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Club Events - River Severn Ramble
River Severn - from sea to source Briefing by: Peter Dodds
Briefing 1st September 2017
Overview The September Event is to trace the route of the River Severn, England's longest river) from sea to source.
Flight Planning

There's a very simple briefing for this one. Start at Cardiff and follow the River Severn to it's source. Just a couple of clues to help: You will pass Bristol, Gloucester, Wolverhampton, Sleap and Welshpool Aerodromes en route, in case you need a comfort break, fuel, or tea. You will pass at least one famous racecourse. If you get to Llanidloes, in the Monmouthshire hills, you are nearly there.

After finding the source - continue to Talybont (X7TB) - a small farm strip on the west coast to end the flight. If you don't fancy Talybont's bumpy grass and sheep droppings, or haven't got the UK Farm Strips installed, continue north to Llanbedr. However, to collect your star you must at least do a touch and go at Talybont.

At 100 knots the flight should take about 1 hour 45 minutes to Talybont.

Start Time and Place The event may be flown on any day in September, starting from Cardiff .
What Aircraft can I fly Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA GA category. A slow one, such as a microlight or helicopter might be best.
Weather 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!
Plan-G For best flight planning, use the OpenTopomap map base, as the river is shown and labelled all the way, and there is even a special symbol at the source.
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: Peter Dodds
Briefing: Peter Dodds/ Tony Driver.
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