The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)

OFFICIAL ROUTE MAP

Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

Flight 47) Dubai – Abu Dhabi

I started this flight by taking a few minutes to familiarize myself with my new aircraft and understand the new layout of the radio stack. Being a new version of the same plane I have already completed 18,000+ miles in, I was pretty confident I knew the majority of the controls.

Sitting in Gate F-14 of the world’s largest airport I was right to presume that I had a long way to taxi to reach the active runway. The airport was extremely lively with large jetliners touching down and many ground crews driving around the terminal buildings.

With my new plane I have also assigned myself a new Call Sign. “World Travel 80F.” The “F” standing for Flights as I was originally to complete the entire trip in 80 flights. I have since learned that with all of my detours to see additional destinations, my 80th flight will only have taken me half way around the world.

I requested my taxi clearance at roughly 10:00 and began my lengthy taxi journey to Runway 30L via K Z Z4 K K17. Trying to write down the instruction and radio frequencies proved to be very tricky. I’m going to need more practice at that. Previously I have simply been re reading the radio text within the simulator.

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I dutifully awaited my takeoff clearance and proceeded to roll down the runway. A Boeing MD-80  was also taking of from Runway 30R and looked huge in comparison to my little light aircraft. I took a glance back at the massive terminal buildings and was pleased that I had watched much of the TV show “Ultimate Airport Dubai” which provided a fantastic, detailed insight to the operation of this huge airport.

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It wasn’t long before I was flying over the city taking my final looks at the iconic buildings here such as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis Hotel resort and “The World.” A project of man made islands mapping out the world.
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I am pretty confident that this will be the shortest flight on this World Tour. By the time I had left Dubai behind, it was already time to consider my landing pattern. I skimmed the coast line and saw many islands dotting the shore and as I turned inland towards Abu Dhabi International I was surprised to see how far away from the city this airport was. I had previously checked Google Maps and was pleased to know that I would be flying directly over Yas Marina F1 Circuit and Ferrari World. Being a big fan of Formula 1, I enjoyed seeing the 2014 Championship be settled at this track. See the video link below.

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Abu Dhabi International Airport

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Yas Marina Circuit & Ferrari World

Abu Dhabi may not be on the same level of extravagance as its neighboring city Dubai although it does still boast some spectacular architecture. It will be exciting to watch this part of the world develop even further through-out the next few decades.


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Yas Hotel

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Abu Dhabi Golf Course

Inside Abu Dhabi International Airport Etihad Airways *HD* – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8qirEjrEwY

Early Morning Approach & Landing Rwy 31L Abu Dhabi Airport – Cockpit View – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=ji1eDqydc5E

2013 Formula1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMXNqkXvkoI

F1 Abu Dhabi 2014 Race Edit – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqGJ_vPZw90

Ferrari’s Alonso and Massa ride world’s fastest rollercoaster at Ferrari World – https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=ijuQwnfBBZw

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi 2012 (full HD) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBigggu8GKk

Yas Waterworld, Abu Dhabi – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WqinOY5yVw

Abu Dhabi Travel Video Guide – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT8x5wa04F0

Beautiful Abu Dhabi Top 5 Attractions City Tour *HD* – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuEOVr-HvGY