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Club Events - Normandy Property Show
From Shoreham to Le Havre Octeville
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Club Events - Normandy Property Show
From Shoreham to Le Havre Octeville Briefing by: Tony Driver.
  Briefing Wednesday 30th April 2008  
Introduction Following the Normandy Property Show, being held at Shoreham on Sunday the 27th April, a number of people will be taken to the Deauville area.
On behalf of SkySouth Ltd, Gray Brett has accepted a commission on behalf of the CIX VFR Club to provide travel arrangements to Deauville on the 30th April. Our passengers will be met by the show organizers and checked into one of the town’s superb hotels. Onward travel to the many show homes has been arranged by a local coach company.
We will depart from Shoreham, and make our way to Le Havre Octeville (LFOH).
Most of us will be returning to Shoreham after a short break. You can download the details Gray has provided here.
Start Time and Place 18:30 zulu - The apron at Shoreham.
Departure and Duration Depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 135 nm. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 105 knots, the flight will take about 1 hr 15 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 45 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 along the coast to Seaford, across the Channel to Dieppe, then south west to Le Havre staying inland to avoid the PALUEL/3.5 danger zone.
Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
Flight Plan Your flight plan should show: departure = EGKA, destination = LFOH, alternate = LFOY, route = Brighton Marina VRP - Seaford - XIDIL - Dieppe - Fauville - St Romain - Deauville EH 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.
French charts available from the French AIP web site. Search for LFOH and LFOY. 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.

Shoreham to Seaford

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your NAV1 radio to SFD 117.00 with standby DPE 115.80. Set 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 east, to the Brighton Marina VRP. Your track from Shoreham is 106 for 8nm. Follow the coast to find the VRP.
From Brighton Marina, head 114 for 9nm to Seaford. You can make use of the Seaford VOR/DME on 117.00 to check your track, and distance to Seaford.

Seaford to Dieppe

At Seaford, turn right to 145 degrees towards Dieppe, crossing the FIR boundary at XIDIL, which is 32nm from Seaford.
XIDIL is an unmarked reference point approximately half way between Seaford and Dieppe. This is the point at which you pass from London FIR into the Paris FIR, and come under French controllers.
Switch NAV1 over to DPE 115.80 and use this to check direction and distance as you continue towards Dieppe.

Dieppe to Le Havre

At Dieppe, turn right to 238 degrees towards the intersection at Fauville, a distance of 27nm.
From Fauville, continue a further 12nm on 240 degrees to pass over St Romain airfield.
Set NAV1 to the Deauville VOR DVL on 110.20, and standby to the Le Havre ILS/DME on 109.50.
Turn left to 229 degrees for 4nm to reach the Deauville EH reporting point, which is located 13nm due north of DVL, at the Carrefour intersection.
By now you should be in contact with the Le Havre Octeville controller to request joining instructions. The airfield is a further 8nm on 293 degrees.

Divert to St Romain

If you have to divert to St Romain, return to the Carrefour intersection, and turn left to 049 degrees. St Romain is just 4nm from the junction.

Return to Shoreham

After a short break, and appropriate purchases, start your return trip. Departure from Octeville should be via the NH reporting point, which is on the coast 8.4nm north of the airfield. From there head 072 degrees for 42nm back to Dieppe. Use DPE 115.80 to check your course and distance. Turn to 326 degrees to cross the Channel back to Seaford, SFD 117.00, and then along the coast to Brighton Marina, and Shoreham.

NDB and VOR 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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