List of all missions in MiGMan’s World Tour

Algeria
Algiers
Africa 1
Bouroumi Dam
Visit Bouroumi Dam and explore the valleys south of Blida.
Algeria
Algiers
Africa 1
Palm Beach
Tour the Mediterranean beaches on the north west of Algiers.
Algeria
Algiers
Africa 1
Algiers Heights
Take a joyflight around the coastal heights of Algiers.
Algeria
Algiers
Africa 1
Bay Watch
Follow the shoreline east to west including the Bay of Algiers.
Algeria
Algiers
Africa 1
Algiers, SW hinterlands
Visit the hinterlands south west of Algiers. Bougara and Chebel are reatively small towns surrounded by rural landscape, and so are good navigation fixes from the air. The other waypoints are the more usual choice of airports and bridges.
Algeria
Algiers
Africa 1
Ferry flight Algiers to Blida
Relocate from Houari Boumediene ap to Boufarik ap.
Angola
Luanda
Africa 1
Luanda North Coast
Fly along the beaches and coast to the north of Luanda.
Angola
Luanda
Africa 1
The African Connection
See where different cultures connect on this great continent.
Angola
Luanda
Africa 1
Luanda South Coast
Enjoy the stunning Atlantic coastline on the southern side of Luanda.
Benin
Porto-Novo
Africa 1
Cotonou to Port-Novo
Cadjehoun airport is 15 nm SW of the capital, Porto-Novo
Benin
Cotonou
Africa 1
West of Cotonou
Fly out of Benin's capital Cotonou, over Ouidah, up to Lake Aheme and return along 21 miles of beachfront.
Botswana
Gaborone
Africa 1
Gaborone East
Explore the eastern part of Botswana's capital Gaborone. Waypoints 1-5 are intersections on Francistown road which runs NE to SW through Gaborone. You can easily fly the first 5 waypoints by just following the road.
Botswana
Gaborone
Africa 1
Gaborone West
Explore the north western area of Gaborone and fly via Kopong to Bokaa Dam.
Botswana
Gaborone
Africa 1
Hidden Valley
Navigate to to this delightful area west of Gaborone, capital of Botswana.
Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou
Africa 1
Ougadougou Local
Take a short flight around the capital of Burkina Faso. Charming water features and monumental landscaping make Oudagadougou a visual feast!
Burkina Faso
Ouagadougou
Africa 1
Ziniare Zoo to Nakambe Dam
Fly past Ziniare Zoo and and enjoy the splendour of the Nakambe River.
Burundi
Bujumbura
Africa 1
Bujumbura local
Explore the varied terrain at Burundi's capital Bujumbura on Lake Tanganyika.
Burundi
Bujumbura
Africa 1
Cross country
Gitega airport HBBE in Gitega, Burundi is closed. Rather inconvenient.
But, on the bright side this gives us a reason to go cross country and enjoy the spectacular terrain.
Take off then, from Bujumbura International Airport HBBA.
Fly ~ 40 nm E to Gitega and enjoy the stunning mountain scenery.
You will need to climb to 8,000 ft to clear the terrain.
Cameroon
Yaounde
Africa 1
City of Seven Hills
Check out the hills and the Presidential Palace on the north western edge of Cameroon's capital Yaounde. If you talk to the tower at Yaounde Ville Airport they may let you do a 'touch and go', or perhaps you can land and have some afternoon tea as you watch the trafiic!
Cameroon
Yaounde
Africa 1
Ferry Flight
Relocate from the International Airport Nsimalen FKYS to the local airport Yaounde/Ville FSKKY.
Cameroon
Yaounde
Africa 1
NW Hills District
Fly amongst the spectacular hills to the NW of Cameroon's capital, Yaounde.
Cape Verde
Praia
Africa 1
Secret City
Fly out of Cape Verde's capital Praia to the mountainous interior and explore the plateau cities of Santa Catarina and Pico d'Antonia. Return to the coast via a 'smuggler's run' down steep valleys and along the southern coast.
Cape Verde
Praia
Africa 1
Monte Graciosa
Follow the roads from the capital Praia in the south, through the mountainous centre and to Monte Graciosa in the north west. Fly back down the west coast of the island.
Cape Verde
Sao Filipe
Africa 1
Fogo Volcano
Fly out of Sao Filipe on the Ilha de Fogo in Cape Verde and explore the enormous volcanic crater.
Central African Republic
Bangui
Africa 1
Bimbo Patrol
Bangui is the capital of the Central African Republic. It lays on the northern shore of the Ubangi River, which in turn forms the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Explore the lush country to the north east and return along the border at the Ubangi River.
Chad
N’Djamena
Africa 2
N'Djamena local
Explore Chad's capital city N'Djamena. The city is bound on the south and the west by the Chari River.
Chad
N’Djamena
Africa 2
Pastel Palette
Enjoy the varied and subtle colours in Chad and follow the Chari River at N'Djamena. Recommended altitude is 2,500 ft for best enjoyment of the patterns and colours.
Comoros
Moroni
Africa 2
Volcano Island
Moroni is capital of the island country of Comoros. Whilst the volcano at Mount Karthala is certainly not the only charm at Comoros, it certainly dominates the skyline and so must be our first port of call.
Congo
Kinshasa
Africa 2
Congolese Culture
Let's enjoy a perfectly rounded lifestyle in one flight as we: withdraw some cash, play a round of golf, buy a handbag and finally hit the books!
N.B. Be wary of the runway extensions on approach to RWY 24. I nearly landed short a couple of times!
Congo
Kinshasa
Africa 2
East of Kinshasa
Tour the fertile valleys and plateaus to the East of the capital, Kinshasa.
Congo
Kinshasa
Africa 2
Kinshasa South
Venture south of the capital, Kinshasa.
Djibouti
Djibouti City
Africa 2
Djibouti City Local
Sports, a flutter on the card table, a regal repast, working our import/export business, fishing, looking at an alternate landing spot and finally going for a swim. A nice day in Djibouti.
Djibouti
Djibouti City
Africa 2
Djibouti West
Fly to the salt flats west of Djibouti and return along the dramatic shoreline of the Gulf of Tadjoura.
Equatorial Guinea
Malobo
Africa 2
Volcanic delight!
Fly out the Malobo, capital of Equatorial Guinea. Climb to 7,000ft and circle the volcanic crater at Pico Gran Caldera.
Eritrea
Asmara
Africa 2
Cornucopia
Fly out of Eritrea's capital Malobo. This elevated plateau city offers spectaular views of the Red Sea, 9,000 feet below! Runway altitude is 7,658 ft, so fly at 9,000 ft.
Eritrea
Asmara
Africa 2
Asmara: Valleys to the East
Explore a couple of the many valleys to the east of Eritrea's capital Asmara. Runway altitude is 7,658 ft, so fly at 9,000 ft.
Eswatini
Mbabane
Africa 2
Mbabane and Lupohohlo Dam
Take a scenic side trip via Lupohohlo Dam as you fly to Eswatini's capital, Mbabane.
Eswatini
Matsapha
Africa 2
Matsapha Local
Visit the seats of power, explore the town and surrounding countryside in this flight around Matsapha airport.
Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Africa 2
Addis Abbaba Eastern Surrounds
Explore the eastern outskirts of Addis Abbaba, capital of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Africa 2
Fire and Water
Fly cross country from Addis-Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, and inspect the main water reservoirs, while taking a side trip to Mogle Korebta volcano.
Ethiopia
Addis Ababa
Africa 2
Ferry flight Bole to Harar Meda airport.
Relocate to the military airbase SE of Addis Ababa and check out the resorts on the four lakes, including Lake Bishoftu.
Ethiopia
Bishoftu
Africa 2
Volcano Dwellers
Explore Koka Lake and the settlement on the rim of Mount Zuqualla Volcano.
Gabon
Libreville
Africa 2
Free Spirit in Libreville
Fly free like a bird over Libreville, capital of Gabon.
Gambia
Banjul
Africa 2
Banjul Beach Patrol
Look out for sharks, swimmers in strife, and sinking ships as you fly a typical beach patrol up the Gambia River to the capital of Gambia, Banjul.
Gambia
Banjul
Africa 2
Roots
Fly east on the Gambia River to Kunta Kinteh Island, made famous in the TV series and book 'Roots'.
Ghana
Accra
Africa 2
Accra Aqua
Explore the aquatic side of Ghana's capital, Accra.
Ghana
Accra
Africa 2
Accra West
Take a closer look at some of the water features on the western side of Ghana's capital city Accra.
Ghana
Accra
Africa 2
Akosombo Dam
Take a long cross country flight to the enormous Lake Volta, north of Ghana's capital city Accra.
Guinea
Conakry
Africa 2
Conakry Islands
Explore the islands located off the peninsula at Guinea's capital city Conakry.
Guinea
Conakry
Africa 2
Plateau and Delta
Skirt the plateau north of Conakry and return across the delta.
Guinea
Conakry
Africa 2
Air, Land and Sea
Fly along the Conakry peninsula with a side trip to a valley in the north.
Ivory Coast
Abidjan
Africa 3
Abidjan local
Explore the capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan.
Ivory Coast
Abidjan
Africa 3
A Walk in the Park
Explore the coastline, waterways and forests of the Ivory Coast's capital, Abidjan.
Kenya
Nairobi
Africa 3
Out of Africa
Circumnavigate Kenya's capital city Nairobi. Karen Country Club is not the easiest to see at the moment due to the thick foliage. But it is there! It's almost on a direct line to the next waypoint so don't worry if you miss it. I left it in because the literary reference was too good to miss. Also, there are more golf clubs in Nairobi than in all of Scotland. Perhaps.
Kenya
Nairobi
Africa 3
Nairobi Ringroad
Follow the main roads around Nairobi.
Kenya
Loyangalani
Africa 3
Mount Kukal Slalom
Fly a thrillseeker route over Mount Kulal Biosphere Reserve on Lake Turkana in nothern Kenya.
Kenya
Loyangalani
Africa 3
Loyangalani Scenic
Take a sedate flight over Lake Turkana and Mount Kulal and Biosphere Reserve, marvelling at the hundreds of wind turbines!
Lesotho
Maseru
Africa 3
Plateau Patrol
Fly over Maseru, capital of Lesotho, past Parliament on a plateau then around the tall ridges to the east of the airport.
Lesotho
Maseru
Africa 3
South of Maseru
Explore the spectacular terrain south of Maseru.
Liberia
Monrovia
Africa 3
A Tale of Two Bridges
Explore some of the many water features around the capital, Monrovia.
Liberia
Monrovia
Africa 3
Low Altitude Road Trip
Fly at 500 ft and enjoy the myriad details around Monrovia, capital of Liberia.
Madagascar
Antsiranana
Africa 3
Antsiranana Bay
Explore the north coast of Madagascar at Antasiranana Bay.
Madagascar
Antananarivo
Africa 3
Antananarivo local
Explore the wonderfully varied landscape of Madagascar's capital.
Madagascar
Antananarivo
Africa 3
Presidential Tour
Visit the Presidential Palace and surrounding countryside nead Madagascar's capital Antananarivo. Ivato airport is located between three beautiful lakes which are well worth exploring.
Madagascar
Ambodifototra
Africa 3
Boraha Island
Visit Ambodifototra, on the charming Boraha Island off the NE coast of Madagascar.
Madagascar
Tolagnaro
Africa 3
Tolagnaro, Over the Hills and Far Away
Enjoy the coast at Tolagnaro, a seaside town on the Indian Ocean at the SE tip of Madagascar.
Malawi
Lilongwe
Africa 3
Tale of Two Hills
South of the capital Lilongwe, the plain is dominated by two magnificent hills.
Malawi
Lilongwe
Africa 3
Lilongwe Local
Explore Lilongwe, capital of Malawi.
Mali
Bamako
Africa 3
Bamako Local
Explore Bamako, the capital of Mali.
Mali
Bamako
Africa 3
Bridging the Niger
Get an overview of Mali's capital Bamako as you fly along the river to the south and skirt the edge of the plateau to the north.
Mauritania
Nouakchott
Africa 3
Hope Springs Eternal
Revel in the contrasts between the earth colours of Nouakchott and the cool hues of the Atlantic Ocean.
Mauritius
Port Louis
Africa 3
Cross country to Port Louis
Fly coast to coast over lush countryside as you visit the capital, Port Louis.
Mauritius
Le Morne
Africa 3
Mauritius South Coast
Fly along the stunning southern coast of Mauritius to Le Morne and the Black River.
Morocco
Rabat
Africa 3
Relaxing at Rabat
Take a trip over the Rabat zoo, and discreetly keep an eye out for any animal escapees in the city parks.
Morocco
Rabat
Africa 3
Morroco Mach Loop a.k.a. Relaxing River Run
This flight is a stunning scenic delight or a white-knuckle ride, depending on how you fly it! SKILL TEST: See if you can fly along the river?
Mozambique
Maputo
Africa 4
Grand Tour
Take a flight around the outskirts of the expansive capital, Maputo, including the harbour and beautiful Grand Islands.
Mozambique
Maputo
Africa 4
Mozambique Border Patrol
Fly along a section of the mountainous border between Mozambique and Eswatini.
Namibia
Windhoek
Africa 4
Nubile Namibia
Take flight from Eros as you climb 2500 metres to the peak of Moltkeblick and visit the soothing depths of Gorengab Dam.
Namibia
Windhoek
Africa 4
Valhalla
Enter Valhalla in the rugged terrain to the south-west of Namibia's capital, Windhoek.
Niger
Niamey
Africa 4
Mining our own Business
Explore the ancient bazaars of Niamey.
Nigeria
Abuja
Africa 4
Beyond Thunderdome
Fly over the mighty Usuma Dam and the majestic hills around Abuja.
Republic of the Congo
Brazzaville
Africa 4
Brazzavile Local
Get an overview of Brazzavile, nestled between the mighty Congo River and the vast African savannah.
Rwanda
Kigali
Africa 4
Kigali local
Take a short hop around the capital, Kigali.
Rwanda
Kigali
Africa 4
Lake Mugesara
Take off from Kigali and fly over Lake Mugesara to the south.
Sao Tome
Sao Tome
Africa 4
The Little Island on the Equator
Explore the rugged coastline of Sao Tome, an island country which sits exactly on the equator.
Senegal
Dakar
Africa 4
Wild Wild West
Visit the western-most point on the African continent at Club Med.
Seychelles
Victoria
Africa 4
She Sells Seychelles by the Seashore
Victoria airport is under repair as of August 2021, so our nearest runway is at Fregate, about 28 nm to the east. N.B. Fregate is a grass strip and only 1,628 ft long. Take a light plane, or better yet, an amphibian as you'll surely want to land at Victoria harbour or one of the many beaches.
Sierra Leone
Freetown
Africa 4
Free Flight in Freetown
Fly across Tagrin Bay and explore the coastal aspects of Freetown.
Somalia
Mogadishu
Africa 4
Mogadishu Local
Clear skies and long beaches make Mogadishu a great location for a helicopter flight!
Somaliland
Hargeisa
Africa 4
Mother Earth
Fly over Somaliland's capital Hargeisa and also visit the twin hills at Naas Hablood.
South Africa
Cape Town
Africa 4
The Cape
Fly in comfort along one of the most infamous stretches of coastline in the annals of shipping.
South Africa
Cape Town
Africa 4
Dam Busters
Tour 6 dams to the east of Capetown. See how many dams you can spot?
South Sudan
Juba
Africa 4
Tale of Three Hills
Get up close and personal with the three highest landmasses around Juba.
Sudan
Khartoum
Africa 4
Where the Nile divides
Explore the fertile plains around the Nile. NB: New Khartoum airport is listed as the official airport, but apparently it is not yet built.
Tanzania
Dodoma
Africa 4
Dodoma Local
Fly from the elevated residence of the Prime Minister to the institutes of higher learning at Dodoma.
Tanzania
Dodoma
Africa 4
Tale of Three Lakes
Take a leisurely cross country to three large lakes around Dodoma.
Togo
Lome
Africa 4
Hitchiker’s Guide to Togo
Take a coastal and lake tour of Togo's capital.
Tunisia
Tunis
Africa 4
A Night in Tunisia
Skirt the coast at Tunis.
Uganda
Kampala
Africa 4
Pearl of Africa
Visit the Pearl of Africa hotel in Kampala.
Zambia
Lusaka
Africa 4
Kafue Canyon Cruise
Take a leisurely canyon cruise to the south of Lusaka.
Zimbabwe
Harare
Africa 4
A day at the races
Fly to the races, over a local airport and to a great lunch destination at Lake Chivero.
Afghanistan
Jalalabad
Asia 1
Jalalabad Local
Fly a short circuit over Jalalabad and admire the colours of this fertile valley about 60 nm east of Kabul.
Azerbaijan
Baku
Asia 1
Baku and the Caspian Sea Resorts
Cruise past the seaside resorts to the east of Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. At Gum Island there is a complex of jetties extending 3 nm south into the Caspian Sea.
Azerbaijan
Baku
Asia 1
Baku West and the Mud Volcanoes
Explore Baku city and the other-worldly terrain to the west.
Bangladesh
Dhaka
Asia 1
Dhaka in Saffron
Enjoy the gorgeous colours around Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. Fly south across Dhaka then take a leisurely cruise along the four surrounding rivers.
Bhutan
Thimphu
Asia 1
Thimpu Valley
Fly out from one of the world's most challenging airports, taking off from 7,323 ft altitude and visit the capital of Bhutan, Thimpu.
NOTAM. HIGH ALTITUDE. You will need a pressurised cabin and/or O2 supplies once you leave the valley floor. ICING. Engage anti-icing measures before flight.
Follow the valley from WP1 - WP 6.
Bhutan
Paro
Asia 1
Bride of Kangchenjunga
Fly out from one of the world's most challenging airports, taking off from 7,323 ft altitude. Visit Jomolhari or Chomolhari 'The Bride of Kangchenjunga', and gaze down across the border into China.
NOTAM. HIGH ALTITUDE. You will need a pressurised cabin and/or O2 supplies once you leave the valley floor. ICING. Engage anti-icing measures before flight.
Brunei
Bandar Seri Begawan
Asia 1
Bandar Seri Begawani Beaches
Follow the rivers and coastline around Bandar Seri Begawani, the capital of Brunei. This small nation is on the NW coast of Borneo. It is in two parts, both on Brunei Bay and separated by the Malaysian province of Limbang.
Cambodia
Phnom Penh
Asia 1
Phnom Penh Local
Phnom Penh Airport is in the centre of Cambodia's capital Phnom Penh which sits just West of the Mekong River. Fly a circuit around the city, including low level flight on the rivers and lakes to the east and north.
China
Beijing
Asia 1
Forbidden Pleasures of the Imperial City
Forbidden Pleasures of the Imperial CityWonder at architectural delights both modern and ancient in China's capital, Beijing.
