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  1. Platinum Airways, the Open Skies virtual airline, has entered its summer routine with Delayed. The Destination of the Week series will be visiting nine airports with an exceptional track record as far as punctuality is concerned. Millions of tourists will be boarding aircraft again over the next two months, and many of them are bound to be frustrated by delayed departures. Delayed presents a heads-up of the world’s best and worst performing airports. Based on the most recent annual flight data statistics by Flightstats, the series will take off with the worst representatives of five continents. The absolute worst airport of them all in terms of departure punctuality is Soekarno-Hatta (WIII) with a dismal 35.22% of flights departing on time. Europe’s poorest performer is Manchester (EGCC) with 55.98%. Next, we have Abu Dhabi (OMAA) with a score of 60.51%. South America brings us Simon Bolivar (SVMI) in Venezuela at 61.76%. And Africa concludes the list of bad performers, with Cairo (HECA) at 69.05%. However, there are some really good airports as well, as the final four airports demonstrate. Cape Town (FACT) has an on-time departure record of 91.4%. Helsinki’s (EFHK) score is 92.22%. Delayed’s eighth destination is Tocumen (MPTO) with 93.23%. And we end the series with the best performing airport of them all, Itami-Osaka (RJOO) with a whopping 94.74% of all flights departing on time. Each DOTW comes with charts to be downloaded and links to scenery files. A selection of YouTube videos usually contains flight deck and ground views with landings and departures. About Platinum Airways: Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week. For more information, please visit www.platinumairways.org or mail info [at] platinumairways.org.
  2. Hi all, The Platinum Airways video has undergone a major update, to incorporate new functionality and services to our pilots. It is available at our home page, on YouTube and Facebook. Enjoy!
  3. Hi all, A quick heads-up with Platinum Airways' April Destination of the Week theme, Circle to Land. It features four challenging approaches with a sharp turn on final: LOWI-Innsbruck: LOC DME East, circle to land RWY08 VHHX-Kai Tak: Checkerboard BIIS-Ísafjörður: RWY08 KLGA-LaGuardia: Expressway Visual Enjoy!
  4. Platinum Airways, the Open Skies virtual airline, will be visiting four fall foliage fields in the month of October. Don’t expect to be flying heavies: all four airfields can only handle light general aviation aircraft. October in the northern hemisphere comes with the splendour of an abundance of colours in forest regions. As nature is preparing for winter sleep, Platinum Airways traditionally selects Destination of the Week airports that present an ultimate experience as far as tapestry scenery is concerned. This year, we’re focusing on bush type of airfields. The first Fall DOTW is Kempten-Durach Airport (EDMK) in Germany’s southern Bavaria region. From there, we cross the Atlantic to Boonville (1NK7) in northern New York State. For our third Fall destination, we need to tamper with the seasons settings. Mount Hotham (YHOT) is Australia’s highest altitude airport in the country’s Victorian Alps. And we conclude Fall with a visit to Idaho’s Big Island Airfield (ID29), next to a small lake and surrounded by trees. Flying into bush airfields comes with its challenges on pilots and DOTW management. Don’t expect official charts for each airfield, but we’ll provide you with the best guidance that we can find. Many of these airfields do come with add-on scenery, and links will be included. Luckily, videos will not present issues and both approach and departure videos will be embedded. About Platinum Airways: Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week. For more information, please visit www.platinumairways.org or mail info [at] platinumairways.org.
  5. The March Destination of the Week series of Platinum Airways is paying tribute to four turbofan manufacturers. The Open Skies virtual airline will be visiting airports close to the main or single assembly lines of General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney and Snecma. Engines are a major component of each aircraft. And few will argue that turbofans revolutionised the industry. That's why Platinum Airways’ Destination of the Week will visit four major aircraft engine manufacturers: the three market leaders and the co-manufacturer of the most popular turbofan in history. By far the largest manufacturer is General Electric. With its main assembly line in Durham, NC, Powerhouse will kick off at Raleigh – Durham Airport (KRDU). The next name that comes to mind when speaking about jet engines is of course Rolls-Royce. Its key assembly plant is located in Derby, UK, which is a good excuse to visit East Midlands Airport (EGNX). The third Powerhouse destination is inspired by Pratt & Whitney. The nearest major airport to its East Hartford, CT, plant is Bradley International (KBDL). We conclude Powerhouse with one of the joint venture partners of the most popular turbofan ever designed and built: the CFM56 series by General Electric and Snecma. The logical airport is Villaroche (LFPM), France, as Snecma is located on the airfield. As per usual, each DOTW comes with official charts for each airfield and links to add-on scenery when available. It concludes with a video selection with real-world approaches, ground traffic and departures. Meanwhile, Platinum Airways has launched a new initiative for its pilots: Around the World (AW). In keeping with our Open Skies philosophy, Platinum pilots get to choose quite a few things: their predominant direction (East to West or West to East), aircraft (though they are to stick to their original selection once departed), airports, etc. They are recommended to visit islands and airports not usually frequented. Upon completion pilots will receive a special award. Pilots who complete AW with a prop and a jet aircraft will be given two awards. About Platinum Airways: Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week. For more information, please visit our website or mail info [at] platinumairways.org.
