Inbound from the south, join VFR Route 4 at Manton Dam. Lying just to the west of the Stuart Highway, the unique shape of the dam is easy to recognise, as is the much larger Darwin River Dam to its west. (Don’t get them confused.) Note that parachutists could be operating at Batchelor Aerodrome, south-west of Manton Dam.
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Manton Dam has a pumping station on its north-east corner. From Manton Dam, take up a track of 314 towards Lake Deane.
If you are at or below 2500ft, contact Darwin Delivery on 126.8 for clearance at Manton Dam. This will give ATC plenty of time to process your clearance and, where possible, assist in avoiding delays.
The distinctive rectangular shape of Lake Deane makes it an easily identifiable feature at 20nm south-east of Darwin. Flying via this route will keep you clear of R203A and B, marked on your VTC.
Keep a lookout for potential traffic inbound from Adelaide River Bridge via VFR Route 3. Continue past Lake Deane and follow a track of 318 to the next waypoint of Channel Island.
Tracking to Channel Island, the south-eastern branch of Middle Arm provides a prominent ground feature to help your visual navigation. If you are still OCTA, ensure you have received your clearance from ATC before reaching the CLL 1000ft step.
The bridge on the eastern side of the island will help you identify Channel Island.
Channel Island is inside the CLL 1000ft step. Be aware of potential traffic inbound to Darwin on VFR Route 5 from the southwest. Keep a good lookout around this waypoint, as it is a well-used reporting point for helicopters as well as fixed-wing aircraft.
From Channel Island, follow ATC instructions for joining the circuit.
There are plenty of city landmarks, such as the prominent wharves on the southern edge of the city, to help with your visual navigation as you track towards the airport.
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Remember that ATC may ask you whether you are LAHSO-approved. Read up on LAHSO procedures in the OnTrack Darwin/Aerodrome/Procedures Overviews. If at any time an instruction from ATC is not clear, immediately ask for clarification.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 121.80MHz.
Taxi clearance from Ground required before entering this area.
Specific clearance required from ATC before entering this area.
An area on the aerodrome intend to accommodate aircraft for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers, cargo, fueling, parking or maintenance.
That part of the aerodrome to be used for take-off, landing and taxiing aircraft, <strong>excluding</strong> aprons.
That part of the aerodrome to be used for take-off, landing and taxiing aircraft, consisting of the manoeuvring area and the apron.