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Club Events - Galway Bay
From Galway back to Gloucestershire
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Club Events - Galway Bay
From Galway back to Gloucestershire
 Briefing Tuesday 3rd October 2006
Start Time and Place 18:30 zulu - The Galway Flying Club parking area at Galway
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 45 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 1 hr 40 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 Galway direct to Waterford, across the Irish Sea to Haverfordwest, and then over south Wales to Gloucestershire.
Members may choose to touch and go or land for a short break at either or both waypoints.
Club members will find more information in the Events forum.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan should show: departure = EICM, destination = EGBJ, alternate = EGBP, route = EICM DCT EIWF DCT STU DCT EGFE DCT EGBJ, 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.

Galway to Waterford

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to WTD 368.0, 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. After take off, track 142 for 95nm to arrive at Waterford.

Waterford to Haverfordwest

Set radios: ADF = HAV 328.0, and NAV1 = STU 113.10. The direct track from Waterford to Strumble Head is 105 degrees and the distance is 76nm. The southern coast of Ireland will be on the left for the first part of this leg, and the Welsh coast should appear on the right shortly before reaching Strumble Head. From Strumble Head, track 169 for 10nm to reach Haverfordwest.

Haverfordwest to Gloucestershire

Set radios: ADF = GST 331.0, NAV1 = GOS 115.55.
Track 093 degrees for 104nm, flying over the south of Wales, passing Carmarthen, then over the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons National Park. The highest point is 2907 feet, so be prepared to climb to a safe altitude above that.

Divert to Kemble

If you have to divert to Kemble, track 167 for 14nm.

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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