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Club Events - South Wales Circular
A tour of the Severn Valley and South Wales, by Melvyn Kirk
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Club Events - South Wales Circular
A tour of the Severn Valley and South Wales, by Melvyn Kirk Briefing by: Melvyn Kirk and Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Tuesday 25th May 2010  
Start Time and Place 14:00 BST,  20:00 BST or 22:00 BST at the Cix hangar at Gloucester airport.
Staggered start times are preferred, so that everyone does not arrive back in the circuit at the same time
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 170 nm. Anticipate spending between 1 hours and 2 hours, depending on the speed of your aircraft.
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.
Overview There are two possible routes, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Pilots will be assigned to one of two squadrons: Green, and Blue. Green Squadron will fly the clockwise route, and Blue Squadron will fly anti-clockwise.

Pilots will be assigned to a squadron by ATC on first contact.

Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
VATSIM Flight Plan Your flight plan should show: departure = EGBJ, destination = EGBJ, route =  NAVEX SOUTH WALES, and comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB
All bearings and headings given in the briefing below 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

Charts and Scenery

For preference, use photographic scenery covering the area. Part of the exercise will involve identifying your position using ground features. A variety of products are available for FS9 and FSX from Horizon Simulations and JustFlight.
An aeronautical chart that shows navigational aids (VORs/NDBs etc) in either 1:500000 or 1:250000 scale will be an advantage, or a reasonably detailed topolocical map.
Clockwise Route
(Green Squadron)
(1) After takeoff from Gloucester (EGBJ) proceed in a Southerly direction to the town of Stroud. Climbing to 2,000ft
(2) Pass over Filton aerodrome which has an NDB (Freq 325khz)
(3) On reaching Filton you will need to call Bristol tower/approach  for a zone transit to the south
(4) Proceed south to the Cheddar reservoir
(5) At the Cheddar reservoir turn right to a heading of 296deg, to the Flatholme lighthouse
(6) On reaching the lighthouse you will need to call Cardiff tower/approach for a zone transit to Port Talbot
(7) Fly directly over Cardiff aerodrome which has an NDB(Freq 388.5khz)
(8) At Port Talbot turns to a heading of 043 deg. An ascent to 4,000 ft is now required.
(9) The A465 should be visible as you head to Waun Rydd in the Brecon Beacons.
(10) At Waun Rydd turn to a heading of 070deg to the Black mountains in the Vale of Grwynery. Crossing the A40 and the A479 en route.
(11) On reaching Black mountains turn to a heading of 207deg to Ebbw Vale descending now to 2,500ft recrossing the A40 then the A465 finally the A4047 with the Carno Reservoir on your right.
(12) On reaching  Ebbw Vale turn to a heading of 083deg passed the West Monmouthshire Golf Club, En route to the town of Monmouth Cross the A40
(13)  On reaching  Monmouth cross the A40 for the last time and turn to a heading of 078deg to return and land at Gloucester (EGBJ) 


  FS9 Plan

  FSX Plan
Anticlockwise Route
(Blue Squadron)
(1) After takeoff from Gloucester (EGBJ)  proceed in a Westerly direction  to the town of Monmouth climbing to a height of 2,000ft
(2) At Monmouth cross the A40 and turn to a heading of 263deg to Ebbw Vale climbing to 2,500ft re crossing the A40 on to Ebbw Vale crossing the West Monmouthshire Golf Club
(3) On reaching  Ebbw Vale turn to a heading of 020deg climbing now to 4,000ft  into the Black mountains in the Vale of Grwynery with the Carno Reservoir on your left and re crossing the A40
(4) On reaching the black mountains at turn now to Waun Rydd on a heading of 250deg crossing the A749 and  the A40 and the Talybont Reservoir to our left fly now direct to Waun Rydd in the Brecon Beacons.
(5) On reaching Waun Rydd turn left to a heading of 223deg to Port Talbot ,passing the Talybont Reservoir on your left and descending to flight level 2,500ft cross the A465 then follow the A4107 into Port Talbot
(6)  On reaching Port Talbot turn left to a heading of 128deg descend to 2,000ft  and Cross the M4 on reaching the M4 you will need to call Cardiff tower/approach for a zone transit East to the Flatholme lighthouse
(7) Fly directly over Cardiff aerodrome which has an NDB(Freq 388.5khz) and turn to a heading of 104deg
(8) On reaching the Flatholme lighthouse you will need to call Bristol tower/approach  for a zone transit to the North  making the zone transit at the Chedder Reservoir turn to a heading of 116deg to the Chedder Reservoir
(9) On reaching the Chedder Reservoir turn to a heading of 028deg to make the zone transit to the North flying directly over Bristol which has an NDB(414khz)
(10) Carry on on the heading 028deg to Filton aerodrome which has an NDB (Freq 325khz)
(11) On reaching Filton aerodrome turn to a heading of 049deg to the town of Stroud crossing the M4 en route and follow the M5
(12) On reaching Stroud turn to a heading of 011deg back to Gloucester Which has an NDB (331khz)


  FS9 Plan

  FSX Plan

VOR Tracking

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

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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