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.

Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 12/04/2017

Welcome to our final Operational Update of 2017.

It’s been a fantastic year for Airwego and the wider hobby of Flight Simulation in general. Our habit is to summarise the year toward the end of the month with a post in the forum so keep an eye out for that!

So how has our Crew fared since our last OU…

We have a new crew member Svein (AWG192) joining our ranks. Welcome to the crew Svein and if you need any help with your first flight then please do not hesitate in contacting one of the team.

Two of our pilots are proudly displaying an additional “stripe” this month after earning their promotion to Captain. Perry (AWG168) and Vasilis (AWG164)..thank you for the “flying the compass” and well done on your promotions.

November was a quieter month than usual on the overall PIREP total for the month at one hundred and nineteen. This adds up to over two hundred flying hours, eighty six thousand miles and and a huge fuel bill!

One of the most popular aircraft in our fleet was G-EISM / B757-200. “Sierra Mike” has flown under our colours for well over a decade wearing many liveries in the process. It is currently assigned to the South American “AirweGOLD” Tour as is takes well heeled passengers on a fascinating journey across this amazing continent.

Subject to final testing our new website will be published and available on the morning (UK time) of the 9th December. On your first visit to the new site we suggest you refresh your browser to ensure you can see the new website. This can be done by pressing “CTRL+F5” on most modern browsers.

During the changeover period, which will take around three hours to complete, the website will be unavailable. This includes the facility for logging flights with HERMES so no flights should be made in this short period.

The project to design the new website has been underway for several months. It improves the current design and brings with it a excellent feature set that we are sure you will enjoy exploring.

All feedback on this project will be welcome and we encourage you to take to the forum to offer feedback.

It is hard to avoid the countdown to Christmas and the end of the Year. As a virtual airline we are no different and as promised in the last OU a set of “Festive Charter” flights have been added to our schedule. These flights operate from our UK passenger bases to “Lapland” to visit Father Christmas and his hard working Elves.

The flights are generally between the three and four our mark and will see you visit a part of the world that at this time of year will not see full daylight and if you use “real world weather” (it’s your choice) will make you appreciate the sophisticated navigation systems available on your aircraft.

Festive Charters have long been a part of our schedules probably since we started in 2000. They offer a change in our standard routes and tinsel on the flight deck is permitted!

The flights are available from Aberdeen, Bristol, Humberside, Manchester and Southend. Full details on the “Our Bases and Routes” page.

We need your input! A new “featured” route will soon be published but this time we have turned the choice of route over to our crew. Please visit the forum to review the available routes and vote in the poll included in the topic.  The topic can be found here.


Our Aircraft Fleet has been a topic of discussion recently. With the core platforms (FSW, P3Dv4, XP11) in which we all fly evolving quite dramatically in 2017, and generally becoming more sophisticated, we have to balance this within our fleet against the continued popularity of FSX and FS9. Some of the models we use within our fleet will not work within the latest generation of flight simulators with little likelihood of updates. This is true for both our freeware and payware aircraft.

It is always our desire to make all of our fleet available firstly as freeware repaints supported by payware repaints where available. To maintain this we have made some decisions on our fleet which will be advised in due course.

For those pilots interested in a overview of our freeware aircraft fleet and its functionality within P3Dv4 then….guess what? Yes...we have a forum topic discussing it right here.

Several pilots have recently discussed the website “Simbrief” with me. Simbrief is a free online flight planning tool allowing for the creation of flight-plans based on real world aviation rules and regulations. It has more features than can be listed here but if you so wish you can plan the fine details of your flight without too much effort. Click here to visit the Simbrief website.

The Management Team have recently started work on what can best be described as our biggest project ever. It is in the very early stages of development but bring some great opportunities to our Crew and wider community of like minded pilots.

Thank you for reading and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Posted By: Richard Myers


Date: 11/05/2017

Welcome to our penultimate Operational Update of 2017.

Three million miles…..that is the total distance of every Airwego flight ever flown since we reopened in 2014!

Contributing to that figure this month we have a further one hundred thousand miles along with one hundred and seventy four flight reports and over three hundred flight hours.

Adding to our figures in October are two new recruits with Rui (AWG191) and Shaun (AWG190) who have both made their first flights in full uniform. Welcome guys and thank you both for signing up our forum also.

Pete (Human Resources Manager) has earned his Captain stripe recently and will now proudly display an addtional gold bar..

In further promotion news one of our most prolific flyers (and social media contributors) Anthony (AWG135) is now a Training Captain. Anthony’s regular flow of PIREPS and accompanying images often see him flying several sectors a day. Well done Anthony and Pete and thank you both for “Flying the Compass”.

Elsewhere within our crew base Nour (AWG080) has just completed the AirweGOLD South American Tour while Tony (Operations Director) is currently working his way through this excellent, and at times challenging, group of flights.

The tour “package” is available from the Downloads section of the website and includes a detailed itinerary, flights plans and a comprehensive scenery list to support the various destinations.

Three pilots run the risk of being “retired” as we have had no PIREPS for over ninety days from Dave (AWG174), Grant (AWG065) and Ron (AWG185)...come on guys...get a PIREP in promptly please!

One of our B737’s,“Romeo Echo”…(Purple Ronnie), was our most popular aircraft in October with seventeen rotations from its Manchester base.

"Purple Ronnie" on stand at Luton shortly after it's repaint into our "retro" livery.

We are delighted to announce that Alyaan (AWG138) has joined our Staff Team in the position of Market Manager. Alyaan will take responsibility for profiling our VA across related websites and social media platforms.

In one of his first actions as Marketing Manager Alyaan has established a Instagram account to complement our Facebook and Twitter outlets. You can find our Instagram account here.

Over the next few months Alyaan will continue to raise our profile and implement a marketing plan to ensure we are recognised as a strong community focused virtual airline.

Early discussion has taken place about hosting an “online event”. At this stage the finer details are to be decided however it will likely include an element of online ATC participation via the VATSIM or IVAO networks for those pilots comfortable in that environment alongside our Team Speak server which will be available for “chat” and to those pilots who wish to join the event but not under ATC (VATSiM or IVAO) control. More details to follow.

In the very near future we will be launching a brand new website.

It has been under development for several months with the concept, design and features stages heavily discussed within the Management Team. It is currently undergoing review and testing.

As with the current website it will be easy to navigate and contain a depth of information allowing our crew to immerse themselves to a level of realism they are comfortable.

At the heart of the new website will be a feature rich Crew Centre. Loosely based on the current “Pilot Centre” this will be a key area for our crew. From here you will be able to manage all areas of your membership of Airwego, review both virtual airline wide and personal flight information, book flights using a new powerful search function and plan your flights before taking to the virtual skies.

Andy, who oversees the “technical” areas of Airwego, has managed the project and will continue to refine the website over the next few weeks with a launch expected in December.

The need for an updated website was prompted partly by coding / hosting issues which with the current site would have caused problems in early 2018 and the desire to add further functionality and “eye-candy”.

We look forward to receiving your feedback in the new site in December.

The season of Advent will soon arrive. With that, as we have done over the last few years, we will be operating a series of seasonal charters that will visit Father Christmas in Lapland. The flights will operate from our UK bases using B737’s and A320’s to Rovaniemi, Ivalo and Kittila.

A forum post will be created with links to suitable scenery for the Festive Charters and you are invited to share screenshots of your flights to see Father Christmas - tinsel in the cockpit will be permitted!

A NOTAM will be issued when the flight details are published.

Don’t forget if you want to join in any of our discussion you can visit our forum or visit us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

...and as we finish for this month thank you all of our currently active forty nine pilots for Flying the Compass!