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Start of a four leg Southwest tour
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Club Events - To Exeter
Start of a four leg Southwest tour Briefing by Tony Driver
 Briefing Thursday 13th April 2006
Start Time and Place 18:30 to 19:00 zulu - The Grass Apron parking area at Biggin Hill.
Departure and Duration We will depart in ones or twos when ready. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 105 knots, it will take about 1 hr 45 mins.
Cruising at 170 knots, it will take about 1 hr 5 mins.
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.
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 over the Sevenoaks VRP then south around Gatwick along the north edge of the South Downs to Southampton. Then to the south of Bournemouth Hurn airport, along the south coast avoiding the military restricted areas, to Sidmouth, and Exeter.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan should show: departure = EGKB, destination = EGTE, alternate = EGTU, route = Sevenoaks VRP - Bewl Water - Lewes VRP - Washington VRP - Bishops Waltham VRP - EGHI - Totton VRP - Hengistbury Head VRP - Sandbanks VRP - Dorchester - Lyme Regis - Sidmouth - EGTE, 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.
The alternate destination, EGTU Dunkeswell is 14 nm NE of Exeter. It has no radio navigation aids.

Biggin Hill to Southampton

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to EAS 391.5, and NAV1 radio to BIG 115.10 for the DME, NAV1 standby to SAM 113.35, 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 a turn to the east for 4 nm before turning towards South. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway.
From runway 21, a left turn to 105 after 2nm, or from runway 03, a right turn to 140 after 1.5nm will take you towards the Sevenoaks VRP, which 7nm from BIG.
At Sevenoaks, turn right to 152, towards Bewl Water 14nm away, which is easy to locate.
Over Bewl Water turn right to 230, towards Lewes VRP, which is in a small valley on the edge of the South Downs, about 18nm from Bewl Water.
Turn right again before Lewes to follow the northern edge of the South Downs to the west, passing north of Brighton and Hove. As you cross the A23 London to Brighton main road, you might be able to see the village of Hurstpierpoint, where I spent several holidays just after WW2 staying with an aunt and uncle.
Continuing along the northern edge of the South Downs, we pass the seaside resort of Worthing off to our left, as we cross over the Washington Intersection VRP where the A24 London to Worthing main road crosses the A283.
Next we cross the river Arun, which runs down to Arundel, and Littlehampton.
Shortly after that the coast starts to turn further away from us at Bognor Regis, north of which is the now disused RAF Tangmere, a famous WW2 airfield, where I had the good fortune to be stationed for a while in 1962 not long before it was closed. Just beyond Tangmere is the Goodwood Racecourse. From here we have about 16nm to go before reaching the Bishops Waltham VRP. So make contact with Solent Radar for clearance to enter the Southampton zone. Follow instructions to join the circuit and land for a well deserved rest break.
I lived in Chandlers Ford not far from Eastleigh Airport for 17 years from early in 1971. During the 1970s I flew as a passenger several times from Southampton, going to Amsterdam, Glasgow, or Jersey. One return flight from Glasgow got a bit scary - during the ILS descent through poor visibility, heavy rain, and strong gusty winds it was like riding blindfold a bucking bronco! Also, Southampton received the diverted, decompressed twin jet with the pilot hanging half out of a lost side section of windscreen. Apparently an engineer had replaced it using the wrong screws, which were too short, and they gave way under the pressure difference. Fortunately the Flight Engineer managed to catch hold and hang onto the pilots legs as he was sucked out, but was unable to pull him back inside. The co-pilot managed a very rapid descent and landed safely with the pilot hanging out of the missing panel, and the Flight Engineer still hanging on to the pilot.

Southampton to Exeter

Set radios NAV1 = CLN 114.55. The direct track from Southend to Clacton is 055 degrees and the distance is 20 nm. Take off from Southampton and exit the zone as directed via Totton or Romsey VRP.
From Totton turn left to 210, or from Romsey turn left to 200, and head for the coast just short of the Bournemouth zone. Here we are passing over the New Forest - it's been "new" for a long time now. It was created in 1079 by William the Conqueror. For more details visit New Forest web site.
To stay clear of the Bournemouth zone you need to fly just off the coast to Hengistbury Head and then Sandbanks VRP. Keep an eye out for my younger daughter Sally who lives and works in the Bournemouth area.
After Sandbanks we start getting into danger zones - there are some restricted areas both off shore and on. Tracking precisely 277 degrees from Sandbanks for 37nm will take you over Wareham and Dorchester - Thomas Hardy's Casterbridge. Also famous for Judge Jeffries Bloody Assizes, and the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. To your left you will see Weymouth and Isle of Portland. If you want to practice short field operations, try the Portland Naval base. It's actually a helicopter field, but it has a very short runway with sea at each end.
Continue from Dorchester on your heading 277 to the point where the coast line reaches its northern most point. It is here that two restricted zones almost meet. It's a tight squeeze, so be careful. The coast line marks the edge of the off shore zone. When you reach that point on the coast, just short of Lyme Regis, turn to 275 directly towards Exeter on 274 degrees for a further 19nm. If not already in contact with Exeter, call now for instructions on zone entry, and joining the circuit.

Divert to Dunkeswell

If you have to divert to Dunkeswell, you will find the airfield 10nm north east of Exeter. According to Pooley's it is located at BHD 112.05 026 29.5, which means 29.5nm from the BHD VOR on the 026 degrees radial. Alternatively, follow the M5 motorway to the Collumpton VRP at the road junction, and then turn east.
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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