Welcome everyone to our June 2018 Operational Update.
We start this month by introducing you to John (JSY033).
The 8-bit computing era of the 1980’s was John’s first exposure to flight simulation but the “bug” didn’t bite until the purchase of FS98.
From there John’s worked his way through the various incarnations of Microsoft Flight Simulator settling with FSX which as many of our crew will know has been around a long time and allowed many of us to expand our virtual aircraft hangars and scenery collection. John is no exception to this. John is currently using P3D.
Prior to joining JGA (Jersey) in 2001 John spent a year flying with British Airways Virtual. Very shortly after joining JGA John began to assist Andy in the running of the VA helping out. Processing PIREPS, writing news articles and general administration fell under John’s stewardship including grumbling about “heron stealing the fish out of my pond”. I’m assured long serving JGA / JSY crew will understand this reference.
As JGA evolved into My-Air John stood down from his role concluding that Andy was a “hard taskmaster”.
With a twenty year virtual career, seventeen of those with JGA John now finds himself passing through the Airwego Crewroom with anticipation of a bright future. John’s current aircraft hangar includes many JGA liveries which he uses for his virtual flights acknowledging the strong connection he has to his former virtual employer.
Thank you John for helping with our Featured Pilot section of the OU.
Of our ten ten new recruits in May we have received flight reports from just four. Thank you to Bachir, Kevin, Marcus and Michael. We hope you enjoyed your flights and look forward to seeing you progress through the ranks. Welcome to you all and thank you for joining the Airwego Group.
Six new recruits (Jason, Roman, David, Thomas, Chris and Daniel) haven’t yet found their way to the ramp but hopefully have downloaded all the required files such as HERMES, aircraft and the wide range of resources we have available in preparation. If you need any help guys then please contact a member of the team or post a questions on the Forum or Facebook Group.
Martin (AWG107) has achieved the rank of Training Captain, the highest we have in the VA, recently. Martin has amassed his five hundred hours with several flights per week typical no longer than three hours with his first flight in February 2016. Congratulations on your promotion Martin and thank you for “Flying the Compass”.
Joining Martin with a promotion this month is Chris (AWG209). Chris is a X Plane flyer and a regular contributor to our Facebook Group ans well as providing X Plane repaints for inclusion on our Downloads page. The Senior First Officer stripe now proudly displays itself on Chris lapel.
Through May we carried over twenty four thousand passengers and burned our way through two million pounds (value) of fuel. Our Boeing Fleet made one hundred flights but the most popular aircraft was the Airbus A319 while the enduring Twin Otter made over forty flights.
Within our database we do have crew who haven’t flown for sometime. Some of those we understand the reasons for while others have perhaps drifted away from the VA for reasons unknown. We do contact the absent pilots but would like to remind all crew one flight every ninety days is our minimum requirement.
Returning to our ranks recently are Mr & Mrs Wookey. Both Robert and Rebecca have been with the Airwego Group for several years and recently reported their marriage to the team. Is this is a first for a VA? Congratulations to you both and we wish you a lifetime of happiness.
Another crew member I would to acknowledge is Oldrich (AWG47). Oldrich has recent completed one hundred flights with Airwego. Well done Oldrich.
Over many years the Airwego Group has built up a wide range of resources to enhance your enjoyment of flight simulation.
Many of these can be found on the Downloads page and of you look beyond aircraft repaints you will find our prepared flight-plans (including FMC files for various payware products), scenery and a range of documents from checklists, Standard Operating Procedures and of course the fantastic AirweGOLD Tour itineraries.
If you dig deeper and visit the Flight School section of the Forum you will find more material designed to expand your knowledge of flight simulation.
One resource which we acknowledge is consistently under used is our Team Speak (TS) server. This facility allows for voice communication between our crew and is primarily used for the regular Tuesday / Thursday events hosted by our Events Manager, Dave Taylor.
If you visit the Multiplayer / Online Activities section of the Crew Centre you will find more details on TS and how to set the software up.
Looking for some new routes? Well our Southend Timetable recently expanded with flights to Sweden, Spain, France and Croatia. More details can be found on the Southend Schedule page with a list of scenery for the new destinations has been published in the forum.
Thank you for reading and enjoy your flights.