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Club Events - Push-Ups for Pilots: Landings
Polish up those non-standard Approaches and gentle landings.
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Club Events - Push-Ups for Pilots: Gloucester
General Handling, Navigation and Circuits from Gloucester Briefing by: Peter Dodds.
  Briefing Tuesday 27th November 2012  
Start Time and Place From 7:30pm UTC, at the Cix Hangar at Gloucester Staverton airport.
Staggered start times are preferred, so that everyone does not arrive back in the circuit at the same time.
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The distance is approximately 80 nm. Anticipate spending between 1¼ and 2 hours, depending on the length of time you spend on drinking tea in the cafe at our intermediate destinations.
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.
Overview Our event this month takes us on a short tour of the West Midlands to the North and East of Gloucester, in a loop, returning to Gloucester. We will be practicing non-standard landings, which could prove interesting. If you are honest, how long is it since you did a flapless or a glide approach? And what about a low visibility circuit? You may fly the loop clockwise or anticlockwise as you wish.

Club members will find a discussion topic on the Events forum.
Flight Plan For this event, members must create their own Flight Plan. Your route will be Gloucestershire - Croft Farm - Alcester - Wellesbourne Mountford - Enstone - Upper Harford - Gloucestershire. In the comments box, you must enter "/V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB".
Airfield charts and information for UK are available from the AIS web site

Charts and Scenery

For preference, use the photographic scenery covering the area. Part of the exercise will involve landing at Farm Strips (Croft Farm, Alcester and Upper Harford), so you should also install these (downloadable from our web site.) The farm strips are great fun anyway, and there are over 100 of them in the download. The runways are marked only with edge markers, there are no taxiways and few buildings. Finding them is part of the challenge, especially if you have Treescapes installed!
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 topological map. You can also use Plan-G, but don't forget to rebuild the database after you have installed the farm strips.
The Challenge ATC at Gloucester will advise current conditions, and the runway in use, as well as the preferred join procedure.
Some of the following circuit types may be inadvisable if the circuit is busy. You can always come back and practice them another time. Members are requested to perform the following landing techniques:

Normal circuit at Croft Farm
Perform a touch and go with the aircraft in the normal landing configuration at Croft Farm, just to get your eye in, so to speak.

Glide Approach at Alcester

  • Perform a full stop landing without power at Alcester
  • Keep a good lookout for other aircraft in the circuit or on approach
  • Watch out for trees, fences and powerlines. farm strips have traps for the unwary - Oh - and the runways aren't flat!
  • Turn base earlier than you would for a powered circuit.
  • Reduce power to idle. Trim immediately for best glide speed. Set carb heat to hot (if fitted).
  • Do not lower flap until you are assured of overshooting your aiming point
  • Do not attempt to 'stretch the glide' by pitching the nose up if you are undershooting - GO AROUND!
  • Do not hesitate to go around.

Flapless Approach at Wellesbourne Mountford

  • Perform a full stop landing with no flaps set at Wellesbourne Mountford
  • Keep a good lookout for other aircraft in the circuit or on approach
  • Advise ATC if present, when you call downwind that the approach will be "flapless".
  • Your approach will be faster and shallower than with a normal landing, so you will need to extend your downwind leg slightly
  • Landing speed is slightly higher (due to higher stalling speed), and landing roll will be longer

Bad Weather circuit at Enstone

  • Request permission from ATC if present, to perform a bad weather circuit BEFORE commencing this procedure
  • Keep a good lookout for other aircraft in the circuit or on approach
  • Fly overhead the runway in the landing direction at a height of 600ft AGL.
  • Once overhead the upwind threshold, start a continuous level 15 (max) banked turn until downwind.
  • You will fly the downwind leg lower and closer than usual, so be aware of visual perspective changes
  • As you pass the runway threshold, start a timer for 20-30 seconds (depending on wind speed)
  • After 20-30 seconds, start a continuous level 15 (max) banked turn until on final
  • Do not start your final descent until you have a positive clear view of the runway

Precautionary Landing at Upper Harford

A precautionary landing involves a number of low passes of the landing area down to a height of 100ft AGL in order to inspect the area for obstacles and obstructions. The purpose is to facilitate landing in a field or other area when a medical, weather etc. emergency precludes landing at an airfield.

  • Request permission from ATC to perform a precautionary landing procedure BEFORE commencing this procedure
  • Keep a good lookout for other aircraft in the circuit or on approach
  • Establish the aircraft in 'slow safe cruise' configuration (e.g. 75 kts with one stage of flap) at 600ft agl.
  • Approach the runway in the landing direction, descending to approximately 300ft AGL
  • Fly the runway length at 300ft AGL, TO THE RIGHT of the runway. Visually inspect the runway for obstacles
  • At the end of the runway, go around at bad weather circuit height (600ft AGL)
  • Once satisfied that it is safe, make a second approach to 100ft AGL. Go around again at 600ft
  • If satisfied that the area is suitable, make an approach and landing as per the bad weather circuit.

Forced Landing without power at Gloucester

  • Request permission from ATC BEFORE commencing the procedure
  • Approach the overhead of the airport at 2500ft
  • From the overhead position, reduce power to idle. Immediately trim the aircraft for best glide. Apply carb heat if fitted.
  • Commence a glide descent to the runway, using either standard pattern, or constant aspect methods
  • Make appropriate circuit calls
  • Do not hesitate to go around if necessary
  • Be prepared to abandon the procedure if ATC requests this for any reason. Turn away from the field, apply power as necessary and rejoin the standard circuit, or as directed by ATC.

Radio Discipline

Take care not to let your Teamspeak chat cut across ATC, particularly when you can hear aircarft arriving back at Gloucester. 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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