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Day 2: CYYR to CYVM

May 5, 2010

Day 2 of our trans-atlantic ferry flight to Europe. In the Mooney Acclaim I chose the far northern route via Sondre Stromfjord (BGSF) in Greenland, because this route does not require HF radio or a ferry tank, thereby offering a considerable savings to my customer. In addition, airports are spaced closer together along the far northern route, making for an easier trip in a light airplane.

Normally I would fly Goose Bay to Iqaluit (CYFB) but the airport in Iqaluit ran out of 100LL avgas just before our flight, and was notam’d to be out until June, when the summer shipping season opens. Iqaluit only gets 1 yearly avgas delivery by boat, and used more than anticipated this year.

Plan B was to fly from Goose to Kuujjuaq (CYVP) and then on to Qikiqtarjuaq airport (CYVM). Qikiqtarjuaq doesn’t typically sell avgas, but I got it from a pretty good jungle drum that they keep a few barrels in town for stray pilots like us, and if you call ahead they can bring a barrel out to the airport for you.

Goose to Qikiqtarjuaq - click to enlarge

Goose to Qikiqtarjuaq - click to enlarge

Map courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

Kuujjuaq has avgas in barrels

Kuujjuaq has avgas in barrels

Putting on my immersion suit in Kuujjuaq

Putting on my immersion suit in Kuujjuaq

On the ramp at Qikiqtarjuaq airport (CYVM)

On the ramp at Qikiqtarjuaq airport (CYVM)

The flight from Goose to Qikiqtarjuaq was uneventful and we checked into our hotel around 6:00 pm. There is only 1 hotel in the small town of Qikiqtarjuaq, so be sure to call ahead for reservations.

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