Flight up to Iqaluit

Trip Start May 02, 2013
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Flag of Canada  , Nunavut,
Monday, May 6, 2013

The morning came fast and I had a decision to make.  Would I go all the way to Iqaluit or would I go half way to Goose Bay, Canada?  I looked at the weather for my flight and decided it was good enough to go all the way to Iqaluit.  The only thing I had working against me was how late it already was.  Robin and I left for the airport around 10:00AM.  I did not end up taking off till 11:30AM.  It was overcast so I had to go IFR through the clouds.  I broke out at 4,000 ft and it was as clear as could be.  What an amazing site that was!!

I knew it was going to be a long flight because the winds were not really in my favor.  Right as I got into Canada everyone on the radio was speaking French.  That was definitely something new to me.  They of course would not speak French when talking to me.  The way that controllers can tell planes apart is by what there tail number starts with.  For instance, all United States registered airplanes start with the letter N (November).  Because it was such a long distance, I had to run my engine at a low power setting to conserve fuel.  

For any pilots out there, my route and power information was as follows:

17.000 ft 45% power @ 10.4 Gallons Per Ho

Right as I got into Canada, the controller asked me if I wanted to go direct destination.  I thought, sure why not...it will get me there a little faster.  Right as I plugged in direct CYFB, I was flying in a straight line for 1,200 NM.  That was a long long long time to sit there flying in a straight line.  It was very interesting to fly over northern Quebec.  There is literally nothing out there!  As I approached the Hutson Strait, I put on my immersion suit.  I did this because I thought I would be flying over water.  It ended up being all frozen, but was good practice putting on the suit.  It was very difficult to put on the immersion suit in the plane.

It was an amazing site coming into Iqaluit.  I have never seen so much ice in my life.  There were heavy winds, but I managed to set the plane down just fine.  When I landed, there was snow drifting across the runway because of the wind. I was about to figure out one of the mistakes I made on my trip...

The guy in the tower told me to taxi over to where my handler and the customs officer were. I was so glad to be on the ground.  When I turned off my engine ,the customs officers told me to get in the back of their SUV.  They then proceeded to ask me for my passport.  I confidently handed them my passport case.  The officer opened it and said "there is nothing in here."  I thought, "OH SHIT."  

After tearing the plane apart (not literally) for an hour in the -25 degree temperature, my passport was no where to be found.  I was so worried that it was either stolen or that I left it at one of my previous stops.  I called everyone that might know where it was, and it was no where to be found.  The customs officers were very nice and let me proceed into Iqaluit.  The big problem was moving onward from Iqaluit.  

I called my mom again when I got to where I was staying and told her one place where I thought my passport could've been.  I remember making photo copies of pages in it, for documentation purposes, before I left Fresno for my flight. I told her to check the copy machine...sure enough, it was there!  Wow. What a bittersweet feeling that was.  At least I knew it was not stolen. But, at the same time, I was over 3,000 miles away from it.  I was sure I had it with me, but apparently I was wrong.  It was a mistake that I hope to not make again.

I needed some rest after such a long flight, so I decided I would figure out what to do in the morning.


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Jack ! So How are you going to fly the rest of the trip without your passport ?
Also remeber to warch your diet once you X into Eygpt and beyond only bottled water small intake of food. other wise it's bad stomach all the way ! read your blog every day and following your flight !
Tracy, CA.

Craig Fourchy on

Awesome pictures and a "story-to-remember" from Canada...love it! Rumor has it you're back in the air tomorrow...way to go Jack!

Marcie Harkness on

Hey Jack, love the updates and photos. Sorry to hear about the unfortunate delay, you'll be on your way soon!

Judy Lund-Bell on

Love reading about your trip. Be careful flying into Nuuk if there is snow or ice on the runway. It is short, as you undoubtedly know--just a bit longer than Sierra Sky Park-- with the ocean on one end and rocks and ocean on the other. I can't even imagine trying to get into your immersion suit in the airplane. Wow. You must be a contortionist! Keep us posted on your progess.

David in Denver on

Passport in Fresno...that's why god made FedEx!

We are watching and cheering you on Jack! Fly safe my friend....


Prop Jockey on

Has happened to a lot of us and now its a lesson learned. Once I had mine stolen in an American Airlines office in Bolivia. If you add Passport to your preflight checklist, you'll probably be all set.

airdave on

Jack -- As a fellow pilot, I am enjoying your stories and pictures. Keep them coming! The details are fascinating. What have you been doing to keep busy in Iqaluit all this time? Also, please educate me, if you would: what are you using to post the 10-minute position updates on share.delorme.com? -- AirDave.

Tom Murphy on

Jack - this is such a cool adventure!! It is something I'd love to have done... I'm a pilot and adventure want-a-be and love following your flight. Keep posting your story -- thanks for letting us share your experiences!

Janet Bruelhart on

Passport is kind of handy to have. We, as a family, are a bit paranoid about those silly things. Happy travels Jack! Stay warm.

Ryan Caglia on

You're over Greenland and on the way to Iceland. You made the Bee about your passport. All publicity is good publicity! Glad you found it and stay safe my friend!

