Thanksgiving Message

As we reflect on gratitude, it would be remiss of us not to thank you, our community, for your continuous loyalty to VirtualUA. During my recent conversations with the community, I discussed how much everyone’s commitment meant to VirtualUA, Inc and how much we achieved together over the years as a community. I know we still have much more to do, but it would be impossible to achieve our accomplishments without a committed community. With the relaunch of our monthly survey, the responses we received from you were overwhelming. We loved hearing your feedback and reading your personal stories about your time spent at VirtualUA.

Now that the holiday is upon us, and tomorrow North American’s will celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Personally, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holiday celebrations. Because of the beautiful autumn weather, copious amounts of turkey and stuffing, and family members huddled up to cheer on their favorite football teams; Thanksgiving offers a necessary pause from the chaos of everyday life and a chance for us to reflect on the moments big and small that make life special.

I’m very thankful for our community and the hard-working staff members who keep this community running. For those who are celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a blessed and safe holiday.

Very Truly,
Robby

Robby Sayles
President/Chief Executive Officer/Founder

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

VirtualUA, Inc. is a U.S.-based 501c3 Charitable Non-Profit Organization; we are not affiliated with or sponsored by United Air Lines, Inc or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

November Message from CEO

As we leap in November, we’re super excited for our continued progress with our Community. We couldn’t thank you enough for your support; your participation has blown the staff team away. Let’s keep up the momentum as we inch our way towards 2022. Did you know we turn ten years old in 2022? What has the time gone? But the party just started, LOL!

I wanted to remind everyone if you haven’t completed the October Community Satisfaction survey, please do it by Friday, November 5.

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, we will host our 4th Quarterly Fireside Chat. This is the opportunity to speak with the Staff team via voice and ask your questions and feedback. Also, we will present the 2022 Flight Plan, which is another name for our Tasks/Goals for VirtualUA. Please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/4qtrfsc21. Our friends at Simmarket will be sponsoring the event.

It has come to our attention that the Leave of Absence and Hub Transfer request via ATMOS is not working. Until HQTEC fixes the error, please email Member Relations by email ([email protected]) to make your requests.

The staff team has begun the 9th Home for the Holidays; please save the day (December 11, 2021). We will be flying out of Denver, Colorado, to different Ski Resorts. Next week we will be soliciting feedback on what city you would like to fly into from KDEN. More information to follow, please stay turn to Discord for updates.

VirtualUA is growing our staff team; if you are interested, please visit our Career Page. We would love to have you join the Team.

We are tallying up the Operations Statistics from October and will be releasing our report this upcoming weekend. Will Chicago continue to hold the Crown?

Thank you for being here on behalf of the Team; we love that you have chosen VirtualUA, your home away from home! That’s all from me; as always, please reach out if you need assistance.

SHOUTOUT to all NEW members or returning members, WELCOME HOME!!!

Community Relations Update

My name is Nick Smith; I am the Managing Director of Training and Events. First, I want to thank everyone for participating in our Fall Foliage event. It was nice chatting with a few of you on Discord. Second, please continue to post your best screenshot on Discord under our monthly competition channel. You still have a few more days left for October; we will start the voting process on November 1 to pick our winner. We are also excited to announce a few more events, VirtualUA 4th Quarter fireside chat on November 13 at 4 pm CST. We will announce VirtualUA 2022 Flight Plan and have a Q & A session with the staff team, then final our 10th Annual Home for the Holidays Virtual Party and Flying on December 11. The past events this year have been unique. Lastly, we are finishing up some paperwork with VATSIM; as you heard, we are now an Authorized Training Organization and can contact training. If you are interested, please email us at training to set it up for you. That’s all for now; keep rocking those blue skies! See you in the skies!

PLEASE RSVP for the Fireside Chat: https://bit.ly/4qtrfsc21

Nick Smith

Managing Director of Flight Standards and Training

October Member’s Update

Hello VirtualUA Community,

I am very happy to be back in VirtualUA, Inc. as a pilot and a staff member. A little about me, I am currently a full-time controller on the PilotEdge Network, the Air Traffic Manager of the Denver ARTCC on VATSIM, and the Managing Director of Member and Staff Relations here at VirtualUA. Prior to his appointment, I was previously the Vice President of Member and Staff Relations, Managing Director, and started out as an MSR Representative. 
Just a small reminder to complete your required monthly PIREP!

Also, we have many positions open within our staff team and will be posting some hiring requisitions soon. Please be on the lookout for those if you are interested. Remember, vUA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization – this is a great opportunity to add some volunteer staff experience to your resume! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone else if you have questions.


Glad to be here and blue skies to all!


Austin Wilkins
​Managing Director, Member and Staff Relations
e: [email protected]

http://virtualua.org

VirtualUA, inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Hiring Staff Members

We’re hiring additional staff members to come to join the team. We are desperately in need of a few volunteers to be part of the team. We’re hiring in our Hub Operations, Member Relations, Marketing, and Technology Team. For VirtualUA to run efficiently, we rely heavily on our staff members to work together to achieve our missions. Without staff members, it’s incredibly challenging to do daily tasks. We are actively recruiting staff members; please consider joining us if you have some spare time and are dependable. Maybe you don’t have time, but perhaps you know of someone? Please let us know; we love recommendations and referrals. Please visit our Career page here: http://bit.ly/vuastaffcareers.

