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A tour around the Danish Jutland Peninsular
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Club Events - Jutland Tour
A tour around the Danish Jutland Peninsular Briefing by: Mark Brown.
  Briefing Friday 15th October 2010  
Start Time and Place South apron at Billund airport (EKBI), from 19.30 UTC, XX October 2010. Staggered starts are preferred to reduce congestion in the circuit at intermediate airfields.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 95nm, and you are required to fly a minimum of two legs. Anticipate spending roughly 1½ hours airborne, 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 For this event we will be doing a little touring around the peninsular of Jutland, Denmark. We will fly from Billund, the home of Lego, to the town of Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city and the unofficial “Capital of Jutland”. We will take in part of the eastern coast of Jutland and some islands in the Kattegat, the strait between Denmark and Sweden. We will be making a couple of stops at some small strips on the way for refreshments and to visit the seaside.

Your aeroplane should be able to operate from relatively short (700 m) grass strips; the default Cessna 172 is ideal, or a taildragger (Tiger Moth, Chipmunk etc.). We will be navigating visually, so NAV radio receivers are not required, though a hand-held GPS (or moving map such as Plan-G) might be handy.

Charts and Aeronautical Information

The AIS for Denmark and the “VFR Flight Guide Denmark” may be found the Danish Civil Aviation Authority web site:

Some general points:
•    Transition altitude is 3,000 ft (except for the Copenhagen Area, where it is 5,000 ft).
•    VFR cruising altitudes obey the semicircular rule (track 000-179M: odd thousands plus 500 feet; track 180-359M: even thousands plus 500 feet).
•    VFR squawk is 7000.

Billund (EKBI)
Charts and information:

Note the following:
•    Billund CTR is Class D airspace (SFC-1,500ft) and has a Class D TMA overlying it. We will fly through the CTR but avoid climbing into the TMA.
•    For noise abatement, traffic circuits are to the north of the field, and when taking off from runway 27 avoid overflying the city of Billund (to the southwest of the airport).
•    Aircraft with MTOM 5,700kg or less park at the GA parking area on the south apron.

Rårup (EKRA)
Rårup is a private strip so no details are given in the AIP. See and (in Danish) for information.

Basic details:
•    Runway 10/28, grass, 700m. Elevation 130ft.
•    Left hand circuits. Avoid local villages

X-Plane users note that EKRA is not modelled.

Samsø (EKSS)
Charts and information:

Note the following:
•    All turns for landing or after take-off take place to the south of the runway. Approaches to runway 10 use right-hand circuits.
•    After take-off from runway 28, do not turn before reaching the coastline.
•    After take-off from runway 10, do not turn before reaching Besser village or below 1,000ft MSL.
•    Avoid touch-and-goes.

Aarhus (EKHA)
Charts and information:

Note that Aarhus CTR/CTA are Class D airspaces, and require ATC clearance to enter.


Pilots are encouraged to install at least the Denmark Scenery freeware package and the freeware Billund and Aarhus airports – otherwise some towns and roads may not show. No freeware scenery appears to exist for X-Plane – pilots are suggested to convert the Denmark Scenery freeware using FS2Xplane or a similar tool.

Denmark Scenery is a freeware package containing mesh and VFR airfields and landmarks for FS9 and FSX:

Links to other FS9 freeware scenery can be found at
(Due to the Avsim problem some of the files appear to be missing, though.)

Links to FSX freeware scenery can be found at

AeroFiles publishes Billund Airport for FS9 and FSX.

Canopy’s main product is a Danish Airfields X series, including Rårup and Aarhus Airports.

DanVFR Photorealistic Scenery can be purchased at SimMarket. It carries a hefty price tag (probably due to the cost of aerial photography) but if you want the best available then this is it.


All headings and distances are approximate. We will be navigating by pilotage using easy-to-locate landmarks, so navaid radio frequencies are not given.
Stage 1: Billund to Rårup Stage 1Start Location:
General aviation area of the south apron at Billund airport (EKBI).

Flight plan:
Departure = EKBI, destination = EKRA.
Route = Vandel - Vejle - Horsens - Hjarno - Neder Sonderby
Comments = / V / DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB

Time: Approximately 40 minutes at 90 kts.

(1)    Billund to Vejle

Direct route: 100T, 14nm.
Departing Billund, we head east to the town of Vejle (approximate pronounciation Vay-luh). To keep out of the way of other traffic (especially IFR), we will first overfly the disused Vandel airbase (has it been "vandelised"?) just southeast of EKBI, then follow Route 28, the main road to Vejle, keeping to the south of it and below 1,500ft. (Refer to the Billund Gliding Area chart.)
Note 1: Vandel may still be active in default scenery.
Note 2: Route 28 does not exist in the default X-Plane scenery – after passing overhead Vandel disused fly a track of 095M to stay clear of the EKBI extended centreline.

(i) Runway 09: After departure turn right crosswind onto 180M once past the departure end of the runway and Vandel will be at your 12 o'clock. Overhead Vandel turn east towards Vejle, remaining south of Route 28.

