263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

11 September 2021

French Guiana

Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport (SOCA/CAY)

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French Guiana is sometimes seen as the gateway to space for many European countries. With its location being far from many storm paths, as well as a low population and plenty of undeveloped land, the French government turned a portion of the land into a space center. Now, with the presence of the European Space Agency, the French Space Agency as well as Arianespace, a private company developing the Ariane rocket line, this country has been a destination for those looking to send their cargo to outer space. Not to mention, later this year, there will be a very high profile launch of the James Webb Space Telescope on the Ariane 5 rocket which aims to search for the first light and stars after the Big Bang, study the formation and evolution of galaxies, study the formation and evolution of stars and planetary systems, as well as the further study of planetary systems and the origins of life.


128 Country and Territories Controlled, 135 Uncontrolled, 135 days to go

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12 September 2021

Bolivia

Jorge Wilstermann International Airport (SLCB/CBB)

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Bolivia is one of two landlocked countries in South America. Having lost it’s access to the Pacific Ocean after the War of the Pacific in 1884. However, in more recent times, agreements with neighbouring countries has since allowed an indirect access to both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, aiding in the facilitation of trade with other countries. Moreover, trade with neighbouring countries has continued to be a significant trading partner, with Argentina and Brazil being the largest partners of Bolivia.


129 Country and Territories Controlled, 134 Uncontrolled, 134 days to go

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13 September 2021

Chile

Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (SCEL/SCL)

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Chile occupies a long, narrow strip of land along the Andes mountain range to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The country also occupies the southernmost point of the continent and is the closest to Antarctica among all countries that lay claim on the uninhabited continent. Chile also annexed Easter Island in the 1800s, and all citizens of the island later received Chilean citizenship. It is home to some of the most intricate cave systems in the world, as well as Moai monoliths up to about 165 tons in weight.


130 Country and Territories Controlled, 133 Uncontrolled, 133 days to go

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14 September 2021

Antigua and Barbuda

V. C. Bird International Airport (TAPA/ANU)

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Antigua and Barbuda attract thousands of sailers every year at the Antigua Sailing Week. In it, there are often parties, races and exhibitions which are known to be one of the most famous in the world. Along with sailing, Antigua and Barbuda are perhaps most famous for their white beaches, sunny weather and top-quality resorts. Cricket is also an incredibly popular sport on the island, with one of the most famous cricket batsmen of all time in Sir Viv Richards being native to the island of Antigua and Barbuda.


131 Country and Territories Controlled, 132 Uncontrolled, 132 days to go

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15 September 2021

Guadaloupe

Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport (TFFR/PTP)

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Controlling in my 132nd country, and therefore, past the half way mark, Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport was the perfect place to be. Boasting rich natural and cultural history, the Creole and French inhabited island is actually a part of France, where even travellers from France and the Schengen Zone are free to travel to the island just as they are within the Schengen Zone in Europe. Thus, airlines operating from France to overseas territories could well be considered to be one of the longest domestic flights in the world.


132 Country and Territories Controlled, 131 Uncontrolled, 131 days to go

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16 September 2021

Paraguay

Silvio Pettirossi International Airport (SGAS/ASU)

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Paraguay is the second of two landlocked countries in South America that I’ve controlled in. Not to mention, while it is a landlocked country, has the largest navy of all landlocked country. However, there is still access to the ocean through the Rio Panara or Parana River which flows through Argentina and Brazil. In addition, the river access allows Paraguay to take advantage of hydroelectric power, with 99.9% of the country’s power being produced by hydroelectric means.


133 Country and Territories Controlled, 130 Uncontrolled, 130 days to go

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17 September 2021

Uruguay

Carrasco International Airport (SUMU/MVD)

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Uruguay’s name comes from the Uruguay river, and while it starts in Brazil and ends in Argentina, it flows through Uruguay and hence, adopted its name. Uruguay is well known for many reasons, however, one of which may include President José Mujica who is thought tome the poorest president in the world Having donated most of his income to charitable causes, he owns a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle and said that he would donate a million dollars if someone would pay a million dollars for his car.


134 Country and Territories Controlled, 129 Uncontrolled, 129 days to go

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18 September 2021

Portugal

Lisbon Airport (LPPT/LIS)

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Portugal could often be seen as a friendly little giant on the world stage. A small coastal nation with a population of just over 10 million, you wouldn’t think that this country would have been one of the most powerful country in the world just a couple hundred years ago. However, having mastered the ocean, it has since gone on to spread its influence to various countries around the world, and was the first to have circumnavigated around the world with the sailor Ferdinand Magellan.