China
Shanghai
Asia 1
Shanghai: Shipping and Finance Hub
Explore Shanghai west of the Huangpu River.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Asia 1
Hong Kong Harbour
Fly around one of the world's most stunning harbours in the former British colony of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
Asia 1
Enter the Dragon: Hong Kong Border Patrol
Do a border patrol around the entire territory of Hong Kong. The first two legs of this flight are over water, so pack the appropriate emergency gear!
India
Mumbai
Asia 1
Mumbai Metropolis
On the west coast and with a population of more than 15 million, Mumbai is India's largest port and commercial centre. Explore the complex and picturesque coastline around this bustling metropolis.
India
Delhi
Asia 1
Delhi, the old and the New
Explore India's capital Delhi, west of the Yamuna River. Old Delhi is to the north and New Delhi lays between Buddha Jayanthi Park in the west and the Yamuna River in the east.
8nm East of India Ghandi International is the Baha'i Lotus Temple, which features large petal-like sails.
Indonesia
Jakarta
Asia 1
Jakarta West
Visit the western half of Indonesia's capital, Jakarta and take in the shoreline of Jakarta Bay.
Japan
Fuji
Asia 1
Rings around Fuji
Located about 55nm WSW of Tokyo, Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776 m (12,389.2 ft). It is surrounded on the N and W by a continuous ridge. Follow that to see both the mountainous interior to your right and rural Japan around the base of Fuji on your left. Finally fly to the summit of this still-active volcano!
NOTAM. Gotemba airport has a short runway at 2202 ft.
Japan
Tokyo
Asia 1
Tokyo Bay and Yokohama
Explore the north-west side of Tokyo Bay, from Tokyo east of the Sumida River to Yokohama.
Japan
Fuji
Asia 1
Tokyo to Mt. Fuji (BONUS FLIGHT)
This flight is for pilots whose aircraft can't operate from the 2202 ft runway at Gotemba. It adds transit to and from Tokyo Haneda airport.
Japan
Hiroshima
Asia 1
Hiroshima Bay and the Itsukushima Shrine
Fly a complete circuit of Hiroshima Bay, taking in Itsukushima Shrine and Hiroshima Castle. Take off and head for the nearest corner of Itsukushima island. At WP 1 you reach the northern shore, and this sets you up 2.5nm from Itsukushima Shrine, which is best approached at low altitude for the optimal view.
Kashmir
Srinagar
Asia 1
Srinagar to Mount Kolahoi
Fly from the capital of Kashmir, Srinagar to the tallest point in Kashmir Valley: Mount Kolahoi (17,800 feet). NOTAM. Srinagar RWY elevation is 5,453 ft. Mt. Kolahoi summit is 17,800ft.
Kazakhstan
Almaty
Asia 1
Pure as the Driven Snow, Almaty's Water
The largest city in Kazakhstan, Almaty is also the commercial and cultural centre. Go to the garden where the melting snows which feed the Almatinka River exit the valley and flow into Sairan Reservoir.
Kazakhstan
Almaty
Asia 1
Big Almaty Lake and Pik Talgar
Fly along the border with Kyrgyzstan and viisit Pik Talgar, 17 nm SE of Almaty AP and rising to 16,335. NOTAM. Ap elevation 2,227 ft.
Kazakhstan
Nur-Sultan
Asia 1
Nur-Sultan: Rural Capital
Fly through the centre of Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan and return via the enormous farms to the south. NOTAM. Ap elevation 1,161 ft.
Kuril Islands
Iturup
Asia 1
Checking the Temperature
The Kuril Islands form a 600 nm archipelago of 56 islands between Japan and Russia. The lower two islands, Kunashi and Iterup have been in territorial dispute since the 19c. Conduct a routine patrol on Iturup. Check the local facilities and that the local volcanoes are inactive.
Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek
Asia 1
Bishkek Border Patrol
Exalt in the colours of the Kyrgzstan countryside as you explore the capital Bishkek, and patrol the border with Kazhakstan along the Chu River.
Laos
Vientiane
Asia 2
Vientiane, Airports and Reservoirs
Laos' capital Vientiane sits on the northern shore of the Mekong River, on the border with Thailand. Fly to two local airports and circumnavigate the enormous Nam Ngum Reservoir.
Laos
Vientiane
Asia 2
Valley Run East of Vientiane
This flight is a bit longer than most, but it is rare that you get to fly 30 miles in a more or less straight line along such a beautiful broad valley! Fly east, staying on the Laos side of the Thai/Laos border (north of the Mekong River). Return with a relaxing flight along the valley to the north. Youi may want to loiter over the Nam Ngum Reservoir at WP 5. Then return to the south across Vientiane.
Macau
Macau
Asia 2
Las Vegas of Asia
The Hong Kong–Zhuhai/Macau Bridge consists of 3 cabled bridges and a tunnel stretching 34 miles. Fly along the western length. At WP 3, the border crossing features a customs/immigration checkpoint and an underground mall. Nam Van Lake features Macau's most visible casinos and luxury hotels. The Lotus Bridge has a figure-eight at one end and is designed so drivers switch sides of the road when crossing the border.
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur
Asia 2
Architecture of Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is one of the largest and most colourful capital cities in Asia. Bracketed by ocean to the south and moutains to the north, it features some impressive examples of modern architecture. Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers 88 stories high.
Maldives
Male
Asia 2
Maldives Resorts
Maldives Fun facts: Located 350 nm SW of Sri Lanka, 192 coral islands dispersed over35,000 sq mi, grouped into 26 main atolls, 541 miles N to S, 81 miles E to W. In this flight we focus on the capital and surrounds, taking off from Male Airport, travel 20nm N to Meeru Island and 20nm S to Olhuveli Resort.
Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar
Asia 2
Golfing in the Gobi
Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia lays on the edge of the Gobi Desert, between China and Russia.
Myanmar
Naypyidaw
Asia 2
Nay Pyi Taw: Abode of the King
In 2006 the capital of Myanmar was moved from Yangon to the third largest city, Nay Pyi Taw. In this flight we touch on the rising terrain to the east and then fly down through the city centre.
Nepal
Kathmandu
Asia 2
Kathmandu Local
Visit the oldest temple in Nepal, Changunarayan Temple, on a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu. This flight plan circles the valley containing Kathmandu, picking up a few of the many local landmarks. This is one of the easier cities to explore visually as the valley is only about 10 miles across and bounded by mountains on all sides.
Nepal
Kathmandu
Asia 2
Kathmandu Cross Country
Kathmandu is surrounded by towering peaks and plunging chasms. Explore the Indriwati River valley to the west.
North Korea
Pyongyang
Asia 2
Pyongyang Local
Take the rare opportunity to fly over North Korea's capital Pyongyang and approved local features. Stay on the right path!
Pakistan
Islamabad
Asia 2
Faisla Mosque to Tarbela Dam
Fly NW out of Pakistan's capital Islamabad to Tarbela Dam on the Indus River.
Philippines
Manila
Asia 2
Sentinels of Manila Bay
Fly around Manila Bay and visit the two dormant volcanoes which guard the entrance. Manila city lays on the eastern shore of Manila Bay, which is itself approximately 30 miles N-S and 20 miles E-W.
Mount Mariveles: 4,587 ft. Dormant volcano overlooking the northern entrance to Manila Bay. Highest point in Bataan province.
Mount Pico De Loro, 2,257 ft. Dormant volcano overlooking the southern entrance to Manila Bay.
Philippines
Manila
Asia 2
Air, Fire and Water
Explore lakes and volcanos on the southern border of Manila city.
Features:
Cavite Economic Zone (Cavite Export Processing Zone) covers 680 acreson the southern shore of Manila Bay.
Wind Residences high-rise residential development with dramatic views of Taal Lake.
Taal Volcano is a large water filled caldera. The volcano in the centre is still active, with 38 recorded historical eruptions.
Mount Macolod is a dormant volcano. Elev. 1,998 ft.
Mount Makiling is a dormant volcano at the SW corner of Laguna Bay. Elev. 3576 ft.
Laguna Lake (Laguna de Bay) is the largest lake in the Philippines and borders the southern edge of Manila.
Singapore
Singapore
Asia 2
Room with a View
Circumnavigate the beautiful island of Singapore. Follow the border with Malaysia on the Johor causeway across the top of the island then continue around the shore of Singapore. You may want to loiter in the Marina Bay area on the south side and admire both the gardens and the spectacular skyline.
South Korea
Seoul
Asia 2
Seoul of Korea
Explore Seoul, starting with Bhukhansan, the mountain which dominates the northern skyline. Seoul is the capital of South Korea, just below the 38th parallel and next to the port city of Incheon.
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Incheon
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Incheon Local
Adjacent to Seoul, Incheon is South Korea's third most populated city. Fly NE from the airport to the river which separates Incheon from Seoul, down through mid-town and back along the waterfront.
Sri Lanka
Colombo
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Columbo, Coastal Capital
Cruise the tropical beaches on Sri Lanka's west coast at the capital, Columbo.
Taiwan
Taipei
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Taipei Tour
Take a flight around the capital of Taiwan, Taipei on the NW coast. Chiang Kai-shek was the President of the Republic of China from 1928 until 1949, then until 1975 in exile on Taiwan. Sun Yat-Sen was the first president of the ROC and the first leader of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party of China). Takeoff and fly east along the coast to the mouth of the Tamsui River.
Tajikistan
Dushanbe
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Dushanbe and the Varzob River
Dushanbe is in a fertile valley. Fly to the source of the water at the melting snow in the mountains to the north. NOTAM. Rec min alt 4,500 ft. Dushanbe AP ELEV 2,559 ft
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Bangkok
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Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace
Make the most of this route by flying at low level along the Chao Praya river through the centre of Bangkok. You can easily follow either of the two tollways to waypoint 1 as they traverse the patchwork quilt patterns formed by irrigated fields situated on long canals.
Tibet
Lhasa
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The Third Eye
Visit the Potala Palace in the heartland of TIbetan Buddhism. The route is surrounded by mountains that soar up to 18,000 feet. Begin by climbing over the ridge N of the airport to the Lhasa Airport Expressway tunnel.
Timor-Leste
Dili
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Mount Tatamailau
Fly to Mount Tatamailau, the highest point in Timor-Leste at 9,800 ft, and get a birds-eye view of this spectacular island.
Turkmenistan
Ashgabat
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Horsemen of Central Asia
Visit the steppes of Central Asia in your winged chariot.
Uzbekistan
Tashkent
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Bridge on the River Chirchiq
Explore the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan, located on the ancient silk road between the mediterranean and China.
Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City
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Ho Chi Minh City East
Fly out of Tansonnhat Airport in Vietnam's capital, Ho Chi Minh City and visit some of the main tourist attractions.
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A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory)
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Canberra by Burley Griffin
Canberra, being populated totally by government administrators, is about Kafkaesque a city as you would expect. For example, the tourist bureau is not open on Tuesday. Why?
Canberra is located quite literally in the middle of nowhere and away from all centres of trade and economic production, the result of a compromise between putting the seat of Australia’s government in Melbourne or Sydney. The compromise was not exact, as it is 287 km from Sydney and 663 km from Melbourne, which seems fair.
Physically it is quite charming, albeit totally confusing due to the circular road networks around the centrepiece that is Lake Burley Griffin. Said lake is named after the American architect who won an international competition in 1912 and designed Canberra. I’m sure it made complete sense on paper.
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A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory)
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Black Mountain Hop
Black Mountain, so named because it is barely a mountain and not black, is nonetheless the most prominent landmark in Canberra. You will find it at the NW corner of Lake Burley Griffin and it features the distinctive Telstra Tower at the 2,664 ft summit. NOTAM: Canberra airport elevation is 1,869 ft so cruise at 3,000 ft above sea level.
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A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory)
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King George
Follow the King's Highway east out of Canberra and then fly over Lake George, the largest body of water near the A.C.T. I like to alternate my flights over Lake George between the wind farms on the eastern shore and the following the base of the ridge on the western shore. George V was monarch of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth until 1936.
NOTAM: Canberra airport elevation is 1,869 ft so cruise at 3,000 ft above sea level.
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A.C.T. (Australian Capital Territory)
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Dams and Deep Space
Visit the four dams which service Canberra and Queanbeyan, and the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex.
NOTAM. Canberra airport elevation is 1,869 ft so cruise at 3,000 ft.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Sydney's Northern Beaches
Fly out of Sydney's second largest airport at Bankstown, and use Sydney Olympic Stadium as a turnpoint onto the Parramatta River. Along Sydney Harbour and past the Sydney Opera House. Then turn north and follow the low level route along the beautiful northern beaches. Keep a look out for Great Whites and Budgie Smugglers.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Three Sisters and Warragamba Dam
Fly into the Blue Mountains and check out the world famous rock formation 'The Three Sisters' at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains and return to Sydney via the Warragamba Dam.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Parramatta, Birthplace of the Eels
Parramatta was the food basket of Sydney in the early days after 1788 due to the fertile soil and connection with the first settlement in Sydney via the Parramatta River. Parramatta Football Stadium is home of the Parramatta Eels Rugby League Club.
The last waypoint, Gladesville Bridge, is used as a visual reference for pilots approaching YSSY RWY 16 R from the north, which includes most inbound international traffic. The airport has curfews due to noise limits in the suburbs to the west, which somewhat limits it's efficiency.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Scouting by Sea and Air
Camden Airport is bordered on three sides by the Nepean River and is the Boy Scouts air activity base. I have seen everything there from gliders to L-39 Fighter Jets! Grays Point is on the northern edge of the Royal National Park. I suggest flying at low level along the bends of the Hacking River before turning north past Cronulla Beach.
Botany Bay is where Captain James Cook first stepped ashore from HMS Endeavour on April 29th 1770. Initially thinking this to be a suitable site for the 1st settlement, he changed his mind upon sailing 10 miles north to the mouth of what became Sydney Harbour.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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The Gong
Visit 'The Gong' (Wollongong), home to Aunty Jack and the Port Kembla Steelworks, both icons to the post-boomer generation of Aussies. It was a simpler world back then with irreverant humour and school trips to the most dangerous workplaces. Great fun. Loiter over Wollongong and check out the steelworks. Then travel up one what is probably the most beautiful parts of Australia's east coast to Sydney's eastern suburbs. At Bondi Beach you will see lots of Poms and Kiwis mixing it up with the Great Whites. Just when you think it couldn't get any better, turn into Sydney Harbour and pass the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Kangaroo Valley
Take a plunge off Fitzroy Falls into Kangaroo Valley in this dramatic flight. Head back to the coast and fly north past the famous Kiama Blowhole. All these locations are favourite day-trips for Sydney-siders. At the north west corner of Lake Illawarra you find a large Buddhist Temple on the Princes Highway which runs all the way from Sydney to Melbourne.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Ulladulla, Sussex Inlet, Jervis Bay and Shoalhaven Heads
Fly south over the rugged terrain of the Yerriyong State Forest and Morton National Park, then return along the coast.
Speaking Astrayan: Let's head down the south coast for the weekend, is a phrase often heard in Sydney households. Although it may sound to the outsider like "Wanna go downa coast? We'll avagoodweegend!"
Round trips from north to south: 21 nm HDG 025: Jaspers Brush Airfield YBEY (3344 ft) 12 nm HDG 032: Bomaderry 24 nm HDG 057: Shoalhaven Heads 16 nm HDG 125: Huskisson on Jervis Bay. 28 nm HDG 130: Jervis Bay Military YJBY and Royal Australian Navy (RAN) base HMAS Creswell. 40 nm HDG 185: Mouth of Lake Conjola at WP 3 28 nm HDG 171: Swan Lake and Sussex Inlet 52 nm HDG 190: Ulladulla, at WP 2, has been a fishing town and popular recreational area since the 19th century.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Lithgow
Lithgow was the site of Australia's first steel mill and is often considered to be the first country town west of Sydney. There are active mines and power stations nearby. Fly loosely along the two main routes over the Blue Mountains from Sydney, west along the Great Western Highway and east along Bells Line of Road. It's always worth another flight to the Three Sisters. At the Three Sisters keep a sharp lookout for other traffic, as sightseers often approach along the valley from the west. The Great Western Highway continues past Blackheath and beyond Lithgow. The Hanson Clarence Quarry supplies sand, concrete ingredients and stone. Bells Line of Road passes the popular tourist spots of Mt. Wilson, Mt. Tomah Botanical Gardens and Appin, although they are not particularly easy to pick out from the air.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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Broken Bay, Wiseman's Ferry and the Hawkesbury River
This flight covers the entire north west of the greater Sydney basin. Hornsby is the largest centre in Sydney's north. Bobbin Head is a mecca for picnics and water activities. Lion Island is the dominant landmark at the entrance to Broken Bay, so named because it resembles a lion recumbent. Wisemans Ferry features a car ferry which is the only way to cross the Hawkesbury River in this area.
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N.S.W. | Sydney & Surrounds
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The Central Coast
Just to the north of Sydney, across Broken Bay lays a fantasmagoria of beaches and lakes. Known locally as "The Central Coast", this area has always been a favoured holiday destination for Sydney-siders. Many locals commute to Sydney by train, and you can see the rail bridge about 4 nm west of WP 4, Lion Island.
Round trips: 50 nm: Entire route, 7 nm: Mardi Dam HDG 190, 25 nm: Gosford
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Lake Macquarie
The Newcastle and Hunter region includes Bulahdelah, Broke, Cessnock, Dungog, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Newcastle, Scone and Taree.

Take off from RAAF Base Williamtown and explore the water wonderland that is Lake Macquarie.
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Cessnock, Singleton and Mount Thorley Warkworth Mine
Explore the enormous open cut coal mine, Mount Thorley Warkworth Mine, near Singleton in the Newcastle & Hunter region of N.S.W..
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Port Stephens and Nelson Bay
Port Stephens is a large harbour north of Newcastle, and Nelson Bay is the main tourist destination, popular for whale and dolphin watching tours.
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Forster and Tuncurry
Forster and Tuncurry guard the entrance to a complex series of lakes. The three main lakes to the south are Wallis Lake. Smith's Lake and Myall Lake. In this flight take the coast south and return inland along the Pacific Highway.
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Taree and the Old Bar Airmail
Taree is an agricultural centre near the east coast of N.S.W. which was settled in 1831. In the 1920s George Bunyan built the Old Bar Airfield for Australia's earlist passenger and airmail services.
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Horse Capital of Australia: Scone
Visit the second-largest horse breeding area in the world, after Kentucky USA.
Airports enroute: Quirindi Aerodrome YQDI
Entire route: 85 nm
Shorter return flight: 40 nm | Nowland's Gap
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N.S.W. | Newcastle & Hunter
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Scone SE: Lakes, Dams and Mines.
In the area bounded by Muswellbrook, Singleton and Lake Saint Clar lay Drayton, Liddel, Mount Thorley and a host of other large open cut coal mines.
Areas to explore: The vast complex of mines and processing plants south of Muswellbrook, between WP 1, 2 and 3. Lake Saint Clair at WP 3.
Entire route: 87 nm Shorter return flights: 19 nm | Lake Glenbawn at WP 4 28 nm | Muswellbrook
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Port Macquarie and Comboyne Plateau
Experience the highs and lows of this fertile region on the NSW coast.
