Around the World via All Capital Cities in a DC-6

Leg 6: Tehran (OIII), Iran to Baku (UBBB), Azerbaijan


Summary

Leg 6 takes us back North, over the Caspian Sea to Baku. Much of this flight is over water, but the scenery at the start is spectacular as we cross the mountains at the Southern end of the Caspian. A shortish flight, just under 300 Nm as the crow flies. Once again the weather is beautiful.


Republic of Azerbaijan

  • Capital: Baku
  • Population 9.7 million
  • Area 86,600 sq km (33,400 sq miles)
  • Major languages Azeri, Russian
  • Major religion Islam
  • Life expectancy 69 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
  • Main exports Oil, oil products

Logbook
This Leg Leg 6
Date 15/10/2021
Departure Airport ICAO OIII
Airport Mehrabad International Airport
Capital City Tehran
Country Iran
Runway 29R
Arrival Airport ICAO UBBB
Airport Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Capital City Baku
Country Azerbaijan
Runway 35
Actual Time (Local) Pushback Time 07:10
Take Off Time 07:20
Touchdown Time 08:21
Arrival Time 08:24
Air time 01:01
Total Time 01:14
Ground Distance (Nm) 355
Air Distance (Nm) 369
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 293
Fuel Start (lbs) 7,532
Fuel End (lbs) 3,135
Fuel Used (lbs) 4,397
SID NAGM1A
Route OIII/29L NAGMO1A NAGMO G667 NSR N39 ULDUS N23 PIROG N39 MOSUM
MOSUM1H UBBB/35
STAR MOSUM1H
Approach ILS 35
Passengers (000 lbs) 67
Cargo (000 lbs) 0
Take Off Weight (000lbs) 80.7
Cruising Altitude (feet) 16,000
Cumulative Ground Distance (Nm) 3,119
Air Distance (Nm) 3,201
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 2,532
Total air time 12:40
Total time 13:30
Fuel Used (lbs) 36,155

Flightplan: IFR Mehrabad Intl (OIII) to Heydar Aliyev (UBBB).lnmpln (2.9 KB)

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UTDD UTTT UCFM UACC UTAA OIII UBBB

Leg 7: Baku (UBBB), Azerbaijan to T’Blisi (UGTB), Georgia


Summary

Leg 7 is straight West to T’blisi in Georgia. Finally, our luck with the weather breaks, with a lot of low cloud throughout this leg. I had to come down to 4,000 feet for most of the trip to get below at least some of the cloud. Fortunately visibility improves as we start out final approach, so the landing is straightforward enough.


Georgia

  • Capital: T’blisi
  • Population 3.7 million
  • Area 69,700 sq km (26,900 sq miles)
  • Major languages Abkhaz, Russian
  • Major religion Orthodox Christianity
  • Life expectancy 74 years

Logbook
This Leg Leg 7
Date 28/10/2021
Departure Airport ICAO UBBB
Airport Heydar Aliyev International Airport
Capital City Baku
Country Azerbaijan
Runway 16
Arrival Airport ICAO UGTB
Airport Tbilisi International Airport
Capital City T’bilisi
Country Georgia
Runway 31L
Actual Time (Local) Pushback Time 07:03
Take Off Time 07:08
Touchdown Time 08:11
Arrival Time 08:13
Air time 01:03
Total Time 01:10
Ground Distance (Nm) 315
Air Distance (Nm) 311
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 242
Fuel Start (lbs) 7,536
Fuel End (lbs) 2,646
Fuel Used (lbs) 4,890
SID RASAM2A
Route UBBB/16 RASAM2A RASAM N199 LUSAL N319 LAMUS LAMUS1A UGTB/31L
STAR LAMUS1A
Approach ILS 31L Z
Passengers (000 lbs) 0
Cargo (000 lbs) 0
Take Off Weight (000lbs) 68.7
Cruising Altitude (feet) 8,000
Cumulative Ground Distance (Nm) 3,434
Air Distance (Nm) 3,512
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 2,774
Total air time 13:43
Total time 14:40
Fuel Used (lbs) 41,045

Flightplan: IFR Heydar Aliyev (UBBB) to Lochini (UGTB).lnmpln (2.9 KB)

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UTDD UTTT UCFM UACC UTAA OIII UBBB UGTB

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Leg 8: T’Blisi (UGTB), Georgia to Yerevan (UDYZ), Armenia


