The Airwego Group is a virtual airline focused on creating a fun
& relaxed atmosphere for enthusiasts of Flight Simulation
software in which they can enjoy their hobby.
There have been hundreds of virtual airlines over the years. Many will be direct replicas of real world airlines, flag carriers and the like. They will be tied to the aircraft fleet, hubs and schedules of their real world counterparts. Our operations here at the Airwego Group are based on real world scenarios but as we exist only here in the virtual world we are free to use, extend and explore the whole world, creating a fleet that serves the diverse preferences of our pilots, schedules that encompass the very best in available scenery and destinations that bring a mixture of both the serene and the challenging landing at the world`s largest and smallest airports.
A central rule of our fleet, hub and destination choice is the availability of both excellent freeware as well as sophisticated payware so that our member pilots don`t need bottomless pockets to pay for the enjoyment of their hobby.
With hubs already growing around the world we pride ourselves in that our virtual airline is a dynamic organisation, continually growing its fleet, hubs and new businesses year on year bringing yet more opportunities and challenges for our community to enjoy.
Indeed you will see that to encompass both our current and future plans for the development of our community we describe ourselves as the Airwego Group. This includes a number of Divisional Businesses such as Airwego (our central and always most prominent business) together with AirweCargo, a freight oriented company, bringing a whole new fleet and destinations to our offering. In the near future other exciting new ventures will be added to what we see as an ever expanding Group.
As a Management Team we will provide you with tools such as premade flight plans to go in all the various aircraft type Flight Management Computers, our simple HERMES pilot reporting system and a host of other tailor made downloads to make your flights with us "as real as it gets".
The choice of when you fly, which flight you want to undertake and even how long you want to "pause" it due to real world interruptions, is entirely yours. This is a hobby and we want you to enjoy it your way so maximum landing rates, pause times or fly "from where you land" rules will never exist in Airwego!
We pride ourselves in welcoming member pilots of every level and diverse flight simulator choice. Most of our pilots use Microsoft FSX or FS9 simulators but we equally welcome those who have already migrated to Prepar3D and X-Plane. Our crews are made up of "old hands" with thousands of hours FS experience to literal newcomers taking their first steps in this fascinating hobby. They come from nations across the globe, helping each other and simply enjoying the Airwego community.
However our principal motto we live by is "MINIMUM RULES - MAXIMUM FUN"
All we ask is be helpful to others and most importantly - ENJOY YOURSELF!
Airwego opened for virtual operations in March 2000. Planning and designing the virtual airline had started a few months earlier as a reaction to heavy restrictions imposed by a global virtual airline on their UK based management team.
The founding members of Airwego (Richard Myers, Ian Mayes & Bernie Stafford) wanted to create a virtual airline that was relaxed in its rules, enjoyable to fly with and created a strong sense of community. The opposite of the environment they found themselves with their current North American management based virtual airline.
While the name "Airwego" may sound strange at first it came about during a late night conversation between Ian and Richard. After several hours of brain-storming on several topics the subject of the what to call the new virtual airline came around. There we several suggestions from Lionwing Airways, Air Chester until Ian's quizzed his daughter on the topic and the reply came back "Here we go" which very quickly morphed in Airwego! With this important piece of the planning in place a website and fleet livery could be designed!
In 2000 web designing technology was far less sophisticated than it was to become. Automated flight reporting, fancy gizmo's showing who was online or online voice communications... no... none of that. A counter showing how many visits to the page was pretty much the top of the tree in terms of website design!
But gizmo's and fancy websites don't make a virtual airline... the pilots do! So with a management team of three and a handful of pilots, who had left the global "we fly every aircraft ever made aren't we grand" airline, to stick with Richard, Ian & Bernie Airwego opened it's doors and took off on a grand adventure in the virtual skies!
The original policy of Airwego was to be a relatively simple operation with a sensible aircraft fleet and interesting list of destinations. Manchester Airport was the principle base but flights also operated from Liverpool and Humberside Airport. Destinations in the UK and Europe featured using Boeing B737's, Airbus A320 & ATR42's but with the expansion of the management team to include the legendary Steve "it wasn't me" Chase and Danny "where's the runway" Cleavely the resources were in place to make Airwego more dynamic and unique.
Steve's passion was helicopter's. With a day job as a helicopter engineer at Humberside airport he was in a very envious position which gave him a great insight into the daily operations of a airport and more importantly one that service the gas and oil fields located in the North Sea. With this in mind Steve was tasked with creating a scenery package for Humberside and also with replicating helicopter operations in the virtual world for the benefit of those virtual aviators who wanted their wings to rotate! Steve duly delivered a superb scenery for the airport and a virtual rotary operation that was supported with excellent repaints, detailed missions & schedules and program of constant development. Can you guess what we called it... VertiGo!
