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Flying Day 2016 - Welcome Instructions & Visitor Brief

Safety
This is, and will be our number one priority for the day.
There will be organised transportation via vehicle or escorted walking to get people to and from the launchpoint.
The airfield will be EXTREMELY BUSY. Remain on the perimeter track when going to and from the launchpoint.
AEROPLANES AND GLIDERS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY not pedestrians or cars!

Aim
July 9th sees The Air League host it’s Annual Flying Day at Bicester Airfield, Oxfordshire. This unique event is for
young people who are looking at a future career as an engineer, pilot or the many other career options available
in the UK aerospace industry or who are simply interested in gliding or flying!
The day is set to allow the opportunity for all members present to experience gliding, powered flying and aerobatics, whilst meeting like minded individuals.
Times
10:00

Arrival

10:00

Gliding & flying begin. Guest Organisations present in dedicated area

12:00 - 14:00

FAI World Grand Prix Gliding Championship starts

12:00 - 16:00

Flying activities continue, with refreshments available at the launch point and hangar

16:00 - 18:00

Flying activites cease and the FAI World Grand Prix Gliding Championship finishes

17:00

Award for FAI Grand Prix

18:00

Aerobatic displays

18:00 - Late

BBQ, Band & Bar

Registration
All members will need to check in for flying at The Air League registration table inside the hangar. Flying and gliding tickets will be available to purchase, these will need to be presented at the launch point to the launch point
coordinator. When at the check in tent there will also be a chance to get your BBQ ticket, £7 each. A bargain for a
great spread all cooked for you and no washing up!
Please note this event is a private event and all guests MUST be members of The Air League, Bicester Gliding
Club or our guest organisations (Young Air Pilots, RAeS Young members, BWPA) that will join us for the day. Temporary membership will be available on the day and is detailed below.
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Flying Day 2016 - Welcome Instructions & Visitor Brief

Map

Subsidised Gliding
Bicester Gliding Club has very kindly agreed again to give young members the opportunity to get into the air.
Winch, aerotow and motorglider opportunities will be available on a first come first serve basis. The Air League
Trust has agreed to subsidise the cost for each flight. Tickets will be available at the registration table. Please note
payment is in cash only.

Activity
Price
Winch Gliding Flight £10.00
Aerotow Gliding Flight £14.00
Motorglider Flight
£12.00

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Flying Day 2016 - Welcome Instructions & Visitor Brief

Free Flying
A small number of pre-approved individuals with private aircraft have agreed to give young members a limited
number of air experience flights. Members will be able to sign up for flights on entrance at The Air League registration table.

Guest Organisations
The Air League has invited a selected number of partner organisations from the aerospace industry to join us on
July 9th. These will include flight training, military, educational and fellow charitable organisations.
We aim to have a wide range of experts present from various organisations to give young members advice on
training, education and flying in general.
There is a dedicated area to the east of the hangar where partner organisations can showcase what they have to
offer including static aircraft.

Temporary Day Membership
Please note this event is a private event and all guests MUST be members of The Air League, Bicester Gliding
Club or guest organisations that will join us for the day.
Temporary membership for the day will be available. This will be at a cost of £10.00 and will be payable on arrival
to The Air league at the registration table. Temporary membership forms must be filled and will allow you to attend the event and you will be eligible for subsidised flying.

FAI World Grand Prix Gliding Championship
The 2016 event will be run in conjunction with the UK leg of the Sailplane Grand Prix Championship, run by the
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and hosted by Bicester Gliding Centre with racing set for the afternoon
and the finishing line overhead the airfield. The Air League is a sponsor for the event and there will be awards
given for the day in the evening. visit http://www.sailplanegrandprix.aero for more info.

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Flying Day 2016 - Welcome Instructions & Visitor Brief

Aerobatic Displays
As always during the evening we hope to have so Aerobatic displays to see the day out.

BBQ, Band & Bar
There will be a feast of a BBQ set at a price of £7.00, the Bicester bar will be open as usual and a band playing till
late! All welcome! Camping will be available to over 18’s only.

Arriving by Aircraft
Want to “Fly In?”? Bicester is a strict PPR Airfield. As a winch launch site absolutely NO OVERHEAD joins are allowed.
Please let us know if you plan on flying in as there will be restrictions in place. Please make contact with Alan
Twigg from Bicester on 07554 44077.
All pilots need to be aware of the Silverstone Motor Grand Prix airspace over the weekend of the 9th. The AIC
can be found at www.ead.eurocontrol.int. There will be a significant increase is helicopter traffic over the Oxford Bicester - Silverstone triangle.
All pilots will need to be aware of the Sailplane GP taking place. Glider traffic will be heavier than previous flying
days.
All pilots planning on flying in please see that attached visiting pilots information below.

