This 735nm leg would be the most complex I have ever flown. The flight would require transiting the air space of 5 countries and a climb to 14,000 ft over the Alps to Italy.
Crossing over the English channel.
Despite my best efforts with flight planning and weather analysis, I picked up ice on the wings over the Italian Alps. The plane slowed 20 knots due to induced drag.
Flying through the clouds with higher terrain on either side of the airway was a real test of my avionics and accuracy of the charts.
After landing and clearing customs in Bolzano, Italy, my friend Luca Perazzolli and I flew formation back to his hanger in Trento. What a beautiful valley in the Italian Alps.
Luca's post on Van's Airforce, page 5:
Video of the flight: