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Saturday, September 8, 2012

I finally departed my base at Sleap in Shropshire at 10.15 local time.Several well wishers bid me farewell on the first leg of my estimated 27000 mile World tour.
 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!
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DK on

First leg just a walk in the park for you then. Remember, one bite at a time!!. Looking forward to the next diary entry and photos.

Dennis parry on

Congrats on completing the first leg , makes fascinating reading good luck

Dave Myers on

Dave glad to see you arrive safely in Reykjavik after your frustrating delayed start. Just got back from a boring 950 mile drive from Limousin (without sat nav), never had internet coverage for the past few days in France so was glad to log in to view your progress. Enjoy the mid night sun looking forward to your next blog take care.

Dave bagshaw on

Well done Dave, The rest of the journey will be a walk in the park

Alex on

Great to watch you set off yesterday - and to read your latest. Look forward to following the rest. The world awaits ....!

David Bowie on

Many thanks to you all. The weather here in Iceland is non to good. There is a small weather window onTuesday, however there is a risk of been stuck in Greenland. Not much there and quite expensive I'm told. The weather requirements for a Greenland crossing has to be clear, as the safety to cross is 10000ft.The freezing levels are about 5000ft ! I'll keep you informed.

Paul Tench on

Did see the departure yesterday Dave and looking forward to the updates over the next 6 to 8 weeks best of luck.

Nigel Robbins on

Well done Dave, after all the months of intense planning and head scratching, I bet it's great to finally get in the air on your epic adventure. Like everyone else from the areoclub, I'll be keeping a close eye on your progress and look forward to seeing your comments and pictures. Hope you get that good weather opening for Tuesday, and best wishes for some speedy tailwinds!

Len S on

Hello Dave

Keep on munching the lobster! I see the Reykjavik webcam and forecasts showing 'uncooperative' weather. Here the web link for other trip followers

Best regards

Mark Sistern on

Dave. Good to see you have got a few miles under your belt. I saw you leave from my hangar on Saturday. Looking forward to reading further of your adventures!!

Dave Myers on

Sorry to hear the weather is not too good there Dave, and not to make light of the situation but maybe a spot of fishing in the interim time, we still owe those blighters a bloody nose for the cod wars.

Dave bagshaw on

HI Dave I'm sure there are many copa members that would like to follow your trip. I would like to post the travel pod link, but not without your approval. Would that be ok?

David Bowie on

Although this was meant to be a rest day. The weather has been dreadfull. Rain and wind upto 45 kts in Reyjjavik and gusts of 70 kts some 40 miles away! The locals say if you don't like the weather here wait 5 minutes and it will change. I would agree, except make that 24 hrs ! I'm pleased I found the weather window on Saturday.
I now hope to move on to West Greenland on Thursday. A slight change of plan,as I am now told that the route from Narsarrsuaq to Gooze Bay in Canada requires a HF radio, which I don't have yet. So in the interest of safety the authoritys say I have to route over the Ice cap towards Sondre Stromfjord, some 740 miles at 12000ft, some 4 1/2 hrs ,I'll let you know how I get on !

davidbowie on

Make that Wednesday, Thursday is awfull. DB

Chris B on

Brilliant news! I'm also a member at Sleap; can't wait to hear of more updates :D Good luck and enjoy!

Dave Myers on

Hi Dave trying to follow some of the places you mentioned in Iceland & Greenland with my limited geographical resources, my A--Z of Iceland does not help much.
Hope the wind drops for your planned departure to-morrow and your safe arrival at Goose Bay Labrador. Looking forward to your next blog.
Stay safe and take care.


harry4123 on

David - good job getting to Iceland. You're crossing in late season weather. I crossed eastbound in July on my RTW last year in my Columbia 300 N788W. They'll accept satphone on the leg to CYYR. Check my travelpod blog for phone#'s. The satphone will serve you better around the world than HF, but you gotta at least have HF on board and try to use it or they will stop you in the Pacific.

Martin B on

Delighted to have caught your departure on Sat - the office told me on Thursday it was to be mid-day! Well done so far, and very best wishes from Julie and I for the remainder - at last I've mastered the pronunciation of Narssarssuaq!

davidbowie on

Harry 4123,
. Thank you for your valued comments. I did follow your trip with interest,and learned many things from it. Much of my plan is based on your route. I note your advice regarding HT radio. I have booked to have same fitted in Caliifornia, along with long range tanks of 160us/gls in addition to the standard 96. Total endurance should be 18hrs to empty, about 2800nm.
There may be a weather window on Sunday/monday into Greenland. There is a $1000 surcharge for Sunday opening, however I've met three ferry pilots moving three Cessna 377's the same route, so we can share the cost.
Thank you to all who have sent best wishes, I hope to keep you all informed on this site.

Tim Smith on

Good old Dave, what an adventure. You will be some well travelled guy after this. It must be a dream come true to finally go. Safe flying and make loads of notes ready for when you write your book. All the best mate.

Sam Jerrett on

Following your exploits with great interest. It is a bit different to going to La Rochelle for lunch! Hope all well.

Hi Dave on

Still following you with great interest. Mind blowing to a novice like me,who is still going round and round doing circuits. I have worked out that I should be ready to doing something like you in about 30 years. Trouble is I'll be 84 then!
Keep up the blog, love reading the adventure.

davidbowie on

After a frustrating week of poor weather, either here or more importantlly in Greenland, followed by a heavy head cold, I now expect to depart on Monday. Several remnants from the Gulf hurricane season have been pushing North East to spoil all the fun.
I do not know if the internet connections are any good in Greenland, if not I would hope that Canada is better, and I shall report from there. However, I,ve stopped assuming a while ago.!
David Bowie

Dave Myers on

Dave sorry to hear that you have been grounded all week, apart from yesterday the weather here has been lousy too.
Hope your cold is better when you leave to-morrow, I assume the landing fees will be cheaper on mondays !!! (now its me assuming.)
Still the cod and chips should be better there, I don't suppose they do Chicken Piri Piri in Greenland Dave,

Stay safe and take care DB

David Bowie on

Yes Dave, to save 1000 USD I.ll arrive on any day but Sunday ! I,m told southern Greenland is not ussually known for it,s International cusine. But I could be wrong. I shall reserve judgement untill later. Thanks for the message. DB

Graham D on

Glad to see you've reached Greenland safely, and at last, Dave. Also, that you've saved on the USD1000! Sorry you've had a bad head cold - I've had something similar but I call it man-flu lol. Best of luck for the next stage.

fullerit on

Hi Dave, very impressed with the blogging skills never mind the world flying skills. Its not true what they say about old dogs and new tricks - your a techknow pro now ;) . Hope your cold clears and best of look on the rest of the trip,
regards ,

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