In Second Life, we can find a variety of places related to flying where the visitor can enjoy the skies of this digital environment and have some fun. Some regions in-world can provide that complete experience of flying in a way you will feel like you are a real pilot.
There are more than 5000 aircraft models available. You can choose between: airplanes, helicopters, hovercraft lighter than air, and even rockets and spaceships. You can buy them in stores around the world. Each one works differently and has unique devices so you should take a little time to read the instruction manual. Those notes are usually in the same file as the vehicle and are written by the creator himself.
If you are a beginner, the first step is to get a cheap aircraft to get some experience. After you are familiar with its controls, then you can invest in something more complex and have big adventures in the SL skies.
You don’t need too much money to start this new dream. At the marketplace there are more than 500 aircraft and the prices range from 0 to 10 lindens. Some of them are really fun for your first adventure.
You will find out with your aircraft that crossing the skies can be a little hard. That’s normal and it’s not the vehicle’s fault, but maybe the slow rendering of some regions.
Those first adventures can get you excited, and they may convince you to invest something a little more advanced. There are some full-functioning mesh models, with modeling optimized for the Second Life systems and advanced scripting. Those advanced ones are not that heavy in terms of prims, which means a smooth border crossing and little problematic lag. These models cost from 3000 to 5000 L.
Aircraft in Marketplace:
I found Mr. Gabriel at the Hollywood airport; he is an experienced commander of an air taxi company in SL. Here is what he suggests:
Camury: Gabriel, I see that Mr. Gabriel is a Vulture Air Captain.
Gabriel (menino.clip): Yes, I am a commander.
Camury: What is Vulture Air?
Gabriel (menino.clip): It's an airline; we do flights, cargo, and passengers (GridEX).
Camury: Why did you decide to become a pilot?
Gabriel (menino.clip): I’m a commercial airplane single and multiengine and helicopter pilot in real life, so this is what i enjoy doing in Second Life as well.
Camury: What does it take to be a good SL pilot?
Gabriel (menino.clip): Well, just look both ways before crossing a runway and be patient with other traffic in the airport. it doesn't take much.
Camury: Do you have any advice for beginners?
Gabriel (menino.clip): Just learn the basic airport signs. Flying in Second Life is really easy so if you're aware of what's going on around you; it shouldn’t be too complicated.
Camury: What may be complicated?
Gabriel (menino.clip): Well, getting around big airports without getting anyone mad at you. If you don't have any experience, I guess that's the hardest part because once you're in the air everything is fine.
Camury: In your opinion, which LMs are the best for flying?
Gabriel (menino.clip): I enjoy flying around Hollywood airport and second Norway as well as Seychelles airport is also a good option.
Camury: Mr. Gabriel, is there anything else you think is important for our readers?
Gabriel (menino.clip): just enjoy what you're doing. If you love aviation, you're going to search for information and you're going to learn how to fly. Don't wait for people to teach you; go after what you want to accomplish. If you really learn how to fly and want to join a group of people who are experts in what they do, then show up here in Vulture Air for an evaluation flight.
Camury: Thank you, Mr. Gabriel
Please, take a look at the flying-related lands. There are some cool activities for you to experience.
Second Norway airport
I think flying is one of the best experiences that we can have as a human. So, do your own! Take your plane and fly through the clouds in the beautiful blue sky in SL.
Additional Information:Translated from Portuguese into English