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What's With These Fantasy Airlines?  
User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

I keep hearing about people creating fantasy airlines.......what does this mean? I've even seen homepages for these "fake" airlines. Is it a game or something? I don't get it!!??

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User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1577 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1830 times:

They're called 'virtual' airlines. The story is that you create an airline with routes, website, and a fleet. Your operation is run with a flight simulation program, generally Microsoft Flight Simulator, and you fly the routes using the program.

You get aircraft painted in your color scheme, then you recruit pilots to fly with your airline. Each week, the pilots recieve assignments for which routes they are to fly, and they do so, filing a PIREP (pilot report) on the flight after they're done. The process repeats over and over again as each week goes by, and you have your airline.

Or so the theory goes. Often, it doesn't work out very well, which is why virtual airlines almost always go bust within two years, and usually within the first 3-6 months.

There is an excellent website run by a guy named Gary Kulash (who is arguably a large reason why the VA hobby is so incredibly popular today) called the VANF. It's a news source for virtual airlines, and is a good place for newcomers to the hobby to go to in order to figure out which companies are hot and which are not. It can be accessed at http://www.vanf.com.

Also, VirtualAirlines.com is the premiere site for virtual airlines, and hosts most of the reputable ones in the hobby on its site. Check it out if you're interested in virtual airlines.

User currently offlineSpectre242 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1807 times:

But check out www.fspilot.com first.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

Okay, but I don't understand the point....I mean, is there a prize? Can you win something if your airport is succesful?

What do you mean by 'hire" a pilot? Isn't flight sim just a game you sit at and play like nintendo?

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