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rob
Apr 23, 2020
In Other Points Of Interest
Email me your answers to robcray@gmail.com Treaure Hunt 2 Assume still air and 1nm = 6080 ft. Assume mag variation is 5 degrees West Use Wiki for answers 1. Starting point for this is at 52°51′N 000°54′E. You’ll find yourself at a small sleepy airfield. When was this former RAF station disbanded? 2. Fly for 37 NM on a heading of 233 T. You will arrive at a very talkative airfield. What type of aircraft flies from this site? 3. Fly 89 km due EAST. You will find yourself just south of a very angry airfield. Who built this airfield? 4. From overhead the airfield in Q3, you fly at a speed of 85.5 km/hr for 2 hours. Your heading is 258 M. What is the colour of the stone at this airfield? 5. Fly for 45.5 NM on a heading of 008 T to the top of the mast. 10 km North(ish) of this mast is a castle. Who built the mausaleum at this castle? 6. From the castle, you fly directly South East for 13 NM. What creature has found shelter at the disused airfield in your 3 o’clock position? 7. From the shelter in Q6, head directly East until you hit the Wash AIAA. You still have the QFE set for the airfield in Q1, what is the lowest reading permissible on your altimeter if you overfly this area? 8. As you leave the WASH AIAA, there is a maroon circle just to the North of you. What is this and what height can you overfly? 9. You continue your journey directly East and enter some airspace surrounding RAF Marham. What is the airspace called and can you legally continue on your route? 10. Within RAF Marham stub, you will overfly Castle Acre. How much height do you need to get back to Little Snoring at a height of 1000ft if you are flying a glider with an L/D of 1:30?
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rob
Apr 13, 2020
In Other Points Of Interest
You will be ½ mill chart to do this. You will be infringing airspace on the way. For the sake of this exercise I won’t tell anyone. In answering any questions, please use Wiki if you are searching on the web. 1. From Ringmer, fly on a heading of 276 True, to a town where the free range chickens roam. 2. Now head 237 True for 42 km. You’ll be charged for this turning point. 3. Fly for 51km on a heading of 279 True until you reach a disused airfield. Question 1 Who is Lord of the manor at this disused airfield? 4. Now fly for 40nm on a heading of 309 True. If you have arrived at the correct turning point you have come from the correct place. 5. Fly on a heading of 244 True until you reach the river that was named after me. Sadly they mispelt my surname. 6. Upon crossing the river, head due South and then soar the cliffs to the town that is a good source of vitamin C. Question 2 The harbour wall at this town (known as "The Cobb") appeared in which Jane Austen novel? 7. Now head 295 True for 51nm to another disused airfield. Question 3 Which commado brigade is based here? 8. Head due South until you come to a place where the Ovis aries might go for a bath 9. Turn onto a heading of 223 T for 52 km. Watch out for ‘the beast of’ 10. Now fly for 20nm on a heading of 074 True. You migth want to stop here and take a tor. Question 4 The treasure is hidden beneath the church that sits atop this Tor. What is the name of the church? Email your answers to robcray@gmail.com
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rob
Apr 07, 2020
In Cross Country Endorsement
Route Planning Question 1 a. Name the gliding club closest to 52°32′N 2°51′W b. What is it’s height above sea-level? c. What height AGL do they winch up to? d. You are flying in wave, what are you going to set your altimeter subscale to in order to stay out of airspace? Question 2 a. Name the gliding club closest to 52.082°N 1.459°W b. In km, how far is this club from the club in question 1 c. Using mag variation on your chart, what is the Magneticheading from Club 1 to Club 2? d. What is the True heading from Club 2 to Club 1? Question 3 Approx half way along your route from 1 to 2, you are soaring in wave over Worcester. It is a REALLY good day. What is the maximum height you can climb to? Question 4 Approx half way between Worcester and Club 2, there is an area designated R204. a. What is this? b. Can you fly through this? c. QFE of Club 1 is 1000mb. With Club 1 QNH set, how high can you climb above Bidford Gliding Club? Question 5 a. You get low close to Club 2 and call them on the radio to find out which runway they are using. What frequency should you use? b. Club 2 is having a Corona crisis and say they are closed. You get a lucky thermal and decide to divert to an airfield approx 10nm SSE of Club 2. What is this airfield? c. You are flying a glider with an L/D of 1:44. How much height do you need AGL Club 2 to arrive at 1000ft AGL on your diversion airfield? d. When on final glide, what frequency should you use to notify your diversion airfield of your intentions? Can you legally call them? e. On final glide, you cross a boundary line marked by blue diamonds. What is this? f. You land at your diversion aerodrome, breathe a sigh of relief and thank goodness that ‘e’ was the last question.
