We’re so excited to see that Microsoft has officially announced the release of the much awaited Flight Simulator 2020. The release date is August 18th. We are so excited that Microsoft is back to creating content for the community however, we will always continue to support existing platforms like X-Plane, P3D, FSX with our ACARS as long as members continue to use those platforms. We are so excited to see what this new simulator brings in hopes it rejuvenates the flight simulation industry and attracts new people to our beloved hobby.
I’m sure many of you are wanting to know what this means for our community. We don’t expect there to be any sort of ACARS system that will work for MSFS out of the gate. Since it is a new development we are creating a game plan to figure out a way for pilots to submit their flight reports with VirtualUA. Once we have more information we will send out another communication with information.
Like always thank you so much for being apart of our community. We couldn’t do what we do without your dedication and commitment.
VirtualUA Management Team VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org
Sun N Fun is just around the corner; let’s update you on some things regarding the event. You MUST RSVP for this event since the gate space is limited. If you plan on attending Please, use this link to RSVP—https://bit.ly/funsun20 . Due to the size of the airports that we will be flying in and out of. We have put special procedures in place to prevent holding and delays. Your Route will be provided by our operations team approximately 1 hour before the first departure. Before the event begins, Pilots will be assigned a pushback slot spaced 15 minutes apart to provide additional sequencing. Missed pushback slots will move you to the back of the departure time table. Your callsign will be provided to you by the operations team. It is mandatory that you use this callsign for all the legs of the event. To prevent gate congestion at these smaller airports, you may notconnect to VATSIM more than 25 minutes before your scheduled pushback slot to relieve congestion. We recommend to plan your fuel accordingly and bring some extra fuel onboard because missed approaches are expected at these airports! When choosing aircraft, please keep in mind the environment!
From all of us at VirtualUA, We hope to see you there!
Happy July, tomorrow we will release another edition of VirtualUA Boarding Pass, our bi-monthly update from VirtualUA. Inc. Few reminders, we’re two weeks away from Fun N Sun, please dont forget to RSVP here: https://bit.ly/funsun20 We announced today that we had added a new open position (Technical Support Specialist). If you are interested, please fill out a staff application here: https://bit.ly/vuastaffapp. Are you interested in helping out with weekly group flights? Please reach out to Cameron; we’re looking to kick this off in August. Friendly reminder about Software Piracy, it’s not allowed here ever at VirtualUA, if caught you will be banned and reported. As always, we appreciate your commitment to our community; we know you have a choice and thank you for choosing us.
The summer season is among us, and it is about that time to take off the pool cover, roll out the grill, and begin planning family vacations. Here at VirtualUA, Inc., we are excited to welcome warmer weather and hope you’re just as thrilled as we are at VirtualUA.
This summer will mark our eighth summer serving the flight simulation community. Eight years ago, VirtualUA started our development with three staff members. Today, VirtualUA has grown to serve thousands of dedicated flight simulation pilots, striving to enjoy an awesome community each day. VirtualUA has seen remarkable growth in our community, and it is our appreciation of our loyal pilots such as you who have helped make VirtualUA one of the best and fastest-growing flight simulation community in the world.
At VirtualUA, Inc., we know you have the option to choose your virtual airline, and that is why we are very thankful you have chosen us. We work hard each day to bring you the best experience, and we will continue to do so. Thank you, and blue skies.
All the Best,
Robby Sayles President/Chief Excecutive Officer VirtualUA, Inc.
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!
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.
VirtualUA is reaching out to our community and looking for dedicated candidates for the following staff positions.
Hub Operations Regional Director:
Hub Operations Regional Director must be available by email, forums, Discord, and social media as much as possible. They are the first line of contact for pilots assigned to their respective regions. They are responsible for overseeing their designated hubs, including monitoring pilot activity and reviewing PIREPs to ensure they are within requirements of the VirtualUA Pilot Handbook, and any other duties assigned by the Vice President of Operations. HORD’sHORD’s should be proactive throughout the VirtualUA community. They send monthly reports to the VP of Operations and must maintain/apply a level of professionalism throughout the VirtualUA community. He/She will report to the Vice President of Operations.
Fleet Manager: Create custom star alliance repaints for the VirtualUA fleet. Needs to be knowledgeable in repainting aircraft as well as star alliance liveries. Must be able to utilize Google apps as well as Discord. This position reports to the Vice President of Operations.
Event Manager: The Events Manager is responsible for creating, organizing, and running events for the organization. These events include weekly group flights and fly-ins/outs as well as more significant special events. The successful candidate will be expected to communicate with VATSIM ARTCCs and the community to ensure these events run smoothly. They will report to the Vice President of Community Relations.
Training Manager: Maintain flight training operations manual, along with keeping up with guidelines of vatsim rules and policies. Answering pilot questions with anything flight training related. Conduct classes on aviation training topics. Take part in special projects regarding the growth of the department on a needed basis. This position reports to the Vice President of Training.
Pilot Relations Manager: The Pilot Relations Manager is responsible for the evaluation of new and current members here at VirtualUA. They respond to pilot inquires via email or Discord and are the frontline of our community. They also oversee recruiting and promoting members through the system here at VirtualUA and verifying transfer hours. The Pilot Relations Manager reports to the Senior Vice President of Experience.
Social Media and Communications Manager: The Social Media and Communications Manager is responsible for creating content for our social media outlets. This will primarily be creating graphical content such as banners and event images but may extend to scheduling posts on our platforms. They report directly to the Senior Vice President of Experience.
All Above positions utilize the same core qualifications:
-Must be 16 years of age or older. -Must be active in Discord and other social media outlooks. -Must be proficient in communication skills, oral and written. -Must have a basic level of leadership skills. -Must NOT be apart of any other Virtual United Airlines as staff or pilot. -Must NOT be apart of any other Virtual Airlines as a staff member. -Must be dedicated.
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.
This week marks the official start of summer for VirtualUA, Inc. and we wanted to give you an update on what has been happening behind the scenes. As you all know we have pre-selected a few members from the community to start Beta Testing our new website which will begin shortly. We will continue to provide updates on our development progress along the way. We hope that those of you whom joined us for our Birthday bash back in April had a blast. July 25 will be our Annual Fun N’ The Sun event. We will begin our preparations for this event in June and will be reaching out soon to the community for location feedback. We hope you can join us! If you haven’t joined our Discord yet, please CLICK HERE! Discord is a communication platform we use where you can chat with other members, post screenshots, and receive Technical support.
Are you interested in making a difference here at VirtualUA? If so, good news! We are now hiring staff members for our Member Relations Division, Events, Communications, and Flight Operations. If you are interested, please email us at [email protected]. As we continue to grow our community, we need volunteer staff members to run the day to day operation. If you’re able to be dedicated and committed, please reach out! We would love to have you join our team.
We are planning on hosting another Virtual Fireside Chat with the staff team. The tentative date will be on June 26. We love to hear your feedback on our community. We will be providing a live update regarding VirtualUA as well. While we’ve come a long way we aren’t right where we want to be yet. We would greatly appreciate any constructive feedback you have.
That’s all for this bi-monthly communication. We hope you have a safe Memorial Day! Stay safe and healthy!