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Club Events - Around Oxfordshire
 Briefing Tuesday 6th June 2006
Start Time and Place 18:30 to 19:00 zulu - The CIX Hangar at Gloucestershire.
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 20 mins.
Cruising at 170 knots, it will take about 50 mins.
PIREPS Keep note of the times of each take off and landing, and use these to complete a Pilot Report after your flight.
In the club forum, select PROFILE, and then "PIREPS Reports".
Reports can be seen on the club web site by clicking on your name in the Member List.
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 on a tour of some of the interesting little airfields in and around Oxfordshire. Starting from Gloucester, we visit Little Rissington, Enstone, Finmere, Oxford Kidlington, and then route back via Didcot and the Ridgeway, with a final pit stop at Oaksey Park before returning to Gloucester.
Distances are short enough that radio navigation should be unnecessary, but if you need them, there are NDBs at Gloucester (GST 331.0 DME: GOS 115.55) and Oxford (OX 367.5 DME: OX 117.70), and a VOR at Compton (CPT 114.35)

Flight Plan

Your flight plan from Gloucestershire should show: departure = EGBJ, destination = EGBJ, alternate = EGBW, route = Little Rissington - Enstone - Finmere - EGTK - Didcot - EGTW, 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.

Gloucester to Little Riss

EGBJ Gloucester to Little Rissington: HDG 099 DIST 18
Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF and NAV radios as required, and your transponder to 7000. Don't forget to set mode 'C' before taking the runway. Set the local QNH by pressing the 'B' key.
Follow ATC instructions for departure from Gloucester to the East. The flight will take you past Cheltenham and over the Cotswolds. If London Information is online, change to his frequency for a Flight Information Service. Little Riss (AKA "Rissy") was one of many airfields built during the late 1930s in preparation for WWII. It's mission was as a flying training school and maintenance/storage facility. At 700ft AMSL, it's also one of the highest mainland RAF stations ever built. Nowadays it's disused except at weekends, when it's used for glider flying.
Select the most advantageous runway for the wind condtitions, and announce all intentions on unicom (122.8) if London Information is not available. Either touch and go or make a full stop landing.

Little Riss to Enstone

Little Rissington to Enstone: HDG 072 DIST 10
Set your ADF and NAV radios as required.
A short 10 mile hop to the North East will bring us to Enstone. On the way, we'll pass the town of Chipping Norton, noted as the home of both Ronnie Barker and Jeremy Clarkson. Enstone is of course my real world flying base. The circuit is at 800ft QFE (1300ft QNH), to the North of the main runway 08-26. There is also a tighter 600ft microlight circuit should anybody be flying one. Stop off and taxi to the club house (south side at the 26 end of the runway), where there's tea, coffee and Mrs Miggins' finest chocolate cake.

Enstone to Finmere

Enstone to Finmere: HDG 081 DIST 14
Set your ADF and NAV radios as required.
Leaving Enstone, you'll pass the disused airfields of Upper Heyford and Barford St John, before approaching the market town of Bicester. Bicester airfield can clearly be seen as a large green field on the North side of town. It is an active glider field, although sadly not represented in FS. It's also one of the oldest surviving airfields in England.
Another of the wartime OTU bases, Finmere is now primarily used as a Sunday Market, although there is a microlight school based there. The surviving usable runway is short, and fenced off at each end, so pilots of faster heavier aircraft might not get in here.

Finmere to Oxford Kidlington

Finmere to EGTK Oxford: HDG 232 DIST 13
Set your ADF and NAV radios as required.
We start our return to Gloucester with a short trip to Kidlington. You could just track the OX NDB, but tht'll take you right through D129, the Weston on the Green Danger Area. If we have London Info online, they will be able to tell us if it is notified active. It's used for parachute training up to 8000ft, day and night, so if it's active, stay out! If there's no London Info, assume it is active.
The main runway at Oxford runs North-South, 01-19. It's also narrow, at only 18m wide. In theory, we could get coverage here, since Oxford has full ATC with both tower and approach positions, although I've never seen it manned on Vatsim.

Oxford Kidlington to Oaksey Park

Oxford to Didcot: HDG 174 DIST 13
Didcot to EGTW Oaksey Park: HDG 275 DIST 28
Set your ADF and NAV radios as required.
Depart Oxford to the South, taking care to remain outside the Brize Norton class D controlled airspace (it gets very close to Kidlington, particularly if departing from 19). If you track directly towards the CPT VOR, and don't deviate right of track, you should be alright. There is sometimes a Brize controller online, in which case you might even get a transit. We'll follow the A34 South, past Abingdon (RAF Abingdon is shown on the photo scenery, but not in FS. It's used by air cadets circuit training in motor gliders.) to Didcot. The power station cooling towers are a good landmark here. We'll turn right overhead the town, and initially follow the railway line West. To our left is the Ridgeway. You might catch a glimpse of the Uffington White Horse - from which the district gets its name - carved on the hillside. Pass North of Swindon, and take care not to enter RAF Fairford's ATZ.

Oaksey Park to Gloucester

EGTW Oaksey Park to EGBJ Gloucester: HDG 344 DIST 17
Set your ADF and NAV radios as required.
From here, Gloucester is just a short hop away...

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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