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Operational Update - August

Posted by Richard Myers on 08/06/2017

Welcome to our August Operation Update...usually known as the "OU" in the Crew Room.

Through July you may have seen three new faces around the Crew Room with Ric (AWG184), Moritz (AWG183 and Ronnie (AWG185) all receiving new company uniforms and thumbing through our Operations Manual. Both Ric (eleven flights ) and Ronnie (two flights) have started to add hours to their log books while Moritz has yet to get airboure?

Need any help Moritz?

Ric has taken advantage of a feature on the Pilot Centre allowing you to upload your own "avatar" with Ric's selection being a personal favourite character of mine! Great work Ric.

Interestingly Ronnie came by Airwego via VATSIM. During a recent flight down to the sunshine island of Ibiza I started chatting to Ronnie initially discussing planned approaches moving onto virtual airlines and then sharing a few screenshots post-flight.

Welcome to Airwego Moritz, Ric and Ronnie...long may you all Fly the Compass. (Don't forget to register and introduce yourself in the Forum)

Our pilot based during July has been very active with two hundred flights completed. Tony (AWG135) tops the list with forty flights completed but with just short of one hundred hours logged Alyaan (AWG138) continues to show his dedication to long haul flights.

A single, but very important, promotion occurred in July with Nour (AWG088) achieving our highest rank available. Nour can proudly demonstrate his commitment to our VA with a full set of well earned stripes with the rank our Training Captain bestowed upon on.

Nour has been a frequent flyer with Airwego and active across our forum and social media channels with regular contributions. Many of his interesting flights have been discussed such as flying on "manual" from Manchester to Istanbul and getting a nasty surprise in the form of severe weather while flying the Oceania and Australasia AirweGOLD tour more recently.

Well done Nour and thank you for being part of Airwego.

Cargo flights proved popular in July. Our newly introduced B747-400F was flown nineteen times with the B757 completing fourteen flights.

From our mainstream schedules the B737-800 wasn't the most popular aircraft with it coming in second place. Topping the passenger schedules is the Q400 just with forty seven flights completed.

The E170 moved off the bottom of the chart with the A318 now occupying that position. Can we have some love shown the A318 in August?

One final note from our statistics in July. Oliver (AWG157) achieved four positive landing rates! I sure the passengers appreciated his precision flying.

After a break the Route of the Month has returned. Flight Operations Manager Oliver Cooksey has chosen a B747-400F route of under two hours to the heart of Europe from London Stansted. Full details can be found on the main page.

After serving us well since early 2016 we have updated HERMES - our flight recording software.

The layout has been improved and additional data fields added to aid flight preparation.

Within the additional information are aircraft weights. For those who include this information in their flight planning you can now easily access key figures from the primary screen ensuring you remain within the performance window of the aircraft.

Also added is a "Minimum Fuel at Destination". This is a based upon a procedure used by real world airlines whereby a figure is calculated by the Flight Operations Team in advance of the fight that the flight crew must ensure is in the fuel tanks upon arrival. It is very much safety and to some extent commercially driven. Along with sensible landing rates it might also give you something to measure your airmanship against but please remember it, along with landing rates, will never form the basis for a rejected PIREP...it is simply there to enhance your experience with Airwego if you wish to acknowledge it.

The News tab has been removed from HERMES and replaced with the Company NOTAMS. We felt this was more relevant to flight preparation than the New page.

Three supporting documents has been updated to reflect the changes to HERMES. The Cockpit Flight Log and Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) which are both available from the Downloads page have been updated. The SOP includes details on fuel planning and will assist in this area. The Cockpit Flight Log has had various field names changed to align with HERMES.

The final document that has been changed is the "Aircraft Weights" document which can be found in the Pilot Reference Materials section of the Flight School section of the forum.

Full installation instructions are included with the new version of HERMES while the HERMES support section of the forum has been updated explaining the installation and setup procedure.

