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Briefing 13th April 2015

For the April Event we will be visiting South Africa - still avoiding the currently rather variable weather in the UK!

Start Time and Place

The event may be flown on any day in April, however it should ideally be flown on Monday 13th April.
I would advise that if you do want to fly with other members during the event then log onto Teamspeak on Monday 13th at 1830z (1930 UK time=BST).
Note: this time is quite early as South Africa does not use "Daylight Saving Time" clock changes, so for our hosts this start time will be 2030 local! (To get the most out of the event and have various landmarks pointed out to us it would be advisable to fly at a time our hosts find convenient!)

What Aircraft can I fly

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

Flight Planning Your flight plan should show:
  • Departure = FAVG (Virginia)
  • Destination = FANC (Newcastle)
  • Route = FAVG to FANC Via GYV (Greytown 113.5 MHz), LYV (Ladysmith 116.5 MHz), NC (Newcastle 415 KHz),
  • Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
At 80 knots this Route should take about 1hour 56 minutes
Flight Planning The Plan-G file for this Event can be downloaded from HERE.

At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has not been confirmed.

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: Mark Hubbard & Len Henning
Briefing: Max Symons.
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