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    Aussie Radarspotting

    Qantas Jumbo on RAAF callsign

    I thought about posting this to the Aussie Feeders thread but it's really off topic there as it's got nothing to do with feeding FR24 so I've started this new thread that hopefully might get a bit of use for interesting items about Aussie planes and radar spotting in and around Australia.

    Qantas B747 VH-OJI is currently on charter to the RAAF, having flown yesterday from Sydney to Brisbane to Darwin to Al Minhad Air Base in the UAE, presumably performing personnel transfer. Interestingly, it is using the RAAF callsign ASY11. If anyone is interested, it is scheduled to leave the UAE at 5.10pm AEST today, arriving in Darwin at 3.30am tomorrow. Al Minhad is a bit south of Dubai. I don't know if it showed up on FR24 over the Middle East as I was not watching but it was certainly visible beyond Darwin last night.

    Wonder what the RAAF's big Airbuses were doing that caused the need for a charter? With those, the VIP planes, the KingAirs and even the C17s, the RAAF has more passenger-capable planes than many small airlines.

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    DC3 with ADS-B!

    Spotted this Canadian registered DC-3 over southern Qld today. Would not be many DC3s with ADS-B. It is used for geophysical survey work and has been heavily modified, including turbo engines, according to this article:

    http://www.aerocanada.com/bt-67/c-ft...7%20C-FTGI.htm

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    Dorniers leaving Chinchilla

    Some years ago a bloke called Jim who posted for a while here as JustMe put up a particularly useful FR24 feeder that still operates (F-YBSU1) and one of the reasons he did it was to find out where a couple of Dornier Do228s were going to from Brisbane several times a day. The answer was Chinchilla where they were flying personnel from a resources company.

    Well Jim if you happen to still read these forums, this is the last week for the Dorniers as they are being replaced next Monday by Dash8s operated by the reincarnated version of Skytrans. Bad news might be that no Skytrans Dashs ever had ADS-B and I'd be surprised if it has since been installed but these days MLAT coverage over that area is OK. BTW Skytrans now has as a major investor one Johnathan Thurston, Captain of the North Queensland Cowboys.

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    LOONs over Oz

    Currently ten LOON Balloons over north Queensland. Been a few around during the last week but this lot appeared overnight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by airnrail View Post
    LOONs over Oz

    Currently ten LOON Balloons over north Queensland. Been a few around during the last week but this lot appeared overnight.
    Great spotting John, and thanks for posting.

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    Terrific new feeder in NT

    Occasionally a new feeder appears in an area where there has been nothing except T-EST dotted lines which I don't take seriously. Such a feeder is F-YDVR1. YDVR is supposedly at a place called Dockers River. I can find what looks like a mining camp but not an airstrip on Google Earth but no doubt one must exist. Dockers Creek is close to the WA border roughly west of Ayres Rock. The feeder may not actually be there as it provides very good coverage into a lot of NW South Australia as well as making it now possible to track aircraft on ADS-B continuously from Perth to Alice Springs. Hope F-YDVR hangs around and well done to whoever is hosting it in such a remote location.

    EDIT. Probably should have posted this to the Aussie Feeders thread - mods feel free to move it if desired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by airnrail View Post
    Occasionally a new feeder appears in an area where there has been nothing except T-EST dotted lines which I don't take seriously. Such a feeder is F-YDVR1. YDVR is supposedly at a place called Dockers River. I can find what looks like a mining camp but not an airstrip on Google Earth but no doubt one must exist. Dockers Creek is close to the WA border roughly west of Ayres Rock. The feeder may not actually be there as it provides very good coverage into a lot of NW South Australia as well as making it now possible to track aircraft on ADS-B continuously from Perth to Alice Springs. Hope F-YDVR hangs around and well done to whoever is hosting it in such a remote location.

    EDIT. Probably should have posted this to the Aussie Feeders thread - mods feel free to move it if desired.
    Docker River is an aboriginal community about 5km on thr NT side of the WA/NT border. Theres a police station, clinic and a small school, and that's about it. There is a strip there (hence the ICAO code YDVR) mainly used by RFDS and charter flights. We're not sure who is running this feed as there really isn't much out there, but it certainly has improved coverage out west.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geodementia View Post
    Docker River is an aboriginal community about 5km on thr NT side of the WA/NT border. Theres a police station, clinic and a small school, and that's about it. There is a strip there (hence the ICAO code YDVR) mainly used by RFDS and charter flights. We're not sure who is running this feed as there really isn't much out there, but it certainly has improved coverage out west.

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    G'Day Geoff. Thanks for the clarification re Docker's River. I see T-YBAS1 from time to time - you've got a little competition there in the Alice. Cheers. John

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    ADS-B Mandate in Australia

    Attached is a link to an Airservices bulletin that some spotters may find interesting. From early 2017 all aircraft operating in Australia under IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) must be equipped with ADS-B. This includes smaller private singles and twins. Many operators of course will choose to only fly under Visual Flight Rules and this is permissible.

    There are an increasing number of smaller aircraft showing up on FR24 that have ADS-B. As an aside though, QantasLink still have more than half of their Dash 8 fleet not fitted with ADS-B while Rex have just six out of 52 SAAB 340s without it.

    http://www.airservicesaustralia.com/...b/mythsbusted/

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    Google Map of Victoria

    Has anybody else noticed that the map of Victoria seems to have acquired an inordinate number of what I assume are highway tags when zoomed in to 20km? I think they are just useless clutter when compared to NSW in the attached screen shot. I prefer the road map view to all others because I'm more interested in the places where planes are than the terrain they are flying over.

    While on the subject of Google maps, they have also recently removed the runways and taxiways from most non-metro airports in Australia and probably elsewhere as well. Wonder why? VicMap.jpg

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