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Put Your Helicopter Skills To The Test
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Club Events - Isle Of Man Heli Shuttle
Put Your Helicopter Skills To The Test Briefing by: Edward Warnell
  Briefing Tuesday 30th October 2012
Overview October's event will put your helicopter flying skills to the test. Departing from Blackpool, you will fly north and cross the Irish sea to Douglas & then on to Ronaldsway airport. After a fuel stop & a freshen up you will fly back across the sea to land at Liverpool Airport.
Start Time and Place The event will take place on 30th October and will take place from 19:30 Local.
The start location will be at the GA parking at Blackpool Airport (EGNH). Any scenery can be used, but I advise using UK2000 Scenery. But there are plenty of good freeware sceneries available on the web.
Aircraft for this event will be any helicopter, Big or Small, Slow or Fast. When setting off the slower helicopters like R22 & R44 helicopters will go first and then the faster helicopters like Jetrangers & AW109's.
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 Blackpool (EGNH) and depart VFR to Poulton Railway Station VRP, once overhead Poulton Railway Station VRP, procede to Fleetwood Golf Course VRP
  2. When overhead Fleetwood Golf Course VRP continue heading Northwards till you reach Walney Island NDB. Once overhead, set Carnane NDB and fly across the Irish Sea until overhead Carnane. Remember that if Isle Of Man approach is online, request a Zone transit as you will be entering the zone from the East. Continue south and land at Ronaldsway Airport (EGNS)
  3. Depart Ronaldsway (EGNS) and fly back across the Irish sea till you reach Formby Point VRP just outside Liverpool Zone. When onroute to Seaforth VRP, request a zone entry from Liverpool if online or London Control, which ever one is online. If no one is online just report your intentions on unicom.
  4. When overhead Seaforth follow ATC instruction to Liverpool Airport (EGGP).
From To Track
Leg Altitude
EGNH Poulton Station 023 3 4.4 (ATC)
Poulton Station Fleetwood Golf Course 339 3 4.9 2000+
Fleetwood Golf Course Walney island NDB 330 6 9.2 2000+
Walney Island NDB Carnane NDB 280 31 46.6 2000+
Carnane NDB EGNS 237 4 5.8 (ATC)
EGNS Formby Point 127 42 62.6 2000+
Formby Point Seaforth 163 4 6.2 2000+
Seaforth EGGP 145 7 9.9 (ATC)

Your Flight Plan Should Be As Follows:
Departure: EGNH
Destination: EGNS
Route: Poulton Station/ Fleetwood Golf Course/ Walney Island NDB/ Carnane NDB
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

Departure: EGNS
Destination: EGGP
Route: Formby Point/ Seaforth
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

When you file your PiRep to get your STAR you should put the two legs in individually as each leg is worth 1/2 STAR.

Plan-G files and both FSX & FS9 Flight plans of the routes can be found here
Navigation Aids & Radio Frequencies
Walney Island FN NDB 306 Khz
Carnane CAR NDB 366.5 Khz
RWY NDB 359 Khz
Liverpool LPL NDB 349.5Khz

Blackpool Tower TWR 118.400Mhz
Blackpool Approach APP 119.950Mhz
Ronaldsway Approach APP 120.850Mhz
Ronaldsway Tower TWR 118.900Mhz
Liverpool Approach APP 119.850Mhz
Liverpool Tower TWR 129.350Mhz
London 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: Edward Warnell
Briefing: Edward Warnell.
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