(ii) Runway 27: After take-off continue on tracking the runway centreline until clear of Billund town to the south, then turn left onto 180M. You will see Vandel disused at your approximately 10 o'clock. Keep flying south till abeam Vandel, then turn left to overfly it and continue towards Vejle remaining south of Route 28.
Note: Billund town may not be modelled in the default scenery. In that case, continue on the runway extended centreline for 2nm before turning left.

The town of Vejle is easy to spot since it lies at the head of a long inlet, the Vejle Fjord.

(2)    Vejle to Horsens

Direct route: 045T, 13nm.
Next we pick up the Route E45 trunk road and follow it north from Vejle to the town of Horsens. The E45 is easy to identify because crosses the Vejle Fjord on a long bridge. Fly over the Vejle Fjord Bridge, then turn left onto approximately 043T and follow the E45 north past the small towns of Hedensted and Løsning (east of the road) to the town of Horsens, which is at the head of another inlet, the Horsens Fjord.

(3)    Horsens to Rårup

Direct route: Horsens - Hjarno Island :104T, 8 nm;
                   Hjarno Island - Neder Sonderby: 214T, 4 nm;
                   Neder Sonderby - EKRA: 275T, 2.5nm.
From Horsens town, follow the south bank of the Horsens Fjord east, on an approximate heading of 104T, to Hjarno, a small island in the mouth of the fjord. (There are two islands at the mouth of the fjord - Hjarno is the smaller, more southerly one.) Over Hjarno, turn onto 214T and follow the coast of Jutland to the seaside town of Neder Sonderby, which is on a small bay just before the coast sticks out into a long headland. From Neder Sonderby, a small road leads west to the village of Rårup (approximately pronounciation: "raw-rhup", sort of rhymes with "ay-oop"). (Neder Sonderby, Rårup village and the road may not be visible in default scenery.) The grass strip is just northeast of the village. Join the circuit and land. The local flying club (Horsens Flyveklub) has arranged for refreshments, a typical Danish lunch of smørrebrød (open sandwiches on rye bread) .

Caution: When approaching Neder Sonderby and Rårup beware of traffic departing Rårup to the east on the next stage of the tour. Inbound traffic to Rårup should stay north of Neder Sonderby and the Rårup runway centreline until joining the circuit.
Stage 2: Rårup to Samsø Stage 2Flight plan:
Departure = EKRA, destination = EKSS.
Route = Endelave
Comments = / V / DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB

Time: Approximately 20 minutes at 90 knots.
After refreshment, we will make a short hop to the island of Samsø to visit the seaside.

(1) Rårup to Endelave

Direct route: 094T, 12nm
Taking off from Rårup, we head east to cross the coast at Neder Sonderby, then a short distance over the sea to the small island of Endelave (pop. 175).

Caution: When departing Rårup beware of traffic arriving from Neder Sonderby on the previous stage of the tour. After take-off slightly right to remain south of the extended runway centreline and cross the coast south of Neder Sonderby.

(2) Endelave to Samsø

Direct route: 054T, 13nm
Over Endelave, you will see the island of Samsø at your 10 o'clock. The island has a large south part and a small north part separated by a neck of land (the Stavens Fjord). The airfield is at the north end of the south part of the island.

The island was used as a Viking meeting place in days of yore. Its inhabitants are called Samsingers. 100% of the island's electricity comes from an offshore wind farm paid for by the islanders (can you spot them?).

Stage 3: Samsø to Århus Stage 3Flight plan:
Departure = EKSS, destination = EKHA.
Route = Sletterhage - Ebeltoft - Langsø
Comments = / V / DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB

Time: Approximately 25 minutes at 90 knots.

(1)    Samsø to Sletterhage

Direct route: 345T, 13nm
After taking off from Samsø head north towards the nearest land, Sletterhage point, with its lighthouse.

(2)    Sletterhage to Ebeltoft

Direct route: 043T, 8.5nm
At Sletterhage point turn onto 043T and head across the mouth of the Ebeltoft Vig (Ebeltoft Bay) to the picturesque town of Ebeltoft. We will enter the Aarhus TMA (Class D) shortly before reaching Ebeltoft, so request clearance and descend to 1,500ft or below just after Sletterhage.

(3)    Ebeltoft to Langsø / EKHA

Direct route: 338T, 5nm
Over Ebeltoft, turn northwest to Langsø lake, a thin lake about 2nm south of Aarhus airport (see the Aarhus Visual Approach Chart). You will pass a much larger lake (Stubbe Sø) on your right. Join the circuit and land. Aarhus has two parallel runways - GA traffic uses the narrower northern 28R/10L. Park up in front of the GA maintenance hanger at the western end of the apron for tea and medals.

VOR Tracking

We will be navigating visually by identifying landmarks, so use of radio navaids is not necessary. Billund and Aarhus have instrument runways with associated ILS/DME and LOMs, which can be used for situational awareness.

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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