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Club Events: Going Dutch. Part2
A trip to the Netherlands and back, in four weekly parts
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Club Events: Going Dutch - 2
A trip to the Netherlands and back, in four weekly parts. Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 24th February, 2010  
Start Time and Place Where: On the Apron at Oostende (EBOS)
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 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.
Oostende - Lelystad EBOS - EHLE
Alternate: EHTE
Route: COA - Dordrecht - Loosdrechtse Plassen

Departure clearance will be given by ATC, and they may give you a reporting point, 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 route takes us North East, crossing into the Netherlands at the Costa VOR (COA 110.05MHz).  This is likely to represent a change in ATC as we cross from Belgian to Dutch airspace. The first part of the journey through the Netherlands takes us through the Zeeland and South Holland provinces. Class E airspace from 2500ft to 5500ft is the order of the day. Shortly after the city of Dordrecht, we reach the Schipol TMA. The direct route takes us under the 1500ft shelf, so watch your altitude! The Loosdrecht lake is close to EHHV Hilverstrum, and the North East corner of the TMA, so it should be easy to spot. From here you should be thinking about your approach into Lelystad.

Study the lelystad chart for the approach corridor. The waypoints and reporting points are available as an import file for Plan-G here, and are recommended. Plan-G can be downloaded here.

Although Lelystad does have an instrument approach procedure, this is only available at night RW, and for the purposes of this trip should be considered as unavailable.

Scenery Freeware:
Oostende scenery for FSX/FS9 here.
OpenVFR landclass and Points of Interest for FSX can be downloaded from FS9 and FSX AFCAD files for Lelystad can also be found here.

Lelystad X (FSX only) by Aerosoft
Ultimate Terrain Europe/Ultimate Terrain X Europe (Flight 1)
Ground Environment Europe / Ground Environment X Europe (Flight 1)

Note: the payware products listed here are not required for this trip, but can significantly enhance your flight sim experience.
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.

Lelystad-specific charts are here.

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

If anyone hasn'tgotaccess to official CAA charts, if they let us know, we can try and address it.

VOR Tracking

The Instrument Flightdocument 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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