Region: N.S.W. North Coast
Comboyne, population 454, is in the centre of a plateau notable for it's lush landscape and avocado farms.
Wauchope is home to "Timbertown Heritage Theme Park". At 87 acres, it is a sprawling recreation of the pioneering days of the timber industry in Australia. IT features a working steam train and blacksmiths.
Entire route: 70 nm Return flights. 12 nm: WP 7: Wauchope | 24 nm: WP 2: Laurieton and Queens Lake | 46 nm: WP 5: Comboyne
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Kempsey, Slim Dusty and the Akubra
Kempsey is the birthplace of Australian country music legend Slim Dusty, and also of that iconic Aussie hat, the Akubra.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Coffs Harbour, Big Banana and Dorrigo
Fly out of Coffs Harbour, south along the coast and then inland to Dorrigo Plateau. Contrast the rugged bushland in the valleys on your right with the lush rolling famlands of the plateau on your left.
The Big Banana was built in 1964 to promote a roadside fruit stall and now hosts the largest water theme park between Sydney (NSW) and the Gold Coast in Queensland.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Glenreagh, Timber Town
Visit one of Australia's oldest 'timber towns', Glenreagh in the Clarence Valley, population 900.
Return to Coffs Harbour via the coast, passing from Wooli: Freshwater, Corindi, Safety, Sandy, Emerald and Sapphire beaches.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Grafton Coast and the Clarence River
The Jacaranda capital of Australia, Grafton lays astride the Clarence river and features Edwardian and Victorian architecture.
Fly east of Grafton to the coast and then north to the coastal towns of Wooli, Minnie Water, Sandon, Brooms Head, Angourie Point and Yamba. Then return to Grafton via the Clarence River.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Grafton's Gorgeous Rivers
Grafton sits on a large plain and your first waypoint, Shannon Creek Dam, is just inside the mountains at the western edge of that plain. Explore the Mann and Clarence Rivers to the north-west of Grafton.
Copmanhurst, population 300, is a popular camping and kayaking spot on the Clarence River.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Evans Head Air Weapons Range
Take a few passes at the Air Weapons Range just 12 miles south of picturesque Evans Head.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Ballina to Byron via Twin Towns
Byron Bay was traditionally a sanctuary for 'Age of Aquarians', which peaked in the 1960s. Nowadays it remains a popular tourist resort and hosts an annual blues festival which looks back longingly to Woodstock and Australia's own Sunbury. Tweed Head (NSW) and Coolangatta (QLD) sit astride the N.S.W./Queensland border and are known as the "Twin Towns".
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Mount Warning, but 'Bob's your uncle'
Lismore is one of the largest regional centres in northern N.S.W. and is a locus for the boomer era counter-culture, much like Ballina, Byron Bay and Nimbin. Mount Warning is a volcanic plug, with about half the crater walls remaining and forming a very distinctive landmark. It last erupted about 23 million years back so 'Bob's your uncle' as we say down under. **
But you never know!
** Translation: Conditions are optimal. Luck not required.
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N.S.W. | North Coast
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Beef Capital of Australia
Lismore is one of the largest regional centres in northern N.S.W. and is a locus for the boomer era counter-culture movements, much like Ballina, Byron Bay and Nimbin.
Casino is the 'Beef Capital of Australia' and has a population around the 12,000 mark. 12,000 people that is, the cattle population is much higher. It was originally named 'Cassino' after Monte Cassino in Italy, but a bureaucratic error led to the current spelling becoming official. C'est la vie.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Birthplace of Australia
Tenterfield is where, in 1889, Sir Henry Parkes made a famous speech calling for Australia's federation, which became a reality in 1901. Today Tenterfield is in beef country and famous for it's fine wineries.
Rangers Valley was established in on the lush New England Tablelands 1839 by Oswald Bloxsome who had arrived in Sydney from the United Kingdom ten years before. Today it runs 40,000 cattle on the 12,000 acre property under the ownership of Marubeni and supplies grain fed Wagyu beef to the Japanese market.
Glenyon Dam, which feeds into Pike Creek and thence the New England Tablelands, is just across the border in Queensland and covers a massive 1,295 km2.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Mann and Boyd River Valleys
Check out a few of the spectacular valleys in the Great Dividing Range, to the east of the Northern Tablelands.
The Mann River and Boyd Rivers run all year and are part of the Clarence River catchment.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Inverell, Sapphire City
Sitting astride the Macintyre River, Inverell has been a source of diamonds and sapphires from the mid 19v onwards.
Nowadays the main activities are tourism and a variety of crop cultivation.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Oxley Wild River Gorges
Explore the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park to the east of Armidale. Armidale is the Northern Tablelands administrative centre, about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and also home to the University of New England.
Oxley Wild Rivers National Park covers 1,452 km2 of extremely rugged rainforest covered terrain. Get your first glimpse of the spectacular gorges at the town of Hillgrove, and then Wollomombi Falla and Oakey River Dam. These three spots are all on the northern end of valley which are just begging to be explored by you!
Waypoints 4,5 and 6 take you down the eastern border of this area, west across the bottom and back up the western border to WP 6. I suggest you explore the wider valleys heading south and then climb to about 7,000 ft at WP 4 and enjoy the view from above. But, the world is your oyster so just go for it! Of course at anytime you can curtail your exploration and head back to Armidale.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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A Day at the Races
Most large country towns feature a racecourse and a golf course, both of which help you build a mental map where the airport is located.
Armidale Racecourse is about 2 miles NE of the airport. See if you can spot the golf course?
About 10 nm NE of Armidale airport is Woodville Airport YWVI, whose grass runways can be quite hard to spot from a distance. By pure luck your flight path follows a dirt road which leads directly to it.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Tamworth’s Valleys
Enjoy the of lush river valleys to the south east of Australia's Capital of Country Music: Tamworth.
Tamworth YSTW is one of the few airports in the New England region with a control tower amd two parallel runways.
Entire route: 77 nm Shorter return flights: 5 nm to WP 1, 200 yds S of Australia's largest guitar: 'The Big Golden Guitar'.'The Big Golden Guitar', which is currently down for maintenance. But watch that space!
6 nm to WP 5 Flagstaff Mountain
40 nm to Woolomin Airport YWOM, about 1.6 nm N of Chaffey Dam at WP 3
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Quirindi, Wallabadah & Currububula
Say that four times quickly!
With a population of around 3,000, Quirindi is typical of many small country towns in Australia. Like many place names in Australia, Quirindi is a word from one of the 400 plus Aboriginal languages. It's meaning is not agreed upon.
Wallabadah, population ~ 300 is named after an Aboriginal word meaning 'stone'. Wallabadah Airport appears to be a grass strip NE of town.
Currabubula, population ~ 300, named after a word from the Kamilaroi language.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Cotton Pickin' Moree
Moree is known for it's cotton farms and the natural spas which have been sourced from the hot springs of the Great Artesian Basin since 1895.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Narrabri's Massive Mines
Whitehaven runs about 11 coal mining operations in the region. On this flight check out the Whitehaven, Boggabri and Maules Creek locations.
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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CSIRO Paul Wild Observatory
CSIRO is an acronym every Australian school-child knows: Commwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation, which discovered wi-fi amongst many other useful things.
The CSIRO Paul Wild Observatory is home of the Australia Telescope Compact Array and the Culgoora Solar Observatory.
Entire route: 47 nm
Shorter return flights: ESE for 8 nm to CSIRO Paul Wild Observatory at WP 1
NE for 10 nm to the Australian Cotton Researchg Institute at WP 4
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N.S.W. | New England North West
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Gunnedah & Lake Keepit
Explore the beautiful Lake Keepit, some 13nm NE of Gunnedah.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Coonabarabran & the Warrumbungles
Visit the Siding Spring Observatory complex set in the rugged Warrumbungle Mountains near Coonabarabran.
Shorter flights: 3 nm to Coonabarabran at WP 1. 11 nm direct to Siding Spring Observatory at WP 3
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Gilgandra, the Long Water Hole
Towards the western edge of New England region we get a taste of the vast plains which form much of Australia's interior.
Gilgandra means 'long water hole' in Aboriginal, as it sits on the meandering banks of the Castlereagh River.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Dubbo and the Cotton Gins
Dubbo is Aussie slang for a person who is 'a little slow on the uptake'. Dubbo is also one of our largest regional centres, with the 300 hectare Western Plains Zoo being a major tourist attraction.
Cotton gins separate the cotton from the seed, a process which prior to the industrial revolution was done by hand.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Mudgee, Nest in the Hills
Mudgee is a favourite 'get-away' spot for Sydney-siders, being about a 3 1/2 hour drive and boasting many wineries and restaurants. Mudgee means 'nest in the hills' in Aboriginal.
Australia's transition to decimal currency happened in 1966 and Gulgong, birthplace of poet Henry Lawson, was featured on the $10 note. Gulgong is also home to Prince of Wales Opera House, Australia's first, built in 1871. Gulgong means 'deep waterhole' in Aboriginal.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Bathurst Gladiators
The Bathurst races have been a fixture of Australian culture for as long as I can remember. They fuelled the aspirations of many an Aussie teenager as they saved their pennies to get 'into the race' with their own version of an Aussie Supercar.
Traditionally the battle was between Holden and Ford. The current incarnation of this gladiatorial contest is a 1,000-kilometre race on the gruelliung Mount Panorama Circuit.
Bathurst is the oldest inland settlement in Australia. Ben Chifley, born in Bathurst, was a train driver who became Prime Minister of Australia from 1945 to 1949.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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There's gold in them thar hills!'
At Orange you'll find not just gold, but also molybdenum and copper being extracted at the Cadia Hill facility, which is a far cry from the hand-panning methods used in the first gold rush of 1851.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Per Ardua ad Astra
Parkes Radio Telescope has been operating continuously for more than 50 years and represents a 20th century confluence of mathematics, engineering and astronomy..
It is part of the CSIRO Parkes Observatory and in 2016 found the only discovered binary system of two pulsars.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Carpe Cuprum
Latin: Sieze the copper! This region of NSW has enormous reserves of copper.
Copper has been serving mankind for about 11,000 years in weaponry and cookware. Since the work of Franklin and Faraday in the 19c it has been the circulatory system of the modern world, conducting electricity across continents into our homes, and around our electronic devices.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Mighty Murray & Murrumbidgee
Fly past the two longest rivers on the mighty Australian continent. The Murray defines most of the border between NSW and Victoria and runs to 1,558 miles with the Murrumbidgee coming in a close second at 923 miles. OK, not that close perhaps, but definetely getting a silver in the river Olympics!
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Back o’ Bourke
Back o' Bourke: is an expression allegedly minted by poet Henry Lawson, and refers to Bourke's place at the edge of civilisation. Bourke is at the western edge of the agricultural regions of New South Wales and is a gateway to the vast and arid Australian outback. Take a short trip around the local farms and marvel at the vast, dry red plains beyond.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Wild Gooseberries and River Boats
Brewarrina is an aboriginal term for the native gooseberry. In the 1860s Brewarrina was a busy port for shipping wool to Adelaide (captial of South Australia). It's quite the feat of imagination these days to picture river boats making the long journey along the meandering path of the Darling River!
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Mad Max, the Road Warrior
Broken Hill, as far west as you can get in NSW, is famous for two things: the BHP mining company and Mad Max 2, the greatest road movie ever made. Director George Miller cast a young Mel Gibson as the eponymous road warrier in iconic the post-apocalyptic Mad Max trilogy. Generations of Aussies grew up driving too fast as a result. But all in good fun. One of the household names in Australian industry is Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP). It began mining in 1885 with silver, lead and zinc mines in Broken Hill and evolved into a major force in iron ore, copper, oil and gas, diamonds, silver, lead, zinc and steel manufacture.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Cobar Gold Diggers
Located in the far NW of N.S.W. at the intersection of Kidman Way and the Barrier Highway, Cobar's main activity is mining. One of the oldest, Peak Gold Mine was opened in 1896, and the CSA Mine is one of Australia's highest grade copper mines.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Water and Cotton
Explore the vast irrigation bores, reservoirs and ditches around Collarenebri, and fly over Moomin Gin. In 1962 a small group of pioneering cotton growers formed a cooperative at Wee Waa and processed 98 bales of cotton in the first year. Today Namoi Cotton processes up to 84,000 bales per week at it's 11 facilities. In 1794 the first cotton gin patent was granted in the USA to Eli Whitney. Today at Moomin Cotton Gin the process of separating cotton lint from it's seeds with the descendants of Whitney's invention.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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The Centre of NSW
Condobolin is 4 miles south of Mount Tilga (329 feet), which is regarded as the geographical centre of New South Wales. Visit Lake Cowal Gold Mine which presents a stunning warm palette next to the cool waters of Lake Cowal.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Pilliga State Forest
Traverse the western area of the vastness that is Pilliga State Forest.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Lake Wyangala
Visit Lake Wyangala Dam (built in 1935) and return via Charcoar Dam and the Mid Western Highway. Or, if you prefer, follow the rail line. Note: We also visit Carcoar Dam in the flight out of Orange.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Escape from Cowra
In 1944 more than 1,000 Japanese POWs broke out of Cowra Prisoner of War camp, the site of the largest POW breakout in Australian and British history. 231 Japanese died in the incident and 4 Australians. Today Cowra is known for it's vineyards, livestock and vegetables. The POW camp site is preserved with a few structures and the visitor information centre has a scale model and audio visual presentations.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Clancy of the Overflow
Named after Governor Lachlan Macquarie, the fifth governor of NSW (1810 to 1821) the Lachlan River runs east to west through Forbes. Australian schoolchildren know it from the iconic Aussie poem "Clancy of the Overflow" by Banjo Paterson.
NOTAM: The plains around the Lachlan River are so flat that hills of 500 feet stand out starkly and are useful aids to navigation. Where there is no terrain relief at all, look for junctions of straight lines such as road and rail intersections.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Lady of the Lake
Find the fabled Lady of the Lake, but which lake? Ivanhoe was named after Sir Walter Raleigh's eponymous work in the 1870's. Why it was founded at that exact spot is a mystery as the nearest potable water was some 25 km away at Kilfera Lake. The literature-loving founder of Ivanhoe, George Williamson, quested on to Camelot in 1907.
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N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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The Songs of Lake Cargelligo
The combination of wheat and fruit growing in the aread attracts a variety of birds which congregate around the lake. If you sit quietly by the lake you can hear them sing! Lake Cargelligo was first surveyed in 1817 by John Oxley, but didn't attract an appreciable population until gold was discovered by a cook in 1873.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Mineral Sands
The Snapper and Ginkgo mines extract Rutile (Titanium Dioxide TiO2), Zircon (Zirconium Silicate ZrSiO4) and Ilmenite (Titanium Iron Oxide FeTiO3), which is a key component of products ranging from paints and inks to fabrics, plastics, paper and cosmetics.
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N.S.W. | Far West
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Black Opal
Lightning Ridge, known for it's Black Opals, is near the border of NSW and Queensland in NSW Far West.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
Australia 3
Inland Sea
Until 65 million years ago Australia was 1/4 covered by a vast inland sea. At Louth we get our first sightings of the rolling and worn mountain ranges which permeate the largely flat former seabed.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
Australia 3
Pearls in the Desert, Airport on a Lake
The water management scheme at Menindee Lakes was started in 1949 and acts as a storage area for tje outflow of nine major river systems. Lake Tandou, at the south west end, is protected from flooding, used to grow a variety of crops and has it's own airport. The main lakes, from north east to south west are: Lake Malta, Lake Wetherell, Lake Balaka, Lake Bijijie, Lake Tandure, Lake Pamamaroo, Lake Speculation, Lake Menindee (the largest lake), Emu Lake, Lake Cawndilla, Kangaroo Lake and Lake Pamamaroo.
NOTAM. As of June 2023 MSFS shows Tandou Lake YTAD as being out of service. Menindee YMED is also out of service.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
Australia 3
Tri-State Border
Fly to Cameron corner where where New South Wales, Queensland & South Australia meet. Try flying at higher altitudes such as 5,000 feet to truly appreciate the artistic patterns created here by the interaction of desert and water.
Australia
N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Fly The Bogan Way
Bogan' is Australian patois for 'a very simple person', Forrest Gump springs to mind. Bogan also refers to a very large moth which descends randomly upon Sydney in plague proportions and is regarded as a delicacy by connoiseurs of Bush Tucker.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
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Meeting of Two Waters
Walgett is an Aboriginal word meaning "meeting of two waters", in this case the Namoi and Barwon Rivers. The area is an agricultural powerhouse, producing everything from Murray Cod (fish) to mutton and wool, beef, chick peas, barley, lucerne, cotton and wheat.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
Australia 3
Bush Strips Back'o'Burke
Get a taste of outback aviating by performing touch'n'goes at these remote airstrips. Most of these service the cattle stations which typically run to thousands of acres on the parched red earth found through most of the Australian outback.
Australia
N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Warren's Wool
Enjoy the colours of the lush irrigated farms along the Macquarie River north of Warren. The main products of the region are cotton and fine Merino wool.
Australia
N.S.W. | Central West & Orana
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Wellington and Lake Burrendong
Discovered by John Oxley’s Lachlan River expedition in 1817 at the junction of the Bell and Macquarie Rivers, Wellington is the second oldest New South Wales settlement west of the Blue Mountains. Named after the Duke of Wellington, in 1823 the government established a settlement there with 12 cows and 40 sheep. The colony fell into some disrepair and was revived ten years later by the arrival of Lutheran missionaries. The man-made irrigation reservoir at Lake Burrendong was built over the period 1946-1967 and now holds more than three times the water of Sydney Harbour.
NOTAM: Wellington Airport YWEL runways 13 and 31 are inoperative as of May 2023 due to maintenance.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
Australia 3
MacCabe Corner
Francis Peter MacCabe (1817-1897) surveyed three of the main rivers in New South Wales: the Murrumbidgee, Darling and Murray. MacCabe Corner is at the junction of South Australia, Victoria and NSW on the Murray River.
Australia
N.S.W. | Far West
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Wilcannia, Remote inland Port
Wilcannia is located in remote far NW N.S.W., about 425 nm from Sydney as the crow flies. It was a busy inland port in the country during the river boat era of the mid-19th century. Today it has a population numbering in the hundreds. You will find the town about 1 nm S of the airport, on the Darling River.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
You say Airana, I say Urana
A small town of about 300 people, Urana was settled by the British in the 1850s. Urana derives from the Aboriginal word "Airana", meaning a temporary shelter.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Murrumbidgee to Murray, south and east of Balanrald
Fly out of Balanrald, where the Sturt Highway (after explorer Charles Sturt) crosses the mighty Murrumbidgee, down to the even mightier Murray!
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
Australia 4
Lake Eucumbene
Lake Eucumbene was created as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro scheme in 1958 and holds 9 times the capacity of Sydney Harbour.
