263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

Well, at least I controlled in Milan.


I guess. thanks anyway!

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2 November 2021


Maurice Bishop International Airport (TGPY/GND)


Underwater sculptures, chocolate estates, lush waterfalls and a large selection of spices could be all be found in the nation of Grenada. This tropical nation has an average temperature of approximately 31 degrees celsius all year long, and doesnโ€™t vary much whatsoever. Nonetheless,

180 Country and Territories Controlled, 83 Uncontrolled, 83 days to go


3 November 2021

Trinidad and Tobago

Piarco International Airport (TTPP/POS)


Trinidad and Tobago lies about 10 kilometres from the Venezuelan shores, and is well known for its natural beauty. Having the worldโ€™s oldest legally protected forest reserve, the worldโ€™s largest asphalt reserve as well as the Trinidad Scorpion, some of the hottest chillies in the world being native to Trinidad and Tobago, there is definitely a lot to see and do on this island.

181 Country and Territories Controlled, 82 Uncontrolled, 82 days to go


4 November 2021


Kangerlussuaq Airport (BGSF/SFJ)


Home to one of the largest ice sheets in the world, second only to Antarctica, and is a part of Europe, given that it is a part of Denmark, although it has its own domestic government. It is also connected to Canada through a submarine ridge, and its closest European neighbour is Iceland, which is farther away than it is to Canada.

182 Country and Territories Controlled, 81 Uncontrolled, 81 days to go


5 November 2021


Dublin Airport (EIDW/DUB)


The Emerald Isle, Ireland is well known for being the country that oversees all traffic in the air in the European half of the transatlantic corridor. Also known for beautiful shores and cliffs despite somewhat miserable weather, Ireland does seem to make up for the horrid weather. And just for good measure, their stout is the best that anyone could find, and I would willingly go to Ireland, just for the stout again.

183 Country and Territories Controlled, 80 Uncontrolled, 80 days to go


6 November 2021


Almaty International Airport (UAAA/ALA)


The wealthiest country in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is also the ninth largest country by land area, and is also a major oil and gas producing country in the region. It is also well-known amount space enthusiasts for being the country at which the Baikonur Cosmodrome is located, the launch site for the Soyuz, Proton, Zenit, Tsyklon, Buran and Dnepr rockets.

184 Country and Territories Controlled, 79 Uncontrolled, 79 days to go


7 November 2021


Gibraltar International Airport (LXGB/GIB)


Gibraltar has one of the more interesting layouts, with a very short runway, as well as a public service road going across the runway given that the runway lies more or less across the entire country.

185 Country and Territories Controlled, 78 Uncontrolled, 78 days to go


8 November 2021

Isle of Man

Isle of Man Airport (EGNS/IOM)


First, to correct most people, the Isle of Man is not technically a part of the United Kingdom other territories would usually be considered to be. Although it is a possession of the Crown, which means that it would be possession of the Queen, it is not directly a part of the United Kingdom. Not to mention, this small island is also the host to one of my favourite motorsport event, that being the Isle of Man. Considered to be one of the most dangerous motorsport event in the world, with 260 fatalities in just over a hundred years of its history, and even though itโ€™s notorious for the amount of risk each participant takes, it is only really a dream of mine to watch this event live, in person.

186 Country and Territories Controlled, 77 Uncontrolled, 77 days to go


9 November 2021

Wake Island

Wake Island Airfield (PWAK/AWK)


Currently used by the United States Air Force, Wake Island is a site where tests frequently take place, which may include missile testing, radar systems as well as high altitude area defense system. It is also an exclusive economic zone of the United States of America.

187 Country and Territories Controlled, 76 Uncontrolled, 76 days to go


10 November 2021

Palmyra Atoll

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)


This atoll consists mainly of shallow lagoons and reefs, as well as some reef-rock islets. This atoll plays host to scientists and researchers who go to the island for research purposes. To visit this atoll, permission must also be obtained before being allowed to go, as a result of wanting to maintain the cleanliness of the island for research purposes.