The Forum is a key area of Airwego and at the centre of our community. We do encourage regular visits and certainly would like all of our crew members to be registered there. Within the forum you will find a huge range of topics from "banter" through to general operational queries and suggestions for improving Airwego. Please drop in as often as you can.

AirweGOLD - this is the premium luxury travel division of Airwego. It's schedules allow you to explore parts of the world where perhaps your mainstream flight wouldn't take you. The current tour covers Oceania and Australia using our B757-200. The tour has several legs but there is no obligation to complete of of the sectors...just pick those that you prefer and submit your PIREP.

In September a brand new AirweGOLD Tour will be published. This tour will cover South America with some fascinating destinations and challenging airports. As with the current tour it will feature detailed supporting documentation. A Tour Itinerary, flights plans and tour map are included allowing you to explore this amazing continent onboard our B757. Throughout the tour there are destination where you are encouraged to explore the surrounding region perhaps in a light aircraft or helicopter if you wish.

Current tour details can be found on the Bases and Routes page.

Don't forget to send a postcard.

Another announcement concerning September will be a Screenshot Competition. UK2000, publishers of high quality scenery, have offered a product from their Extreme Airport or VFR Airfields as a prize in this first for Airwego. The competition will have a theme which we will publish later this month with the winner to be decided by which entry receives the highest number of votes. So...get your screenshot program ready and start practicing.

We currently have discount arrangements with Aerosoft, Virtualcol and UK2000. Virtualcol offer a 30% discount from their store with Uk2000 offering 20%. The required codes can be found in the "General Discussion Forum / Recommended Websites & Downloads / Airwego Pilot Discounts" section of the forum.

Aerosoft offer a 20% discount on application on the list of products listed in the forum link above.

Thank you for reading.

Operational Update - July

Posted by Richard Myers on 07/03/2017

Welcome to our July Operational Update.

As always we start with news from within our Crew.

There are three promotions to report this month with Perry (AWG168) making Senior First Officer and Oliver (AWG157) earning his Captain stripe. The third promotion goes to Alyaan (AWG138) who in less than forty flights has logged over two hundred and fifty hours! Alyaan is a huge fan of our long haul routes and has shown a lot of dedication to achieve this rank in a short space of time.

Well done to all three crew members with their promotions.

Two new pilots joined Airwego in June. David (AWG182) and Ben (AWG181) have decided to Fly The Compass as part of their virtual careers. Currently their uniforms hang unused in the Crewroom while we await their first PIREPS.

If you haven't flown in the last ninety days, we know who you are, you will shortly receive a email from Pete (Human Resources) with a little prompt reminding you to stay "active" and file a PIREP> We fully understand that hobbies are not a priority with commitments elsewhere absorbing time in which we are sure you would rather be on the virtual flight deck. Please take the time to reply to Pete's email and if we can assist with the situation we will do everything we can.

Seven pilots...yes seven pilots have signed up recently but not yet found their way to the virtual flight deck and completed a flight in Airwego colours. I'm sure the reasons for not fully enraging with our like minded community are perfectly valid but hopefully once you have completed our application process, signed in and downloaded the required files to Fly The Compass you have the same level of enthusiasm to file a PIREP? If you have joined Airwego recently, not flown and need some help or have a query then please contact a member of the Staff Team.

Over the last three months our most popular route has been Manchester (EGCC) to Brussels (EBBR). The route has been flown a total of twenty one times and in the same period 44% of our flights originated from our Manchester (EGCC) schedules.

During June the B737-800 series aircraft was flown almost forty times by our crew with the Dash 8-Q400 not far behind. There is a large gap then with the B787-800 getting airborne sixteen times during June with similar numbers for the DHC6, A318 and A320 aircraft. In single digits is the Embraer E170 which considering the large number of routes available from our European Bases is a little suprising?

Oliver (AWG157) has joined our Staff Team with a brief to assist with our Flight Operations. Oliver's brings plenty of experience to Airwego as well as a excellent level of knowledge of flight simulation. Oliver's recent activities as part of the Staff Team have involved reviewing our Aircraft Fleet ensuring we have the correct information entered in our database as well as creating introductory documents explaining the use of VATSIM which can be viewed in our forum. Click here to view the topic.