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
Australia 4
Thredbo, Perisher and Mt Kosciusko
Thredbo and Perisher are two of Australia's most popular ski destinations. While not the most dramatic peak, at 7,310 feet Mt Kosciusko is nonetheless Australia's tallest.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Lake Mulwala
Fly over Lake Mulwala, which is part of the mighty Murray river, and practice toucn'n'gos at Tocumwal Airport YTOC (4176 and 3939 ft, paved) and Berrigan YBER (4,214 ft, grass).
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
A Birdie for Bradman
Combine your two passions of flying and golf in this trip! And let's not forget your 3rd Aussie passion, the noble game of cricket. Australia's most famous cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman was born in Cootamundra.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
The Peppin Merino Affair
English sheep breeder George Peppin established a stud north of Deniliquin at Wanganella. He aimed to breed a variant which would thrive in Australia's dry conditions. A measure of his success is that about 70 per cent of Australia's merinos today are thought to be descendants of his flock!
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
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The Big Merino
Australia has been said to ride on the sheep's back, and when you see the Big Merino at Goulburn you will understand why! The locals call it 'Rambo', after an award winning ram from the Bullamallita stud. There is a multi-level gift shop inside Rambo and at night it's eyes cast an eerie green gaze over Goulburn. Nobody knows why.
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
Australia 4
Goulburn to Lake George
Lake George is a great landmark for practicing your low level flight. Keep a weather eye out for the low level aviation hazard known as the "Wind Farm".
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Griffith and the Post War Boom
Post World War II, Australia took in immigrants from 30 European countries, the top three numerically being from Britain, Italy and Greece. Many from the latter two settled in the Riverina region and help spur the development of 'the food bowl of Australia', and their cultural heritage can be seen in much of the local architecture.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Griffith's Griffin and the Japanese Print Affair
If you've flown over Canberra in 'Australia 1' you may recognise the hand of architect Walter Burley Griffin in the layout of Griffith. Griffin designed Griffith in 1914, contemporaneously with his work on Australia's capital, Canberra. From 1901-06 he worked in Frank Lloyd Wright's office, practicing the 'Prairie School' of modernist design, which emphasised a break with history, as if that were desirable or even possible. Wright and Griffin parted ways with Wright in 1906 over the "Japanese Print Affair". Such are the conceits and foibles of 20th century 'isms'!
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Cryptic Crop Circles
In Australia the farmers regard crop circles as passe. Rather, they carve aides-a-la-navigation such as arrows pointing towards the nearest airport. Just another example of Aussie creativity and community spirit, making hay while the sun shines.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Albury and Lake Hume
Albury and Wodonga are sister cities sittinng astride the mighty Murray River on the N.S.W. and Victorian border. Lake Hume is a major source of irrigation water and hydro-electric power for the two states.
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
Australia 4
Bega & Bermagui
Bega is synonymous in Australia with a popular brand of cheese, the South East & Tablelands being a rich dairy producing region. The entire coastline in this region is breathtaking. Bermagui is probably derived from the aboriginal word permageua (canoe).
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
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Return to Eden
Visit the most southern town in NSW and stray a few miles over the Victoran border to Mallacoota. You should have no problems as Victoria is mostly a friendly state.
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
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Southern Gentry
Bowral, Berrima and Mittagong are at the junction of greater Sydney and the Southern Tablelands. The area is a favourite weekend destination for Sydney-siders with it's charming manors, wineries, antique shops and tulip gardens.
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
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Batemans Bay, Pearl of the South
Where the Clyde river flows into the Pacific Ocean, oysters thrive at Batemans Bay and this has become the basis of a thriving industry. About 10 miles west the Great Dividing Range rises out of the dense bush, forming an impressive backdrop to the golden beaches.
Australia
N.S.W. | South East & Tablelands
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Narooma
With the skyline dominated by Dromedary Mountain to the south, Narooma and surrounds are an idyllic combination of sandy beaches, lakes and mild weather.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Leeton, Barellan, Yanco and Wimbledon
Evonne Goolagong was a household name to several generations of Australians, being a World No.1 Tennis player, winning the French Open Singles and the women's singles at Wimbledon, 86 titles in all. Evonne was born in Griffith in 1951, third child of eight, and grew up in Barellan. Her father Ken was a sheep shearer. Leeton is a major centre in the Riverina and Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and home to Yanco Agricultural High School, where generations of Australian schoolchildren have learned the science of the land.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
The Wagga Effect
The "Wagga Effect" refers to the disproportionate number of elite athletes who originate from Wagga Wagga. This is noteworthy because Australia is already disproportionately represented in elite sports, as well as in academic, musical and artistic achivement! It must be something in the water.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Kapooka, Home of the Soldier
Blamey Barracks in Kapooka Military Area is where all Australian Army recruits undergo basic training.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Warbirds of Temora
More than 2,500 Royal Australian Air Force pilots were trained in the Tiger Moth at Temora between 1941-45. The warbird collection features Australian designed and built CA-13 Boomerang, CA-16 Wirraway, CA-27 Sabre Jet, Many of the warbirds are in flying condition, and you can also see the Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, Cessna O1-G Birddog, DH-115 Vampire, DH-82 Tiger Moth, English Electric Canberra, Gloster Meteor F.8, Lockheed Hudson, Ryan STM S2, Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII and a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Dog on the Tuckerbox
There is a dog on a tucker box, and it's nine miles out of Gundagai. The statue was first erected in 1926, and it is a tribute to the life of a 'bullocky', a bloke who steers a team of bulls who pull a bullock dray, usually laden with timber. This is the job my grandfather started at age 13. A 'tucker box' is a food container.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
Snowy Mountains Scheme
This vast hydro-electric project was built in the 1930's and has 16 dams, 9 power stations, 80 km of aqueducts and 145 km of tunnels.
Australia
N.S.W. | Riverina Murray
Australia 4
West Wyalong by Drysdale
West Wyalong was immortalised in a 1949 painting by Australian Russell Drysdale. The painting captures the zeitgeist of Australian country towns, as it depicts a view down the main street past the pub at tea time.
Anguilla
The Valley
Caribbean 1
From Valley to Reef
Take a tour of this modestly sized island nation in the eastern Carribean and it's neighbouring reef.
Antigua and Barbuda
Codrington
Caribbean 1
Barbuda Beaches
Visit Princess Diana Beach, Beach Barbuda and 11 Mile Beach on the sunny island of Barbuda, the northern part of Antigua-Barbuda. Take off from the short (2,265 ft) runway at Codrington.
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Johns
Caribbean 1
Beach Bonanza
It would be difficult to find a more stunning tropical holiday destination than the island of Antigua. Take a tour of it's beaches and bays and decide for yourself!
Aruba
Oranjestad
Caribbean 1
Babies, Birds and Birdies
Check out Baby Beach, the Bird Sanctuary and Aruba Golf Course at Aruba. Aruba is an island nation 14nm off the north coast of Venezuela.
Bahamas
The Bahamas
Caribbean 1
The Colours of Andros
Follow the coast from Andros Town airport (length: 4,396ft) and enjoy the spectacular colours and textures in the nothern part of the Bahamas. NOTAM: WP 8 - The main lumber road is best seen by looking north, out your left window. Not a turn point. it is about 1/2 way across the island and at the only forest in this flight. Note that the entire route up to WP 7 can be flown by merely following the coast.
Bahamas
Berry Islands
Caribbean 1
Chub to Coco Cays
The Berry Islands are located north of Nassau and The Bahamas, and south of Grand Bahama. Check the runway lengths before attempting any landings, as Little Whale Cay and Cistern Cay airports are only 1,977 and 2,271 feet respectively. At WP 7 you will notice edge of the huge sandbar which completes the island circle to the west.
Bahamas
Bimini Islands
Caribbean 1
Bimini Islands
Explore the most westerly of the Bahaman Islands, just 50nm from Florida.
Bahamas
Castaway Cay
Caribbean 1
Castaway Cay, Disney in the Bahamas
Fly from Moore's Island to Castaway Cay. Castaway Cay is under a 99 year lease to Disney as a private tourist destination. NOTAM: Moore's Island AP is only 3036ft in length. Castaway Cay is only 1.3nm wide and the facilities are on the west coast. There is a runway: Castaway Cay MYXB RWY 32/14, 1954 ft, which may or may not be servicable. It should be possible to land a seaplane at the beach/south side of the jetty.
Bahamas
Cat Island
Caribbean 1
Feline Groovy at Cat Island
Cat Island is 40 miles long and about half a mile wide in most places, yet it boasts three airports. Take off from the northernmost and have a leisurely cruise along the coast, past the other two. Perform touch and go's if you're feline good!
Bahamas
Bight of Acklins
Caribbean 1
Crooked Island
Crooked Island is the northern-most land mass in the Bight of Acklins. Start from Spring Point AP in the SE and fly a counter-clockwise circuit.
NOTAM: At WP 5 you can proceed directly to Spring Point AP to cut 50 nm from the flight.
Bahamas
Eleuthera
Caribbean 1
Eleuthera North
A greek word meaning freedom and pronounced ah-leu-thra, Ekeuthera is one of the more laid back islands in the Bahamas and promoted as a quiet romantic getaway.
Bahamas
Exuma
Caribbean 1
Exuma East
Explore the many small islands in the south eastern part of Exuma.
Bahamas
Exuma
Caribbean 1
Bahama Bay, Exuma
Explore the NW area of Exuma, including the beautiful resort and beach at Bahama Bay.
Bahamas
Grand Bahama
Caribbean 1
Grand Bahama West
Explore the western third of Grand Bahama. Take off and fly RWY HDG 24 to the entrance to Freeport harbour, which is visible immediately after takeoff. When you reach WP 4 Crab Cay and turn HDG 290 to WP5 West End, you initially won't be able to see West End as it is 18 nm away. Just keep the coast on your left, or alternatively you can hug the coast... which may be the safer option, because if you miss West End the next landfall is 54nm away at Florida, U.S.A.!
Bahamas
Grand Bahama
Caribbean 1
Grand Bahama East
Follow the coast around East Grand Bahama.
Bahamas
Long Island
Caribbean 1
Long Island South: Deadman's Cay to Sandy Cay
The area between Sandy and Deadman's Cay is a spectacular array of peninsula and islands. Follow the coast in a clockwise direction south from Deadman's Cay, starting on the east coast.
Bahamas
Long Island
Caribbean 1
Long, Conception and Rum Cay Islands
There are three over-water legs in this flight which takes in the northern part of Long Island and the neighbouring Conception and Rum Cay islands. If you are at 1500 ft or higher you'll just be able to see the next landfall.
Bahamas
New Providence
Caribbean 1
Shaken, not Stirred
Exotic tropical paradise and capital of the Bahamas, Nassau has been featured in innumerable films. One of the most notable was the smash hit of 1965 with Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball, which had extensive underwater sequences.
Bahamas
Exuma
Caribbean 1
A Slew of Strips
Take a cruise from Norman's Cay (MYEN 4697 ft) down to Exuma International (MYEF 7061 ft), passing a slew of small airstrips beyond the few marked in this flight plan. Norman's Cay was home to an infamous smuggling ring in the 1980's. to the main island of Exuma. This is one of the very few flight plans in MiGMan's World Tour where you do not land at your originating airport.
Bahamas
San Salvador Island
Caribbean 1
San Salvador Island
Explore the beautiful beaches of San Salvador Island in the Bahamas.
Bahamas
Abaco
Caribbean 1
Sandy Point to Schooner Bay
Fly out of Sandy Point and around the southern part of Abaco.
Bahamas
Abaco
Caribbean 1
Scotland's Treasure
Take off from Marsh Harbour and fly a counter-clockwise route around the neighbouring cays. I recommend enjoying one of Scotland's most successful cultural exports with a round of golf at Scotland Cay! The golf club is 5 nm NW of the airport, and reached by boat and car. And if you're up for a second round, land at Treasure Cay Airport just 5nm NW of Treasure Cay Golf Club, which can be reached via taxi, no boats required!
Bahamas
Abaco
Caribbean 1
Treasure of the Green Turtle
Take off from Treasure Cay Airport and follow the S.C. Bootle Highway all the way to Crown Haven in the north. Return by way of the parallel island chain about 2nm to the east. I heartily advise landing on the way at Spanish Cay for some tapas.
Barbados
Bridgetown
Caribbean 1
Barbados Circumnavigation
Circumnavigate the island continent of Barbados. Keep the green on your left and the blue on your right and you'll be OK! The east coast features long beaches and the west sports numerous cultural features.
Belize
Belize City
Caribbean 1
Belize City and the Drowned Cays
Explore Belize City and the Drowned Cays.
British Virgin Islands
Road Town
Caribbean 2
British Virgin Islands
Take off from Terrance B. Lettsome ap, 4 m NE of the capital Road Town. There are lots of bays, beaches and resorts to explore on this trip. I have set the waypoints to the most obvious points in the landscape but have fun and explore! The British Virgin Islands has some of the highest terrain in the Carribean, with Sage Mountain National Park exceeding 2,000 ft.
Caribbean Netherlands
Bonaire
Caribbean 2
Bonaire, Salt of the Earth
Caribbean Netherlands consists of the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Bonaire is about 40 nm N of Venezuela. Follow the coast of Bonaire, visiting the enormous saltworks and their colourful drying pans south of the airport.
Caribbean Netherlands
Sint Eustatius
Caribbean 2
Sint Eustatius and Saba
Caribbean Netherlands consists of three islands: Bonaire about 40 nm N of Venezuela and 400 nm to the NE, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Both of the latter have volcanos.
Cayman Islands
Cayman Brac
Caribbean 2
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
Take off from Gerrard-Smith International MWCB and explore the two smaller islands of the Cayman trilogy. Follow South Side Road along the southern shoreline to Pollard Bay and fly around the coast, back to the airport and then cross 5 miles of shark infested ocean to Little Cayman.
Cayman Islands
George Town
Caribbean 2
Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman is a major cruise ship destination and the largest in the Cayman's chain, the other two being Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Fly out of the capital George Town and circumnavigate Grand Cayman Island.
Cuba
Matanzas
Caribbean 2
Bay of Cardenas
Explore the Bay of Cardenas, 60 miles east of Havana. At about 3 miles past WP1 you will fly past Kawama Aerodrome / Santa Marta Airport MUKW on your right, at the base of the Hicacos Peninsula.
Return flights:
12 nm - WP 1: Bay of Camarioca
40 nm: WP 1 & 2: Hicacos Peninsula
67 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Villa Clara
Caribbean 2
Cayo Santa Maria Causeway
The Cayo Santa Maria Causeway extends about 8 miles off the north coast of Cuba and connects to an extensive island chain. This flight plan provides a beautiful setting to practice basic flight skills at a generous runway.
Cuba
Guantanamo
Caribbean 2
Guantanomo
Having been granted special permission, you can fly out of Guantanomo Bay Naval Air Station and inspect the famous camp.
Return flights:
32 nm: WP 1,2,3, Guantanomo
72 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Havana
Caribbean 2
Havana to the South Coast
Take off from Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba's capital city Havana and explore the countryside down to the south coast. Along the way familiarise yourself with the location of three other airports.
The lake at WP 1 is a good reference for approaching RWY 24, being 3 miles from the threshold.
Return trip options:
20 nm: San Antonio de los Banos Airport MUSA at WP 6
34 nm: Batabano Airport MUBO (Agricultural) at WP 5
40 nm: Lake at WP 1 and the dam at WP 2
56 nm: Juan de la Cruz Airport MUGU at WP 5
75 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Havana
Caribbean 2
Havana's Northern Shores
Fly out of Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba's capital city Havana and explore the local coastline. The lake at WP 1 is a good reference for approaching RWY 24, being 3 miles from the threshold.
Return trip options:
17 nm: Centre of Havana, WP 4
37 nm: NE shore and Havana: WP 1,2,3,4
48 nm: NW shore and Havana: WP 4,5,6
69 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Holguin
Caribbean 2
Nickel and Dams, Cuba Northwest
Fly out of Orestes Acosta MUMO at the town of Moa on Cuba's north east coast. Moa is dominated by the nickel mining operation at the Pedro Soto Alba Nickel Plant. Fly west through the Pico Cristal National Park and return along the north coast.
Return flights:
34 nm: Guajaco Uno
50 nm: Dam at WP 1, WP2 Guajaco Uno
101 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Isla de la Juventud
Caribbean 2
Fountain of Youth
Take off from Rafael Cabrera (MUNG) and find the fountain of youth on the Isla de la Juventud in the Gulf of Batanabo.
Return journeys:
9 nm - Across Nueva Gerona, north of the airport
16 nm - to Las Nuevas Lake at WP 2
71 nm - Entire Route
Cuba
Matanzas
Caribbean 2
Matanzas North West Coast
Located 45 nm east of Havana, Matanzas is capital of the Province of Matanzas. Take off from Juan G. Gomez International Airport. Fly to Matanzas, over several large lakes and return along the coast from Santa Cruz del Norte, about 20 miles east of Havana.
Return flights:
15 nm: WP 1, Matanzas
36 nm: WP 1,2 - Caunavaco Dam
60 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Pinar del Rio
Caribbean 2
Pinar del Rio Bush Strip Tour
La Coloma MULM is the longest airfield in this area. This fertile region hosts a bevy of agricultural airstrips. Take a light aircraft, check out the farms and do touch and go's at the strips.
NOTAM: The large lake Embalse el Punto (2 miles EW, 3 miles NS) is about 2 miles from the threshold of RWY 25 at La Coloma.
Return trips:
11 nm - Pinar del Rio at WP 9
14 nm - La Coloma Port at WP 1
27 nm - WP 1,2
75 nm - Entire route
Cuba
Pinar del Rio
Caribbean 2
San Julian and the Bay of Cortes
Explore the Bay of Cortes in the SW region of Cuba.
Cuba
Santiago de Cuba
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Dams of the South West, Santiago de Cuba
Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba and the capital city of Santiago de Cuba Province. Take off from Antonio Maceo International Airport MUCU and visit 7 of the local water cachements. See how many others you can spot on your trip!
Return flights:
11 nm: Fly north for 5 miles across the city of Santiago de Cuba
23 nm: WP 7, Blanka Lake Dam
85 nm: Entire route
Cuba
Villa Clara
Caribbean 2
Villa Clara: Bay of Buena Vista
Revel in the typical Caribbean water views to be found on the Bay of Buena Vista in the central north Cuban region of Villa Clara.
Return flights:
8 nm: WP 1: Santa Clara
92 nm: Entire route
Curacao
Willemstad
Caribbean 2
Willemstad East
Take off from Willemstad Airport TNCC, aka Hato International Airport and fly to the east end of Curacao. At the eastern end of Curacao youi can see the tiny uninhabited island of Klein Curacao about 6 nm offshore.
Return flights:
4 nm: Piscadera Bay
10 nm: Willemstad Harbour
15 nm: Curacao Sea Aquarium & Dolphin Academy
20 nm: Sint Joris Bay
31 nm: Eastpoint / Oostpunt
35 nm: Entire route
Curacao
Willemstad
Caribbean 2
Willemstad West
Explore the high ground to the west of Willemstad Airport on Curacao.
