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Follow ATC instructions for departing the Darwin CTR.
VFR Route 3 begins at the waypoint of Channel Island to the south. The city of Darwin will be on your right-hand side as you track southbound. The prominent cement works en route will help you with visual navigation as you track across the harbour towards Channel Island.
As you approach Channel Island, you will be able to pick up the very prominent south-easterly branch of Middle Arm, shown here as the left-hand arm in the far distance (not the right-hand arm). This will help you with onwards tracking on VFR Routes 3 and 4.
The gas plant and power station on Channel Island make it an easily recognisable landmark. Keep a good lookout at all times around this waypoint, as it is a well-used reporting point for helicopters as well as fixed-wing aircraft.
From Channel Island, take up a track of 138 and follow the route to the south-east following Middle Arm, as marked on your VTC, towards Lake Deane.
This track will keep you well clear of traffic using the Emkaytee CTAF, near the Elizabeth River, out to the east. Pilots operating at Emkaytee will be broadcasting on the CTAF 127.1.
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Turn left at Lake Deane and track out to the east to the VFR approach point of Adelaide River Bridge. As this route involves a significant dogleg, ATC will endeavour to offer aircraft more direct tracking out to the Adelaide River Bridge if available.
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VFR Route 3 ends at Adelaide River Bridge, a prominent feature on the main two-lane Arnhem Highway.
The river systems stand out well, particularly in the wet season, so the bridge over the river is an easily identified waypoint. Once clear of controlled airspace, monitor Brisbane Centre 118.15.
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.