Flying around the world - in alphabetical order

It’s a bit of a political minefield! (Is Taiwan a country? Is Palestine? Should we count places like Greenland?) ! I’m going with the Wikipedia list, which is based on UN membership - this comes to 193 at the moment…

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It’s like the one question is that one oil platform that considers itself a tiny country a country?

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I got to 243, counting the places with autonomy. However there are varying degrees of autonomy, when is a country a separate country.

In Africa you have Western Sahara and Somaliland that are disputed, Kosovo in Europe, Gaza in the middle east, Bougainville, West Papua, Kurdistan doesn’t exist yet but has a capital (Erbil) and many others want to separate. Then you have autonomous regions in China and Russia, for example the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture, Korean identity in China.

Pick any list, they’re all wrong :slight_smile:

The ISO country list has 249 countries

but that also includes a couple uninhabited territories. You can’t be a country without people!

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Brilliant.

This is my rough planned trip. They are the stops I plan to tick a country off. But lots if stops in between.

Country of Departure Departure ICAO Capital Notes
England Norwich
Greenland Nuuk BGGH
Canada Ottawa CYOW
United States of America Ronald Reagan Washington National KDCA
Bahamas Lynden Pindling International MYNN
Cuba MUPB
Jamaica Norman Manley Intl MKJP
Haiti Port Au Prince MTPP
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo MDSD
TNCS
TFFJ
Saint Kitts and Nevis St. Kitts Island TKPK
Antigua and Barbuda St. Johns TAPA
Dominica Roseau TDCF 3rd Dec 2020
Saint Lucia Hewanorra Intl TLPL 3rd Dec 2020
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines TVSA 4th Dec 2020
Barbados Barbados TBPB 4th Dec 2020
Grenada St. Georges TGPY 5th Dec 2020
Trinidad and Tobago Piarco International Airport TTPP 5th Dec 2020
Venezuela Ciudad Bolivar Airport SVCB
Guyana Cheddi Jagan Intl SYCJ 6th Dec 2020
Suriname Zandery SMJP 7th Dec 2020
Brazil Brasilia SBBR 7th-9th Dec 2020
Rio SBGL 10th Dec 2020
Paraguay Silvio Pettirossi Intl SGAS 10th-11th Dec 2020
Uruguay Montevideo SUAA
Argentina Buenos Aires SAEZ 24th Dec 2020
Chile Santiago International Airport SCEL 27th Dec 2020
Bolivia El Alto Intl SLLP 28th Dec 2020
Peru Jorge Chavez Intl Lima Peru SPJC
SPGL 25th Jan 2021
Ecuador Jose J De Olmedo Airport SEGU 25th Jan 2021
SEQM 26th Jan 2021
Colombia Bogota SKBO 30th Jan 2021
Panama Marcos A Gelabert Intl MPMG 1st Feb 2021
Costa Rica MRSN
Juan Santamaria Intl MROC 1st Feb
Nicaragua Augusto Cesar Sandino Intl MNMG 2nd Feb 2021
Honduras Toncontin Intl MHTG
El Salvador El Salvador Intl MSLP
Guatemala La Aurora Intl MGGT 3rd Feb 20201
Belize Philip S. W. Goldson Intl MZBZ
Mexico Hermosillo Gen Ip Garcia Airport various 4th Feb 2021
United States of America KLAX
Santa Barbara Municipal KSBA
KSFO 7th Feb 2021
KSEA
Canada Vancouver International Airport CYVR 9th Feb 2021
CZST
USA (Alaska) Haines PAHN
Stevens Anchorage PANC 15th Feb 2021
KEB
Cold Bay PACD
Adak PADK
Casco Cove Cgs PAAT
Russian Federation Yelizovo Russia (UHPP) UHPP
Khabarovsk/Novy Airport UHHH
Ulan-Ude Airport UIUU
Mongolia Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport ZMUB Ulaanbaatar
China Beijing-Capital Airport ZBAA Beijing
N Korea Pyongyang-Sunan ZKPY
S Korea Seoul RKSS
Japan
RJTT
Taiwan Chiayi RCSS Taipei
Hong Kong Hong Kong VHHH City of Victoria