4nm: Bullenbaai Oil Depot
26nm: Christoffel Mountain
35 nm: Entire route
Dominica
Roseau
Caribbean 2
Dominica's Rugged Coastline
Follow the rugged coastline around the Island country of Dominica in the east Caribbean, north of Guyana and Venezuela. It's closest neighbours are Base-Terre to the north and Martinique to the south.
Routes (return distance):
3 nm: South to Roseau
15 nm: Scotts Head
28 nm: Straight line to Douglas-Charles Airport at WP 4
64 nm: Entire route
Dominican Republic
Punta Cana
Caribbean 2
Last Resort
Punta Cana is a resort town at the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic. Check out 34 miles of resorts to the NE and return via the El Prieto and La Colora mountains.
Return flights: 17 nm: Punta Espada at WP 4 | 70 nm: Laguna del Limon | 91 nm: Entire route
Dominican Republic
Santa Cruz de Barahona
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Natural Wonders
Fly out of Santa Cruz de Barahona 60 nautical miles east of the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo and marvel at the natural wonders in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park.
NOTAM: The Haiti / Dominican Republic border runs through the mid point of Playita de Punta dam. The border ascends into the mountains after WP 2 and there are no visible clues as to where it is. WP 3-4 take you straight along the border from 5 miles after WP 3.
Return flights:
44 nm: NW to Lake Enriquillo
101 nm: Coastal flight, straight to WP 4 - Pedernales Beach, return along the coast via WP 5-8
155 nm: Entire route
Dominican Republic
Santa Cruz de Barahona
Caribbean 2
Pico Duarte
Go to the highest point in the entire Caribbean. At 10,164 ft the Pico Duarte is located almost exactly in thecentre of the island continent of Haiti / Dominican Republic.
Return flights:
35 nm: WP 1 - Port town of Puerto Viejo
44 nm: WP 7 - Presa de Sanameta Yegua (Dam)
96 nm: WP 5 - Pico Duarte
148 nm: Entire route
Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo
Caribbean 2
Santo Domingo NW: Dam Spotting
Explore the lush valleys and go dam-spotting to the north west of the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo.
53 nm: Fly across Santo Domingo to WP 1, return along the coast via WP 8,9,10
72 nm: Fly across Santo Domingo to WP 1, 2 dams at WP 6, return along the coast via WP 7,8,9,10
130 nm: Entire route
Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo
Caribbean 2
Santo Domingo East
Fly east of the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo to San Pedro De Macoris then go inland to a small strip near San Jose de los Llanos.
Return trips:
31 nm: San Jose de los Llanos
40 nm: San Pedro de Macoris
50 nm: Entire route
Dominican Republic
Sosua
Caribbean 2
Sosua, the North West Coast
Cover beaches, mountainous National Parks, fertile plains and two large dams in this varied flight.
40 nm: Playa Cambiaso | 64 nm: Playa El Castillo | 111 nm: Entire route
Federal Dependencies of Venezuela
Isla Gran Roque
Caribbean 3
El Gran Tour
Take off from Los Roques Airport and check out the many small islands of the Federal Dependencies of Venezuela.
Round trips: 51 nm: Entire route | 60 nm: Isla La Orchila. A rather barren island HDG 120 for 20 nm. Mysteriously, it does have a 9,839 ft runway!
NOTAM: Los Roques runway is only 2,652 ft long, so choose a suitable aircraft for your flight. Dos Mosquisos has a small strip at 1,635 ft.
Grenada
Carriacou
Caribbean 3
Carriacou: Land of Reefs
Carriacou (meaning Land of Reefs) lays about 14 m north of the main island of Grenada. More picturesque than the main island, check out it's charming bays and beaches as well as the islands of Petite Martinique NE and Large Island to the south.
NOTAM: Lauriston TGPZ runway is 2,615 ft.
Entire route: 21 nm
Grenada
Saint Georges
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Grenada
Follow the coastline at the Caribbean continent of Grenada, about 70 m north off the north coast of Venezuela.
Entire route: 37 nm
Guadeloupe
Basse-Terre
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Guadeloupe
Guadelope is a Caribbean region of France with six inhabited islands: Basse-Terre, Grande-Terre, Marie-Galante, La Desirade, two Iles des Saintes. Take off from Pointe-a-Pitre TFFR in the capital Les Abymes and visit all six main islands. Alternatively you can make shorter trips using the suggested routes. The island of La Desirade has spectacular cliff faces on the northern shore.
139 nm: Entire route
Round trips to local airports: 30 nm: Saint-Francois TFFC 1965 ft at WP 6 | 40 nm: Bailliff TFFB, 1999 ft at WP 2 | 48 nm: Le Saintes TFFS, 1897 ft at WP 3 | 52 nm: Desirade TFFA, 1979 ft at WP 5 | 54 nm: Maria Galante TFFM, 4060 ft at WP 4
Haiti
Cap Haitien
Caribbean 3
The Colours of Nan Fort
Fly from Cap Haitien on Haiti's north coast to the westernmost point on the island, about 45 west of Cuba. Start by flying west over the rugged terrain of the Gros-Morne Arrondissement (adminstrative area), Nan Palmiste, then follow the spectacular coastline south and east back to Gonaives.
Return trips: 68 nm: Gonaives | 101 nm: Gonaives and Nan Fort | 162 nm: Entire route
Haiti
Port au Prince
Caribbean 3
Pic la Selle
Fly out of Port-au-Prince to the highest peak in Haiti, a challenging 9 hour drive, or a short and comfortable flight in your aircraft!
Return flights: 44 nm: Direct to Pic la Selle | 48 nm: Direct to Malpasse Dam | 65 nm: Entire route
Haiti
Port au Prince
Caribbean 3
Port-au-Prince to Grand Saline
Explore the coastline and rugged terrain north of Port-au-Prince, capital of Haiti.
Return flights: 31 nm: WP 6 | 59 nm: WP 1 and 2 | Entire route: 136 nm
Haiti
Cap Haitien
Caribbean 3
Cap Haitien to Tortuga
Fly out of Cap Haitien on Haiti's north coast to the island of Tortuga. Pass the coastal areas of the Baie de I'Acul, Boyeou, Chouchou, Le Borgne, Grand Fond, Anse a Foleur, Cap Rouge, Saint-Louis-du-Nord and La Pointe.
Return flights: 30 nm: Boyeou, Chouchou | 40 nm: Le Borgne | 50 nm: Grand Fond, Anse a Foleur | 60 nm: Cap Rouge, Saint-Louis-du-Nord | 107 nm: Entire route
Jamaica
Kingston
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Dr. No
Fly around the rugged scenery in Jamaica's eastern region and stop for a martini, shaken, not stirred, at James Bond Beach on the northern shoreline. This beach featured in the movie 'Dr. No', starring Sean Connery as Bond and based on the book of the same name by ex-secret agent and author Ian Fleming.
Fly back south via the bauxite mines at Ewarton.
Round trips: 31 nm: Great Pond of Yallahs at Pamphret, WP 1 | 40 nm: Bauxite mine at Ewarton WP 7 | 58 nm: Bath Airfield MKGO 2794 ft WP 1,2 | 80 nm: Ian Fleming International Airport via WP 8,7,6,5 | 132 nm: Entire route
Jamaica
Montego Bay
Caribbean 3
Cockpit Country
Explore the western regions of Jamaica, flying out from Sangster International Airport at Montego Bay. Fly down the west coast and return over Cockpit Country, which refers to the proliferation of shallow caves in that region. Along the way fly over several smaller aerodromes: Negril, Port Esquivel, Kirkvine and Silent Hill. Check the runway lengths before attempting any landings!
Round trips: 20 nm: Falmouth Harbour
27 nm: Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort / Lucea Harbour
53 nm: WP 1, WP 2 - Negril Aerodrome MKNG 2490 ft
72 nm: Direct to Kirkvine Airstrip MKWI 2219 ft
Entire route: 168 nm
Martinique
Fort-de-France
Caribbean 3
Montagne Pelee
Fort-de-France is the capital of the Caribbean island of Martinique, a French overseas territory. Take off from Le Lamentin (TFFF) 9842 ft. There are two distinctive mountains which are visible from all points on the island. At the north end Montagne Pelee at an elevation of 4583 ft/1397 m. and 6 miles south "Twin Peaks" (my nomenclature) at 3871 ft/1180 m.
Round trips:
20 nm: Le Marin
24 nm: Tartane
34 nm: Montagne Pelee
74 nm: Entire route
Montserrat
Gerald’s
Caribbean 3
Caveat Aviator
Take off with caution from Gerald’s / John A. Osborne International Airport TRPG located on a hill in the centre of the island. I say carefully not so much because of the volcano at Soufriere Hills, but because the runway is only 1,935 ft in length. The Soufriere Hills volcano last erupted in the 1990s.
Entire route (as the crow flies): 16 nm
Circumnavigation: 23 nm
Nueva Esparta
Porlamar
Caribbean 3
Spartan Ferrum
Nueva Esparta (New Sparta) has red soil, characteristic of high levels of Iron (Latin: Ferrum). It is a Caribbean province of Venezuela consisting of three islands: Margarita Island, Coche Island and Cubagua Island. Take off from Santiago Marino airport SVMG in the capital Porlamar and fly to the extreme compass points.
Round trips:
23 nm: WP 9 El Guamache (southernmost point of Isla de Coche)
34 nm: WP 2 Hill at Cabo Negro (most northerly point on Isla de Margarita)
54 nm: WP 7 Beach: Playa Punta Arenas (most westerly point on Isla de Margarita)
113 nm: Entire route
Puerto Rico
Aguadilla Pueblo
Caribbean 3
Lighter than Air
Take a light aircraft and have fun landing at this selection of tiny airstrips. Aerostato de Lajas is a launching station for lighter-than-air vehicles (blimps). You will be flying out of Rafael Hernandez International TJBQ near Aguadilla Pueblo on Puerto Rico's north west coast. Cabo Rojo Lighthouse is on the south west extremity of the island.
Return flights:
13 nm: WP 1 - Communication Facility
68 nm: WP 4 - Cabo Rojo Lighthouse
98 nm: Entire route
Puerto Rico
Ponce
Caribbean 3
Vieques Island
Fly out of Mercedita airport in Ponce, cruise the south coast and then travel to Puerto Rico's second largest island, Vieques.
NOTAM: You may want to do an airshow at Salinas Speedway? Antonio Rivera Rodríguez Airport TJVQ 4296 ft is 3,5 nm west of Vieques City (WP 6).
Return flights:
36 nm: Salinas Speedway
152 nm: Entire route
Puerto Rico
San Juan
Caribbean 3
San Juan East
Take off from Luis Munoz Marin International Airport and explore the north eastern corner of Puerto Rico's main island. Some of the coastal resorts you will see are Fajardo, Playa Fortuna, Coco Beach Golf Club, Suarez, and the capital San Juan.
Return flights:
12 nm: WP 2 - Carraizo Dam
15 nm: WP 1 - San Felipe del Morro Castle on San Juan Bay
23 nm: WP 6 - Fajardo Harbour
77 nm: Entire route
Puerto Rico
San Juan
Caribbean 3
San Juan and west to Arecibo
Visit the famous radio telescope at Arecibo and enjoy the beachs of Puerto Rico's central north coast.
NOTAM: Antonio/Nery/Juarbe Regional Airport Pol TJAB 3979 ft is 2 nm SE of Arecibo. You will pass it on the N and W.
Return flights:
31 nm: West along the coast to Dorado
68 nm: West along the coast to Los Molinos
96 nm: Entire route
Saint Barthelemy
Gustavia
Caribbean 3
St. Barts, World's most Dangerous Beach?
Saint Barthelemy aka Saint Barts boasts a very short runway which ends right at the beach and, incredibly, accepts heavy aircraft from international destinations! Search the web for St. Barts landings and hang on to your towel!
NOTAM: The runway at Saint Barthelemy / Gustaf III Airport TFFJ is only 2107 ft long, so dress appropriately.
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Basseterre
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Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis is a Commonwealth nation and the capital city is Basseterre, located on the larger island of Saint Kitts. Take off from Bradshaw TKPK 7221 ft on St Kitts and fly around both islands.
Entire route: 48 nm
Saint Lucia
Castries
Caribbean 3
Tale of two Airports
Take off from George F. Charles TLPC 6237ft and fly down to Hewanorra International at the southern end of the island country of Saint Lucia.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Kingstown
Caribbean 3
32 Islands
Climb to the volcano at the north of Saint Vincent and then take a leisurely flight down the rigged west coast. Hit the open waters to visit a few of the 32 islands in the Grenadines group to the south: Bequia, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island, Petit Saint Vincent, Mustique, Baliceauz and Battowia.
NOTAM: Plan your ascent to La Souffrie carefully as the lip is about 4200ft in elevation. Better to gain altitude over the water than risk stalling into the mountainside during a max performance climb. Not that it ever happened to me!
Saint-Martin
Grand Case
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Tale of two Countries: Saint-Martin
The caribbean island of Saint Martin is shared by two separate countries. In the north Saint-Martin (France), and in the south Sint Maarten (Netherlands). In this flight you take off from Aeroport de Grand-Case and follow the border between Saint-Martin and Sint Maarten to the south.
San Andres and Providencia
Providencia
Caribbean 3
Treacherous Reefs
San Andres and Providencia are territories of Colombia consisting of three islands: San Andres to the south and Providencia and Santa Catalina 50 nm to the north. Take off from El Embrujo SKPV 4232ft and cruise the coast, from Santa Catalina in the north to the treacherous reefs extending up the east coast.
San Andres and Providencia
San Andres
Caribbean 3
San Andres
San Andres and Providencia are territories of Colombia consisting of three islands: San Andres to the south and Providencia and Santa Catalina 50 nm to the north. Take a flight along the coast on San Andres, from Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airport SKSP 7788ft.
Sint Maarten
Philipsburg
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Tale of two Countries: Sint Maarten
The caribbean island of Saint Martin is shared by two separate countries. In the north Saint-Martin (France), and in the south Sint Maarten (Netherlands). In this flight you take off from Princess Juliana International TNCM 7537ft in the capital Philipsburg and follow the border of Sint Maarten.
Entire route: 16nm
Trinidad and Tobago
San Fernando
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San Fernando and the South-West Coast
Explore the many coastal towns and beaches in Trinidad's south west. The Point-A-Pierre POL (Petroleum, Oil, Liquid storage facility) is at the north end of the large coastal city of San Fernando. Follow the coastline all the way to Icacos Point which is the southernmost point on Trinidad.
Round trips:
24 nm: WP 1 Camden Airfield TTCO 3742 feet
38 nm: WP 1 and 2 to San Fernando
112 nm: Entire route
150 nm: South East Region. Trinidad's south eastern area is sparsely populated and covered by forest. If you want to experience that region then fly to WP 5 at San Francique, turn east and follow the coast. After about 40 nm the coast turns north at Galeota Port and continues for another 43 nm to Galera Point.
Trinidad and Tobago
Tobago
Caribbean 4
Crown Point, Tobago
Of the two islands in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Tobago is the northernmost at about 14 nautical miles north of Trinidad. Take off from Crown Point TTCP 8992 feet and circumnavigate the island.
Round trips:
12 nautical miles: Scarborough at Waypoint 1
18 nautical miles: Plymouth at Waypoint 6
46 nautical miles: Entire route
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad
Caribbean 4
Trinidad North West
Just off the north coast of Venezuela lay the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, one of the larger island chains in the West Indies. Fly out out of Piarco International Airport TTPP 10,457, across the the capital Port of Spain, explore the north east coast of Trinidad and return across the east to west mountain range.
NOTAM: At Chacachacare. Venezuela is visible 5 nautical miles to the west across Bocas del Dragon.
Round trips: 58 nm: At WP 5 Diego Martin, turn south and follow the valley south for 5nm to WP 2 - Intersection at Fort George then return to Piarco airport. 70 nm plus: Explore the north east coast: Fly directly to WP 6, follow the coast to the east. At the most easterly point turn south and follow the coast. When ready, return via WP 7 or directly to Piarco airport. 72 nm: Entire route
Turks and Caicos Islands
Grand Turk Island
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Grand Turk Island and the Southern Cays
Explore the southern cays in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Take off from JAGS McCartney International Airport MBGT in the capital, Cockburn Town. At Salt Cay there is an abandoned aerodrome with a 2804ft runway. Do a low level pass and check the runway condition before attemping a landing!
Return flights:
14 nm: Cotton Cay
44nm: South Caicos
77nm: Entire route
Turks and Caicos Islands
Providenciales
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Providenciales, North and West Caicos
Fly past some of the most gorgeous resorts and beaches in teh Caribbean by taking off from Providenciales International Airport MBPV 9199 ft and following the northern shoreline to Little Water Cay (Iguana Island). Continue along the northern shores to the northern end of North Caicos. Fly down the east coast of North Caicos and back over Providenciales to West Caicos.
Round Trips:
24 nm: Lake Catherine, West Caicos
24 nm: Pine Cay Airport MBPI at Leeward Settlement
28 nm: Northwest Point National Park
85 nm: Entire route
Turks and Caicos Islands
South Caicos
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South, East and Middle Caicos Islands
Enjoy the stunning crystalline water and complex lagoons in the South, East and Middle Caicos Islands. Consider stopping at Conch Bar airstrip to soak up some Caribbean sun! Fly out of South Caicos International Airport MBSC with a 6013 ft runway but be aware that Conch Bar is a modest 2433 ft, and is surrounded by a dense wood.
Return flights:
34 nm: Big Pond lagoon. Middle Caicos
39 nm: Cedar Point via WP 1 and WP 2
67 nm: Entire route
U.S. Virgin Islands
Charlotte Amalie
Caribbean 4
Blackbeard, a Pirate of the Caribbean
The U.S. Virgin Islands was purchased from Denmark by the U.S.A. for $25 million in 1917. Traditionally home to hundreds of sugar plantations, the main islands are Saint Croix, Saint John, Saint Thomas. Blackbeard, a notorious pirate, left a watch at capital, Charlotte Amalie, today known as "Blackbeard’s Castle". It is very difficult to spot from an aircraft. If you want to look for it, it’s located 2nm east of the threshold of RWY 28, and 0.2 nm from the shore.
Round trips:
14 nm: Turquoise Bay, near WP 5
45 nm: Entire route
Abkhazia
Sokhumi
Europe 1
Eastern Abkhazia
Explore the eastern and northern borders with Georgia and return via the capital, Sokhumi. This flight covers almost the entire eastern half of the country, mountains on the border with Georgia and the coast from the capital Sokhumi back to Babushara.
Albania
Tirana
Europe 1
Tirana local
Explore the environs around the capital, Tirana.
Albania
Tirana
Europe 1
Hidden Dam
Explore the valleys east of the capital, Tirana.
Albania
Tirana
Europe 1
Adriatic Sea Holiday
Enjoy the spectacular coastal terrain and fly over the thousands of sun-lovers at the beach near Durres, popular holiday resort on the Adriatic Sea.
