Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 04/03/2018

One hundred and sixty seven miles and over four hundred and eight flight hours...those are the headlines for March from our Crew!

Within all of the above John (AWG197) has earned his promotion to Senior First Officer while two new recruits, Mateusz (AWG0217) and Peter (AWG0216), have joined our ranks. Welcome to you both but you need to file PIREPS pretty soon or we will be asking for the uniforms back.

Our most flown aircraft during March? The Airbus A319 just edges ahead of the Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 by one single flight with fifty seven sectors flown in the Airbus.

The Boeing B737-800 holds third place with fifty two flights while the Boeing B757-200, in last place, (including the cargo version) was flown just four times.

Who wins the Boeing v Airbus battle with the most flights? Well Airbus take the trophy this month with ninety three sectors to Boeing's eighty seven.

Operationally there are several topics to cover this month.

Firstly our two remaining B757’s in mainstream passenger service have been withdrawn and replaced with the B787-800.

Two B787’s will operate the same routes out of San Juan as the B757’s covering destinations in North and South America as well as the Caribbean with flight durations varying from just over one hour to longer intercontinental hops.

Due to the longer runway length required by the B787-800 there are some MTOW (maximum takeoff weight) restrictions. Details of which are published in the Pilot Brief section of the Booked Flight area of the Crew Centre.

The aircraft carry our stunning Caribbean livery and have been available as part of the aircraft download via the Crew Centre for sometime. Flight-plans and FMC files are of course available as well.

This isn’t the end of the B757 though. It remains in service with AirweCargo and currently operates the Oceania and Australia AirweGOLD tour.

With the arrival of British Summer Time (BST) in the UK Bristol, Humberside and Manchester now offer flights to summer holiday destinations across Europe. The B737, B787 and A320 will fly more frequently to the Canary Islands and European “sunpots”.

The new routes can be viewed via either the schedule search function or from the Bases & Routes menu.

After several months in the “paintshop” the B777-200F is now available to download. This aircraft joins our cargo fleet allowing the MD11 to be replaced and importantly expansion of our cargo route network.

Both freeware (Skyspirit 2012) and payware (PMDG) versions of the aircraft are available. Simon (AWG45) and Rob (Resources Manager) have spent a lot of time repainting the aircraft and have done a excellent job as always!

For the first time in the history of the Airwego Group we will see joint cargo and passenger operations from our bases with the B777 flying from East Midlands, London Stansted, Palermo, Palma and San Juan.

The expanded route network includes Costa Rica, Tunisia, Djibouti, Belgrade, Amarillo and Peru. Further route details can be found on the Bases and Route menu or again by using the schedule search function in the Crew Centre.

As always Tony (Group Operations Director) has prepared flight-plans for all of the new routes based on real world data. The relevant files are available from the Downloads page.

As a Management Team we do regularly discuss the use of online ATC services such as VATSIM and IVAO. Within our ranks are regular users of these services and naturally a lot of experience. The twice weekly events (on Tuesday & Thursday) do see some crew using online ATC as well as chatting generally in the Teamspeak channel during the flight and can act as a great introduction to VATSIM or IVAO with help on hand.

John (AWG197) is a controller on VATSIM and along with a deep knowledge of flight simulation is in a great position to offer “one on one” assistance in this area with his forum posts having already generated enquiries from our crew base. If you are interested in understanding more about flying “online” then why not send John a message via the forum?

In support of the regularly weekly events we are looking into schedule similar activities over several weekends.

Dave (Events Manager) has put together a great calendar of flights for the twice weekly events with most flight under two hours and covering a range of destinations from our schedules.

There are regular attendees on a Tuesday and Thursday with the odd “new voice” appearing as well. The environment is always relaxed and extremely helpful and in the first instance easily accessible simply by using Teamspeak with further advice readily available if you wish to progress to using online ATC services such as VATSIM or IVAO.

Take a look at the Multiplayer and Online Activities section of the Crew Centre to see upcoming flights and book your slot!

It has come to our attention that the download offering Airwego branded vehicles for users of GSX is no longer compatible with recent versions of this great addon.

The repaints and configurations files require updating.

If any crew member would like to assist with this project making both Airwego & Jersey branded ground vehicles available for users of GSX then please contact a member of the Management Team.

Martijn (JSY215) on behalf of the VA has contacted various Flight Simulator publishers and developers to discuss partnerships which would offer either competition prizes to our crew or discounts on the range of products they offer.