188 Country and Territories Controlled, 75 Uncontrolled, 75 days to go

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11 November 2021

Navassa Island

Antoine-Simon Airport (MTCA/CYA)


Formerly used for Guano mining, this island was really only inhabited by those who were involved with Guano mining, a compound used a lot in the agricultural industries. Today though, this island serves no purpose to the United States or itself at all.

189 Country and Territories Controlled, 74 Uncontrolled, 74 days to go


12 November 2021


Rotterdam The Hague Airport (EHRD/RTM)


Stroopwafels, tulips, canals, windmills and the country that took the land from the seas that were supposed to own it, the Netherlands is one of my favourite countries, and if it werenโ€™t for the language barrier, a country I would be willing to move to. Not to mention, Netherlands could easily put itself on the international stage again this year with Max Verstappen currently leading the F1 championship in the 2021 season, and is the favourite to take the title at this point in time.

190 Country and Territories Controlled, 73 Uncontrolled, 73 days to go


13 November 2021

Midway Islands

Henderson Field (Midway Atoll) (PDMY/MDY)


Once an island used for refuelling for transpacific flights by the Air Force, as well as a stop for Navy ships, the Midway was more or less second to Pearl Harbour in importance to protecting the west coast of the United States. However, since being decommissioned in 1950, it was recommissioned in the late 60s to aid in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

191 Country and Territories Controlled, 72 Uncontrolled, 72 days to go


14 November 2021

Kingman Reef

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)


Listed as an unincorporated territory of the United States, the island is administered by the Department of Interior, and has been closed to the public. It is listed as a part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands and was declared a marine national monument in 2009.

192 Country and Territories Controlled, 71 Uncontrolled, 71 days to go


15 November 2021

Johnston Atoll

Henderson Field (Midway Atoll) (PDMY/MDY)


Another island listed as a United States Minor Outlying Island, Johnston Atoll has had a much more violent recent history than other island and atolls. The site of nuclear weapon testing, it was severely contaminated in 1962 when a missile, with a live warhead, exploded, spilling radioactive materials such as plutonium all over the launch pad.

193 Country and Territories Controlled, 70 Uncontrolled, 70 days to go


16 November 2021

Jarvis Island

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)


Just another minor outlying island thatโ€™s listed under the United States Minor Outlying Islands, this was used for Guano mining, though not a lot was performed. Not to mention, the atoll itself is very much unknown given that it hasnโ€™t been explored too much.

194 Country and Territories Controlled, 69 Uncontrolled, 69 days to go


17 November 2021

Howland Island

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)


Howland Island is another island thatโ€™s a part of the United States Minor Outlying Islands, and as such, the United States has an exclusive economic zone extending 200 nautical miles in all directions where no foreign vessels may conduct business without permission given. That said, this island is also well known for being the island on which Amelia Earhart was searching for, but never reached on her flight to Honolulu.

195 Country and Territories Controlled, 68 Uncontrolled, 68 days to go


18 November 2021

Baker Island

Palmyra Atoll (PLPA)


Baker Island is another one of those United States Minor Outlying Islands that was occupied during times of war, and has since been abandoned. That said, remnants from the military do still remain on the island, with the most prominent being a kilometre and a half long airstrip that has since been covered with vegetation and deemed unsafe to use. It is also an exclusive economic zone of the United States of America, and entry is only allowed by permits given by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

196 Country and Territories Controlled, 67 Uncontrolled, 67 days to go


19 November 2021


Kabul International Airport (OAKB/KUB)


A country with a painful history, though a rich one given the location of it being where the silk road ran through. That said, plenty of its rich history was ruined or destroyed in the last few decades due to unrest within the country that Iโ€™m sure a lot of people are familiar with. Itโ€™s a beautiful place, having had the opportunity to control there during my radar training, offering a enough of a challenge to controllers, but not an overly difficult airport with a solid plan in place.

197 Country and Territories Controlled, 66 Uncontrolled, 66 days to go