Iqaluit is the largest community and busiest airport on Baffin Island, Northern Canada. Iqaluit airport (CYFB) is a typical stop for North Atlantic ferry flights along the far northern route. From Iqaluit via Sondre Stromfjord (Greenland) and on to Iceland and Scotland you can cross the North Atlantic safely in airplane with 800 nm range.
Iqaluit airport's runway 17/35 is 8,600 feet and there are several instrument approaches including an ILS/DME. There is a fair amount of regular airline traffic at Iqaluit.
Both Jet and Avgas (100LL) are normally available at CYFB, but avgas is available in drums only and you have to buy the entire drum. This past year the airport ran out of avgas due to higher than expected useage, and the airport was only re-supplied when the summer shipping season opened.
Typical Atlantic ferry flight routes through Iqaluit:
CYFB is usually the final (or first) stop in Canada along the "far northern" Atlantic ferry flight route. This is the route I prefer to fly on Atlantic ferry flights in single engine airplanes. No ferry tank is required in most airplanes, and HF radio is also not required. You stay close to airports at all times and can maintain VHF radio contact practically the entire way.
- Far northern Atlantic ferry flight route - the longest leg on the far northern route across the Atlantic is only 520 nm.
- CYFB - BGSF - BIKF - Iqaluit to Keflavik (Iceland) with a stop in Sondre Stromfjord (Greenland).
Iqaluit airport resources:
- Iqaluit community info on Polar Pilots.
Information on these pages is from my own experience as a ferry pilot on various ferry flights. It is general in nature and neither official nor intended for flight planning. If you notice any discrepancies or would like to add anything, please email me at ward DOT welvaert AT gmail DOT com.
Information on this page may not be accurate or up to date and must not be used for flight planning purposes. Consult only official and current charts for flight planning.