Flying The Atlantic
Southern Routes from St Johns (CYYT) to Azores (LFRS) onwards to Portugal are taken on a case by case basis for light aircraft where tanking is usually mandatory due to the large distances involved. Refer to image 5.
Anyone that has flown the North Atlantic can tell you that the key to a safe and trouble free crossing in large depends on your pre-flight planning and route preperation.
Below we cover our three oceanic routes with information on how the type of aircraft we are delivering shows the safest and most economical route for your aircraft. From this page you shall be able to establish an idea of which way your aircraft shall be flown and the airports we use year round, rain or shine, wind or snow.
Goose Bay (CYYR) to Narsarsuaq (BGBW) - Keflavik (BIKF) - Prestiwck (EGPK)
For the purpose of coasting out, any aircraft leaving the USA or Canada has three main options for the crossing the North Atlantic to Europe or beyond, the most popular of these routes is via Goose Bay, Canada, to Narsasuaq, Greenland which is 675NM. The next leg is flown to Reykjavik (BIRK) or Keflavik (BIKF) in Iceland which is another 650NM as shown in image "two" before heading from Prestwick (EGPK) in Scotland at another 743NM as shown in image "three". From here reaching any destination in Europe or further east-bound becomes the easy part due to better fuel availablility and less distances to travel.
Note: Due to the long over water distances we only fly this route in aircraft with a 1000NM range or better, or in aircraft we have fitted with auxilary ferry tanks.
Frobisher Bay (CYFB) to Nuuk (BGGH) - Kulusuk (BGKK) - Keflavik (BIKF) - Vagar (EKVG) - Prestwick (EGPK)
This is another popular route which allows you to keep your flight legs under 485NM, this is a popular route for aircraft that are untanked with a limited range of as little as 650NM. Frobisher Bay (CYFB) is 677NM North West of Goose Bay (CYYR) as shown in image "four" which as you can see reduces the over-water legs significantly.