Last year I was introduced to the sport of flying an airplane in Second Life®. I bought a little, blue seaplane. It’s just like the real life (RL) airplane that I had lessons in except it can land on water. It also has an advantage over those long ago days in RL. First, while similar in operation, flying in SL is easier than in RL and second, it is not as scary. In RL, I never got over being scared when piloting a plane. I was always afraid it would fall out of the sky.
That is an essential aspect of sport. Sports combine risk with skill. Part of the thrill of sport is the possibility of being hurt for a lapse in concentration or insufficient skills. In SL the thrill is vicarious but still it has a skill aspect and great exploring fun to offer.
In order to make long flights you need to go where crossing sim borders is allowed. The Blake Sea is an open area of 180 sims that was established for sailing, but it’s excellent also for flying. There are literally hundreds of places to find and explore throughout the Blake Sea area. It’s the best location I know for flying.
Hollywood Airport is one of many airports in SL. Here you can buy airplanes and helicopters, learn to fly, rezz your plane, find fellow flyers and hang out. It sits on the edge of the vast Blake Sea, so to enter into that area, you take off and fly Southwest. Mark Twain White is the owner and he was one of the founding creators of the Blake Sea as an open space for all to explore and enjoy.
There are a number of other airports and most of them are on or near the Blake Sea. That way you have easy access to a large area for flying. I recommend getting a seaplane for landing in a secluded lagoon for a swim and picnic lunch.
Lag is a problem with flying. You need to dress so that you are running as few scripts as possible. Your clothes and attachments often have scripts and it’s best to remove them. Remove the scripts, not your clothes (unless it’s allowed). Also, it’s easier to manage a small, single engine plane than a big airliner, like a DC3 or a jet.
One of my heroes has always been Amelia Earhart and my passion for flying has always been linked to those pioneers of flight (Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, Beryl Markham, Glenn Curtiss and Hugo Eckener). Even though I was scared stiff, I loved every second as a pilot and so here’s a toast to that terrible joy of living that infuses all sports.
- Hollywood Airport (Santa Catalina 222, 147, 25)
- MCAS Chase Field: Marine Corps Aviation Services (Fridericus 95, 100, 48)
- Honah Lee Field (Honah Lee Surf 144, 174, 23)
- New Horizons Airport SLNH (Alphubel 4, 128, 26)
Some Aircraft Builders
- My Sea Kite built by Prefabrica (PREFABRICA 133, 107, 25)
- Builder of many aircraft from single engine to DC-10. KBEG Airport & Shop EG Planes (Tease 141, 194, 3501)
Many other builders are located around the airports so your choices are nearly unlimited.
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Written by Deepthinker Oh