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An Aerial Inspection of Manchester's & Sheffield's Water Supply System
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Aerial Inspection of Manchester's & Sheffield's Water Supply System Briefing by: Richard Sinclair.
  Briefing Monday 9th June 2008  
The Scenario A sightseeing tour of the reservoirs of the Derwent Valley
Pre-Flight Nothing special required for this trip although you may want to take an up to date road map with you. If you have VRP's installed then that will help but it's not a requirement.
Start Time and Place Monday 9th June departing Barton, but can be flown at any time to suit you.
Route Barton – Jodrell Bank – Derwent Valley – Derwent Reservoirs – Hollingworth Lake – Anglezarke Reservoir – Barton
Estimated Time En Route (ETE) At 100 knots, en route time in nil wind is 00h 55m. At 140 knots, en route time in nil wind is 00h 44m.  A 180 knots, en route time in nil wind is 00h 32m, but you wouldn't see the scenery at its best at that speed. In fact a microlight might be your best choice of aircraft.
A lagre part of the route is in controlled airspace

The whole tour takes place either within or east and north of Manchester Airport's Control Zone, which is Class D airspace, so may be a bit of a test of your radio skills, unless you decide to do it later in the evening when Manchester Approach is no longer active. Assuming you are up for the radio challenge, departing Barton, immediately after take off you will need permission from Manchester Approach to enter their zone, VFR, for a navigation exercise within the Control Zone, routing initially to Jodrell Bank. Expect to be cleared to transit the zone, probably not above 1500 feet, and to report at Jodrell Bank. You will then need to tell Manchester Approach that you are approaching Jodrell Bank with onward routing to Shining Tor.  You will be cleared onward and asked to report at Shining Tor. And so on round the circular route, obtaining clearance for each leg. The waypoints are shown below, and in addition, an FSCommander flight plan is available.

Jodrell Bank N53 14 11 W002 18 31
Shining Tor N53 14 14 W001 59 58
Fernilee Reservoir N53 17 21 W001 58 49
Mam Tor N53 21 54 W001 46 17
LadyBower Reservoir N53 23 08 W001 43 29
Derwent & Howden Reservoirs N53 24 54 W001 44 38
Chew Reservoir N53 30 56 W001 56 33
Dovestone Reservoir N53 31 53 W001 58 23
Hollingworth Lake Country Park N53 37 48 W002 05 47
Anglezarke Reservoir N53 38 57 W002 36 22
Flight Plan Your flight plan should show: Departure = Barton, Destination = Barton, Alternate - well, Liverpool might be your best choice if you want to avoid the stress of mixing it with the heavy metal into Manchester Airport. For "Route" you could enter just "VFR", but it would be more helpful to the controller to put "VFR navigation exercise within and east of the Manchester CTR".  In the "Comments" box, enter DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB
All bearings and headings given in the Navigation Briefing, are magnetic, and nil wind is assumed.
Airfield charts and information are available from the AIS web site , Pooleys Flight Guide , or the AFE UK VFR Flight Guide.
Event Briefing

Depart Barton when ready and head south to Jodrell Bank. Jodrell Bank is a VRP on your Aeronautical Chart. For information about Jodrell Bank, visit At Jodrell Bank, turn left and slightly North to Shining Tor. Shining Tor at some 559m is the highest point in Cheshire so should be easy to spot. If you have time why not stop off for some refreshment at the Cat and Fiddle, (in a suitable aircraft) but BEWARE there is intensive paragliding at Shining Tor so make sure you don't fly into someone. See also and   At Shining Tor turn slightly North towards Fernilee Reservoir. Fernilee Reservoir is in the beatiful Goyt Valley. See and   For some great photos of all of the Peak District visit and click on Derbyshire.

After leaving Fernilee Reservoir, continue Northeast towards Mam Tor, another high point at 517m. above sea level. There is a lot to see in these parts so visit to learn all about the caverns located here.   Our next call is Ladybower Reservoir just to the East of Mam Tor. Fly up the northern leg of Ladybower to the Derwent and Howden Reservoirs. The Derwent and Howden dams were used for practice by 617 squadron (The Dam Busters).   You might like to see if you can fly at 60ft up the reservoirs to the dams. AUTOPILOTS FORBIDDEN.

We now head for Chew Reservoir - not the Bristol Waterworks Company's Reservoir in Somerset, that would be a bit far for a short outing, but the one owned by United Utilities - the former North West Water Company, and originally by Manchester Corporation Waterworks Department, one of the 19th century's most innovative Public Services. If you leave Howden Reservoir at its northern-most tip you can follow the River Derwent to Chew. Or you can turn North West and fly direct to Chew Reservoir. Immediately Northwest of Chew is Dovestone Reservoir. After Dovestone Reservoir, continue northwest towards Hollingworth Lake Country Park, northeast of Rochdale and a little southwest of Littleborough. After Hollingworth, turn due west and just before crossing the M61, you will see Anglezarke Reservoir on its eastern side just southeast of Chorley.

Finally, follow the M61 south and east to the Swinton Interchange VRP (junction with the M60) about another 2 miles, then return direct to Barton.

Event Rules VFR. Before you get to Ladybower Reservoir I want you to visit the “Devils Arse”. PM Richard Sinclair with the correct name for this sightseeing attraction.
Weather Before flight, pilots must check the weather en route and at their destination using the tools built in to FSInn and Squawkbox. 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.
VOR/NDB Tracking The Instrument Flight document in the Training section of the club web site contains a section on VORs and NDBs and how to use them. If you are unsure how to track radio beacons, download and have a look at this document.
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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