Providing the cloud level is no lower than 3500ft, this is a popular route into Launceston because many pilots approach Tasmania via Flinders Island and then proceed via Bridport and Targa Gap.
There are two valleys to the north-east of Launceston. Targa Gap is in the valley between Mt Barrow and Mt Arthur, and the other valley is between Mt Barrow and Ben Lomond, further south. Do not confuse the two. Use the VOR or GPS if you have been trained and assessed to do so. This will assist your visual navigation and confirm you have the correct valley. However, you must always be able to navigate with visual reference to the ground.
Low cloud or high winds may require you to track via Lilydale, offering lower terrain and less terrain- generated turbulence.
The VFR approach point of Targa Gap is located on the Tasman Highway, between Mt Barrow and Mt Arthur, on the 013 radial. Note prominent transmission lines.
Listen to the Launceston ATIS on 112.6.
At Targa Gap, request clearance into the class D control zone from Launceston Tower on 118.7.
Alt: As cleared by ATC
If there is significant inbound RPT traffic, ATC may ask you to hold around the small town of Nunamara or elsewhere, such as St Leonards, before tracking into the Launceston circuit area.
S 41 32.7 E 147 12.9
Do not enter the Launceston CTR without a clearance and at all times follow ATC directions for joining the circuit.
No taxi clearance required. Monitor Ground on 119.9MHz.
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.