We departed Greenwood airport 2 hours later than planned as we forgot some essential items at home and my better half had to double back and get them for us while we prepared for the departure. The departure itself was uneventful, with Haris in the left seat (PIC-Pilot in Command). The winds were worse than the forecast, which tells us that for the next leg, we may need to carry more reserve fuel. One of the local news channel helicopters shadowed us as we departed and informed us that they will be close so we don’t panic upon seeing them flying that close to us.
We were vectored around first by the US air traffic control and then the Canadian ATC. That added miles, time and gas to our trip. Almost half of the trip was in clouds and as we started picking up ice, we descended to an altitude where there was no ice. Canada has two seasons, winter and darn cold winter !
Interesting experience landing at “SET EELS” (that is how the cannucks pronounce it :), we kept calling it “SEPTILES”…. there was no police or security as we landed unannounced for a “technical stop” (technical term used for such events). We had to seek out security who took down my pilot license info, wished us good luck and left. No one asked to check for a passport or anything else, just telling them that I was not comfortable with the amount of fuel left, they were satisfied. The Montreal approach took flight plan info on the radio on the ground, filed our flight plan and got us air borne in 10 minutes. Upon landing at Goose Bay we called immigration and customs on the phone, they talked to us on the phone for 5 minutes and gave us a confirmation number and that was it.
I shudder to think if this had been the US we’d still be in jail !