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Club Events - NE Shuffle
For one night only: Free shuttle service between Newcastle and Durham!
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Club Events - NE Shuffle
For one night only: Free shuttle service between Newcastle and Durham! Event: Tim Arnot.   Briefing: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 16th November, 2011  
Overview Let me introduce you to the Durham-Newcastle Shuttle service. For one night only, the shuttle will operate between Durham Tees Valley (EGNV) and Newcastle (EGNT). We'll be taking passengers on sightseeing trips between the cities, and the popularity of the event is such that you can expect to be flying fully loaded aircraft the whole time.
Start Time and Place You can choose to start on the apron at Newcastle, or on the apron at Durham Tees valley, at any time from 19:00 UTC. You may specify the time of day within the sim however you wish (day or night).
Objective Carry as many people as you can between the two cities. You must make a minimum of one trip in each direction, but more trips will result in more happy passengers. Note that because these are relatively short trips, a fast plane is not necessarily going to be an advantage.
You must make a full stop landing at each airport, and shut down the engines to allow your passengers to embark and disembark safely. If you need to refuel between legs, a bowser is on hand and can be sent to your aircraft. Please allow 10 minutes for refuelling.
Aircraft This event is open to any aircraft that is capable of carrying passengers, from two-seat Microlights, up to 8-10 seat twins, provided they comply with the club's 7600kg (10,500lbs) MAUW limit. Helicopters are also encouraged.
Single-seat aircraft are not permitted for this event.
Load, Weight & Balance You are required to start each flight with a full complement of passengers. Each seat in your aircraft must be filled. Set the loading within the FS load manager screen such that a realistic weight of person is occupying each seat (typically between 170 and 210 lbs) Don't forget to be reasonably honest with the pilot's weight too... ;) )
You may only carry such fuel as the fully loaded aircraft permits. Pay attention to the weight and balance chart so that the centre of gravity does not go out of limits - you may need to move some of your passengers around!
Weather ...or not Before starting we will check the weather. If it is unsuitable for our trip as planned, then we will fix it.
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.
Remember that at night you can fly into cloud without realising it until you notice that the street lighting down below has disappeared.

Charts and Scenery

Horizon Gen-X v2 scenery provides high resolution photographic textures and a detailed terrain mesh. As an alternative, Ultimate Terrain X Europe provides landclass and vector scenery for roads, railways etc., but uses default textures. UK2000 produces airport scenery that covers both EGNT and EGNV. Additionally there is a club discount available for their EGNT Extreme scenery - see NOTAMs on the forum for details.
You will need charts to cover the route. The CAA half-mil paper chart (or Jeppesen equivalent) is recommended, but alternative software charts can also be used. In addition you will need charts to cover the airports. Thee can be downloaded from NATS, or you can use the AFE or Pooleys VFR guide books.
Flight Planning Each pilot is responsible for planning his own route. The flight rules shall be VFR (or SFVR if you are flying at night), you may adjust your FS weather if need be. Please be aware that both Durham and Newcastle airports are within class D controlled airspace; the normal class D CTR/CTA rules apply. Transition Altitude is 6000ft.
Please file a separate PIREP for each leg flown.

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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