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Club Events - Galway Bay
From Liverpool across the water to the mystic west of Ireland
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Club Events - Galway Bay
From Liverpool across the water to the mystic west of Ireland
 Briefing Tuesday 26th September 2006
Start Time and Place 18:30 zulu - The General Aviation parking area at Liverpool. Members should have arrived here during the previous week, flying from Gloucestershire on Tuesday 19th, or from Biggin Hill on Thursday 21st.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 105 knots, the flight will take about 2 hrs.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 1 hr 15 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.
For the purists, it is possible to find a route which can be flown below 1500 feet, but it's not as interesting, and to simplify the plan we choose not to do so for this occasion.
Routing Overview The route will take us from Liverpool to the Seaforth VRP, then following the coast across the Mersey and the Dee estuaries, and along the north Wales coast, to the north of Angelsey, before crossing the Irish Sea to Dublin.
We will take a short break at Weston, the Dublin GA Airport, before continuing across Ireland to Galway.
Club members will find more information in the Events forum.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan should show: departure = EGGP, destination = EIWT, alternate = EIDW, route = Seaforth VRP DCT Prestatyn DCT Llandudno DCT LYNAS DCT BY, 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 for UK are available from the AIS web site. You need to register, but it's free.
Airfield charts and information for Ireland are available from the VATEIR web site.
Don't forget to include information for your alternate destination, in case you need to divert.

Liverpool to Seaforth

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to PS 304.0, the Point Lynas NDB, and NAV1 radio to WAL 114.10, 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. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway. Departure will be via one of the standard VFR departure routes, depending on the runway in use.
From runway 27, follow the river to the Seaforth VRP, track 324 for 10nm. From runway 09, track 057 for 4nm to reach the M57 motorway, then 332 for 8nm following the M57 motorway to Kirby VRP, then 263 for 6nm to the Seaforth VRP.

Seaforth to Point Lynas

Leave radios as set ADF = PS 304.0 and NAV1 = WAL 114.10. The direct track from Seaforth to Point Lynas is 274 degrees and the distance is 46nm. However, it is easier to follow the coast line, crossing the Mersey, and then the Dee estuary. Track 245 for 15nm to Prestatyn, then 271 for 16nm to Llandudno, and then 298 for 19nm to Point Lynas, which is on the north east coast of Anglesey.

Point Lynas to Weston

From Point Lynas, follow the northern coast of Anglesey before setting off across the Irish Sea to Dublin. As you reach Point Lynas NDB, change your radios. Set ADF = BY 289.0, NAV1 = WST 114.70, and NAV2 = DUB 114.90.
Track 272 degrees for 62nm keeping an eye on the ADF to reach the BY NDB. Then 261 for 5nm to the 3 Chimneys VRP, and then 285 for 11nm to arrive at Weston. Land at Weston and take a short break.

Divert to Dublin

If you have to divert to Dublin, track 068 for 9nm, or follow NAV2.

Weston to Galway

File a new flight plan showing: departure = EIWT, destination = EICM, alternate = EIMM, and route = EIWT DCT EIMM.
Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to CRN 321.0, NAV1 to CRN 110.00, NAV2 to SHA 113.3, 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. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway.

Divert to Shannon

If you have to divert to Shannon, track 186 for 36nm, or follow NAV2.

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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