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).

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!

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).

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.

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!

VirtualUA’s October Update

Hello VirtualUA Community,

Please check out this Month’s Update on our Discord Channel “Comms Hub.” This month VirtualUA staff is back in full swing as we prepare for our 4th Annual Fall Foliage event next weekend. Please don’t forget to RSVP, which you will find this information on our Discord under Event Information.

The update discussed FSExpo 2021, Community Engagement, Global Marketing, Airline Hub Operations, and Technology. We are also hiring many staff positions; if you are interested, please reach out. VirtualUA will turn ten years old in 2022, and we appreciate everyone who has come along during our journey. We have had over 10,000 pilots joined our incredible community, with over 200,000 Flights completed.

As we end 2021, we reflect on our success and share our gratitude to many members, including our dedicated staff team, partners, and sponsors. We wouldn’t be here without them. Until then, Blue Skies!

VirtualUA, Inc. Global Marketing and Innovation Team

VirtualUA Talks FSExpo 2021

Dallas, TX., October 08, 2021 — It’s been two weeks after the 2021 Flight Sim Expo; the team here at VirtualUA would like to thank everyone for stopping by our booth. Can you believe we talked with hundreds of aviation enthusiasts that were intrigued about our hobby? Fascinating, huh? Many were hoping that Microsoft Flight Simulator would have been in attendance; however, they were unable to participate due to time conflicts.

On a bright note, we did meet one of their Community Managers; we hope to continue to engage with Microsoft in the future. With that been said, not having MSFS present left us at VirtualUA with more traffic, which we answered quite a few questions about the hobby and the new flight simulator.

After arriving on Thursday, September 23, we had the opportunity to do some team-building functions and attend a special FSExpo Partners Meetup, where we met many of the exhibitors. Throughout the weekend, the VirtualUA team had 1:1 opportunities to engage with developers such as Xplane, Prepar3d, Honeycomb, Thrustmaster, TFDi Design, Turtle Beach, and Orbx. What a great way to collaborate with them on some brilliant upcoming releases and great dialogue.

Someone asked us why do VirtualUA participates in these kinds of events. It’s pretty simple: we advocate for the millions of flight sim enthusiasts, and we will continue to invest and engage with our community. That’s how we continue to move virtual aviation forward by participating and engaging with our community. It doesn’t matter if we are VirtualUA, Inc. or not; we are flight sim hobby enthusiasts like the rest of the millions in the hobby.

Our position is to continue participating and advocating for the remaining by having fun doing so. We hope to see everyone next year; what an honor and privilege to attend 2021 FSExpo, and we want to thank our community for supporting us and having great Sponsors and Partners. We certainly wouldn’t be able to pull this off without their continuous support.

VirtualUA, Inc. is a Texas based 501c3 nonprofit virtual aviation organization for simulation pilots to create a positive learning environment where enthusiasts can build their knowledge and understanding of aviation. During this process, VirtualUA, Inc.’s goal is to create an environment where learning these topics and building the knowledge and understanding in a fun and enjoyable way, allowing the simulation pilots to learn while experiencing and enjoying simulation and aviation. VirtualUA, Inc. hopes that this learning will empower and enable our pilots to experience a new real and virtual aviation level.

For more information, visit http://www.virtualua.org.

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Download the official Press Release HERE

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]