Flight From Iqaluit to Keflavik
Trip Start May 02, 2013
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hundreds of miles of freezing cold water (literally freezing) made me a little nervous. The flight was going to be like nothing I have ever done before, in flying.
I woke up really early this day because I knew it would be a long flight. I set my alarm for 4:30 AM. My handler, Eric, picked me up at 5:00 AM and we headed out to the airport. When
we got out to the airport, I checked the weather once again and started getting
everything ready for departure
I took off from Iqaluit around 6:30 AM. I was thinking that I might have to use my HF
radio, but I did not have to because I was island hoping. Because I was close enough to different coasts I had VHF radio contact the entire way.
As I was just about to start across the Atlantic, I was told to contact Edmonton for the water crossing. This was because it was my first water crossing, and I had a lot of questions on exactly what the procedures were. The controller I was speaking with must've woke up on the wrong side of the bed because he was really rude and sarcastic. This did not put my nerves at ease at all. His work shift must've ended because a girl came on later and she was much nicer.
After getting about half way between Canada and Greenland, I was told to contact Sondrestom Radio. This was really my first experience with foreign sounding controllers. They were very difficult to understand. I kind of doubt most people know what Greenland people sound like but it was very nasally
Ocean in between Canada and Iceland was partly frozen the whole way. That was amazing to me. That crossing was over 200 miles and it was so cold that the water froze. This was a
little relief mentally because if my engine quit I guess I could land on an iceberg, maybe…
As I was approaching the Greenland coast, the clouds started to form. I was aware that this would be the case because of my flight planning. I crossed the entire country of Greenland without seeing the ground. When I got to the other side of Greenland, the clouds were much higher and they were forecasted to be. I picked up a little icing because of this. Not very much at all, but when you are flying over the North Atlantic any ice at all is way too much ice, if you ask
me. I remained calm and flew out of the ice not long after.
The flight from eastern Greenland to Iceland went well. There were clouds under me the entire
I was so glad to be on the ground. I taxied to where my plane was going to be
staying for the night. When I got on the ground, a customs officer approached me.
Because it was raining he had me go inside. When we got inside, he asked for what I was
declaring but nothing else. I said, “Would you like to see my passport” he said, “No, that’s alright.” WOW, how annoying that was! I waited for four days in Canada to get my
passport, and when I finally got it the country I wanted to visit, they did not even need it. If I would've known this, I would've had the passport overnight shipped to Iceland.
I then got a ride to my hotel and went up to my room. I was very hungry, so I went downstairs to
eat. They had whale on the menu so I thought I would give it a try. It was an
interesting taste. After dinner I walked upstairs and got some much-needed rest. The first half of my Atlantic crossing was over and I was very happy about it.