The CIX VFR Club Baron over Ireland
Club Events - Northern Ireland Tour
Visit the Wonderful Northern Ireland
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Club Events - Northern Ireland Tour
Visit the Wonderful Northern Ireland Briefing by: Zack Millar
  Briefing Wednesday 15th August 2012
Overview August's Event is taking the CIX VFR Club out of England. It is an event which will take you around the whole country to experience the amazing Northern Ireland, any aircraft can be used whether it be big or small, slow or fast everyone is welcome.
Start Time and Place The event will take place on 15th August and will start at 19:30 Local. It begin from Newtownards (EGAD)
When logging on at Newtownards, there is only one parking area (the fuel box). DO NOT log on here, as there would be many aircraft doing the same. Find out the runway in use on TeamSpeak first, and then log on when parked on a different runway that is not in use, behind the red runway hold placards.
Any aircraft can be flown on this event aslong as it is classed as a light 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 Aerodrome charts and procedures may be found in the NATS AIP Aerodrome Index.
Flight Planning So the layout of the event is as follows:
  1. Begin at Newtownards (EGAD) and depart VFR to Comber VRP, once overhead Comber VRP, procede to do a zone transit of Belfast Zone to Larne via Whitehad
  2. Proceed along the Antrim coastline to Ballycastle (waypointed route as a guidline), turning for a leg between Ballycastle to Coleraine and land/touch-and-go at Eglinton
  3. Depart Eglinton (EGAE) to the southwest and proceed to the New Buildings VRP (Be careful not to cross the border here, as this is the Shannon FIR Boundary) and fly roughly along the FIR Boundary to Lough Erne and Enniskillen (EGAB). At this point you can either land for a break or perform a touch and go and contrinue enroute.
  4. Depart St Angelo (EGAB) to the east and proceed to Portadown VRP, and then perform a Zone transit to Comber VRP via Saintfield VRP, once at Saintfield VRP, proceed to Newtownards (EGAD) and perform a full stop landing.
From To Track
Leg Altitude
LARNE BALLYCASTLE 330 15 25.7 3000+
COLERAINE EGAE 260 11 17.6 3000+
EGAE NEW BUILDINGS 238 5 8.5 3000+
NEW BUILDINGS EGAB 203 21 34.9 3000+
EGAB PORTADOWN 094 25 42.3 3000+
SAINTFIELD COMBER 033 4 6.4 2000-
COMBER EGAD 048 2 2.5 2000-

Your Flight Plan Should Be As Follows:
Departure: EGAD
Destination: EGAE
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

Departure: EGAE
Destination: EGAD
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

When you File your PiRep then to get your STAR then you should put the two legs in individually as each leg is worth 1/2 STAR. Outbound clearances should be obtained from Belfast Approach (at Newtownards) or Aldergrove Approach (at Enniskillen or Eglinton). However, radio check and airfield information should be obtained on Teamspeak before this call to aid realism.

A Plan-G file of the route can be found here
Airspace Considerations Most of Northern Ireland is uncontrolled airspace, but the Belfast City and Aldergrove areas are riddled with small airspace blocks that WILL catch you out if you're not careful!

-On departure from Newtownards, initially climb not above 2000'amsl to avoid City CTA-3 Class Delta airspace above. Orbit overhead Comber VRP until clearance is given. Once zone transit is approved, follow ATC altitude instructions until clear of Larne, as this is where Belfast TMA-1 terminates. Belfast are usually very good when it comes to zone penetration, but if they have multiple aircraft inbound on the ILS for runway 22, or have aircraft outbound from 04, they may not grant access. This is very unlikely.

-Upon passing the Portadown VRP, another zone transit will be required. The airspace becomes an issue much quicker than one might imagine, as Belfast TMA-1 extends as far south as Ballynahinch and Banbridge. Zone transit here is practically guaranteed unless City are using 04, which requires winds in excess of 10 knots in that direction. In the unlikely event of refusal, the solution is to descend not above 2000'amsl, divert to the right to avoid the small airspace block to the south west of City, and once Ballynahinch is reached, proceed as planned to Saintfield then Comber, again remaining below 2000'amsl.
Since the rest of Northern Ireland is uncontrolled, exploring the areas outside the TMA is perfectly possible and perfectly acceptable should pilots wish. A courtesy advisory call to ATC would be sufficient in this case.
Navigation Aids & Radio Frequencies
Londonderry EGT NDB 328.5Khz
Eglinton I-EGT VOR 108.300Mhz
Enniskillen I-ENN VOR 110.550Mhz
Eglinton EKN NDB 357.5Khz

Newtownards Radio A/G 128.300Mhz
Belfast Approach APP 130.850Mhz
Aldergrove Approach APP 128.500Mhz
Eglinton Approach APP 123.625Mhz
Eglinton Tower TWR 134.150Mhz
Enniskillen Radio A/G 123.200Mhz
Scottish Control CTR [Check VatSpy]
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.
Acknowledgements Event planning: Zack Millar
Briefing: Edward Warnell & Zack Millar.
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