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High above the valleys
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Club Events - South Wales Mystery Tour
High above the valleys
 Briefing Tuesday 24th April 2007  
Summary This a mystery trip around South Wales and I hope you don't think the following is a lot of hot air? It has been designed for pilots of ALL abilities and regardless of what scenery they have installed. It is basically a route planning and Navex so you can fly whatever aircraft you like but bear in mind there is some work to do. You need to be fast sometimes and slow at others. You need to download and install one small file which can be downloaded as follows:
Which Sim? For FS9 with photographic scenery (this file should work with FSX with photographic scenery, but has not been tested),
or
For FS9 or FSX with default scenery.
Useful/Essential Scenery These files are by courtesy of  Pete Chapman and my thanks to him.
The following files, all by Gerry Winskill, and all available at the VFR Addons page, are also highly recommended:

UK ANO Vols 1 & 2
UK Pylons
UK Fuel Storage Depots ( and the fix)
UK Ports
UK Refineries
Event Outline It may at first glance appear complicated but I can assure it is not. Get out your charts and go through it again and you will see what I mean. I did a trial run and its fine.

Fly to each of the locations and on the marker you will find the answer to the questions given below. The markers will be self evident when you see them. To help locate the markers you may find it useful to have a pair of binoculars on the seat next to you. To foil the clever clogs who will work out how to do it without a chart or will know some of the answers anyway you will also see a letter on each marker. Make a note of the letter as well as the answer.

The letters when rearranged will give you the name of a well know airfield. I know some of you don't like anagrams but it will be glaringly obvious when you see it.

It will be in your best interests to check out ALL the markers!!!!

The distance is about 244 miles, but that is a [very] rough calculation [as the crow flies] on my part so you will need a good couple of hours [C172] excluding your stop over at Cardiff. Depends of course on what aircraft you intend to fly.

If you do not have so much as a chart e-mail me [see my entry in the members list] and I will be able to point you in the right direction.

Do this on the date specified if you can because on that date both EGBJ and EGFF will be manned so you will also get some A.T.C practice. If you can't well no matter you can fly the route whenever.

CARDIFF It will be in your best interests to check out Cardiff vfr arrival and departure routes. May I recommend that you check out Wycliffe Barretts website at wycliffebarrett.co.uk. Here you will find all the info you need.

NAVIGATION

No winners and no losers.
However for a bit of competitiveness how about keeping a log of your distance flown and in what time and then we can compare.

Leg 1: Depart Gloucester (EGBJ) and fly west to Hay on Wye to see who owned a bookshop here?
Leg 2: From Hay travel south to Morriston where the DVLA is situated. Morriston is not actually on the chart but look for Clydach between junctions 46 and 45 on the M4 which is north of Swansea. (The service station is at junction 47). Just south of junction 46 you will find the DVLA.  Check out the registration number.
Leg 3: Now head on down south to Port Eynon. Whose hole is it? While your there why not have a look around the beautiful Gower Peninsula.
Leg 4: To the NE of Port Eynon is Port Talbot. Have a look around the west side of the beach to see where I worked many years ago.
Leg 5: Now a leisurely run along the coast to the sands at Porthcawl to find the worlds biggest WHAT?
Leg 6: Now we have a a problem. You spent too much time admiring the views and have run low on fuel. Luckily however Cardiff is just a short hop away. Contact Cardiff to land and refuel. Check out the GA parking area to see how much fuel you can take on.
Leg 7: Refreshed? Ok leave Cardiff and go north to Pontypridd to find out who was born here.
Leg 8: Then on to Merthyr Tydfil, where just a couple of miles north of Merthyr you will find a well known railway.
Leg 9: After Merthyr turn to the east towards Chepstow. Between the river and the A48 you will find a well known Abbey.
Leg 10: Now head north to Monmouth and is this really a military place of worship?
Leg 11: From Monmouth head back to Gloucester (EGBJ). Land and head straight for the bar to work out the anagram.
Here is an incentive for those who like a bit of competition. The quickest will win a 14 day all expenses paid holiday to anywhere in the world in a private aircraft of your choice .You will of course be able to take the left hand seat and as a bonus you get to keep the aircraft at the end of your holiday.

The shortest route will win a 14 day all expenses paid holiday to Bill Gates home. During your stay he will give you a completely reworked edition of FSX that has the most stunning graphics and runs better than FS9 on even the crappiest pc.

And if you are lucky enough to be the fastest AND take the shortest route you will win a 28 day self catering holiday at Port Talbot steel works.

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.
Note The original plan was put together by David Humble from the CAA chart of Southern England. The headings and notes are based on what I could get from the charts and Pooleys Flight Guide. The notes are based on what I would be looking for if I was to do the flight for real.
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