263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

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.


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.


ah ok ill keep watch here

22 September 2021


John A. Osborne Airport (TRPG/MNI)


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


23 September 2021

Falkland Islands

RAF Mount Pleasant (EGYP/MPN)


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


24 September 2021

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

RAF Mount Pleasant (EGYP/MPN)


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


25 September 2021

Northern Mariana Islands

Saipan International Airport (PGSN/SPN)


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


26 September 2021


Antonio B. Won Pat International Airport (PGUM/GUM)


Guam is the westernmost point territory of the United States of America, it is also the southernmost island in the Mariana Islands. It has had a predominantly Spanish colonial heritage, not to mention it has a very important role in recent history, especially so during the second world war. Its primary industry is military-related, with the United States maintaining a strong military presence through Guam, though tourism has seen an increase over the years, with its location in the tropical region being popular for those who wish to seek warmer weather.

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


27 September 2021


Roman Tmetuchl International Airport (PTRO/ROR)


Palau, rather interestingly, was the first country in the world to require inbound tourists to sign an “Eco-Pledge” on arrival, where every incoming visitor must sign a stamped pledge in their passports to be a good environmental citizen during their stay in the country. All flights inbound are also required to show a video on environmental conservation on the island, to increase awareness among the public, as well as how to behave responsibly during their stay too.

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


28 September 2021

Sint Maarten

Princess Juliana International Airport (TNCM/SXM)


Sint Maarten, known to the Dutch, and Saint Martin to the rest of the world, is perhaps most famous for its airport. Sitting mere meters from the beach, plenty of people have made it a point to try to ride out the jet blast from planes such as the A340-300 that Air France once sent, to the B747-400s that KLM sent on a regular, up until the retirement of the aircraft.

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


29 September 2021

Federated States of Micronesia

Pohnpei International Airport (PTPN/PNI)


The Federated States of Micronesia is a group of over 600 islands which is a part of the Caroline archipelago. Two main types of islands are made from either volcanic activity, or from low lying corals. It is part of the itinerary of United Airline’s famous island hopper which flies from Honolulu to Guam through Majuro, Kwajalein, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk. Of which, Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk are located in the nation of Micronesia.

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


30 September 2021

Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands International Airport (PKMJ/MAJ)


If you thought that the Federated States of Micronesia has a lot of islands at over 600, the Marshall Islands outdoes them, with over 1,200 islands and atolls to their name. Hosting the largest atoll in the world at Kwajalein, this island of over 11 thousand residents are primarily employees of the United States Military, as the remote location has led to plenty of missile testing to have been done.

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


will you also control ANtartica?

No, I do not have any plans to do so.


1 October 2021


Istanbul Airport (LTFM/IST)


Istanbul Airport is perhaps one of the best airports I’ve had the opportunity to fly through. The size of the airport is unbelievable, let alone the Turkish hospitality that everyone would receive not only at the airport, but also throughout the country. A little known fact about Turkey is that they also produce some of the best hand made metal products, most notably being cooking pots and pans and percussion cymbals, where my hobbies in cooking as well as in drumming has led me to learn that Turkey has since played a massive role in my hobbies.

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


2 October 2021


Nauru International Airport (ANYN/INU)


Nauru is the world’s smallest island nation, as well as the third smallest country, only larger than Monaco and the Vatican City. It only has about 30 kilometres of paves road, as well as about 4 kilometres of railway. Phosphate mining was a large part of the country, however, this has since led to the destruction of much of the habitat, as well as the marine life in the vicinity of the island. It also has no military, as they are provided by Australia, but does have a local police force.

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


3 October 2021


Bonriki International Airport (NGTA/TRW)


Kiribati is infamous for its timezone, as it’s 14 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, which means that it’s always the first to enter a new day, new month and new year. It is also the only country in the world to simultaneously be in the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Hemisphere given its geographic location. On a more sombre note, two islands has since been reclaimed by the ocean as a direct result of a rise in sea level, and the entire country could well be underwater in the next 50 years or so. Even then, its highest point being 81 metres above the sea level would not be enough to sustain a population.

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


4 October 2021

Cook Islands

Rarotonga International Airport (NCRG/RAR)


The Cook Islands is a part of New Zealand, with all citizens of Cook Island automatically being citizens of New Zealand, as well a being Cook Island nationals which is a status that is not given to other New Zealanders. The island relies primarily on tourism being its largest industry, although offshore banking, pearl farming and fruit exports do also play a major part in the economy of the island. Oddly enough, there are no fast-food chains on the island, encouraging those who visit to try out local foods as well as supporting local businesses.

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