Fun N Sun Event 2020

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Summer event, Fun N Sun. The event will take place on July 25 at 2200z. Our route will take us from Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) to Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU) located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and, finally, to our final destination of Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kinston, Jamaica.

We want to thank REX Simulations and Sky Blue Radio for their continued support at VirtualUA. 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.

REX Simulations 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/funsun20

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 July 25!

2nd Quarter Virtual FireChat on June 26

Hello VirtualUA Community,

We wanted to give you some important updates regarding VirtualUA Community.


We’re hiring staff members, if you are interested, please fill out our application here: https://bit.ly/vuastaffapp

VirtualUA 2020 2nd Quarter Virtual FireChat is here! You’re invited to join us live on our Discord Server this upcoming Friday, June 26, at 1900 CST/0000z. We will provide the latest update regarding VirtaulUA, and our Technology Consultant will brief the community on our new website progress. Please come out and meet the VirtualUA Team, please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/vuafirechatrsvp . Prizes will be awarded to random participants!

Did you know that SFO is leading for flights this month? They’re at 94 total flights, but Washington Dulles is trailing them at 88. Have you filed your monthly flight?

Don’t forget to submit your monthly screenshot via our #screenshot-competition channel. Please only one submission per month.

Blue Skies!

VirtualUA Community Update | June 09

VirtualUA Community, 


As we close the month of May, we couldn’t be more proud of our stats.  Our Washington Dulles Hub finished in first place with 161 flights for the month. Amazing results!  Congratulations to our IAD team for a job well done! 

Did you know that we’re sunsetting VirtualUA’s Skylink when we launch our next GEN website? We decided back in April we will be using SmartCARS. We have partnered with TFDi Design for our newest Flight Tracker. We are still exploring future development for our signature ACARS program. There will be more information to follow. For now, we ask that you get familiar with SmartCARS. Last month, we announced that we had launched our community beta for our new upcoming website. The Community Team has been working with our Technology team and is making progress. We will update everyone once we receive information from the tech group. 

By popular demand from our 2019 survey, we are continuing with our quarterly Virtual Firechats, and our next meet-up will take place on Friday, June 26, 2020. Mark your calendars. The meetup will start at 1900 CST on our Discord Server. Please come out and chat with our staff and other community members. We are giving out prizes to attendees. Speaking of surveys, starting in July, we will resume monthly community feedback and suggestions. 

Our upcoming Fun ‘N Sun event is in its final preparations. The event will take place on July 25. We will be heading down to the Caribbean to do some island hopping! We need your help; please fill out this short survey and help us pick a Caribbean destination. We hope to see you in attendance.

VirtualUA is currently recruiting volunteer staff members for our entire Member Relations, Operations and Communications Team. If you are compassionate for flight simulation and nonprofit, we would like to have a chat with you. If you are interested, please email us at [email protected].  That’s all for this update, our next update will be on June 23.

Announcing VirtualUA, Inc.

Dear Flight Sim Community and Partners,


First, I hope that you’re staying safe and healthy with the current crisis that has swept the globe. It’s an incredibly difficult time for all of us, and please know that we’re all in this together. If you need anything, please let us know. 


I wanted to take a moment and share some fascinating news with you regarding VirtualUA. We’re so excited to announce that with the New Year, we decided it was a good time to bring a facelift to our organization. With that being said, legally, you know us as Virtual United Social Club, Inc. however effective April 6th, 2020, Virtual United Social Club, Inc. has been dissolved, and VirtualUA, Inc. has been born. 


VirtualUA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) status through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We are an educational organization within the State of Texas consisting of 7 board members: Robby Sayles (President), Ian Jacobson, Austin Thieman, Shelton McCallop (Secretary), Matt Keane (Treasurer), Derek George and Ryan Weber. While our training programs are currently still being developed, we will partner with VATSIM to obtain our Authorized Training Organization (ATO) status as we’ve done in the past. We will have more information to share on this in the coming weeks.


With our new non-profit, we have also decided to change our branding to reflect our new name, culture, and values. Our goal was to develop something more modern while holding true to our roots in virtual aviation and the airline we simulate. In the coming days, you will see our new branding reflected on our website, social media channels, communications, and servers. This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us. As a staff team we have been anxiously waiting to share this information with you, and so glad that the time has finally come.


As we continue into 2020, it’s no doubt that there are challenges ahead. We will continue to do what we do best — supporting each other and making sure our hobby remains enjoyable. We are confident we will be able to deliver a world-class product to you – our community. With a new website about to enter Alpha testing, SmartCARS released and our new brand identity, 2020, is shaping out to be very exciting for our organization.


Please join us in celebrating a new identity as VirtualUA, Inc.


Kindest Regards, 

VirtualUA Management Team

Big Announcement Tomorrow

Keep your eyes open,

AND YOUR INBOX REFRESHED

Tomorrow, we’re announcing something new, that we know you’ll love.

That’s all we can say for now.

Thank you for an amazing celebration!

Good Afternoon,

From all of the staff team here at VirtualUA we wanted to extend our greatest thank you for celebrating with us on Monday for our 8th Annual Birthday Bash. As you know the last 12 months has been turbulent for our organization however with the amount of people whom participated it gives us hope that the next 12 months will be better. It gave us the inspiration and hope that people are still interested and involved.