Summary

Leg 8 is very short - just 100 Nm or so, heading South. Bit of a problem in that we needed to quickly climb to 13,000 feet to get over the mountains between Georgia and Armenia which also meant that getting back down and slowed down in time to land proved too much of a challenge. I should probably have circled around to bleed off speed. I attempted to slow the descent to avoid picking up too much speed, ended up a bit high on approach, and in getting back on a sensible glideslope ended up landing at c. 140 Kts - which proved to be uncontrollable on the runway. Ended up sliding off at the end in a graceful drift! No prizes for that landing, but I think everyone probably walked away :grimacing:


Armenia

  • Capital: Yerevan
  • Population 3.1m
  • Area 29,743 sq km (11,484 sq miles)
  • Major languages Armenian, Russian
  • Major religion Christianity
  • Life expectancy 71 years (men), 77 years (women)
  • Main exports Diamonds, machinery, foodstuffs

Logbook
This Leg Leg 8
Date 18/11/2021
Departure Airport ICAO UGTB
Airport Tbilisi International Airport
Capital City T’bilisi
Country Georgia
Runway 31L
Arrival Airport ICAO UDYZ
Airport Zvartnots International Airport
Capital City Yerevan
Country Armenia
Runway 27
Actual Time (Local) Pushback Time 09:36
Take Off Time 09:40
Touchdown Time 09:58
Arrival Time 10:01
Air time 00:18
Total Time 00:25
Ground Distance (Nm) 122
Air Distance (Nm) 123
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 95
Fuel Start (lbs) 5,016
Fuel End (lbs) 2,725
Fuel Used (lbs) 2,291
SID TAVAR01D
Route UGTB/31L TAVRO1D TAVRO UDYZ/27
STAR Direct
Approach RNAV 27 Y
Passengers (000 lbs) 0
Cargo (000 lbs) 0
Take Off Weight (000lbs) 68.7
Cruising Altitude (feet) 8,000
Cumulative Ground Distance (Nm) 3,556
Air Distance (Nm) 3,635
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 2,869
Total air time 14:01
Total time 15:05
Fuel Used (lbs) 43,336

Flightplan: IFR Lochini (UGTB) to Zvartnots (UDYZ).lnmpln (1.4 KB)

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UTDD UTTT UCFM UACC UTAA OIII UBBB UGTB UDYZ

Leg 9: Yerevan (UDYZ), Armenia to Baghdad (ORBI), Iraq


Summary

Leg 9 is one of the longest so far at just short of 500Nm. We are heading South from Armenia to Iraq, crossing a pretty high mountain range (the Zagros Mountains) before reaching the much flatter lands in Iraq itself. So we are cruising at 18,000 feet today to make sure we stay well clear of those. The weather looks generally good, but is a bit misty and some low visibility in Armenia, but we soon climb out of that and enjoy some spectacular views and land at sunset in Iraq.


Iraq

  • Capital: Baghdad
  • Population 37 million
  • Area 438,317 sq km (169,235 sq miles)
  • Major languages Arabic, Kurdish
  • Major religion Islam
  • Life expectancy 68 years (men), 73 years (women)
  • Currency Iraqi dinar

Logbook
This Leg Leg 9
Date 27/11/2021
Departure Airport ICAO UDYZ
Airport Zvartnots International Airport
Capital City Yerevan
Country Armenia
Runway 09
Arrival Airport ICAO ORBI
Airport Baghdad International Airport
Capital City Baghdad
Country Iraq
Runway 33R
Actual Time (Local) Pushback Time 14:04
Take Off Time 14:10
Touchdown Time 16:42
Arrival Time 16:44
Air time 02:32
Total Time 02:40
Ground Distance (Nm) 492
Air Distance (Nm) 495
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 413
Fuel Start (lbs) 8,072
Fuel End (lbs) 1,756
Fuel Used (lbs) 6,316
SID GOSIS4H
Route UDYZ/09 GOSIS4H GOSIS T919 NEGAN L125 RABDI DCT MUTAG DCT SEBIE DCT
ORBI/33R
STAR Direct
Approach ILS 33R
Passengers (000 lbs) 0
Cargo (000 lbs) 0
Take Off Weight (000lbs) 80.9
Cruising Altitude (feet) 18,000
Cumulative Ground Distance (Nm) 4,048
Air Distance (Nm) 4,130
Great Circle Distance (Nm) 3,282
Total air time 16:33
Total time 17:45
Fuel Used (lbs) 49,652

Flightplan: IFR Zvartnots (UDYZ) to Baghdad Intl (ORBI).lnmpln (2.9 KB)

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UTDD UTTT UCFM UACC UTAA OIII UBBB UGTB UDYZ ORBI
Route So Far Leg 9

I’m gonna try and replicate your route, seems like tons of fun and a great challenge…

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