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Club Events - Senior Pilot
A Celebration of the Flying Life of our Senior Member
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Briefing JUNE 2019
Overview This month’s event is a celebration and to some extent, a re-enactment of the flying career of one the Club's celebrity members whose 99th birthday falls on June 7th.   His flying career started at RAF Woodvale (EGOW) in 1961 with the Southport Aero Club, so that's where we are going for a spin.
Start Time and Place The party and Fly-in will take place on Friday 7th June 2019 1930Z on VATSIM.
Scenario Our Senior Pilot was a real world pilot who held PPL, Twin, and Night ratings in a flying life of 25 years, as well as becoming one of the few private pilots to obtain a full Instrument Rating.
The Club is holding a birthday party for him at Woodvale Aerodrome and all members are invited. The party starts at 20:00UTC so you must have landed, parked and shut down, ready for the rave by that time. You can fly in from anywhere you wish, although it would add to the atmosphere of the celebrations if aircraft departed from Northwest airports including Liverpool, Blackpool, Barrow, Carlisle and Kirkbride.
The more adventurous members can try a touch and go at Southport Beach, (Birkdale Sands EGCO) where Southport Aero Club started operations in 1951.
On arrival at Woodvale we will park at the southern end of the airfield where the original Southport Aero Club Nissen Hut and hangar was located.
There is an interesting history of Southport Aero Club written by the late Dave Vernon, on the Club's website - yes the Club still exists as Southport and Merseyside Aero Club - one of the oldest flying clubs still operating.
Flight Planning You may depart from any airport so long as the flight time is such that you arrive at Woodvale by 20:00UTC at the latest.
Destination Airport – Woodvale EGOW.  Technical details can be found on this UKGA web page.
Route: Pilot's own choice.
Comments = /V/ DAYLIGHT / CIX VFR CLUB /
Documentation for all the above, and other, airfields can be found on the CIX VFR Club 'Aeronautical Information' page.
Woodvale Help Notes
  1. Location: N53.34.53 W003.03.19 On the Irish Sea coast, 11nm Southwest of Warton EGNO, 17nm Northwest of Liverpool EGGP
  2. Runways: 03/21 1635M x 50M; 08/26 1040M x 53M both asphalt. NB 34/16 is DISUSED STRICLY NO ACCESS to NW.
    Also the western taxiway is disused. See screenshot1.
  3. ATC: Tower - 119.75 "Woodvale Tower" Approach - 121.000 "Woodvale Approach" if available.
  4. Tower will be open from 1745Z TO 1930Z
  5. Parking: See screenshot2.
  6. Circuits: See screenshot3. Note the red circled noise abatement areas (flight not below 2000ft over these areas). Overhead joins may be required if the circuit is busy.
  7. If approaching from the East, expect a dead side approach. Report dead side 3DME at [not below] 2500ft altitude then, as instructed - descend and report in the Overhead, at 2000ft or fly over the airfield, descending to the circuit, report turning downwind.
  8. Special Caution: Check carefully all controlled airspace in the vicinity.
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 XSquawkbox will need to turn off the on-line weather updates, and select calm in the X-Plane 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. It would be nice to have a mix of singles and twins to celebrate our Senior Pilot's achievements. The titlebar picture this month is a 1960s photograph of the Forney Aircoupe G-AHRC which our Senior Pilot flew for some years. It is seen here overflying Southport Beach. Our CEO will be flying an FSX replica of G-AHRC for this event.
No flight plans are being issued for this Flyin.  The route is your choice, but make sure you know where all controlled and restricted airspace is.
ATC At the time of publishing this event plan, ATC has been requested but not confirmed.  Check the forum for details on the day.
Airmanship It may be a bit crowded around Woodvale so keep a good lookout and listen to other aircraft's radio calls to get a picture in your mind of where they are. Make sure you identify the correct landing runway - there are three in the usual triangle similar to our Club base at Gloucestershire.
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: Peter Dodds
Briefing: Peter Dodds.
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