It’s always fascinated me that most pilots first become professionals as flight instructors. Before starting jobs at airlines or charter companies, most pilots’ careers begin by teaching brand-new private students the basics of aviation. Not everybody is good, and most don’t do it for long even if they are, but it’s somehow become The Way It Works in aviation.
I previously talked about figuring out how to use an FAA certificate and other steps towards flight-seeing as a pilot in Iceland. This is a more in-depth review of the planning involved, what I used, and where I went.
Shanna and I recently took a week-long trip to Iceland, where I was lucky enough to get some flying in. When we’d stopped over in Reykjavik for a couple days during a previous trip to Europe, I noticed how many light aircraft were in the air. The landscape is so weird and compelling that getting up in the air became a mandatory part of our return to Iceland.
Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of information about flying in Iceland on an FAA certificate. I found a 2004 thread on the PPRuNe forum that didn’t offer much, and another article that had some useful info on where to fly, but prices & recommendations from 1998. Eventually, I just scraped around the English-language version of the ICAA website (the Icelandic Civil Aviation Authority) and emailed them directly, asking what I needed to do to fly there.