The Transatlantic Mission Accomplished

Fly along with Margrit Waltz and FLYING editor-in-chief Julie Boatman on a transatlantic crossing.

Master ferry pilot Margrit Waltz takes a peek put the window. Credit: Julie Boatman

When pilots talk about flying an airplane over the Atlantic, they typically have a solid reason to go. Crossing an ocean “just because it’s there” went away when legendary pilots made the first crossings in the late 1920s and ’30s. 

With an invitation to join master ferry pilot Margrit Waltz as she helped to deliver a brand new TBM 940 from the Daher factory in Tarbes, France, to a dealer in Connecticut, we had our mission.

Fly along with us on the five legs of the journey as we highlight some of the decision making Waltz goes through, along with the specific performance criteria that allow her to make the mission a success.

Based in Maryland, Julie is an editor, aviation educator, and author. She holds an airline transport pilot certificate with Douglas DC-3 and CE510 (Citation Mustang) type ratings. She's a CFI/CFII since 1993, specializing in advanced aircraft and flight instructor development. Follow Julie on Twitter @julieinthesky.

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