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Club Events - Kirkbride Airshow
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Club Events - Kirkbride Airshow
From Carlisle to Kirkbride Briefing by: Tony Driver.
  Briefing Monday 21st July 2008  
Introduction This event is intended to mark the Kirkbride Fly In and Open Day, which in the real world is due to take place on Sunday July 20th this year. Club members will be performing two displays for other club members to watch. John Cronan (Javlin1) and Jim Cartwright (Javlin2) have agreed to do a display in their BAE Hawks, and members of the 2-4-CIX Display Team will display their skills developed in the build up to this year's Sywell Airshow.
For the rest of us, our club event on Monday 21st will be a fly in to watch the displays and then a fly out.
Start Time and Place Peter Dodds will be coordinating the displays. Initial timings are for the first display by the Hawks to start at 1845z, and the 2-4-CIX Team will arrive at 1900z, with each team will display for about 10 minutes.
A second display by both teams will start at 2000z and 2015z respectively.
The airfield will be closed for both arrivals and departures from 10 minutes before, until after the end of each complete display session.
Visitors must be on the ground at least 10 minutes before either of the display start times. Departures will be permitted up to 10 minutes before the start times, and on completion of either complete display.
Fly In Visitors can fly in from wherever they choose. Our nearest base location is Carlisle, and Monday is Carlisle Night, so that is the preferred start point. Time your journey to allow plenty of time to join a busy circuit and be on the ground at least ten minutes before the display start times.
You may choose to fly in to Carlisle and use ground transport to get to Kirkbride. Some local buses will be laid on if there is sufficient demand.
Fly Out Visitors may choose to depart between the two complete displays, or after tha second display is over. You may choose where you wish to go, either returning to your starting point, or to any other airfield. You should file your flight plan before the display starts if you wish to leave promptly on completiong of the display.
Weather ...or not Before starting we check the weather en route. If it is unsuitable for your trip, then fix it.
FSInn has a "CAVOK" button. Click this to 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 Choose your route to arrive via the Wigton VRP from the south, or the Gretna VRP from the north.
Flight Plan Your flight plan should show your departure airfield, destination = EG, alternate = EGNC, route ending with your arrival VRP, and comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB
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.

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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