135 Country and Territories Controlled, 128 Uncontrolled, 128 days to go

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19 September 2021

Brazil

Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport (SBGL/GIG)

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To the fifth largest country by land area and sixth largest country by population in the world, Brazil is the largest Portuguese speaking country that borders all countries in South America except for Chile and Ecuador. Being some of the most successful country in the FIFA World Cup with 5 wins in the tournament, Brazilians take their football incredibly seriously with legends like Pelé, Garrincha, Roberto Carlos, as well as people like Ronaldinho and Neymar in more recent times.


136 Country and Territories Controlled, 127 Uncontrolled, 127 days to go

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20 September 2021

Argentina

Ministro Pistarini International Airport (SAEZ/EZE)

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To a major footballing rival country of Brazil, Argentina has also incorporated football as a major part of its culture. Plenty of the world’s greatest football players such as the likes of Diego Maradona, Angel di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Diego Simione and perhaps the most famous of them all, Lionel Messi. However, looking away from football, Argentina is the birthplace of the world’s most famous freedom fighter, Che Guevara.


137 Country and Territories Controlled, 126 Uncontrolled, 126 days to go

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21 September 2021

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Saint-Pierre Airport (LFVP/FSP)

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Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a little known island off the coast of Newfoundland, this island to this very day is still technically a part of France. It has a unique history, with plenty of high profile visitors for various reasons throughout its history, however, some of the most famous visitors may include the infamous mobster, Al Capone. This island then became a well known alcohol smuggling port, with millions of litres of beverages flowing through it every year.


138 Country and Territories Controlled, 125 Uncontrolled, 125 days to go

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will you tell before hand on which airport you’re going to control?

Keep an eye on the ATC Region Tracking Topic. I will post there momentarily before I start my controlling session.

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can i have an i dea where your going next so i know which region your going to go?

There is really no set schedule. I just control as I go along. I’ll probably still be in South America in the coming days then there will be a change in region.

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ah ok ill keep watch here

22 September 2021

Montserrat

John A. Osborne Airport (TRPG/MNI)

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Montserrat is a rugged, mountainous island that was formed due to volcanic activity. The pear shaped island is also commonly known as the “Emerald Isle of the Caribbean” due to the large Irish immigrant population. Not to mention, the volcanic activity in Montserrat has also made the island infamous in the region, having since left Plymouth a ghost town as a result of pyroclastic flow casing major devastation to the settlement.


139 Country and Territories Controlled, 124 Uncontrolled, 124 days to go

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23 September 2021

Falkland Islands

RAF Mount Pleasant (EGYP/MPN)

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Falkland Islands was the conflict site between Argentina and the United Kingdom. In 1982, the Argentinian forces invaded the island, leading to a 10 week conflict between the British and the Argentinian forces. Since the Falklands War, the Falkland Islands has operated as a self-governing territory of the United Kingdom Overseas Territory, and does serve as a gateway to the South Pole. In more recent times, Lufthansa has operated an A350-900 filled with researchers who were travelling to the South Pole.


140 Country and Territories Controlled, 123 Uncontrolled, 123 days to go

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24 September 2021

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

RAF Mount Pleasant (EGYP/MPN)

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Unfortunately, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands does not have any airports, which is why I elected to open at RAF Mount Pleasant, which is the closest airport that I could find. This island, quite like the Falkland Islands, is claimed by both the British and Argentinian, and has a climate which is very similar to Antarctica. Snow capped mountains are a common sight, as well as a barren, tundra lands that cover the remaining bits of the island. The island has no permanent population, however, scientific explorations has been a big part of the history of the island, with a small group of scientists commonly making the trip down when the weather permits.


141 Country and Territories Controlled, 122 Uncontrolled, 122 days to go

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25 September 2021

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan International Airport (PGSN/SPN)

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The Northern Mariana Islands are a group of 14 inhabited islands that has a population of just over 50,000 people. It was the site of the Battle of Saipan in the second world war, and known as the Pacific D-Day. This operation was part of a much larger goal of establishing the presence of the Allied Forces in the Pacific region, an area under heavy Japanese control at the time.


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

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