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rob
Feb 21, 2020
In Other Points Of Interest
Please see the extract from the Southdown Newsletter from their airspace officer. If we could get Brighton Corner raised that would be a definite bonus for us. Please take 5 mins to fill in the consultation. Your Help Urgently Needed Please see the information below from Damian LeRoux, our Airspace offer. Please do what you can to help him before the 3rd March.. We need your help, which should take just a few minutes of your time. An unusual opportunity has arisen which is that the CAA is asking for ideas on which bits of controlled airspace could be given up to uncontrolled airspace! This does appear to be something of a popularity contest, so the more responses we have entered for the pieces of airspace we would like to be released, the more likely it is that NATS will look at our request. That is why we need as many of our members to reply as possible. Entering a response is not difficult, and to make it easier I have provided suggested text below which can be copied and pasted into the consultation web site at the appropriate points, although changing the text in some way could be advantageous in case NATS discounts identical submissions (a tactic they have used in the past). For those that do not know me, I have been given the job of Airspace Officer for the club. I have been flying professionally out of Gatwick for over 25 years, and I got together with a friend and glider pilot at Lasham who has been a Gatwick radar air traffic controller for an equal length of time. Together we came up with two nearby pieces of Class A airspace which we feel have a chance of being 'reclassified as Class G' - that is, released to uncontrolled airspace. Please help by going to this web page before the 3rd of March when the consultation closes, https://consultations.caa.co.uk/corporate-communications/airspace-classification-review-2019-2020 remember the more responses the better. Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the web page and click on "Online Survey", enter your details as appropriate. Below is suggested text for the numbered points. 5. Select "Member of the General Aviation community", and from the drop-down list select "Glider". 7. You could mention you are a glider pilot based at Parham airfield. 9. LTMA 10. Base 3500’ 11. A small triangle south of a line from just north of Midhurst town to just SE of Petworth. 12. 10am to 7pm every day, 1st March to 30th November. 13. FL40 all days 14. This corner of CAS is a significant obstruction to gliders transiting through this area. Release of this area would be of particular benefit as the area immediately to the South can often contain an unsoarable airmass associated with encroaching sea air during the afternoon on many soaring days. The suggested amendment is to permanently raise the CAS base to 4500’ thus reclassifying the 1000’ segment between 3500 and 4500’ from A to G. It would particularly benefit traffic routeing between Lasham and Parham. In the wake of the new airspace surrounding Farnborough this would give gliders a better chance to remain at safe cruising levels between the Lasham area and the South Downs and beyond that to the soaring areas in Sussex and Kent. As this area is relatively small it would represent only a minor inconvenience for the TMA ATC teams. (You could upload the Cocking corner picture at this point if possible, but not essential) 15. LTMA 16. Base 4500' 17. A shallow triangle south of a line between Parham airfield and north of Ringmer airfield. 18. 10am to 7pm every day, 1st March to 30th November. 19. FL60 all days 20. This corner of CAS is an obstruction to gliders transiting through this area. Release of this area would be of particular benefit as the area immediately to the South can often contain an unsoarable airmass associated with encroaching sea air during the afternoon on many soaring days. The suggested amendment is to permanently raise the CAS base to 5500’ thus reclassifying the 1000’ segment between 4500 and 5500’ from A to G. This would give gliders a better chance to remain at safe cruising levels in thermal soaring conditions along the South Downs which is an intense gliding route between the soaring areas to the SW and SE of the LTMA. As this area is relatively small it would represent only a minor inconvenience for the TMA ATC teams. (You could upload the Brighton corner picture at this point if possible, but not essential) 21. The airspace classification review and project are enormously welcomed by the gliding and general aviation communities, who for decades have suffered the frustration of being excluded from areas of controlled airspace which is rarely if ever used.
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