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Arriving from northern points such as Darwin, Katherine and Tennant Creek, this is a convenient route inbound to Alice Springs. ATC recommends that, irrespective of your altitude, you contact Alice Tower, 118.3, at 45-50NM with your inbound details.
Track to the VFR approach point of Bond Springs, a prominent cross-strip ALA, located immediately west of the Stuart Highway and railway line at around 17NM north of Alice Springs aerodrome.
Should you be too far west of your intended track, be careful not to confuse Bond Springs ALA with the radio receiving station which is marked on your VTC and resembles a landing ground.
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Local pilots use VFR Route 1 for operations in and out of Bond Springs ALA, which is particularly busy with glider traffic on weekends. The associated danger area, D207A, will be activated in times of glider activity, so keeping east of the Stuart Highway as you follow VFR Route 1 will keep you out of that danger area. Keep a good lookout at all times in this area.
Be aware also, that a strong south-easterly (the prevailing winter wind) can cause rough conditions in this area due to the terrain.
From Bond Springs, your track will take you directly overhead the town of Alice Springs and across the very prominent east-west line of the MacDonnell Ranges.
High temperatures in the summer months mean the potential for turbulence as you cross the ranges, particularly in a strong north-westerly. The highest point in this area (Mount Gillen) is around 3100ft so you’ll have plenty of time to descend to circuit height as you approach the aerodrome.
ATC may choose to track you in via one of the VFR check points that appear on your VTC within 10 miles of Alice, as a sequencing tool for your circuit entry e.g. tracking from Bond Springs, you may be asked to remain north of the MacDonnell Ranges awaiting further clearance, or to track via Emily Gap. This would position you well for a left downwind join, should 12 be the active runway.
Turning on your landing lights will help ATC to see you approaching the circuit.
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Follow ATC instructions for joining the circuit.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 118.3MHz.
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.