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Club Events - A Short Tour of South India
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Briefing FEBRUARY 2020

We have never been to India before, but it is a very large country.  So a short tour of just the southern half has been chosen for our February 2020 event. Because the distances between airfields are longer that we usually fly, you are recommended to fly a reasonably fast aircraft - probably a twin.


We will depart from Thiruvananthapuram and head north initially, to Cochin International before heading east over a small but high mountain range to Tirachirappalli. The trip then heads north again and makes an anti-clockwise tour over the southern half of the sub-continent before ending right in the centre at Bangalore.

Start Time and Place

This event may be flown at any time during the month of February 2020.

Flight Planning (Plan-G, Little NavMap)

There are nine legs in total, listed below.

  1. Thiruvananthapuram VOTV to Cochin International VOCI
  2. Cochin International VOCI to Tiruchirappalli VOTR
  3. Tiruchirappalli VOTR to Chennai International VOMM
  4. Chennai International VOMM to Vijayawada VOBZ
  5. Vijayawada VOBZ to Hyderabad VOHY
  6. Hyderabad VOHY to Chhatratpati Shivaji International VABB
  7. Chhatratpati Shivaji International VABB to Dabolim Navy VAGO
  8. Dabolim Navy VAGO to Mangalore VOML
  9. Mangalore VOML to Bangalore VOBG
What Aircraft can I fly Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA "Light" category (see Club Rules for details). In view of some of the distances, a light twin would probably be preferable.
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!
ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has been not been confirmed.  Check the connection software for any ATC on line when you fly.
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.
Club Star Award Two of the destination airfields will each be awarded a half star, but which ones will not be published.
Acknowledgements Event Idea: Dan Cooper
Event planning: Dan Cooper
Briefing: Dan Cooper
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