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VFR Route 3 commences at Adelaide River Bridge, a VFR approach point. The bridge is part of the sealed two-lane Arnhem Highway and is easy to identify where it crosses the prominent Adelaide River.
The CTA lower limit is 2500ft, so ensure clearance is requested 15nm before Adelaide River Bridge if flying at a higher altitude.
From Adelaide River Bridge track 253 overhead the Stuart Highway and railway line, and then on to Lake Deane.
The distinctive rectangular shape of Lake Deane makes it an easily identifiable feature. Turn right at Lake Deane, and from here you will join VFR Route 4, on 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 requested clearance from ATC in plenty of time 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 south-west.
From Channel Island, follow ATC instructions for joining the circuit.
The airport lies to the north-east of Darwin city.
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 OnTrack Darwin/Aerodrome/Procedures Overview. 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.