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We head off toEmden, to visit our German friends in the Friesenflieger
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Club Events - Fisher... Dogger... German Bight
We head off toEmden, to visit our German friends in the Friesenflieger Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Tuesday 29th March, 2011  
Overview German Bight is the coastal part of Germany that stretches from the Netherlands to the Jutland Peninsula, and guess what, it just happens to be the home of our friends, the Friesenflieger.

We will be paying them a return visit, after their successful trip to the UK in February. This is the first of a series of joint Anglo-German events that will take place over the next few weeks, in which we will be exploring this part of Germany and its islands.

Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
Start Time and Place 18:00z (19:00 BST) on the apron at Norwich (EGSH).
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The route is approximately 220 nm. Anticipate a flight time of about about 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.

Charts and Scenery

Emden airport information can be found here: http://eurocontrol.gryph.de/airports/EDWE.pdf

VATSIM Germany also provides charts and infornation: http://www.vacc-sag.org/?LANGUAGE=EN

Scenery for FSX can be found as follows:
Emden EDWE: http://www.flightsim.com/file.php?cm=SEARCH1&fname=eddk_ade_rs_fsx.zip
Nordfriesischen Inseln photoreal http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?DLID=128543&CatID=fsxscen

An excellent source of additional download links for freeware scenery is http://www.freewarescenery.com/fsx/germany.html (this will prove useful for the later flights in the trip)

Scenery for FS9 can be found as follows:
Ostfriesland / Helgoland: http://www.m-r-software.de/Downloads/Ostfr40.zip and http://www.m-r-software.de/Downloads/Helgoland09.zip This covers large a large part of the area in which we will be flying over the next few weeks. There is an additional download from the same site of German lighthouses, and a custom BN2 Islander. See http://www.m-r-software.de/

An excellent source of additional download links for freeware scenery is http://www.freewarescenery.com/fs2004/germany.html (this will prove useful for the later flights in the trip)

Payware scenery:
In addition there is excellent payware scenery for the area available from Aerosoft, for both FSX and FS9.
* VFR Germany North,
* German Airfields 1 - Inselhüpfen,
* Helgoland
cover the region in which we will be flying.

An aeronautical chart that shows navigational aids (VORs/NDBs etc) in 1:500000 scale will be an advantage, or a reasonably detailed topolocical map. Plan-G may also be used.
Flight Plan VATSIM Flight Plan:
Departure = EGSH
Destination = EDWE
Route =  RAVLO HDR
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
Altitude: VFR. Not above 5500ft

Plan-G Flight plan.


Depart Norwich according to the active runway, and any ATC instructions. You should be able to pick up the  HDR VOR (115.55MHz) faitly quickly, but we do not want to track directly to it. We are leaving the UK FIR at RAVLO (we may be asked to report RAVLO if London Information is online). We will then track the 089 radial inbound to HDR. Do not stray right of track.

The reason for the northerly dogleg and warning, is that once we leave UK airspace, we will be beneath the Schipol TMA (Class A). This extends down to 5500ft (which gives us our ceiling). The dogleg avoids a small area of Class A that extends down to 3500ft. Since we are crossing the North Sea, the higher we fly, the better.

Once we've passed Den Helder,, we will be in Class E airspace, which should make things nice and easy for the rest of the flight. Please keep an eye out for ATC services enroute and at  our destination, and make contact as appropriate.

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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