Qikiqtarjuaq airport (CYVM) in Nunavut (Northern Canada) is the closest airport in North America to Greenland, with a direct distance to Sondre Stromfjord of only 312 nm. Qikiqtarjuaq may be a good stop on an Atlantic ferry flight if you are planning to overfly Greenland (closed on Sundays) or if you want to keep each leg as short as possible.
The runway at CYVM is on true headings, 033/213 degrees true. The runway is 3,803 feet gravel, but last I was there it was in very good condition. There's an NDB approach down to 2,000 feet. Qikiqtarjuaq airport is open limited hours and has only jet fuel, no avgas.
Qikiqtarjuaq is a small community and the airport only sees a few flights per day. I believe there's only 1 hotel in town.
Qikiqtarjuaq airport resources:
- Qikiqtarjuaq airport on Polar Pilots.
Some additional links and info about Qikiqtarjuaq airport (CYVM) provided by a fellow ferry pilot:
His comments: "I really like Qikiqtarjuaq, it is a small and very friendly town. The fuel supplier there can (and will) look after just about everything for the visiting pilot: fuel, transport, providing housing, food, de-icing, the works. ... it is the closest Canadian airport to Greenland. My preferred routing is Qikiqtarjuaq to Akureyri, Iceland. This is a fairly long sector, but it gives me a lot of choices. The route overflies both Sondrestrom Fjord and Kulusuk, which gives me the possibility of stopping for fuel at either of these places if the winds are not good. So far, I have never had to land at either of these Greenland airports."
- A preview of the NDB approach at CYVM. Again, keep in mind the runway and approach is on true headings. I have only landed at Qikiqtarjuaq in good VFR conditions. I would not recommend to land there at night or in actual IMC unless you are familiar with the approach and surrounding terrain.
- Information about the Qikiqtarjuaq community and the CYVM airport.
- Information about the lodge that is operated by the same organization that provides fuel services. A nice alternative to the hotel in town.
- An illustrated trip report about a ferry flight including pictures and descriptions of Qikiqtarjuaq.
Typical Atlantic ferry flight routes through Qikiqtarjuaq:
- CYVM - BGSF - BGKK - BIKF - North Atlantic ferry flight route from Canada to Iceland with the longest leg 384 nm.
- CYVM - BIKF - 1,026 nm direct to Keflavik, Iceland. A good option if you plan to overfly Greenland.
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.
Updated: August 11, 2011.