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Redhill to Stansted Briefing by Tony Driver
 Briefing Wednesday 4th January 2006
Start Time and Place 19:00 to 20:30 zulu - The Grass Apron at Biggin Hill. Depart individually when ready, don't wait for everyone else to turn up. Duration for the trip will be at least one and a half hours, depending on circumstances.
Overview

We have a bit of variety on this trip, with some small airfields included. You should choose a light GA aircraft in order to land and take off on a grass strip 840 metres long. With a touch and go at each intermediate airfield the trip will take about an hour and a half - allow more time if you plan to stop or do circuits at any or all airfields. There are some very useful NDBs en route for anyone who needs help with their navigation.

The route is Biggin Hill - Rochester - Manston - Lydd - Lashendon/Headcorn - Biggin Hill. Your flight plan should show: departure = EGKB, destination = EGKB, alternate = EGLC, route = DCT EGTO DCT EGMH DCT EGMD DCT EGKH DCT SEVENOAKS VRP, and comments = DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB / STOPPING AT EACH AIRFIELD (or T&G AT EACH AIRFIELD).

Airfield charts and information are available from the AIS web site. http://www.ais.org.uk/aes/pubs/aip/html/aipad2.htm
Don't forget to include EGLC in case you need to divert to the alternate destination.

Biggin Hill is well known to most club members, and can be expected to provide a full ATC service.

Rochester has grass runways. The ATC is Rochester Info which is an AFIS.

Manston has a long and wide runway, and is expected to provide both Approach and Ground ATC service.

Lydd has a hard runway which is a bit narrower than usual for its length. Here there is a Tower/AFIS service on the same frequency.

Lashendon/Headcorn also has grass runways, and has only an Air/Ground radio service.

We can expect to have Thames Radar and probably London Information covering the space between airfields.

Briefing

Biggin Hill to Rochester

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to RCH 369.0, and NAV1 radio to BIG 115.10. Set the Biggin Hill QNH by pressing the 'B' key. Contact ATC for taxi instructions and clearance for your departure as filed. Follow the instructions you are given to taxi out to the active runway. You can expect clearance to include instructions to continue straight ahead in line with the runway to 1.5 DME before turning right from runway 03 or 2 DME before turning left from runway 21 before. Rochester is 17.6 nm at 090 degrees from the BIG VOR. You will need to adjust your heading to allow for an offset starting point and any cross wind. Use your ADF to check you are heading towards the RCH NDB, and the DME to see your distance from BIG VOR. Circuits are LH for runways 16 and 20, RH for runways 02 and 34, to avoid flying over built up areas.

Rochester to Manston

Set radios for Manston ADF = MTN 347.0 and NAV1 = MSN 111.75. The direct heading from Rochester to Manston is 095 degrees. The best visual reference is the coast line on your left. The distance is about 31.5 nm. Follow ATC instructions for joining, circuit direction, and runway in use.

Manston to Lydd

Set radios for Lydd ADF = LYX 397.0 and NAV1 = LDY 108.15. The direct heading from Manston to Lydd is 218 degrees. This will take you down to and along the south coast - again, keep it on your left. The distance is about 27.5 nm. As we are approaching via Rye, we can expect to join overhead at 1500 ft AGL, descending on the crosswind leg to circuit height 1000 ft. Circuits are to the east, LH for runway 21 and RH for runway 03. Take care to stay clear of nearby prohibited areas.

Lydd to Lashendon/Headcorn

Set radios for Lashendon/Headcorn ADF = LSH 340.0 and NAV1 = HLS 115.95. Take care to stay clear of nearby prohibited areas. Start your turn towards Lashendon when you reach 500 ft or when you pass the end of the runway, whichever is later. The direct heading from Lydd to Lashendon/Headcorn is 322 degrees. This is in land without much to identify it. The distance is about 16.5 nm. The overhead join is not allowed at Lashendon/Headcorn - join downwind for the active runway. Circuits are LH at 1000 ft AGL (helicopters differ.) You should avoid flying over nearby villages.

Lashendon/Headcorn to Biggin Hill

Set radios for the final leg ADF = LCY 322.0 in case you need to divert, and NAV1 to BIG 115.10, with standby set to I-LST 111.15 for London City DME. The direct heading for Sevenoaks VRP is 297 degrees, and from there to Biggin Hill it is 305 degrees. The total distance is about 25 nm.

Divert to London City

If you have to divert to London City, you should head up towards the Dartford bridge, which is 050 degrees from the BIG VOR at about 12 nm. From there turn left to follow the river Thames into the London City zone. This should be covered by Thames radar, and EGLC may be manned as well.

NDB Tracking The Instrument Flight document in the Training section of the club web site contains a section on NDBs and how to use them. If you are unsure how to track NDBs, download and have a look at this.

Radio Discipline

Take care not to let our Teamspeak chat cut across ATC. Stop any conversation immediately the R/T comes alive, then continue if "he wasn't talking to us". This is difficult because when transmitting on Teamspeak you can't hear the R/T. So be brief on Teamspeak, and be aware that ATC might be trying to get through. If anyone hears an R/T message which seems to be being ignored, just say "ATC is calling G-CIXN" if you have identified the callsign, or "ATC is calling us" which is a cue for everyone to be quiet on Teamspeak until ATC call again (which they will). Remember too that if asked to "Stand By" by ATC, you do not reply - not even "Roger", but simply wait until you are called again.

Remember also that there are several different ATC frequencies in use, and you may not be able to hear when communications are taking place. Make sure you have set a Teamspeak mute switch, and know how to use it.

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