263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

16 August 2021

Egypt

Cairo International Airport (HECA/CAI)

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Egypt is most famous for its ancient Egyptian settlers who were thought to have been one of the earlier civilisations. However, quite like today’s world, Ancient Egyptians were known to have exercised their rights with the use of strikes, and generally had a higher quality of life than expected. Not to mention, the pyramids were not built by slaves, but in fact, built by skilled craftsmen and paid labourers.


102 Country and Territories Controlled, 161 Uncontrolled, 161 days to go

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17 August 2021

Sudan

El Fasher Airport (HSFS/ELF)

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Sudan lies south of Egypt, and is in one of the most complicated border disputes where both countries lay claim to the Halaib Triangle, and at the same time, neither countries claim the Bir Tawil Desert. This border dispute occurs mainly as a result of the UK drawing administrative boundaries from when the British were present in Egypt, giving the Halaib Triangle to Egypt, where Sudan lays claims on it to this very day. Nonetheless, what this means is that there is a piece of land, the Bir Tawil Desert, where neither country claims, and has seen people attempt to use that to form a country, though all attempts has failed since.


103 Country and Territories Controlled, 160 Uncontrolled, 160 days to go

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18 August 2021

South Sudan

Juba International Airport (HJJJ/JUB)

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South Sudan as a country has had a difficult past. Having been invaded by the Ottoman Empire, before it came under rule by the British-Egyptians. Following the exit of British-Egyptian rule in the nation, South Sudan was marked by decades of civil war and violence which has seen only 27 years of peace out of its 65 year history. Nonetheless, the petroleum industry plays a big role in the country, with major players such as Malaysia’s Petronas and China’s CNPC being key companies in the region.


104 Country and Territories Controlled, 159 Uncontrolled, 159 days to go

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19 August 2021

Eritrea

Massawa International Airport (HHMS/MSW)

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Eritrea lies on the Horn of Africa. It borders Sudan, Djibouti and Ethiopia and has a coast along the Red Sea. With highlands and coastal terrain, the country has highly varied terrain, with a highest point of over 9,500 feet, it’s not an insignificant height given the narrow nature of the country. It is also one of a few countries that were under Italian colonial rule, until its independence was declared in 1961.


105 Country and Territories Controlled, 158 Uncontrolled, 158 days to go

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20 August 2021

Greece

Santorini (Thira) International Airport (LGSR/JTR)

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Greece, home to 18 UNESCO Heritage Sites, 6,000 islands and over 16,000 kilometres of coastline, it sees well over 300 sunny days in a year as well as plenty of holidaymakers looking for sunny and warm weather. Despite all of this, recent times has seen the country suffer from wildfires of a decreasing size, although, they are still not at a controllable size just yet.


106 Country and Territories Controlled, 157 Uncontrolled, 157 days to go

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21 August 2021

Djibouti

Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport (HDAM/JIB)

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Djibouti is a country that lies on the Horn of Africa, with a coastline that lies on the Gulf of Aden, it’s incredibly strategic when looking for ships that are looking to port and transit as it looks to cross the Suez Canal. Not to mention, it has a diversified economy with natural resources such as gold, granite, limestone and marble, with the potential of extracting geothermal sources of power.


107 Country and Territories Controlled, 156 Uncontrolled, 156 days to go

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22 August 2021

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (HAAB/ADD)

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Ethiopia has one of the most varied geography on the African continent. Lowlands are scattered throughout the country, however no large settlement has come about due to temperatures being too high in those regions. However, with the rest of the country at a high altitude of over 10,000 feet in many cases, temperatures become low enough that its habitable and rather comfortable too.


108 Country and Territories Controlled, 155 Uncontrolled, 155 days to go

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23 August 2021

Kenya

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (HKJK/NBO)

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Kenya is thought to be one of the most successful athletics country in the world. Having won a total of 113 medals in the Olympics, 96 of the 113 came from athletics. Long distance running has long been Kenya’s powerhouse, and this was especially highlighted when Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in under 2 hours at an exhibition event in Vienna, Austria.


109 Country and Territories Controlled, 154 Uncontrolled, 154 days to go

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24 August 2021

British Virgin Islands

Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ/EIS)

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The British Virgin Islands compasses more than 60 islands, from the granite boulder snorkeling sites of the Baths National Park, to North Sound being a major water sports hub in the country, the British Virgin Islands is one of the best places to be if you’re looking for water sports.


110 Country and Territories Controlled, 153 Uncontrolled, 153 days to go

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25 August 2021

Somalia

Hargeisa Airport (HCMH/HGA)

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Somalia has the longest coastline of all of Africa, with a distance of over 3,000km. While it coasts the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, one of the most important waterways in the world lies to the north, in the Gulf of Aden. With a significant percentage of trade between Europe and the Asia Pacific region, the Gulf of Aden serves as a passageway to the Suez Canal. Though Somalia has been known to have plenty of pirates in the region looking to take ship crews hostage in return for ransom money, no ships has been taken hostage in the last 4 years though.