Andorra
Andorra la Vella
Europe 1
Andorra Borders
Skirt the high altitude borders Andorra shares with France and Spain. You will need to climb to about 10,000 ft. Andorra lacks an airport so we take off from Aeroport La Seu d’Urgell at Catalonia, Spain, about 6 nm S of the border.
Andorra
Andorra la Vella
Europe 1
Kingdom in the Valley
Most of the urban areas in Andorra are situated on the valley floors. Fly past the capital Andorra la Vella and return via broad valleys just over the border with Spain. Andorra lacks an airport, so we take off from the nearest which is La Seu d’Urgell LESU at Catalonia in Spain, just 6 nm S of the border. LESU is a spectacular airport in it's own right, being positioned on a plateau.
Armenia
Yerevan
Europe 1
Yerevan Local
Check out both natural and cultural wonders in the shadow of Mount Ararat.
Armenia
Yerevan
Europe 1
Garni Gorge
Explore the countryside North and East of Yerevan, including the perilous Garni Gorge.
Armenia
Yerevan
Europe 1
Mount Ararat
Cross the border into Turkey to have a close look at the biblical Mount Ararat which dominates the skyline in Yerevan. --/o\-- Temperature at the peak will be well below zero, so remember to turn on your anti-icing equipment. The peak is over 10,000 feet so you may need to bring an oxygen supply.
Belarus
Minsk
Europe 1
Minsk Beltway
Follow the beltway in a counter-clockwise direction and complete a complete circle around Minsk. --/o\-- The images here are all of the beltway, but of course the real action is taking place to your left, in Minsk. Once you are comfortable folowing the road you should be able to relax and enjoy the great views.
Belarus
Minsk
Europe 1
Minsk Lakes
Tour a few of the beautiful lakes in and around Minsk. Best flown low and slow. I recommend 500 ft altitude and around 100 kts or less to best enjoy the scenery.
Belarus
Minsk
Europe 1
Minsk Airport Tour
Perform touch'n'gos at these airports. You have been granted special permission to land at Lipki, which is a military base.
Belgium
Brussels
Europe 1
Brussels Local
A short sight-seeing flight over Brussels. There are so many points of interest you and your passengers will see something different on each lap!
Belgium
Brussels
Europe 1
Battle of Waterloo
This is one of those flight plans that is MUCH easier to fly than it looks on paper, as we are basically following roads, and very prominent multi-laned roads at that.
We are following a 6 land highway over the top of Brussels to the west, then south all the way down to the site of the Battle of Waterloo. Feel free to linger there, maybe land at a winery and enjoy the historical vibe. The return journey is simplicity itself as we fly directly north back to Brussels.
Recommended altitude: 500 feet
Recommended speed: 80-120 kts
Belgium
Brussels
Europe 1
Ferry flight Brussels to Antwerp (Deurne)
Relocate to the port city of Antwerp.
Belgium
Brussels
Europe 1
Antwerp Local
A quick flight around the port city of Antwerp.
Belgium
Brussels
Europe 1
Antwerp Docks
Explore the docks at Antwerp.
Bosnia Herzegovina
Sarajevo
Europe 1
Sarajevo Valleys
Explore the valleys around the capital, Sarajevo.
Bosnia Herzegovina
Sarajevo
Europe 1
Sarajevo Cross Country
An exciting canyon run along two gorgeous mountain lakes.
Bulgaria
Sofia
Europe 1
Sofia Ring Road
Follow the mult-laned ring road around Sofia.
Bulgaria
Sofia
Europe 1
Rila National Park
Visit a delightful dividend of dams and high altitude lakes in Rila National Park, to the south of Sofia.
Bulgaria
Sofia
Europe 1
North of Sofia
Have fun following the motorway into the hills NE of Sofia. Visit the huge Ogosta reservoir about 40 nm N of Sofia. Then conduct a stealthy approach to the Serbian border crossing.
Croatia
Zagreb
Europe 1
South of Zagreb
Visit several large towns south of Croatia's capital, Zagreb.
Croatia
Zagreb
Europe 1
Varazdin, North of Zagreb
Fly north out of Croatia's capital Zagreb, pass the Slovenian border and enjoy the large water features at Varazdin.
Croatia
Rijeka
Europe 1
Rijeka, Jewel of the Adriatic
Explore the rugged coastline on the Adriatic Sea at Rijeka.
Czech Republic
Prague
Europe 2
Prague's North West Energy
Check out the vast energy extraction and storage and operations on the plains north west of Prague. At WP 1, Nova Ves, note the large POL storage facility on the left just before the town (CTR MERO Nelahozeves), and the large solar panel installation on the right. Beyond the mountain range north-west of WP 3,4,5 lays Germany.
Czech Republic
Prague
Europe 2
Prague's South East Farms
Follow the motorways through sumptious farmlands to the south east of Prague.
Denmark
Aarhus
Europe 2
Aarhus
Fly across Aarhus Bay and visit the second largest city in Denmark. Areas of interest: Hasle Hills (Danish: Hasle Bakker) is a landscape and recreational area of 15.5 hectares (38 acres) in the centre of Aarhus. Marselisborg is a park and recreation area on the southern edge of Aarhus.
Denmark
Copenhagen
Europe 2
Den Lille Hafrue (The Little Mermaid)
Birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson, Copenhagen is a city of many treasures and pleasures. With their viking origins, the Danes have an intimate relationship with the sea. This flight will give us a broad view of the city and showcase the water frontage to the east and south.
Denmark
Copenhagen
Europe 2
Kronborg Slot, Helsingor
Visit the 16th century castle, Kronborg Slot, at Helsingor on the east coast of Denmark. Fly up the coast and return via the Helsingormotorvejen (Helsingor Motorway).
Denmark
Sindal
Europe 2
Saeby to Strandby
Explore the NE coast of Denmark.
Estonia
Tallin
Europe 2
Tallin
WP 2,3 and 4 are shipping terminals. Vaike-Oismae Tik is a modern suburb in the north-west of Tallin, easily spotted by the ring of high-rises around a circular pool. Vannalinn is a cluster of medieval structures located on a hill in the centre of Tallin.
Finland
Helsinki
Europe 2
Helsinki
See how many golf courses you can spot as you take a golf tour of Finland's capital. Suomenlinnan island fortifications and church are definitely worth several fly-bys.
Finland
Turku
Europe 2
Turku's 13th Century Architecture
Turku is located on the Turku Archipelago, in the SW of Finland near Sweden and Estonia. Two of the important pieces of architecture are the Turun Tuomiokirkko (church) and Turun Linna (castle), both dating from the 13th century. On this flight we fly past these and then over a few of the hundreds of islands with their intricate framework of bridges.
France
Paris
Europe 2
Paris and the Industrial Revolution
The most complex airport seen yet on the tour. And... what a city! Home of Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Debussy, Ravel, Faure. There are so many architectural marvels in Paris that we can only navigate to a few!
France
Etretat
Europe 2
Monet, Artistic Revolution at Etretat
Visit the stunning chalk cliffs where Claude Monet almost drowned, and did not drown, but did however paint some of the most iconic seascapes in the Impressionist repertoire. This flight plan is slightly unusual in that we take two runs past the same stretch of coast (the chalk at Etretat), and in opposite directions.
France
Versailles
Europe 2
Versailles and the French Revolution
Fly over the enormous grounds of the Palace of Versailles and then across the southern half of central Paris.
Georgia
Tblisi
Europe 2
Tblisi
Explore Georgia's capital Tblisi, along the Mtkvari River.
Georgia
Tblisi
Europe 2
Tblisi Heights
Get two perspectives on Georgia's capital Tblisi, as you fly along the towering ridge to the north and return at ground level along the Mtkvari River.
Germany
Frankfurt
Europe 2
Frankfurt, Gothic to 20th Century
Follow the Main River through the centre of Frankfurt and check out architecture ranging in style from gothic to 20c.
Germany
Munich
Europe 2
Palatial Munich
This well rounded trip encompasses everything from academic, to manufacturing and athletic facilities as well as two historically significant palaces.
Germany
Berlin
Europe 2
Brandenburg Concerto
This short and simple route will require many reflights in order to spot all the historical landmarks. The plan follows a river NW for 11nm and then W along a main road for about 8 nm. The title refers to the physical monument which is the Brandenburg Gate, with a nod to the towering musical edifice which comprise the six Brandenburg Concertos by J.S Bach, German composer (1685-1750) who is arguably the most important composer in western music.
Greece
Athens
Europe 2
Athens, Cradle of Democracy
Visit the the cradle of Western Democracy in sunny Athens. Marvel at the Acropolis, Parthenon and Theatre of Dionysius. Take a run on the beach at Marathon.
Greece
Ioannina
Europe 2
Ioannina to Pournari Dam
Explore the rugged terrain to the south of Ioannina, in central west Greece.
Greece
Cephalonia
Europe 2
Cephalonian Idyll
Explore the dramatic coastline of Cephalonia, one of the largest Greek islands, SW of the mainland. Cephalopoda are the class of molluscs which include squid and octopus, delicacies famous in Greek cuisine.
Hungary
Budapest
Europe 2
Budapest, East of the Danube
Fly past the Hungarian Parliament Building (Orszaghaz), set on the banks of the beautiful Blue Danube River, running North to South through Budapest.
Iceland
Keflavik
Europe 2
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon, Iceland, is a popular spa destination featuring an outdoor lagoon with mineral-rich waters in a lava field, and next to Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant.
Iceland
Reykjavik
Europe 2
Land of the Ice and Snow
Notable features: Hallgrimskirkja: Christian cathedral with architecture referencing traditional Icelandic design. Perlan is a museum / restaurant with a rotating glass dome that stands on top of Oskjuhlia Hill, 0.3nm W of the airport.
Ireland
Dublin
Europe 2
Dublin North
Follow the River Liffey through the centre of Dublin then follow the gorgeous coastlines on the north side. Dublin Castle is 1.6nm after WP 1 and on the right, near Christ Church Cathedral. It's quite difficult to spot on a fly-by as Dublin centre is densely packed with interesting buildings.
Italy
Naples
Europe 2
Fire and Fun: Mount Vesuvius to The Isle of Capri
Fly over Mt. Vesuvius, past Pompei and along the spectacular coast to the sunny island of Capri. Vesuvius is 4,200 ft at the summit, so plan your ascent according to your aircraft performance.
Italy
Rome
Europe 2
All Roads Lead To...
Rome, of course. Seat of the Holy Roman Empire. If you get permission to loiter in the airspace radiating 3 nm SE from St. Peter's Basilica, you may be able to spot the Pantheon, Colosseum, Circus Maximus and many majestic basilica.
France
Nice
Europe 3
North of Nice
Explore a few of the magnificent valleys north of Nice. The first two legs of this flight are valley runs, the third is a ridge-hopper. Great flight for a fast jet.
Kosovo
Pristina
Europe 3
Kosovo Border Patrol
Wave the flag at Kosovo's border crossings with Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. Note: RWY ALT is 1,787 ft. Shorter return routes, to border crossings with: 88 nm | Montenegro 72 nm | Albania at Kasaj 63 nm | Albania at Morine 36 nm | Macedonia at Elez Han 40 nm | Serbia
Kosovo
Pristina
Europe 3
Pristina local
Check out some of the prominent landmarks and the helipad at Pristina. Note: RWY ALT is 1,787 ft.
Latvia
Riga
Europe 3
Riga local
Take a cruise through the centres of Latvia's capital, Riga.
Liechtenstein
Vaduz
Europe 3
Liechtenstein Border Patrol
Liechtenstein is a small European country about 12 miles by 6 miles in size, and nestled between Switzerland and Austria. We fly out of Altenrhein airport, about 12 miles to the north on Lake Constance, Switzerland. The southern leg follows the border along the Rhine river, and the return leg turns on four peaks in the Alps.
There don’t seem to be any structures along this border (why would there be, as it is so inaccessible), but at the end of the flight you will be able to proudly assert that you are one of the brave few that have flown the Liechtenstein Border!
Lithuania
Vilnius
Europe 3
Vilnius Local
Explore the capital of Lithuania, with architecture ranging from 15c forts to modern skyscrapers.
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Europe 3
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Fly up the Alzette River Valley to the north of Luxembourg. Visit the Goodyear tyre testing facility and land at a grass airstrip if you are game? At the border with Belgium you'll see a large car recharging station which is presumably powered by the windmills adjacent? Finally fly back across the centre of town where medieval fortresses sit protected by natural moats.
Macedonia
Skopje
Europe 3
Skopje local
Skopje, capital of Macedonia is situated in a broad and pleasant valley. Fly over the city and if you are game, attempt a landing at the grass strip to the NW at WP 5, which you will fly over as you turn right from WP 4. For an entertaining look at their most famous citizen watch the movie "Alexander", directed by Oliver Stone.
Malta
Valletta
Europe 3
Circumnavigation
Fly all the way around the islands of Malta, located in a strategically vital location in the centre of the Meditteranean. Noticably barren, Malta often has to import fresh water.
Moldova
Chisinau
Europe 3
Chinisau and Lake Ghidighici
Enjoy the bucolic rolling terrain around Chisinau, capital of the former Soviet Republic of Moldova.
Monaco
Monaco
Europe 3
Enchantment, thou name ist Monaco
Probably the most enchanting coastline I've seen yet! This flight begins and ends in France, as Monaco has a shoreline of just 2.7 nm and no airport.
Montenegro
Podgorica
Europe 3
Podgorica Valley Run
Take off from the capital of Montenegro and explore the mountains to the NE.
-/o\- CLASSIFIED: FOR YOUR EYES ONLY: You will enter Albanian airspace at WP 4. Fly at low altitude down the valley to WP 7 and take as many photos as possible, particularly looking for air defence facilities. If you are intercepted by the Albanian air force, just pretend you got lost! -/o\-
Netherlands
Lelystad
Europe 3
The Effect of Greenhouses
The area around Lelystad is a testament to human ingenuity and labour, being 3 metres below sea level.
Visit two enormous complexes where the controlled environment allows year-round production of flowering plants and vegetables: WP 2 - De Tuindershoek is a large complex of greenhouses run entirely by robots. Apparently. WP 3 - Grimme Groencentrum in Luttelgeest is a nursery covering more than 2 hectares.
There are also hundreds of wind turbines between WP 5, 6 and 7.
At WP 7, Houtribsluizen is a lock at the start of a 26km road on the Houtribdgk dam.
Netherlands
Rotterdam
Europe 3
Rivers Round Rotterdam
You are following the river / canal complex for the entire flight after WP 1, so I haven't cluttered up the waypoint descriptions by repeating that each time.
WP 7 is a white suspension bridge, nicknamed 'The Swan'.
The terrain here is very flat and the turnpoints are easy to spot so this flight works well at 500ft altitude. Fly at 1000 ft to see more features.
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Europe 3
Puppet on a String
Fly around Amsterdam, taking in the North Sea canal.
"The North Sea Canal is a Dutch ship canal from Amsterdam to the North Sea at IJmuiden, constructed between 1865 and 1876 to enable seafaring vessels to reach the port of Amsterdam." - Wikipedia
The terrain here is very flat and the turnpoints are easy to spot so this flight works well at 500ft altitude.
Norway
Oslo
Europe 3
Bridge Hunting at Oslo
Fly the 15nm south from Gardermoen in a simple flight plan which takes you around the capital, Oslo.
These recon images were captured at 10:45 a.m. The sun is very close to the southern horizon at this latitude, but at least the glare is absent as we pass Oslo on the second and third legs of the flight.
There is a plethora of bridges in this region, so you'll see that those at WP 1 and WP3 have several VERY close neighbours. Pick any bridge as your turn point.
I added two waypoints to the plan flown in the RECON videos. However they lay on a straight line between WP 1 and WP 3 (Intility Stadium) and between WP 3 and WP 5 (Ullevall Stadium). So the earlier RECON videos are still valid references.
With the Nordic sim updates to the default scenery you'll see a lot more churches and distinctive architecture than in those videos.
Norway
Stavanger
Europe 3
Pining for the Fjords
This is quite a long flight at 100nm. In essence it's very simple, flying along two almost parallel fjords. NE for 20nm along the first and SW for 25 nm along the second.
Note: Be aware that the water in these fjords is above sea level. At the city of Tao the land is about 500ft and the water beyond around 300ft.
Norway
Trondheim
Europe 3
Seeking the Quarry
Fans of the EF2000 sim family from the 1990's will remember the sound of the Trondheim radio operator. The terrain in that sim was advanced for it's time and now we get to see what this part of Norway really looks like.
Turns out there are a lot of quarries!
Poland
Warsaw
Europe 3
Warsaw West
In this flight we stay west of the Vistula River which bisects Warsaw NW to SE.
Poland
Warsaw
Europe 3
Warsaw East
Explore Warsaw and surrounds to the NE of the Vistula River.
Portugal
Lisbon
Europe 3
Lisbon on the River Tagus (Rio Tejo)
Fly along the shores of the River Tagus on the eastern side of Lisbon.
At WP 3, the shopping mall, you will see a number of flooded irrigated areas at a river mouth. The mall is just to the right.
The final waypoint Forte de Monsanto, is a 19c fort (now a prison) and distinctive landmark 2.5nm SW of Lisbon Airport.
Portugal
Lisbon
Europe 3
Lisbon's Beaches
Fly around Lisbon and along it's southern beaches.
The flight plan is simplicity itself:
1. WNW to the Airbase
2. WSW to the coast
3. Follow the coast E
The final waypoint Forte de Monsanto, is a 19c fort (now a prison) and distinctive landmark 2.5nm SW of Lisbon Airport.
Pridnestrovie
Tiraspol
Europe 3
Tiraspol local
Fly across the centre of Tiraspol and a short distance up the Dnister River.
Romania
Bucharest
Europe 3
Bucharest Water features
Take a scenic flight over some of the many waterways around and within Bucharest. You will see lakes, islands, dams, spillways, canals, water treatment plants and bridges!
Romania
Bucharest
Europe 3
Bucharest Valley Run
Take a longer flight along two of the many picturesque valleys north of Bucharest.
Russia
St. Petersburg
Europe 4
Around St. Petersburg
Follow the shoreline, two long bridges, and the ring road around the harbour and outskirts of St. Petersburg. The Peterhof Palace was built by Peter the Great in response to the Palace of Versailles.
Russia
St. Petersburg
Europe 4
Inside St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg was formerly known as Petrograd and Leningrad. It is a strategic port in Russia's north-west and was famously besieged by the Wermacht in World War II from 8th Sept 1941 to 27th Jan 1944.
Follow the elevated roadway north along Neva Bay to the Lakhta Center (87 story skyscraper). Beyond it is Lake Lakhta, fed by the Kamenka, Glukharka and Yuntolovka rivers.
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is a Russian Orthodox church. Nearby landmarks include: Peter and Paul Fortress, Field of Mars and the Admiralty Building.
Moskovsky Victory Park is opposite the large round EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Russia
Moscow
Europe 4
Gremlins in the Kremlin
Take a short run down the west side of Russia's capital, Moscow, and return over Red Square. The entire area is replete with architectural marvels and bears many re-flights. Note the RWY ALT is 612 feet, so a good default cruising altitude would be 1,600 ft.