Several have replied positively with FSFX Packages and MK Studios offering discounts while ORBX will support a competition prize.

Thank you Martijn for supporting the VA with the project.

More details can be found in the Partner Discounts section of the Crew Centre,

The recent deployment of the A318 at Palma (...hope you all checked the NOTAM on this) has allowed for route expansion primarily into Africa. The project was developed in conjunction with John (AWG197) and will mature over 2018 with the Airbus A330 joining our fleet to replace the A318 on these routes.

That’s all for now...enjoy your flights!

Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 03/04/2018

What a busy month February has been.

We have had over three hundred PIREPS and recruited ten new pilots.

Around the Crew Room you will see Janeks, Joao, Steve, Chris, David, Barry, Jose, John, Pete and Martijn. We have received PIREPS from all but Martijn so far who only joined on the last day of February. Welcome to you all and we hope you enjoy flying with the Airwego Group.

Three crew members have achieved promotions this month. Craig (JSY152) and Alan (AWG140) now boast a Captain’s strip on their uniform with Terence (JSY167) earning a promotion to Senior First Officer. Well done to you all and watch out for the Promotion Certificates in your inbox.

In addition to over three hundred flights in February our flights add up to over six hundred flying hours, over a quarter of a million kilos of fuel burned and thirty eight thousand virtual passengers transported. Thank you everyone for supporting our VA with your flights.

Pete (Human Resources) processes all PIREPS, new applications and handles general queries from our crew concerning their membership. With the increase in volume of PIREPS since the Jersey division opened I have checked in with Pete several times this month to see if he is dealing with the workload. He has responded positively does a fantastic job for the Airwego Group.

We have recently added new Intercontinental routes from our base at Palma. The new routes include destinations in Africa and the Middle East. Initially they will operate using the Airbus A318 in Airwego colours with a view to introducing the Airbus A330 aircraft on the routes at some stage in 2018.

Despite Palma being listed as a Jersey base it was decided to follow the Intercontinental route model at Gatwick (also a Jersey base) and operate the aircraft with Airwego flight codes.

As always all routes ar supported with fight-plans and FMC files created by Tony (Group Operations Director). We currently have over twelve hundred routes available all of which have routes prepared by Tony who has spent many hours using various pieces of software to allow our crew to benefit from this feature.  The full suite of flight-plans and FMC files are available from the Downloads page.

Our Downloads page has been updated to include the Qualitywings B787-800 repaint in Airwego colours. The repaint is for use in FSX (QW B787 isn’t available yet for P3D) and features both our standard and Caribbean livery.

We are yet to deploy the B787 on our Caribbean route network with it planned to replace the B757-200 very soon.

In other schedules news there will be some seasonal changes to our UK routes later in March. With the arrival of the “holiday season” some of our aircraft will switch from serving winter routes to summer destinations across the Mediterranean and beyond. The updates focus on routes from Manchester, Bristol and Humberside. A NOTAM will be published once the changes are made.

Our repaint team are hard at work preparing a AirweCargo livery for the B777-200F. With good freeware and payware models available we plan to introduce this aircraft as a replacement for the MD11 as well as support a expansion of our global cargo network.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your flights.
 

Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 02/05/2018

With the February Operational Update there is only one place to start.

Our merger with JGA now evolving into a division of Airwego called “Jersey” has been planned for several months.

There are many elements to the merger from reviewing the schedules, painting the aircraft and creating the relevant content for the website.

Tony (Operations Director) lead the schedules project ensuring they are flights are supported with flight-plans and FMC files for the aircraft with Andy (Technical Director) headed up the integration of Jersey into the website. Andy, who ran JGA, was also at the forefront of communicating with pilots transfering from JGA on key points relating to the merger

Approximately twenty pilots have joined Airwego with a “JSY “ prefix to their pilot ID bringing with them many thousand of hours of virtual flight deck experience. Additionally our new crew mates bring with them experience of flying “online” either just using our Teamspeak server of the services of VATSIM / IVAO. Welcome to you all.

Our Jersey division will operate from four new bases. Exeter (EGTE), London Gatwick (EGKK), Jersey (EGJJ ) and Palma (LEPA) using a fleet of Twin Otters, Dash 8-Q400’s, A319’s and B737-800’s. These aircraft carry the “Jersey - flying with Airwego” livery.

