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Cross Country Tasks from Challock





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


Turning points:

ALE    Aylesham Railway Station
BOD   Bodiam Castle
CAT    Canterbury Cathedral Tower
CNE   Canterbury North East (Sturry Level Crossing)
CSE   Canterbury south east
DAW  Darwell Reservoir (SW end)
DDK   Devils Dyke
ETC    Etchingham road/rail crossing
FAV    Faversham M2 Jct7
HAR   Harting
HEE   Heathfield
LWN   Lewes north
PAD   Paddock Wood R/W Bridge B2160                    
PAR   Parham
RIN    Ringmer  (hangar)
PTW  Petersfield crossroads A3/A273
WDP Waldershare Park


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:

Gold Distance and Diamond Goal:

CLK – ALE – PTW – CLK             304km triangle  

CLK - WDP - HAR - CLK                305km triangle 

Gold Distance:

CLK - DDK - CNE - HEE - CLK      302km

CLK - PAR - CSE - ETC - CLK       302km



You can also design your own tasks using TPSELECT and TPTASK.

See next section on TURN POINTS.


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