Neatly tucked behind the lush green islands of Fiji is Fiji Island Airport, a three sim airport servicing gliders and ultralights through to 727/737 aircraft awaits your patronage at this magnificently presented location. I do love an airport which has a uniqueness with its own character. For this reason I have included Fiji Island Airport for this week’s Second Life Airport Destination.
Formerly known as, Tuarua Fiji International Airport(TFIA) consisting of five sims, the new Fiji Island Airport is a mildly downsized destination with sparse grasslands and a concrete sim for a small airport terminal.
Backstory of Fiji Island Airport;
Fiji Island Airport was created in the 1920’s for the up and coming recreational activity of flying the airport consisted of primarily a grass field with a grass marked area for taking off and landing.
At the outbreak of ww2 the field was requisitioned for military use, a concrete runway was laid and the field expanded and numerous hardstands for heavy bombers were added. military buildings, hangars and a control tower were also built at the end of the war the airfield fell into disuse until the 1950’s when private aviation once again made use of the field and utilised the existing military buildings.
Private flying and Gliding became popular throughout the years and the field became well established and maintained. Change came in the late 1990’s tourism in the area grew and it was decided that a new airport closer to the region than the existing international airport was needed to bring tourists to the area more easily a new small terminal and parking area capable of handling small airliners was built to the north of the original (Old Field) airport this was called locally New Field. A new modern runway on a different alignment was created that ran through the middle of Old field and the original runway was decommissioned though parts of it remain visible and is used by the local Gliding club. New field and Old field continue to be well used by both airlines and private pilots.
Opened a week ago, Fiji Island Airport has the Basinghurst Glider Club for you glider pilots, caters to vintage planes, tie-downs for small aircraft, a cosy space to order a hot drink or a cold beer or, you could sit at the van where there’s food and drinks and an outdoor setting. And that’s just the first sim where you land and rocket off into the big blue yonder.
With a freshly laid airstrip, you’re due to have a smooth experience with plenty of room to pilot your aircraft. If I can safely land my BAE-146 with my clumsy piloting then just about anyone can. It’s true, I’m a clumsy pilot while flying large planes.
Runway markings 07 is for landing, 25 is for taking off. Jets are prohibited from entering grassed areas. Jets are required to taxi to the adjacent sim where the airport terminal is located.
The second grass sim are hangars for those interested in renting vintage hangars when they come available. My exploration found a hangar to purchase aircraft and Aviators Club where you can sit and mix with other pilots, have a drink and let your hair down at events/parties held there.
Fiji Island Airport’s third sim is where you go to board and leave your plane at the terminal. This is the sim where your jets and other large planes go. Here there are a couple hangars, Royal Air Force SAR has a location here, a bar to relax with a drink, grab a bite to eat, an outdoor cafe and a swinging boat ride. If you’re looking for flying lessons, Malolo Island Flight School and if you head down the stairs you will find a beach so bring your swimmers while you’re here, take a dip and soak up some Vitamin D.
Navigating, landing and departing Fiji Island Airport is a breeze with easy to understand lane markings, enough room to turn a plane around, low lag and if your Second Life connection as the capability, flight with a draw between 200 to 300 will show you beautiful Fiji islands as you pass over.
Every aircraft I flew handled Fiji Island Airport without a single hitch. It’s perfect for pilots wanting to practice their take offs and landings. This airport is also in perfect position to access several surrounding regions; Satori, Nautilus and Corsica.
If you are looking for an airport with a relaxing tropical feel, visit the Fiji Island Airport and let the alluring atmosphere entice you.
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