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Club Events - Cheltenham Gold Cup Outbound
From Barton across the Irish Sea to Weston Airport Dublin
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Club Events - Cheltenham Gold Cup Outbound
From Barton across the Irish Sea to Weston Airport Dublin Briefing by: Tony Driver.
  Briefing Monday 10th March 2008  
Start Time and Place 19:30 zulu - The Aircraft parking area near the control tower at Barton. Members should have arrived here during the previous week, and be ready for departure.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 155 nm. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 105 knots, the flight will take about 1 hr 30 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 55 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 round to the north of Liverpool to the Seaforth VRP, then following the coast, cross the Mersey and Dee estuaries, along the north Wales coast, to the north of Angelsey, before crossing the Irish Sea to Dublin.
Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
Flight Plan Your flight plan should show: departure = EGCB, destination = EIWT, alternate = EIDW, route = Junc M6/M58 VRP - Seaforth VRP - Prestatyn - Llandudno - Point Lynas - LIFFY - Baily Light House - Chimneys VRP, 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.
More information is available from the Irish AIP web site. In particular, you should take a good look at, and perhaps print a copy of the Dublin Visual Approach Chart - EIDW AD 2.24-28. It needs to be printed on two pages to make it usable.
Don't forget to include information for your alternate destination, in case you need to divert.
Two spreadsheets have been prepared, with Flight Plans for different cruising speeds: one for a Cessna 172, and the other for a Beech Baron 58. Each covers both the outbound and return flights.

Barton 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 to the north west, to the motorway junction M6/M58. Your track from Barton is 292 for 12nm, following the canal and the M6 motorway to the M6/M58 Junction VRP. Turn left to 253 for 13nm 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 244 for 16nm to Prestatyn, then 274 for 15nm to Llandudno, and then 293 for 18nm to Point Lynas, which is on the north east coast of Anglesey. You can make use of the ADF to check your track towards Point Lynas.

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 NAV1 = WST 114.70, and NAV2 = DUB 114.90.
Track 278 degrees for 42nm to LIFFY, which is a point on the border between the London FIR and the Shannon FIR. LIFFY is on the straight line between Point Lynas and Dublin, 29nm short of Dublin VOR - check your DME on NAV2.
From LIFFY, track 256 degrees for 21nm to the Baily Light House on the south eastern point of the Howth Head Peninsula.
Next we head 259 for 5nm to reach the Pigeon House Chimneys VRP. This is where your NAV1 will be useful - it shows the way to Weston, and its DME shows how far to go.
It should be 277 degrees for 11nm to arrive at Weston. You may be asked to report passing Heuston Station, which is 7nm from Weston.
You may be asked to hold at the Palmerstown Roundabout, which is just north of your direct track at 4nm from Weston. The area chart shows the hold pattern.
Note that this route crosses EIP11 vertical limit 1000ft AMSL, and is close to EIP18 vertical limit 550ft. Exercise caution accordingly. You may be told to descend below 1000ft before reaching Heuston Station.
Land at Weston, clear customs, and make contact with your passengers. You can expect them to be in a good mood looking forward to their trip to Cheltenham.

Divert to Dublin

If you have to divert to Dublin, from Weston, track 068 for 9nm, or follow NAV2, unless instructed otherwise.

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.
The document covers the use of VORs for direction and distance measurements as well.

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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