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Club Events - Round the Solent Area
Visiting some of the smaller airfields around Southampton
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Club Events - Round the Solent Area
Visiting some of the smaller airfields around Southampton Briefing by Tony Driver
 Briefing Tuesday 7th February 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 three quarter hours, depending on circumstances.

Overview

Again, like the Round Kent trip, we have a bit of variety, 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 - Shawford - Bembridge - Southampton - Lasham - Redhill - Biggin Hill. Your flight plan should show: departure = EGKB, destination = EGKB, alternate = EGLC, route = SEVENOAKS VRP - TUNBRIDGE VRP - BRIGHTON MARINA VRP - EGKA DCT EGHJ DCT EGHI DCT EGHL DCT EGKR, and comments = DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB / STOPPING AT EACH AIRFIELD (or T&G AT EACH AIRFIELD).

With the exception of Lasham and Redhill, airfield charts and information are available from the AIS web site. 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.

Shoreham has one narrow hard surface runway, and three grass runways. The ATC is Shoreham Tower, which should provide a normal airfield control service.

Bembridge has a single hard surface runway with a Glider Strip alongside it. Bembridge Radio provides an Air/Ground radio service.

Southampton is an international airport with a single runway. It is expected to provide a full ATC service, with Solent Radar covering the area.

Lasham has one aspalt runway 09/27 and its 1797x40 meters long, and two disused runways crossing it. The airfield is 618 ft AMSL, and within the Odiham MATZ, which is controlled by Farnborough Approach on 125.25. Arrivals are expected to call on the Glider Operations frequency 131.02, before joining the circuit.

Redhill has three grass runways, and has a normal ATC service on Redhill Tower. Arrival and departure routing depend on which runway is in use. Refer to the Redhill Aerodrome web site for details.

We hope to have Farnborough Approach covering the space between airfields, with Solent Radar covering the Solent area itself.

Briefing

Biggin Hill to Shoreham

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to SHM 332.0, and NAV1 radio to BIG 115.10, and NAV2, (or NAV1 standby) to MAY 117.90. 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. Sevenoaks VRP is 6.5 nm at 125 degrees from the BIG VOR. You will need to adjust your heading to allow for an offset starting point and any cross wind. After passing Sevenoaks, refer to NAV2, (or switch NAV1 to MAY), and preset SRH 109.95 for the Shoreham DME. Tunbridge Wells VRP is a further 9.2 nm on 165 degrees. At Tunbridge Wells VRP, turn right to 220 degrees towards Brighton Marina VRP, 23.8 nm away. On this leg, be sure to keep MAY VOR on your right to avoid encroaching on the Gatwick zone. Use your ADF to check you are heading towards the SHM NDB, and the DME to see your distance from Shoreham. Circuits are variable at the discretion of ATC. Avoid flying over built up areas.

Shoreham to Bembridge

Set radios for Bembridge ADF = IW 426.0 and leave NAV1 on SRH 109.95. The direct heading from Shoreham to Bembridge is 258 degrees. The best visual reference is the coast line - fly over Worthing, Littlehampton, and Bognor Regis, then on to Selsey Bill, before crossing the water towards the Isle of Wight. The distance is about 32 nm. Bembridge radio provides an Air/Ground service. Circuit direction is LH for runway 12, and RH for 30.

Bembridge to Southampton

Set radios for Southampton ADF = EAS 391.5 and NAV1 = SAM 113.35. Head for Cowes on the northernmost poit of the Isle of Wight, and expect to be routed in via the Calshot VRP which is on the left bank of the Solent, or 11.8 nm on 320 degrees from Bembridge. Southampton airfield is 8.3 nm almost due north from Calshot. We can expect full ATC cover here.

Southampton to Lasham

Lasham is about 5 miles south east of Basingstoke, or DME 18.2 from the SAM VOR on 045 degrees, but expect to route out via the Bishops Waltham VRP, which is 5.6 nm east of Southampton. From there head 031 degrees for 15.4 nm. Lasham is a very busy glider field. There may be up to 20 gliders doing both left and right hand circuits, and launch cables both on the ground and in the air. However, we are unlikely to see any of that activity. Expect to be handed over from Solent Approach to Farnborough Approach for your arrival.

Lasham to Redhill

Expect to route via the Guildford VRP, which is 17.1 nm on 084 degrees from Lasham, and avoid the restricted areas just south of this route. Dorking VRP is 9.4 nm on 099 degrees. Expect to route in via Reigate VRP or the Motorway Junction VRP depending on which runway is in use at Redhill.

Redhill to Biggin Hill

Routing out from Redhill also depends on which runway is in use. Expect to go via Godstone VRP or the Motorway Junction VRP. 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 to Biggin Hill it is 047 degrees, but expect to route out via one of the local VRPs.

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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