Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
25Trip End Ongoing
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The first leg to Stornoway was at 6000ft in vmc on top. A cloud break at 800ft and circle to land in drizzle and 15kt cross wind was there to meet me. The ATC staff were friendly and help full, as was the fuel man. Topped off with VAT free avgas (export laws,can't charge for outside Europe), and airborne within an hour.
The 600 mile sea crossing was mainly in cloud at 8000ft, just below the freezing level. Light to moderate rain as I crossed the predicted warm weather front, with a crosswind at one point of 50kts, followed by a 10kt tailwind into Reykjavik to land visual after almost 4 hours.
By chance I was in contact with three Cessna 377 aircraft being ferried also to Iceland. They stayed 2000ft above me for most of the journey, we arranged our own separation when out of ATC radio contact.. I met them at the FBO office later.
The weather forecast for the next three days looks desperate, with the remnants of the Gulf hurricane heading north/north-east. The 40-50 kt predicted winds focused our minds on asking for hangerage till it passes. With the aircraft secure I was in my Hotel with the first step now complete, 1000 miles gone, 26000 to go, ah-hum!