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Tauranga Fly-in

Come join us for our new regular fixture, Friday Fly-ins, this time at Tauranga Airport!

Friday Night Fly-Ins are designed to bring the experience of a General Aviation fly-in to VATSIM. While we can't simulate the fun that fly-in's provide once you arrive, we can certainly provide the fun experience of actually flying in.

These events will be moving around airports in NZ and could be Controlled and Un-controlled airports but the flying is primarly focused on VFR flying.

Fly-in time is scheduled for 8:30pm NZ time, (0730 UTC) so plan to arrive at Tauranga around then.

Located in the Bay of Plenty region, Tauranga (NZTG) is both a popular regional destination for commerical airlines as well as a thriving hub of general aviation activity. Operating off of a 1825m long seal 07/25, and 3 grass runways 07/25, 16/34 and 04/22 ranging from 770m to 640m, Tauranga has a busy Aeroclub, a number of tourism and adventure aviation operations and a large amount of warbird traffic.

There are a ton of short flight options under an hour for you to choose from here. Everything from the towered airports at Hamilton (NZHN) and Rotorua (NZRO) to small airports and airstrips like Matamata (NZMA) and Whakatane (NZWK)

If you want the IFR option, Tauranga is a fully IFR capable airfield which could make a nice change to fly GA IFR into there if you want to.

After arriving, be sure to stick around to watch and listen to the other traffic coming in and out for the airport for the event, then why not pick a different airport to depart to and enjoy the fantastic scenery the area has to offer.


ATC for Core positions will be rostered on by the Events Director for Friday Fly-in events. 

This decision was made due to the high interest in controlling and limited positions available.

To apply please send an email to with the positions you would like to control, your name and CID and your available times. Applications will close at the end of the Tuesday the week of the event.

Core positions will be the positions listed below on this page.

Tauranga is a towered airfield and the tower will be online for the whole event on 118.3. Be sure to study your VFR arrivals and departures as they will be the primary instructions issued by the tower.

There may also be ATC provided in the form of Bay Approach on 119.5 or other towers and the nearby fields of Hamilton and Rotorua.





 CallsignRadio NameFrequencyFreq
CTRNZCH-B_CTRBay Approach119.500
TWRNZTG_TWRTauranga Tower118.300

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