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Club Events - Otherton Fly-In
Microlights only for this trip to this Staffordshire grass strip
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Club Events - Otherton Fly-In
Microlights only for this trip to this Staffordshire grass strip Briefing by: Max Symons.
  Briefing Monday 20th February, 2012  
Overview February's event is a microlight fly-in to the small grass strip at Otherton. (This field only accepts microlights and small light aircraft.)

Club members will find more information in the Events forum. There will be four parts to this exercise: -
1) Flight planning bearing in mind restrictions place on microlight aircraft.
2) A flight from Birmingham to Otherton (EGBB to EG2K) For this event special permission has been obtained for microlight rules to be relaxed, allowing us to depart and arrive back at Birmingham!
3) A local sightseeing flight out of Otherton to overfly the disused WWII Training Airfield at Weaton Aston, returning back to Otherton. (EG2K to EG2K)
4) A flight from Otherton to Birmingham (EG2k to EGBB)
Start Time and Place On the apron at Birmingham (EGBB), from 19:00 local. Please see below for departure timing.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. One of the aims is to maximise and thus gain experience of a crowded circuit. Departures from Birmingham should be timed for arrival at Otherton as close as possible to 20:00 (for the larks) or 21:30 (for the owls)!
Aircraft
For this event you will need a microlight aircraft, either fixed or flexwing (3-axis or weightshift).
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 

Charts for Otherton are available here. For en-route of course there is always Plan-G.
Flight Plan Part of the exercise is to produce your own flight plans: -
a) From EGBB to Otherton,
b) Local flight from Otherton to overfly the DA at Weaton Aston
c) From Otherton back to EGBB

Points to bear in mind: -
1) In general: microlight aircraft are not allowed to overfly habitation. (This means we will have to depart Birmingham to the east!)
2) Arrivals at Otherton: Approach from East or West only, straight in to overhead from 2nm out. Join overhead not below 1000ft aal. (1340ft QNH)
3) Circuits at Otherton: at 500ft aal, RH Rws 07,11 and 16. LH Rws 34,29 and 25.Curved approach recommended on to Rws 16R and 25L to avoid no fly zone. No touch and goes except in an emergency.
4) Departures from Otherton: Climb in overhead to minimum 1200ft aal. Depart East or West, maintain heading until 2 nm from airfield before turning on course.
DO NOT OVERFLY Penkridge town, the village or farm buildings to the north of the airfield or Gailey lake wildlife reserve and the farm to the South. The approach to Otherton must be either from the East or the West (There are “no-fly” zones both to the North and the South.)
5) Otherton is “Non-ICAO”, in the virtual world it has the fictitious code of EG2K

If really stuck for flight planning PM Max Symons 2 days before the event for a suggested flight plan, and suggested timings. Include in your PM the cruise speed of your chosen microlight aeroplane.

Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
Altitude: VFR.

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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