The CIX VFR Club View from the Tower
Club Events - A Trip to the Tower
A Tour of Manchester Airports Operating Facilities
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Briefing January 2019
Overview Members of CIX VFR Club have been invited to have a look round the airfield, including the tower, at Manchester International Airport. After the guided tour, Garibaldi biscuits & Yorkshire tea, we shall file our flight plan for the trip home.
The following videos/websites are not only informative but, if we may be so bold - essential viewing.
Start Time and Place This event will take place on Tuesday 22nd January 2019 starting at 19:00 hrs UDT. We will fly to Manchester using the VATSIM or IVAO network. However, if you choose IVAO, it may well be that you have no company.
Airmanship Please remember that this airfield is a busy international airport & there is likely going to be a lot of traffic. Please make yourself aware of the restrictions around Manchester & study the NATS charts beforehand.
Flight Planning You must file a flight plan for both the outbound & return flights: -
Departure Airport EGCJ / EGCC
Destination Airport EGCC / EGCJ.
Route = Flight plans attached
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
Other documentation can be found on the CIX VFR Club 'Airfield Data Sheets' page.
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 SquawkboxB or XSquawkbox 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.
The flight plans are in .pln format so can be read by both Plan-G & LittleNavmap.
ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has been requested but not confirmed.  Check the forum for details on the day.
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: John Lygo
Briefing: John Lygo.
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