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Club Events: Going Dutch. Part 3
A trip to the Netherlands and back, in four weekly parts
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ClubEvents: Going Dutch - 3
A trip to the Netherlandsand back, in four weekly parts. Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 3rd March, 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! 
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.
Lelystad - Abbeville EHLE - LFOI
Alternate: LFAT
Route: Ede - BUN - MAK - ABB
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB

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 South from Lelystad, avoiding the Schipol TMA. Our first turning point is the town of Ede, midway between Arnhem and Utrecht (with their attendant air force bases). From here, track 210 degrees towards the Bruno VOR (BUN 110.6). About halfway along this leg you should pass over the city of 's-Hertogenbosch (aka "DenBosch",  birthplace of the surrealist painter Hieronymus Bosch.) Take care not to stray far off track: we pass very close to the Eindhoven CTA, and towards the end of the leg, the MOL prohibited area.

We are going to be crossing the Brussels TMA. This is class B, and unlike London or Amsterdam, it's possible we might get a transit clearance. If not, you will need to be at 1500ft or below by the time you reach BUN.

We will squeese beneath the Brussels TMA, between the Brussels and Antwerp CTAs (not above 1500ft, or otherwise as cleared), and head for the Mackel (MAK 350.5 NDB). If you don't have an ADF, aim for the southern edge of the city of Gent.

From here you should be able to pick up the Abbeville VOR (ABB 108.45), which is close to the airfield, and simply track it inbound, taking care to arrange transit of the Lille zone if there is ATC available..

Scenery Freeware:
Open VFR landclass and Points of Interest for FSX can be downloaded from flightsim.com. FS9 and FSX AFCAD files for Lelystad can also be found here.
Abbeville scenery for FS9 can be downloaded from here. (although the site says it doesn't work in FSX, I think there are just texture problems with the trees)

Payware:
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.

Lelystad-specific charts are here.

Abbeville and French 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't got access 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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