Thank you Community

What a fantastic experience we had with the professional ATC coverage during the Home for the Holiday Event. Thank you to all our pilots, VATSIM, and all of the fabulous sponsors. We wish you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year. Best wishes from your friends at VirtualUA, Inc.

REX Weather Force 2020 Review

REX Game Studios released their first new product for Microsoft Flight Simulator, called Weather Force. Weather Force is a metar-based dynamic weather engine that extracts metars from NOAA and provides accurate results within 1/8th mile, providing the most realistic weather in the simulator.

When unboxing Weather Force, I expected it to be similar to the setup and layout of products on the Prepar3D platform. Before starting the installation, antivirus software should be off to prevent any false flags. After the installation is complete, give the Weather Force folder exclusions rights with the antivirus software. Once this is complete, you turn on the antivirus software. When opening Weather Force for the first time, fill out the required information to activate the product, which is very straightforward. Weather Force offers Live Weather, Dynamic Changing Weather Scenario (DCWS), and search for weather conditions that you prefer worldwide. The settings section allows users to adjust the weather updates within Microsoft Flight Simulator and the transition rate when it will change the weather. One cool feature is that the user can also create a favorite airport list, which will provide the latest weather conditions to each airport. When setting up for a flight, the user needs to have clear skies selected within Microsoft Flight Simulator. Once the simulator is loaded up and in the aircraft, click weather synthesis. Weather Force will start injecting the current weather at the aircraft’s location. It will take a few seconds to inject it into the simulator, once inject you will notice the difference.

Overall, I am pleased with Weather Force and strongly recommend it for anyone trying to add realism to flight simulation. REX Game Studios is constantly updating Weather Force and adding new features such as historical weather data, presets, and more! Fantastic Job, REX! 

Ryan Weber

Executive Vice President of Experience | Board of Directors 

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

Holiday Event Sponsors

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Holiday event, Home for the Holidays. The event will take place on December 12 at 2200z. Our route will take us from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (CYWG) to our final destination of Chicago O’hare International Airport (KORD). 

We want to thank REX Simulations, Hifi Simulation Technologies, ORBX Simulations Systems, Flightbeam Studios, FS2CREW, Just Flight, Aerosoft, and Flight1 to support our community here at VirtualUA, Inc. We could not have achieved the level of success we are now without their help! We, as a community, look forward to supporting them throughout the coming years.

 We also want to thank Skyblue Radio for helping us get the word out; we appreciate their continuous commitment to our community. 

REX Simulations, Hifi Simulation Technologies, ORBX Simulations Systems, Flightbeam Studios, FS2CREW, Just Flight, Aerosoft, and Flight1 have graciously sponsored the event by donating some awesome prizes for pilots to win. To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: https://bit.ly/vuaholidayevent20.  

In addition to the prizes, our friends at Vatsim will be providing everyone with 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 December 12! It’s time to start celebrating and counting down to 2 0 2 1! On behalf of VirtualUA, Inc Board of Directors, staff, and community, we wish everyone a happy holiday.  

A Thanksgiving Message

Dear VirtualUA Community,

Even with all the chaos 2020 has presented us with, there is still a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’d even argue one of the greatest gifts this challenging year has given us was a new perspective on the things we’ve been taking for granted all this time! A new perspective on just how grateful we are for the simplest of things. The staff here at VirtualUA would like to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. We know you have many virtual airline choices, and we are very thankful you have chosen us. Have a safe and healthy holiday season!  

Blue Skies,
Derek George
Executive Vice President of Operations/Board Member

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

Missed the Fireside Chat?

Hello VirtualUA Community, 

My name is Shelton McCallop; I’m a VirtualUA, Inc. Executive Board member and Co-Founder; I want to thank you for spending some time with us this past Saturday while discussing our 2020 accomplishments, along with a few 2021 highlights from VirtualUA’s 2021 Flight Plan. As you all know, Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacted our lives and played a tremendous role in 2020, which cause some unpleasant experiences.

However, the community continued to support us by participating in many events and kept flying through the chaos. We couldn’t be more proud of each of you for your loyalty to our organization. 