A base at Gatwick has enabled our long haul route network to expand using B787-800’s and B747-400ER’s which operate in the standard Airwego livery.

There are now over three hundred new routes available, too many to list, but to give a flavour you can now fly to Rennes, Luton, Samos. Denver and Marrakech. To browse the new schedules follow the “Bases & Routes” menu on the main page.

Our incoming crew members will also have a wider choice of flights being able to select from our Airwego, AirweCargo and AirweGOLD routes.

Should they fancy a flight in the Caribbean then browse of our San Juan schedules.

Want to haul some cargo? Look no further than East Midlands or Stansted (don’t forget our Round the World Trip) or why not book yourself on one of the AirweGOLD Tours?

As already stated all routes are supported with flight-plans and FMC files which are now available from the Downloads section of the Crew Centre. Updated aircraft packages which include the Jersey liveries are also available.

The aircraft have been repainted by Rob (Resources Manager) Pete (Human Resoruces) and Simon (AWG45). Many hours work goes into the repaints with further requests for the addition of small details frequently part of the process. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Rob Pete & Simon for their hard work on this project as without their talent, skill and experience this important part of the VA would be much weaker.
Dave Taylor (JSY027) and Pat Cole (JSY050) have joined our Staff Team. Dave takes on the role of Multiplayer Events Coordinator a position he held at JGA. Pat has stepped up to become our Media and Marketing Manager.

A series on online events has already been published (more on that later) by Dave selecting flights from our expanded schedules.

Pat has been quick off the mark and already issued our first Press Release which will appear on key hobby related websites over the next few days.

Further details on Dave & Pat can be found on the Staff page.

January was a busy month with over two hundred PIREPS landing on Pete’s (Human Resources) virtual desk. On arriving with Pete each PIREP is reviewed with the hours added to your virtual logbook with a check then made to see if the crew member has earned a promotion. If this is the case then a promotion certificate is issued.

We do have one promotion this month which is our very own Rob (Resources Manager). Rob will now proudly display his Captain’s stripe as he makes his way to the Flight Deck.

Excluding the transferred Jersey Crew seven new pilots joined our ranks last month. Pedro, Andrew, Daniel, John, Richard, George and Jack have all signed up to “fly the compass” with Pedro becoming our two hundredth recruit. We are waiting on a PIREP from Jack with all other recruits making their first flights - thank you!

Our Airbus fleet proved very popular in January...more than the B737 which usually occupies top spot!

Within our Crew Centre is a section called “Member Awards”. Awards are available for flying a set number of hours or completing a particular achievement. Please take a look and drop Pete (Human Resources) a email who will add the ward to your profile...as long as your have earned it of course!

You will have read a lot and seen details in the Crew Centre regarding “online events”. These events are a opportunity to fly a particular route with other crew members as a designated time.

The easiest way to become involved in one of our events is to download and install Teamspeak (TS) with full details on how to set this up available in the Crew Centre.

With TS installed you will be able to chat with other pilots on our “channel” as you setup and progress through your flight. There is no other requirement than that to participate in the events which typically take place on a Tuesday and Thursday evening.

The event calendar is available to view under the “Multiplayer / Online Activities” section of the Crew Room.

For those crew members perhaps wanting to explore the world of VATSIM or IVAO (online ATC) these events will place you in a environment where help is close at hand assuming you log onto TS at the same time where one of our team will be available to answer any queries you have during the event.

Attending an event is isn’t a requirement of flying with Airwego but we are keen to engage with as many of our crew as we can using TS so even if you are not intending to fly drop into the TS channel just to chat if you like?

If weekday evenings are not the best time for you to join one of the flights then please let one of the Staff Team know and we can look to schedule a event for a more suitable time.

Several years ago we ran a “Whisky Tour” of the distilleries of Scotland using a BN Islander. The tour proved quite popular and has recently been a topic of conversation within the forum.

Unfortunately the files supporting the tour have been lost and as we plan to offer the tour once again need to be recreated which we will be starting on very soon.

In addition to the Whisky Tour a VFR Tour of Sicily was also available using the BN Islander.

Both tours will become available again over the next few weeks.

Thank you for reading.

Enjoy your flights.

Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 01/07/2018

 

The normal format of the “OU” is to start with a summary of activity within our pilot base.

This month is slightly different as we are pleased to announce that Airwego will be merging with another virtual airline.

