WestWind Virtual Airlines is an international online organization dedicated to promoting aviation through simulation. It offers real world pilots the opportunity to inexpensively maintain their piloting skills and provides people who are interested in aviation a chance to learn the skills that are required to pursue a career in aviation. WestWind began operations in 1996 and is one of the oldest virtual airlines in existence. It has members all over the world with management concentrations in The United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. WestWind is an all volunteer organization with a strong management core.