4th Annual Fall Foliage

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Fall event, Fall Foliage. The event will take place on October 16, 2021, starting at 2100z. Our route will take us from Newark Liberty International Airport (KEWR) to our final destination of Chicago O’hare International Airport (KORD).

We want to thank REX Simulations, FlightBeam, VATSIM, and Jetstream for their continued support at VirtualUA. We could not have achieved the level of success without their help! We, as a community, look forward to supporting them throughout the coming years. REX Simulations and FlightBeam have graciously sponsored the event by donating some awesome prizes for pilots to win. Pilot’s that participate in the event will also receive 10,000 AVRP points, along with a Jumpseat Pass credit to their account.

To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: https://bit.ly/vuafall21 In addition to the prizes, our friends at Vatsim will be providing everyone ATC from gate to gate.

This event is shaping up to be a great one. We look forward to sharing the friendly skies with everyone this October 16!

October Featured Destination

Hello Community,

We are bringing back the Monthly Destination from recent suggestions. Starting this October, once you have completed the featured Destination, you will be entitled to win 5,000 AVRP points. We are having these kinds of members’ activities enhancing our community engagement along with having fun! For October Destination we will travel to the beautiful city of Aspen. Aspen, Colorado (KASE), is named for its gorgeous aspen trees that turn the perfect yellow-gold in the fall. Before the ski season sets in, visitors can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities to enjoy the gorgeous views, especially stopping over at Maroon Bells to take in the scenery.

September 2021 Screenshot Competition Winner

We’re excited to announce that Charles J has won our Community Screenshot Competition for September. Don’t forget to upload your favorite screenshot and be part of the fantastic monthly competition. The winner picture gets featured on our social media platform, and will Picture will be displayed as our Discord Banner. The winner will also receive some virtual goodies from VirtualUA! Happy Clicking!

VirtualUA’s October Update

Hello VirtualUA Community,

Please check out this Month’s Update on our Discord Channel “Comms Hub.” This month VirtualUA staff is back in full swing as we prepare for our 4th Annual Fall Foliage event next weekend. Please don’t forget to RSVP, which you will find this information on our Discord under Event Information.

The update discussed FSExpo 2021, Community Engagement, Global Marketing, Airline Hub Operations, and Technology. We are also hiring many staff positions; if you are interested, please reach out. VirtualUA will turn ten years old in 2022, and we appreciate everyone who has come along during our journey. We have had over 10,000 pilots joined our incredible community, with over 200,000 Flights completed.

As we end 2021, we reflect on our success and share our gratitude to many members, including our dedicated staff team, partners, and sponsors. We wouldn’t be here without them. Until then, Blue Skies!

VirtualUA, Inc. Global Marketing and Innovation Team

VirtualUA Talks FSExpo 2021

Dallas, TX., October 08, 2021 — It’s been two weeks after the 2021 Flight Sim Expo; the team here at VirtualUA would like to thank everyone for stopping by our booth. Can you believe we talked with hundreds of aviation enthusiasts that were intrigued about our hobby? Fascinating, huh? Many were hoping that Microsoft Flight Simulator would have been in attendance; however, they were unable to participate due to time conflicts.

On a bright note, we did meet one of their Community Managers; we hope to continue to engage with Microsoft in the future. With that been said, not having MSFS present left us at VirtualUA with more traffic, which we answered quite a few questions about the hobby and the new flight simulator.

After arriving on Thursday, September 23, we had the opportunity to do some team-building functions and attend a special FSExpo Partners Meetup, where we met many of the exhibitors. Throughout the weekend, the VirtualUA team had 1:1 opportunities to engage with developers such as Xplane, Prepar3d, Honeycomb, Thrustmaster, TFDi Design, Turtle Beach, and Orbx. What a great way to collaborate with them on some brilliant upcoming releases and great dialogue.

Someone asked us why do VirtualUA participates in these kinds of events. It’s pretty simple: we advocate for the millions of flight sim enthusiasts, and we will continue to invest and engage with our community. That’s how we continue to move virtual aviation forward by participating and engaging with our community. It doesn’t matter if we are VirtualUA, Inc. or not; we are flight sim hobby enthusiasts like the rest of the millions in the hobby.

Our position is to continue participating and advocating for the remaining by having fun doing so. We hope to see everyone next year; what an honor and privilege to attend 2021 FSExpo, and we want to thank our community for supporting us and having great Sponsors and Partners. We certainly wouldn’t be able to pull this off without their continuous support.

VirtualUA, Inc. is a Texas based 501c3 nonprofit virtual aviation organization for simulation pilots to create a positive learning environment where enthusiasts can build their knowledge and understanding of aviation. During this process, VirtualUA, Inc.’s goal is to create an environment where learning these topics and building the knowledge and understanding in a fun and enjoyable way, allowing the simulation pilots to learn while experiencing and enjoying simulation and aviation. VirtualUA, Inc. hopes that this learning will empower and enable our pilots to experience a new real and virtual aviation level.

For more information, visit http://www.virtualua.org.

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