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Club Events - France For Lunch
CIX Learn French Briefing by: Edward Warnell
  Briefing Monday 21st-27th July 2014
Overview This event is a simply navigation flight from Biggin Hill to Le Touquet in France. It involves flying to VOR's and airfields and taking in some stunning British scenery on the way. Le Touquet is a very common destination for real world pilots to visit from UK as it is only a very short trip and a very nice airport to fly into.
Start Time, Place and Aircraft The event will take place between Monday 21st July to Sunday 27th July. You can fly this event whenever you would like but a group flight is scheduled for Friday 25th July from 1900 local, 1800z.
The start location will be Biggin Hill (EGKB) and after your flight you will end up at Le Touquet (LFAT). If possible try to fly this event in an aircraft which was built between 1940-1965.
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.
Flight Planning So the layout of the event is as follows:
  1. This brief contains timings and headings with an IAS as 100kts and Wind as 000/00kts.
  2. Depart from Biggin Hill (EGKB) and head 125 for a duration of 4 minutes. This should take you to Sevenoaks VRP which hopefully an ATC will have given you a departure to.
  3. From Sevenoaks tune your NAV radio to 115.95mhz to pick up HLS VOR and fly to the VOR which should take approximately 11 Minutes. If you are not equipped with navigational equipment or prefer not to use it then fly heading 114 for 11 minutes and you should be overhead Lashenden/Headcorn (EGKH).
  4. Once overhead Lashenden/Headcorn tune NAV to 114.95mhz and follow to DVR VOR. If not using navigational equipment fly heading 091 for 16 minutes to DVR VOR. When at DVR tune 114.05mhz to pick up LYD VOR or fly heading 235 and fly down the coastline taking in the stunning White Cliffs and Folkstone harbour.
  5. When you reach LYD VOR or Lydd airport (EGMD), head 137 taking you out across the not so inviting English channel. Hopefully you should be basically flying right towards the ILS for Le Touquet (LFAT). If runway 14 is in use and you are suitably equipped then attempt an ILS approach and landing. The ILS frequency is 110.15 and the localiser heading is 136 If you are not ILS equipped then continue to land at Le Touquet keeping in mind others may be "shooting the ILS".
  6. The flight should take around 1hr 07 when flying under the conditions as stated at the top of this plan. Try to take some pictures of the flight.
  7. A Plan-G file and information about the castle you will be spotting during the route can be found here
Your flight plan for the trip should show:
  • Departure: EGKB
  • Destination: LFAT
  • Route: Sevenoaks/HLS/DVR/LYD
  • Comments: /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has not been confirmed.
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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