|QUOTE (soleil @ May 1 2007, 11:50)|
| Ah well that's a good point. I really don't know how much New York allows that type of flying though, post-9/11. |
I don't see how they cannot allow it. Manhattan is a no-fly zone for fixed wing, so you wouldn't be able to fly through it, but there is a lot of fixed wing air traffic to/from NYC. Most of it is commercial, but some of it is private. If you are flying a private plane in visual flight conditions, you don't have to declare a flight plan, so they can't ask you if you are planning to fly to another city or just going to fly around and land back.
Just for the hell of it, I loaded up FS2000 and tried flying around and through Manhattan on various aircraft. Results:
Bell Jet Ranger
Helicopters still give me a lot of trouble. I can fly over NYC with no problems, but trying to hover between buildings is not easy. Landing on a rooftop? I'd have problems with a football field. All of you who want to fly helicopters in IV, pray that they aren't realistic.
Flies fast. Turns slow. You can see how that could be a problem with a bunch of skyscrapers around.
I couldn't resist. It's not as difficult to maneuver as you might have thought, but wings keep catching on things. The thing is just to big for the city.
Probably the best plane for the task. Controls are sensitive, but once you get used to them, it can actually help you avoid buildings. I finally caught one after I got down to about 50 feet and started zigzagging between buildings at 200 knots. I could fly much slower with a high angle of attack, but that makes it difficult to see where you are going. To be fair, most of the low buildings are not represented in FS2000. It would be nice to see how far it can be pushed in a slightly more realistic NYC.
Slowest of the planes I tried here. Not as maneuverable as Extra, but it's also quite a bit slower, so it's mostly enough to not hit things as long as you don't do anything particularly crazy. Really easy to fly, even between the buildings.
As a side note, to all these saying that one city is too small for planes, I was using JFK as a take off point. Even on a Learjet it took a couple of minutes to get to Manhattan. By the time I got to Manhattan, I was flying well over 500 knots. Cruise speed for most smaller planes is around 120 knots. Three seconds my ass.