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99-08-07

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Mike's Pilot Log: South to South Adventure

Landed at Reyjavik after an 8 hour 25 minute flight.

Airport opened up at 8 am. Packed, fuelled up, set the cameras, had a little bit to eat and some coffee, paid the high fees, filed a flight plan and were in the air by 10:20 am.

We headed straight out to sea. Lots of huge icebergs. Not too cold.

The snow-capped mountains of Greenland stayed on our left for 2 hours. Every time I looked around the mountains were still there. Eventually after 3 hours we could no longer see land.

Engines purred, fuel consumption looked good. Headwind varied from 10 to 25 km/h. Every hour I was able to make a position report either direct or via an overflying airliner.

Flew at 4,500 ft most of the way. Cloud cover over the Denmark Strait for 500 km. Approaching Iceland we climbed to 6,000 ft to find slightly better winds.

Near to Iceland we descended through a hole in the cloud to 1,500 ft above the sea. No icebergs.

Landed at Reyjavik after an 8 hour 25 minute flight. The distance was about 780 km. Still had about 4 or 5 hours fuel left.

Hotel, pizza, beer. Expensive. Happy!

 


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