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Canadian Flight Planning Print E-mail

Transport Canada is the Canadian government department which regulates aviation in Canada.  NavCanada is the private corporation that runs Canada's air traffic control system. Also important if you're coming in to Canada from the US or Europe are the Canadian Border Services Agency regulations respecting customs. Below you'll find detailed links to useful areas on their sites.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 November 2021 22:01
Northern and Aviation Weather info Print E-mail

Here's a collection of links for Arctic and Aviation weather information.  If you're planning a flight to Canada's eastern Arctic, be sure to consult the Nunavut/Arctic weather manual. It contains detailed information about weather patterns in and around many of the communities in this region.  Communities and airstrips are few and far between up here. Careful flight planning and weather observation are critical for a safe flight!

Note the official Greenland aviation weather information is available through this service of DMI. Registration is required

NavCanada provides this document to help you understand aviation weather information available in Canada.

And if just reading the weather doesn't strike you as a lot of fun, try this video showing a Twin Otter taking off in Iqaluit on a very windy day.  Almost like a helicopter!  And check out this video showing approaches in a range of weather to many Baffin Island airports.

And for the historically inclined,  here's a site with a full text copy of the 1975 FAA Aviation Weather guide, with a chapter on Arctic Aviation Weather.

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2020 13:26
Tips and Advice Print E-mail

Here's a few other things you might want to think about if you're planning a trip to Nunavut in a small plane, or making the flight across to Greenland and Europe.


Though your airplane is equipped with an ELT, you might want to consider a couple of other items to increase your personal safety while on a flight north.  Remember that while Canada has an excellent Search and Rescue system, bases for Search aircraft are in southern Canada.  That means that if you go down and your ELT sends the alarm, it can still take many hours for searchers to get to your area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 20:46
Aviation Fuel Print E-mail

Most, but not all, Nunavut communities have Jet A-1 fuel available at the aerodrome.  Check the What's New section of this site for info on the recent 100LL drum count in Iqaluit.

In Iqaluit, 100LL sold in full drums only (205 litres/45 CDN gallons/54 US gallons). Fuel is brought into

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:24
Charts Print E-mail

VNC chartYou'll need some of the following Nav Canada VFR Navigation charts for flying to and around southern Baffin Island. "Via Kuujjuaq" and "Via East Hudson Coast" assumes you're route is through the Ottawa/Montreal area in Southern Canada.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 21:27
To and From Europe and the U.S. Print E-mail

Bob Webster's photo of Narsarsuaq, GreenlandIf you're planning a trip through Iqaluit to or from Greenland, we recommend you have a look at Bob Webster's Flying to Europe website.  He has answers for just about every question about making the trip, though he seems like a pretty modest guy and hardly one to brag about it.

We've met many flyers in everything from Saab jets to microlights who've made the trip. We hope this collection of information sources is helpful.  If you have anything to add, let us know.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 June 2012 19:36
Survival Gear Print E-mail


Rahul Monga

So what do you need for an arctic flight?

Well, if you're crossing the Hudson or Davis Straits, get an immersion suit and wear it! The photo at left shows Rahul Monga in his suit after crossing Davis Strait in a CT Designs ultralight, as part of a 'round the world trip.

The Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS) no longer specify a long list of equipment required for flights in northern Canada.  You can see the regulations on survival equipment and flotation devices required to be carried by clicking this link and going to section 602.61. You will also find more detailed information and equipment suggestions in the AIP Canada at Section !.5.1 Sparsely Settled areas.

We recommend this article from the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association for details and suggestions on what to bring. And keep in mind, it can get pretty cold up here, even in the summer.

Probably nothing is more important that ensuring you've got a 406 ELT for your aircraft. And it never hurts to bring a personal locator beacon or other method of signalling for help.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 September 2014 21:38
Search and Rescue in Nunavut Print E-mail

CASARAIn Nunavut, Search and Rescue services are provided by a number of different organizations.  Generally, ground searches are handled by community volunteers, co-ordinated by the Government of Nunavut through local search committees.  These often work with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, local GN wildlife officers and members of the Canadian Rangers.

Air searches are generally handled by the Canadian Armed Forces, through the

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 September 2014 23:53

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