Russian avia expedition concluded by the final landing at the starting point
World Oceanic International Flight “Your North” successfully accomplished their avia expedition, having returned to their departure airport in Russia on August 14, 2018.
Three small Russian amphibian aircrafts – two LA-8 and one Borey – with six Russians and one French pilot onboard took off from Samara, Russia, on July 3, 2018, and crossed the Arctic zone in Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, UK, Norway, Sweden and Finland, having covered over 10,000 nautical miles. The main stated goals of the expedition were to conduct climatic and medico-biological research, to develop potential routes of avia tourism to the Russian North and to test the aircrafts produced in Samara region.
Since July 21 till 29, 2018, World Oceanic International Flight “Your North” had traversed the Canadian Arctic from Old Crow, YT, through Inuvik, NT, Paulatuk, NT, Kugluktuk, NU, Cambridge Bay, NU, Gjoa Haven, NU, Taloyoak, NU, Igloolik, NU, Glade River, NB, Hall Beach, NU, to Qikiqtarjuaq, NU. In videos released on July 28, 2018, two Russian pilots expressed their exhaustion caused by severe Arctic climate in Canada and difficulties in piloting these types of aircrafts in such zones.