Aussie Group Flights Team: South England - Tiger Tour

This Tiger Tour within the counties of Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Somerset is 155 nm in length and approximately 2 hr in duration (excluding coffee break).

It encompasses some of the most ancient areas of England (including Stonehenge), two of its most beautiful cities (Salisbury and Bath), three of its most popular GA airfields (Compton Abbas, Old Sarum and Popham) and some other interesting sights besides (including the notorious Cerne Abbas Giant).

We will also visit Westland Airfield, home of the eponymous aircraft company, now known as Leonardo Helicopters. There will also be the opportunity to test your skills on finding – and landing on – some small farm strips.

The route will be flown in a generally anticlockwise sense as follows:

  • Compton Abbas: Take-off.
  • Fovant Badges: WPT; regimental carvings in the chalk hills.
  • Salisbury Cathedral: At least 2 orbits of the spire approved by the Bishop.
  • Old Sarum: Touch & Go (TG) at this old airfield, requisitioned by the RFC during WW I.
  • Popham: TG. Hopefully, we will use Rwy 26, so that you can practise the well-known S-bend approach to avoid the A303 road fuel station!
  • Stonehenge: WPT; requires no introduction. English Heritage has granted us 2 orbits.
  • Coate Farm: Land, full stop (LFS). Our coffee break will be on this farm strip, which is conveniently hidden behind a hedge.
  • Caen Hill Locks: WPT; a series of 29 locks on the Kennet & Avon Canal, to the west of Devizes.
  • Bath: WPT; two orbits taking in the sights of this Georgian City.
  • Westbury White Horse: WPT; carving in the chalk hills.
  • Edington Farm: TG at this hill-top farm with a large manor house.
  • Stourhead Park: WPT; country house estate with large gardens, lake, etc. Popular with tourists.
  • Westland Airfield: TG.
  • Cerne Abbas Giant: WPT; no further comment.
  • Compton Abbas: Full Stop Landing.

Details to follow. Hope you can join us.


Regards, Paul

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Special thanks to David (medps/cheerfulllama38) for putting this event together. David will also be providing some of the commentary while flying the route.

ATTENTION Aussie Flight Group Participants …

Group Flight: 2023-03-20T19:00:00Z


Route: Compton-Abbas(EGHA)-Fovant Badges-Salisbury Cathedral-Old Sarum(EGLS)-Middle Wallop Army(EGVP)-Popham(EGHP)- Thruxton(EGHO)-Stonehenge-Coate Farm-Caen Hill Locks- Craysmarch(EGVD)-Bath-Brown shutters Farm(EGZC)-Westbury White Horse-Edington-Bath Wilts & North Dorset Gliding Club(EGME)-Stourhead Park-Westland(EGHG)-Cern Abbas Giant-Compton-Abbas(EGHA).

Take off from Compton-Abbas(EGHA)
Track 052 deg to Fovant Badges 8.4nm
Track 084 deg to Salisbury Cathedral 6.9nm
Track 013 deg to Old Sarum(EGLS) 2.1nm
Touch and Go at Old Sarum(EGLS)
Track 069 deg to Middle Wallop Army(EGVP) 8.6nm
Touch and Go at Middle Wallop Army(EGVP)
Track 078 deg to Popham(EGHP) 13nm
Touch and Go at Popham(EGHP)
Track 274 deg to Thruxton(EGHO) 3.8nm
Full Stop Landing at Thruxton(EGHO) +++ 10min Break +++
Take off from Thruxton(EGHO)
Track 258 deg to Stonehenge 8.7nm
Track 335 deg to Caen Farm 11.5nm
Track 271 deg to Caen Hill Locks 2.7nm
Track 286 deg to Craysmarch Airstrip(EGVD) 2.5nm
Touch and Go at Craysmarch Airstrip(EGVD)
Track 277 deg to Bath 10.1nm
Track 157 deg to Brown Shutters Farm(EGZC) 4.7nm
Touch and Go at Brown Shutters Farm(EGZC)
Track 116 deg to Westbury White Horse 6.7nm
Track 083 deg to Edington 1.7nm
Track 214 deg to Bath Wilts and North Dorset Gliding Club(EGME) 9.9nm
Touch and Go at Bath Wilts and North Dorset Gliding Club(EGME)
Track 245 deg to Stourhead Park 3.3nm
Track 232 deg to Westland(EGHG) 16nm
Touch and Go at Westland(EGHG)
Track 138 deg to Cerne Abbas Giant 10.3nm
Track 053 deg to Compton-Abbas(EGHA)
Full Stop Landing at Compton-Abbas(EGHA).

