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Abbotts Airport, formerly Abbotts Aerodrome, (ICAO: SLAZ) is a historic public airport in the 'Abbotts' region of Second Life's oldest continent, Sansara. Since being sold by founder Cubey Terra in 2011, the airport has had several owners; the latest of which is Blacktip Razor. It´s too the home for SLCG Station Abbotts Field and for the Virtual Coast Guard (VCG Station Abbotts).

Landing Advisories

  • Numerous tall structures east of airfield along runway centerline within 128m rendering approaches and departures on that side of runway unusable. Landings should be made from the west to runway 9 and departures to the west on runway 27.

Background

Floating Design (2004 - 2006)

Abbotts Aerodrome was founded in January 2004 by Apotheus Silverman and Cubey Terra. Their second attempt at building an airport (the first being Zoe Airfield in late 2003), the original concept behind the Aerodrome was a multi-level, art deco, futuristic airport which floated over the ruins of an abandoned airfield. To complete the effect, there was a dilapidated hangar, tower, and a couple of wrecked biplanes. The build originally consisted of separate plots of land consisting of about 24,000 square meters. Over the years that followed, the Aerodrome expanded to occupy most of the available land in the Abbotts region.

Automated flights left the Aerodrome runway several times per hour and flew on regular routes all over the mainland (the current continent of Sansara). The AI planes used on the route consisted of a light civilian monoplane, a L-18 Lodestar, and a Boeing 737.

During 2004, aircraft designer Reitsuki Kojima joined the Aerodrome, moving into hangar 1 and parachute-maker Al Bravo began teaching skydiving classes. In collaboration with the Aerodrome officers, he developed skydiving equipment for the Aerodrome's new purpose-built skydiving facility, which included a shop, classroom, and skydiving elevator. Although Bravo left Abbotts several months later, the skydiving facility remained and was restocked with new equipment.

Between September 2004 and Autumn 2005, further changes were made to the build including the addition of a central lobby/terminal building adjacent to the Terrabucks coffeehouse, and new aircraft sandbox was placed at the northeast corner of Abbotts. The small independent hangars were eventually combined into one large hangar with dividers between the three shops and Terra replaced his small two story shop with a new multi-level store.

Hillside Terraces Design (2006)

Abbotts Aerodrome, looking north (2006)

The terrace design, looking North (2006)

After briefly stepping down from management of the Aerodrome in September 2005, Cubey Terra began a series of design revisions in March of 2006. Resulting in the complete destruction and rebuilding of Abbotts Aerodrome, the new build consisted of several compact buildings that clung to the hillside.

At ground level the runway was rebuilt, with a large hangar and a new passenger terminal. The central building, which contained offices, Apotheus Silverman's shop, and Terrabucks Coffee, was on the hill and fronted by a plaza and a fountain made from an old Linden telehub. Other buildings included a skydiving center, Arrekusu Muromachi's shop, Chage McCoy's shop, Cubey Terra's shop, and Reitsuki Kojima's workspace. On the east side, on the top of the ridge, Terra constructed a heliport with several landing pads and Jillian Callahan's shop.

Tower Design (2006 - 2013)

Abbotts Aerodrome tower skydiving pad feb 2007

The tower design & skydiving pads, looking SW (2007)

In October of 2006, several months after being re-designed as hillside terraces, the Aerodrome went through another major construction phase. The runway from the March 2006 rebuild was left in place, however individual shops, offices, Terrabucks, and the ground level terminal were eliminated in favor of a gigantic tower design with multiple floors.

The three main floors included a dedicated telehub level, a main level containing the aerodrome's central shopping mall (and Terrabucks coffeehouse), and a terminal level which was, unlike previous builds, raised above the ground level with two lifts descending to the tarmac and runway below. The west lift extended further down into the submarine dock below the surface.

In addition, four outstretched arms extended from the main level of the tower building: the north and west arms held skydiving lifts and targets, the south point had an automated airship dock, and the east point was used as a helipad.

Abbotts Airport (2013 - Present)

On 2nd August 2011, Cubey Terra announced that Abbotts Aerodrome was closing on 1st September 2011.[1] The sim was briefly purchased by Cheshyr Pontchartrain of Novatech on 29 August 2011.

After passing through several owners in quick succession, Abbotts was purchased by Blacktip Razor. Attempting to restore Abbotts to its former glory after several years of neglect, a major redevelopment followed, prompted in part by the decision to return many of the old buildings which had become uncontrollable due to the number of previous owners.

This Abbotts Airport is designed with an art deco theme. The control tower is located adjacent to the main runway. Fuel services are available at the eastern end of the runway from Texaco (DSA) and Terra Fuel Pumps. After landing, pilots are free to take the metal stairs down to the water and follow the beautifully paved path along the perimeter.

Airlines

The following list includes all scheduled services to and from Abbotts Aerodrome/Abbotts Airport as of September 2015. Other non-scheduled charter flights may be available on request. Please contact airlines for more information.

Facilities and services

Pilots' facilities

General facilities

  • Shops/vendors & demo rezzers.
  • x4 rental hangars.
  • ATC tower.
  • Public marina.
  • Terra skydiving facilities.
  • Second Life Coast Guard (SLCG) station.
  • Virtual Coast Guard (VCG) station.

Images

References

  1. Abbotts Aerodrome is closing Sept 1 (Forum). Retrieved on 2013-10-08.

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