Cross the Ditch 15

Summer 2018

Cross the Ditch 15

Breakfast in Tahiti, Supper in Australia, and all the South Pacific in between...

VATNZ and VATPAC are proud to present the 15th Cross the Ditch!

Featured for Cross the Ditch 15

  • Fifteenth Event Itinerary

    We're celebrating the fifteenth running of Cross the Ditch by expanding our focus to the entire South Pacific. Over the course of the event pilots will work their way from French Polynesia in the east to Australia in the west, combining fan favourite airports with two new Pacific Island destinations.

  • New Airport: Tahiti, French Polynesia

    Responsibility for French Polynesian airspace transferred from VATPAC to VATNZ earlier this year, and Cross the Ditch is excited to be adding Tahiti (NTAA) to the list of Cross the Ditch destinations!

    The easternmost significant population centre in the South Pacific, and famed for its lush tropical islands, on-the-water bungalows, and deserted atolls, Tahiti is the perfect place for your first sector of the day.

  • New Airport: Apia, Samoa

    Apia is a the main airport in Samoa, located roughly two-thirds of the way from Tahiti to Fiji. At 13° south of the equator, it is the northernmost airport in Cross the Ditch history.

    Scenic sectors in and out of Apia, and a recent Orbx scenery make NSFA a fantastic addition to the Cross the Ditch portfolio.

  • Longer Range Flight Options

    By popular demand we are adding a pair of longer flight options to this season's event schedule. While most of the event's sectors are around 3-4 hours in length, these two take roughly five hours or more, allowing pilots to enjoy a longer oceanic flight experience:

    • Wave 1A: Tahiti (NTAA) to Nadi (NFFN) - this sector is approximately 5 hours in length, including an overflight of the small island nation of Niue.
    • Wave 2B: Apia (NSFA) to Wellington (NZWN) - this sector is approximately 4.75 hours, and (weather permitting!) includes spectacular views of Tonga, the Kermadec Islands, volcanic White Island, Lake Taupo, and the mountains of New Zealand's Volcanic Plateau.

    Because not everybody has five-plus hours to spare, both of these longer sectors have a shorter alternative sector available during the same Wave:

    • Wave 1B: Tahiti (NTAA) to Apia (NSFA) - this sector is only 3.5 hours.
    • Wave 2A: Nadi (NFFN) to Wellington (NZWN) - this sector is appromixately 3.75 hours.

What's it all about?

For twenty hours this December, the skies of the South Pacific will be filled with aircraft all on a mission to Cross the Ditch.

To celebrate the 15th running of the event, this year's Cross the Ditch will stretch from one side of the South Pacific to the other, involving seven different airports in six different countries. The flight routes all range from two-and-a-half up to five hours flight time, so there is something for everyone.

Throughout the event, the Oceania region's two divisions will be providing full gate-to-gate ATC coverage, in the Southern Hemisphere's premiere oceanic event.

This is a great opportunity to experience Oceanic flying without the need to commit to an eight-hour flight!

If you're new to Oceanic Flying, our reporting tool makes taking part a breeze.

Event Times

This twenty hour event is timed to allow pilots from all over the world to join the fun:


This season's event is organised in waves. Each airport will typically have a three-to-four hour departure window, during which time flights will be able to leave for the next destination. As the window closes, the departure window will open at the next destination.

Given each of the flights is 2.5 - 5hrs in length, the previous wave's flights will be arriving at the same airport as the next wave departs, maximising the amount of traffic at each airport.

NOTE: in order to ensure that you have ATC coverage throughout your flight, you MUST fly the wave route that is active at the time of your departure.

The individual routes are designed to ensure as much opposing traffic enroute as possible.

Most flights pass from one Oceania division to the other, and the result is six mini-flyins over the course of twenty hours!

The Waves for Cross the Ditch 15 - Summer 2018 are:

Wave Flight Departure Window
1A Tahiti, French Polynesia (NTAA) to
Nadi, Fiji (NFFN)
(5hr flight)
1700-1800 0400-0500 0600-0700
1B Tahiti, French Polynesia (NTAA) to
Apia, Samoa (NSFA)
(3.5hr flight)
1700-1900 0400-0600 0600-0800
2A Nadi, Fiji (NFFN) to
Wellington, New Zealand (NZWN)
2030-2300 0730-1000 0930-1200
2B Apia, Samoa (NSFA) to
Wellington, New Zealand (NZWN)
1900-2230 0600-0930 0800-1130
3 Wellington, New Zealand (NZWN) to
Noumea, New Caledonia (NWWW)
2300-0330 1000-1430 1200-1630
4 Noumea, New Caledonia (NWWW) to
Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA)
0300-0700 1400-1800 1600-2000
5 Auckland, New Zealand (NZAA) to
Brisbane (YBBN)
0530-0930 1630-2030 1830-2230
Cross the Ditch 15 Route Map

Calling all Pilots and Controllers

Flight plans are available from the Flight Plans section.

Book your flights now from the Flight Bookings page. Bookings made on this site help us plan for the event, and will also show up in vroute.

Controllers wanting to get in on the action can also apply now at the event's ATC Applications page.

Cross the Ditch is brought to you by VATPAC and VATNZ VATNZ - VATSIM New Zealand VATPAC - VATSIM Australia/Pacific