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Can you find Howland Island?
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Club Events - Amelia Earhart
Can you find Howland Island? Planning John Cronan, Briefing: David Buderim
Briefing 1st June 2016
Overview

Can you find Howland Island where Amelia Earhart went missing?
The real start airport is too far away so we'll be starting from the nearest airport PCIS (Canton AFLD).

Start Time and Place

The event may be flown on any day in June

Scenery

John has made FSX scenery for the airport at Howard Island.
You can fly without this scenery and land on the default island (but you won't have a runway or NDB). The scenery file can be downloaded from HERE

What Aircraft can I fly

Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA GA category.

Flight Plannong

Your flight plan should show:

  • Departure = PCIS
  • Destination = KHAQ
  • Route = Direct
  • Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
Take off from PCIS. The heading is 296 degrees for 364nm.
The challenge is using real weather and compensating for winds over a long distance.
Hand flying is an extreme challenge but heading and altitude hold is fine.
There is an NDB on the island (333kHz) which should kick in as you get closer (You'll need John's scenery for this).

At 120 knots this Route should take about 3 hours.

Plan-G There is no Plan-G file for this Event.
ATC

There is no ATC for this Event.

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: John Cronan (idea and scenery), David Buderim - testing. Briefing: David Buderim.
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