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Club Events: Going Dutch. Part 4
A trip to the Netherlands and back, in four weekly parts
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ClubEvents: Going Dutch - 4
A trip to the Netherlandsand back, in four weekly parts. Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 10th 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.
Abbeville - Gloucester LFOI - EGBJ
Alternate: EGVN
Route: SFD - MID - CPT - EGVN

After taking off, follow the Somme river to the coast, and track across the Channel at approximately 300 degrees. If weather conditions require it, you can track the ABB VOR outbound and the SFD VOR inbound. If there is London Information online, you will need to call them up roughly mid channel (the GURLU intersection is on the FIR boundary, and is commonly used as a reporting point). Choose an altitude to cross the channel that you are happy with. Don't forget above 3000ft to obey the Semicircle/quadrantal rules (ie 4500ft, 6500ft etc heading NW across the Channel).

Once you've crossed the coast at Beachy Head, you will need to descend below 2500ft to duck under the London TMA. The route from here is almost certainly familiar -- Midhurst and then Compton. From Compton, we will transit across Brize zone, flying through the overhead (make sure you cross the airfield perpendicular to the runways), getting a clearance first if ATC is online.

Follow ATC instructions for the arrival into Gloucester, and park outside the club hangar, where tea and medals will be served.

Scenery Freeware:
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)

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

Allbearings and headings given in the briefing are magnetic,andno allowance has been made for any cross wind. Airfield charts and information for UK are available from the AIS web site

Abbeville and French 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 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 CIXTeamspeak Traffic room is available for use in areas where there is noATC coverage. Only use this room for traffic reports (no 'chat'); bebrief and succinct. Do not enter this room and mute yourself! If youare not actively participating in the traffic, either monitor, or leave the room.

Take care notto let our Teamspeak chat cut across ATC. Stop any conversationimmediately the R/T comes alive, then continue if "he wasn't talking tous". This is difficult because when transmitting on Teamspeak you can'thear the R/T. So be brief on Teamspeak, and be aware that ATC might betrying to get through. If anyone hears an R/T message which seems to bebeing ignored, just say "ATC is calling G-CIXN" if you have identifiedthe callsign, or "ATC is calling us" which is a cue for everyone to bequiet on Teamspeak until ATC call again (which they will). Remember toothat 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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