IFATC at Home - Australia (YBBN, YSSY, YMML + More!) [OPEN]

G’day Everyone,

This Sunday, IFATC have the choice to open any airport within their home country, and we have created this thread so you will know who will be opening where in the land down under! Our great country is home to many different natural and man-made wonders with beaches, deserts, the outback and even beautiful cities. Our team is dedicated to showing you as much of our beautiful country has to offer, so we’re opening up as many airports as possible right from region change at 0600Z. Check out the info below regarding the airports that will be open.

Melbourne International (YMML)


Melbourne Airport, colloquially known as Tullamarine Airport, is the primary airport serving the city of Melbourne, and the second busiest airport in Australia. It opened in 1970 to replace the nearby Essendon Airport. Melbourne Airport is the main international airport of the four airports serving the Melbourne metropolitan area, the other international airport being Avalon Airport. (Wikipedia)

Sydney International (YSSY)


Sydney (Kingsford Smith) Airport is an international airport in Sydney, Australia located 8 km south of the Sydney city centre. It is the primary airport serving Sydney, and is a primary hub for Qantas, as well as a secondary hub for Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways, as well as a focus city for Air New Zealand. Situated next to Botany Bay, the airport has three runways, colloquially known as the east–west, north–south and third runways. (Wikipedia)

Brisbane International (YBBN)


Brisbane Airport is the primary international airport serving Brisbane and South East Queensland. The airport serves 31 airlines flying to 50 domestic and 29 international destinations, in total amounting in more than 22.7 million passengers who traveled through the airport in 2016. (Wikipedia)

Perth International (YPPH)


Perth Airport is an international airport serving Perth, the largest and capital city of Western Australia. It is the fourth busiest airport in Australia measured by passenger movements and falls within the boundaries of the City of Belmont, City of Kalamunda and the City of Swan. Perth Airport and Jandakot Airport, the other civilian airport within the Perth metropolitan area, recorded a combined total of 362,782 aircraft movements in 2017. (Wikipedia)

Adelaide International (YPAD)


Adelaide Airport is the principal airport of Adelaide, South Australia and the fifth-busiest airport in Australia, servicing 8.5 million passengers in the financial year ending 30 June 2019. Located adjacent to West Beach, it is approximately 6 km west of the city centre. (Wikipedia)

Cairns International (YBCS)


Cairns Airport is an international airport in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Formerly operated by the Cairns Port Authority, the airport was sold by the Queensland Government in December 2008 to a private consortium. It is the seventh busiest airport in Australia. The airport is located 2.3 nautical miles north northwest of Cairns or 7 kilometres north of the Cairns central business district, in the suburb of Aeroglen. (Wikipedia)

Canberra International (YSCB)


Canberra Airport, is an international airport serving Australia’s capital city, Canberra, as well as the nearby city of Queanbeyan and regional areas of the Australian Capital Territory and southeastern New South Wales. Located approximately 8 km from the city centre, within the North Canberra district, it is the eighth-busiest airport in Australia. (Wikipedia)

Gold Coast International (YBCG)


Gold Coast Airport is an international Australian airport located at the southern end of the Gold Coast and approximately 90 km south of the centre of Brisbane, within South East Queensland. The entrance to the airport is situated in the suburb of Bilinga near Coolangatta. The runway itself straddles the state border of Queensland and New South Wales. During summer these states are in two different time zones. The Gold Coast Airport operates on Queensland Time all year round (year-round AEST / UTC+10).

The Team

(Subject to change)

Airport Controller
YMML @Oli_H @TRDubh @Chris_Hoss
YSSY @Alex_E @sam2875
YBBN @TimR @Adam @Oliver02
YPPH @anon58461922
YPAD @anon58461922

We will do our best to have the above airports open from region change, however we cannot guarantee they will be open due to timezone differences and our very own busy lives.

We will also try to put in the comments when we open!

Hope to see you there!



Thank you! this will be very useful!

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Looking forward to controlling, thanks Tim!

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Thanks Tim, I’ve very much looking forward to this!

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Was really hoping to fly there but I have a full day of ATCing schedule as no ones will replace me at WMKK :(


Noice ! Hopefully get a few city hops in 👌

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Wow! This is a nice thread! I will add you to the list!

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YSSY & YBBN now open!

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YMML is open, come down and say hi! :)

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I’ve been waiting for you. Hopefully good service and a good flight Oli.

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YMML is open with @TRDubh on his first session as a radar controller, come on down.


I have just opened ybbn

i am also going to probably end up being open for a bit after region change

come fly between YBBN/Brisbane and YSSY/Sydney
the flight is roughly 2hours and 30minutes
you can fly the Qantas 737-800 or the Virgin 737-800 and if you’re feeling special you can also fly the Qantas 747 and 767
or new zealand in the Qantas 737, Virgin 737, Jetstar A320, Air New Zealand A320/787-9/777

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