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Briefing 17th June 2015

The June Event we will be visiting a selection of Wiltshire's pre-historic sites of interest - mainly the collection of "white horses". (Some of these it must be admitted are not that ancient, having been created/cut into the hillside in relatively modern times!)
We will be overflying not only the white horses but the great stone circle of Stonehenge. (I had the privilege to know the last commandant of RAF Chilmark who informed me that in the logs of the station he discovered that one of his predecessors had applied to have the stones levelled as they stuck up so high as to present a "Hazard to aviation"!)
While not absolutely necessary, this event will be much more fun for those who have "photo" scenery and can identify the ground landmarks.

Start Time and Place

The event may be flown on any day in June, however the date of Wednesday 17th has been chosen for those who wish to fly in company.
I would advise that if you do want to fly with other members on the 17th then log onto Teamspeak by 1900z (2000 UK Local).

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 = EGLS (Old Sarum)
  • Destination = EGTK (Oxford)
  • Route = EGLS to EGTK Via Old Sarum Castle, Map of Australia (*), Fovant Badges, Dinton Village hall, Stonehenge, Longleat 3D, White horse - Wetsbury, White Horse - Rundway, White horse - Alton Barnes, White horse - Pewsey, White horse - Marlborough (small nr running track), Avesbury Stone Circle, White Horse - Cherlhill, White Horse - Hackpen, White Horse Broad Town - faint, restoring, JUNCTION 15 (M4 MOTO, White Horse - Kingston Lisle, Grove Disused, FARMOOR RESERVOIR, Blenheim Palace.
  • Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /

At 80 knots this Route should take about 1hour 30 minutes.

(*) The map of Australia was above the tented barracks where the ANZAC regiments were quartered before being sent into action in WWI. It is now so faded/overgrassed that it can only be detected on foot, and then only if you know what to look for! Unless your photo scenery has been "touched-up" do not expect to discern this feature.
Quite a lot of the villages, in particular Compton Chamberlin and Baverstock have a large number of Military graves, the soldiers having come to the UK straight from their summer to the middle of our winter and quickly succumbed to pneumonia before ever seeing action.

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: David Buderim, John Cronan, and Jim Cartwright
Briefing: Max Symons.
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