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Homeward bound
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Club Events - Isle of Man Return
Homeward bound Briefing by Tony Driver
 Briefing Tuesday 21st February 2006
Start Time and Place 19:30 to 20:00 zulu - In front of the maintenance hangars off taxiway E at EGNS Ronaldsway IOM.
Departure and Duration We will depart when ready for the return trip. The times do not include time spent on the ground.
If cruising at 105 knots, it will take about 1 hr 45 mins.
If cruising at 180 knots, it will take about 1 hr.
Weather ...or not Before starting we will check the weather en route. If it is unsuitable for our trip as planned, then we will fix it. Something we can do in the simulator - wouldn't it be nice if we could do it in real life!
FSInn has a "CAVOK" button. Click this and you get calm clear weather. Note that it resets the default the barometric pressure 1032 as well.
Those using SB3 will need to turn off the on-line weather updates, and select calm in the FS weather options.
Routing Overview The route will take us out over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Anglesey. If RAF Valley is manned, then land there and take a short break before continuing down the Welsh coast and then across Wales to Welshpool. From Welshpool we will head for Shobdon, and from there to Gloucestershire.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan should show: departure = EGNS, destination = EGBJ, alternate = EGBW or EGBP, route = DCT EGOV DCT Aberdovey DCT EGCW DCT EGBS, and comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB
All bearings and headings given in the briefing below are magnetic, and no allowance has been made for any cross wind.
Airfield charts and information are available from the AIS web site.
Don't forget to include those your alternate destination.

Ronaldsway to RAF Valley

On this leg we will fly direct to the Point Lynas NDB, which is on the north east corner of the Isle of Anglesey. File your flight plan. Set your radios ADF = PS 304.0, NAV1 to VYL 108.40 and your transponder to 7000. Set the local 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 your turn to the south. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway. After take off, unless instructed otherwise, turn to the south to depart the zone. Set your heading to allow for the wind and maintain a track 180 degrees until the Point Lynas NDB comes in range. When it is in range, head for the Point Lynas NDB. This will be 150 - 170 degrees depending on wind drift. The sea crossing is about 40 nm, and the total distance is about 53 nm. On reaching the Point Lynas NDB, turn towards RAF Valley on 230 degrees. Request and follow the joining instructions.

If there is an RAF Valley Approach controller we can expect to get LARS cover both over the Irish Sea and going south after leaving again - request Radar Information Service (RIS). If no Approach controller, we are hoping to get a Tower controller this time. Make contact with Tower after leaving Point Lynas, or as instructed by Approach, if they are both active.

RAF Valley to Welshpool

On this leg I intend that we use a different route from our outbound trip, going Peter's way, down the coast to Aberdovey before turning inland. This way we do not need to go above 3000 feet, or can stay lower if we can see well enough to avoid the high ground. Set radios ADF = CAE 320.0, changing to WPL 323.0 as we go down the Welsh coast, NAV1 = VYL 108.40, and NAV1 standby = WPL 115.95 which is DME only.

After departing from RAF Valley turn south towards the southern tip of the Isle of Anglesey, and over the Menai Strait to Caernarfon airfield. Cut across the Lleyn Peninsular to Tremadog Bay, passing Portmeirion on our left. Follow the coast passing Llanbedr Airfield, cross the Barmouth inlet and continue south to Aberdovey, where we turn east towards Welshpool. The track from Aberdovey to Welshpool is 090 degrees and the distance is 32 nm. Don't forget to change your ADF and NAV1 to WPL to confirm any correction we need to make for the wind drift.

Welshpool to Shobdon

As we approach Welshpool, set radios ADF = SH 426.0 and NAV1 = WPL 115.95.
The direct track from Welshpool to Shobdon is 163 degrees and the distance is 25 nm. There are no obvious landmarks on this section, so we may need to use the NDB to confirm our track. We get close to some high ground on each side as we leave the Welshpool area, so take care not to fly too low. The MSA is 2700 feet to give the required 1000 feet clearance.

Shobdon to Gloucestershire

Set radios ADF = GST 331.0, and NAV1 radio to GOS 115.55. Gloucestershire is 33.5 nm from Shobdon at 135 degrees. About 8 nm from Shobdon we pass over a lake in a loop in the river where the railway line goes through a tunnel. After another 9 nm we cross the railway line heading into Ledbury off to our left. When we see the M50 junction ahead there's about 10 nm to run. It is time to call Gloucester Approach if not already in contact. Expect an overhead join - cross the threshold in the circuit direction at 2000 feet above the airfield and call overhead. Descend on the dead side to circuit height before crossing back over close to the far end, and turn onto the downwind leg. Call downwind, call final, land and taxi as directed to the CIX Flying Club hangar.

Divert to Alternate

I will leave you to plan your own route to your chosen alternate airfield.
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 and know how to use a Teamspeak mute switch.
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