Monthly Archives: August 2011

Abbotts Aerodrome bought by Novatech

According to a recent comment, made both on Cubey Terra’s website and also here on my blog, Abbotts Aerodrome is likely to be preserved after September 1st. Let me quote the comment made by Cheshyr Pontchartrain on Cubeyterra.com:

“Fear not, I’ve made arrangements to purchase and preserve the airport for Novatech. The airport name and vendors will change, per Cubey’s request, but the airport will remain open to the public, and give new airplane makers a chance to spread their wings.

So any name ideas? I’m thinking something involving Costello’s. :)”

The new owner will be Novatech, makers of hi-tech gadgets and role-playing merchandise. It is reported that the planes and other items sold at the airport are going to change as well.

http://www.cubeyterra.com/2011/08/all-good-things/comment-page-1/#comment-5055

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Balloon trips

The news about Abbotts Aerodrome closing brought me back to my balloon again. Since last year I am in posession of a Terra-Kojima balloon, which is a very nice toy for exploring Second Life.

The balloon can be used to go from one spot to the next. The HUD enables you to choose between several ways of flying it. You can set it’s altitude, direction or speed. But you can also just let it float with SL wind and/or let the altitude be regulated with the burner, which you can open or close. This way you’ll never know where you’ll end up. I found it to be a fun way to discover new spots. Even in your own neighbourhood you may discover that you have hidden gems, just around the corner.

The balloon is even completely customizable. You can alter the textures since it is mod, but it also contains a series of presets, available through a ‘painter HUD’ and the possibility to apply your own logo to it.

And last but not least, for the real die-hards, it offers the possibility to create guided tours around an area, a feature that I have used myself at Tradewinds: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dex/164/7/22

The Terra-Kojima balloon can be found at Abbotts Aerodrome, until it’s closure september 1st: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Abbotts Or at SL Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Terra-Kojima-Cirrus-balloon-by-Cubey-Terra-and-Reitsuki-Kojima/36836

Naturally, if you just want to try it out, you can visit us at Tradewinds and try our tour balloon. If you click the post for it, it will rezz. Sit in and and say ‘AP Start’ to start the tour.. Or ‘help’ for info on how to get around with it otherwise.

Abbotts Aerodrome is closing

September 1st will be the end of an era and a terribly sad day for all of SL. Today I received news about the upcoming closure of Abbotts Aerodrome, one of the true iconic places in Second Life.

More than 7 years old, Abbotts was found in January 2007 by Apotheus Silverman and Cubey Terra. The place is featured in many in-world and real-life publications, online and on print. Cubey’s skydiving equipment is used all over Second Life and so are many of the vehicles that are sold at Abbotts.

The aerodrome itself is the heart of the western part of Sansara, Second Life’s oldest continent.

I first received the news through the Second Life community blogs, but there must be more information about it.  The reasons behind closing the airport are unsure yet, but it seems to be either financial or disagreement with Linden Labs.

Link to the blogpost:

http://community.secondlife.com/t5/General-Discussion-Forum/Abbotts-Aerodrome-is-closing-soon/td-p/1014739

Link to Cubey Terra’s own announcement on closing:

http://www.cubeyterra.com/2011/08/all-good-things/

Abbotts Aerodrome can be found here:

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Abbotts/128/128/2

Liv Leigh spotters get new facilities

Thanks to Tradewinds Yacht Club’s Tasha Kostolany, fanatic Liv Leigh spotters now can enjoy their own cabin. The simple wooden shed contains some information about Liv Leigh and a couple of warnings for the unknowing. A one metre tall fence offers the needed protection against sudden attacks.

The stand provides some information about Liv Leigh’s usual habitat, the ‘race director’s chair’ and habits (sitting AFK, with or without sign above it’s head). A pair of binoculars is included for a better view, but not necessary as the cabin brings spotters right in the middle of Liv’s territory.

Visitors are kindly requested not to feed the animals, as they might get sick. Visitors are advised to not stand at or lean on the fence as this might result into them becoming food for the wildlife.

The cabin can be visited at Tradewinds Yacht Club: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Dex/172/28/25