Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, Australia, is part of the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Australian National University. The observatory is situated 3,822 feet above sea level. There There are over 60 telescopes on site.
Runway that departs in the direction of the flight plan: 29
Distance: 24 nautical miles
IMPORTANT: MSFS visual waypoint markers are optimized for long-distance flights. However, during short flights waypoints are often displayed inconsistently and sometimes not at all.
- Waypoint markers may disappear before reaching the next waypoint turn.
What to do: Continue ahead until a new directional marker appears. Look around to see if the marker is displayed, even though a directional arrow was not displayed.
- A sightseeing POI marker may disappear before reaching the location.
What to do: Continue ahead until you reach the POI, even if a new directional marker pops up pointing in another direction.
- The instant the Pattern Entry marker for the destination airport is displayed, MSFS suppresses all remaining waypoints.
What to do: Visually navigate to the airport.
Use the MSFS VFR Map to see the route and your location:
- The default command key to turn the map on and off is “V”
- At the top right of the map window, click on the middle button to pop out the map into a separate window that can be moved, including to a separate monitor.
- Enable "GPS Tracking" to center your aircraft and use the window as a moving map.
- Scroll the mouse wheel anywhere on the map to zoom in and out.
- Click and drag anywhere in the map window to move the map.
- Grab any corner of the map window to resize it.
- When viewing the flight plan in a mapping program (e.g. Little Navmap), you may see that waypoints are in odd locations and in places that significantly overshoot logical turns. Those are intentional. They were placed to adjust for how the waypoints were actually displayed during flight plan testing.
- Waypoint behaviors may vary, depending on your MSFS assistance configuration settings.
FederFlyer Short VFR plans are simple, short flights intended for beginner flyers, casual sightseers, ultralights and occasional flyers who have a limited amount of time.