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From Gloucestershire to Jersey Briefing by: Tony Driver.
  Briefing Tuesday 24th June 2008  
Introduction Matt Scott, who often flies to real world Jersey, suggested that we take part in the 2008 Jersey International Air Rally, which is due to take place Friday 27th to Sunday 29th.
In order to take advantage of the VATSIM Channel Islands Tuesdays operations, we decided to make it the Tuesday before the real world event. So we can expect Jersey to be fully manned, and active. Matt normally departs from Bournemouth real world, but as it's Tuesday, I decided to plan a flight down from our Gloucestershire location, passing over Bournemouth.
Anyone preferring a short flight could either stop at or start from Bournemouth.
Start Time and Place 18:30 zulu - The CIX Hangar at Gloucestershire.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 175 nm. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 105 knots, the flight will take about 1 hr 40 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 58 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 down the river Severn to the Bends VRP, the Bath Race Course VRP, Frome VRP, over Compton Abbas, a zone transit over Bournemouth from the Tarrant Rushton disused airfield to the Sandbanks VRP. From there we go south over the Channel, crossing the FIR boundary at the ORTAC waypoint, then on to the West of Cap de la Hague VRP, and the JSY VOR.
Club members may find more information on the Events board in the club forum.
Flight Plan Your flight plan should show: departure = EGBJ, destination = EGJJ, alternate = EGJB, route = Bath VRP - Compton Abbas - Bournemouth - ORTAC - West of Cap de la Hague 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 are available from the AIS web site, Pooleys Flight Guide, or the AFE UK VFR Flight Guide.
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 optional return flights.

Gloucestershire to Compton Abbas

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to GST 331.0, and NAV1 radio to the Gloucestershire DME on 115.55 with standby on SAM 113.35 - these are the Gloster and Southampton NDBs and TDMEs. 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 south west, to the River Severn bends. Your track from Gloucestershire is 230 for 10nm. You can make use of the Gloster NDB to check your outbound track. It should be directly behind as you head 230 degrees. The Gloster TDME will show the distance from Gloster.
As you reach the River Severn Bends VRP, turn to 188 degrees for a further 22nm, to reach the Bath Racecourse VRP. After making this turn towards Bath, tune your ADF radio to COM 349.5 to assist in locating Compton Abbas in a few minutes.
Over the Bath VRP, go left to 150 degrees for 15 nm to come over Warminster. Take care with this leg as Warminster is situated in a gap between Danger zone D123 and the Yeovilton AIAA.
Once over Warminster, turn right to 176 degrees for a further 14 nm, heading for Compton Abbas. Check your navigation by making use of the COM 349.5 NDB.

Compton Abbas to ORTAC

Over Compton Abbas turn left to 161 degrees for 8 nm to the disused airfield at Tarrant Rushton. Before you get there, make contact with Bournemouth Approach, or Solent Radar to request a zone transit from Tarrant Rushton to Sandbanks.
Sandbanks is 11 nm from Tarrant Rushton on a heading of 157 degrees.
If D031 is not active, turn to 187 degrees for 41 nm to reach ORTAC.
If D031 is active, you will need to head 179 degrees for 11 nm from Sandbanks in order to avoid it, then turn to 192 degrees for 30 nm to reach ORTAC.
ORTAC is a point on the FIR boundary, at the north east corner of the Channel Islands Control Zone. Make contact with the Jersey Approach controller as you reach this point.

ORTAC to Jersey

Unless directed otherwise, over ORTAC turn left to 183 degrees for 17 nm tracking along the edge of the Channel Islands Control Zone to the West of Cap de la Hague VRP.
By now you should have picked up the Jersey VOR. It should be at 30 nm on a bearing of 187 degrees. That is the next waypoint, so turn towards it, and track it inbound, unless directed otherwise by the controller.
From the VOR, Jersey airport is 6 nm at 266 degrees.

Divert to Guernsey

If you have to divert to Guernsey, it is 21 nm at 312 degrees from Jersey. Use the Guerdsey VOR/DME, GUR 109.40 to help you find it.

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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