The CIX VFR Club Norwich Mayhem
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Briefing MAY 2022

Initially created by retired member Mel Kirk, this event is a test of many aspects of flying and airmanship, as well as being great fun. To get the best of all of that from the event, you will need to plan it well, anticipate possible problems and appropriate solutions. Above all, enjoy.


The event is centred on Norwich EGSH. It involves SET ROUTES for each aircraft. All Fights begin and end at Norwich. There are 2 routes, ODD - Clockwise and EVEN - Anticlockwise.

Starting at Norwich, Fly to the first airfield for a Land-Turnaround, return to Norwich for a Touch and Go, then depart to the next airfield in your list. The task is completed when you return to Norwich from your last airfield. A "Land-Turnaround" means land, vacate the active runway, taxi immediately to departure and take off when able.

The airfields are:- EGSH Norwich, EG2Z Cromer, EGSV Old Buckenham, EG2U Tibenham and EGSM Beccles. Please read the notes below carefully.

Start Time and Place

Start your simulator with your aircraft at the eastern apron at Norwich, 'cold and dark'. Start time ia 1745Z (1845hrs local) to be ready to commence flying from 1800Z (1900hrs local) on Tuesday May 17th 2022.

Estimated flight time is 2 hours. Your VATSIM flight plan should be from EGSH to EGSH with the comment "Local navigation exercise".

Flight Planning (Plan-G, Little NavMap)

You may expect to have ATC at Norwich, namely Norwich Approach EGSH_APP [119.350] and Norwich Tower EGSH_TWR [124.250]. If available, ATC at the other airfields will be either on-line or on TeamSpeak. to be announced later.

Plan for both of the following:-

Your route will be allocated on startup. please enter "ODD" or " EVEN" in your flight plan remarks section.

CIX VFR CLUB Airfield Data Sheets are available on the website under Operations/Aernautical Information.

When planning your flight, please remember the following:-

  1. Approach is responsible for aircraft outbound and inbound of the Norwich Control Area which is quite large.
  2. Whilst with Approach (or Tower) you MUST follow HEADING, LEVEL and SPEED instructions - don't forget, eventually there will be aircraft flying in and out of Norwich to and from 3 or 4 directions. - Hence the event title! All Norwich VRPs are as published and available to Approach.

  3. Norwich has 2 NDBs and an ILS. Tune the ILS in your NAV2 and it will give you DME distance and direction. Use your heading bug to maintain headings. You may expect Speed control inside the CTA.
  4. Unless instructed by ATC, once you are in a stream of traffic, do not jump in front of the next aircraft. Dependent on the A/C used, this could require careful speed control.
  5. Your flight must follow the sequence shown in the Scenario above. When contacting Norwich Tower, inbound, it would help if
    1. You report at 1nm before entering the CTA at 1500ft on Norwich QFE.
    2. When handed to Tower, state your outbound direction "Tower , G-GATC, for touch and go, departure to the North East". (Direction of next airfield). Ensure you have a 3.5 to 4nm final.
  6. Approach will endeavour to space aircraft from one another. Try to maintain the same separation, or you may have to carry out orbits, an overhead join or a go-around.
  7. If ALL pilots exercise good airmanship, it will be very busy, but will work and be great fun.
  8. CONTROLLED AIRSPACE fFor this event is the Norwich CTA. Due to traffic, ATC may use any of the VRPs; and will give height, heading and possibly speed instructions to each aircraft.
  9. A diagram is available here showing basic routes. Expect inbound height at 1500ft and outbound NOT BELOW 2000ft Norwich QFE. Try to maintain given heights or altitudes within +/- 200ft.
What Aircraft can I fly Any single or twin engine aircraft within the EASA "Light" category (see Club Rules for details). BUT before you decide to use your Mooney Bravo, or King Air, remember you will need to maintain distance from a Cessna C150 flying at 70kts (or less if it is something like a DH Chipmunk) on final and at 100kts in the cruise.
Weather... or Not In order to give everyone a chance to plan with similar weather, unless winds are westerly at less than 8kts, we will use CAVOK and runway 27. I am aware that we have had a number of new members join us since the last Mayhem.
ATC As above, there should be ATC available - EGSH_APP; EGSH_TWR and possibly all the Air/Ground stations in the plan.
Radio Discipline As, hopefully, there could be at least 16 participating aircraft, keep your transmissions short. Also, listen to when aircraft ahead are making their calls, make yours in turn. Tthat way, you will not 'tread on' someone else's transmission.
Club Star Award All CIX VFR Club pilots who complete the event on the day will receive a Club Star award.
Acknowledgements Event planning: Neville Munro
Briefing: Neville Munro/Peter Dodds
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