Philippines Ninoy Aquino International RPLL Manila
Palau Babelthuap PTRO Ngerulmud
Papua New Guinea WX53
Port Moresby AYPY Port Moresby
Solomon Islands Henderson AGGH
Micronesia PTPN
Marshall Islands Majuro Atoll PKMJ
Nauru Nauru ANYN
Kiribati Bonriki Intl Tarawa Island NGTA
Tuvalu Funafuti Intl Funafuti NGFU
Samoa Faleolo Intl Apia NSFA
Tahiti Faaa NTAA
Tonga Fua’amotu Intl NFTF
Fiji Nadi Intl NFFN
Vanuatu NVVV
Australia Norfolk Island YSNF
New Zealand Tauranga NZTG
Australia Lord Howe Island YLHI
Kingford Smith Intl YSSY
Alice Springs YBAS
Timor-Leste Dili WPDL
Brunei Darussalam Brunei Intl Brunei WBSB
Indonesia Jakarta Jakarta WIHH
Singapore Singapore WSAP
Malaysia WMKK
WMKL
Sri Lanka Katunayak VCBI
Maldives Male VRMM
India Mangalore VOML
Chennai International Airport VOMM
Thailand Phuket VTSP
Cambodia VDSR
Vietnam VVDN
Laos VLLB
Myanmar VYBM
Bangladesh M.A.Hannan Intl VGEG
Bhutan Paro Bhutan Airport VQPR
VNLK
Nepal Kathmandu Nepal VNKT
Pakistan OPRN
Afghanistan Kabul OAKB
Tajikistan Dushanbe UTDD
Kazakhstan UAAA
Kyrgyzstan Osh UCFM
Uzbekistan Tashkent UTTT
Turkmenistan Ashgabat UTAA
Azerbaijan UBBB
Georgia Tbilisi UGTB
Armenia UDYZ
Iran OISS
Kuwait Kuwait City OKBK
Iraq ORBI
Somalia Bosaso HCMF
Syria OSDI
Lebanon Beirut Intl OLBA
Israel Tel Aviv LLBG
Jordan Amman OJAI
Saudi Arabia Riyadh OERK
Bahrain Bahrain Intl OBBI
Qatar Doha Intl OTBD
United Arab Emirates Dubai Intl OMDB
Oman Muscat - Seeb Intl OOMS
Yemen Sanaa Intl OYSN
Eritrea Asmara Intl HHAS
Ethiopia Bole Intl Addis Ababa HAAB
Djibouti Ambouli HDAM
Kenya Moi Intl Mombasa HKMO
Uganda Entebbe Intl HUEN
Rwanda Gregoire Kayibanda Intl HRYR
Burundi HBBA
Tanzania HTKJ
Seychelles Seychelles Intl FSIA
Mauritius Mauritius Intl. FIMP
Comoros Moroni Hahaia FMCH
Madagascar Ivato Intl FMMI
Mozambique FQPB
Malawi FWKI
Zambia Lusaka Intl FLKK
Zimbabwe FVKB
Swaziland Matsapha FDMS
South Africa Johannesburg Intl FAJS
FACT
Lesotho Moshoeshoe Intl FXMM
Botswana FBSK
Namibia Hosea Kutako Intl FYWH
Angola FNLU
Congo, Democratic Republic of the FZKJ
Congo, Republic of the Bangoka Intl FZIC
Gabon FOOB
Sao Tome and Principe FPST
Equatorial Guinea FGSL
Cameroon Nsimalen Intl FKYS
Central African Republic FEFT
South Sudan HSSJ
Chad N’djamena FTTJ
Sudan HSSS
Egypt HECA
Libya HLLT
Malta LMML
Tunisia Tunis DTTA
Algeria DAAE
Niger DRZA
Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe Intl DNAA
Benin DBBB
Togo DXNG
Ghana DGSI
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou DFFD
Côte d’Ivoire DIAP
Liberia GLRB
Mali GAKY
Sierra Leone Lungi Intl GFLL
Guinea GUFH
Guinea-Bissau GGOV
Gambia GBYD
Senegal Dakar GOOY
Cabo Verde Amilcar Cabral GVAC
Mauritania GQPA
Madeira LPMA
Morocco Casablanca GMMN
Gibraltar LXGB
Portugal Lisbon LPPT
Spain Madrid LEMD
Andorra Andorra la Vella LESU
LFMN
Italy Rome LIRF
Slovenia Ljubljana LJLJ
Croatia Zagreb LDZA
Austria Vienna LOWW
Slovakia Bratislava LZIB
Hungary Budapest LHBP
Serbia Belgrade LYBE
Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo LQSA
Montenegro Podgorica LYPG
Kosovo Pristina BKPR
Macedonia Skopje LWSK
Albania Tirana LATI
Greece Athens LGAV
Cyprus Larnaca LCLK
Turkey Ankara LTAC
Bulgaria Sofia LBSF
Romania Bucharest LROP
Moldova Chișinău LUKK
Ukraine Kiev UKKK
Russia Moscow UUEE
Belarus Minsk UMMS
Lithuania Vilnius EYVI
Poland Warsaw EPWA
Czech Republic Prague LKPR
Liechtenstein Vaduz ---- LSZE
Switzerland Bern LSZB
Luxembourg Luxembourg ELLX
France Paris LFPG
Belgium Brussels EBBR
Germany Berlin EDDT
Latvia Riga EVRA
Estonia Tallinn EETN
Finland Helsinki EFHK
Sweden Stockholm ESSA
Norway Oslo ENGM
Denmark Copenhagen EKCH
Netherlands Amsterdam EHAM
England London City EGLC

