FlightNight Nov 21, Humanitarian Aid Mission

07 Nov 2020 23:27 - 20 Nov 2020 17:39 #48693 by Warty


A job for our Belfasts and A400Ms

The scenario: Number Ten's wine cellar is almost empty - fifteen months of extensive tippling having depleted a stock that was built up over centuries. Things are getting fractious in the household and The First Fguk-Buddy is stomping around and firing the hired help as a way of letting off steam. Something must be done! We are to load up with the finest Claret in Bordeaux and deliver it to their bunker. If this guy ever sobers up, who knows what might happen.

We will be operating to the limits of the Belfast which, from my first trials seems capable of climbing at 200 KIAS , 1,000 fpm to FL 180 then cruising at 215 KIAS @ FL180 (about 280 GS).

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07 Nov 2020 23:27 - 20 Nov 2020 16:17 #48694 by Warty
THE BRIEFING

Aircraft Cargo Transports from the FGUK hangar, which would seem to be the Short Belfast or the Airbus A400M. Maybe the C-17 if it can do 215 KIAS and handle the airports?
Weather Core high pressure region (15003KT 19SM FEW072 FEW350 25/07 Q1028 NOSIG)
Time of day Noon
Departure time 12:05, ready or not. It is vital that this cargo is delivered before lunch starts at 1pm UK sim time!

Starting conditions
--airport=LFBD --runway=11
--nav1=199:114.65
--nav2=019:113.75

If you get the start up conditions correct, you will see this


FLIGHT PLAN Part 1

After taking off from runway 11 of Merignac (LFBD) we will climb at 1,000 fpm, 200 KIAS and set a heading of due north until we get headings of
019°M to VORDME Cognac Chateaubernard (CNA) on 114.65 MHz,
199°M from VORDME Bordeaux Merignac (BMC) on 113.75 MHz - like this







which will get us onto Airway B19 which we will then follow for about 50nm. When we go through 3,000 ft AGL we will start to operate using FL (Flight Level) altitudes.

At CNA, we will take the
025°M hdg to VOR Poitiers Biards (POI) on 113.30 MHz,
205°M hdg from CNA VORDME on 114.65 MHz
staying on Airway B19 for a further 60nm. At some point on this leg (around 20 minutes into the flight) we will reach our cruising altitude of FL180 where we level off and set KIAS of 215 (about 296 GS).

At POI, we will take the
352°M hdg out from POI VOR 113.30 MHz (which is Airway J55) for about 60nm until we intersect the
014°M heading towards VOR Laigle (LGL) on 115.00 MHz. Note that there are no distance references for this airway so the turn needs to be found by intersecting the radials.

This will keep us on the J55 for a further 70nm or so. During this time we will be descending to FL040 (about 3,000 ft above the break-time airfield). We need to descend 14,000 feet which, at 3,000 fpm, is about 5 minutes / 19 nm @ 240 KIAS. As there is no distance info available from LGL, we will need another reference. VORDME Chartres (CHW) on 115.20 MHz is the obvious choice.



We will start descent when we have a heading 067°M towards VORDME Chartres (at 28nm distance from it). We will also need to get in line - alphabetically by call sign behind me, please. Spacing should be 0.5-1.0nm.

Stay on the 014°M heading towards VOR Laigle (LGL). Both towards VOR2 AND on 014°M - this is not an either/or thing B)

The turning point for our approach into the break airfield is at 24nm from Chartres (CHW) when the heading to it is 124°M. This is where you should make the turn. If you turn before this (eg: by simply following whoever is in front) then you may make your approach more difficult.

From there, a fairly gentle right-hand turn on to 066°M should bring us in line for a 5nm run-in to runway 07 of Saint Michel (LFOL). Elevation: 787 ft. This is only a 2,503 ft runway but it has plenty of grass around it.

Part 2

Similar routine after taking off from runway 07 of Saint Michel (LFOL). Turn left onto 340°M looking for Airway H20 - the intersect of
020°M hdg to VOR Dieppe (DPE) on 115.80 MHz
200°M hdg from VOR Laigle (LGL) on 115.00 MHz.
climbing at 1,000 fpm, 200 KIAS.

About 66nm along Airway H20, the TO needle will flip over and we can change to the
064°M hdg to VORDME Abbeville (ABB) on 108.45 MHz.
Somewhere on this leg we should reach our cruising altitude of FL180 where we level off and set KIAS of 215 (about 296 GS).

