New Schedules Released

Hello Everyone,

We’re halfway through January and loving our 2021 momentum. Did you know we’re 1000 flights away from achieving 100,000 flights? Who will be the one that completes the 100,000 flight? Isn’t that amazing? As we start our 9th year of service, we already see incredible results. But this is because of you, OUR community. We wouldn’t be successful without our “active” community that calls VirtualUA, Inc., their home away from home.

Moving on to other great news, we refreshed our schedules today. We will continue to update them regularly with the real world United Flight Schedules. VirtualUA, Inc will be recruiting new volunteer staff members. We will be kicking off a new round of staff members across the board. Do you have some spare time in your busy schedule to help move VirtualUA forward? If so, we would like to have a chat with you.

We’re looking for “serious” members to come aboard to help out with the many tasks to keep us moving forward. It will be another busy year for us, and we hope to recruit the best. Look out for more information soon. Have a superior week, and we thank you for being a part of our community.

Robby Sayles
President/Chief Executive Officer/Founder

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

AVRP and Much More

Hello VirtualUA Community,

Now that the holidays are behind us, we can now move forward with exciting developments here at VirtualUA. We want to inform you about a few new launches for the community. First, VirtualUA’s new Loyalty Program is here. You can now start tracking your AVRP (Altitude Virtual Reward Program) quarterly status via ATMOS. You can learn more about this great program here: https://avrp.virtualua.org/. Here are a few reminders; your status changes quarterly, your benefits get better as you fly more, manual PIREP’s do not receive Flight credit towards your AVRP Status, but you receive points. Once you level up, you will receive an email from the system and benefits such as Jumpseat passes. Our next AVRP project later this year will be releasing a Virtual Pilot Shop, where you can purchase virtual items with your points. 

Next, we are introducing our New PIREP Auto Acceptance System. The Automatic PIREP acceptance system will check the landing rate and route to ensure policy compliance. It will also check the flight log for in-flight refueling, diversion from planned arrival, slew mode usage, and simulation rate changes. If it detects any of those things out of compliance, the PIREP will be “held for review,” and a staff member will have to review the PIREP manually. If it does not detect any of these things, the PIREP will automatically be accepted. Please, Please, Please don’t forget your “route”; this will cause your PIREP to be rejected. Lately, we have allowed this to slide, but PIREP will be rejected according to the policy from now on.

As you know, our Program Free for the 2020 holiday season has expired; we hope you had the opportunity to get those hours in during that time. Occasionally during the year, we will have other Program Free options. Our Staff Team will be meeting this week to discuss Staff opportunities for those interested in joining our team; please watch out for the next Boarding Pass with more information. Later this month, we will be refreshing our Flight Schedules. We appreciate your patience during this process and thank you for being a part of VirtualUA. Happy Flying! 

Happy New Year

Dear VirtualUA Community,

Happy New Year! I hope that you continue to enjoy a safe and relaxing holiday with your loved ones. I want to take this opportunity to send a sincere “thank you.” The year 2020 has been a challenging one for the world, but here at VirtualUA, it has been filled with incredible growth and evolution, and I have never been so excited about the future. We will continue to push forward with new ideas, improvements, and a dedication to providing the best member experience possible. 

As we bridge into 2021, we will initiate Project 21, VirtualUA’s Flight Plan for development. You can follow our 2021 progress on our dedicated website (https://21.virtualua.org/). Here soon, we will be refreshing our flight schedules, updating ATMOS, releasing our own custom ACARS Client, and much more. To that end, we accomplish a lot from 2020; we rebranded VirtualUA, which became a new 501c3 Non-Profit Charitable organization, launch ATMOS 1.0, hosted many community events including Fireside Chats, gave out over $1,000 worth of prizes to our members, and much more.

What a great year, and we’re looking forward to 2021. Tomorrow we launch our newest Loyalty Program, name Altitude Virtual Rewards Program (https://avrp.virtualua.org/). Our Technology team will be updating ATMOS, where you will track your quarterly Status progress and benefits. We hope you like the latest addition to the community. On behalf of everyone at VirtualUA, Inc., I thank you for your engagement, feedback, and loyalty. I wish you a Happy New Year filled with happiness and good fortune.

 
 
Regards,



Robby Sayles
President and Chief Executive Officer
VirtualUA, Inc

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!

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!

Upcoming Virtual Fireside Chat

VirtualUA 2020 3rd Quarter Virtual Fireside Chat is here!  You’re invited to join us live on our Discord Server next month.  Please save the date, Friday, September 25 at 1900 CST.  We will provide the latest update regarding VirtaulUA Community and some exciting news. 


Please come out and meet the VirtualUA Team, please RSVP here: https://bit.ly/vuafirechatrsvp . Prizes will be awarded to random participants! We hope to see you there!

Blue Skies!

VirtualUA Management Team

ATMOS is here!!!

We have completed the migration process; you are now able to login to ATMOS. You can access our nextGEN system here: atmos.virtualua.org. Please check your email, which provides some information such as your new Pilot ID and essential details regarding our new Aircraft Program. Also, don’t forget we have sunset Skylink, so you will need to download Smartcars, our current primary Flight tracker. The technology team will be online later today to answer any questions, for now, you can email them at [email protected] if you need technical support. This is the beginning of something amazing here at VirtualUA; we will adding more functionality to ATMOS as the time comes. We appreciate your patience and looking forward to a new chapter here at VirtualUA! Blue Skies!

Introducing VirtualUA Atmos

We at VirtualUA, Inc. are thrilled to announce that we have been working on a new platform for planning your flights, tracking them, and logging them. This new platform will replace Skynet. 

Our new platform Atmos will replace our current Skynet on the web. Atmos will be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all of your needs. You will be able to manage your account, book flights, review your flight history, and see some of the statistics from all your past flights. Not only that, but it will also encompass our new support system. Whether you need assistance with Technology, Flight Operations, or any other department we have, you will be able to submit a ticket and receive assistance from the appropriate folks. Like any support system you may have used in the past, you will be able to view your requests’ status and any actions on it as well! Here below are some important notes as we transition on August 1 : 

  • Systems will do down at 6 pm central time, Friday, July 31, 2020. Expected to be back up by 6 am central time on Saturday, August 1, 2020, however, could be sooner. At 6 pm central, all web services will go offline. Both ACARS systems will still be accessible; however, if you try to file a PIREP or anything, there will be an error, and it WILL NOT go through. Users will need to file a manual PIREP once Atmos is online.
  • SKYNET and SKYLINK will sunset
  • Smartcars will become our primary Flight Tracker, more information will soon be released with our new Custom ACARS
  • Users will receive an email with their new pilot ID once systems are back up.
  • Discord, email, blog, and ccs will remain online at all times during the system cutover.
  • After the cutover, ALL users (except staff) will lose their discord permissions. They will need to login to Atmos and link their Discord account to get their permissions back.
  • On the new SmartCARS, it will only show flights you have booked that are departing from your current airport. So if you see no flights, you may need to jumpseat.
  • Updates will be sent out throughout the migration process using Discord.
  • If you encounter any issues, please email our Support Staff ([email protected]), 

Once again, we appreciate all your patience during this transition. We couldn’t do it without the support of our community. This is just a beginning as we continue to move Virtual Aviation forward. Blue Skies! 

VirtualUA Technology Operations
HQTEC

New System Coming Soon

We at VirtualUA, Inc. are thrilled to announce that we have been working on a new platform for planning your flights, tracking them, and logging them. This new platform will replace Skynet. We will be releasing more information very soon, and we appreciate your patience.