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Briefing 27th October 2018
Overview Manchester Ringway EGCC will be heaving with traffic on Saturday 27th October, as VATSIM runs its annual "Across the Pond" event.  We will fly into Barton from the south, making very sure that we don't get in the way of the big tin, nor infringe Manchesster's Controlled Airspace.
Start Time and Place This event will take place on Saturday 27th October 2018 starting at 7pm British Summer Time 18:00 UDT. This event may to be flown on VATSIM or IVAO network. However, if you choose IVAO, you will miss most of the fun keeping clear of the many inbounds expected to Manchester.

The key here is that once you get near Manchester, you commence a listening watch on Manchester Radar (expected to be 118.575, but could be 119.40 - check both).  You must also set your transponder code to 7366 to tell Manchester controllers that you are tuned to their Radar frequency, but do not expect a service. Except in emergency, you should not contact Manchester Radar. When in an area of altitude restrictions, it is good airmanship to fly at least 100ft below the upper limit. It is also good practice to fly on the east side of the Low Level Route when flying north.

Weather - or not!

Before starting we will check the weather. If it is unsuitable for our trip as planned, then we will fix it. Something we can do in the simulator - wouldn't it be nice if we could do it in real life!
FSInn has a "CAVOK" button. Click this and you get calm clear weather.
Those using SB or XSB will need to turn off the on-line weather updates, and select calm in the FS weather options.

What Aircraft can I fly?

Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA GA category.  However, An aircraft with GPS may be preferred, as the route uses GPS waypoints to cross the Channel.

Flight Planning

Starting at Welshpool, EGCW, make the short trip to Sleap EGCV (pronounced "Slape"). For a snack in their superb little cafe. Then take off again for Barton. When approaching the Low Level Route beneath Manchester's Control Zone, head for Winsford Flashes (two lakes on the eastern side of the corridor at it's southern end, then turn north and follow the railway until you reach the western outskirst of Northwhich, then track due north to the M6/M62 junction (Croft Interchange), then follow the M62 to Barton. Warning: Be careful to check the altitude restrictions once north of the town of Nantwich, which you will pass on your right 16nm north-east of Sleap. The Low Level Route maximum altitude (Manchester QNH) is 1,300ft.


Plan-G: The paragraph above gives you all the information you need to create your own Plan-G file. However, be alert to the altitude restrictions mentioned above..


At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has not been confirmed. However, it is hoped that there will be some ATC provided, particularly at Barton. Welshpool and Sleap are Air/Ground airfields, Barton has an Aerodrome Flight Information Service.  Be sure you know the difference and the correct dialogue.

Radio Discipline Take care not to let our TeamSpeak chat cut across ATC. It is recommended that TeamSpeak silence is muted when in the vicinity of Manchester so you can concentrate on hearing what is happening there. Make sure you have set and know how to use a Teamspeak mute switch.
Acknowledgements Event concept: Neil Ryans
Briefing: Peter Dodds
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