During the fireside chat, Robby Sayles, CEO, mentioned as of November 13, we filed 4,262 Flight Reports and accepted 148 new pilots during 2020. What a great accomplishment! We started 2020 with the separation from AAV Group. Next, we legally became VirtualUA, Inc, dissolving Virtual United Social Club; we also rebranded VirualUA, Inc. Our most significant task was a transition over to ATMOS 1.0, VirtualUA’s NextGen Pilot Operations system. Did you know we introduced a new aircraft program that replaced our legacy Pilot Ranking system? 

Moving on, we also discussed VirtualUA’s Project 21, which is our Code name for the 2021 Roadmap. You can follow the “Flightplan” at 21.virtualua.org. Here’s what we’ll be focusing on :  

VATSIM Training Program

Attending FSExpo 2021 (pending the COVID outcome)

Enhancing ATMOS with some new features and updates

Working on an In-house ACARS

Continuing with our Community Engagement (Quarterly events, Fireside Chats, and Partner Talks on Discord)

Introducing Altitude Virtual Rewards Program (avrp.virtualua.org) Launching in 2021

As you can see, we’ve been busy this year and have a full plate in 2021. We can’t thank our members enough for being a part of VirtualUA, Inc. this past year. Did you know we will be nine years old in 2021, which means we will start our 10th Anniversary preparations? Exciting times are ahead of us, and we hope you will continue to be a part of it.  

Annual Holiday Event

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Holiday event, Home for the Holidays. The event will take place on December 12 at 2200z. Our route will take us from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (CYWG) to our final destination of Chicago O’hare International Airport (KORD).

We want to thank REX Simulations, Hifi Simulation Technologies, ORBX Simulations Systems, Flightbeam Studios, FS2CREW, Just Flight, Aerosoft, and Flight1 for their continued support of our community here at VirtualUA, Inc. We could not have achieved the level of success we are now without their help! We, as a community, look forward to supporting them throughout the coming years.

We also want to thank Skyblue Radio for helping us get the word out; we appreciate their continuously committed to our community.

REX Simulations, Hifi Simulation Technologies, ORBX Simulations Systems, Flightbeam Studios, FS2CREW, Just Flight, Aerosoft, and Flight1 have graciously sponsored the event by donating some awesome prizes for pilots to win. To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: https://bit.ly/vuaholidayevent20.


In addition to the prizes, our friends at Vatsim will be providing everyone with 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 December 12! It’s time to start celebrating and counting down to 2 0 2 1!

Update from Member Experience

Hello Everyone,

My name is Ryan Weber, Executive Vice President of Experience. I want to extend a warm welcome to our newest members. We are so eager to have you join one of the best communities out there. As we prepare for the upcoming traditional American Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for each of you. VirtualUA, Inc. is thankful for our incredible community, and we wouldn’t be who we are without your support.  Just a quick reminder that we ask if you cannot file your monthly requirements, please reach out to Member & Staff Relations at [email protected]. You can always file a Leave of Absence (LOA) if you are unable to fly. Beginning in January, we will be reassessing our Volunteer Staff openings; if you are interested, we would like to chat with you. That’s all for now; please continue to be safe and follow CDC guidelines.

Ryan Weber
Executive Vice President of Experience | Board of Directors 

VirtualUA, Inc. 4th Quarter Fireside Chat is HERE!

Hello VirtualUA Community,

We wanted to give you some important updates regarding VirtualUA Community. VirtualUA 2020 4th Quarter Virtual FireChat is here! You’re invited to join us live on our Discord Server this upcoming Saturday, November 14, at 1600 CST/2200z. We will provide the latest update regarding VirtaulUA, including our 2021 Flight Plan. Please come out and meet the VirtualUA Team, please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/vuafirechatrsvp .

Prizes will be awarded to random participants!

Blue Skies!

2nd Annual Fall Foliage Event Coming Up!

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Fall event, Fall Foliage. The event will take place on October 18 at 1800z. Our route will take us from Washington Dulles (KIAD) to our final destination of Portsmouth International Airport (KPSM). We want to thank REX Simulations, FlightBeam, and Sky Blue Radio 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. To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: http://bit.ly/fall2020event.

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 Oct 18!