila (NVVV)
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.