VirtualUA upcoming Anniversary

Hello VirtualUA Community! 

This March 1, VirtualUA, Inc. will start our 10th Anniversary celebration. I couldn’t be more than proud of our accomplishments from the last decade. It’s been ten years since VirtualUA took off to the friendly blue skies. Time sure does fly by. I have learned from many challenges and rewards, and we appreciate them all. Our continued success comes from our two most significant assets, our members and dedicated staff team.

Our members continually show their loyalty to us by giving us their time away from their personal lives, engaging with our staff team, making VirtualUA Community what we are today. I’m grateful for all of our members, and we continually do all we can to earn it. Thanks to our talented and dedicated staff members who manage this incredible community with an extremely high level of commitment to our outstanding members, it would be impossible to achieve. Those efforts and continued dedication give us all reasons to be excited about our future.

I am genuinely grateful to all of our members, staff, and partners that we have enjoyed working with through the years. I am proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary, and we’re confident that VirtualUA, Inc. will continue its successes for many years. To all of those mentioned above, with a tremendous amount of gratitude, I offer you all a heartfelt THANK YOU!

Robby

Regards,

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).

December 2021 Best Screenshot

We’re excited to announce that Roman O. has won our Community Screenshot Competition for December. 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!

January Destination of the Month

We will travel south to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (MMPR) for January Destination of the Month. Are you feeling a little winter blues? What a perfect destination. Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports, and nightlife scene. Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops, and a range of restaurants and bars. You can travel from many of our United Hubs excluding, Newark Liberty International Airport. As an incentive, you will receive additional 5K AVRP points, Blue Skies!

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

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!

Flightsim Expo 2021

Dear Flight Simulation Community,


We at VirtualUA, Inc. are thrilled to announce our attendance at FlightSimExpo 2021 in San Diego, California. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate our organization to the flight simulation community. Along with displaying our organization, we will be able to network with our sponsors and partners. We would not be where we are today if not for them.

Our President & CEO (Chief Executive Officer) Robby Sayles, Ryan Weber, Matthew Keane, and Cameron Leonard will be attending this year’s event. Finally, we are proud to announce we will be celebrating ten years in 2022; we will be hosting a live Fireside Chat on Saturday, September 25, during Expo. You can find how to join our FSExpo exclusively Fireside Chat via the Who Event App. This will be an in-person/online Fireside Chat. We will be discussing our 2022 Flight Plan, along with some innovative technology enhancements. Do not forget about our giveaway during Expo.


We are located at booth 304. Please stop by and say hi, as well as ask us any questions you may have!


Regards,


VirtualUA, Inc. Global Marketing and Communications Team
[email protected]

HQHUB April Update

Hello Pilots,

I hope you are all doing well and are healthy. My name is Trevor DeLong, and I am the Managing director of Hub Operations here at VirtualUA. I oversee all of the day-to-day operations within Hub Operations (HQHUB). My job includes supporting our Regional Hub Operations directors with processing pilot reports and solving community relations and PIREP requirements, including rejected pilot reports in violation of our Pilot Handbook. A little background about me, I’m an inspired pilot like many of you; I currently hold the Private pilot license (PPL) and working on my instrument rating. I have been part of the VirtualUA family since 2018 as a pilot and a staff member since April of 2020. I enjoy communicating with each of you who are a part of our discord and running our monthly screenshot competition.

I want to introduce the Hub Operations Team members so you can become familiar with our staff members and get the most out of your VirtualUA experience. Our Regional Hub Operations Director East is Eddie Goff. Eddie is one of our most experienced members with over 7,500 flight hours and has been around since 2014. He oversees operations at our eastern hubs, including Chicago, Washington Dulles, Newark, and Houston. He’s online most hours of the day, either flying, processing pilot reports, staff meetings, etc. You can thank him for the quick approvals of pilot reports held by our system! With Eddie covering our eastern hubs, Steve Miller is handling our Western hubs! This includes Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Steve has more than 500 hours with us and has been a long-time member as well.

All of us here in the Hub Operations Department is committed to ensuring you have the best experience at VirtualUA. The Regional Hub Director for your hub should be your first contact if you have an issue with your flight reports or anything else. We welcome your comments and questions or if you want to chat.

I would also like to announce a few things are happening soon (May 2021) within our Hub Operations Department. First, I want to mention that we do a monthly screenshot competition on our discord server. The winner gets 10,000 AVRP points and a jump seat pass. The second thing that I want to announce is our new Top Pilot Program. Each month we will be rewarding our top 3 pilots by both flight hours and total flights, with 10,000 AVRP points and one jump seat pass. Thirdly, we will be reimplementing our Featured Destination each month. Monthly our Marketing Team will select a destination from the United route network, and pilots who make at least one flight to the destination chosen during the month will receive 5,000 AVRP points.

As we mentioned during the Fireside Chat, starting in May 2021, we will begin enforcing the Monthly flight requirement. Friendly reminder that each pilot must fly (1) PIREP monthly; if you are unable, please file an LOA with Member Relations (HQMRS). The 2nd Quarter AVRP status reset begins on April 1; we’re super excited about our 1st Quarter progress and want to thank all of our incredible pilots. On behalf of your HQHUB team, I want to thank you for being a part of our strong and growing community, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. If you haven’t, please join our Discord server through ATMOS. Again, please feel free to reach out to any of us here in the HQHUB-Hub Operations Department.

Trevor Delong
Managing Director of Hub Operations-HQHUB
[email protected]