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Briefing 24th March 2015

The March Event will be "Sydney Scenic" a flight around the Sydney area of Australia starting and finishing at Bankstown.

David has supplied us with a copy of the comprehensive Visual Pilot Guide (VPG) Sydney Basin, which is referenced in the following briefing.

Start Time and Place

The event may be flown on any day in March, however it should ideally be flown on Tuesday 24th March starting at about 1930z (1930 UK Local) to join in with other members.

What Aircraft can I fly

Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA GA category.

VPG Pages Altitude Heading Distance  Description
14 - 23  Bankstown aerodrome description and general procedures.
25 <2000 6.5  Depart Bankstown to Parramatta CBD.
 Rwy 29 heading 010
 Rwy 11 heading 350
25 <2500 20 6  At Parramatta CBD turn to Pennant Hills
24 <2500 30 3  Slight right turn to Hornsby railway sheds
24/61/60 <2500 85 10  Turn right to the coast aiming just north of Narrabean Lakes (80 to 85 degrees depending where you turn at Hornsby)
60 1500 150 2  At the coast turn right to Long Reef (sticks out)
72  Text description of Harbour scenic one
73 1500 200 8  At Long Reef commence Harbour Scenic one
73 1500  Do two left hand orbits remaining East of the Harbour Bridge and North of the Opera House
73 1500 50 4  Depart the Opera House heading for North Head (entrance to Sydney harbour is North Head, South Head and Middle head)
73 1500 330 2  Turn towards Manly Beach
73/62 <1000 75 1  At Manly beach turn right and descend to join the coastal route Victor 1
62/63 <1000 170 3  Follow the coast until Seacliff Bridge (way South)
63/64/65 <500 coast  Max altitude changes at South Head SY 8.5 DME
65 <1000 coast  Max altitude changes at Jibbon Point SY 8.5 DME
66 <2500 coast  Max altitude changes at SY 13 DME
67/69 <4500 275 10  Turn inland at Seacliffe Bridge (SY 20 DME)
 Max altitude changes here
68 <4500 350 8  At Appin turn north to Camobelltown
71/70 <2500 15 9  At Campbelltown turn to the 2RN tower (no NDB in FSX)
37/38  Text descriptions for Bankstown inbound from the South via 2RN
35/34/36 <1500  Join Banstown circuit
 Rwy 11 040deg, 1000ft straight in
 Rwy 29 050deg, 1500ft, cross and join downwind on the far side at 500 to 1000ft
Plan-G The Plan-G file for this Event can be downloaded from HERE.
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: David Buderim
Briefing: David Buderim / Tony Driver.
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