Asian noodles for dinner, delivered by… airliners

Dear VATSIMers,

It is about time you guys stopped flying all over the VATSIM world without a clue as to what passengers or cargo you are carrying. I have some special cargo for you. I told the Philippines vACC chief, Reece Hunter, about the delicious ramen pork bone soup that is a specialty in Fukuoka in Japan, and he wants to try it really badly. Then he told me about the pancit palabok in the Philippines too… so could you guys come and deliver some ramen and pancit for us?

Actually, could you wait until 12th June? Then we'll staff all the airspace between Fukuoka and Manila, so that we'll have fun while we wait for your noodles. Ummm yeah, I guess you'll have fun too… but just get the noodles to us already.

Whining corner…

The writer of this page, presently living thousands of kilometres away from Japan, nevertheless has a ramen restaurant she frequents… and the restaurant only makes 10 bowls of pork bone ramen in the Hakata style per day. She goes a little too early and they haven't finished making it; she goes a little too late and it's all sold out! Oh well… at least they are serious about making authentic ramen.

Event details

The event details are as follows:

  • Date: Saturday, 12th June 2010
  • Time: 11:30–16:00 UTC (19:30–00:00 Philippines local time, 20:30–01:00 Japan local time)
  • Event airports: Fukuoka airport (RJFF), Manila Ninoy Aquino Intl (RPLL)
    (flight distance approximately 1350 NM)

Recommended routes

Fukuoka to Manila

    SID: MORIO TWO RNAV departure, SATSUMA transition
  • Arriving RWY 06/24: Join POLIO 1 arrival from KANDU
    Approach: VOR ILS RWY 06 or VOR ILS RWY 24

Manila to Fukuoka

  • Departing RWY 06/24: MIA DCT CAB N884 ALBAX Y531 YURIX Y62 BOMAP Y25 GENKO
    SID: CABANATUAN 1A departure (RWY 06) or CABANATUAN 1B departure (RWY 24)
  • Arriving RWY 16: Expect radar vectors to ILS final approach course (or STAR: NAKASU WEST RNAV arrival)
    Approach: ILS RWY 16 (NB: ILS has no corresponding DME)
  • Arriving RWY 34: Expect radar vectors to RWY 34 traffic pattern or the corresponding ILS final approach course (or STAR: HAWKS WEST RNAV arrival)
    Approach: In order of preference: Visual approach RWY 34, ILS RWY 16 circling to RWY 34, ILS RWY 34
    (Note that default scenery in FS9 has no ILS for RWY 34)


  • The above routes are planned assuming RNAV capability.
  • The non-radar segments of the routes are from SAKON to BISIG (FIR boundary) to SARSI on A582, and from LEBIX to ALBAX on N884. Under non-radar procedural control, as you pass each fix, report the following to the controller:
    • The time in UTC at which you passed over the fix you just passed
    • Flight level
    • Mach speed
    • The designator of the next fix and your estimated time of reaching that fix
    • The designator of the fix after that one

Positions staffed

During the event, the following positions will be staffed:

Fukuoka FIR

  • Fukuoka Delivery (RJFF_DEL) 121.920 MHz (as required)
  • Fukuoka Ground (RJFF_GND) 121.700 MHz (as required)
  • Fukuoka Tower (RJFF_TWR) 118.400 MHz
  • Fukuoka Approach (RJFF_APP) 119.650 MHz
  • Fukuoka Control (RJDG_CTR) 118.900 MHz
  • Naha Control (RORG_CTR) 123.900 MHz

Manila FIR

  • Manila Clearance (RPLL_DEL) 125.100 MHz (as required)
  • Manila Ground (RPLL_GND) 121.800 MHz (as required)
  • Manila Tower (RPLL_TWR) 118.100 MHz
  • Manila Approach (RPLL_APP) 119.700 MHz
  • Manila Control (RPHI_CTR) 125.700 MHz

(Frequencies listed above are expected frequencies only. Use the frequencies actually active during the event.)

Airport information

Fukuoka airport (RJFF)

Fukuoka airport, serving Fukuoka as well as other nearby cities on the island of Kyushu, is the biggest airport west of Osaka-Kansai airport in Japan. A popular entry point for many tourists, it has a separate international terminal on the west side of the runway, while the domestic terminals are on the east side of the runway.

The airport has one runway, runway 16/34, of length 2800 metres (9186 ft). Runway 16 is used up to a 10-knot tailwind. ILS is installed on both ends of the runway (NB: the default scenery in FS9 does NOT have an ILS for runway 34), although visual or circling approaches are utilized for runway 34 unless weather precludes them. Transition altitude is 14000 ft, and the transition level is FL140.

Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL)

The gateway airport to the Philippines is named after an opposition leader who was assassinated at this very airport. Though a third terminal was added to the airport only fairly recently, the nearby Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark city is slated to replace it as the gateway to the Philippines in the near future.

It has two runways, runway 06/24, of length 3410 metres (11188 feet) and runway 13/31, of length 1998 metres (6555 feet). ILS is available on both ends of runway 06/24. Transition altitude is 11000 feet, and the transition level is FL130. (Remain on flight levels (QNE) until inside Manila TMA, even if under transition level.)

Terminal charts

Charts for Japan are available (after a free registration) from the AIS Japan web site. As an alternative to registering at the AIS Japan web site, older user-made charts are also available from Masaaki Watanabe's Virtual ATC Charts Center.

The Philippine Flight Simmers group has available a collection of charts for Manila and other airports.


The following sceneries are available:

Fukuoka airport

Ninoy Aquino Intl

  • RPLL2004 by the Philippine Flight Simmers Group (login to AVSIM required)