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Liverpool... with a twist
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Club Events - Callsign Chaos
Liverpool... with a twist Event: Peter Dodds.   Briefing: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Tuesday 24th May, 2011  
Overview You have a choice of start locations for this event. You can start from Liverpool, fly to Gloucester and then back to Liverpool. or you can start from Gloucester, fly to Liverpool and then back to Gloucester. Everybody will then fly to Welshpool for tea and medals

The twist is that everyone must use a similar-sounding callsign (e.g.  G-OOMF, GOMFM, G-MOOF etc). This will require pilots and controllers each to pay careful attention, and will no doubt result in mistaken itentities and much hilarity all round. Callsigns must be pre-registered in the forum.

Club members will find more information and the callsign sign-up in the Events forum.
Start Time and Place 19:30 BST on the apron at Gloucester and Liverpool.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups.The distance between Gloucester and Liverpool is approximately 90nm. Anticipate spending about 2 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. including the recently released Liverpool Extreme
Very high detail scenery for FSX covering the Sleap/Shawbury/Welshpool 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.
Flight Planning You will be choosing one of the following options:


The route is at the pilot's discretion. Your intermediate stops may be full stop landings, stop and gos, or touch and gos, as you choose, but each leg must be filed and PIREPed separately.

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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