The CIX VFR Club Baron over Ireland
Club Events - Gold Cup Return
From Weston Airport Dublin south and east over Wales to Gloucestershire
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From Weston Airport Dublin south and east over Wales to Gloucestershire Briefing by: Tony Driver.
  Briefing Tuesday 11th March 2008  
Start Time and Place 19:30 zulu - The General Aviation parking area at Weston.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 260nm if you choose to follow the coast of south Wales. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 105 knots, the flight will take about 2 hrs 30 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 1 hr 30 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 from Weston south east to the coast, south to Wexford, across the Irish Sea to Haverfordwest, and then along the south coast of Wales to Cardiff, and then up the river Severn to Gloucestershire.
Members may choose to touch and go or land for a short break at Haverfordwest and/or Cardiff, but this will add to the total time.
Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
Flight Plan Your flight plan should show: departure = EIWT, destination = EGBJ, alternate = EGBP, route = Killiney - Wicklow - Wexford - Strumble - Haverfordwest - Swansea - Cardiff Docks, 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.
Weston to Wexford Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to KLY 378.0, your NAV1 radio to WST 114.70, your NAV2 radio to STU 113.10 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 097 for 11nm to Pigeon House Chimneys on the coast, then turn to 149 towards Killiney. Use your ADF to check the correct heading.
Note that this route crosses EIP11 vertical limit 1000ft AMSL, and is close to EIP18 vertical limit 550ft. Exercise caution accordingly.
Wicklow is 17nm at 174 degrees, then it's 26nm at 198 degrees to Cahore Point, and a further 14nm at 202 degrees to Wexford Bay. Turn left on to your new course as you reach the Raven Point, the northern tip of Wexford Bay.
Wexford to Haverfordwest Set radios: ADF = HAV 328.0, and NAV1 = STU 113.10. The direct track from Wexford to Strumble Head is 117 degrees and the distance is 53nm. 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 115 degrees for 36nm to reach Swansea, then 106 degrees for 19nm to reach the edge of the Cardiff zone at the M4 Junction 36 VRP. Continue north of the Cardiff zone to the Cardiff Docks VRP
From Cardiff Docks, head 067 degrees for 21nm following the Severn estuary to the Old Severn Bridge. Continue up the river at 035 degrees for 14nm to the Severn Bends, and then 067 degrees for 11nm to Gloucestershire Airfield.
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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