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Club Events - Splash Down in Scotland
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Club Events - Splash Down in Scotland
Test your Floatplane Skills Briefing by: Edward Warnell.
  Briefing Monday 18th June, 2012  
Overview Juneís event is a bit different from normal CIX events lately. It will challenge the pilot but still maintaining the fun that comes from flying in a group. It is floatplane event so get your waterproofs on; it's going to get a bit damp. It involves flying to a given Latitude and Longitude and reporting back what that point is.
Start Time and Place The event will take place on 18th June with two slot times. One event will take place beginning at 19:30 Local, and the other one will begin at 21:00 Local.
The start location will be Loch Moy in Scotland. If possible please can participants be on teamspeak between 19:30-19:40 so that I can give everyone their co-ordinates. Do not begin your flight before everyone has received their co-ordinates, as I will also be giving everyone a specific start gate and take off slot number, so there isnít a confliction of two people flying to the same co-ordinate together
Aircraft for this event will be floatplanes, either fully float or amphibian, as long as it is under 5000kg
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.

Use of Plan-G 

Plan- G is advised to be used in this event BUT traffic must be turned to 0 for the duration of the event but you are allowed to have your moving aircraft. This is to prevent Ďfollow the leaderí which iím sure some people might get the urge to do it you are getting lost.
Scenery The scenery for the start location of Loch Moy for FSX can be downloaded here. To install just place the June 2012 Event folder into your FSX Addon Folder, start flight simulator and click on scenery library, add area, then go into your FSX add-on scenery folder and select June event 2012 and click ok.
Flight Planning So the layout of the event is as follows:
  1. Everyone starts at Loch Moy in a floatplane, connected to VATSIM and TeamSpeak. When you are ready to set off, I will be in a separate room on TeamSpeak and when you come into this room, I will give you a Lat and Long for you to fly to. (If there is already someone else in there with me, please wait till they leave before entering & donít tell anyone the co-ordinates when back in the main lobby)
  2. Everyone will fly to their co-ordinates and upon reaching them you must come into the room and let me know according to Plan-G what you are overhead. I will then give another co-ordinate and you should do the same as before for this co-ordinate, there will be 3 co-ordinates in all, with the last one being a landing zone.
  3. It will last approximately 1 hr 30 mins to 2 hours depending on how everyone is coping finding the locations.
  4. All locations will be out of controlled airspace but you can do zone transits if ATC allows to get to your co-ordinates
Your flight plan should show:
Departure: XLMY
Destination: XLIN
Route: VFR
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has not been positively arranged, but we are working on having good ATC available for the 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: Edward Warnell & Mel Kirk.
Briefing: Edward Warnell.
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