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Club Events: Bristol - Solent Round Robin
Tea and Buns at five Solent airfields...
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Club Events: Solent Round Robin
Tea and Buns at five Solent airfields... Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 21st October, 2009  
Start Time and Place Where: on the GA apron at Bournemouth
When: 1300z. (2pm UK - early),  1900z (8pm UK - evening),  2200z (11pm UK - late nighters) Pick the start time that you are most comfortable with.
Weather ...or not Before starting we will check the weather. 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! For the general handling we need a cloud base that is at least 3000ft AGL.
FSInn has a "CAVOK" button. Click this and you get calm clear weather.
Those using SB will need to turn off the on-line weather updates, and select calm in the FS weather options.
PIREPS File a SINGLE Pirep for this event, with From = EGHH and To = EGHH
Route There is no fixed route. You can fly to each airport in whatever order you choose. However you must start from Bournemouth and finish back at Bournemouth at the end of the evening.

The airfields we will be visiting are:

EGHF Lee on Solent
EGHH Bournemouth
EGHI Southampton
EGHJ Bembridge
EGHN Sandown

While it's easy enough to go round them all in clockwise or anti-clockwise fashion, it'll make for a more interesting traffic situation if a few people zig zag around as well...

VOR Tracking

The Instrument Flight document in the Training section of the club web site contains a section on VORs and how to use them. If you are unsure how to track a VOR radial, download and have a look at this.
The document covers the use of NDB and DME for direction and distance measurements as well.

Radio Discipline

The CIX Teamspeak Traffic room is available for use in areas where there is no ATC coverage. Only use this room for traffic reports (no 'chat'); be brief and succinct. Do not enter this room and mute yourself! If you are not actively participating in the traffic, either monitor, or leave the room.

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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