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Southwest tour leg three - Exeter to Lundy Island and return
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Club Events - Lundy Island
Southwest tour leg three - Exeter to Lundy Island and return Briefing by Pete Chapman
 Briefing Thursday 27th April 2006
Start Time and Place 19:30 to 20:00 zulu - The 'revetments' located on the far side of the airfield and lying along the inside edge of taxiway E at Exeter Airport 
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 30 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, it will take about 56 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.  In FSInn click the "CAVOK" button and you get calm clear weather.  If using  SB3, you 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 Torquay and Paignton to the Berry Head VOR.  From there we will route along the coast to Start Point, before turning inland to the Ivy Bridge VOR,  followed by an approach into Plymouth City Airport for a 'full stop ' landing or a 'Touch & Go' at pilot discretion.

From Plymouth we route out over the River Tamar, into Cornwall and down to Bodmin, and from there head North  out to the North Cornwall coast at Tintagel,  where we make a turn to starboard and follow the coast up to Hartland Point. A turn to port here,  takes us out across Bideford Bay for a short field landing on Lundy Island.  After a short break, it's back to the mainland, re-crossing the coast at Westward Ho!, and on to Exeter routing via a "Touch and Go" at Belle Vue Farm and the Crediton VRP.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan should show: departure = EGTE,  destination = EGTE, alternate = EGTU, route = EGTE, Berry Head, Ivy Bridge VRP, EGHD, Saltash VRP- DCT EGLA -  Lundy - Belle Vue Farm - Crediton VRP - 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, Dunkeswell, is 10 nm NE of Exeter. It has two runways, 05/23 (968 x 46 Asphalt) and 17/35 (644 x 33 Asphalt).

Plymouth City

Before departure, file your flight plan, set the local QNH by pressing the 'B' key and set VOR to Berry Head (112.05).  Contact ATC and follow instructions for taxy to the runway in use.  Squawk Mode C on taking up the runway.

If runway 08 is in use, a right turn to a heading of 200 degrees after 1.5 miles will set you on your way to the Berry Head VOR which is at 23.3 nm, while from runway 26, the turn is to the left and a heading of 190 degrees with the VOR at 19.7 miles.
After take off,  the first major landmark that we will see is the River Exe, from which the City of Exeter takes it's  name and,  as we cross the river we will have the village of Lympstone, the Royal Marine training depot, slightly to our left.  Keeping the heading we pass between the towns of Teignmouth on the coast, and Newton Abbot a few miles inland, and on to the 'English Riviera', the towns of Torquay and Paignton and beyond them, the Berry Head VOR.

At this point, instead of heading out to sea, and wet feet, we will turn to starboard and follow the coast past Sharkham Point, Scabbacombe Head and the mew Stone to Start Point.  As we near the point we will cross Start Bay.
It was in this bay during World War II, that 749 American sailors and soldiers lost their lives while taking part in "Exercise Tiger", a practice landing on Slapton Sands in preparation for the 'D' Day landings, when their landing craft were attacked by nine German 'E' boats which were on a routine patrol from their base at Cherbourg.

From Start Point we turn inland on a heading of 321 degrees towards the Ivy Bridge VRP which is at a range of 14.5nm.   From the Ivy bridge VRP, Plymouth City Airport is at 7.5nm on a heading of 292 degrees.
Plymouth City
Leaving Plymouth City Airport from runway 31, a left turn to 257 degrees after 1.5 nm will take you towards the Saltash VRP. From there, Bodmin is about 16nm at 293 degrees.  From runway 13, a right turn after 1.5nm to 283 degrees puts the Saltash VRP at approximately 7nm.

As we approach Saltash VRP, we will cross the River Tamar, the natural border between the counties of Devon and Cornwall. On the nearside bank of the river, we will have Devonport Royal Dockyard to port.  Although being the youngest Naval Dockyard, only dating back to 1694, it is also the largest Naval Dockyard and Marine Engineering complex in Western Europe.  This yard also contains the last working gallows left in the country, although it was last used during the wars with France between 1795 and 1815.  Devonport is the home to the largest ship in the fleet, HMS Ocean, and this ship can be seen as a white smudge against the northern most wharf of the dockyard on the Get Mapping Photographic scenery.

