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Club Events - Mels March Mayhem
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Briefing March 2019
Overview Mel's March Mayhem. Possibly the ultimate VFR challenge with not one but two, and possibily even three overhead joins.
Start Time and Place

This event will take place on Tuesday 26th March 2019 starting from 18:45 hrs UTC. We will be using the VATSIM or IVAO network. However, if you choose IVAO, it may well be that you have no company. This event is a salute to Mel Kirk, who designed the first 'Mel's Mad Monday'. It follows his original scenario, plus the use of 2 remote Airfields (we now have pilots and AFISO/AGO,s able to use non-towered Airfields.)

Airmanship Please study the Airfield Data Sheets (and NATS Charts , if preferred). Remember neither the AFISO or AGO can pass instructions or clearances to A/C in the Air. They can only pass traffic information received FROM PILOTS. Please check your separation and pass relevant information about your position and intentions. (See Help Notes 1)
Flight Planning

The plan is that ALL aircraft follow the SAME ROUTE (that is why it is 'mayhem", unless you are careful!). You will see from the PlanG file the route is as follows: -
Assuming Runway 20 in use at Shoreham: -
Shoreham (EGKA) -> Brighton Marina -> Seaford VOR (SFD) -> Lewes Intersection VRP -> Shoreham. [Expect LEFT base join] -> Goodwood (EGHR) direct (with overhead join and a touch and go)  -> Littlehampton -> Shoreham with a right downwind join followed by a touch and go) -> Popham (EGHP) (with overhead join and a touch and go - > Washington VRP -> Shoreham (expect RIGHT base join, possibly with a 4+nm final) to full stop landing.


  1. As Goodwood and Popham require mandatory overhead joins, an overhead join at Shoreham may be required by ATC, especially if you are too close to the aircraft ahead!
  2. When inbound to each airfield, listen to the controllers and call in in good time.
  3. Particularly while flying to and from Popham, watch your altitude When flying Easterly fly at  ODD thousands of feet+500. When flying Westerly, fly at EVEN thousands of feet plus 500 provided always that you can maintain visual flight. DO NOT enter class A airspace.

You must file a flight plan for the whole of the flight. Departure Airport EGKA Destination Airport EGKA. For the route - check the flight plan which you should download from the link in The Plan-G section below.. Your flight plan should show the main turn points and your intentions at the interim airfields.

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NOTE; If you land anywhere, apply brakes and stop your engine, you are deemed to have terminated your flight and must re-file a new flight plan. However, a "land turnaround"' means that you land, then taxi for immediate take-off without stopping your engine.  This is considered a continuous flight.



A Plan-G flight plan (in both .pln and .plg format) for the whole trip can be downloaded as a zip file here.

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 single engined aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA "Light" category (see Club Rules for details). with a maximum cruise speed of 140 knots to give our less experienced colleagues a chance to succeed.
ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has not been confirmed. ATC using JOINFS or VATSIM has not been confirmed. However, which ever meadium is chosen, ATC is confirmed at Shoreham (Tower and Approach), Goodwood Tower (on TeamSpeak. Popham Radio is not yet 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.

For EGHR and EGHP please read Help notes 1. The circuits will be busy, if you do not keep the AFISO/AGO informed, You will experience real mayhem!


Event planning: Neville Munro.
Briefing: Neville Munro
Title bar image: Bird's eye view of Popham Airfield.

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