Joint Long Range Tourist Rally 2018

Joint Long Range Tourist Rally 2018


Joint Long Range Tourist Rally 2018

Rally Aero France and UPL-AOPA






  • UPL-AOPA Luxembourg has a tradition of organizing long range tourist rallys and organized a rally in 2016 to Natakhari, Georgia with some 40 persons.
  • Rallye Aéro France is organizing long range tourist rally’s to remote locations and aims to travel in June 2018 to the Caspian sea via Georgia.
  • Given the complex flying routes to get to the Caspian shores, forces are bundled to organize a unique general aviation and non-commercial long range tourist rally.


UPL-AOPA can delegate two or three teams. Interested persons are invited to contact tour organizer Jean Michel COLLINEAU ( and Peter Sodermans (  early December 2017.




This is a preliminary program – subject to changes. The title of this long range tourist rally for private pilots is: “from the Atlantic coast to the Caspian shores.”  For ease of calculation, routes hereunder are calculated at a speed of roughly 100 NM.


The tour is organized by volunteers on a noncommercial but well organized basis. Jean-Michel Collineau is the lead organizer.


We’ll stay in good hotels. AVGAS is ensured all along the route (which is the biggest challenge) and custom admin will be handled as well. Routing maps will be provided. We don’t have pricing details of the lodging yet at this stage, but again, it is a noncommercial setup.


We have agreed that two or three teams with UPL-AOPA members can participate in this tour as there is a limited tour availability. Please contact ASAP the tour organization contacts to confirm your interest as we need to secure the teams to move on with the hotel, customs, and tourist program arrangements. Routes are drafted in accordance with local aviation authorities.


Map of flying route from Luxembourg ELLX


Friday June 15th, 2018

  • The Luxembourg participants gather at Luxembourg-Findel (ELLX) at 09 am and take off towards international gathering point in Cuers LFTF (390 NM – 4 hrs)
  • The French participants gather at Ancenis LFFI and fly via Montpellier LFNG to Cuers LFTF  (410NM – 4 hrs)

Saturday June 16th, 2018

  • At 11am, gathering and departure of all the crews at Cuers LFTF and departure at 1pm towards Portoroz LJPZ in Slovenia. (380 NM – 4 hrs)

Sunday June 17th, 2018

  • Early morning flight from Portoroz LJPZ to Nis in Serbia LYNI (395 NM – 4 hrs)
  • Second flight from Nis LYNI to Burgas in Bulgaria LBBG  (256 NM – 2.5 hrs)

Monday June 18th, 2018

  • Early morning flight from BURGAS LBBG to Istanbul, Turkey LTBQ ( 165 NM 1.5 hrs)

Tuesday June 19th, 2018

  • Stayover at Istanbul – Tourist program

Wednesday June 20th, 2018

  • Stayover at Istanbul – Tourist Program

Thursday June 21st, 2018

  • Flight from Istanbul LTBQ to beautiful Cappadocia, Turkey LTAZ (240 NM 2.5 hrs)


Friday June 22nd, 2018

  • Stopover in Cappadocia – Tourist program

Saturday June 23rd , 2018

  • Early morning flight from Cappadocia LTAZ to subtropical Batumi in Georgia UGSB (370 NM 3hrs 40)

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

  • Flight from Batumi UGSB to Natakhtari in Georgia UGSA ( 167 NM 1.5hrs)


Monday June 25th, 2018

  • Stayover in Natakhtari and tourist program within Georgia in cooperation with Vanilla Sky

Tuesday June 26th, 2018

  • Stayover in Natakhtari and tourist program within Georgia in cooperation with Vanilla Sky

Wednesday June 27th, 2018

Flight from Natakhtari USGA – Baku, Azerbaijan UBBB (250 NM 2.5 hrs)


Thursday June 28th, 2018

  • Early morning flight from Baku UBBB to Batumi, Georgia  UGSB (420 NM 4 hrs)

Friday June 29th , 2018

  • Early morning flight from Batumi UGSB to Engiz in Turkey LTFI , (240 NM 2.5 hrs)
  • Second flight from Engiz LTFI to Burgas LBBG (420 NM – 4 hrs)

Saturday June 30th, 2018

  • Flight from Burgas LBBG to Bucharest LRBS (131 NM – 1hrs 15)

Sunday July 1st, 2018

  • Early morning flight from Bucharest LRBS – Jakabszállás in Hungary LHJK ( 304 NM – 3 hrs)
  • Second flight from Jakabszállás LHJK to Stockerau in Austria LOAU (171 NM – 1hrs 45)

Monday July 2nd, 2018

  • Flight from Stockerau LOAU via Nurenberg Germany (212NM 2hrs 15) to EDDN to Verdun, France LFGW (220 NM 2hrs 15) or Luxembourg ELLX


End of the Rally +++++


Key Data
  • 16 legs
  • 14 countries flown over : (Luxembourg) – France – Italy – Slovenia – Croatia – Serbia – Bulgaria – Turkey – Georgia – Azerbaijan – Romania – Hungary – Austria – Germany – France – (Luxembourg)
  • 4328 NM from LLFI (and 4687 NM from ELLX)
  • 43/46 flying hours on a base of 100 Kts per hour and 1550 liters
  • 30 flying hours on a base of 145 Kts per hour and 1650 liters
  • These are just theoretical informations.
  • The routes will be established in agreement with the civil aviation authorities of each country. The difference will be insignificant compared to the calculation above.

Interested? send as soon as possible an email to the Organization contacts:


Jean Michel COLLINEAU (Rallye Aéro France) – tour management – main contact

2 Rue René La Combe, ANGERS 49100, France  – VAT : FR30 509 641 692 00025 – FFA N°889   Tel. : +33241399939  – Fax. : +33241399939  –  Mob.   +33608319787


Peter Sodermans (UPL-AOPA) – board member UPL-AOPA Twitter :#AOPAluxembourg Tel (+352) 691.90.91.92