By early 2001 the management team of Airwego was settled with Richard taking the role of CEO (so pompous) Ian looking after the Aircraft Fleet (also assisted by a young creative chap called Adam), Danny dealing with new recruits and publishing press releases, Steve running VertiGo and a very smart fellow by the name of Chris Dale looking after Flight Operations.
Alongside the introduction of VertiGo the fixed wing operations of Airwego also moved forward over the next couple of years with the introduction of long haul flights (and the 747), a special holiday charter livery called Sunspots, AWG Shuttle flying out of Humberside to small UK regional airports, a small Caribbean "retro" operation that flew the DC3, DC8 & Twin Otters and for a short period of time a small cargo division called..AirWeCarGo!
Airwego carried on until 2013 when through a combination of events the management team could no longer sustain the operation.
Danny & Richard had remained friends after leaving Airwego and flew together with several virtual airlines but never quite felt the old magic. Then a chance discovery that what remained of Airwego from 2013 had been preserved sparked an idea that perhaps Airwego could be restarted with Danny & Richard at the helm. Danny & Richard began to prepare for launching Airwego in the Autumn of 2014.
Through the first six months of operation Airwego developed into a popular VA attracting pilots from around the globe and expanding both the schedules and fleet.
Many pilots who had flown with Airwego in the past returned to the Pilot Roster with fond memories of the VA. In spring 2015 the Management Team reshuffled with Tony Causer (another former pilot) joining as Operations Director.
Online Flying with Airwego
We are a VA that encourages its pilots to fly online whenever the opportunity arises.
For a number of reasons the easiest online organisation for us to currently fly with is Vatsim.
When flying online in Vatsim simply use your AWGxxxx flight number when you sign in using the VPilot software.
When you fill in your Flight Plan in VPilot there is a "Remarks" box bottom right. In there simply add "CALLSIGN USED AIRWEGO".
That will inform any controller that although you are showing on his screen as AWG your actual callsign is AIRWEGO.
Now many controllers when you initially call "Airwegoxxxx" will realise that the AWG on their screen relates to Airwego.
However we are asked to reinforce this by the above Remarks box message as there have been problems in the past where prefixes were not what they expected.
On one occasion apparently a young man used the prefix AAL (normally of course American Airlines) but his own little VA was apparently Awesome Airlines! Doh!
So it is fairly straightforward where Vatsim is concerned.
Although we like IVAO as well this online organisation are considerably more problematic for us.
Their controllers will not respond to an Airwego callsign unless we are accepted as part of their VA "club" or are a real world callsign.
To become part of this club we need at least 10 of our pilots to fly regularly on IVAO and a formal application made to join their ranks by Richard.
All of this is plausible but slightly in the future for us.
We encourage the maximum of our members to fly online regularly with Vatsim using the simple procedure outlined above.
I will ensure an online flying explanation is present in the new website so that everyone can conform to this.
I suggest that those of us experienced in online flying offer to act as tutors to our other pilots who may be anxious about taking this step but more of that later.
I hope this clearly underpins where we are and what we should be aiming for which is to encourage as many of our ranks as possible to at least be comfortable at flying online when they want to.
|Like most organisations Airwego needs to have a few rules & regulations in place. However we try to keep them to a bare minimum and be as flexible as possible.|
|This section covers your flying activities with Airwego.|
Resources are available on the website to help with your flight preparation including fight planners, fuel planners, additional scenery etc...
Beyond that there is no other requirement to complete a Airwego flight.
|If you are comfortable flying online using the ATC services provided by VATSIM / IVAO then fine, you do not have to fly with "real world " weather or all the realism settings set to maximum.|
|Just enjoy your flight and then log your hours.|
|As your flight hours accumulate you will be promoted. Our pilot ranks are shown below.|
|Your rank can be tracked through the Pilot Centre section of the website.|
|Airwego does not restrict the type of aircraft you can fly based upon your rank.|
|Any hours you have logged from flying with another Virtual Airline can be transfered. These hours, however, will not shown as part of your Airwego hours nor contribute to your rank with Airwego.|
|If you do not complete any flights for four weeks then we will contact you to confirm you still wish to fly with Airwego.|
|We encourage all pilots to visit the website frequently. As the website evolves more resources will be added to enhance your Flight Simulation experience.|
|News items are published on a regular basis concerning Airwego and discussions within the forums will develop.|
|Being part of this will not only benefit your own knowledge and experience but will also encourage other pilots and benefit a fantastic hobby.|
|Good conduct is expected at all times when using the forum and interacting with other members.|
|The aim of Airwego is for all members to enjoy Flight Simulation and to have fun and relax while doing so. The Management Policy has this at it's core and it will remain our focus when making any decisions concerning Airwego.|