Arrival Instructions


Giordan Lighthouse (Gozo) – position 36° 04’ 19” N, 14° 13’ 08” E
Madliena Fort – position 35° 55’ 51” N, 14° 27’ 41” E
Distance – GIORDAN Lighthouse to MADLIENA Fort – 14.51 nautical miles (26.67km)    

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1 Introduction. The following notes provide Arrival Instructions to Entrants. Where the word ‘must’ is used in an instruction, failure to comply will entail penalisation. For competitions/arrival times, Rally time is GMT. Nothing in these instructions is to be taken as contrary to air legislation in force in Malta at the time.

2 Planning for Arrival over Giordan Lighthouse (Gozo). About three weeks before the rally, the Committee will allocate to, and notify each Entrant of, his Allocated Day and Arrival Time in GMT and his Elapsed Time for the Timed Section Competition. Each Entrant must flight plan to arrive over Giordan Lighthouse, as per Competition Rules 1.2 and 1.3. Pilots are requested, where possible, to switch on aircraft landing lights two (2) minutes away from Giordan Lighthouse, provided such action does not entail any change in configuration of the aircraft. Any strobe lights should be on.

(i) GZO VOR is en route;
(ii) Entrants landing in Malta with less than 30 minutes fuel reserve will not be awarded points in the Arrival Competition, unless, after passing Gozo, their landing is significantly delayed for reasons beyond the Entrant’s control.

3 Radio Contact with Malta. Pilots are advised to contact Malta Radar on W 130.975 MHz/E 123.625M MHz as soon as possible when in-bound from their last point of departure. On entering the Malta FIR, all pilots must make a position report to Malta Radar. Before reaching Giordan Lighthouse, pilots will be instructed by Malta ATC to call Luqa Radar on 128.15 MHz, and monitor instructions as provided by ATC. Before calling Luqa Radar, pilots are to monitor ATIS on frequency 127.4 MHz. VOLMET is available on frequency 126.8 MHz.

4 Search and Rescue. In an emergency, a pilot should transmit the appropriate distress or urgency calls and messages on the frequency in use, or, if no contact is made, on 121.5 MHz. Search and Rescue facilities within the Malta FIR are provided by the Malta Rescue Co-ordination Centre.

5 Radio Communication failure.
In the event of radio communication failure on the arrival flight, pilots may continue under VFR to Luqa. They should pass over Giordan Lighthouse as close as possible to their Allocated Arrival Times and continue on to Luqa overflying the Control Tower. Over Luqa Airfield they should observe the signals area for circuit and landing direction, descend on the dead side of the circuit to 1,000 feet on QNH, join the downwind leg, and land on receipt of a green light/pyrotechnic from the Tower.

6 Early or Late arrival over Giordan Lighthouse. Aircraft are scheduled to arrive over Giordan Lighthouse at 10 minute intervals, but pilots must keep a good lookout for other aircraft at all times to avoid overlap. If it becomes clear to a pilot that he will miss his Allocated Arrival Time at Gozo by more than 10 minutes either way, he must immediately inform Malta Radar on W 130.975 MHz/E 123.625M MHz and request re-allocation of height for passing over Giordan Lighthouse. In this event, the Entrant will have failed to qualify for the Arrival Competition. Pilots must report their reallocated height to Luqa Radar on 128.15 MHz immediately on passing overhead Giordan Lighthouse.

Please see UPDATE at the top of this section

7 Passage over Giordan Lighthouse. Pilots within their Allocated Arrival Time, at 1,500 ft on QNH, must report to Luqa Radar on 128.15 MHz immediately on passing overhead Giordan Lighthouse. The passage overhead will be observed and timed by officials at the Giordan Lighthouse. Unless otherwise instructed by ATC, pilots must overfly the Giordan Lighthouse without circling, turn to intercept a track of 125 degrees (T) and continue so as to pass overhead the Control Tower at Luqa Airport. The passage overhead will be observed and timed by officials at Luqa Control Tower.

8 Landing and Parking at Luqa. Luqa is a two runway airfield, elevation 300 feet. Care should be taken not to confuse it with the disused airfields at Ta’ Qali (4nm NW) and Hal Far (2nm SE). When instructed, aircraft should contact Luqa Tower on 135.1 MHz for landing instructions. The controller’s and marshaller’s taxiing instructions should be followed carefully. Before leaving the aircraft, competitors should ensure it is secure and prepared for the Concours d’Elegance competition. Fuel bowsers will be standing by, and the aircraft should be refuelled immediately to avoid delay on departure day. Pilots should ensure that fuel meters on bowsers are read before and after the refuelling of their aircraft.

9 Formalities. A hostess will escort rallyists through Customs, Immigration (non-Schengen participants only), and Health at the reception centre. Rally Receptionists will be available to provide up-to-date information, and will also receive from Entrants all the flight documents required for the Flight Planning Competition, the ‘intended route’ slips and the George Cross Competition answer sheets. Entrants competing in the Longest Distance Flown Competition are to submit the relevant documents at the same point.

In the interest of aircraft safety and for Concours d’Elegance judging, aircraft keys are to be left at Rally Reception from where they can be collected on departure day. Rallyists who have indicated on their Entry Form that they are staying in Malta after the Rally, will be informed of arrangements made for parking their aircraft.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 19:24
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