Over at Rêveries d’Avatarian, veteran Second Lifer Caliburn Susanto reviews my Terra Aeronatics tower in his post, “Return Flight“. Although he’s incorrect in assuming that the tower marks a return to creating aircraft for Second Life, his photos are beautiful. As well, his observations about the former Abbotts Aerodrome are spot-on: while it may be a landmark, its spirit is long gone from it.
Why is the tower there? When I sold Abbotts Aerodrome, I retained 4096 square meters of Abbotts for myself, as a place where I could drop in and build or play whenever I wanted. I eventually felt that I needed a place to display my work. What better format than an art deco style tower? So I launched into its design and construction with gusto.
It was a short-lived effort. Now, several months later, the tower is still empty and the runways unused. Eventually I might display a couple of my creations using the meager number of prims left in my parcel allotment, or maybe add a slideshow of my favourite Second Life moments. Until then, however, it’s just a tower.
Unlike the new owners of the airport next door, who for some reason don’t want visitors to rez planes or use the airport as it was intended, my two small runways are open to anyone. I hope it will remain useful to pilots who still trek across the map.
So thank you, Caliburn, for the write-up. Those are wonderful pictures. But Terra Aeronautics will not be returning to production any time soon.