Just curious, but what regions or areas in flight sim are your favourite places to fly?
Either fly to or from, or just around these areas. Where do you most enjoy flying at in your FS
world? And why do you enjoy flying in these areas the most? Any particularly interesting flights you can share regarding these areas?
My favourite places to fly in FS
are Hawaii, the Salt Lake City area (of course!
), the western region of the USA, and down in Florida/the carribean. I also enjoy a good south pacific flight on occasion, but those are the major three areas where I spend the most time in FS
So why Hawaii? That should be selff-explanitory. :P Just love the islands, always have, probably always will. In fact Hawaii has been my favourite place to fly all the way back to FS98. FS5.1's hawaii was sad to say the least. I really fell in love with that area in FS98. I've never looked back.
Some of the first real flights I did with addon aircraft were flights in FS98 from Seattle to Hawaii. I remember flying an old AA
DC-10 from SEA
once, completely VFR, using only Proflight 98 as a guide as well as a few maps and the "map view" function, which back then was nothing more than a blurry globe surrounded by stars. I found my way to hawaii by aligning my plane with that faint green dot in the middle of the pacific on that map view. That was what hawaii was until you got there. Then the scenery was very beautiful, even for that sim. I absolutely love Hawaii.
Next of course is Salt Lake City. That should explain itself.
I live sort of near SLC
and it's the closest major airport to me, so naturally in real life that airport and area has been a part of my life long before FS
ever came around. With FS
I get to fly around my "home" area, when I can't do so in real life. SLC
is just the epicenter of this region though. The entire area that I fly in most often spans north to south from Yellowstone to SE
Idaho, to SLC
, all the way down to the deserts of southern utah.
At other times I'm exploring california. I've been there several time sin real life, and I enjoy flying there in FS
as well. I've flown to Phoenix, and Albuquerque, to Dallas and Denver, to Portland and to Seattle as well. This is my area. The western USA.
And finally down in florida and the caribbean. I used to feel differently about this area...I used to find it very flat and somewhat boring until you get to the Bahamas, but I changed my mind. After making a flight from SLC
, I discovered how really beautiful the Gulf of Mexico, and then the florida coast, is when you see it for the first time from the air in the late afternoon. The sun glinting off the gulf and the progressively bluer waters until you get to Tampa.
I've always liked flying out of Miami for the carribean though. After climbing out from the US mainland suddenly these expandive coral reefs ad islands open up. The islands themselves long and narrow, but the coral reefs massive and seen from the air stretch as far as the eye can see, turning the ocean from a rather boring dark blue to a very exciting tropical colour. It's a feeling of warth and at times, adventure.
In FS98 many times I'd make "emergency landings" on small, deserted islands in the bahamas or try my hand at landing a jumbo jet on a small airstrip. I used to fly an American Eagle ATR 72 around this area as well in FS98, exploring the turks and caicos islands, bimini, the caymans, jamaica, etc. More recently I flew to Cuba which in and of itself wasn't very exciting compared to the other islands of the area, which I find prettier.
I also very recently visited Cancun for the 2nd time. The last time was when I installed some FS98 scenery for the area, but I never did fly back there after that. I just wasn't interested I guess.
The carribean is fascinating. Once you get past the eye candy of the Bahamas, where everywhere you look there's reefs and beauty, you get down into the southern caribbean where beauty tend to surround islands spaced far apart, making you appreciate the sight of land even more. The Virgin Islands are breathtaking, or at least they were the last time I was there, which was a while ago (in FS
). St. Maarten is not only pretty but also fun to try landing at, challenging even in the sim. I've never really flown into Grenada but most of the other islands I have, including St. Lucia, where I made a point of looking for the spires. It's interesting to note that the bulk of my exploration of this area, though, happened back in FS98, when I had downloaded some really really nice scenery for the caribbean area.
But in FS2002 I've barely even touched these regions south of St. Maarten. Not sure why, but I will say that the FS98 scenery, though somewhat less realistic, was a heck of alot morre colourful. Flying here in FS2004 is a painful experience. The glare from the water is blinding at times, but turning off reflections makes the water look less realistic. I much much prefer FS2002's water reflections.
Outside of these areas, I rarely ever fly. When I do though, it becomes an adventure of exploration. When you just one day fly to somewhere you've never been, it's an entirely different experience. I once flew a Cessna 172 from Siberia all the way to Anchorage, making some fuel stops of course, and flying along the Aleutian islands. It's a very cold, icy, lonely flight. Very lonely. And that's what makes it an adventure.
So what about you? Where do you love to fly to the most? Where do you spend the most time in the FS