Currently at Nauru.

For Monaco will probably land at Nice.

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wow, what a dedication !!

Loving this plan and ambition.

I’m 75 legs into my scenic RTW trip with no real plan other than to see the world. 85,328Nm so far and 327hrs 7 mins flying time. You can read all about it here if you want (might help to while away those long cruise hours for you):

I’m also planning my next trip (which has kept me amused on the longer cruise legs!): visiting every capital city in the world (227 on my list!) flying direct only and doing so in as efficient a way as possible. For those familiar with it, this is a very large example of the travelling salesman problem - how to visit 227 places and minimise the total distance travelled. With a bit of excel magic, I’ve landed on a route that is 94,868Nm long. It looks like this:

Debating whether to use the DC-6 or the Longitude.

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Very similar idea to my plan where I’m trying every capital city. I’m mixing the aircraft up as I’m also doing it with OnAir so I do get a bit diverted if there’s a good paying job :rofl:

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Country #2 ticked off!
The route across Greece took me via some great scenery (payware LKGS Santorini, and some amazing stuff from flightsim.to: a great Athens International and a whole package of other Greek airfields

And the approach to LGKS in the sunset is really quite something.

After flying across Greece, I made the quick flight from LGKR on the island of Corfu to Gjirokastër airfield in Albania. There’s no custom scenery for round here so far as I’m aware, which is a pity for two reasons really:

  1. Gjirokastër sounds fascinating! It’s a UNESCO world heritage site and goes back to at least the 14th Century. Known as Αργυρόκαστρο to its sizeable Greek-speaking population, it became part of Albania in the 1920s. There’s an ancient fortress dominating the town, many buildings are build in a distinctive local style that’s earned the city the nickname ‘City of Stone’. It’s also the birthplace of the Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha.

  2. MSFS is missing the airfield, though you can see where it’s supposed to be - with approaches between two stunning mountain ranges, this airfield would be a great addition! (Though in fairness, it’s a little unclear whether the airfield is still active…)

Next up is Algeria! It looks like the route will take me across the Adriatic to Italy and the island of Sicily, before hopping over to Tunisia and then along the coast…

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Country #3 ticked off!
Albania to Algeria via Greece, southern Italy and Tunisia was a relatively simple trip of around 650 NM in a relatively straight line, with some lovely calm weather and just a hint of cloud.

Oh and some lovely freeware scenery for Lemezia, too.