Altitude: The route can be flown up to 2,000’ to be clear of terrain.

Airport details

Elev: 811’
RW 08/26 Grass

Old Sarum(EGLS)
Elev: 268’
RW 06/24 Grass

Middle Wallop Army(EGVP)
Elev: 297’
RW 08/26 Grass
RW 17/35 Grass
RW 04/22 Bituminous

Elev: 550’
RW 08/26 Grass
RW 03/21 Grass

Elev: 319’
RW 07/25 Asphalt
RW 12/30 Grass

Elev: 152’
RW 01/19 Grass

Brown Shutters Farm(EGZC)
Elev: 381’
RW 13/31 Grass

Bath Wilts & North Dorset Gliding Club(EGME)
Elev: 700’
RW 08/26 Grass

Elev: 202’
RW 09/27 Grass

Aircraft: Tiger Moth.

IMPORTANT: In the interest of keeping it REAL, please refrain from selecting inappropriate aircraft, like airliners. This only detracts from the immersion of the flight.

Seeing Aircraft Correctly: You need to do two things to ensure you can see the other pilots in the event and see them in the aircraft they selected.

Select the same server: To do this, proceed as follows:

From the Welcome Screen, click on your Username (top right)
From the list of servers, under Servers, select WEST USA

Turn off Generic Planes: To do this, proceed as follows:

From the Welcome Screen, click on OPTIONS
Click on GENERAL
With TRAFFIC selected, scroll down to the last option and set USE GENERIC PLANE MODELS to OFF

Turning off Crash/Damage:

Select Options/Assistance
Expand Failure & Damage
Disable Crash Damage
Disable Aircraft Stress Damage
Disable Engine Stress Damage
Accept the changes

Voice Room: My personal Discord server is used for voice comms. If you haven’t already joined my server, click on the below link to request access. I will set you up as a Member so you can access the server. Ensure you do this prior to the flight, as latecomers will need to wait for the next event.

Link to join the Voice Room: Aussie Group Flights Team - On-line Flying

Note: this link is only valid for 7 days from posting.

Weather/Time: We will set the time to 8am. This will allow us to fly in daylight and choose REAL weather so that the winds are correct.

From the World Map view, click on Flight Conditions (upper right of screen)
Click on All Players, Live Traffic, Custom
Under Weather and Time, select Live Weather and move the time slide bar to show 8:00am. 
Click Close and Fly from the World Map view.

We can start departing from 19:00z. There will be no need for official radio calls. Lets just have some fun taking in the scenery and the social aspects of the event.

Turning on Points of Interest

Select Options/Assistance
Expand POI
Set Landmark Markers to ON
Set City Markers to ON
Set Airport Markers to ON
Accept the changes

Turning on Name Tags (This will assist you in following the group if you get disoriented):

Select Options/GeneralTraffic
Set Show Traffic Nameplates to On
Accept the settings

Still confused, check out the multiplayer video tutorial from SimHangar Flight Simulation: MSFS | MULTIPLAYER | How To Guide | Everything You Need To Know | Fly in events coming soon. - YouTube

Let me know if there’s anything else that I’ve missed that you need to know.,

Regards, Paul

Flight Plans for the event …

Little NavMap: VFR Compton-Abbas (EGHA) to Compton-Abbas (EGHA).lnmpln (4.6 KB)

MSFS: VFR Compton-Abbas (EGHA) to Compton-Abbas (EGHA).pln (5.8 KB)

Print this flight card out for your easy reference during the flight (Note: only available up to the date of the flight): Dropbox - Flight Card.pdf - Simplify your life

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