A Thanksgiving Message

Dear VirtualUA Community,

Even with all the chaos 2020 has presented us with, there is still a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. We’d even argue one of the greatest gifts this challenging year has given us was a new perspective on the things we’ve been taking for granted all this time! A new perspective on just how grateful we are for the simplest of things. The staff here at VirtualUA would like to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving. We know you have many virtual airline choices, and we are very thankful you have chosen us. Have a safe and healthy holiday season!  

Blue Skies,
Derek George
Executive Vice President of Operations/Board Member

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

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!

Update from Member Experience

Hello Everyone,

My name is Ryan Weber, Executive Vice President of Experience. I want to extend a warm welcome to our newest members. We are so eager to have you join one of the best communities out there. As we prepare for the upcoming traditional American Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for each of you. VirtualUA, Inc. is thankful for our incredible community, and we wouldn’t be who we are without your support.  Just a quick reminder that we ask if you cannot file your monthly requirements, please reach out to Member & Staff Relations at [email protected]. You can always file a Leave of Absence (LOA) if you are unable to fly. Beginning in January, we will be reassessing our Volunteer Staff openings; if you are interested, we would like to chat with you. That’s all for now; please continue to be safe and follow CDC guidelines.

Ryan Weber
Executive Vice President of Experience | Board of Directors 

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!

2nd Annual Fall Foliage Event Coming Up!

VirtualUA, Inc. is thrilled to announce our annual Fall event, Fall Foliage. The event will take place on October 18 at 1800z. Our route will take us from Washington Dulles (KIAD) to our final destination of Portsmouth International Airport (KPSM). We want to thank REX Simulations, FlightBeam, and Sky Blue Radio 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. To participate, you must be a pilot on our roster and RSVP by clicking here: http://bit.ly/fall2020event.

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 Oct 18!

Fall 2020 Message from CEO

Dear VirtualUA Community,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. This year we have accomplished so much, and it wouldn’t be possible without you. We separated from AAV Group and rebranded as VirtualUA Incorporated as a 501c3 Non Profit organization. Became SkyBlue Radio Virtual Airline of the year, we also released our new website name ATMOS, VirtualUA nextGEN Pilot Center, and we are continuously working on improving it. We hosted the first-ever virtual party on our Discord Server for the MSFS2020 release. We are committed to continually improving our services and programs and welcoming your ideas and suggestions. Our next upcoming event, Fall Foliage, is in its final preparations. The event will take place on October 18th, and we’re headed to the northeast to taste the fall season! On behalf of my staff team, I would like to thank you for your support and participation in our great community!

Blue Skies,
Robby Sayles
President/Chief Executive Officer/Founder

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

VirtualUA, Inc. is not affiliated with or sponsored by United Air Lines, Inc or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

September 2020 Operations Update

Hello VirtualUA Pilots,

From your Operations Department, here is our September update. 
As you can see here are our flight statistics for the month. KSFO is leading the way with KORD in a close second. With a few more days left in the month, let’s see who the top hub of the month is. 

HubSeptember
HQ
KORD98
KIAH61
KDEN9
KSFO102
KLAX10
KEWR36
KIAD78
PGUM7
Totals:423
Avg Per Day:16.26923077

In case you have not seen, we have two new Regional Hub Directors. For the Hubs: KSFO, KDEN, KIAH, and KLAX is William Beaumont and for KEWR, KORD, KIAD, and PGUM is Eddie Goff. They are there to ensure all pilots are taken care of and to make your experience at VirtualUA a fun one.  I know we have a bunch of new pilots who have joined and we want to welcome you to the VirtualUA family. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to us so we can start you off on the right  path. 

Also, We have been reviewing and revising the Pilot Handbook and once released there are a few items to note. In the handbook, there are certain criteria for PIREPS to be accepted as a completed flight. In the past, and due to changes in technology and staff, we have been lenient with the PIREPS.  Once the Pilot Handbook has been released The Operations Department will be reviewing and providing feedback based on the information received. If you find you are having troubles in certain areas that are the minimum standard, please reach out to our training department who can help.

As always without you as the pilots we would not be the success we are today. Thank you and safe flights!

Respectfully,
Chris Porras

Managing Director, Hub Operations

VirtualUA, Inc. | www.virtualua.org

VirtualUA, Inc. is not affiliated with or sponsored by United Air Lines, Inc or the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

What makes VirtualUA Unique?

VirtualUA has been in operation for almost a decade. We have created a platform where we have adapted to the changing flight sim world. We’ve branched out and engaged with our pilots both virtually and with local events. Most recently, we participated in Flight Sim Expo and before that Flight Sim Con. We continue to develop pilot-friendly technology platforms and continually take feedback and implement it in our policies and technology. What sets us apart from the rest and what is most important is our people. Without our member base and staff team, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thank you to those of you that have continued to support us through the years. We couldn’t do it without you.

VATSIM Online Flying

VirtualUA, Inc is a proud partner of the VATSIM online flying network. VATSIM offers an additional level of realism providing virtual Air Traffic Control around the world while also displaying other virtual pilots in the sky. VirtualUA is an Authorized Training Organization and can provide pilot training to our VA members. We offer a Private Pilot course, which, when completed, awards the pilot the P1 rating on VATSIM. VATSIM is an exceptional community to belong to, and it’s free! Visit vatsim.net for more information! 

Member Relations August 2020 Update

Hello Everyone,

As we complete our transition over to ATMOS, the Member and Staff Relations department will be releasing a new version of our member handbook in the upcoming weeks.

The changes you will see will consist of our new aircraft program, removing the pilot ranking structure, leave of absence (LOAs), etc. September 1, 2020, we will start enforcing the minimum flight requirements per month. Failure to meet the minimum flight requirement will result in removal from the active roster. To avoid being removed from the roster, members are required to be active for 60 days before eligible for a leave of absence (LOA). For certain situations that may arise, we will work with you to ensure you remain a member of VirtualUA. PIREP’s that have landing rates over -650fpm will result in rejection. If you need help with improving your landings, you can contact our training department.

For members who would like to contribute to our organization, we do offer several volunteer positions.

  •  Communications – Social Media Manager
  • Events Manager
  •  Hub Operations Regional Director
  •  Member Relations Manager
  • Technical Support Director
  •  Training Operations Manager

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please share our staff application link: https://bit.ly/vuastaffapp

Regards,

Ethan Shields, Member and Staff Relations Manager

Jose Mendez, Member and Staff Relations Manager

[email protected]