day 4: BIKF – EPWR
Day 4 of our trans-atlantic ferry flight was set to be our final day, leaving Keflavik (BIKF) to Wick, Scotland (EGPC) and finally delivering the airplane to Wroclaw, Poland (EPWR).
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At 6:00 am the flight restrictions around the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland were expanded east and effectively closed the Keflavik airport to all IFR traffic. Since we had arrived late the night before, departing prior to 6:00 am was not an option. However, after a few phone calls we got confirmation that we would be allowed to take off VFR out of Keflavik and fly south for about 50 miles outside of the restricted area, and then pick up our IFR clearance to Wick, Scotland.
I didn’t have any problems with this plan, since we had VFR conditions going south over the water and we were flying a piston engine airplane with an induction airfilter. Essentially we’d be flying for 20 minutes through the same air that Icelandic people have been breathing in and driving their cars in for the past several weeks.
About 50 miles South of BIKF we picked up our IFR clearance and climbed to FL210, where we could see the plume of the volcano in the distance. We headed for Scotland in various layers of overcast, since there was a weather system further south in the Atlantic, but we were well away from any significant weather.
Scotland was mostly overcast with some mist, but we flew into VFR conditions at 3,000 feet and proceeded for a visual approach at Wick (EGPC). Having finished the Atlantic portion of our ferry flight, we dropped off our survival suits and life raft (we rent them from Andrew at Far North Aviation).
We flight planned from Wick to our final destination of Wroclaw (EPWR) with a fuel stop in Rotterdam (EHRD), but once airborne we realized we had better tailwinds than expected, so we asked for re-route to Wroclaw. The Dutch controllers were very helpful and amended our routing, saving us some time and allowing us to land at Wroclaw around midnight local time.
I only stayed in Wroclaw for a day and a half after the flight, papi wanted to get home for his birthday 🙂