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Briefing 23rd April 2018

The Club set up its first operational base at Biggin Hill Airport in February 2004. Since then members have made many hundreds, possibly thousands of flights in and out of this famous World War II Fighter base, now a significant civil airport serving London's Bizjet passengers.  So much so, that the two flying clubs which operate there in the real world, have been asked to leave, because the airport needs to put more resources into the business community.

The Club has been considering operning a more northerly base for a while, so it was decided, with not a little sadness, to mimic the real world, and close our base at Biggin Hill. So we need to move all our aircraft and equipment out of Biggin Hill, and transport it all to Sherburn-in-Elmet, the new northern base airfield. The heavy stuff will go by virtual road, but we will fly our aircraft out, naturally.

Start Time and Place This event is scheduled for Monday April 23rd 2018.
Flight Planning

This is quite a tricky route to plan as it gets tangled up with a number of airfields, both civil and military, on the est side of the penines all the way north.  Firstly the route crosses the Thames at Dartford, then moves north to Stapleford Aerodrome, where we enter the Luton low level corrider.  Here aircraft must remain below 1,200ft as they fly north from Stapleford via the towns of Epping and Ware to the Barkway VOR.

After Barkway we remain east of most of the string of airfields from Cambridge to RAF Wittering, by routing to the former steel town of Corby, Northamptonshire.  From Corby we route to Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, before tracking to the Gamston VOR.  From just south of Gamston to the M62 near Knottingley, we must maintain 2000ft as we are within Robin Hood Doncaster-Sheffield Airport (EGCN) controlled Airspace. (Check the EGCN Controlled Airspace chart on the NATS website). It is also advisable to route through the Doncaster-Sheffiels overhead to minimise traffic conflictions if there is no ATC on duty. From Knottingley, it is a short run in uncontrolled airspace to Sherburn-in-Elmet.

Weather Before starting we will check the weather. If it isn't suitable for our flight, we can of course change it in the sim, but please use VATSIM weather if at all possible for greater realism, and a more interesting challenge.
ATC At the time of publishing this event, ATC has not been confirmed.
What Aircraft can I fly? Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA Light Aircraft category.
Plan G Please find a typical Plan-G flight plan HERE. However, you are free to select your own variation on this general plan.
Useful Links

CIX VFR Club Datasheets:
Biggin Hill EGKB
Sherburn-in-Elmet EGCJ

NATS Documents:

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 concept: Tomas Linnet
Briefing: Tomas Linnet
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