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Southwest tour leg two - Exeter to St Marys and return
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Club Events - Isles of Scilly
Southwest tour leg two - Exeter to St Marys and return Briefing by Tony Driver
 Briefing Thursday 20th April 2006
Start Time and Place 18:30 to 19:00 zulu - The Grass Parking Area at Exeter.
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 2 hr 25 mins.
Cruising at 170 knots, it will take about 1 hr 30 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 Topsham VRP then south west towards Yelverton Roundabout north of Plymouth, over St Austell, Truro, and Redruth to Lands End, and then out over the sea to St Mary's on the Scilly Isles. We need a quick turn round to start the return trip along the same route.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan from Exeter should show: departure = EGTE, destination = EGHE, alternate = EGHC, route = Topsham VRP - Yelverton Roundabout VRP - Lands End VOR - EGHC and comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB
For the return to Exeter: departure = EGHE, destination = EGTE, alternate = EGTU, route = EGHC - Lands End VOR - Yelverton Roundabout VRP - Topsham VRP
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.

Exeter to Lands End

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to PY 396.5, and NAV1 radio to I-PLY 109.50 for the DME, NAV1 standby to LND 114.20, 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 reference to the noise abatement procedures - from runway 26 climb to 1000 feet then turn left to 220 before reaching the city; from runway 08 climb to 1500 feet before turning back to 260. Follow the M5 to its crossing with the river Exe to find the Topsham VRP.

From Topsham we need to track 246 degrees for 25 nm to the Yelverton Roundabout VRP, which is located 4nm from Plymouth on 028 degrees. We don't have time to stop at Plymouth, but a touch and go is possible if the airfield is manned. We will be coming back and spending more time here with Pete Chapman next week.

The next leg is 62nm on 255 to the Lands End VOR already set on NAV1. After 5nm we cross the river Tamar into Cornwall. Another 22 nm takes us to St Austell, passing over the site of the Eden Project, a giant 50 metres deep disused quary in which three giant greenhouses have been built and stocked with plants from around the world, maintained in different environmental conditions, as well as a large outdoor area. More details at the Eden Project web site.

Over St Austell we should make contact with the Culdrose Naval Air Base for permission to transit the restricted zone, but it is unlikely to be manned for us. From St Austell it is 11nm to the city of Truro, the adminstrative centre of Cornwall. The name Truro comes from tri-veru which means three rivers. The beautiful cathedral is quite recent, only completed in 1910.

From Truro it is another 23nm to the Lands End VOR, passing over Redruth. I have a bad memory of Redruth - it is where my wife developed a sudden, really bad nose bleed. We were on holiday touring around Cornwall, and had stopped in the new Tesco supermarket garage to fill up with petrol when it happened. The local First Aider was very kind, but couldn't stop the flow. They called an ambulance, and the paramedics eventually got it under control before taking her to the hospital in Truro. Apparently Truro is the only emergency department in the whole of Cornwall. After waiting for a couple of hours, with no further problem, we decided to return to our holiday B&B. We were due to drive home the next day.

From the Lands End VOR, Lands End airport is 2.5nm at 220 degrees. It is unlikely to be manned, so land or touch and go at pilot's discretion. There are four grass runways, giving eight landing directions from which to choose. If you are unsure of the wind direction, press shift-Z to display it, and choose the most appropriate, bearing in mind runway length and width.

Lands End to St Mary's

Set radios ADF = STM 321.0 and leave NAV1 = LND 114.20. The NDB has a range of only 15nm, and there is no DME facility on the Scilly Isles, but we can use the distance and direction from the LND VOR, to stay on the defined track: 256 degrees at 27nm takes us to the Round Island lighthouse. We need to go north after take off before turning to track the 256 degree radial from LND. Just about 2nm short of Round Island is St Martin's Head VRP on our left as we approach the Scilly Isles. From the VRP, St Mary's is 3nm on 202 degrees. Land here and take a well deserved rest. Note that runway 15/33 is only 600m long and 23m wide so take care.

Together with other desirable resorts, the Scillies are attracting a large number of second house buyers. This is putting property prices beyond the reach of local people, including school teachers and others providing a service to the community. Bishop Bill from Truro has been raising this concern before parliament in the House of Lords.

Divert to Lands End

If for any reason you are unable to land at St Mary's, you should divert back to Lands End.

Return to Exeter

I am leaving you to decide your own return route to Exeter. It is not difficult to fly back along the same route, but you might decide to try something a bit different. However, don't go too far off that route, otherwise you might find Exeter has closed when you get there.
Don't forget to file a new Flight Plan before leaving St Mary's, reversing the waypoints.

Divert to Dunkeswell

If you have to divert to EGTU 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 112.05 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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