This is the first time I’ve entered the continent of Africa on this trip - and the coast of Tunisia is pretty stunning, where the Atlas mountains meet the sea.

Once over the border in Algeria, I landed at Annaba in the east of the country - the third largest city, which dates back to at least the Phoenicians.

With Algeria ticked off, it’s on to Andorra next…as some of you may have noticed, it doesn’t have an airport, so this could be a challenge…

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A belated update…

Country #4 ticked off

One of the big ones, this. Yes, that’s right: Andorra!

Now, Andorra is unusual for many reasons. First, it has a really unusual situation with its Head of State. Now, in most countries, this is pretty clear cut: it’s the Queen, or the President or some similar individual. Note: individual. In Andorra, they do things differently: the Head of State is two people! It’s shared between the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. Known collectively as the ‘Co-Princes of Andorra’, this arrangement has been in place since 1278. Whatever works…

Second, Andorra is small, and…well…very mountainous! There is a helipad on top of the hospital (in real life if not in MSFS yet), but there are no airports. Not even an altiport so far as I can see. This presented problems for landing in the country in a Turbo Arrow.

So I made my own arrangements… I flew to the ‘local’ airport, over the border in Spain, Andorra–La Seu d’Urgell Airport (LESU). You might have flown here yourself on the Pyrenees/Alps bush trip. It’s quite an airport, plonked on top of a hill! Makes for quite the approach, though there’s plenty of runway for an Arrow.

But I felt this wasn’t close enough. I decided to try to land actually in Andorra itself, against all common sense, regulations, and laws (don’t do this at home…)

As I’ve mentioned, it’s pretty hilly (a bit of a theme for microstates - I’m looking forward to Liechtenstein) so finding any flat ground at all was tricky. I decided the best bet would be at the bottom of the main north-south valley leading from the border to the capital, Andorra la Vella.

And sure enough, a couple of spots presented themselves…so I landed at both. May just have interrupted a football game or two…


With that bit of flagrant rule-breaking under my belt, it’s off south to Angola, in what promises to be one of the longest legs so far. Stay tuned for cross-Sahara adventures!

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Country 5 - Angola

This was a long trip south. A little over 4,000 miles, all told. Through Spain, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Equatorial Guinea… Through airports that were sometimes barely there and sometimes not there at all… Over desert and jungle… Through heat and thunderstorm…

You get the gist.

A particularly disconcerting moment was trying to land at Tourisme/Kenitra Air Base in Morocco, a few miles north of Rabat.

It’s there in the Bing imagery, but for some reason MSFS has put the actual airport a little further south, on what I think is just a road in the real world.

After that, there was…a lot of desert to cross before making for the south coast of Cote d’Ivoire


It’s worth saying how spectacular the desert landscapes in MSFS can look at times. I’m not sure the screenshots really do it justice.

Another airport that wasn’t quite there…DNES is Nigeria, I believe.

Anyway, after a stop off on the pretty interesting volcanic island of Bioko (part of Equatorial Guinea) it was just another few hundred miles down the coast to my two stopping points in Angola: FNKU Joaquim Kapango Airport and FNLZ Cuango-Luzamba Airport, known, apparently, for its ‘uncovered wrecks’!

With Angola duly visited, next on my list is the Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda, followed by Argentina. So this is going to involve crossing the Atlantic… Traditionally in a plane like the Arrow, this involves heading all the way north to Iceland and Greenland…

But hang on a minute lads, I’ve got a great idea…

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Country 6 - Antigua and Barbuda

An overdue update, this, for which apologies. You’ll recall that after visiting Angola, I was faced with the arduous task of crossing the Atlantic in the Turbo Arrow. I didn’t fancy heading all the way up north to do the traditional Greenland route, so - as this is a sim, after all - I decided to do something that would be highly inadvisable in real life.

Ascension Island is an isolated volcanic island in the South Atlantic, about 1,000 miles from the coast of Africa and a little more than that from the coast of South America. Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago about 200 miles off the coast of Brazil, which brings South America that crucial bit closer to Ascension Island.