There are two bridges crossing the Tamar between Plymouth to Saltash, the road bridge completed in 1961, and alongside it the Tamar rail bridge designed and built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, which still carries rail traffic from Penzance to Plymouth and the remainder of the country.

From the Saltash VRP we must climb to a minimum safe altitude of 3790' Amsl for the run across Bodmin Moor to Bodmin for a 'full stop' landing or 'touch and go' at pilots discretion.


From Bodmin, we head 348 degrees towards the North Cornish coast at Tintagel famous for it's mysterious links with Tristan and Isolt, King Mark, Uther Pendragon, Merlin the Magician and King Arthur. At Tintagel we make another turn to the right and follow the coast past the village of Boscastle, the scene of the devastating flash flood of 2004, and home to the Museum of Witchcraft. We continue along the coastline past Bude, and carry on to Hartland Point, or "Herculis promontorium" the name given on Ptolemy's Roman map of Great Britain.

A turn to 335 degrees at this point will take us to Lundy Island, which lies in the Bristol Channel, about 11 miles off the coast of North Devon. Three miles long and half a mile wide, it rises 400 feet above sea level and is a place of outstanding natural beauty, with tremendous views of England, Wales and the Atlantic. There are three lighthouses (two in use), a castle, church, shop, tavern, working farm, several houses and cottages and a population of about 18.

Lundy was amongst the many islands off the west coast of Britain which were known to the Celts as 'Isles of the Dead', being  regarded as holy islands which formed gateways to the Otherworld, and to which the illustrious dead were ferried, "There to be buried with solemn rite amid the spirits of their forefathers".

The island has a 400m grass runway, although Lockyears reports that it is 200m, and says that the approaches are open, with no obstructions (except for sheep) and  that the surface is "rough with rabbit holes and rocks".  The good news is that there is a "Conspicuous old lighthouse just south of the strip".

If you make it in one piece, I suggest a quick break for a soothing cup of tea and a change of underwear.


After take-off from Lundy Island,  a heading of 125 degrees will take you back to the mainland, crossing the coast at Westward Ho! .  Here, a few years ago, we would have been dodging the Hawks flying in and out of RAF Chivenor.  The base is now occupied by the Royal Marines, and the airfield is much quieter nowadays, the only resident aircraft being two search and rescue Sea King helicopters of 'A' Flight of No. 22 Sqn. RAF, and the Vigilant T1 motor gliders of No. 624 Volunteer Gliding School.

Continue on heading to the farm strip of Belle Vue which is approximately 25 miles from Lundy.  Belle Vue has a grass runway ( 08/26) 625 mtrs in length.  It can be found by its close proximity to Huntshawe mast which rises to 1193' Amsl, located just to the North of the airfield.  Again, pilots can make a 'full stop' landing or a 'touch and go' at their own discretion.

From Belle View set a heading of 134 degrees, which after approximately 17 miles will bring you to the Crediton VRP.  From Crediton, Exeter is at 9.7 miles on a heading of 118 degrees.

Pooley's states in respect of Exeter airport that, "Unless instructed otherwise by ATC, inbound aircraft shall maintain as high an altitude as practicable and shall maintain at least 1000' aal, until commencing descent on final approach".

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.

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.
Scenery Files
For this flight (and indeed all of the flights taking place during the clubs visit to the South West), I recommend the use of the following scenery add-ons:

"SW England Scenery" by Nick Ryall and available at : . This might be payware but it's is very good value for money.  However, both and also have Nicks scenery listed as free-ware, although if I remember correctly, these are limited demo versions for FS2002.  However, I'm sure I have used them in FS9 before I purchased the full version.

"UK Farm Strips Volume 1"  by Gerry Winskill available from :-  Gerry's scenery files bring those hard to find farm strips to life.

"Air Navigation Obstacles Parts 1 and 2"  Also by Gerry Winskill and available from :-

"UK VRP Beacons" ( by Martin A McCormick and available on the Cix "Downloads" page or at
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