111 Country and Territories Controlled, 152 Uncontrolled, 152 days to go

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26 August 2021

Guatemala

La Aurora International Airport (MGGT/GUA)

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Guatemala’s southern volcanic belt is known to have made some of the most fertile soil the country has seen. Nevertheless, deforestation and soil erosion has made those lands difficult to cultivate crops on. Not to mention, when agriculture provides about 40% of the country’s economy, it’s easy to see why the loss of some of these land can mean so much to those who are affected. However, the discovery and extraction of petroleum starting in the 1980s has helped alleviate some of the struggles the country was once in.


112 Country and Territories Controlled, 151 Uncontrolled, 151 days to go

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27 August 2021

Belize

Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (MZBZ/BZE)

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Like many countries in the region, Belize is a top destination for those who are looking to go diving. The Great Blue Hole is commonly voted as the top diving destinations in the world, as well as being the home to the Belize Barrier Reef which is only second to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Furthermore, history in the country of Belize is unparalleled, given the country was once the capital for the ancient Mayan civilisation.


113 Country and Territories Controlled, 150 Uncontrolled, 150 days to go

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28 August 2021

El Salvador

El Salvador International Airport (MSLP/SAL)

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The most densely populated of the 7 Central American countries, El Salvador has made a name for itself by being some of the most notable coffee exporters in the world. However, as its economy progressed, it had shifted its focus from being an agricultural based economy to being a service-sector based economy. Despite civil unrest in the early 1990s, El Salvador has since been able to focus on the production of various key products, such as electronics as well as pharmaceutical products.


114 Country and Territories Controlled, 149 Uncontrolled, 149 days to go

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29 August 2021

Honduras

Toncontín International Airport (MHTG/TGU)

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Toncontin International Airport is known as one of the most difficult airports to land at in the world. With high terrain surrounding the airport on all sides, as well as inclement weather frequenting the vicinity of the airport due to its placement in a valley, visibility can quite easily become a challenge. Not to mention, its short runway adds to the already hazardous challenge that is given to anyone who dares to fly in.


115 Country and Territories Controlled, 148 Uncontrolled, 148 days to go

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30 August 2021

Nicaragua

Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MNMG/MGA)

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Heading over to the largest countries in the Central American region, Nicaragua is home to the largest freshwater lake in Lake Nicaragua. Also being the 19th largest lake in the world, it allows for volcanic activity to form islands in the lake over millions of years. However, being home to so many volcanoes means that the country is heavily prone to natural disasters, with volcanic eruptions being somewhat common in the country.


116 Country and Territories Controlled, 147 Uncontrolled, 147 days to go

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31 August 2021

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (TKPK/SKB)

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Saint Kitts and Nevis, like many islands in the region, are popular tourist destinations for those looking to flee the cold weathers of the winter. Particularly favoured by those in North America and Europe, the island was the first colony of the British Empire, and was once known as Gibraltar of the West Indies. Volcanic activity is to be credited for the formation of the island, with the last eruption over 200 years ago. However, it’s lack of volcanic activity has since transformed the volcano into a prime tourist attraction on the island.


117 Country and Territories Controlled, 146 Uncontrolled, 146 days to go

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1 September 2021

Costa Rica

Juan Santamaría International Airport (MROC/SJO)

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Costa Rica is a biologist’s utopia. Accounting for over 5% of the world’s known flora and fauna species, this nation has over 500,000 species that are native to the country. Furthermore, with four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and three of them being nature related, it’s obvious to see that the country has had a rich history in both culture and nature. Not to mention, Costa Rica has dedicated over 25% of its land to conservation efforts.


118 Country and Territories Controlled, 145 Uncontrolled, 145 days to go

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2 September 2021

Panama

Tocumen International Airport (MPTO/PTY)

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Panama, most well known for its Panama Canal which is thought to be the most important waterway in the world, linking the Pacific Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean. Being a prominent shipping country, it’s no surprise that it has over a thousand islands off both coast, as well as a diverse flora and fauna population throughout the country. Well known within the country too is the Darien Gap on the southeastern side of Panama. With thick jungles and land that’s rich in biodiverse life, the gap has been thought to be impossible to cross. Not to mention, even though it may be just over a hundred kilometers, efforts to cross this gap by with a land vehicle takes over 2 years due to its unforgiving characteristics.


119 Country and Territories Controlled, 144 Uncontrolled, 144 days to go

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3 September 2021

New Zealand

Christchurch Airport (NZCH/CHC)

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New Zealand, without any argument, is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve been to. Cultural icons includes the filming site of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. New Zealand was also one of the last places on earth to be inhabited. Not to mention, New Zealand has had many notable people, such as Sir Edmund Hillary who first summited Mount Everest, as well as Sir Ernest Rutherford, who is widely regarded as the father of nuclear physics


120 Country and Territories Controlled, 143 Uncontrolled, 143 days to go

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4 September 2021

Colombia

El Dorado International Airport (SKBO/BOG)

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As we move down through South America, we’ll quickly come across many of my personal favourite airports. Among other challenges, El Dorado presents us with a more unorthodox challenge. Perhaps well noted among radar controllers, El Dorado employs a point merge STAR arrival. While it has advantages such as increasing the overall efficiency of arriving traffic, it can be a challenge to control, as often, not many people are familiar with the system. However, despite this, the high elevation of El Dorardo too presents a challenge for pilots, requiring a higher speed to perform take off and landings.


121 Country and Territories Controlled, 142 Uncontrolled, 142 days to go

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