Russia
Moscow
Europe 4
Moscow Ring Road
Fly clockwise along the magnificent ring road surrounding Moscow. Despite the number of waypoints, this flight can be flown visually in just 3 steps:
1. Fly HDG 113 for 6 nm to pick up the ring road at WP 1
2. Follow the highway
3. At WP7 you will see the river junction to your right (the same as in 'Gremlins in the Kremlin'), turn HDG 342 for 5nm to the airport.
As with all the 'follow the road' flights, most of the interesting sights will be to your left and right. In this case Moscow will be to your right, so feel free to break off and explore any points of interest, knowing you can always follow the ring road back to WP7 and the airport.
The RWY ALT is 612 feet, so a good default cruising altitude would be 1,600 ft.
San Marino
San Marino
Europe 4
Borders within Borders
San Marino is a geographically small country located within the borders of Italy. The nearest airport is Rimini Military, on the east coast of Italy and about 5 nm from the San Marino Border.
This flight incorporates the capital, which is 1 nm long atop a central ridge, and the S and W borders. Consider WP 4 optional. The Italians won't mind a minor transgression into their airspace, it happens all the time over San Marino.
An alternate approach to seeing all of San Marino would be to fly to the capital at WP 2 and then clockwise around the ridge.
NB: A slow aircraft is recommended (cruise speed 80-100 kts). Jet aircraft will find very difficult to stay within the borders.
Between WP 6 and 7 you will see Tiro a Volo San Marino (Shooting Club) on the left.
Serbia
Belgrade
Europe 4
Beautiful Belgrade
Follow the main road network through Serbia's capital Belgrade and to the south.
Serbia
Novi Sad
Europe 4
Novi Sad
Follow the main road network to Serbia's second largest city, Novi Sad and return via the Danube River. The flight is in 3 simple legs:
1 - HDG 300 for 23 nm
2 - HDG 360 for 20 nm
3 - Follow the Danube River SE back to Belgrade (WP 3 to WP7).
Slovakia
Kosice
Europe 4
Kosice and Presov Regions
Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia. Fly over Kosice and follow the motorways in a counterclockwise direction until you reach the large dam at Ruzin.
Slovakia
Bratislava
Europe 4
Bratislava Border Patrol
The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, sits in the south west corner of the country, on the Danube River and near the triple border with Austria and Hungary. At the Mosonsky Bridge the Austria / Hungary / Slovakia border is 1.5 nm to the SW.
Take off HDG 270 for 7 nm and execute a climbing left turn over the tall hill NE of WP 1. That will set you up nicely for the trip down river.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Europe 4
Ljubljana Local
Explore the idyllic valley setting of Ljubljana, capital of Slovakia.
Start at Kranj, 3 nm W of the airport. Proceed HDG 148 for 12 nm, following the river and the parallel main road. WP 3 is a prominent landmark, a medieval hilltop fortress Ljubljanski Grad with a commanding view of Ljubljana.
Orbit over Ljubljana until you run out of film, then head up the western valley to Duplica, where you can stock up on film at the enormous shopping mall!
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Europe 4
Ljubljana Highs and Lows
Take a cross country jaunt past the two highest peaks in the region and return along two charming and broad valleys.
The flight can be broken into two stages:
WP 1 - WP 4: Climb to about 8,500 feet and fly E
WP 5 - WP 8: Follow the main road W along the valley floors.
Spain
Madrid
Europe 4
Madrid West
Fly over just a few of the architectural wonders from the ages in Madrid. Fly north for 5 nm to the Circuito del Jarama then fly HDG 210, take a deep breath, rig for slow flight and enjoy the many wonders of Madrid. There is just too much to see in one circuit so in this flight I've focussed on the east of the city.
Spain
Barcelona
Europe 4
Barcelona by the Balearic
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain and has a gorgeous coast on the Balearic Sea. The city is rich in old and new architecture and was host to the 1992 Olympics.
As far as viewing Gaudi's fantastic creations, photogrammetry renders the entire city as a cross between Gaudi and Salvador Dali!
Sweden
Stockholm
Europe 4
Stockholm West: Classical Elegance
Fly down through the centre of Sweden's capital Stockholm, and then follow the water out to the west.
Sweden
Gothenburg
Europe 4
Gothenburg's Rocky Coast
Looking directly across the water to Denmark, Gothenburg is Sweden's second largest city. This flight plan looks a little convoluted, but it is essentially following the river, harbour shore, and back to the river.
Switzerland
Bern
Europe 4
Bern's Lakes
Visit three of the large lakes around Switzerland's capital, Bern.
Switzerland
Buochs
Europe 4
Frankenstein and the Valkyries
Fly over Lake Lucerne, where Mary Shelley conceived Frankenstein and Richard Wagner's ubermensch took flight in the Ring cycle.
Switzerland
Zurich
Europe 4
Zurich and the Swiss/German border
Take a leisurely flight over Switzerland's second largest city and skirt the German border.
Ukraine
Kiev
Europe 4
Kiev: Heart of the Ukraine
Fly up the mighty Dnipier River, thorough the heart of Ukraine's capital, Kiev.
Ukraine
Odessa
Europe 4
The Odessa File
Fly around Odessa, Ukraine's port at the NW corner of the Black Sea.
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Europe 4
Cardiff Cross Country
Cardiff is the capital of Wales. The famed 'Mach Loop' of military training fame is about 100 nm north of Cardiff, but this flight has a similar feel about it. It can be regarded as having three legs:
1. Take the valleys north of Cardiff to Llwyn-on Reservoir | WP1-4
2. West to Swansea | WP 5-6
3. Follow the coast back to Cardiff | WP 7
United Kingdom
Edinburgh
Europe 4
Highland Fling
Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland. Let's fly past Edinburgh Castle, north across Firth Forth and into the Scottish Highlands.
WP 1 and 2 are the highest points in Edinburgh itself.
At WP 2, Crow Hill, the Scottish Parliament Building and the Royal residence Holyrood Palace are at the base of the hill to the NW. Edinburgh Castle is on a hill 1.2 nm HDG 290.
WP 3, Inchkeith Island will set you up nicely for WP 4 - Kircaldy Harbour
WP 5 is the highest hill in the area north of Firth Forth, and sets you up for a lazy left turn over Loch Leven at WP 6.
The Forth Bridge is the most prominent landmark in the area, 2 nm N of Edinburgh airport. There are actually three bridges at that location, Queensferry Crossing, Forth Road Bridge and Forth Bridge and as of January 2022, you can fly under all of them with no collision. If you are careful!
United Kingdom
Gibraltar
Europe 4
Gibraltar Cross Country
Take a cross country flight from the British outpost which guards the straits of Gibraltar. Fly west across the bay to the port of Algeciras, follow the Jerez los Barrios motorway to Barbate Dam, and return along the coast to the south.
United Kingdom
London
Europe 4
London on the Thames: Heathrow to the Millenium Dome
London features a plethora of landmarks, best digested in small chunks! This flight hits a selection of landmarks between Heathrow Airport in the west and the Millenium Dome in the east.
United Kingdom
London
Europe 4
London on the Thames: London City to Southend Pier
This flight hits a selection of landmarks between London City Airport in the west and Southend Pier in the east. Up to WP 5 the flight follows rivers: the Thames and the River Medway.
London City Airport can be easily found as it is only 1.5 nm E of the Millenium Dome.
Vatican City
Rome
Europe 4
From the Coliseum to St. Peter's Basilica
Vatican City is a small city/state within the borders of Italy, and seat of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
In this shortest of flights we take in two structures which neatly bookend the transformation from the old world to the new.
Note that Vatican city is only about 3,500 by 2,800 feet, so a slow aircraft or helicopter is advisable.
Bahrain
Manama
Middle East 1
Manama local
Bahrain is an island country on the Persian Gulf, consisting of 50 natural islands and 33 artificial islands. Fly around the capital, Manama. Start by flying across the northern shoreline to WP1.
Cyprus
Nicosia
Middle East 1
Larnaca to Nicosia
Fly a round trip from the main international airport serving the Greek part of Cyprus to the capital, Nicosia. From Mosfiloti Quarry you have the option of following the main highway NNW into Nicosia.
Dubai
Dubai City
Middle East 1
Architectural Extravaganza
Check out some of the most fanciful creations in 20c architecture as you fly around the capital of Dubai.
The "World Islands" are a manmade group of 300 islands in the shape of a world map. Palm Jumeirah is a group of artificial harbours in the shape of a palm tree. Burj Al Arab is a 321m (1,053ft) tall luxury hotel, with a helipad at 210m (689ft). Burj Khalifa Tower is the world's tallest building at 830m (2723ft).
Egypt
Alexandria
Middle East 1
Alexandria the Great
Enjoy the beautiful resorts on the Mediterranean coastline near Alexandria, established by Alexander the Great in about 3331 BC.
NOTAM: 20 nm: Fly to WP 1 and return over Alexandria 78 nm: Entire route The airport is bounded by Airport Farm Lake to the NE and Lake Mariout to the SW.
Egypt
Cairo
Middle East 1
Cairo's Pyramids
As soon as you take off on HDG 240, you will see the Giza Pyramids. Fly directly west over Cairo to the Tahya Misr bridge Turn south and take a leisurely flight along the Nile River and through Cairo.
At the Marazeek Bridge turn west to the Bent Pyramid and proceed north, saving the magnificent Giza Pyramid complex for last!
The largest collection of monuments is at the Giza Pyramids, with the Giza, Khafre and Menjaure pyramids and the Great Sphinx. NOTAM: You will see spectacular lighting on the faces of the Giza pyramids at about 0550 hrs.
Egypt
Suez
Middle East 1
Suez Canal South
Explore the southern portion of this geopolitically crucial waterway. Fly out of Faid on the Suez Canal at Great Bitter Lake to the southern entrance to the Suez Canal.
NOTAM: 32 nm: Fly around Great Bitter Lake
74 nm: Entire route
Egypt
Port Said
Middle East 1
Suez Canal North
Explore the northern portion of this geopolitically crucial waterway. Fly out of Port Said and down the Suez Canal for about 50nm.
Return via the territory west of the canal, which is lush for about 100 nm. The east is barren desert all the way to Israel.
NOTAM: Follow the canal from WP1 to WP4. On the way fly past 4 aiports: Al Ismaillia Airport (HE44), Ismaillia Airport (HEIS), Abu Suwayr airport (HE35) and As Salihiyah Airport (HE39). It's always good to be familiar with local places to land! 16 nm: Fly around Port Said 121 nm: Entire route
Egypt
Saint Catherine
Middle East 1
Sinai Peninsula: Mount Catherine
Fly out of St Catherine on the Sinai Peninsula and visit Mount Catherine (Gabal Katrine) at 2,629 m (8,625 ft), the highest mountain in Egypt.
NOTAM: 24 nm: Mount Catherine at WP 4 | 83 nm: Entire route including two valley runs. Airport elev. 4,333 ft
EASTER EGG: About 11.6 nm past WP5 there appears to be a crash site to the right of track.
Egypt
Sharm El-Sheikh
Middle East 1
Sinai Peninsula: Sharm El-Sheikh Resorts
Fly out of Sharm El-Sheikh International on the Sinai Peninsula at the entrance to the Gulf of Aqaba. Check out the local resorts and then fly overland to the southern entrance to the Gulf of Suez.
NOTAM: 16 nm: Fly to the El Fanar Beach and return 83 nm: Entire route
Egypt
Taba
Middle East 1
Gulf of Aqaba: Taba to Nuweibaa Port
Check out the many resorts on the Gulf of Aqaba as you fly out of Taba International on the Sinai Peninsula. This flight is I-Follow-Coasts down to Nuweibaa Port. On the return leg enjoy I-Follow-Roads, along the solitary winding road as it passes through mountains and then across the desert.
At Taba, on the left, you can see Pharaoh's Island, with the ruins of Salah El Din Citadel.
NOTAM: 20 nm: Fly to Taba
87 nm: Entire route
Iran
Bandar Abbas
Middle East 1
Bandar Abbas, on the Knife Edge
Fly out of Bandar Abbas on the northern shore of the Strait of Hormuz. Enjoy the spectacular knife edge ridges north of the city.
For a short flight along the Bandar Abbas shoreline fly to WP 1.
20 nm: WP 1 | 104 nm: Entire route
NOTAM: Plan for the high altitude. You have 10 nm after WP 1 to climb to 8000 ft.
Iran
Masjed Soleyman
Middle East 1
Karun River Gorge
Follow the steep gorges along the Karun River from Karun to Abbaspur Dam. Continue deep into the valleys and then climb back to the west to spot the third dam near Anbar.
At WP 7 you can optionally fly slightly east of track to follow the Karun river back to Masjed Soleyman.
10 nm: Fly S for 5 nm from the airport for a local flight over Masjed Soleyman | 98 nm: Entire route
Iran
Tehran
Middle East 1
Tehran Local
Take off from Mehrabad Intl and fly across the northern border of Iran's capital, Tehran.
Notes on the landmarks and their location in Tehran:
WP 1-3 are in a straight line along the N edge.
Chitgar Lake is about 5nm from the NW corner.
Milad Tower, Iran's tallest structure, a good navigation reference point.
Imam Hossein University is the last building complex on the NE corner.
Ghale Morgi Airport OIIG is 5nm S of Milad Tower and 2.5nm from RWT 29 at Mehrabad Intl.
NOTAM: RWY ALT is 3,281 ft. Cruise at 5,500 feet as the ground rises to the north.
Iran
Tehran
Middle East 1
Mount Damavand
At 18,400 ft Mount Damavand, located about 30 nm NE of Tehran, is both one of the highest the highest peaks and the highest volcano in Asia. It features prominently in Persian folklore.
The flight plan mixes valley runs with ridge hopping and WP 4-8 take you around the base of Mt Damavand. The ridgelines and valleys around Mt Damavand in particular are spectacular so take plenty of polaroids.
NOTAM: RWY ALT is 3,281 ft. The ground rises steeply to the north.
Iran
Tehran
Middle East 1
Amir Kabir Dam
Explore the valleys to the north of Iran's capital, Tehran as you visit Amir Kabir Dam. Exercise caution between WP 6 and WP 7 as the valley is both narrow and meandering.
NOTAM: RWY ALT is 3,281 ft. The ground rises steeply to the north.
Iraq
Baghdad
Middle East 1
Baghdad on the Tigris
Take a leisurely flight down the Tigris River in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
Take a leisurely flight down the Tigris River in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. Note the eastern border of Baghdad Airport hosts Al-Faw palace and Saddam Hussein's palace, surrounded by spectacular water features.
NOTAM: Recommend a light aircraft which is able to follow the bends in the Tigris River.
Iraq
Basrah
Middle East 1
Basrah, Iran and Kuwait
Fly out of Basrah in the southern part of Iraq, where Iraq narrows to a 20nm strip between Iran and Kuwait.
SHORT route:44nm | Basrah City
MED: 89nm | Visit the borders with Iran and Kuwait. At WP 2 the Iran/Iraq border flows from the N to the Arvand River. From that point on remain on the S side of the river. At Al Seeba you will be within 2 nm of Abadan Airport in Iran. At Hajjam Island you will be within 3 nm of Umm Qasr Airport in Kuwait.
LONG: 126nm | Go to the mouth of the Arvand River on the Persian Gulf.
Iraq
Mosul
Middle East 1
Mosul and Duhok Dams
The first two legs to the Mosul Dam make a nice 50nm flight.
Either fly in a straight line to WP 1, or you can take a leisurely flight along the Tigris River in the shade of the palms.
If you have the time or the available speed, carry on to a second dam at Duhok and return through the lush valleys found in this part of northern Iraq.
Following the road after WP 3 will take you slightly S of the track and set you up nicely to fly through the gap in the range to Duhok Dam.
Israel
Tel Aviv
Middle East 1
Tel Aviv's Mediterranean Beaches
A short hop around Tel Aviv on the coast of the Mediterranean, which was the capital of Israel until 1949.
NOTAM: Just 0.2 nm SE of the threshold to RWY 02 at Sde Nov Airport is an enormous chimney belonging to Reading Power Station. This is one of the most amazing hazards I've seen in 250 countries! I don't know which was there first, airport or power station?
Israel
Haifa
Middle East 1
Haifa Coastline to the Sea of Galilee
Explore the northern coast of Israel near Haifa. and the Sea of Galilee, 23nm west.
31nm: Fly to WP1 and WP2: Coast from Haifa to Nansholim and return over Mount Carmel.
118nm: Entire route: Coast from Haifa to Nansholim, where you will be able to see Tel Aviv, some 30nm south. Inland past Ramat David, Nazareth and Mount Tabor. Sea of Galilee. Return to the coast along the border with Lebanon. North coast.
Israel
Jerusalem
Middle East 1
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Dead Sea
20nm: Fly over the biblical towns of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
120nm: The border between Jordan and Israel runs up the centre of the Dead Sea. Fly across the biblical towns of Jerusalem and Bethlehem and Jerusalem, look at the vast hydro projects at the south end of the Dead Sea and return at low level along the western shore.
NOTAM: Jerusalem RWY is 2,461 ft. The Dead Sea is below sea level, so if you have an analogue altimeter it will bottom out if you fly at low level.
Jordan
Aqaba
Middle East 1
Valley of the Moon
Patrol Jordan's border with Saudi Arabia as you fly to Jabal Umm ad Dami, Jordan's highest mountain in Jordan at 6.082 ft (1,854m). Return via the spectacular rock formations of Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon), including the "Seven Pillars of Wisdom".
70 nm: Fly to WP 1, 2 and 3.
118 nm: Fly entire route.
Jordan
Amman
Middle East 1
Amman to the Dead Sea
Fly over beautiful Ammam, ancient Roman city and capital of Jordan since 1921.
30 nm: Fly to the border crossing at WP 2
70 nm: Fly to Jordan's tallest mountain, Jabal Umm ad Dami, at WP 3
118 nm: Fly entire route
NOTAM: Marka Intnl elev. 2,506 ft. WP 4-6 descend below sea level, so if you have an analogue altimeter it will bottom out.
Kuwait
Kuwait City
Middle East 1
Kuwait City
Explore one of the geographically smaller gulf nations, at 91 by 75 miles in dimension.
Located next to Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia at the NW corner of the Persian Gulf, Kuwait is in a strategically important location.
The Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Causeway is a bridge that runs 12 miles NE across Kuwait Bay to Shumaymah, near the borders of Iraq and Iran.
Fly NW out of Kuwait International to Al Jahra and return via the shoreline.
27 nm WP 3,4,5 | 78 nm Entire route
Northern Cyprus
Nicosia
Middle East 1
North of Nicosia
Enjoy the charm of the Meditteranean on the northern shores of Cyprus.
There is a large water treatment plant 3 nm NE of Ercan International airport which can be seen from quite a distance, making it a good visual navaid. If you fly directly west from that point you will be just on Turkey's side of the border.
NOTAM: At WP 2 "Ne mutlu Türküm diyene" (motto of the Republic of Turkey) is painted on a hillside.