Now this is big news but from a Management Team point of view it has been under consideration for some time.

Andy (Technical Director) has been involved with virtual airlines for many years. Independently from Airwego he has run JGA Europe for many years. JGA shares many of the same principles of Airwego in their approach to the hobby with a strong community of dedicated pilots at its core and a strong focus on enjoying flight simulation.

What will this mean to Airwego? JGA will become a division (similar to Airwecargo & AirweGOLD) within Airwego called “Jersey”. It will operate from four bases (three in the UK and one in Spain), fly with a modified Airwego livery carrying “Jersey” titles and use our HERMES software.

Alongside the above JGA crew members will transfer to Airwego retaining their logbooks, pilot identification numbers (where possible) and bring with them a vast amount of experience and knowledge of flight simulation.

A successful area of JGA has been to encourage members to fly “online” at scheduled events. In its simplest form this can involve a pilot logging onto the Team Speak server and chatting throughout the event to other members. For those interested in extending the experience this would also include using online ATC services such as VATSIM or IVAO.

You may have seen in the Crew Centre a menu option called “Multiplayer and Online Activities”. This area will include more details and also a calendar of upcoming events open to all members.

From a current Airwego pilot’s point of view very little will change beyond having a wider choice of destinations and more like minded crew members to interact with.

If you have any questions on the merger then please post them in the forum.

During December we received one hundred and twenty PIREPS. That is down on previous months but in line with what we would expect to see at this time of year.

Manchester was our most popular airport with Alyaan (AWG138) topping the mileage charts and Muhammad (AWG070) filing the most reports.

Our featured route (AWC9296) was the most flown route during December as several of our crew took the opportunity to fly a “heavy” over a short sector.

Paul (AWG193) was a sole new recruit but has yet to make his first flight.

Dave (AWG27) has joined our Staff Team in the role of Multiplayer Events Coordinator. Dave will oversee our events calendar and has already but several in place which can be viewed via the Multiplayer and Online Activities via the Crew Centre. “Departure Slots” can be booked by pilots for each of the events and we hope to see some of you online in the near future.

Further details on Dave can be found on the Crew List section of the Crew Centre.

Until recently our AirweGOLD division operated with routes using the B757 as it satisfied the operational requirements of the division...and we had a few sitting around gathering dust in the hangars!

However a recent NOTAM (hope you all check them regularly) has introduced the B737-800 to the South American AirweGOLD Tour.

It carries the stunning’ GOLD livery and all aircraft packages have been updated to include the additional aircraft.

The South American Tour has seventeen sectors taking you from Puerto Rico to the tip of the South American Continent at Punta Arenas. It is a fascinating trip with sector times ranging from under one hour to oceanic crossing at over five hours.

Remember with our AirweGOLD Tours you do not have to fly all of the sectors. Just book the sectors that you wish to fly.

With the arrival of a New Year we begin to look ahead and make plans for Airwego.

The inclusion of Jersey within our virtual airline is a significant development and like to be our “headline” of the year when it completes in a few months time.

Beyond the merger we have plans to develop other areas of the virtual airline including adding the Bombardier CRJ to our fleet, developing our schedules to include new routes in the UK and Caribbean and on a wider note develop our community through social media, Teamspeak and our forum.

Thank you for reading.
 

Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 12/28/2017

Setting up and running a virtual airline takes creativity, commitment, energy, focus and a and a solid knowledge of simulator platforms and real world aviation.

A recent “official” addition to our Management Team, Andy King demonstrates all of these qualities and many more.

Quietly over the last few years Andy has worked with Airwego, in a unofficial capacity, offering technical advice as well as designing three websites for our virtual airline in that time. His appointment as Technical Director has now been made official.

Andy’s background is in “coding” websites not just those focused on our hobby but for many real world commercial organisations also. His creativity in this area is matched by our desire to offer a range of unique features to our crew through our website. Alongside these skills Andy brings a depth of knowledge of the virtual airline industry stretching back over seventeen years.

Complementing Andy’s skill set is his approach to Flight Simulation. It is very much aligned with the “Minimum rules - Maximum fun” approach of Airwego in which we offer a platform for pilots of all skill levels to enjoy the hobby to a level they feel comfortable with.

The current Staff Team are delighted to have Andy working with us as our Technical Director and look forward developing Airwego alongside him for many years to come.

Further details on Andy’s background can be found on our Staff Page.