1st Quarter FSC

Dear VirtualUA Community,

We will host our 1st Quarter Fireside Chat for 2022. It will take place on Saturday, February 1, 2022, starting at 21z. Sponsor by Simmarket, who graciously provided a few gift cards for those participants. The staff has been discussing various ideas for 2022, including some technology updates, along with the 10th Anniversary celebration. Come and join us. Please RSVP by clicking the link: https://bit.ly/1stqtrfsc2022

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!

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 2021 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.

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

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.