Briefing & Charts

Pilot briefings and charts

🗺️ Accessing charts

When flying on VATSIM, it is very crucial to have charts on board. Charts contain important information such as navigation aids, airport layouts, and instrument procedures. They assist you so that you can follow ATC instructions correctly and as intended.

This page covers two methods to obtain latest charts for Thailand: via the Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP) - free, and via commercial services (paid).

AIP Thailand - free

The AIP for Thailand is accessible at no cost via the link below:
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After accessing the link above, click on the date under "Currently Effective Issue".

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You will be presented with another screen. On the left sidebar, under "PART 3 - AERODROMES (AD)", press on "AD 2 AERODROMES".

A list of airports will appear. Simply find the intended airport in the list, then click on it.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find all charts related to the selected airport.

Commercial services - paid

There are companies which offer access to different aeronautical chart providers. As alluded above, they are not free and are almost certainly subscription-based. However, one of their advantages is that they provide a single unified format for all available airports and AIP providers, which is easy to understand.

Two of the most popular services in the flight simulation community are as follows:

Thailand vACC makes no recommendations on the service to use - this listing is for informational purposes only.

VTBS - Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Overview

Suvarnabhumi Airport (VTBS) is the biggest airport in Thailand, and is one of two airports covering Bangkok and the surrounding areas - the other being Don Mueang Airport (VTBD). Opened in 2006, it is located 25 kilometers east of downtown Bangkok and is a major hub for international transportation within Southeast Asia and beyond.

ATC frequencies

Identifier Radio Callsign
Frequency Remarks
VTBS_DEL Suvarnabhumi Delivery
128.700 MHz

VTBS_GND
Suvarnabhumi Ground
121.750 MHz
VTBS_W_GND
Suvarnabhumi Ground
121.950 MHz
Covering west apron
VTBS_E_GND
Suvarnabhumi Ground
121.650 MHz
Covering east apron
VTBS_TWR Suvarnabhumi Tower
118.200 MHz

VTBS_W_TWR
Suvarnabhumi Tower 119.000 MHz
Covering 19R/01L
VTBS_APP
Bangkok Approach
124.350 MHz
VTBS_F_APP
Suvarnabhumi Arrival
121.100 MHz
Arrivals below 7000ft
VTBS_DEP
Suvarnabhumi Departure
119.250 MHz
VTBS_ATIS - 127.650 MHz

Gates

At Suvarnabhumi, there are two areas in use: the main terminal (A-G gates), and the newly opened SAT-1 terminal.

Domestic flights
International flights
Cargo flights

Preferential runway system

The runway in use on VATSIM does not necessarily follow what is used in real life all the time for various reasons, including but not limited to traffic, controller discretion, etc.

Generally, runway 19L/R is used unless the tailwind component exceeds 5 knots (usually in the winter season).

The runway on the left side (01L or 19L) are generally used for landings, while the right side (01R or 19R) is used for departures.

Transition Altitude & Transition Level

For all airports in Thailand, the transition altitude is 11,000ft and the transition level is always FL130.


Departing flights

IFR Clearance

On initial contact, state stand number and received ATIS.

👨‍✈️ Suvarnabhumi Delivery, sawasdee krub, THAI 104, information B, gate A4, requesting IFR clearance to Chiang Mai
🎧 THAI 104, Delivery, sawasdee krub, cleared to Chiang Mai via flight planned route, TANGO3G departure, runway 19R, initial climb 6000ft, expect FL360, squawk 7120

The standard initial climb altitude for all departures is 6,000ft.

Pushback

Pushback instructions will include the direction for the nose to face.

👨‍✈️ Suvarnabhumi Ground, sawasdee krub, THAI 104, gate A4, requesting push and start
🎧 THAI 104, Suvarnabhumi Ground, sawasdee krub, push and start approved, facing south on T5

If the pushback is not approved straight away, a reason will be given by the controller.

Taxi

Please take a look at the ground charts at least once before requesting taxi. The taxiway layout is quite complex with different taxiway designations for each intersection.

Published charts have common taxi routes usually used by ATC (subject to discretion).

Departures - RWY 01L/19R