Jason Reimuller on

I just became aware of your efforts and will follow your posts with great interest. I bought a Mooney 231 to fly my dissertation research (also at the University of Colorado) in Northern Canada. You've picked a great aircraft and you're inspiring me to do more with mine. Godspeed!

Jerry in Boulder on


Pick a point that you will reach in a couple of days and ask your mom to Fed Ex your passport to that point. Good luck kid you are sure a gutsy one

Stuart Woolf on

Keep posting those pictures and comments. We're all making this flight with you!
What a great adventure you're able to share with us. Fantastic. Bring back my lucky dime! Cheers!

Nancy Conway on

Hi Jack-We are thinking of you each day and so, so proud of this amazing fete. You are an inspiration to us all. Keep safe, have fun, and BREAK THAT RECORD! GO JACK GO!!!!!!

tiggobitties ground support on

Greenland is the best place Ive ever visited. No trip is really complete without it. ;) Glad you made it safely, Jack. Go light on that seal jerky.

Nathan Landry on

Hey Jack I admire you so much and just wanted to wish you best of luck on your voyage ! I am currently taking lessons in South LA and am also wanting to do this same record ! Your going to be 20 when you complete this and I want to be 19 when I complete this hopefully I can get my license when Im 17 so I can train for 1.5 years to do the same thing your doing !

Cesar on

Your adventure is amazing. I flew a little when I was younger, but what you are doing is truly amazing. Have fun, and may the win always be in your favor.

peterpiper on

Hi Jack
I live in UK, (Blackpool) close to Wallasey. Weather here raining with poor visability, so I cannot observe you coming over the coast. Good luck on your next stage.

Laura Dennen on

Hey Jack, you made yahoo front page with your passport issue. It is a good thing. More people, like myself, are now aware of what you are attempting & will be anxiously following your blog. Being the mom of a 17 year old tailwheel pilot, I am wishing you a safe, exciting & successful journey.

Herminio Quadros on

I am in Tulare, California following your adventure. I learned of your courageous voyage through our local Fresno's channel 24. You are a courageous young man and deserve all the support people around the world may give you. After all, you are uniting "peoples" continents and countries into one single point; to you, to us and to Fresno in California. Your parents are very proud of you and so are your admirers like me. Good luck son. Herminio Quadros. Business Income Tax Preparer/Radio Broadcaster-Tulare, California

peterpiper on

Hi Jack
I assume you have The Isle of Lewis in your sights, fantastic, well done and welcome to the United Kingdom.

Susan R on

Wow! I have a 20 year old son and to see such dedication and purpose in a young man is amazing! Good luck and God speed!

Oma on

\I start my day with looking where you are.I enjoy every mile with you (If that is possible) My good wishes go with tou and also my love.

Cheryl Ezell Brown on

Many moms in Bako are praying for safety and adventure on your journey! We are all so excited for you! Go Jack go!!!

Sharon Pelino on

Hi Jack,
Jennifer sent us the post about your Passport! The Pelino's are sending you lots of love, and we are excited to read your blog. Keeping you in our prayers for a wonderful solo.
Tom, Sharon & Jennifer

Mark Berbower on

Hi Jack,
I found your story on yahoo, here in Stockton CA, keep up the blog and photos. What an adventure, fly safe.

Will on


I would like to wish you all the best for your record breaking flight. Stay safe and enjoy the moment.

God Speed

Will M

Bob on

Hi jack
Was in the terminal at EGKB when you landed, watched a nice landing after a long flight. Good luck with the rest of your trip.

Peter Baldwin on

Jack, Nice landing in England ! Just saw your interview on Sky News London.Great stuff !
Get your rest and remember Mothers Day !!

Bob Harkness on

So far so good!

Jerry in Bouler again. on

Hi Jack:

Of course you don't know me but I am with you vicariously. I'm an old one, just to be 87. I got my private in a J 3 Cub on my 18th birthday in 1944..

The fellow who advised you on food and water once yo are out of Europe knows of what he speaks. While you can, load up on Imodium Anti diarrheal tablets and get the chewable ones if you can as they do not require water,

Let all of your followers know how you resolved the passport problem.

I'd love to meet you sometime when you get back to Boulder.

Bill Stainbrook on

Jack, this is Hal's brother. He and I are following your journey. I awoke early and saw you on Good Morning America landing in London w/Mom and sisters waiting. Nice interview. You could be one of the royal family! Keep making those good/safe decisions and we will see you back in Fresno in a short time.

Richard Tamir on

I had the same dream many years ago. I got my license at 18, dreamed of the trip you're making. Couldn't figure out at that time how to get from Turkey to India, due to political considerations. So I stopped the dream, unfortunately. I wish you the best of luck, the best of smooth air and the best of flying pleasure.

Pete and Will Craig on

Jack, WIll and I are getting a kick out of your flight. While your Mom was taking care of getting your passport, I was camped out with your Dad and bro. Look forward to seeing you on the return! Fly safe!!

Your Pals, Pete and Will

MDuncam on

Go Jack!
Please note: Hudson, not Hutson

Ron on

National Post article: http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/05/12/round-the-world-pilot-delayed-in-canada-after-forgetting-his-passport-at-home/

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