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  1. I've been a part of some VA or another since I started flying on VATSIM in 2005. Every single one has shared the same common issue for me; enabling a ban on time compression. For years I just accepted it, falling in with the majority and only flying flights I could fly in real time based on my real life schedule. Since the PMDG 777 has come out with it's auto time compression tool and very recently an app in the Avsim Library called QuantumLeap (warp to any fix/lat or long coordinates in FSX), I've started reevaluating what I get the most enjoyment out of; being part of a VA or participating in my hobby how I want to. For me, the answer in the end was very simple. This is a hobby, not a job. While I can definitely see the value of trying to mimic real world operations that the majority of VA's try to do, you have to draw a line between realism and hobby. I don't have the time to fly a 16 hour long haul flight in real time, and I don't have the desire to just set the autopilot overnight, set my alarm and come to land it. This isn't realistic, and yet is widely accepted by VA's while at the same time time compression is considered "not realistic and not tolerated." Well I think it's ridiculous that VA's have this double standard. Why shouldn't I get to fly my sim how I want to while being a part of a group of other hobbyists that share the same passion I do? We're not getting paid to fly for a VA, so why have these restrictions as if we were? I've seen the argument of "it's not fair to other pilots who earn their hours legitimately." Well so what? Can we spend these hours on real life merchandise? If a pilot wants to speed up their flight and lose real hours, it only affects that pilot, not the entire virtual airline. Some VA's even went as far as requiring the pilot to push a button every 30-60 min in the VA ACARs program just to make sure the pilot was still at his computer. Am I really expected to push a button every hour for 16 hours if I want to fly a flight from the U.S. overseas to Asia or Australia? This is absurd. This turns the hobby into a job. In 2005 my time was largely freed up. Now, I have a career job with a 40 hour work week and I don't want to make being part of a VA a second job. So far, every one I've joined has felt like a second job. Instead of creating an environment where it's fun to fly how you like, you have to conform to their version of how you are expected to participate in YOUR hobby. And it's YOURS. Not anyone else's hobby. So finally, I've decided to hang my hat with virtual airlines and fly how I want to. While I'm a bit sad that I can't be a part of like-minded groups of people representing an airline from the real world, at the same time I'm a bit relieved that I'm not so hung up with restriction after restriction that ultimately was taking all the fun out of this hobby. If I have two hours to fly but I want to fly from LAX to Hong Kong, I can do this without having to worry about my PIREP being rejected. Yeah well, I file my own PIREPs now with FSCaptain, and FSCaptain doesn't care if I use time compression or if I use a 3rd party program to warp to any waypoint in my flightplan for the purpose of saving time and finishing an enjoyable flight based on real life time constraints. I don't know how many other people think like this, and maybe I'm in the minority. That's ok though. I'd rather be myself and enjoy this hobby then conform to the masses and be a part of a VA "just because". I guess I'm really writing all this so that VA's can take a step back and realize that some pilots may be discouraged from joining because of silly restrictions like this. You guys (the VA's) want to create an inviting community for people to come together and enjoy flight simming as a group, but at the same time you're really putting a crutch on people that don't have the time or energy to fly longer flights to interesting and exotic destinations because real life doesn't allow it. Maybe I'm totally wrong, and opening up these kinds of restrictions wouldn't increase your participation rate at all. I have no idea. All I know is I refuse to be a part of any VA that prevents me from enjoying flight simming as I want to enjoy it. In the end, there is realism, and then there is our hobby. If you actually made it through that entire rant, thanks for reading. If you didn't read any of it and only skipped to this small print, then maybe this thread isn't for you because I'm NOT putting a ;TLDR footnote. P.S. I'm sure someone will say it, so I'll just add that my signature now represents the fact I choose to represent the real United Airlines virtually over VATSIM and NOT because I still belong to one of the 10 billion virtual united airlines that exist. My mom was a FA for United for 35+ years, so I have deep sentimental value for United as I flew with them as a kid for free all the time. Strange, I know...but hey that's life.
