Lucky pilots with good weather… Thanks mom for bringing eggs to the nuns!
Long story short, we made it back to Canada, Iqaluit today.
Here’s the longer version:
View from my room in Kulusuk on waking up:
3 hrs later… we are in the Kulusuk airport control tower waiting for 2 planes to land, a Q400 from Reykjavik and a Hercules that came from Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) on a military exercise. The fog was terrible. Initially with ceilings around 200 ft and by the time the Q400 did two missed approaches, it had lifted to about 1,000 ft. That still was below IFR minimums, and after the third approach the Q400 (IC103) returned to Reykjavik.
Puddle jumper vs Hercules… Both the FL/IC103 and King11 (USAF Hercules) flights didn’t land in Kulusuk this morning. Sorry, I guess, we made them all look bad… Two Canadian Pilots excitedly waited for the IcelandAir flight 103 and the USAF Hercules to land in the fog and low visibility situation we had this morning in Kulusuk, Greenland. Both airplanes didn’t make it to the field. After they had given up, we asked the Hercules for a pilot report of the weather on top the icecap as they had just come from our planned fuel stop airport. With their positive news (sky clear at 13,000ft), we called the Meteo office in Nuuk once more and filed to Kangerlussuaq at 12,000ft. We took off 30mins later to climb through low clouds of 2,000ft to 4,000ft. Once enroute we were in between layers but the temperatures were so low (-20C) that no ice stuck to the airplane.
Arrival into Kangerlussuaq for a fuel stop:
Final approach into Iqaluit, Canada, for an overnight:
Debriefing… fuel for the pilots: