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Saturday, April 28, 2012

SL Airport Expo Blog Spotlight: Whitewolf Mumfuzz

Today is another round of SL Airport Expo Blog Spotlights! Today's spotlights kick off with Whitewolf Mumfuzz:


1.  What inspired you to create your airport in Second Life?
The airport is a tribute of sorts to someone I consider my mentor in SL. He'd created an airport that had a similar theme, and it was my first home in SL. My mentor has since left SL, but I feel I owe a lot to him, so this is my way of 'repaying' him for his guidance.

2.  Tell us about your airport, what were your aims and goals in Second Life, when you created it?   
The airport was created to serve as a location for both civil and combat aviation. When designing it, I had wanted to make a relaxing atmosphere whereby visitors may relax and socialise when they are not flying.
In my travels around SL, I noticed that there were very few airports with a style from the inter-wars era. I've always felt that such airports had a certain feel and charm about them, so I set about recreating such an airport. In designing it, I had wanted to keep the look and feel of a 1920's and 1930's era airport, yet still be able to cater to and accomodate more modern aircraft. As such, the airport's layout is able to support aircraft with a wingspan of up to 50 meters, and there is lots of open space for helicopters, airships and similar craft to land and take off from.

3.  Is your airport modeled or inspired after a real life airport?    If so which one?
As a reference, I looked at photos of airports that were built in the Art Deco architectural style. Some of the influences include:
William P. Hobby Airport (Houston, Texas, USA)
Royal Air Force Newton (Nottingham, England)

The seaplane and boathouse in Minami Torishima is inspired by a boathouse that exists on White Rock Lake, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

4.  How long have you owned your airport?  is your airport opened to the general public?  Is a group required to rezz?  What are some activities or items that people can do at your airport?
Building work for the airport started in late Feburary in the Minami Takayama sim, while work in Minami Torishima started in early March, and I have been managing the airport since then. The airport is open to all, and no group membership is required to rez!

The airport can be used for aviation activities, whether combat or non-combat. A waterway runs through the Southern side of the airport, allowing for various boating activities and use of flying boats and seaplanes. Ground combat is also possible!

The airport will soon house a private flight school, with the aim of spreading aviation as an activity in SL. Interested parties may also enquire about flight and combat lessons.

5.  We are thrilled to have your airport come to our SL Airport Expo and be a part of Aviation Month! What inspired you to take part?
I have to admit that this would be my first time participating in an Expo as an exhibitor, so that was a big motivation to take part and see just how I would fare under such conditions!


1.  How long have you been in Second Life?
I started Second Life in September of 2007.

2.  What made you first join Second Life?
A long time friend of mine introduced me to Second Life, and after a few conversations about it, I was convinced. I initially joined SL for the social aspects of this virtual world, but I quickly learnt of the various other activities in SL and quickly started to do things in SL that I am not able to in the real world.

3.   What are some of the strangest things you have experienced or seen in Second Life?
'Sanity' and 'Insanity' are relative. That much I have learnt after all this time on Second Life.

4.  Other than owning an airport in Second Life and being interested in aviation, what are some other things you like to do while you are in Second Life?
I do tinker with scripts and builds on Second Life, and from time to time I do go 'sightseeing', enjoying sims and builds. From time to time I do go clubbing as well, although I don't do that as often as I used to.

5.  If you could invite anyone from RL into SL, who would it be?  
I have a friend who I have known since I was 6. I'd like to bring him into Second Life if I could!

You can visit Schneider Airfield by clicking the slurls below:
 Minami Torishima and Minami Takayama

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