Pack your thermals, we're off to Norway! This special event covers the whole month of December, and takes us for a tour of the spectacular Norwegian fjords. See the Briefing document for full details.
Channel Islands Challenge
You'll need your life jackets for our first Star Event! We'll be departing Bournemouth for Jersey, and then stopping at Guernsey and Alderney before returning to Bournemouth for Tea and Medals. Leave plenty of space in your luggage for duty frees, and grab the chance for some cheap fuel! See the Briefing document for full details.
Push-Ups For Pilots
Howgood are your flying skills? When was the last time you performed a steep turn? Or a glide approach, or a power-off stall? We will set off from Gloucester for an evening of General Handling, with a navigation exercise and some circuits thrown in for good measure. The Briefing Document is by Tim Arnot.
East Anglia Revisited
19 and 26 September
Another trip to Norwich, routing via Southend, Clacton, and Beccles, to Norwich on the 19th, and returning over Bury St Edmunds, via Cambridge, Luton, and Stapleford on the 26th. It is a longish trip so it's best to start early and get out one of your faster aircraft if you hoped to complete it. The outbound Briefing Document and the return Briefing Document were prepared by Tony Driver.
The 4th virtual Sywell Airshow took place on Thursday 4th September, having been postponed from its normal July date. The 2-4-CIX Display Team had been preparing for it since the end of last year's show. From comments made in the club forum, their display was expected to be even better this year, and they didn't disappoint their spectators. As usual, those members who were not part of the display team were invited to fly in before the show started, and depart again afterwards. Visitors had to be on the ground at Sywell before 1820z. The display started at 1830z.
Maurice Murphy and Richard Sinclair have been working on Gliding in FS since May, when our Events Survey indicated that several members would be interested in gliding. Peter Dodds has written a beginner's guide making the results of their research available to our members. He planned an event around Long Mynd to help get us all started. There were a few files to download and install, and some new concepts to learn, but with Peter's guide it's not too difficult. He provided download links, full installation instructions for both FS9 and FSX, as well as advice on flying a glider. He claimed that the result is very rewarding. However, he advised members to practise their gliding skills before the event. Peter's document includes a final section on Advanced Gliding for those who want to get deeper into gliding in Flight Simulator. For details of the event see Peter's Briefing Document.
Tim Arnot's Air Racing Season started 2nd March, and completed 3rd August. It included races at Bembridge, Compton Abbas, Shobden, Sywell, Abbeville, and Alderney, with circuits all designed by Tim. Ten club members took part but only two flew in all six races. Tim was overall winner with 37 points, and Al Regina was second seven points behind. For full details see: Air Racing.
Kirkbride Air Show
John Cronan and Jim Cartwright have been seen in the skies, south of RAF Valley down the Welsh coast, and in several other locations, in their jet trainers - BAE Hawks. We are expecting them to put on a display at Kirkbride on Monday 21st July. John and Jim are looking for an outlet for their enthusiasm, together with an appreciative audience, so let's all support them at Kirkbride. Other members are invited to fly from Carlisle to Kirkbride in order to watch their display. There could be some other displays by members of the 2-4-CIX team. An optional return flight to Carlisle is on the cards after the display. For more details see the Briefing Document.
Jersey Fly In
Matt Scott, who often flies to real world Jersey, suggested that we take part in the 2008 Jersey International Air Rally, which was due to take place Friday 27th to Sunday 29th. In order to take advantage of the VATSIM Channel Islands Tuesdays operations, we decided to make it the Tuesday before the real world event. Matt normally departs from Bournemouth real world, but as it's Tuesday, I decided to plan a flight down from our Gloucestershire base location, passing over Bournemouth. For full details see the Briefing Document written by Tony Driver, based on suggestions from Matt Scott.
Richard Sinclair and Peter Dodds prepared another mini event for us out of Barton. They sent us into the Manchester Control Zone for some sight seeing. As we had decided to change our Monday location from Barton to Liverpool, we selected Liverpool as our alternate destination and diverted there at the end of the flight. For full details see the Briefing Document written by Peter Dodds. Ideas and routing for the event by Richard Sinclair.