The CIX VFR Club Biggles Escapes
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Biggles is trapped in Norway. Can he escape under the radar and get back to England?
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Briefing SEPTEMBER 2019

For September, we will re-enact a scene from one of the famous Biggles stories. Biggles is trapped near the town of Bodø in Norway but has been able to alert his pals Ginger and Algy.  They are coming to get him, but can only land at Stokka (ENST) where the defences and radar have been disabled by the resistance. Your task is to fly through valleys and along fjords to Stokka, never climbing more than 500ft above the terrain anywhere en route.


Biggles is trapped and in hiding on the northern shore of the Saltfjorden in Norway, near the town of Bodø. He spots a seaplane moored in the harbour, and in the early hours of the morning, just before sunrise, he manages to sneak past the security guards and climb aboard. He is able to start her up, and takes off across the harbour. He stays west of Bodø airfield (ENBO), then turns south along the Nordsfjorden then east along the Beiardfjorden. He knows he must stay below 500ft above the terrain to avoid the radar trying to track him, so he follows a sinuous course through the valleys to eventually reach Rossvoll airfield (ENRA) but keeping to the north to avoid detection. From Rossvoll he flies over Langvatnet lake just west of the airfield before turning south and dropping down to Ranfjorden which runs out to the sea. Following this fjord he reaches Stokka (ENST), where he lands offshore alongside the airfield. He hides near the airfield and waits for Algy and Ginger who are coming to get him in an Airspeed Oxford as the sun sets.  Under cover of darkness, they make their escape back to England.

Start Time and Place

This event will take place on Thursday 19th September 2019 starting at 1830UTC real time. However, you should set the simulator time to 04:00UTC. It will be dark, but by the time you are airborne, dawn will be just breaking, allowing you to see where you are going.

Flight Planning

Before the event you will need to carefully plan your route. Remember that you cannot fly higher than 500ft above the terrain at any point, so your route will need to follow the valleys and fjords to your destination. Ground level along much of the route is below 1000ft above sea level, but the highest point en route is approximately at 2300ft.


Flight Plans are not provided for this event as it is your job to plan a suitable route to avoid radar detection.

What Aircraft can I fly

Any seaplane or amphibious aircraft can be flown in this event as long as it is within the EASA "Light" category (see Club Rules for details). For true authenticity, see if you can find an aircraft of the 1940s or earlier on floats.

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.
ATC For this event, you really don't want to talk to Air Traffic Control.  Radio silence is vital!

Survival is the name of the game.  Do whatever you must to arrive safely at Stokka.

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.
Club Star Award

You will not be taking off or landing at an airfield for this event. So to claim your Event Star, file your PIREP from Bodø ENBO to Stokka ENST. Making the escape night flight from Stokka back to England is not part of the event, but you might enjoy the challenge on another evening.

Acknowledgements Event Idea: Peter Dodds
Event planning: Peter Dodds
Briefing: Peter Dodds
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