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 39) SAMBAVA – SEYCHELLES

I left Sambava South at around 2:15pm and was met with vast blue skies. Being on the coast I was merely 500ft high before I saw the sun sparkle off the turquoise seas. I took off with a third of my fuel capacity and hoped that I would make it the 45 minutes north to Antsiranana airport where I was going to touch down and refuel briefly. 20 minutes in to the flight patches of cloud began to form until eventually I was hopping from one to the other as I climbed to 10,000ft. Other than clouds the skies here were very quiet, only seeing one other aircraft all the time I have been in Madagascar. At around 9,500 ft my Beech Baron 58 began to bounce around due to heavy turbulence. It felt rather calm until I saw and incredible flash and was instantly shock with a loud clap of thunder. It seems that Madagascar gets a lot in the way of thunder storms.

After catching site of the runway I was to refuel at I headed downwind before turning 180 degrees and landing among a large forest. Without any rain falling, I could still hear the rolling thunder in the distance. Gaining IFR clearance again I took off at 3:35 and tackled the long flight over the water. Large clouds had formed off the coast and created a slither of horizon just visible beneath. It was time to climb and fly above them. Above the clouds once more, it was a simple matter of following the sat-nav and keeping the wings level.

Sambava to Seychelles clouds

By 4:30 I was closing in to Farquhar FSFA. I called in my landing intentions at 21 miles away and thought it a good idea just to top up my fuel before the final long leg. The island itself was very very small and could even have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for the turquoise coral highlighting its shores. The clouds disappeared and allowed for a lovely smooth touch down.

Sambava to Seychelles island hop Sambava Refueling at Farquhar

Refuelling at Farquhar

The next 2 hours of the journey was always going to be quiet. The sun set over my left shoulder and one by one the stars came out. I looked for constellations that I recognised, however I am not so good at that at home, let alone on the southern hemisphere.

Sambava to Seychelles sunset

Sunset on the way to Seychelles

By the time I was 30 minutes to the airport the clouds had reappeared and would light up the inside of the dark cockpit with occasional lightening. At 73 miles out I was given instructions for my approach. In the dark this was a pretty fun landing. The low cloud meant I couldn’t see the runway until I was on final. The final lined up with runway 31. Luckily the lights guided me in and the PAPI made sure I was at the correct altitude. That was important as I am sure I saw outlines of trees passing just below in front of the runway. When the wheels touched tarmac at 7:35 pm I had to wait for a 737 to make it to the gates before I could reach my own parking bay. It was good to finally see some other aircraft again.

Seychelles landing

Night landing at Seychelles

Now… time for a cocktail!

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Landing at The Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQF8QQ4nrQk

Untouched – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdibaJMnuVs

Offical Video of Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhtBt7CCc3U

Tourist Guide to The Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN0bn9ftmxA

Culture of the Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AHkKYUKiHQ

Victoria – Capital of Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bceSPSTheM

Under the Coconut Tree – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQHY5rZkkVQ

Seychelles Underwater – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3Kuh4itLKc

A Seychelles Holiday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hiBJVerndg

GOPro Seychelles – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zX2Fl12Q78