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Ocean Crossing to Iceland! Can we Fly over the Volcano?! – Series! Ep Four

Part 4 – Scotland to Iceland Ocean Crossing Flight over the North Atlantic in a DA62. The biggest General Aviation flight I’ve ever flown! Austria to Canada.

 This episode is dedicated to the memory of Haraldur Diego, @VolcanoPilot.

In this multi-part series, the largest #generalaviation 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.

In this fourth episode of the series, we’re packed into survival suits in the DA62 and execute the #oceancrossing leg from Wick, Scotland to Reykjavik, Iceland, flying over the North Atlantic. Micke is following behind in the DA42. This flight was #IFR but we were above the main cloud layer for most of the journey. Arriving in Iceland we were hoping for a clear approach to fly by an active volcano prior to touching down in Reykjavik.

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

View part two of this series: https://youtu.be/77-LbKzykp8

View part three of this series: https://youtu.be/Y9e8cj4SNqU

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 familiarization 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).

Micke’s related episode here: https://youtu.be/90Wrd9OGzBw


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