Storm Bay – VFR route around Tasmania

Read about my flight around Storm Bay, Tasmania, Australia and learn how to plan your route and navigate using a map. Use this as an easy nav exercise.

Hobart - line up rwy 30

Hobart – line up rwy 30

Preparations

I am flying over ORBX FTX Australia SP4 (you can also use a freeware demo that includes Tasmania) and freeware add-on airfields downloaded from aussiex.org. I took a Cessna C185F by Carenado, it is a good plane for such trip but you can use any general aviation plane that does not require a long runway and has even slightest bush capabilities.

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Flight planning

I planed this flight using a high resolution map scans and skyvector.com. I will be going around YMD-316 airspace – it is a training zone for Hobart airport starting at sea level and reaching 5000ft.

I felt that it may be more interesting if I show you just plain maps without my heading plotted on them – you can look for all points I will mention.

YMHB1

The first leg.

I am flying ofer the beach, Dodges Ferry and then east – heading for Dunalley.

Stopovers

I stopped three times along the route – at Lagoon Bay, Bruny Island and in Sandfly. All this airstrips (and a lot more) are included in Aussiex.org packages. The quality of this airstrips varies but you can expect a simple photoscenery and a sloping runways at each of them. You may find it harder to land here then on a standard FSX airport.

Pitt Water

Causeway over Pitt Water

Sandy Point

Sandy Point

Dunalley

Dunalley

 

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Waypoints

I tried to choose such waypoints that will be easy to recognize (even from a distance) and close enough to fly from one to the next after locating it visually. Beeches, towns and rivers seemed as the best choice in this region. Twice I flew along a road. Main roads also make convenient navigation aids.

YMHB2

The second leg

From Dunalley to Blackmans Bay and Blackman Plains where the Lagoon Bay airstrip is located. Further on west over Forestiers Peninsula heading for Murdunna and then over Norfolk Bay to Deer Point.

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The second leg – pictures

Blackman Bay

Blackman Bay

Blackman Plains

Blackman Plains and Lagoon Bay

Lagoon Bay

Lagoon Bay

Lagoon Bay

Lagoon Bay

Lagoon Bay

Forestier Peninsula

Forestier Peninsula

Forestier Peninsula

Murdunna

Deer Point

Deer Point

Deer Point

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Scenery realism

Coastline features and rivers are usually easy to recognize in FSX. You can also depend on towns and road network if you fly over a good scenery – FTX Australia is suitable for this kind of flying.

YMHB3

The third leg

Bruny Island on the left. White Beach is a distinctive place before I fly out to the Storm Bay. I leave it on my left while flying over Roaring Bay Beach. Cliffs of Variety Bay help my find my way over water. An isthmus on Bruny Island shows where Bruny Island airstrip is. I depart Bruny Island to the north heading for Missionary Bay and Barnes Bay.

The third leg

Thanks to a good weather I do not have to use compass during this flight. The visibility was great and I could see the other side of Storm Bay as I was flying over it’s waters.

White Beach

Roaring Beach Bay

Storm Bay, heading for Variety Bay

Nack Beach

Bruny Island

Bruny Island

Bruny Island

Bruny Island

Bruny Island

Missionary Bay

Missionary Bay

Missionary Bay

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Look around as you fly

When you are flying over waypoint that can be mistaken with a different place – try looking from different angles. That helps to correctly identify terrain features.

YMHB4

The last leg.

North West Bay leads me to a river bearing the same name. I follow this river to Sandfly where I find a small airfield with a sloping runway. Then east to Kingston and north to Hobart along the motorway. I cross Derwent over the Tasman Bridge.

The last leg – pictures

North West Bay

North West Bay

North West Bay River

North West Bay River Valley

Sandfly

Sandfly

Sandfly

Road Junction North of Kingston

Road Junction north of Kingston

A6 Highway

A6 Highway

Węzeł Tolmans Hill

Hobart

Hobart

Tasman Bridge

Hobart – YMHB – in sight

Single Hill

Single Hill

Base

Final

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Read about my flight around Storm Bay, Tasmania, Australia and learn how to plan your route and navigate using a map. Use this as an easy nav exercise.
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