Canada. A new continent

Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Saturday, September 22, 2012

The major cold sea crossings are finally behind me. I departed Narsasaqa Greenland at 12.10utc ( Friday 21st )  for the 700 mile flight across the Labrador Sea to Canada. I experienced more breathtaking views as I climbed to 10,000ft for almost direct route to my destination.
 After two hours or so I lost VHF contact, and resorted to the Sat-phone to contact "Gander Radio" for the hourly position reports. For fun I contacted the Aero-club office at Sleap, and had a couple of minutes chat with David, who at first probably couldn't believe it ! I was almost 3 miles high 300 miles from land almost 2000 miles away, and the clarity was better than my mobile in Ellesmere ! The call only lasted two or three minutes as this was costing 1.50 a min !!
 I could see the Newfoundland coast at 100 miles, and another 150 miles across mainly wilderness to land straight in approach runway 26 /gps.
The Atc terminology is slightly different to Europe,.Altimeter settings are in inches, eg, 29.30 instead of 1024mb. I was prepared for this, and luckily my standby altimeter has two Kollsman windows. The main PFD has to be altered on the ground, which is my first task before the next flight. Radio frequency changes are also different, eg, what would normally be 
 "123 decimal 45" is said as "23 point 45". I don,t think that would pass the RT exam at home, but, "when in Rome....". 
Refueled with 211 lts of Avgas, an offer of local ice-cream (!) at the FBO, a 5 minute ride to the local Hotel and I,m finally on a new Continent. 
The Hotel has it,s own restaurant called "Jungle Jim's Eatery". An unusual culture change from the previous four nights in Greenland. I chose the smallest thing on the menu I could find, a Prawn Caesar salad, which was quite tasty, particularly as  this was my first meal of the day. The waitress looked at me in an unusual way when I politely refused to accept the "go large offers" of extra fries, extra cheese,etc. The desert menu I studied, but also refused. However, it is worthy of mention the delights which were on offer. There was, "Jim's jumbo jungle hurricane"   or  "ooey gooeey brownie sundae". I just sipped my local brew beer, with a slice of orange on the glass!,  and deliberated the cultural  differences.
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dennis parry on

sounds like your having fun and good luck with the weather at last , cant wait for the slide show and talk on a cold winters night at sleap , might even treat to a bottle of blue nun reagards dennis

David Bowie on

Thank you Dennis. Blue Nun eh!, all the more reason to rush back.

Mark Sistern on

David, great to see you have made it over The Pond and taking great care with possible weight and balance issues. Looking forward to the next instalments. Good luck!!

harry4123 on

Dave - congratulations on arriving in North America. Sounds like you're at the Hotel North II in Goose Bay. For a different restaurant you might try the Trappers Cabin Bar and Grill just across the highway from the hotel. Great steaks.

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