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.)


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 13) Naples – Palermo

After taking off from Naples airport I was soon climbing high to match the 4202 ft Mount Vesuvius volcano best known for its massive eruption in 79AD and destroying Pompeii. As I flew over, I wondered how mighty the eruption must have been to throw up such a large amount of rock and ash to cover multiple cities almost instantly. There are molds taken from the ash which clearly show people as they hide and died. Scary stuff.



Mount Vesuvius

Using my IPhone and its maps I tracked my route south east along the length of Italy counting the cities and rivers below. Reaching Scalea I could see across to the opposite shore of Italy. I hadn’t been aware that Italy got that narrow in parts.

Continuing my flight to the “toes” of Italy I was interested in the many islands which dotted the ocean ahead of me. I knew that I would be flying over these islands on my next flight so went to explore some more of Sicily instead. Whilst crossing the short stretch of water between Italy and Sicily I noticed another huge mountain rising above the horizon much further to the south. The weather was still as good as it had been so I took a rather lengthy detour to take a look. I climbed in my small Beech Baron to match the 3329 ft summit of this mountain before seeing on the map that it was actually Mount Etna. Once again I learnt some more geography. This flight has been rather volcanic.


Mount Etna

ITN news on Mount Etna:

I ended my flight by landing at Punta Raisi airport on the north coast of Sicily just west of Palermo. The runway nestled into a small corner of land made for a cosy stopping point after the strong side winds coming in from the sea making the landing rather tricky.

Landing at Punta Raisi Airport:

Palermo. City of contrasts:

Sicily HD: