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Club Events - Channel Islands Challenge
From Bournemouth to Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and back. Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 19th November 2008  
Introduction You'll need your life jackets for our first Star Event! We'll be departing Bournemouth for Jersey, and then stopping at Guernesy and Alderney before returning to bournemouth for Tea and Medals. Leave plenty of space in your luggage for duty frees, and grab the chance for some cheap fuel!
Start Time and Place 19:30 - 20:00 zulu - The apron at Bournemouth airport.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 205 nm. The following times do not include time spent on the ground.
Cruising at 100 knots, the flight will take about 2 hours 3 mins.
Cruising at 180 knots, the flight will take about 1 hour 8 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 Squawkbox 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 South over the Channel, crossing the FIR boundary at the ORTAC waypoint, then on to the West of Cap de la Hague VRP to Jersey.  After a brief stop at Jersey, we head Nort West to the neighbouring Channel Island of Guernsey, for another stop before heading North East to our filal stop in Alderney. Once our aircraft are brim full of fuel and duty free goodies, it's back via ORTAC to Bournmouth for tea, medals and tales of derring do.
Club members may find more information on the Events board in the club forum.
Flight Plans You will need to file a separate flight plan for each part of the journey.

Leg 1, Bournemouth to Jersey:
departure = EGHH, destination = EGJJ, alternate = EGJB, route = ORTAC - West of Cap de la Hague VRP

Leg 2, Jersey to Guernsey:
departure = EGJJ, destination = EGJB, alternate = EGJJ, route = DCT

Leg 3: Guernsey to Alderney:
departure = EGJB, destination = EGJA, alternate = EGJB, route = DCT

leg 4: Alderney to Bournemouth:
departure = EGJA, destination = EGHH, alternate = EGHI, route = ORTAC - DCT

All plans should include 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.
Maps Click on the thumbnal, left, for a large version of the map

Francisco Garcia Garrido has provided a Google Maps map of the route:

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Bournemouth to Jersey

Before departure, file your flight plan, set your ADF radio to BIA 339.0, and NAV1 radio to SAM on 113.35 - these are the Bournemouth NDB and Southampton VOR/DME. 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. Your track from Bournemouth is 192 degrees for 47nm. You should be aware of the Class A airway that runs South from Southampton. This imposes an altitude restriction of 3500ft, therefore you must ensure you fly at 3400ft or lower.

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. 

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. From here, track 198 degrees for 31 miles to reach the airport. Optionally you can track the jersey VOR, JSY, 112.2MHz. 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.

Jersey to Guernsey

Once you have landed and vacated the runway, you can re-file your flight plan for the next leg.  The GUR VOR/DME is located on the airfield, frequency 109.4MHz.Contact ATC for taxi instructions and clearance for your departure. Follow the instructions you are given to taxi out to the active runway. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway. A track of 315 degrees for 21 nm will get you to Guernsey.

Guernsey to Alderney

Again, you can file for this leg once you have landed and taxied to the apron.  Contact ATC for taxi instructions and clearance for your departure. Follow the instructions you are given to taxi out to the active runway. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway. Your track will be 047 degrees for 22nm.

Alderney to Bournemouth

Once you have filed the final leg, contact ATC for taxi instructions and clearance for your departure. Follow the instructions you are given to taxi out to the active runway. Set squawk mode Charlie as you take up the runway. Track  029 degrees for 19 nm to ORTAC. At ORTAC, you are leaving the Channel Islands CTR, and entering the London FIR. If London Information is online, you should be able to get a Flight Information Service from this point.

From ORTAC, track 012 degreed for 47 nm to Bournemouth. You can use the NDB, BIA, 339 to help. Contact Bournemouth ATC when at least 5 minutes flight tome or 15 nm from the edge of the zone, and follow their approach instructions.

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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