Tue Jul 2, 2013
Flight From Livermore to St. Hubert (Day 2, International Falls MN to Deep River Ontario Canada)
7/1/2013 KLVK→06U 2.8 hrs Jackpot/Hayden, Cactus Peet's call for service and pay inside the casino
7/1/2013 06U→KBYG 2.6 hrs Johnson County, steep descent from the Rockies
7/1/2013 KBYG→04Y 3.1 hrs <fuel pump not staffed> Added oil and replanned. One botched landing and go-around. Getting tired.
7/1/2013 04Y→KDTL 0.2 hrs Detroit Lake MN with a working automated fuel pump
7/1/2013 KDTL→KINL 1.2 hrs International Falls, (9.9 flight hrs today), courtesy car and hotel stay
7/2/2013 KINL→CYAG 0.3 hrs super short border crossing
7/2/2013 CYAG→CYQT 1.2 hrs Thunder Bay, Shell Aviation, fuel stop
7/2/2013 CYQT→CYSB 2.8 hrs Sudbury, Shell Aviation, fuel stop
7/2/2013 CYSB→CPH2 1.2 hrs Rolph Airstrip, caught out by low clouds, spending the night in Deep River Canada (5.5 flight hrs today)
7/3/2013 CPH2→CYHU 1.6 hrs St. Hubert, under low clouds 1300ft after diving through a hole
The next morning, I got up and filed a flight plan for the 5.5 mile flight from International Falls MN to Fort Francis Canada.
Number of souls on board, 1.
Fuel on board, 6 hours.
Duration of flight, 0.05 hours.
Cruising altitude, 1000 ft AGL.
Filed flight plan, check.
Filed eApis, check.
On landing at Fort Francis, I called for customs and imigration and waited in the plane until two agents arrived. They were women decked out in bullet-proof vests and armed.
They had me empty the plane and inspected my luggage, then sent me on my way.
I flew to Thunder bay for fuel, then on around the north side of Lake Superior to Sudbury.
After another fuel stop, I expected to make it to Montreal, but weather did not cooperate.
Cloud ceiling got lower and lower until I found myself following the Ottawa River towards Ontario.
I passed an airstrip on the Ontario side of the river and told myself that I'm returning there if the clouds get any lower.
I flew on a few more miles, then turned back... right over the Chalk River Laboratories --- Canada's Nuclear Lab.
Little did I know that I was flying below restricted airspace CYR-540 and 541 (3000' to FL180) and almost entered CYR-510 and 511 (surface to 3000' over the laboratory).
No worries, I turned around and landed at the grass strip.
Fortunately there was a hotel just a short walk from the strip with cell phone service so I could call ATC and let them know I landed safely.
Crossing the border
Fort Francis customs and immigration
Ceilings are getting low
Landed at CPH2 Deep River
Trading post has food and Pine Hotel has a bed. Jackpot!
A bunch of cool, Canadian home-made tools upstairs in the Trading Post.