Flying "online" with ATC control, as offered by VATSIM, is a area several of our crew have experience in. Oliver is one of the experienced in using the services provided by VATSIM and is organising a Airwego session using VATSIM for next weekend (date to be confirmed on Wednesday 5th July). The flight will depart Manchester for Bergen with the aircraft choice at pilot discretion. Providing HERMES is used to log the flight all hours for this session will count toward your logbooks.

More information regarding this project will be distributed over the next few days with a topic in the forum currently developing and dealing with pilot queries related to the event. Click here to view the topic.

"Big Jets and Beaches"...that is the title given to our latest Multi-Link flight available from our San Juan Base (TJSJ). This new flight is spread over four legs departing from San Juan (TJSJ) firstly with the famous approach into St.Maarten (TNCM) over Maho Beach. After a short turnaround you will depart for Miami (KMIA) and then fly the whole route in reverse...all in a single day!

The flight is available to be flown in either our B757-200 or A318's based at San Juan. Click here for flight details.

Our schedules do feature several Multi-Link flights using aircraft from the Twin Otter through to the MD-11. They typically comprise several legs departing from one our bases either flown over a few hours or taking several "virtual" days to complete.

The current AirweGOLD tours use this format departing from Sydney with excursion a around Australasia and Oceania before returning to Sydney. With our focus on enjoying flight simulation there is no obligation to fly all of the legs of our the AirweGOLD tour, or indeed any of our Multi-Link flight. Simnply book the legs you are interested in and fly them!

Full details of all Multi-Link / AirweGOLD flights can be found on the "Our Bases and Routes" page.

A few small edits will be made to the schedules over the next few weeks. The reasoning behind this relates to several flights taking place during the hours of darkness. With our schedules we like to replicate "real world" schedules as best we can however we all perhaps have many gigabytes invested in scenery which with night flights we cannot enjoy as fully as we can during daylight.

With this in mind we will try to reduce the number of night flights to maximise your enjoyment of the splendid scenery available for FS9, FSX, X-Plane 10 & 11 and P3D.

A NOTAM will be published when the changes have been made. All NOTAMS can be viewed from the Pilot Centre.

Happy flying!


Operational Update - June

Posted by Richard Myers on 06/04/2017

Welcome to our June Operational Update.

You may have seen four new pilots around the Crew Room over the last weeks with Tyler (AWG180), Joshua (AWG179), Brandon (AWG178) and David (AWG177). So far we have seen flights from Joshua, Brandon and David while we await the first report from Tyler.

It is worth noting that Joshua and Tyler, due to visual impairments, access Flight Simulation through some excellent third party software that assists with the control of the aircraft. While we recognise that we have a dedicated crew Joshua and Brandon’s commitment to our hobby is worth a special mention.

Two pilots have earned promotions this month with Oliver (AWG157) and Simon (AWG045) achieving the rank of Senior First Officer. Well done to you both and thank you for the supporting our VA.

Elsewhere within our crew base Tony (AWG135) was our most active pilot in May with over forty flights while interest in X Plane has seen Jessica (AWG158) start a excellent topic highlighting key resources available for this popular sim in the forum.

The delivery flights of the B787-800 during May proved popular with several pilots taking the opportunity to familiarise themselves with this aircraft. The fourth example of this aircraft will be joining our fleet very soon so keep an eye on the NOTAMS which will highlight the introduction of this aircraft.

The vacancy position of Marketing and Media Manager has now been filled with Dave Butler (AWG174) joining the Staff Team. Dave brings experience of working within virtual airlines to our team along with excellent skills allowing him to fulfill this key role at Airwego.

Dave has some great plans for Airwego with some already taking shape and having an impact on our operations. Over the coming months our core marketing activity will be to raise our profile across key flight simulation media outlets.