  6. Platinum Airways, the Open Skies virtual airline, is in festive mood this December. Destination of the Week will be visiting four airports that are associated with special traditions: looking after our children in the festive season. Ho Ho Ho’s culmination is Platinum’s traditional Christmas flight out of Santa’s home airport in Finland. Four years after our first Ho Ho Ho series, Platinum Airways is revisiting special treats for children in Santa's month as they are celebrated over the world. On 6 December, Belgium and the Netherlands have Sinterklaas, the bearded saint dropping presents for kids through chimneys. As Sinterklaas resides outside Madrid, Spain, our first Ho Ho Ho (2) DOTW is LETO - Madrid's Torejon Airport. Amu Navruz is Iran's version of Santa, and that's why our second DOTW is Teheran's OIIE - Khomeiny Airport. Next, we'll be paying tribute to Flying Santa on the US East Coast with a visit to KHMT - Hemet-Ryan Airport. And we end the series with our traditional Christmas DOTW: Santa's HQ near EFRO - Rovaniemi Airport. As per usual, each DOTW comes with official charts for each airfield and links to add-on scenery when available. It concludes with a video selection with real-world approaches, ground traffic and departures. About Platinum Airways: Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week. For more information, please visit www.platinumairways.org or mail info [at] platinumairways.org.
  7. Platinum Airways, the Open Skies virtual airline, will have a cool January. Its Destination of the Week series, Shiver, will visit five airports that experience extremely cold temperatures. As the northern hemisphere prepares for the coldest month in the year, Platinum Airways will be heading for five airports that will make our pilots shiver. The series has a sobering start on New Year’s day with Siberia’s Anadyr Airport (aka Ogolny, UHMA), with an average temperature in January of −23⁰C (−8.7⁰F) and a record low of -47⁰C (-52⁰F). Arguably the largest American airport with extreme winter conditions is Fairbanks, Alaska (PAFA). Our third airport is an acknowledged cold soak test facility for manufacturers including Airbus, Embraer and Sukhoi: Yakutsk Airport (UEEE), with a recorded low of -63⁰C (-81⁰F). From there, we travel to Alert Airport (CYLT), the airport of the northernmost permanently populated place in the world at 82⁰. And we end with the coldest airport of them all: Vostok Station (AT28) at the Vostok research facility in inland Princess Elizabeth Land in Antarctica at the southern Pole of Cold, with a record low temperature of −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F). Don’t despair if you can’t find AT28 in your FS9, FSX or P3D, because we’ll be providing a Platinum Airways made scenery file, and a link to an existing X-Plane scenery. As per usual, each DOTW comes with official charts for each airfield and links to add-on scenery when available. It concludes with a video selection with real-world approaches, ground traffic and departures. About Platinum Airways: Keen to deliver on its mission to keep the fun in the hobby, Platinum Airways is probably the only virtual airline to combine an Open Skies policy, allowing its pilots to fly any mission of their choice with the aircraft of their choice at the time of their choice, with a strategic hub network. The carefully selected hubs, Newark (KEWR), Dallas-Fort Worth (KDFW), Vancouver (CYVR), Perth (YPPH) and Brussels (EBBR), should be attractive to a global membership. In addition, Platinum Airways offers its pilots an often cheeky Destination of the Week, Military and Cargo. Sticking to the KISS principle (Keep It Straight and Simple), Platinum Airways hosts an active forum and a screenshot of the week competition, with the winner providing the main picture on its home page for the next week. For more information, please visit www.platinumairways.org or mail info [at] platinumairways.org.
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