VirtualUA Community Update | June 09

VirtualUA Community, 

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.

VirtualUA May 2020 Community Briefing

Hello VirtualUA Community, 

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!   

VirtualUA Management Team

Announcing VirtualUA, Inc.

Dear Flight Sim Community and Partners,

First, I hope that you’re staying safe and healthy with the current crisis that has swept the globe. It’s an incredibly difficult time for all of us, and please know that we’re all in this together. If you need anything, please let us know. 

I wanted to take a moment and share some fascinating news with you regarding VirtualUA. We’re so excited to announce that with the New Year, we decided it was a good time to bring a facelift to our organization. With that being said, legally, you know us as Virtual United Social Club, Inc. however effective April 6th, 2020, Virtual United Social Club, Inc. has been dissolved, and VirtualUA, Inc. has been born. 

VirtualUA, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) status through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). We are an educational organization within the State of Texas consisting of 7 board members: Robby Sayles (President), Ian Jacobson, Austin Thieman, Shelton McCallop (Secretary), Matt Keane (Treasurer), Derek George and Ryan Weber. While our training programs are currently still being developed, we will partner with VATSIM to obtain our Authorized Training Organization (ATO) status as we’ve done in the past. We will have more information to share on this in the coming weeks.

With our new non-profit, we have also decided to change our branding to reflect our new name, culture, and values. Our goal was to develop something more modern while holding true to our roots in virtual aviation and the airline we simulate. In the coming days, you will see our new branding reflected on our website, social media channels, communications, and servers. This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us. As a staff team we have been anxiously waiting to share this information with you, and so glad that the time has finally come.

As we continue into 2020, it’s no doubt that there are challenges ahead. We will continue to do what we do best — supporting each other and making sure our hobby remains enjoyable. We are confident we will be able to deliver a world-class product to you – our community. With a new website about to enter Alpha testing, SmartCARS released and our new brand identity, 2020, is shaping out to be very exciting for our organization.

Please join us in celebrating a new identity as VirtualUA, Inc.

Kindest Regards, 

VirtualUA Management Team