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Channel Islands Hopper
A pleasant trip between the islands, or is it something more? Land at Alderney to find out...
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A pleasant trip between the islands? Land at Alderney to find out... Briefing: Tim Arnot, Dominic Stevens.
  Briefing Wesnesday 25th November 2009  
Introduction All we can tell you is that the briefing document is locked in a filing cabinet on Alderney. You will need to fly to Alderney with the keys, and report to the Duty Officer, who will be able to give you the full mission briefing.
Start Time and Place 14:00 zulu,  20:00 zulu or 22:00 zulu - Outside the Jersey Aeroclub hangar
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. Allow about 1 hours 40 mins, including time in the circuit and brief stops.
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 Route via the North West Corner VRP and then proceed direct to Alderney. Once on the ground, go to the Event Briefing Room on Teamspeak, where you will be given the full mission briefing. You will need access to a web browser to read the briefing document.

For late comers, here is the second Briefing Document.
Flight Plans You will need to file a separate flight plan for each part of the journey. Your initial flight plan will be:

Leg 1, Jersey to Alderney
departure = EGJJ, destination = EGJA, route = North West Corner - DCT

All plans should include 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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