Global, the thing that transformed Infinite Flight into a true flight simulator. It the entire world seem reachable and transformed average flight lengths on here from around 40 minutes to around 4 hours, with the possibility to fly for days on end. Let’s celebrate 9 years and look at Infinite Flight was like before global?
Firstly, the regions existed. You had multiple regions, some in Asia, some in Oceania, some in Europe among other places, however, the big one was Southern Californa, it was mayhem. Airports that get maybe a few virtual flights a week now like KNUC were hotspots, pilots flew every single plane there, from tiny C172’s to super jumbo A380’s, it was chaos and not in the good kind. A single runway and limited parking was a horrible combination, they didn’t fly far either, normally only from KLAX, a mere 56nm away. What I also remember is when global was in development pilots often tried to test their luck by going outside the regions, the staff weren’t happy, people were getting banned in record numbers. What about the scenery?
It’s fair to say that it really compares nothing to what we have now and after looking back at the many screenshots I grabbed it’s fair to say that it was extremely green for some reason. Live water was also there, probably one of the only features I genuinely miss. In terms of detail, it was actually weirdly quite detailed closeup but it also wasn’t very realistic because of its greenness, hard to describe really. What about aircraft?
Towards the end of regions, you had some big-ticket items such as the 787 which was introduced in late 2016 and the A320 family which was released in the same year. I can’t express how amazing these aircraft were at the time, the fanfare around them was similar to that of the A350 release, only bigger. They’re a bunch of things I’ve missed but feel free to let me know
So what were your best memories of pre-global and how do you think it’s changed since then?
I’ve also included some old screenshots for the people who weren’t on at the time.