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BICESTER AIRFIELD
Notes.
1.

Bicester safely operates a
mix of powered and gliding
operations.

2.

It is a challenging
environment for
inexperienced pilots and
those not familiar with
cable launching of gliders.

3.

Strictly PPR. Call initially
Office 01869 252493

Visitor Parking
(Caravans now removed)

HOME OF BICESTER GLIDING CLUB AND BICESTER HERITAGE

NORTH

HISTORIT Hangars
4.

5.

Please study the three
generic diagrams for the
CIRCUIT, THE TAXY IN, and
THE TAXY OUT.
Note the three runs are
visible. THESE ARE NOT
RUNWAYS. THEY ARE NOGO CABLE RUN AREAS
Landings are made
anywhere in the areas
either side.

Control tower

Fuel pumps

Aircraft Hangar access

Gliding club office

Notes

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM THAT APPLIES TO ALL BICESTER LANDING RUNS ( Generic)

1.LOOKOUT IS PARAMOUNT
Winch (small & hard to see)

2.DO NOT FLY OVERHEAD
BELOW 3000 FEET AT ANY
TIME DUE CABLE LAUNCHING

Cables No Go Area

3.There
are no markings at all
3.
on the airfield. It is just a big
grass area
4.Radio
is non- ICAO amateur
4.
gliding frequency ( 129.975).
Do not ask for, or expect
instructions. This means that
we are essentially a non
radio airfield.

5.Expect
gliders from odd
5.
directions
6

The whole airfield is landable
with care.

Expect parked
gliders here

launch
pointBus

Do Not Cross Over

2.You
must sight the launch
2.
point bus and the winch to
get your reference ( Ignore
grass cutting lines ). Do not
land over the cables

Do
Not
Cross
Over

Expect parked
gliders here

Notes
Wind
1.

There are six operating
directions. 24/06, 31/13,
36/18

2.

Arrows show the multiple
landing options.

3.

Ideally, To avoid a long
taxy, select the circuit
that is on the side of the
hangars. Do not cross
over on the base leg. i.e
Left circuit = Land left of
launch point and vice
versa

4.

When landing on 06 and
13 the approach crosses
housing and road.
Caution required

5.

Caution vehicles and
pedestrians on the
airfield

TAXY IN DIAGRAM THAT APPLIES TO ALL BICESTER LANDING RUNS ( Generic )
Notes
LOOKOUT IS PARAMOUNT

2.

After landing, turn away from
the cable run. Never taxy
over the cable run

3.

There is an intermittent peritrack but it is safest to taxy
on the grass within 50m of
the edge

4.

Expect gliders particularly
from the direction of the big
blue arrows but also from
other directions

5.

If you have landed on the
other side to the
Dispersal/Hangars, you must
taxy as shown to pass behind
the launch point. ( Or park
behind it for short stays )
Be decisive in clearing the
landing area, but stop if
unsure about approaching
aircraft

Launch point
Bus

Short visit
parkig area

6.

Winch (small & hard to see)

Dispersal/hangar Area

Cables No Go Area

1.

Longer stay parking is on
the rectangle of grass,
just North of the
control tower, unless
being used for Car
events

TAXY OUT DIAGRAM THAT APPLIES TO ALL RUNS ( Generic )

Notes
1.

The aim is to taxy out near the
edge of the airfield, do checks in
a safe area, and then depart as
shown by the arrows, without
delay

3.

Take offs at the same time as a
winch launch must be avoided.
If 129.97 is in use, it is advisable
to call ‘ xxx about to roll’ .

4.

Glider wings level on either side
of the bus and/or yellow
flashing light on the top of the
winch indicates an imminent
launch

5.

SIGHT THE WINCH BEFORE
ROLLING TO AVOID CROSSING
CABLES
It is your responsibility to
ensure that there is no glider
launch and no one approaching
before you taxy out and depart
without delay

7.

Radio not required to take off

8.

Minimise flying over built up
areas

Dispersal/hangar Area ( Generic )

Ok to turn
once past the
the winch on
departure

Cables No Go Area

2.

6.

Winch (small & hard to see)

LOOKOUT IS PARAMOUNT.

Busy Landing
& Take off
Area

Busy Landing
& Take off
Area
Sterile
Area
Good For
Power
Checks

Good Area for
Power Checks

Hazardous Area.
Beware approaching
Aircraft. Do Not
Linger


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