5nm out from Abbeville, we will turn left towards the
004°M radial to VOR Boulogne Sur Mer (BNE) on 113.80 MHz

Next legs:
327°M hdg to VORDME Dover (DVR) on 114.95 MHz
Then start our descent to FL040 (3,000 fpm 240 KIAS) on the
287°M hdg to VORDME Detling (DET) on 117.30 MHz

We will then go low-level (500 ft AGL) on a heading of 302°M towards London City Airport. It has an ILS at 274°M on 111.15 MHz. At the threshold of runway 27, turn to 270°M for run in to the DZ: now only 7.3 nm away. Cargo doors down. Loadies at the ready!



Slightly south of Tower Bridge, slightly north of the Union Jack Club then the London Eye. Count to five then dump the load. Turn right when you see the Serpentine onto 307°M.

11nm to touch down now, so slow to approach/landing speed and climb to 1,000 ft. We will be turning left as we cross over the West Coast Mainline railway tracks. This is at the intersect of our current 307°M course and
050°M radial, 7.7 nm from VORDME London (LON) on 113.60 MHz).
216°M radial, from VORDME Brookmans Park (BPK) on 117.50 MHz.
Alternatively (weather permitting) you could just look out the window :)

Turn onto a heading of 251°M for landing on runway 25 of Northolt (EGWU).
Northolt (EGWU) has an ILS for runway 25 on 108.55 MHz with an ID of INHT. You should now have about 3 nm to touchdown on a nice long runway (5,525 ft).

Happy landings!

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09 Nov 2020 09:16 #48719 by inexel0853
Hi Warty

Are they some liveries available for A400M? My downloaded liveries folder is empty.

BR

F-LCAS

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09 Nov 2020 10:04 #48720 by StuartC
Its not even textured yet.

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14 Nov 2020 23:22 #48813 by Warty
This will be a chance to practise old-style navigation techniques using only VOR/DME beacons. GPS wasn't a thing back when the Belfast was designed

www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/scan/commu...icy/GPS_History.html

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14 Nov 2020 23:28 #48814 by Porcius
Oh crap on a cracker.
Seat of your pants flying ?

P

Lightning DOES strike twice.

Watchmen Quote - "I am looking at the stars.... Thier light takes so long to reach us. All we ever see of Stars are thier old photographs"

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14 Nov 2020 23:30 - 15 Nov 2020 09:45 #48815 by Porcius
I'm in.

Oh yeah

P

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14 Nov 2020 23:31 #48816 by Porcius
PPS - I'll follow somebody.....

Porcy

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15 Nov 2020 09:26 #48817 by Avionyx
Whoo! Looking forward to it. I think a few years ago I wrote an article on how to use Radio Nav in FG. Will try find it out

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15 Nov 2020 15:34 - 15 Nov 2020 21:12 #48826 by Warty
The flight plan is detailed here
fguk.me/forum/saturday-night-flying/8701...an-aid-mission#48694

Thread for current (not final) Mod kit for the Belfast here:
fguk.me/forum/development-hangar/8665-sh...t-c-1?start=20#48820

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15 Nov 2020 22:31 #48834 by Warty
Update: Each aircraft will also carry a squad of airmobile combat-sommeliers. Always ready to serve!

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16 Nov 2020 20:45 - 16 Nov 2020 21:01 #48844 by Warty
A little refresher for anyone a bit rusty with their navigation using VOR/DMEs to get onto an airway. This is from the start to getting onto Airway B19 out of Merignac







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19 Nov 2020 13:30 - 19 Nov 2020 13:34 #48860 by Warty
The ILS at Northolt in FlightGear is not quite the same as the real world one. The navigation data used by FlightGear is an X-Plane 8 nav.dat file from 2013 which had the frequency of 108.55 in it. It is really 108.50 but we will obviously have to use the FlightGear value.



Source: RAF Northolt, Defence Aerodrome Manual, Issued on 04 Oct 19

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20 Nov 2020 16:21 #48888 by Warty
Briefing now finalised at

fguk.me/forum/saturday-night-flying/8701...an-aid-mission#48694

Take notes if you wish. You will be asked questions about it on the night ;)

New Belfast is available from

www.fguk.me/hangar/turboprops/download/4...500-short-belfast-c1

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21 Nov 2020 22:49 #48899 by Warty

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