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A double helping of the Manchester Low Level Route
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Club Events - Blackpool Rock
A double helping of the Manchester Low Level Route Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 19th January, 2011  
Overview We will be flying to Blackpool for a spot of beach cricket (very bracing at this time of year!), to see the famous Illuminations, and possibly a fish & chip supper. We will depart from Sleap and fly North through the Manchester Low Level Route. Having enjoyed our day out, we will return to Sleap via the same route.

Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
Start Time and Place 20:00z on the apron at Sleap.
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.Each leg is approximately 64nm. Anticipate spending about 1 hours total, 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.

Charts and Scenery

For preference, use photographic scenery covering the area.  A variety of products are available for FS9 and FSX from Horizon Simulations and JustFlight.
Suitable addon airfields covering the trip can be obtained from UK2000.
Very high detail scenery for FSX covering the Sleap/Shawbury area can be obtained from Earth Simulations
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. Plan-G may also be used.
Outward:
Sleap to Blackpool
VATSIM Flight Plan:
Departure = EGCV
Destination = EGNH
Route =  OULTON PARK - LLR - WIGAN - MARSHSIDE
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

Please read the CAA's Manchester Low Level Route briefing.

Sleap has an A/G radio service, so it is probable we will not have departure control. However it falls within the Shawbury MATZ boundary, and so if Shawbury is online, pilots should contact Shawbury Approach (120.775MHz) prior to departure.

For noise abatement, if departing runway 36, turn right 10 degrees immediately after takeoff to avoid the village.

There is no altitude restriction for the first part of the journey, but through the LLR we must fly below 1250ft on Manchester's QNH. So make sure you are not above this altitude by the time you reach Oulton Park. If Manchester Approach is online, you should tune them and maintain a listening watch. Squawk 7366 in all instances. Once you are through the LLR, you can return to 7000, and call up any further enroute service. You can climb, but stay below the TMA class A at 3500ft.

The VRP for southerly approaches to Blackpool is Marshside. Call up Blackpool ATC (if online) and follow their instructions for approach and landing. Park up in the Light Aircraft Parking Area

Return:
Blackpool to Sleap
VATSIM Flight Plan:
Departure = EGNHy
Destination = EGCV
Route =  WIGAN - LLR - OULTON PARK
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

Please read the CAA's Manchester Low Level Route briefing.

Follow any ATC instructions for a southerly VFR departure

The Manchester TMA to the South of the airfield will limit us to 3500ft and once we have passes Wigan we must be below 1250ft for the LLR. If Manchester Approach is online, you should tune them and maintain a listening watch. Squawk 7366 in all instances. Once you are through the LLR, you can return to 7000, and call up any further enroute service. Once you are through the LLR, you can return to 7000, and call up any further enroute service. You can climb, but stay below the TMA class A at 3500ft.

If Shawbury Approach is online, you will need to contact them for MATZ penetration.

Make a standard overhead join, and park up in front of the tower for tea and medals.

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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