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Club Events - From Bogart to Hemingway: The Florida Keys
A pleasant early evening cruise through the Florida Keys
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Club Events - From Bogart to Hemingway: The Florida Keys
A pleasant early evening cruise through the Florida Keys Briefing by: Tim Arnot.
  Briefing Wednesday 25th January, 2012  
Overview January's event is a pleasure cruise through the Florida Keys. We will start at Key Largo (Bogart movie night anyone?) and fly to Key West, for a spot of fishing

Club members will find more information in the Events forum.
Start Time and Place 19:30z on the apron at Key Largo Ocean Reef Club, 07FA.
For added benefit, set the time in your sim to about an hour before sunset. This will result in a sunset arrival at Key West, and no doubt lead to a lot of nice entries for the screenshot competition...
Departure and Duration We will depart and fly individually or in small groups. The route is approximately 100 nm. Anticipate a flight time of about about an hour, depending on the speed of your aircraft.
For this event you will need an amphibious aircraft. Although we will be leaving from a regular runway, our destination is definitely of the watery kind. For general advice on flying and particularly landing seaplanes, see the following link:
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.

Charts and Scenery

Charts for a number of Bahamas airports are available here. Sectional charts are available on SkyVector and of course there is always Plan-G.
Caribbean scenery is available for both FS9 and FSX. For FSX, look for 'Caribbean Seaplane Tours'. For FS9 look for 'Freeflow Bahamas'. Both can be downloaded from
Flight Plan VATSIM Flight Plan:
Departure = 07FA
Destination = 61FD
Route =  CSP8 CSP3 EYW
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
Altitude: VFR.

Return Leg
We've managed to negotiate a club discount at one of the nicer hotels in the historic district, but if you wish, you can head back through the keys, and maybe stop off at some of the other seaplane bases. A suggested route and map is included. (note: this is not compulsory)

Suggested stopping off points include:
FA75 Flying Bonefish
FA05 Holiday Isle
42FL Plantation key

VOR Tracking

The Instrument Flight document in the Training section of the club web site contains a section on VORs and how to use them. If you are unsure how to track a VOR radial, download and have a look at this.
The document covers the use of NDB and DME for direction and distance measurements as well.

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.
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