June will see some major schedule updates. New cargo routes are planned with the pending introduction of the B747-400F along with two new routes for our B757-200 freighters based at East Midlands.
Our mainstream schedules will also feature new routes from Manchester and Bristol with Orlando, Larnaca, Reus and Girona included

To support all the new routes flight plans have been prepared for all default flight planners and relevant Flight Management Computers.

The NOTAMS page, available via the Pilot Centre, will detail the changes as they are published.

Some of our aircraft packages have had updates recently. Both the Boeing B757-200 and Embraer E170 for FS9 now feature updated panels while the Boeing B787-800 packages have had some minor tweaks applied to the textures with the panels also updated. The updates are available from the Downloads page.

Since Airwego started in 2000 our aircraft have featured many liveries. Some memorable and long lived while others disappeared and soon as they arrived. One livery that is fondly remembered earned the nickname of “Purple Ronnie” that appeared on a Boeing B737-300.

In acknowledgement of our history “Purple Ronnie” is back! This retro livery has been painted onto one of our Boeing B737-800’s (G-TNRE) and will operate from Manchester. Our aircraft packages for FS9, FSX and X Plane (all freeware and payware packages) have been updated to include “Purple Ronnie”.
Our last piece of News this month concerns our Operations Director, Tony.

Tony has recently completed our first AirweGOLD tour of Australasia and Oceania. Tony has shared some screenshots of the tour in the forum showing a few of the incredible destinations available as part of this tour.

During the tour Tomy has passed through several time zones, including the International Date Line, travelled over twenty thousand miles and no doubt burned through several hundred tons of fuel.

Well done Tony.

As Airwego operates with few rules all pilots are invited to either the whole tour or just select legs that interest you. Extensive supporting documentation is available for the Australasia and Oceania Tour guiding your through each leg with a comprehensive list of freeware scenery also included.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your flights.

Operational Update - May

Posted by Richard Myers on 05/01/2017

Welcome to our Operational Update for May. Make yourself comfortable and read on.

Our ranks have swelled in May with eight new pilots joining our Virtual Airline.

We have Tim (AWG176), Rory (AWG175), Bob (AWG172), Paul (AWG171), Ross (AWG170), Ivo (AWG169), Dave (AWG174) and Michael (AWG173) all entering our crew room. Within our new eight recruits there is a range for virtual airline experience and in some cases this extends to management experience

You are all very welcome and now that you have “had a peek behind the curtain” and equipped yourself with everything needed to make a flight we look forward to seeing your first PIREPS very soon. Don’t forget to join our Forum also guys!

Alyaan (AWG138) has earned the rank of Captain this month with incredible amount of hours longed primarily from our long-haul schedule and all flown at “x1” sim rate. Well done Alyaan.

Joining Alyaan with a promotion is Martin (AWG107) with Martin becoming a Senior First Officer. Martin has been a committed pilots of Airwego for over twelve months and while his primary base is Bristol he does pick a flight or two from the Manchester schedule on occasion

Who has flown over 50,000 miles? Who has made the most flights? Which is our most popular aircraft? Take a look at the April Statistics page to find out.

Our recently launch luxury tour division, AirweGOLD, has been very popular since launch double digit downloads of the “Tour Guide” (see the Downloads page) and a stronger than expected number of PIREPS. Thank you to all who have so far made flights from the first tour of Australasia and Oceania. For those pilots who want to know more take a look at the AirweGOLD section of “Our Bases and Routes” and the Downloads page.

An area of the forum currently under development is the Flight School.

Currently Flight School hold several documents explaining various aspects of aviation from the Forces of Flight, Aircraft Weights and an overview of ATC phraseology guide. Over the next few weeks the remaining areas of the Flight School will be populated.

The Flight School project, managed by Chief Pilot Chris Miller, is also open to questions from our crew Chris, alongside Operations Director Tony Causer, has a deep knowledge of both real world and virtual aviation. So...put the guys to the post and post a question in the Flight School.

