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).
Enjoy the beautiful resorts on the Mediterranean coastline near Alexandria, established by Alexander the Great in about 3331 BC.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
16 nm: Fly to the El Fanar Beach and return
83 nm: Entire route
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.
20 nm: Fly to Taba
87 nm: Entire route
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.