Welcome everyone to our last OU of 2018!
Three new recruits have filed PIREPS since joining in November so welcome to James (AWG275), Gary (AWG274) and Alan (AWG273) and thank you for Flying the Compass.
Richard (AWG251) continues his rise through the ranks with the Captain's stripe now added to his uniform! Congratulations on your promotion.
Over two hundred and fifty flights were completed in November, Our Palma base witnessed the most arrivals and departures with Manchester and Bristol not too far behind.
The ongoing popularity of our Airbus fleet continued in November with seventy four flight completed while our Boeing Fleet flew sixty seven times. The A319 made the majority of the Airbus flights (sixty two) with the B737 leading the way for “Team Seattle” with fifty five rotations.
Thank you to Pete (HR Director) for digging deep into our PIREPS to provide me with the above information.
Tony (Operations Director) has returned to the fight deck recently after a break. It is great to have Tony “back in the office” offering his much valued input as we continue to develop the Airwego Group. Watch out for Tony passing through the Crew Rooms of our various bases as he makes his annual visits to ensure everything is “as it should be”.
Over the last few months we have hinted about opening a new base. Well in this OU we can reveal it isn’t just a brand new base but a whole new “division”.
Several months ago a conversation developed with three crew members (Richard-AWG251, Jan-AWG154 & Chris-AWG209) based in South Africa with a desire to open a base in their home nation. The project quickly moved forward driven by by the energy and enthusiasm of Jan, Richard & Chris with Johannesburg (FAOR / formerly FAJS) settle upon as a base.
A route structure flying the Twin Otter, Q400, A319, CRJ900 (new to our VA) and the B787-8 was devised offering flights from under one hour to just over five hours covering South Africa and popular destinations in neighbouring countries. All routes will be supported by flight-plans and FMC files for the relevant aircraft.
Images of the new Kalahari livery can be viewed in the forum or on on Facebook Group page.
The name chosen for the division is Kalahari which is a large arid savanna in South Africa. All aircraft will feature a variation of our livery and are currently passing through the Rob (Resources Manager) paintshop.
Freeware scenery for FAOR / Johannesburg is under development by South World Scenery who have a Facebook page which can be accessed here.
We hope to launch the new division before Christmas.
Speaking of Christmas our traditional flights to Lapland are now available from our UK Bases.
From Gatwick, Humberside and Aberdeen you can fly to Kittila , Bristol will offer Ivalo and Kuusamo, Rovaniemi is available from Exeter and Manchester while Southend includes Ivalo. The flights operate with our Boeing and Airbus Fleets with a average four hour sector time. Full details for all flights can be found via the Bases and Routes menu.
Supporting our flights to Lapland is a brand new “Christmas Tour”. The tour will depart from Rovaniemi (EFRO) onward to Ivalo (EFIV), stopping at Kuusamo (EFKS) before heading to Kittlia (EFKT) and returning to Rovaniemi (EFRO).
The tour theme is based around Father Christmas inspecting his “toy workshops” ensuring his hard working Elves are on track for the big day!
Each sector of the Tour, which uses the Airbus A319, is around one hour with flight-plans available from the Downloads section of the Crew Centre under “Flightplans and FMC Files”.
All pilots who complete the Tour will receive a “badge” on the “Your Statistics” page in the Crew Centre.
The details for the Christmas Tour 2018 can be found in the Crew Centre under the Airwego Tours link. Once you have signed up for the tour enter the flight number into HERMES (assuming you are signed in) and the flight details be be retrieved from our database.
Tony (AWG135) continues to work hard supporting our regular Member Flight held every Sunday and Thursday.
Members Flights use both JoinFS ( to allow for cross-platform multiplayer so we can “see” each other) and Teamspeak for voice communications. Details of the Thursday route (8pm start) are published in the Crew Centre with a program of flights to the end of the month currently available. Book your departure slot and read the guides on setting up both JoinFS and Teamspeak and off you go!
The mood of the Member Flights is very relaxed with plenty of help available if you have any questions. There is no need to fly the published aircraft type for the route so pick something you enjoy flying and join the fun as eleven crew members did last Thursday (29th) !
The Airwego Group has developed a library of resources to support our Crew Members in both their membership of the VA and wider enjoyment of the hobby. Many of these documents can be found in the Downloads section of the Crew Centre with some also stored in the forum.
One document I would like to highlight is our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Use of the SOP is optional but it explains fuel calculations, cost indexes to be used, suggested passenger weights, how HERMES integrates with our systems along with offering links to other interesting resources.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.