As a VA policy we rarely email our crew directly beyond the monthly Operational Update. However within the last few days we did send an email to all of our crew explaining our approach to VATSIM with a request for VATSIM ID numbers. The conversation of Airwego and involvement in VATSIM has been a long one but we feel a point has been reached where the benefits of participating with online ATC are too large to ignore.

The email that was distributed did stress that it will never be a requirement of your membership of Airwego to fly using online ATC services. That will always be the case but for those that do enjoy flying with VATSIM we need to fulfill the conditions specified by VATSIM to become a partner VA.

If you haven’t already then can you please send Pete (HR) a email with your VATSIM ID. If you haven’t joined VATSIM and would like to help Airwego with this project then please click here and read the “Getting Started” section of the VATSIM website.

Your help with this project is sincerely appreciated by the Staff Team.

Our recently launched AirweGOLD division has proven popular over the last month. Several pilots have flown various legs of the tour of Australasia and Oceania in the newly painting B757-200.

If you haven’t yet discovered AirweGOLD then take a look at the Cockpit Documents section of the website for full details.

In the coming months new tours will be published taking you around the continents of the world.

The delivery of the B787-800 from Boeing will take place during May.

Details of the delivery flights have been published which will see three aircraft join our fleet in May replacing our single Manchester based B757-200 in mainstream service and two B767-300ER’s currently used on long haul routes.

The delivery flights see the aircraft initially route into Shannon (EINN) with a second leg then ferrying the aircraft to Manchester (EGCC). While the aircraft is based at Shannon it will be available for crew familiarisation prior to entering mainstream service.

The Fleet and Downloads pages have been updated to include the B787-800. The B787-800 is available for FS9, FSX and X Plane.

Keep an eye on the NOTAMS for details of the delivery flights from Boeing’s facility in South Carolina.

Thank you for reading.

Operational Update - April

Posted by Richard Myers on 04/03/2017

Welcome to the Airwego Group Operational Update for April.

Three new pilots have joined our ranks during March with Tom (AWG167), Perry (AWG168) and Adil-Mir (AWG166) all appearing in the Crewroom. Perry has flown with Airwego previously with Tom and Adil-Mir are fresh to the "Minimum Rules - Maximum Fun" way of our VA.

Both Tom & Perry have filed PIREPS so far but we await Adil-Mir's first report.

Promotions, promotions and promotions...yes we have three pilots all achieving promotions during March. Jessica (AWG158) and Alyaan (AWG138) are now proudly wearing their Senior First Officer stripes while Jan (AWG154) has now earned the rank (and pay rise) of Captain. Well done to you all and thank you for flying with Airwego.

Seb (AWG099) is closing in on a promotion with Senior First Officer on the horizon. Seb flew with Airwego many years ago and was involved with the running of the VA at that time. Nice to have you flying with us Seb!

There are many milestone in aviation history from first flight, crossing the vast oceans of our world and circumnavigating the globe. We now have within our ranks two new Global Navigators with both Donald (AWG094) and Alyann (AWG138) recently completing "Around the World" series of flights in our MD11.

Via the forum both Donald and Alyaan posted regular updates of their trip which is made up of seven legs departing Stansted (EGSS) and visiting North America, South East Asia and the Middle East before returning to Europe.

Well done to you both on this fantastic landmark in your virtual careers.

The Statistics for March are worth a mention at this point. Several pilots have made a number of flights in the high'teens and covered significant distances. Naturally both Alyaan and Donald with their trip around the world lead the way in miles flown but please take time to review the figures for March which include miles flown, most popular flight, passenger numbers etc...

Updates to the schedules see the start of the UK Summer Season flights. Flights to Summer holiday destinations are now available from three UK bases (Manchester, Bristol and Humberside) to the Canary Islands and Mediterranean "Sunspots". Flight plan files for all routes, including the seasonal changes, can be found on the Downloads page.

