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Six Countries, One Day – Atlantic Crossing Flight, First Leg – Series! Ep Two

In this multi-part series, the largest general aviation project in FlightChops history, ride along with us as we team up with the Diamond Aircraft ferry crew and act as pilot flying on delivery of a new DA-62 light twin aircraft from Vienna, Austria to Diamond Aircraft’s Canadian base in London, Ontario Canada.

View part one of this series: https://youtu.be/ctgzb2SDq4Y

In this second episode of the series we begin the first leg in the DA62 with Micke following behind in the DA42, flying across Northern Europe to stop for fuel in Denmark, and to don our survival suits before departing across the North Sea to Wick, Scotland. This flight leg had some good IMC as we expected, and presented several great opportunities to practice my #IFR flying while learning some of the differences between European and North American ATC. Upon arrival in Scotland, we prepare for a long flight across the North Atlantic to Reykjavik, Iceland. ForeFlight was along for the entire journey providing all our charts and flight planning tools. Their international capabilities are a must have for any pilot, let alone those flying through six countries in one day.

During my DA62 Familiarisation flight at Diamond Aircraft’s base in London, Ontario prior to departing for Austria, I tested the Bose ProFlight in-ear headset; I already knew it was comfortable, but I wanted to see how the active noise canceling held up, and it was impressive – I am not surprised it is what Micke wears exclusively when flying Diamond Twins (which are admittedly quieter than most regular piston powered aircraft).

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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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