Originally Posted by seoceancrosser
Avanti, I am glad to hear that you made that decision. Try it in the summer time. It's warmer and there is more daylight to work with. The mental part is not as intimindating either. The freezing level is usually at 7,000 ft or higher. Cross with somebody that has done this before. Greenland is one of the most beautiful places in this world. The fjords and the ice cap are an overwhelming sight from the flight levels at which a Cessna 172 flies at. That conservative decision making is what makes a good ferry pilot. Most of the people that have died ferry flying died due to poor decision making and not due to sever engine failure. When I say poor decision making, I mean taking off in a 310 with min gas due to the price of fuel in Greenland. I mean taking off and flying into a known icing system with an aircraft that isn't made for that mess. I mean taking off in a Cardinal and trusting the BGBW forecast to be accurate and not having a plan B or being able to make an alternate. I mean taking off in a 210 out of Greenland with known partial panel, no heater on Valentines day with your daughter on board and trying to shoot an approach below mins into Goose Bay at night because the ferry operator will not pay for repairs. Your decision making abilities are something to be desired. You are not afraid to think outside the box to get the job done and you are not afraid to admit when you are in over your head or the situation is just wrong. Most people's decision making abilities are one or the other. Good luck to you in your piloting career. Ferry flying expanded my horizons and played a large role in getting in the right seat of my 757 flying international. Cheers!!!
Thanks for your advice and counsel. I think that "avanti" should make the trip but as you said, when the conditions are better, and the "homework" has been done.
You should put your thoughts concerning all aspects of a SE crossing down. Heck, I'd like to read them. Even after 75+ crossing in a large Boeing, one can always learn something new. It could be a great help to someone like avanti.
Merry Christams !!