[jhb_airlines] Re: PCI Wednesday

  • From: "Fred Stopforth" <fredstopforth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 19:40:30 +0100

A Tequila run.HEE hee.Fred
----- Original Message ----- From: "Paul Reynolds" <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 5:05 PM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: PCI Wednesday

Now Then Fred, we've been here before on the Scottish Whiskey run haven't we? And the boss encouraging you, whatever next!


----- Original Message ----- From: "bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
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Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:33 PM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: PCI Wednesday

Rum Run.. I like it!


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Fred Stopforth
Sent: 15 July 2007 09:05
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: PCI Wednesday

Wow, sounds like an exciting busy evening coming on.Pity Mick's on hol he'd have take the stick off me to do the whole hop.Will be getting my shorts and

jazzy shirt ready complete with cap and sunglasses. Could be a good Rum
run.Tally Ho m'harties! Fred
----- Original Message -----
From: "bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
To: "JHB Airlines Email List" <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2007 4:04 AM
Subject: [jhb_airlines] PCI Wednesday

For our session this week I'd like to suggest the Caribbean tour I
a week or so ago.

I hope the picture gets through otherwise what I go on to say will be
of cobblers. If you don't get it I'll post it on a web page.

The session is unusual as it involves six airports for the VFR pilots.

St Maartens (TNCM),
St Barts (TFFJ),
Saba (TNCS),
St Eustacius (TNCE),
St Kitts (TKPK)
and Nevis (TKPN).

Compared with normal sessions this is a true island hopping exercise
as distances are very short - it only being 54nm from TNCM to TKPN. It
should be quite viable for a full tour of the six airports to be made
within the session. The only provision I would add for the session is
that no pilot starts up on the ground at St Bart's (TFFJ) - you can
pick any airport to start at except this. I'd also urge everyone to
make St Bart's a port of call en route as it is the most challenging
of the six airports.

With so many airports open we either make three of them non ATC or
each controller picks two airports. As the islands are nicely paired
I'd suggest that TNCM and TFFJ be under one controller, TNCS and TNCE
under another and
TKPK and TKPN for the third. As we only get a runway diagram for the
airfield we centre on it would be best to locate to the bigger of each
and control this properly. For the minor airfield we provide aircraft
separation but each pilot is responsible for circuit joining and landing.
sounds complex but it is quite easy if we look at each group.

St Maartens and St Barts.
In this case the controller centres at TNCM and provides a normal
service. He can look out for aircraft flying to St Bart's and provide
traffic confliction but once the pilot has the airfield in sight it is
up to him to position for a landing there.

Saba and St Eustacius.
Centre at St Eustacius and provide guidance to and traffic info on
going to Saba.

St Kitts and Nevis.
Centre on St Kitts and watch traffic going back and forth to Nevis.

The default scenery is basic but an additional mesh creates the proper
bits around St Barts and Saba. I'd suggest the LesserAntilliesMesh.zip for
this. If you would like nicer scenery then Tony Agramont's
and Caribbe_South.zip add some nice detail to the islands. One word of
caution - FS have got the default airfield height of St Maarten wrong so
default runway (and any added scenery runway) sits about 10ft above the
terrain. It looks slightly odd but if you stay on the runway and taxiways
you should be OK.

IFR pilots have a much greater choice of airfields. The islands run
for 400nm so there are plenty of options here - San Juan, Antigua,
Barbuda, St Lucia, BVI, Martinique, Dominica, St Vincent, Anguilla,
Guadeloupe and even Barbados. Of the manned airports only St Kitts and
St Maarten are big enough
for heavy metal but neither are excessively long.

It needs both the controllers and the pilots to accept this idea
before we go ahead as it is a challenge for everyone.



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