About Fly UK
Facts & Figures
Our Mission is to provide a high quality virtual aviation experience for all flight simulator enthusiasts, striking the right balance between realism and flexibility within a friendly and helpful community. We will help pilots of all skill levels and experience to achieve their full potential as virtual airline pilots.
- One of the UK's largest and most successful virtual airlines.
- We have a fleet of over 403 aircraft comprising of 30 different types.
- Domestic and International route network to 469 destinations.
- Scheduled flight core business with additional UK services in Cargo, and Holiday (FLY2) flights.
- Additional franchise operations covering Scottish Highlands, Scandinavia, Oceania, Canada, Alaska and USA Codeshare.
- Our primary mainstream and largest base is London Heathrow.
- Our other bases are London Gatwick, London City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Southampton.
- We also have a Tours division and a Flying Club.
- Our International community is made up of virtual pilots from 59 different countries.
Awards & Innovation
Innovation has always been one of our aims and we're proud to have brought a number of firsts to the virtual aviation community.
- First virtual airline to become a VATSIM ATO.
- First virtual airline to offer a dedicated training academy with one2one online training sessions (using software such as gates.to), training history records and knowledge and input from real world pilots.
- First virtual airline to provide a document with common ATC phrases in 10 different languages (International Pilot Phrase Book).
- One of the first virtual airlines to offer downloads for the entire fleet as auto self installers.
|Radio Callsign:||Skyways||IATA Code:||FL|
|Established:||April 2004||ICAO Code:||UKV|
|Active Time:||16 years ago||Networks:||IVAO & VATSIM|
New to Flight Sim or Virtual Airlines?
A virtual airline (VA) is an online organisation of flight simulator enthusiasts flying together in one community under one name. The idea is to make the flight simulator experience more realistic and enjoyable.
Flight Simulation Software
There are a number of PC based flight simulation programs available which can be used with Fly UK. We recommend the current 64 bit standard, although 32 bit software can still be used. For members new to simulation its important to weigh up the options and determine which sim is best for you. Current software supported by Fly UK is:
Lockheed Martin Prepar3D - Popular with our members and in most cases our livery and freeware fleet downloads are fully compatible up to V3. V4 adds 64 bit support and is a much better all round product, some older freeware fleet models however are not compatible with V4.
X-Plane 11 - A popular new generation of simulator with superb visuals and flight dynamics. A growing volume of free scenery and pay ware add-on products. A bit more limited on aircraft choice but expanding over time.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 - The eleventh major entry in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, released in August 2020.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX) or FSX Steam edition - Older generation software but still going strong. Wide and comprehnsive aircraft and scenery available from a well mature title.
Microsoft FS2004 and X-Plane 10 can still also be used but are not officially supported by Fly UK.
Does it cost anything?
To get started you will need to purchase the flight simulation software of your choice.
You'll also need to invest in a suitable joystick or flight control. It's a bit difficult to land a 737 using your keyboard!
After that, you can spend as little or as much as you like. There are many add-ons available to enhance your experience. Add-ons include aircraft, scenery, sounds and more!
There is no charge to join Fly UK or download any of our aircraft or liveries.
Why join a Virtual Airline?
It provides you with an opportunity to meet and fly with like-minded flight sim enthusiasts.
It gives you a new dimension and purpose to flying in flight simulator.
Being part of a virtual airline gives you the realistic feeling that you are operating that flight in a Fly UK aircraft for a reason.
You're operating a flight from an airlines timetable rather than just flying the flight because you feel like it, thereby increasing the realism of your virtual flying experience.
Fleet & Operations
Our operations consist of three divisions - Mainstream, Tours and the Flying Club. We operate a varied fleet of aircraft, from turboprops right up to the latest most technologically advanced jet airliners.
Fly UK boasts a fleet of over 403 aircraft comprising of 30 different types.
These range from the rugged and dependable Cessna Grand Caravan right through to the most technologically advanced Boeing heavies available on the market today. We offer quality freeware downloads with auto installers for all our aircraft, as well as repaints for popular payware add-ons.
