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Club Events - Christmas Caper
This month we hold our traditional "Christmas Caper" event.
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Briefing Dectember 2018
Overview For the 2018 Christmas Caper we will be crossing Canada, folowing the Trans-Canadian Railway.  This is a tour which starts off in Nova Scotia, heads west through the beautiful eastern provinces of Quebec and Ottawa, traverses wild and sometimes featureless country through Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and ends with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, traversing the Rocky Mountains to end the tour in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Start Time and Place We start from Halifax, Nova Scotia (CYHZ) - but don't set your aviation watches by the time on the Town Hall clock. It will be advisable to start early in the month, although each of the legs in this event may be flown on any day in December. However, star-catchers might wish to be in Calgary before Christmas Day.
Tour Guides For each leg, Ed Sterling has written a tourists guide highlighting items of interest for each leg. A must read before departure.
Route There are 20 legs, the longest of which is 240 nautical miles, and three others are over 200 nm, so please fly a suitable aircraft. The trip ends in Vancouver, home of the famous Canucks Ice Hockey team.
  1. Leg 1 CYHZ to CYQM
  2. Leg 2 CYQM to CYCL
  3. Leg 3 CYCL to CYRI
  4. Leg 4 CYRI to CYQB
  5. Leg 5 CYQB to CYUL
  6. Leg 6 CYUL to CYGK
  7. Leg 7 CYGK to CNJ4
  8. Leg 8 CNJ4 to CYEL
  9. Leg 9 CYEL to CYHN
  10. Leg 10 CYHN to CYYW
  11. Leg 11 CYYW to CYHD
  12. Leg 12 CYHD to CYPG
  13. Leg 13 CYPG to CYQV
  14. Leg 14 CYQV to CYQW
  15. Leg 15 CYQW to CEZ3
  16. Leg 16 CEZ3 to CYYC Calgary, where we shall spend Christmas Day
  17. Leg 17 CYYC to CYGE
  18. Leg 18 CYGE to CYRV
  19. Leg 19 CYRV to CYKA
  20. Leg 20 CYKA to CYVR
Flight Planning and Logging

The Plan-G files for this event can be downloaded from Link 1. LittleNavMap Plans can be downloaded from Link 2. There will be two event stars awarded for this Caper, with one quarter (0.25) star being awarded for landing at 4 of the 20 airports listed above but of course we won't tell you which ones! In addition, a full star will be awarded for being in the right place at the right time.
Remember that Touch & Goes are not landings, so should not be recorded as a destination in your PIREPs. The Club Logger ignores them for this reason.

If you want to start before December 1st, of course you may, but those flights will not count towards the star awards.

Weather... or Not The weather in Canada in December isn't so good, so you may need to fly some legs IFR, or fix your simulator to give at least clear skies if not warm temperatures.
What Aircraft can I fly Any aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA GA category. For crossing the Rockies, an aircraft capable of reaching 10,000ft without struggling is recommended. It also needs to be very manoeuvrable in order to follow the twists and turns of the railway as it weaves its way through the mountains.
ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has not been confirmed for the airports on the Caper route.  However, we have two members qualified to man Monkton, so they will probably be there to wave you off. Check the forum for details.
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: Ed Sterling
Briefing: Ed Sterling.
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