The CIX VFR Club Iceland Tour
Club Events - Christmas Caper 2012
Tour around Iceland.
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Club Events - Christmas Caper 2012
Tour around Iceland. Briefing by: Edward Warnell.
  Briefing Friday 30th November 2012  
This years Christmas Caper is all about flying around the picturesque country of Iceland in the North Atlantic. The event will start and finish at Keflavik Airport.

Everyone should start at Keflavik before the 25th December and follow the seven different flight plans in order for maximum reality. But you can fly at any time during the day or night as long as it is within VFR or SVFR rules.

If you are busy during the Christmas Month but still want to ensure that you get your event star, just make sure that you begin the trip before the 25th December. This allows time for you to do the whole trip without rushing to complete it on the last day.
Plans and Route route

We will be starting off on the west side of Iceland at Keflavik airport (BIKF). The trip is set out so that you can do 1 flight a day for 7 days. This is to allow people to get to the same stage as others.

Flight Plans
The flight plans for FSX, FS2004 (FS9), and Xplane 9 and 10 can be found in the Flight Plans ZIP file, which you can download HERE.

The flight durations given below for each leg are for an aircraft flying at 90 knots.
Time, Day,
and Month

Due to being so close to the Artic circle, during the winter months, Iceland sees very little or even no sunlight at all, and because we will be flying in December, if we use the current date and time in FS then it will be night time, which is not allowed for completing the event under VFR conditions. To compensate for this, you are allowed to change the date and time so that it will remain light for the duration of your flight. I found that changing it to the end of September into October was the best time to do this as it is still light during the day. But feel free to test this till you find the best results for yourself.

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.

 



Day 1
BIKF-BIVM
routeLeg 1 starts off from Keflavik airport on the western side of the country. After departure head north to Keflavik NDB before flying easterly to the Ellidavatn NDB. Once overhead continue on a heading of 102 to your first airport, Vestmannaeyjar. The total time for this leg is 56 Mins

Navigation Aids
Keflavik NDB 364 KHz
Ellidavatn NDB 335 KHz

Radio Frequencies
Keflavik BIKF Ground- 121.900
Tower- 118.300
Approach- 119.300
Vestmannaeyjar BIVM Tower- 118.500
 


Day 2
BIVM-BIHN
route

Leg 2 departs from Vestmannaeyjar (BIVM) flying to INGO VOR on a heading of 092. Continue on a heading of 064 to Hornafjordur airport. Total time for this leg is 1Hr 41Mins.

Navigation Aids
INGO VOR 112.4MHz

Radio Frequencies
Vestmannaeyjar BIKF Tower- 118.500
Horhafjordur BIHN Unicom - 122.800
Day 3
BIHN-BIVO
route

Leg 3 is the furthest east that is flown on this event. It takes you to the eastern side of Iceland. After departing Hornafjordur (BIHN) head to Svinafell NDB on a heading of 336. Continue on a north east heading to the next waypoint of Dalatangi NDB, and then continue on a north west heading to your destination of Vopnafjordur. Total time for this leg is 1Hr 24 Mins

Navigation Aids
Svinafell NDB 360 KHz
Dalatangi NDB 307.5 KHz

Radio Frequencies
Horhafjordur BIHN Unicom - 122.800
Vopnafjordur BIVO Unicom - 122.800
Day 4
BIVO-BIGR
routeLeg 4 takes you to the only airport in Iceland which is separate from the mainland. This leg will take about 1Hr 24Mins. After leaving Vopnafjordur fly on a heading of 265 to Reykjahlid NDB. Then fly for 20 NM north west to Gardur NDB and then head north on a heading of 342 to Grimsey airport.

Navigation Aids
Reykjahlid NDB 405 KHz
Gardur NDB 377 KHz

Radio Frequencies
Vopnafjordur BIVO Unicom - 122.800
Grimsey BIGR Unicom - 122.800
Day 5
BIGR-BIGJ
route

Leg 5 takes you over some very beautiful scenery. It is about 120Nm distance taking approx 1hr 25Mins to fly at 90 Knots. After departing Grimsey fly on a heading of 212 to Langholt NDB which will take you over some stunning terrain. Then fly north west to Gjogur airport.

Navigation Aids
Langholt NDB 334 KHz

Radio Frequencies
Grimsey BIGR Unicom - 122.800
Gjogur BIGJ Unicom - 122.800
 

Day 6
BIGJ-BIRF
route
Leg 6 takes you around the north west side of Iceland continuing to fly over spectacular scenery. Leaving Gjogur fly on a heading of 276 to Ogur NDB. Continue on the same heading to Isafjordur airport. You do not have to land at this airport. Continue to Bjargtangar NDB before flying the last section of this leg to Rif Airport. This leg will take approx 1Hr 33Mins.

Navigation Aids
Ogur NDB 400 KHz
Bjargtangar NDB 405 KHz

Radio Frequencies
Gjogur BIGJ Unicom - 122.800
Rif BIRF Unicom - 122.800
Day 7
BIRF-BIKF
routeThe last leg of this event will take you from Rif airport back to your starting point, Keflavik. After departing Rif fly to Stykkisholmur airport. You do not have to land at this airport. Follow the coast down to Reykjavik NDB. You will then have to request a zone entry as you will be flying via 2 more NDB's to get to your destination which are both in the Keflavik and Reykjavik airspace. Continue to Keflavik NDB, then land back at Keflavik. This leg will take approx 1Hr 14Mins to complete.

Navigation Aids
Reykjavik NDB 379 KHz
Keflavik NDB 364 KHz

Radio Frequencies
Rif BIRF Unicom - 122.800
Keflavik BIKF Ground- 121.900
Tower- 118.300
Approach- 119.300
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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