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.]]>
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.]]>
In Iqaluit, 100LL sold in full drums only (205 litres/45 CDN gallons/54 US gallons). Fuel is brought into]]>
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.]]>
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.]]>
Air searches are generally handled by the Canadian Armed Forces, through the]]>