Our Rank Scheme
Ranks are based on total airline hours and determine which aircraft and flights you can fly. Everyone begins as a Class E First Officer meaning they can fly any flight which is operated by a Class E aircraft. As your total hours increase your rank level increases, thus increasing the choice of aircraft and flights available.
DH8D, D228, B190, DHC6, E170, CRJ7, C208, SF34, RJ1H, E195, AT75, E145
Class E Captain
Class E First Officer
B738, A320, A320, B717, A319, MD88, MD82, B737, A20N
Class D Captain
Class D First Officer
B752, B752F, A321, B739
Class C Captain
Class C First Officer
B787, A332, A350, B789, B763
Class B Captain
Class B First Officer
B744F, B744, B77F, B77W, B772, B748F, B748, B78X
Class A Captain
Class A First Officer
All FlyUK Aircraft Types
ATP First Officer
Why Choose Fly UK?
We have over 10 years experience in providing a leading virtual airline experience. We're here to stay and every year our membership and activity numbers continue to grow.
Whether you're a new pilot or an experienced long haul veteran we welcome you! Fly UK is and always will be totally free of charge to all members. Supporting a range of addons for FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane, Fly UK offers something for everyone.
Realism vs Fun
We strive to offer the best balance between realism and flexibility within a friendly and helpful community. Offering an hours based rank structure along with a range of aircraft to fly on our expansive network of schedules we cater for both casual and serious simmers.
Fly UK is all about you. We pride ourselves on being a community orientated organisation. It's good to talk and with a 24/7 Teamspeak server, Discord, active forums, website message centre and regular weekly events our members can do just that.
Supporting a wide range of events on both IVAO and VATSIM is only the start. We encourage and support our members who want to take their flight simulation experience to the next level and fly online with real air traffic control. Full training is offered every step of the way!
Website & Systems
Unlike a number of other Virtual Airlines whose systems are made from a generic template, Fly UK offers a totally custom built website, updated on a regular basis. We also offer our own bespoke flight tracking software (SkyTrack) which automatically records and submits your flight details.
Our in house training academy is there for you! Offering a vast selection of courses for all members, new and experienced. Our instructors offer 'one to one' sessions for all courses. Fly UK is also a VATSIM approved training organisation, offering pilots the chance to obtain P1 and P2 rating.
FREE Membership & No Entry Exam
Membership is completely FREE and there is no entrance exam, pilots of all skill levels are welcome.
New to Flight Sim?
With our basic training programme which covers 8 key areas, we'll have you flying in no time.
Quality Freeware Downloads
We search for the best freeware models, sounds and panels so you don't have to.
We offer repaints for popular payware add-ons such as PMDG, iFly, Captain Sim & Quality Wings.
24/7 FSD Server
Dedicated multiplayer server for Fly UK members often used for in-house events and training.
vRoute & VATSIM Pre-File
When booking your flight, you can export to vRoute and pre-file your flight plan on VATSIM.
We're an approved training organisation offering members the chance to obtain P1 and P2 rating.
See other Fly UK aircraft on IVAO. You'll find the majority of our aircraft included in the MTL.
Downloadable Flight Plans
Download flight plans for use with PMDG, Level-D, IVAP, FSINN, Squawk Box and FSX.
Submit an entry and you'll be in with the chance of winning a UK2000 scenery package.
Personalised signature image which automatically updates each time you submit a PIREP.
Offers & Discounts
Access to excellent offers from major flight simulation retailers and publishers.
Join Us - Application Stage 1 of 3
The Pilot Handbook contains everything you need to know about being a member of Fly UK. We strongly recommend you spend some time reading it before joining us.
RequirementsContinue to Stage 2 of Application
Frequently Asked Questions
You will notice an "ATC" column in flight search which may have VATSIM or IVAO in green. Please note that this is only advisory, and is only there as a filter to advise if ATC is online for members who wish to plan their flights around ATC availability.
This feature in no way limits members to having to fly these flights on an online platform.
If you have previously exported a backup of your logbook during your last stay with us, you can email this to email@example.com and your rank and hours will be fully restored. We are unfortunately unable to restore your previous UKV number however.
If you are a returning member and unfortunately do not possess a logbook backup, you will unfortunately have to restart your virtual career with us, back at Class E