Hello there! So we all know that when it comes to flying in Infinite Flight, particularly on the Expert Server, there’s a huge bias towards the modern aircraft. You don’t see very many passenger MD-11’s around, for example, or even a lot of support for former aviation giants, such as the 707. But why is that?
To answer that question, I chose to ask it to myself. I found that it sums up to this: Relevancy. We like planes, we like to fly, and we follow aviation. Modern planes are just that, modern, so the vast majority of airlines operate them. As such, they’re everywhere. When going to an airport, flying, or watching the latest news, those are the planes we see. So naturally, they come to mind and are familiar to us when we choose what aircraft to fly. It really is quite natural. If I live in the United States, I’m likely to fly U.S. airlines to American airports since that’s what I’m familiar with. On the other hand, with older aircraft it’s just the opposite. They’re hardly used anymore, and as such are simply not as familiar. We aren’t as familiar with their operators or routes, and since we don’t see them, we don’t really fly them. Out of sight, out of mind.
Now for those of us who chose to make a flight as realistic as possible, there’s no solution to this. For the most realistic of flights you just have to use a current aircraft. But as for the relevancy of aircraft, I have found a great way to keep some of the classics close to heart. Runway Action by Just Planes on YouTube. I discovered this channel last year, and it’s been a great way to earn some greater appreciation for older aircraft. In my personal case, I used to care very little for aircraft or airlines of the early 90’s and 2000’s. Now I am more familiar with them and have a grown a greater passion than ever!
Here’s a video of plane spotting at New York La Guardia from 2000. They also have current plane spotting on their channel!
Thank you for your kindness, consideration, and time!