You won’t find FHAW, RAF Ascension Island - or Wideawake Airfield - in the default sim, but fortunately superspud has kindly filled in this gap with scenery available on flightsim.to. And fortunately, FHAW is on FSEconomy, too (St Helena isn’t, which precluded that potential route).

It’s still quite the trek up the coast of Africa, and out across the Atlantic to Ascension Island, with some relief as the island came into sight.


Plenty of runway at Fernando de Noronha, and the first time I’ve entered South America on this trip so far (it certainly won’t be the last!) - there’s some great freeware scenery for this airport, too, including the island’s remarkable rock formations.




Now that this method of crossing the Atlantic has been tried once, I think it might come in handy on several future legs. So long as the engine holds out, and adverse winds don’t mean I run out of fuel, of course…

From Fernando de Noronha, it was a further 18 legs, hopping up through Brazil, Guyana and Suriname, and across the Caribbean to Antigua and Barbuda’s VC Bird International Airport.

And now it’s back down south - a long way down - to Argentina. Just the small matter of the entire Amazon rainforest to cross…

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While I think of it… What should I see in Argentina? Where’s great to fly to? Anything I shouldn’t miss? Hit me up with your suggestions!

You should check out the Butch Cassidy Ranch while flying over Argentina

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Also fly over some historic railroads because of the cattle trade

Another long overdue update…

Country 7 - Argentina

Just the simple matter of travelling south, across the Caribbean and the Amazon rainforest…

Fair to say there was some weather involved, too, particularly over the rainforest.

And plenty of flat prairie land, too.


On this occasion, I decided not to explore all the way down south in Argentina, but I’m sure I’ll be back to parts of it later, which Uruguay and Chile come up…

Instead, I headed straight back northeast, towards Armenia, the next country on the list.

So far, we’re just over 20,000 NM into this round-the-world trip, with 93 landings - and we’re not through the 'A’s yet.

Stay tuned: it’s Armenia up next!

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Yep similar doing countries alphabetically, Currently Samoa to San Marino (I know San Marino doesn’t have an airport0same with a few other small countries. Just using closet) 650000nm so far.one stop per country basically the capital. Used the covid country list which had most anyway. Did separate UK and some protectorates…

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Sounds like you’re way ahead of me!

I think I might do a trip around disputed territories, protectorates and so on after this…

Country 8 - Armenia

It’s a long trip back from South America to the Caucasus, but much shorter than it might otherwise be, thanks to the Turbo Arrow’s range making the route via Ascension Island possible.


And here’s the approach to Ascension Island:

Back across across the Sahara in a very long leg, trying not to get lost in Libya out of range of various NDBs and VORs, before flying straight over much of Greece and taking several stops through Turkey, heading east towards the Armenian border - and earning some much needed FSEconomy cash in the process, of course.

And into Armenia itself - or Հայաստան as it’s written round here. It’s a country with an ancient cultural heritage, stretching back to at least 600 BC. From flying over the border with Turkey to the capital, Yerevan, it looks beautiful, too.

On the tarmac in Yerevan:

Though - as you might expect, perhaps - there are some patches of scenery around here that…aren’t the best.

There’s also a big tower block-cum-obelisk type thing in the centre of Yerevan, which should - I believe - be a large TV transmission aerial.

It would be fantastic if this part of the world got a little more treatment from all the great scenery designers out there, but I suppose it doesn’t feature at the top of many people’s lists - and the relatively tense politics (with disputed territories, a recent war with Azerbaijan and non-existent diplomatic relations with Turkey) of the area might well add to the challenge…

Now comes the longest leg so far: it’s off to Australia next!

The route for this is likely to take me across northern parts of India, then down through Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

I don’t think I’ve ever flown in Australia before (!) so I might take a trip around the country while I’m there. So your suggestions are super welcome: which are the great Australian airports? The challenging approaches? Great (freeware ideally) scenery?

Which parts of the country should I absolutely not miss? Let me know!

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A proper update soon, but I’m working my way through Indonesia at the moment (via Aerosoft’s rather good Bali International).

Hit me up with your Australia suggestions - I think it’s going to be a bit of a figure-of-eight around the place…

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