Saint Pierre and Miquelon

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  1. airheadpenguin

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    Has anyone ever flown here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Pierre_and_Miquelon

    Its a small French island off of the coast of Newfoundland, I assume I need an FCC radio permit and passport and EAPIS but what else do I need? Assuming its under the juristiction of EASA any particular planning for a day flight?
     
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    I don't have a direct answer to your question, but I do know that the two islands are officially France. Landing there is the only way I know of to get France in your logbook without following in Lindberg's footsteps and crossing the ocean. Call the French Embassy in New York and ask for requirements. Also make sure you meet the requirements for landing in Canada. I believe St. Pierre and Miquelin will require a fuel stop from the U.S.
     
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    Those islands are France. We had our honeymoon in St. Pierre. It really is a neat place and I'd recommend going. Don't forget to stock up on wine! ATC is only the tower at St. Pierre (no tower at Miquelon - not sure about customs as we didn't land there). Once you leave the vicinity, you're handed over to Gander center.

    All they'll care about when you land is your passport. No prior permission required or advance notice, just file your flight plan and go. File eAPIS leaving (and returning to) the US. Depending on what you're flying, you may be able to make it non-stop if you top off somewhere like Princeton, ME before heading over, but may have a harder time heading back without stopping in Canada for fuel. If you do, keep in mind that you still need to call CANpass before taking off for Canada. Even if it's a fuel stop, you're still landing in the country. You'll want to check the status of 100LL in St. Pierre. When we went they had it, but we didn't take any.

    If you're going to head to St. Pierre, I would highly suggest that you also make the short hop (from there) to CYYT and check out St. John's, NL. A truly wonderful town with some of the nicest people on earth, and excellent food.

    Icing up there is nothing to fool around with. Also, it is often foggy. Make sure that you check the weather and have plans for an alternate.
     
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    Weird -

    I was just day-dreaming / flight planning a trip there the other day!
     
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    I had never heard of these islands, or the fact that they belonged to France, until I worked FP/SP5SS back in 1992. Flying and amateur radio are great tools for learning more about geography.
     
  6. Ted DuPuis

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    What I find neat about going there is that it feels just like a small town in France (having been to small towns in France).

    I'd imagine it would be awfully boring to live there. The population of the two islands combined is something around 6,000 people, and you have to leave the country (literally) to go anywhere.
     
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    My experience with people who live in small towns or villages around the world is that they (at least the grownups) rarely have a desire to stray far outside their town or village. Makes sense, when you think about it. So not boring to them, IMO.
     
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    As I frequent visitor to Nova Scotia, I've often thought of flying there in conjunction with a Newfie trip. I'd also like to check out quebec's Ile De La Madeleine, a French Canadian island about 50nm off the coast of Prince Edward Island.
     
  9. airheadpenguin

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    Maybe we should do a PoA trip to France this summer

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    Great idea. Go to Newfieland, too.
     
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    I'm in! ...... uh....... bonjour! Je sui Un pilote?
     
  12. airheadpenguin

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    August 6th?

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