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For our final event of the year, this week's SNO is all about the big smokes: Auckland and Wellington.

The forecast for both centres this Sunday is lousy and that should make for some challenging flying and lively ATC.

Always a favourite, this is the country's busiest mainline route and past experience suggests a heavy turn-out from both pilots and ATC.

Pilots should start at either airport and fly multiple sectors to the other airport and back. The goal is to fill the skies and keep the controllers busy.

This is a great opportunity for all of our new controllers to get some action in the ground and tower positions at either end of the North Island. There's plenty of approach and center-level positions for our more senior controllers too.

These routes suit a variety of aircraft: real-world Air NZ and Pacific Blue typically fly the 737, while Jetstar has its A320s but feel free to come along in whatever you think you'll be able to land in one piece.

Typical sector length in a 737/A320 will run a little under an hour.


NZAA Auckland, New Zealand


 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-R_CTRAuckland Control126.000
 NZCH-T_CTRChristchurch Control123.700
APPNZAA_APPAuckland Approach124.300
 NZWN_APPWellington Approach119.300
TWRNZAA_TWRAuckland Tower118.700
 NZWN_TWRWellington Tower118.800