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Club Events - Scouts Honour
A Hiking Tour of the Derbyshire Peak District in an appropriate aircraft.
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General Handling, Navigation and Circuits from Gloucester Briefing by: Peter Dodds.
Briefing Event Date: 20th May 2013  
Start Time and Place Start on the Apron at Leeds Bradford Airport (EGNM). The flight may be made at any time during Monday 20th May.
Departure and Duration Depart when ready. The distance is approximately 76 nm, plus an additional 50nm if you choose (optional) to return to Leeds Bradford. However, you won't want to be flying fast, as you will discover as you read on.
Weather ...or not Before starting we will check the weather. If it is unsuitable for our TOR 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.

Our event this month is strictly for the former Boy Scouts and Wolf Cubs among us. We are going to be taking a TOR of the Derbyshire Peak District, since hiking is one of those classic Scouting pastimes, along with campfires and sing-alongs. You can sing along as you fly if you wish, but no campfires in your aircraft please. What you will have to do, though is some careful map reading, like all good Boy Scouts and Cubs, because this month, we aren't giving you the flight plan. Get out your maps, compasses and Plan-G and find the waypoints yourself. They are mostly the tops of the Peaks.

Scouts are also supposed to be observant, as are pilots, so at five of the waypoints en route there is a large ridge tent erected. The route takes us over a number of the Derbyshire Peaks, with our final destination a grass strip called Arclid, near Sandbach (which is actually in Cheshire). If finding remote grass strips is not your thing, you can land at Tatenhill (EGBM). Finally, if you wish, you can fly back north over the Peak District, or slightly east over the Derwent Dams, and return to Leeds Bradford.

Club members will find a discussion topic on the Events forum.

Flight Plan

For this event, members must create their own Flight Plan. If you have UK2000 Airports Volume 3 (Northern England) installed, then from Leeds Bradford, the route takes you some 16 nautical miles broadly south west to Huddersfield Crosland Moor Airfield (EGND). Crossland Moor has a steeply sloping 07/25 runway, real world, such that all landings are uphill to the west, and all take offs downhill to the east, regardless of the wind direction. Pay your landing fee and help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee. Put your payment in the honesty box. When refreshed, start the tour proper by taking off and flying south to Bleaklow Head, the first of our Derbyshire Peaks.

If you do not have UK2000 Volume 3 installed, depart Leeds Bradford and proceed directly to Bleaklow Head.

From Bleaklow Head, continue south to Featherbed Top, then slightly west of south to Kinder Scout, the highest peak in the district. Then turn south east to Mam Tor, then north east to Hollins Cross; continuing northeast to Back Tor and Lose Hill, before turning again slightly south of east and first flying over Win Hill then crossing over the Ladybower Dam. Turn a little more south east to Over Owler Tor, then sharply right onto a near westerly heading to find Camp Hill Glider Station. Continue west, on a slightly longer west-sou'-west leg which takes you to Cats Tor, followed by a turn almost due south for the short leg to Shining Tor. Continue south to the town of Leek (which is actually in Staffordshire). Finally, head west-nor'-west, overflying Biddulph to a landing at Arclid grass strip, (which is in default FSX as EG30). There, Akayla or your Patrol Sixer will be waiting with tin mugs of hot tea, (guaranteed to burn your lips on first sip)! If you can't find Arclid, and these grass strips can be the devil to spot, then head for Tatenhill (EGBM).

For your VATSIM Flight Plan, it is sufficient to put your departure and destination airfields and in the route box "VFR - photographic tour east of Manchester, not above 3500 feet. REMOCAS ". (A point for knowing what that means, and another one for complying with it!). Don't forget to put in the comments box "/V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB".
Airfield charts and information for UK are available from the AIS web site.  Tourist information about the Peak District is prolific on the web.

The Challenge

The five sixes of 1st Edale Scout Troop have each climbed one of the higher peaks and pitched their tent there, ready for some semaphore signalling practice. At each of the five locations, they have written in large limestone blocks on the ground the name of one of their well known knots. Do you know your sheet bend from your lamb shank; your reef from your granny? Unfortunately, some of the peaks are rather boggy, and some of the blocks have sunk into the peat, so that only part of the name is visible. You will have to search your memory to remember the full name. Each six will also have planted their flag alongside their tent. You will have to fly this TOR as slowly as you can in parts to be able to spot the tents pegged out on these peaks, which form some of the flight waypoints. Recognising the peaks themselves shouldn't be too hard - they are the high bits! Quite high, in fact - Kinder Scout, the highest Peak, rises to 2,087ft.

Now it also happens that the floor of Manchester's Control Area (CTA - Class D airspace - permission required to enter) in the area around Buxton and Leek is down at 3,000ft, and the Terminal manoevring Area (TMA) floor is at 3,500ft. That is Class A airspace, and you simply aren't allowed there in your scout-mobiles (see below). Just a mile or so to the East of Macclesfield is the eastern boundary of Manchester's Control Zone (CTR) from Surface to 3,000ft and you won't be welcome there either.

The further challenge - actually it probably makes it easier because they are sedate birds, is that you must fly one of four freeware aircraft: - The Bellanca Scout from Long Island Classics, the FS default Piper Cub, the Auster Autocrat from, recently introduced into Club life, or, for you Cessna enthusiasts, the Cessna L19 Bird Dog by Massimo Taccoli, available from Simviation.

Charts and Scenery

For preference, use the photographic scenery covering the area. An aeronautical chart in either 1:500000 or 1:250000 scale will help identify Manchester's Controlled Airspace (CAS). You can also use Plan-G of course. A 1:50:000 map of the Peak District would be a distinct advantage, although all the peaks named above can be identified on Plan G version 3, although you may need to adjust the zoom level to see each one.

A set of special scenery files for the event has been created, which provide the tents with their flag poles and limestone block words as described above. You are encouraged to report what you find, in the forum after the event.

PIREPS In order to be correctly awarded a star for this event, you must log each flight separately in the Club PIREP system. A flight is defined as one take of and one landing. Some members therefore may make two flights for this event, some one, and some perhaps three if they return to Leeds Bradford

Radio Discipline

Keep a listening watch on Manchester's Radar (Approach) frequency (118.575), and if a Transponder is fitted, squawk 7366, which tells Manchester Radar that you are monitoring their frequency. Advise them of your position if you think there could be a conflict, although your most northerly waypoint is well clear of their runway 23 approach path. The following is important (taken from the NATS AIS Textual data for EGCC)

"Pilots flying within 5 nm of Manchester CTR and maintaining a listening watch only on the Manchester Approach frequency may select code 7366. Selection of 7366 does not imply the receipt of an ATC service. Aircraft displaying the code are not expected to contact ATC under normal circumstances, remain responsible for their own navigation, separation, terrain clearance and are expected to remain clear of the Manchester CTR at all times. When an aircraft ceases to maintain a listening watch or is no longer flying within 5 nm of the Manchester CTR, the pilot will deselect transpoder code 7366."

Take care not to let your 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 may be 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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