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Club Events: Going Dutch. Part1
A trip to the Netherlands and back, in four weekly parts
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ClubEvents: Going Dutch - 1
A trip to the Netherlandsand back, in four weekly parts. Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 17th February, 2010  
Start Time and Place Where: Outside the Cix hangar at Biggin Hill (EGKB)
When: 1400z. (2pm UK - early),  2000z (8pm UK - evening), 2300z (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 itbe 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.
Biggin Hill - Ostend EGKB - EBOS
Alternate: LFAC
Route: DET DVR

Departure clearance will be given by ATC, and they will give you a reporting point -- typically Sevenoaks -- at which they will hand you over to whatever enroute ATC is available. It is your job to familiarise yourself with reporting points so that you recognise them when you pass by.

The Channel crossing from Dover is quite a long one (57 nautical miles) and takes us direct to Ostend. You may be out of visible contact with the coast for some time, and the horizon may be poorly defined, so you may want to brush up on your instrument flight skills to be on the safe side -- even if the weather is, strictly speaking, VMC. Fly as high as you can, while staying below the TMA. Class A rises in steps from just before Detling, so you should be able to coast out at FL55.  We will be tracking the 090 radial from DVR. Please refer to the VOR Tracking section below if you are unsure how to track a VOR radial.

If you would prefer a shorter Channel crossing, you can route from DVR to Calais, but take care to avoid the Prohibited Area to the East of Calais, and be aware of the controlled airspace in the area.

Ostend does have an ILS (109.5MHz, 258 degrees) available, should weather conditions require it.
PIREPs You should file a separate PIREP for each of the four parts of this event.

Charts & Map

All bearings and headings given in the briefing are magnetic, and no allowance has been made for any cross wind. Airfield charts and information for UK are available from the AIS web site.

Ostend-specific charts are here.

This map is representative of the route described in the briefing. it is not intended to be used for navigation purposes. Click on the thumbnail for the full size picture.

If anyone hasn't got access to official CAA charts, if they let us know, we can try and address it.

VOR Tracking

The Instrument Flight document in the Training section of the club web site contains asection 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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