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event - city pair [20th October, 1700-2030z] Gibraltar - Madeira Pair

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VATSIM UK and the Portugal vACC are delighted to announce a Pair with a difference - two challenging approaches and landings at either end of the route between Gibraltar and Funchal Airport on the island of Madeira.

With cross winds, downdrafts and curved approaches - how confident are you that you can put your aircraft on the runway at the first attempt?  Think you can do it?  Then join us as we staff both airports for what will be a evening of good skill - or hilarity as it all goes around...

Pilots - due to the likelihood that pilots will need to hold and to avoid excessive hold times, we will be operating a slot system for flights in both directions.  To book your flight, please see our Slot booking system on our Events Hub here:

https://events.vatsim.uk/gibraltar-madeira-link/

**Controllers please note this will be a rostered event and controllers will need the relevant Military Validation to control**

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Trevor Hannant

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Fraser Cooper

Some Notes about LXGB from my experience of operating there:-

Arrival

  • RNAV/RNP (AR - Authorisation Required) may only be flown by operators who have the approval to do so. 
  • Contact LXGB_APP 50nm inbound to obtain weather and airfield information (No ATIS is available for LXGB)
    • Report POB, A/C Type, and Squawk Code. At this point, you can also request an SRA in either 'Tracks' or 'Headings'.
  • Gibraltar Radar can offer the following Approaches:- Surveillance Radar Approach (SRA), RNAV (AR) or Visual Approach.
  • Gibraltar has no ATZ or MATZ, therefore aircraft inbound/outbound will be flying in uncontrolled airspace and should be extra vigilant in their lookout for aircraft not in contact with Gibraltar Radar.
  • In Good flight conditions, Gibraltar Radar requests pilots to make a visual approach where possible as an SRA approach requires a significant amount of capacity for the controller.
  • The Landing Distance Available (LDA) for Runway 27 and 09 is 1528m.

Departure

  • Runway 09
    • Direct PIMOS
  • Runway 27
    • Either:
      • Left turn visually around the Rock on track PIMOS; or
      • Radar heading after departure of 180 degrees until the radar controller can permit a direct to PIMOS.
  • Expect IFR Clearance on stand or during pushback. ("TAP234, Cleared to Funchal via PIMOS, Climb FL90, Squawk 2231")
  • Expect after departure instructions as entering or once lined up on the departure runway as this will need to be coordinated with Radar. You can expect one of the departure routings as listed above. ("TAP234 after departure, left turn visually around the rock, on track PIMOS, Climb FL90").
SRA Approach (09/27)
 
  • The aim of these approaches for ATC is to position the aircraft at a suitable height at the VDP (Visual Decision Point).
  • The pilot must be visual at 'POINT X' (For 09) or 'POINT Y' (for 27), otherwise, a missed approach must be executed.
  • The minima for both approaches is '920 MDA' and requires 5000m Met Visibility.
  • You can see the SRA phraseology for ATC here - 
Edited by Fraser Cooper

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Layth Al-Wakil
2 hours ago, Fraser Cooper said:

Some Notes about LXGB from my experience of operating there:-

Arrival

  • RNAV/RNP (AR - Authorisation Required) may only be flown by operators who have the approval to do so. 
  • Contact LXGB_APP 50nm inbound to obtain weather and airfield information (No ATIS is available for LXGB)
    • Report POB, A/C Type, and Squawk Code. At this point, you can also request an SRA in either 'Tracks' or 'Headings'.
  • Gibralter Radar can offer the following Approaches:- Surveillance Radar Approach (SRA), RNAV (AR) or Visual Approach.
  • Gibralter has no ATZ or MATZ, therefore aircraft inbound/outbound will be flying in uncontrolled airspace and should be extra vigilant in their lookout for aircraft not in contact with Gibralter Radar.
  • In Good flight conditions, Gibralter Radar requests pilots to make a visual approach where possible as an SRA approach requires a significant amount of capacity for the controller.
  • The Landing Distance Available (LDA) for Runway 27 and 09 is 1528m.

Departure

  • Runway 09
    • Direct PIMOS
  • Runway 27
    • Either:
      • Left turn visually around the Rock on track PIMOS; or
      • Radar heading after departure of 180 degrees until the radar controller can permit a direct to PIMOS.
  • Expect IFR Clearance on stand or during pushback. ("TAP234, Cleared to Funchal via PIMOS, Climb FL100, Squawk 2231")
  • Expect after departure instructions as entering or once lined up on the departure runway as this will need to be coordinated with Radar. You can expect one of the departure routings as listed above. ("TAP234 after departure, left turn visually around the rock, on track PIMOS, Climb FL100").
SRA Approach (09/27)
 
  • The aim of these approaches for ATC is to position the aircraft at a suitable height at the VDP (Visual Decision Point).
  • The pilot must be visual at 'POINT X' (For 09) or 'POINT Y' (for 27), otherwise, a missed approach must be executed.
  • The minima for both approaches is '920 MDA' and requires 5000m Met Visibility.
  • You can see the SRA phraseology for ATC here - 

This is a great summary, nice one Fraser!

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