  2. In August, Eastern Airlines Virtual celebrates 18 years of being an active virtual airlines. To commemorate this special event, EAV has released textures of the new Eastern Airlines colors for the PMDG B772 & MD-11, and the Level-D B767 along with other freeware models. EAV has also released a new South America Tour for its pilots to enjoy! Thank you to our current and past members who have come to EAV to create new friendships as we share our great passion for flight simming. Eastern Airlines Virtual offers many benefits including: -10 hubs spread across the United States, from traditional Eastern Airlines hubs in Miami and Atlanta to non-traditional Eastern hubs in Los Angeles, Dallas, and Seattle. -Fleet Hanger with Aircraft ranging from modern aircraft in new liveries to traditional Eastern Airlines birds in the iconic Eastern Hockey Stick livery. -Earn Ribbons and Medals flying Tours and Challenges. Our web site contains a complete pilot profile page where you can view and keep track of all your awards. -Ranking system based on hours flown and participation. -NO hourly or minimum rank requirements to fly bigger aircraft. Come see us at and see how we're still "Earning our Wings, Everyday".
  3. Star Alliance Virtual has opened its doors to the flight simulation community after two months in planning, and endless hours creating the organization and its infrastructure! Initially founded in October 2013, Star Alliance Virtual brings new ideas and operations to the flight simulation community, such as the ability to fly without needing an ACARS system, but you also won't have to submit a manual flight report. The Star Alliance Virtual organization has very limited sets of regulations and rules, unlike other virtual organizations, and the staff and pilot team understand this is a hobby, and there are many different types of flight simulator users out there, that is why Star Alliance Virtual caters to all simulator users! If you use a Microsoft Flight Simulator, come join us! If you use X-Plane, that's great too! Do you have hours from VATSIM or IVAO that you would like to transfer? Great! We will transfer them all! For more information, or to apply, please go to Blue skies!
  4. Good Eveing Pilots. I'm Mark & i'm the VCEO at WeGo Airways. We have been running for the last 7months but (like all the rest i guess) looking for new pilots and staff members!! We are a 5 tier airline. 1) Normal passenger operations for our fictional airline WeGo Airways (We even have paints avaliable for FSX users) 2) Cargo Division 3) Executive Division, Flying business jets all around the world. 4) Charter Division. Basically fly where ever you want using any plane in our fleet. 5) WeGo World. Another Passenger division for our fictional alliance. Real world schedules for real world airline. Currently we have 5 airlines in the alliance with 5 more set to join this month!!! Check us out at to find out which airlines we have avaliable for you to fly. Although the type of aircraft you can fly is restricted by rank on passenger operations you can fly any plane in our fleet for any other operations (and earn hours, points and Virtual Money whilst flying them). So you like flying the T7. carry out a few T7 cargo ops and you'll have enough points in no time to fly the passengers. We believe that fly in your sim is a hobby and therefore we allow you to pause in flight (must disconnect from online client). We allow you to fly over night whilst you sleep if you wish. you can fly online or offline if you wish. you only need to file a pirep every 60days and if you cant commit to that just let us no. there is no restrictions on how much time you want off all we ask is you let us know. Although we don't believe in a big staff roster we are always looking for schedule managers which will give you added benefits. (Read our SOP for more info) Any questions please don't hesitate to ask or email us at Look forward to hearing from you See you in the skies. Mark VCEO WeGo Airways
  5. Hi All: This weekend I launched a new Delta VA at Come check it out. Look forward to your thoughts., Regards, J
  6. Hello FS painters, I am in the process of getting my very own fictional VA started up and running and am in need of aircraft repaints. Painter needs to have experience with PMDG paintkits as our flagship is the 737. But we also operate a mixed fleet type as well. Please reply that you are interested or PM me for details, compensation for your time and work can be discussed and negotiated on a package or per aircraft basis. Thanks and Happy Contrails! -Nate
  7. Hi! I've been looking into getting into VATSIM for some time now, but I wanna join a VA. I'm very experienced with the NGX, CS 757, CS 707, and Airbus X. Does anybody have any recommendations? I was looking at Virtual Blue (JetBlue virtual). The only problem is, sometimes I can't do a flight a month because of school and all the clubs/ teams I'm a part of (#rifleteamislife ... and yes, my school has a rifle team). If anybody has any recommendations for a lenient and noob-friendly VA, please tell me! Thanks, Phil EDIT: Oh, and I would prefer a east-coast US based VA. Thanks!
