263 Countries and Territories in 263 Days

20 November 2021

Ashmore and Cartier Islands

Troughton Island Airport (YTTI)

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This island was often occupied by Indonesian fisherman for hundreds of years prior, until a memorandum of understanding was signed in 1974 between Australia and Indonesia, recognising the Ashmore and Cartier Islands as a part of Australia, but allowing Indonesian fisherman access to the exclusive economic zone drawn by the islands, as well as shelter and facilities on the island. In more recent years, however, the island was often used by asylum seekers, who once the island, could claim that they have entered Australian migration zones, and thus, enter Australia as refugees.


198 Country and Territories Controlled, 65 Uncontrolled, 65 days to go

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21 November 2021

Coral Sea Islands

Great Barrier Reef Airport (YBHM/HTI)

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The Coral Sea Islands lay off the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world. It is declared a sovereign micronation by Australia.


199 Country and Territories Controlled, 64 Uncontrolled, 64 days to go

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22 November 2021

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island Airport (YSNF/NLK)

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Controlling at my 200th country and territory around the world, I took the opportunity to control at Norfolk Island, with strong winds presenting a strong challenge to all pilots who came. Those who came in their spitfires, of course, did experience quite bumpy weather and some interesting skills were displayed, to say the least.


200 Country and Territories Controlled, 63 Uncontrolled, 63 days to go

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23 November 2021

Clipperton Island

Ahe Airport (NTHE/AHE)

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An island without an airport, the closest airport that I could control was in Ahe. Other than that, this island has been the grounds on which castaways landed on multiple occasions.


201 Country and Territories Controlled, 62 Uncontrolled, 62 days to go

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Congratulations on 200!

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24 November 2021

Bassas da India

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Rising steeply from the ocean floor some 3 kilometres below, this is a popular diving spot that is often illegal to visit. Visiting this island requires a permit from the French government, and not having one could lead to the vessel you used to visit the area possibly impounded and confiscated.


202 Country and Territories Controlled, 61 Uncontrolled, 61 days to go

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25 November 2021

Europa Island

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Located in the Mozambique Channel, Europa Island was the centre of attention when used partly to study the breeding habits of green turtles. Other than that, this island remains a possession of France, despite being well over 9 hours away by air.


203 Country and Territories Controlled, 60 Uncontrolled, 60 days to go

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26 November 2021

Glorioso Islands

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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The Glorioso Islands are two coral islands north of Madagascar, and are considered to be territories of France. At the same time, Comoros and Seychelles lay claim on the island. It is now considered to be marine protected area, preserving endangered flora and fauna that are on the islands.


204 Country and Territories Controlled, 59 Uncontrolled, 59 days to go

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27 November 2021

Juan de Nova Islands

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Another island that belongs to France, Juan de Nova Island has a small garrison with a number of troops stationed there. The island is also a nature preserve, often times having scientists on the island with research work happening every so often.


205 Country and Territories Controlled, 58 Uncontrolled, 58 days to go

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28 November 2021

Tromelin Island

Ivato International Airport (FMMI/TNR)

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Tromelin Island is another island in the Indian Ocean with claims being laid by Mauritius and France, though it is administered by France and is named after Jacques Marie Boudin de Tromelin de La Nuguy who rescued enslaved islanders who were on the island for 15 years.


206 Country and Territories Controlled, 57 Uncontrolled, 57 days to go

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29 November 2021

Netherland Antilles

Curaçao International Airport (TNCC/CUR)

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The Netherland Antilles are a group of islands that collectively form the Netherland Antilles. Being made up of Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, they are considered to be a part of the Netherlands, with travel between these islands and the European Union being unhindered due to them being considered a part of the Netherlands.


207 Country and Territories Controlled, 56 Uncontrolled, 56 days to go

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30 November 2021

Guernsey

Guernsey Airport (EGJB/GCI)

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Guernsey was once a part of mainland Europe some 8,000 years ago, though rising sea levels have since separated them from the mainland. That said, the island wasn’t neglected in the time since, with it being home to one of the world’s largest tidal ranges where locals and tourists often visit.


208 Country and Territories Controlled, 55 Uncontrolled, 55 days to go

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1 December 2021

Jersey

Jersey Airport (EGJJ/JER)

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Jersey, officially known as Bailiwick of Jersey, is a channel island that lays closer to France than it does to the United Kingdom. Despite that, it is considered to be a British Crown Dependency, meaning that it is defended and represented internationally by the government of the United Kingdom. It was once a favourite holiday destination of Karl Marx, and was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War, with remnants of the war still present to this day.


209 Country and Territories Controlled, 54 Uncontrolled, 54 days to go

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2 December 2021

Belgium

Liège Airport (EBLG/LGG)

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Belgium, a country famous for Formula 1 fans, playing host to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which while probably the second fastest track so far this year and the longest track in the whole season, was the shortest race with the longest lap times for reasons I’m sure we all know of. As quick as it was, the track was deadly, with the most recent casualty being Anthoine Hubert, a Renault Motorsport development driver who was gaining momentum throughout the season until that point.


210 Country and Territories Controlled, 53 Uncontrolled, 53 days to go

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3 December 2021

Denmark

Copenhagen Airport (EKCH/CPH)

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I need not say more than Denmark being the home to Lego. Having spent possibly months assembling Lego models with my friends, this is something I’m really looking forward to getting back into, though time is something that I rarely have in this day and age.


211 Country and Territories Controlled, 52 Uncontrolled, 52 days to go

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4 December 2021

Ukraine

Zaporizhzhia International Airport (UKDE/OZH)

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Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, with it being the home to the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Reactors. It’s a mysterious place that remains closed off to this day as a result of radioactive contamination, though clean up efforts, as well as efforts to open the place to tourists, has been ongoing.


212 Country and Territories Controlled, 51 Uncontrolled, 51 days to go

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5 December 2021

Czech Republic

Brno–Tuřany Airport (LKTB/BRQ)

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The Czech Republic is thought to be one of the safest countries in the world to live in. Often being placed in the top 10 globally even. It also has well over half a million foreigners living within its borders, which may not sound like a lot, but when you factor that they are a country of just under 11 million, that’s a lot of foreigners.


213 Country and Territories Controlled, 50 Uncontrolled, 50 days to go

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6 December 2021

Poland

Kraków John Paul II International Airport (EPKK/KRK)

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Poland is well known for a lot of reasons, while often times it could be bad, I tend to remember them for good reasons. Particularly so, Polish Vodka tends to give me a good time, and it’s that reason alone, which is why I love Poland. It was also home to the tallest structure in the world until 1991, when the Warsaw radio mast stood at a height of about 640 meters.


214 Country and Territories Controlled, 49 Uncontrolled, 49 days to go

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7 December 2021

Slovenia

Novo Mesto Airport (LJNM)

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Slovenia is home to well over 8,000 caves, 30,000 kilometers of rivers and streams, as well as half the country being protected land, Slovenia has a nation is one that is adventurous and loves the outdoors. And if that’s not something you wish to take part in, you could always sit back and have some wine, given that they have a vineyard for every 7 people in the country.


215 Country and Territories Controlled, 48 Uncontrolled, 48 days to go

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8 December 2021

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo International Airport (LQSA/SJJ)

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Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country with a rich but complex history. Being a relatively young country, only legally and officially formed in 1995, the country has endured violence and civil unrest, most famously with the Bosnian War. Though with the war ongoing at the time, the Sarajevo Film Festival was debuted, with it being the most popular film festival in the Balkans today.


216 Country and Territories Controlled, 47 Uncontrolled, 47 days to go

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