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This is a popular track into the Sunshine Coast zone, as many pilots arrive over water, via the picturesque coastal route which might have included the VFR route along the scenic Gold Coast and Bribie Island beaches. The coastal route is also a safer option in cases of marginal weather, when the more hilly terrain out to the west of the zone will not be suitable for VFR traffic.
Tracking from the south, report inbound to Sunshine Coast Tower on 124.4 at Moffat Head.
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Many pilots unfamiliar with the area mistake Point Cartwright for Moffat Head. Both headlands have a lighthouse, but Point Cartwright (seen in the top distance here) is about 6nm north of Moffat and well within the control zone, requiring a clearance. So, stay situationally aware of your position in relation to the airspace boundary at 8DME SU.
Should your arrival coincide with little traffic in the zone, you may be given a direct track inbound from Moffat Head.
If necessary, right-hand orbits awaiting clearance may be conducted over water at Moffat Head. However, pilots are advised to keep a good lookout and maintain an altitude of 1500ft or above to avoid possible conflict with high-density traffic using the nearby Caloundra aerodrome. If you are equipped with two radios, monitor the Caloundra CTAF on 118.8 when in the vicinity.
The clearance that will normally be given is to track coastal northbound, remaining over water, with a request to report again at Point Cartwright and join the circuit as directed. Note that an over-water clearance from ATC means exactly that – you must remain over water, not over the beach or the coast. This stipulation must be included in your readback following your clearance.
In cases where possible conflict could exist with jet traffic in the control zone, you will be asked to remain outside controlled airspace. Inbound jet traffic usually tracks in from the east over the ocean and, in VMC, will track via Point Cartwright to join final for Runway 36.
You may be sharing this Sunshine Coast airspace with other traffic such as local helicopter operations and scenic flights, so familiarise yourself with the location on your VTC of often-used reporting points such as the Ring Tank, Ettamogah Pub, Buderim Mountain and Roy’s Orchards.
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Follow ATC instructions for joining the circuit. Remember not to vacate RWY 18/36 onto RWY 12/30 without a specific clearance.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 121.1MHz.
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.