Lebanon
Beirut
Middle East 2
Beirut, Paris of the Mediterranean
Fly out of Beirut, capital of Lebanon and explore the spectacular terrain towards the Syrian border.
At WP 4 turn right (west), fly over the valley wall and then along any of the many many valleys which lead back to the coast.
Entire route: 74 nm | Shorter return flight: WP 1 and 2 = 15 nm
Lebanon
Tripoli (Lebanon)
Middle East 2
The Cedars of God
Tripoli is the second largest town in Lebanon and the centre of a province in the NW near the border with Syria. Skirt the mountainous slopes as you fly south, visit the dramatic Kadisha Valley at the Cedars of God and return past Tripoli, along the splendid coastline to Rene Mouawad Airbase.
Return trip to: Tripoli at WP 5, 26 nm | Cedars of God at WP 3, 42 nm | Entire route: 71 nm
Oman
Al Khasab
Middle East 2
Dibs on the Strait of Hormuz
Khasab Airbase overlooks the strategically important Strait of Hormuz, joining the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The airport is in a small valley with mountains on three sides.
31 nm: WP 2 and 7 | 99 nm: Entire route
NOTAM: WP 1: Dib Dibba, 2891 ft, is at the northernmost point of the island group overlooking the Strait of Hormuz.
WP 2: Follow the coast south from Khasab Airport, 1725 ft (not Khasab Airbase).
WP 3: The city of Dibba is divided into three parts: Dibba Al-Fujairah (UAE), Dibba Al-Hisn (UAE) and Dibba Al-Baya (Oman). Fly along the Oman / UAE border
WP 4-6: Return along the Oman / UAE border, which bisects the peninsula north to south.
WP 7 - Enter the valley and return to Khasab Airbase.
Oman
Salalah
Middle East 2
Arabian Sea’s Towering Cliffs at Salalah
Salalah is the capital of Dhofar province, subject to monsoonal weather and known for it's role in the spice trade. Fly SW along the plateau and return at low level via the spectacular cliffs lining the Arabian Sea.
NOTAM: 20 nm: Local flight over Salalah | 114 nm: Entire route
Oman
Muscat
Middle East 2
Muscat Maverick
Explore the dramatic terrain south of Muscat at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. If you're flying a sedate mission, enjoy the spectacular scenery and use your cell phone to take lots of snaps. If you want more high-octane excitement fly a 'Top Gun: Maverick' style low level profile flight. Turn on 'G effects' for maximum drama! The flight works well either way. If you fail, do not pass go. Rather, go to the prison at WP 7.
21 nm: WP 1 and 7 | 119 nm: Entire route
NOTAM: WP 2-3: Keep the ridge on your left and the smaller hills on your right. | WP 4 - Enter the valley and follow the road. | WP 5 - If you have enough 'smash', perform a max G pullup and go inverted over the ridge. If you're flying more sedately, use the large valley to perform climbing turns. | WP 7 - Check your fuel state and if necessary divert straight to the airport.
Qatar
Doha
Middle East 2
Doha, capital of Qatar
Fly around Doha, the capital of Qatar on the Persian Gulf.
15 nm: WP1,2,3 | 51 nm: Entire route
Saudi Arabia
Riyadh
Middle East 2
Riyadh Wadis
Explore some of the lush wadis to the west and south of Riyadh City.
35 nm: WP 7 across Riyadh and return | 82 nm: Entire route
NOTAM: Ap elevation is 2035 ft.
Saudi Arabia
Mecca
Middle East 2
Pilgrimage to Mecca
Follow the 4th Ring Road around Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
In the centre of Mecca and visible from all directions is the Masjid al-Haram, also known as the Great Mosque of Mecca. Adjacent to the mosque is the Makkah Clock Tower, topped by a gold crescent.
20 nm: Fly to the Great Mosque and retyrn | 37 nm: Entire route
Syria
Aleppo
Middle East 2
Aleppo, the Turkish Border and Maydanki Dam
Fly out of Syria's second largest city, Aleppo, follow the Turkish border to the west and return via Maydanki Dam.
12 nm: Fly 6 nm NE to across Aleppo | 62 nm: WP 6, Maydanki Dam | 117 nm: Entire route
NOTAM: At WP 2 and 3 the outpost are on the Turkish side of the border. At WP 4 you will see Karasu Dam 2.5 nm N and on the Turkish side of the border.
Syria
Damascus
Middle East 2
The Road to Damascus
Fly out of Syria's capital, Damascus and patrol the border with Lebanon and Israel.
Between WP 2 and WP 3 fly on the E side of the valley.
WP 4 and return takes you across Damascus: 30 nm | Entire route: 98 nm
Syria
Hama
Middle East 2
Latakia, Principal Port of Syria
Latakia is the principal port city of Syria. Fly east out of Hamah to the Mediterranean coast, up to Latakia and return by way of four dams.
6 nm: NE for 3 miles to cross tha city of Hama | 22 nm: WP 7 - Mahardah Dam and return | 42 nm: WP 7 and WP 6 and return | 86 nm: WP 1, Tartus Port and return | 148 nm Entire route
Syria
Tishrin Dam
Middle East 2
Tishrin Dam
Fly out of Jirah Military Airbase at Lake Assad, up the Euphrates River past Tishrin Dam and return following the main roads.
NOTAM: Follow the river to WP 3 and then main roads from WP 3 to the end of the flight.
46 nm: WP 2, Tishrin dam and return | 24 nm: WP 7 Rasm al-Abed Airport OS66 and return | 106 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Izmir
Middle East 2
Izmir on the Agean
Izmir is the second largest city on the Agean Sea, after Athens and the third largest population centre in Turkey.
Explore the broad valley to the east, and the resorts and shoreline to the north and west.
The second half of the flight is a coastal run which takes you over the colourful alluvial flood plains to the NE of Izmir.
Take off from Adnan Menderes Airport, fly past Sirinyer Racecourse and Kulturpark Izmir to Izmir Docks at WP 1. Then fly east to the major centre of Turgutlu and NW past Manisa to Guselhisar Dam.
Return distances:
19 nm: Izmir
40 nm: Manisa at WP 3
56 nm: Turgutlu at WP 2
60 nm: Guzelhisar Dam at WP 4
62 nm: Coastal route to Foca and the alluvial flood plains
121 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Antalya
Middle East 2
Antalya North and East: Dams, Mountains, Valleys and Coastal Resorts
Explore the valleys, dams and mountains to the NE of Antalya, including the Aksus, Karacaoren, Oymapinar and Manavgat dams and the magnificent Sutculer Mountains.
On the way back pass the coastal resorts at Ilica, Perakende and Belek.
54 nm: Dam on Karacaoren-1 Lake
72 nm: Coast to Manavgat Airport LTKI
82 nm: WP 5,6,7: Two dams and coast from Manavgat Airport LTKI
136 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Antalya
Middle East 2
Antalya North West Valleys
Enjoy the pastoral valleys to the NW of Antalya, one of the largest citiess in Turkey andthe capital of Antalya Province.
31 nm: Across Antalya to WP 7 and return
71 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Antalya
Middle East 2
Antalya: Bey Mountains and the South West Coast
Enter a valley west of the city, fly over the Bey Mountains and return along the beautiful coastline to the SW of Antalya.
20 nm: Along the shoreline at Antalya to WP 6, South Antalya Marina and return
90 nm: WP 1 and 2 - Bey Mountains and dam near Karamik and return
129 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Istanbul
Middle East 2
Istanbul, Back to the Bosphorus.
Your first waypoint is the Hagia Sophia which was built in 537 A.D. by the Roman emperor Justinian I.
Fly along the mighty Bosphorus River from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea in the north. Pass the three main bridges on the Bosphorus river: Bosphorus Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge.
Explore the Black Sea coast to Sile, fly south past the Darlik Dam and to the Osmangazi Bridge on the Gulf of İzmit.
Fly past Gebze, Darica, Tuzla, Pendik and Kartal as you return along the coast of the Sea of Marmara, back to the Bosphorus River.
16 nm: WP 1 - Mouth of the Bosphorus / Mosque: Hagia Sophia
42 nm: WP1,2,3 and return
44 nm: Along the coast of the Gulf of Izmit to WP 6 and return
104 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Gallipoli
Middle East 2
ANZAC
Fly the length of the strategically important Dardanelles Strait which connects the Agean Sea to the Sea of Marmara.
During World War I, on April 25th 1915 the Australia New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landed south of Suvla bay as part of an offensive to open the Dardenelles Straits to Allied warships. The campaign lasted 11 months, ended in stalemate, and the forces were withdrawn in January 1916. The ANZAC Corp were assisted by British, Indian, Irish, French, and Newfoundland troops. The Gallipoli Campaign is commemorated annually in Australia and New Zealand and is the most significant day on their calendar remembering military casualties.
Helles - British landings on April 25th, 1915. Anzac Cove - Beach where ANZAC forces landed. Suvla Bay - Site where the British IX Corps landed on August 6th 1915.
Round trip distances:
7 nm: Cannakale and Canakkale Port Services Command, 1nm before WP 7
14 nm: WP 2 - Gallipoli Battlefield
40 nm: WP 6 - Town of Geliboli
81 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Ankara
Middle East 2
Ankara Local
Take in the sights of Turkey's capital Ankara via three local lakes.
21 nm: WP 4, Esertepe Vadis Park and return
25 nm: WP 1 , Bayindir Dami and return
36 nm: WP 2 , Susuz Golu and return
62 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Hatay
Middle East 2
Hatay Province North
Hatay Province lays between the eastern end of the Mediterranean and the border with Syria. Take off from Haty ap LTDA near the town of Aktas. Have a trip along the Med shore, over the mountain range and return along the Turkey / Syria border.
29 nm: Fly to the coast at WP 1 and return | 103 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Hatay
Middle East 2
Antioch and Hatay Province South
The ancient Greek city of Antioch (Antakya) is in Hatay province, near the Syrian border and on the east end of the Mediterranean.
Fly south through Antioch and return along the Med shore to the west. The compound at WP 3 is only about 100 yds from the border.
25 nm: Fly to Antioch at WP 1 and return | 107 nm: Entire route
Turkey
Igdir Province
Middle East 2
Mount Ararat and the Turkey - Armenia - Iran Border
Igdir Province is adjacent to NE Turkey and borders Armenia, Azerbaijab and Iran. Igdir Airport is adjacent to the town of Kulluk
Fly out of Igdir, patrol the border with Armenia between WP 1 and 2. Between WP 2 and 3 fly along the border with Iran. Then return via the biblical location of Noah's Ark, Mount Ararat.
NOTAM: WP 2, Aralık is located in a bulge on the Turkey - Armenia - Iran border. Mount Ararat is 16853 ft (5,137 m) tall, so take an oxygen supply and use anti-icing measures.
38 nm: Lake Balik at WP 4 and return
50 nm: Mount Ararat at WP 3 and return
75 nm: Border patrol WP1,2,3 and return
114 nm: Entire route
United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi
Middle East 2
Abhu Dabi
Fly around the water-lined border outskirts of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Yemen
Aden
Middle East 2
Gulf of Aden
Fly out of Yemen's Aden, on the Gulf of Aden and follow the rugged coastline to the SW.
NOTAM: 10 nm: WP 5, over Aden city | 33 nm: Entire route
Yemen
Sanaa
Middle East 2
Sanaa Cross Country
Fly out of Yemen's capital Sanaa, and explore the rugged surrounding valleys.
NOTAM: 22nm: Sanaa | 78nm: Entire route
Slovenia
Bled
Slovenia 1
Julian Alps
Put on your long johns and take a run along the alpine ridges west of Bled.
Slovenia
Bled
Slovenia 1
Postcard from Bled
Fly to Slovenia's 3rd highest peak at Mangart and it's most iconic scenery at Lake Bled.
Slovenia
Bled
Slovenia 1
Austrian Border east of Bled
Fly along the alpine border with Austria and return with a low level flight along the gorgeous Ferlacher Stausee reservoir.
Slovenia
Bled
Slovenia 1
Ski Resorts west of Bled
Visit six ski resorts west of Bled and return via the valley to the north.
Slovenia
Bled
Slovenia 1
North East of Bovec, Austria
Hop over the alps and enjoy some of the beautiful scenery north of Bovec, Austria.
Slovenia
Bled
Slovenia 1
Triborder
Explore the stunning Millstatter Lake in Austria and return via the Triborder of Austria, Italy and Slovenia.
Slovenia
Cerklje
Slovenia 1
Rajhenburg and Sevnica Castles
Visit two iconic castles on the Sava River.
Slovenia
Cerklje
Slovenia 1
Otocec Castle and Novo Mesto
Lower Carniola (Carniola Bianca or White Carniola) is a region in the south of Slovenia, on the border with Croatia. Novo Mesto is the economic and cultural centre of the region.
Slovenia
Cerklje
Slovenia 1
Zagreb
Visit Zagreb, the capital of Slovenia's southern neighbour Croatia.
Slovenia
Cerklje
Slovenia 1
West of Cerklje
Fly west out of Cerklje and return along the Sava River. It's definitely rewarding flying both directions along many of the valleys and rivers in Slovenia.
Slovenia
Divaca
Slovenia 1
Rihemberk Castle
Follow roads and rivers along the western border with Italy.
Slovenia
Divaca
Slovenia 1
Gorizia and Predjama Castles
Gorizia Castle is just to the west of the border with Slovenia, overlooking mountain passes to the north and the west. You won't see Predjama Castle from the north as it's cut into a cliff facing south. Fly off the plateau and look right as you turn west to Divaca.
Slovenia
Divaca
Slovenia 1
Sneznik Castle
Explore the valleys, plateau and castles east of Divaca.
Slovenia
Postojna
Slovenia 1
Rijeka, Croatia
Fly south into Croatia and explore the Adriatic coast at Rijeka.
Slovenia
Postojna
Slovenia 1
Dams at Divaca
Dams and towns south of Divaca, to the Croatian border.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Brdo and Bled Castles
Fly to the most iconic scene in Slovenia and explore the valleys to the west of Ljubljana airport.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Skofja Loka Castle
Explore to the south west of Ljubljana airport.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Ljubljana Castle
Get a feel for the layout of Ljubljana proper by following the A1 and A2 motorways around the city.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Church of St. Thomas and Blegos
Explore the valleys about 20 nm south west of Ljubljana airport. From the grassy peak at Blegos (the second highest mountain in this region at 1562 m) you can see the Julian, Karawanks and Kamnik–Savinja Alps.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Babno Polje, at the border with Croatia
Fly to the border crossing with Croatia at Babno Polje, south of Ljubljana.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Border keep, Kostel Castle
Follow the border with Croatia on the Cabranka River from Brod na Kupi to Kostel Castle. Return to Ljubljana north along the 106 motorway.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Zuzemberk and Otoceck Castles
Fly south east of Ljubljana and visit two of Slovenia's iconic castles.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Lake Sostanj
Head 26 miles north east of Ljubljana airport to Lake Sostanj. Lake Sostanj features three large bodies of water, from west to east: Druzmirsko jezero, Sostanjsko Jezero and Skalsko jezero
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Velika Planina
Velika Planina is a plateau with high elevation pastures and more than 140 shepherd's huts, and popular ski resorts.
Slovenia
Ljubljana
Slovenia 1
Ljubljana Private Airports
Visit the small airports south of Ljubljana, and land at them if you can!
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Austrian Border from Maribor
Patrol the border with Austria to the NE corner of Slovenia.
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Lake District
Visit some of the larger lakes east of Maribor.
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Drava River, Ormoz and Ptuj
Explore some of the main dams around Maribor and the border crossing with Hungary at Ormoz.
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Celje
Visit Celje, the fourth largest city in Slovenia.
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Slovenj Gradec
In the beautiful Mislinja Valley Slovenj Gradec was largely German speaking until 1945. Gradec is Slovene for "little castle".
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Graz
Cross the northern border to Graz, Austria on the Mur River.
Slovenia
Maribor
Slovenia 2
Maribor Ski Resorts
Explore the ski resorts to the west of Maribor.
Slovenia
Portoroz
Slovenia 2
Ports North of Portoroz
Explore the port towns north of Portoroz, crossing the border into Italy.
Slovenia
Portoroz
Slovenia 2
Croatian Border and Dams
Take a short flight along the Croatian border near Portoroz and return via the coast.
Slovenia
Portoroz
Slovenia 2
Ports South of Portoroz
Portoroz airport is just north of the border with Croatia. Explore the Adriatic ports to the south.
Slovenia
Portoroz
Slovenia 2
Portoroz to Rijeka
Explore the ports south of Portoroz, all the way to Rijeka, Croatia.
Slovenia
Portoroz
Slovenia 2
Croatia, Umeg to Buzet
Explore the nearest ports and features just south of the border from Portorz ap.
Slovenia
Slovenj Gradec
Slovenia 2
Drava River, Slovenj Gradec to Maribor
Fly along the steep and winding Drava River valley to Maribor and return via the wider valley to the south.
Slovenia
Slovenj Gradec
Slovenia 2
Ski Resorts near Slovenj Gradec
Take your helicopter and land at each resort!
Slovenia
Slovenj Gradec
Slovenia 2
Meza River
Explore the Meza River valley west of Slovenj Gradec.
Slovenia
Slovenj Gradec
Slovenia 2
Alpine tour
From the summit of Mount St. Ursula (1699 m) you can see Carinthia, the Kozjak Mountains, and the Kamnik–Savinja Alps.
Slovenia
Slovenj Gradec
Slovenia 2
Border patrol Slovenj Gradec to Maribor
Fly north of the Austrian border between Slovenj Gradec and Maribor.
Slovenia
Slovenske Konjice
Slovenia 2
Slovenske Konjice East
Explore east of Slovenske Konjice, to the border with Hungary.
Slovenia
Slovenske Konjice
Slovenia 2
Slovenske Konjice West
Explore the dams and valleys west of Slovenske Konjice.
Slovenia
Sostanj
Slovenia 2
Sostanj Regional Airports
Visit the regional airports nearest to Sostanj, and land at them if you can!
Slovenia
Sostanj
Slovenia 2
Sostanj Regional Airports II
Venture futher afield from Sostanj and perform touch'n'gos at regional airports.
Slovenia
Trieste
Slovenia 2
Soca River and the Solkan Sakarno Bridge
Fly out of LIPQ Ronchi Dei Legionari, just across the border in Italy and explore the Soca River in Slovenia's north west.
Slovenia
Trieste
Slovenia 2
Miramare and Socerb Castles
Fly around the Gulf of Trieste and visit two stunning castles.
Slovenia
Trieste
Slovenia 2
Predjama Castle
Visit Predjama Castle and explore valleys NE of Gorizia.
Slovenia
Trieste
Slovenia 2
Ossuary of Italian WWI Soldiers
This memorial to Italian soldiers who fell in World War I was built by the Italian state in 1938. It is on the site of the chapel of Saint Anthony of Padua (completed 1696). Fly north out of Trieste and return south along the Soca River valley.
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