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!