We’re currently investing in new technology for the organization. We’ve already made some enhancements to our current website and created the option for pilots to fly and track their flights using SmartCARS. There is a new website on the way that should go into Alpha in the next few weeks too! This is just the beginning of positive changes that you’ll see coming from us.

Without a doubt we’re so genuinely thankful for you and your membership to VirtualUA. If you were one of the pilots who did fly part of the Birthday Bash event, we’ve put together a short survey to gather some of your feedback. You can fill it out by clicking here. Also, if you were one of the pilots who participated and won a prize, we will be reaching out to you shortly.

Again, thank you for your dedication!

Austin Thieman VP, Member Experience

[email protected] email | http://www.virtualua.org website 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We would like to express our gratitude to our amazing sponsors for our Birthday Bash event that happened on Monday evening. We had a great turnout with over 30 pilots who turned up and amazing screenshots that were captured. We are currently working on drawing the prizes for our pilots and will be in contact with pilots PRIVATELY.

We would like to thank:

HiFi Simulation Technologies

FS2CREW

Flightbeam Studios

Flight1

Aerosoft

Simmarket

Just Flight

VATSIM

REX Simulations

ORBX

Please visit their websites to support the flightsim community!

VirtualUA 8th Annual Birthday Bash Pre-Departure Info

Good Evening!

 We’ve been honored to serve you for nearly a decade after we began operating as a virtual airline in 2012. Tomorrow we will celebrate our 8th birthday. We hope you can join in on the celebration! To celebrate our sponsors graciously donated many prizes for those who are able to participate. If you haven’t RSVP’d, please head over to CCS. Please remember you need a CCS account to RSVP, read this post for more information about gaining access to CCS.Below is some information you might find helpful with regard to the event: 

  • For those social butterflies, please post your favorite screenshots using #VirtualUABirthday2020. Enter our contest for the best photo! Head over to CCS to upload your best shot.
  • A prize will be given to the pilot with the best landing rate as well! 
  • You must file a Flight Report either using SmartCARS or SkyLink to be eligible for a prize, anytime after 2100z-0300z. If you would like VATSIM ATC, it’s advised that you depart at 2100z. 
  • The Company preferred route will be EEONS7 WYNDM HCT DSM EVOTE NELLS KEEHO J584 SLT FQM3. Recommended gates in Denver are Terminal B Gates 11-37. When filing with VATSIM, please add VirtualUA Birthday Bash in your remarks.  
  • When Arriving into Newark, arrival gates are Terminal C2 Gates 101-115.  

 We will announce the winner’s by/before May 2, with instructions on how to retrieve your prize. Please note, you must RSVP through CCS, our event management system to be eligible for a prize. If you have any questions, please reach out to [email protected]. Once the event is complete, we will send out a survey about your experience and our next quarterly event, which will be Fun N’ the Sun. We’re shooting to host this event in late July or early August. We are planning to also do an expo this summer where you can come on Discord and chat with our partners about current and upcoming product development!  Have Fun and see you tomorrow!

VirtualUA Important Updates (CCS and SmartCARS!)

Hello VirtualUA Community!


First and foremost I hope that you’re doing well by staying safe and healthy. The purpose of this communication is to provide some updates on VirtualUA along with some information that hopefully you will find helpful.

Logging into CCS (Crew Communications System)

  • CCS is our forum platform where pilots can sign up for events like our upcoming 8th Annual Birthday Bash! You can participate on Forum Discussions, download valuable items like our pilot handbook and ACARS. You can also post screenshots onto CCS. Each month we pick a winner and feature your photo on our website.
  • The easiest way to get to CCS is via https://ccs.virtualua.org/.
  • If you don’t remember your password you can visit the forgot password link via https://ccs.virtualua.org/index.php?/lostpassword/. Enter your email that is associated with your VirtualUA account and follow the instructions in the email and you’re all set!

SmartCARS Release

  • We’re pleased to announce that we have entered our beta testing phase for SmartCARS. Although some server modifications need to be completed before release this gives everyone another platform to use when submitting flight reports.
  • Some known issues we have with SmartCARS are the following…. Unfortunately fixing the following would require a major database change which will break SkyNet. The issues will resolve with our new site.
  1. Unable to retrieve past flight logs
  2. Passenger/Load is not working currently and must be set to 0.  
  • Currently you can bid your flight through SkyNet and then retrieve your bid through SmartCARS. Begin the flight report and then submit the report.
  • Please remember we are still in the early stages for the beta of SmartCARS. We appreciate any feedback you could post on CCS. Please don’t post issues on Discord as we are using CCS for tracking purposes.
  • SmartCARS will be available for download in SkyNet this evening.

Like always thank you so much for being apart of VirtualUA. We continue to strive to be the best organization we can be for you. Please let me know if you have any questions or need anything. We’re always glad to help.

Preview of our new website for 2020!

Our technology team is currently working on a brand new remake of our website for 2020. They’re working countless hours on it in order to make it the best experience for our pilots. Here are some previews of it. I HAVE to blur it in order to keep the development as secret as possible, however, we love to keep our community in the loop.