With this current round of changes the last of of our B757-200's in mainstream passenger service is stood down. That is not the end of B757 for passenger flights...but more on than a little later.

Our aircraft fleet is a regular topic of discussion in the forum. Suggestions for aircraft types, general queries and more recently confirmation of the Boeing B787 joining our fleet in the near future...we just need to wait for Qualitywings to release the payware version first.

However at this point we can announce that two B737-800's will be Flying the Compass from our Palermo base. The two new aircraft will carry Italian registrations and have been taken on from a "distressed airline" in India.

On arrival at Palermo the aircraft will replace the two UK registered B737's operating from Sicily with these two aircraft returning to the UK.

Ferry flights have been included within our schedules so pilots can bring the new aircraft from Mumbai (VABB) via Dubai (OMDB) for a fuel stop and overnight crew rest before then flying onward to Palermo (LICJ). The Palermo schedule have been updated to include the new aircraft.

Two further ferry flights are available that will transport the UK registered aircraft from Palermo (LICJ) to the UK. One aircraft is to be flown to Manchester (EGCC) while the other aircraft will be flown to Monarch Aircraft Engineering at London Luton (EGGW).

The ferry flights can be booked via the "Our Bases and Routes" pages under the Palermo, Dubai and Mumbai (Dubai and Mumbai have been setup as a temporary hub) schedules. The Ferry Flights will be available until the 10th April 2017. The flight numbers are 10F, 11F, 12F, 13F, 14F and 15F. Our Flight Plan files on the Downloads page have been updated to include routes for the ferry flights.

The aircraft packages (freeware) for FSX and X Plane for the B737-800 have been updated to include the new registrations. The PMDG update will follow shortly.

Our Downloads page now includes repaints of the Virtualcol Dash X series. Virtualcol produce great value payware products that while a step up from the default aircraft are not overly complex nor feature heavily detailed systems. The package includes all current registrations of our Q400 and has been prepared by Jessica (AWG158) and Pete (Airwego Human Resources Officer). Thank you both for your efforts on this project.

Alyaan (AWG138) will be organising a Airwego session using FS Cloud. FS Cloud is a multiplayer platform for use in X Plane, P3D and FSX. It works as standalone software alongside your Flight Simulator but will require completion of a registration process. FS Cloud does not offer online ATC but is a great way to fly with online together with very few requirements other than enjoying the experience.

Visit FS Cloud for more details and keep a eye on the Forum for the date and time.

Our Facebook Group has been very popular in the last month with many crew sharing images of their flights while in progress. We currently have thirty members and recent activity has complemented our Forum discussions. Our Facebook Group can be found here.

Don't forget to keep a eye on the NOTAMS page regarding operational issues. All NOTAMS can be viewed from the Pilot Centre on the website.

A little earlier in this Operational Update we spoke of the future of our B757-200 passenger fleet. Over the last six months they have been slowly withdrawn from mainline service to be replaced by more modern and efficient aircraft.

That isn't the end of the B757-200 by a long way. They have been hidden behind large hangar doors under going a extensive refit and receiving a new livery. When they emerge in the next few weeks they will become part of our brand new divisions - AirweGOLD.

AirweGOLD will offer the ultimate luxury travel experience to our virtual passengers. The interior's of the B757's have be configured to carry thirty eight passengers with every convenience and modern extravagance to hand. Twelve cabin crew will ensure every whim is catered for while offering a unprecedented level of service.

Flight Operations for AirweGOLD will be focused around a "Continental Grand Tour" with Australasia being the focus of the launch event.

The brand new livery reflects the "high-end" nature of AirweGOLD while still retaining key brand elements of the Airwego Group. Images of the new livery will be published over the next few days.

From a Flight Crew perspective the 'GOLD tours will see you explore areas of the world outside of our regular schedules. Detailed itineraries will be published which will include a overview of the various legs of the tour along with relevant flight-plans and details of suggested scenery to use.

We expect to fully launch AirweGOLD by the end of April.

Thank you for reading.

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