QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 2 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5534 times:
Ok, I think it would be interesting to find out who the flight simmers of a.net fly for. I did a search to see if I could find one, but the last one that is slightly similar was posted at the beginning of the year. Give us some history of how you joined your VA and stuff like that.
Here we go, I fly for Metro Air and Qantas Virtual. I decided to join QVA because at night when I flew, I couldn't fly for Metro, so I did that. I only have a few flights with Metro though.
Midcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5180 times:
I fly for MidContinent Airlines, the only simulated airline in existance which complies with FAR 121 regulations which govern and control airline operations in the US. We have an in-depth and comprehensive training program that guides our new hires in everything they need to know to operate their chosen aircraft in accordance with federal regulations and proper airline procedures. We even have a real-world, licensed, active dispatcher with USAirways who provides the dispatch releases which, without which no airline flight is able to be operated legally. MidContinent Airlines also has recurrent and proficiency checks on a regular basis, including those specific to the fleet which the pilot flies for. The airplanes we operate to both domestic and international destinations are the Boeing 737, 757, and 767, and the Airbus A319, A320, and A330. I should also note that MidContinent Airlines has been represented at the last few AVSIM Conventions, and for the majority of this time, we have been the only virtual/simulated airline there. We also have sponsored, last convention, the Checkride Competition which generated much interest, and have been featured in recent issues of Computer Pilot magazine.
For information, either contact me privately or visit
ZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1402 posts, RR: 6 Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5171 times:
MetroAir strives to be the most realistic virtual airline out there, and with a number real-world aviation experts in our management team, an active pilot community and all airline decisions based on real-world economic data and a full financial schema, we feel we can achieve that.
AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5112 times:
I stopped long ago because I found a girlfriend but I used to fly for UPS virtual. Best virtual airline out there and I've tried several. UPS is basically like real world flying, everything is based on seniority, you can bid for trips like real world, and fly actual real world scheduled routes. I have no idea how they get the schedules I guess the webmaster works for UPS or something. Try UPS, upsvac.com
Recently launched. It's my first VA, but so far I'm greatly pleased with it's management and their ambition for creating an excellent VA...
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 14): Ok, so I've now changed VA's. I no longer fly for Metro after I was rather dissatified with them and QVA was just crap. I now fly for Slipstream. Definitly the best VA I have ever been in.
Those comments just sum it up quite well! The Slipstream team are a fantastic bunch. I've been with the Airline for over a year before their launch and I've seen everything being built up. It's a great airline and I strongly suggest that you take a look... www.slipstreamairways.com
Andrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 835 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (7 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5048 times:
I fly for Stevens, only VA that supports PS1.3 along with MSFS simulator. I have around 1897.5 hours with them. And getting ready for another leg. This airline is run by people who are in the industry as well as very serious aviation enthusiasts. First true business class only VA.
QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (7 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5020 times:
Quoting ZSOFN (Reply 18): Quoting QFA380 (Reply 14):
I no longer fly for Metro after I was rather dissatified with them
Would you mind if I ask why?
I didn't really like the way it was managed, there was a big hype about the financial thing but I never saw any of that. There was no structure for pilots. You can say its the most realistic VA there is for pilots but I didn't really see anything that made Metro stand out among VA's in any way, except the general perception that it's the best in the business.
ZSOFN From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1402 posts, RR: 6 Reply 21, posted (7 years 1 day ago) and read 4998 times:
Thanks for your comment, QFA380. Truth be told, the financial side of things took much longer to roll out than originally anticipated, and the result was a lot of hype and hot air and a lack somewhat of tangible results. We are working on the pilot side of things more, with a new site and ACARS/financial integrated system of sorts.
QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 hours ago) and read 4965 times:
Quoting Azza40 (Reply 22): QFA380, can i ask what you expect from a VA that will
make one stand out from a pilots point of veiw?
Ok, these things are what I would say can make a VA stand out among
others but not exactly what I expect. Although these are very hard to do and would be extremely time consuming, but you asked.
The website could be presented as if it were an actual virtual airline. So information for virtual passengers about the airline. It
should have forums where pilots can discuss anything under the sun
(Slipstream rules in this category). The PIREP system should be more
detailed than fuel and flight time. The executives of the VA should have a
meeting at least once a month on msn or something to discuss the day-to-day
runnings of the VA, they should take minutes and post them on the website
for pilots to read, so they know what is going on in their VA up the top.
Scenery for hubs is always a plus too, and I'm not sure if its possible but
a VA that has AI traffic would be one of the more popular ones.
Pilots should be set out in category's for flying certain planes to create a
small amount of seniority among them. Also, even though this doesn't happen
in the real world, pilots should be able to make suggestions. The pilot
roster should have to be cleaned up regularly, no pussy footing around
pilots that can't be bothered to fly, I noticed that at Metro, half the
people on the roster hadn't flown for more than a month, most people should
be able to fly at least once monthly or apply for leave if they can't. The
VA should also have regular fly-ins on Vatsim, and if anyone is a
controller, they should get hours for controlling the pilots too.
There should be a timeline that the VA follows on their own growth and
pilots should be able to see it, like when planes are going to be introduced
*cough Tyler cough*.
Sorry if this was a little long but you did ask. As you can see many of them
are just communication between the guys that run the thing, and the guys
that fly the thing. And this should only apply to VA's that want to be
BTW, sorry about the allignment, I typed it up then went to post it but thats when the site went down.
Comeau88 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 25, posted (7 years 6 hours ago) and read 4959 times:
I am stunned to see Slipstream Virtual Airways held in such high regard.
We really do make every attempt to keep our Captains updated with the progress of the Airline. This is done through our active forum network and regular staff announcement e-mails.
I think the one characteristic that defines who Slipstream Virtual Airways is this mega market of airlines is that we do not force you to be anything that you do not want to be. We do not require users to be registered with an on-line ATC network; you are given the option to PIREP via FS ACARS or manually; we want to challenge and help you be the type of pilot you want to be. We cater our systems to the user.
Having opened our doors on July 28, 2006, we have completely exceeded our goals in pilot and flight activity for 2006 by leaps and bounds. 2007 holds alot of promise for us and hopefully some new initiatives that will cater more to the advanced and intermediate simmer.
I am completely set back by the number of times we were mentioned.... really.... this is great. Thanks everyone!