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Club Events - Cornish Riviera
Bodmin and South West Coast Path
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Club Events - Cornish Riviera
Bodmin and South West Coast Path
 Briefing Tuesday 24th April 2007  
Mini-Event This is a mini-event, and this briefing does not contain as much detail as our full events.
We do not expect to get local ATC coverage, but hope to have London Information for a flight information service.
Recommended Scenery We suggest that you download and install the following scenery addons by Gerry Winskill, which are available from Avsim, if you don't already have them.
  1. UK Air Nav Obstacles
  2. UK Airfield Pylons
  3. UK Fuel Storage
  4. UK Ports
  5. UK Refineries
  6. All the Farm Strips
  7. UK VRPs are available from the club web site here
We may or may not visit any or all of the above, but if you install them we do not have to worry about whether to use them or not.
It's your choice whether to stop or do a touch and go at any farm strips we pass.
Start Time and Place 18:30 to 19:00 zulu - The Apron at Bodmin
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 40 mins.
Cruising at 170 knots, it will take about 25 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.
Routing Overview The route will take us south-east from Bodmin to the south coast then west along the coast to Fowey, from where we follow the South West Coast Path as far as St Mawes, before turning back inland to make our way back to Bodmin. You may choose to go only as far as Mevagissy before turning for your return to Bodmin, in which case you may choose not to go over Truro, but head directly for St Dennis.

Flight Plan

Your flight plan from Bodmin should show: departure = EGLA, destination = EGLA, alternate = EGHD, Trenderway Farm - Fowey - St Austell - St Mawes - Truro - St Dennis - Roche - Woodlands Farm
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 destination, EGHD Plymouth is 21 nm east of Bodmin.

Bodmin to St Mawes

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your transponder to 7000. Set the local QNH by pressing the 'B' key. After take off, make contact with London Information for a Flight Information Service. The heading is 152 to get to Trenderway Farm. If you have trouble finding it, try using the NDB on 883.4 to locate it. From the farm head 257 towards Fowey, or simply follow the south coast. From Fowey it's 287 to St Austell. You may see the site of the Eden Project off to your right as you approach St Austell. It's a giant 50 metres deep disused quary in which three giant greenhouses, called Biodomes have been built and stocked with plants from around the world, maintained in different environmental conditions, as well as a large outdoor area. More details at the Eden Project web site.
From St Austell we turn southwards heading 192 for Mevagissy, a quaint old fishing village. Shortly after St Austell we should make contact with the Culdrose Naval Air Base to inform them of our intentions, and request permission to enter the restricted zone, but it is unlikely to be manned for us.
From Mevagissy we make for Doddmans Point on heading 206, and then 249 to reach St Mawes.

St Mawes to Bodmin

From St Mawes we turn back towards the north heading 352 to the city of Truro, the adminstrative centre of Cornwall. The name Truro comes from tri-veru which means three rivers. The beautiful cathedral is quite recent, only completed in 1910.
Heading 049 we're going to try to find the village of St Dennis, then 056 to Roche, and 044 to the nearby Woodlands farm strip. The special NDB at Woodlands is on 883.5.
From Woodlands it's heading 058 to get back to Bodmin, which should be in sight as it's only about 7nm away.

Divert to Plymouth

If you have to divert to EGHD Plymouth, you will find the airfield 21nm heading 108. The Plymouth NDB is on 396.5.
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.
Acknowledgments Suggestion and routing by Richard Sinclair
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