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CROSS-COUNTRY TASKS FROM KGC
MINI CROSS-COUNTRY TASKS FROM KGC
All solo pilots (even if they do not possess Silver C or have a cross country endorsement) can attempt the following mini cross-country flights without getting outside gliding range of the airfield.
All the turning points are within 5 miles of the airfield and, in the junior, subject to wind strength and direction even from the furthest one you can get back to the airfield from about 2000 feet with still a good height for the circuit.
Talk to an instructor on the day for a briefing if you are inexperienced.
Undertaking these tasks is a good way of building up your skill and confidence before attempting longer distances – and success will be more satisfying than aimless local soaring!
Before your flight design your own task incorporation some of the following turning points:
Airfield Hangar Chalk Pit
Challock Roundabout Charing A20 Roundabout
Lenham Cross Pluckley Railway Station
Eastwell Park Lake (southeast corner) M20 Junction 9 (Ashford West)
Airfield Hangar – Challock Roundabout – Charing Roundabout – Airfield Hangar 13 Kms
Airfield Hangar – Lenham Cross – Charing Roundabout – Airfield Hangar 16 Kms
Airfield Hangar – Pluckley Railway Station – Challock Roundabout – Airfield Hangar 23 Kms
Airfield Hangar – Lenham Cross – M20 Jct9 – Airfield Hangar 29 Kms
100 km & 300 km TASKS
ALE Aylesham Railway Station BOD Bodiam Castle
CAT Canterbury Cathedral Tower CNE Canterbury North East (Sturry Level Crossing)
CHS Chelmsford A12/B1007 Junction DAW Darwell Reservoir (SW end)
ETC Etchingham road/rail crossing FAV Faversham M2 Jct7
PAD Paddock Wood R/W Bridge B2160 RIN Ringmer (hangar)
PTW Petersfield crossroads A3/A273
100 km Tasks:
All these flights are OK for Silver Distance and 100km Diploma. Beware of the Headcorn parachute zone and the 3500ft TMA (2900ft Challock QFE).
CLK – BOD – CNE – CLK 106km triangle
CLK – CAT – ECT – CLK 108km triangle
CLK – CNE – PAD – CLK 107km triangle (much of this flight is under TMA 3500ft QNH)
CLK – FAV – DAW – CLK 104km triangle
CLK – RIN – CLK 124 out & return (for silver distance you can, if necessary, land at Ringmer GC without returning)
300 km Tasks:
CLK – ALE – PTW – CLK 308km triangle (This will qualify for Gold C Distance and Diamond Goal)
Problems - sea air
- you have to go a long way south of track to clear the airspace.
CLK – RIN – ALE – CHS – CNE – CLK 303km remote start quadrangle (This will qualify for GoldC Distance but not for a Diamond Goal)
Problems - much of the flight is under 3500 TMA and the Thames needs crossing.
DESIGN YOUR OWN TASKS:
You can also design your own tasks using TPSELECT and TPTASK.
See next section on TURN POINTS.