  8. Hey Pilots & Controllers We have just opened our registration pages to new pilots. We opened at the start of February and believe we have something for everybody. Flying anything from Cessna Caravan up to the Boeing 747 and Airbus A380. We have for areas of the airline. The main passenger section where the planes are locked by rank. The Cargo section where you can fly any plane you like (booking allowing). Executive section where you fly our corporate virtual customers in our executive fleet. and finally our charter division flying our any of our planes to places the main airline doesn't cover. We have based the airline on fantastic payware scenery and awesome freeware scenery so where ever you go your sure to find somewhere to fly. We also have a pilot shop for you to spend your hard earned virtual money. We don't believe that your virtual airline should come before your home life so we DO allow you to pause your flights, leave the cockpit (as long as your not online) and if you really want fly over night whilst your sleeping in your bed. we also only require you to fly once every 60days, and if you cant fly within that time just let us know and we'll keep your account open. We have a teamspeak where we hope once we're fully up and running will be a place of great community and a little bit of banter. we currently use the free version of Kacars as our tracker but are on the waiting list for a custom package. We are also partnered with aerosoft, FS2Crew, Simbrief with others in the pipeline. Which means we have discounts available for you after a while of service. I'm sure I've probably forgotten some stuff so come take a look at our airline at read our SOP and we look forward to seeing you. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to hearing from you guys and gals Mark VCEO WeGo Airways P.S any questions please don't hesitate to ask :-)
  9. I am starting a new Virtual Airline called Happair Virtual but I am unable to create a good livery. I would appreciate any suggestions. Please send liveries in .dds format as I do not have a good image editing software. The VA's logo and motto is given below:
  10. nisx

    VAMS Update

    Hello Fellow VA Pilots, For all you BBJ fans, come check out our updated website. We've got a larger fleet covering the US and Europe. Pilots are home-based and can add custom routes to our existing 20,000 + route database. Let me know if you have any questions: -Ethan
  11. Express Virtual is a new VA (virtual airline) that was created by Collin Shea and Alex Kulak. WE ARE HIRING!! we use vafinancials for a real life experience of charging for broken planes, passengers, and cargo. We us 3 different planes as of right now the
  12. Hello all! SkyGreece Virtual has launched. The RW SkyGreece Airlines will start flying early in 2014 making it the official airline of Greece. A few days ago the real airline posted our video on their official Facebook page. Video 1 Video 2 We have now started to hire pilots! Join today! Some of the cool things we offer... - Customized kACARS - Professional re-paints for all major addons - Pilot e-mail ( - Dedicated Teamspeak server - Fast HTML5 VA website with mobile support - Professional graphics & Marketing - Real world aviation employees deploying the realist possible fleets & routes Our website
  13. Southwest Virtual is HIRING! Southwest Virtual Airlines is now HIRING! Requirements: Ages 14 and up Been in another VA before Can fly in Flight Simulator Positions: Hub Managers LAX MDW HOU DAL DEN Human Resources Routes Manager About: We are the new Southwest Virtual! We started up because other Southwest Airlines are not being active when we want to be! We believe in young people (and that is why we have ages set so low for our job requirements) We are a laid back airlines because being in a Virtual Airlines should not be a job, it should be a hobby! Anyway, if you would like to apply, shoot me an email at and sign up on
  14. Which are the virtual airlines that regularly fly on Pilotedge, as well as Vatsim? Thank you, Bob
  15. Merlion International Airlines (MIA) is coming to VATSIM!!! For the past 3 years MIA has been conducting its operations with over 200 active pilots primarily on the FlightGear (FG) servers and opensource FG simulation products. Today, MIA is taking another step forward, and that is entering into the VATSIM market. MIA is looking to hire additional Hub Managers, Website Developers, Flight Instructors, Public Relations officers and of course Pilots. Merlion is in the process of integrating the Microsoft Flight Simulation and X-plane product users into its system and looks forward towards contributing its services towards the Vatsim flight simulator communities. Merlion International Airlines (MIA) is an organization consisting of Flight Simulation enthusiasts working together to simulate real airline operations within the limitations of flight simulation. MIA is based in Singapore at Changi International Airport, and serves as the main company flagship. The main company's operations are divided into three subsidiary airlines. The virtual airline company is broken down into two main branches; Merlion International Airlines (MIA - passenger transport services) and Merlion Cargo (MCA - cargo transport services). MIA itself is comprised of three subsidiary airlines. The three subsidiary airlines are as follows; Cloud9 (Los Angeles), Merlion Blue (Gatwick), and Australis (Melbourne). Merlion International Airlines has been a proud member of Virtual Star Alliance (VSA) for over the past 3 years. MIA offers a wide range of services to its pilots. These include the following: Flight Training (Private to Commercial provided by VSA) (Type ratings provided by MIA) Extensive route coverage with flight schedule and bookings (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia) Latest and efficient aircraft equipment Charter services Website: For any person willing to take up a IT or Managerial position, or if you have any inquiries to be made, please contact Merlion's President Thomas Esposito Contact Info: