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A return trip to the Isles of Scilly makes for a nice 'day out'. Who needs Skybus...
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Club Events - Scillonian Shuttle
A return trip to the Isles of Scilly makes for a nice 'day out'. Who needs Skybus.. Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Thursday 15th July, 2010  
Start Time and Place 19:00zulu (8pm local) on the apron at Newquay (EGHQ). Note that Newquay may be referred to in your version of FS by its old name of RAF St Mawgan (EGDG)
Airmanship Good airmanship is a key ingredient to a successful flight. There will be (hopefully) a good number of us taking part in this flight, so please bear the following in mind:
Lookout: Keep a good look out for other traffic. Remember to fly on the right-hand side of line features, and be aware that traffic may be coming towards you as well as flying in the same direction.
ATC:  Check for oline ATC before you fly. Make a note of their frequencies and preload your radios if possible. Keep radio chat brief - there will be other people waiting for you to finish so they can talk to the controller. Remember your CEPHACER drill, and write down what you are going to say beforehand, if you need to.
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.
Flight Plan Outbound Flight: EGHQ - EGHE
Route: Newquay - LND - St Martin's Head VRP - St Mary's
Alternate: EGHC

Return Flight: EGHE - EGHQ
Route: St Mary's - St martin's Head VRP - LND - Newquay
Alternate: EGHD

A Separate PIREP should be made for each leg of the flight.

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
Outbound Route Details Newquay - LND
After departing Newquay a course of 239  will take you direct to the LND VOR (114.2 MHz). With nice weather, just have the VOR tuned as a reference, and follow the coastline. Remember to stay on the right of the coast (ie offshore), so you don't directly encounter aircraft coming the other way. Your minimum altitude should be 2500ft, in order to clear the Perranporth and St Just ATZs.

LND - St Martin's Head
From LND follow the 252  radial towards the Scillys. We are heading straight out to see, and the islands may not be immediately visible. The area between Land's End and the Scillys is known as the Land's End Transit Corridor, and extends from the surface to 4000ft. ATC may give you specific instructions, regarding altitude and heading, which you should follow. Watch out for the Longships Lighthouse, a few miles off the Land's End coast (subject to scenery - see below). You may also spot Wolf Rock off in the distance on your Left.

St Martin's Head - St Mary's
The airport is just 3.5 miles SW of us. Follow ATC instructions to join the circuit and land on the active runway.

Return Route Details

St Mary's - St Martin's Head
Follow ATC instructions to depart the airport to the North East.

St Martin's Head - LND
Track the  071 radial inbound to the LND VOR. Again we are within the Land's End Transit corridor, so ATC may have specific instructions, which should be followed.

LND - Newquay
A course of 058 will take you direct to Newquay. If the weather is decent enough, you can simply follow the coast. As with the outbound leg, remember to stay on the right (ie inshore), to avoid traffic going the other way.

Charts & Map

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.
Scenery Payware:
UK2000 scenery covers both Newquay and St Marys, for both FS9 and FSX.
Earth Simulations produce an extremely detailed scenery for FSX, covering the entire Scilly Isles.

Tony Meredith has produced a freeware St Mawgan/Newquay airport for FSX
Longships and Wolf Rock lighthouses are available as Freeware for FSX from Earth Simulations (see link above).
RAF St Mawgan is available for FS9 from Search for

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 a well. See also the  VOR Tracking document for further information.

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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