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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.

Chris Sutcliffe (UKV1121) Founder & Chairman

Key Facts

  • One of the UK's largest and most successful virtual airlines.
  • We have a fleet of 216 aircraft.
  • Our route network includes over 310 destinations.
  • Although Scheduled flights are our core business we also operate Cargo, Charter and Low Cost Holiday (FLY2) flights.
  • Our primary and largest base is London Heathrow.
  • Our other bases are Gatwick, Stansted, London City, Birmingham, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh.
  • We also have a Tours division and a Flying Club.
  • Our International community is made up of virtual pilots from 63 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.

Statistics

Airline Information
Radio Callsign: Skyways IATA Code: FL
Established: April 2004 ICAO Code: UKV
Active Time: 13 Years Networks: IVAO & VATSIM
Membership
Members: 1096 Active: 883
Inactive: 169 On Leave: 40

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 flight simulation programs available, the most popular of which is Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX).

This has recently been re-released by Dovetail games as FSX:Steam Edition. More information on FSX can be found on the FS Insider website.

The earlier version by Microsoft, FS2004 can still also be used.

Another option is X-Plane which has grown in popularity in recent years.

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.

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.

Class E

DHC-6, B1900D, JS41, DHC-8 & B737-700

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Class E Captain
5 hours

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Class E First Officer
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Class D

A320, B737-800, B757-200 (FLY2) & B757-200F

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Class D Captain
25 hours

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Class D First Officer
10 hours

Class C

A321-231 & MD11-F

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Class C Captain
40 hours

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Class C First Officer
30 hours

Class B

B767-300 & B747-400F

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Class B Captain
65 hours

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Class B First Officer
55 hours

Class A

B777-200LR & B747-400

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Class A Captain
100 hours

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Class A First Officer
90 hours

ATP

All Fly UK aircraft types

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ATP Captain
500 hours

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ATP First Officer
300 hours

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.

Mainstream Division

Scheduled

Scheduled

Scheduled return flights incorporating UK Domestic, European and Worldwide routes from 6 UK bases.

Highland Connect

Highland Connect

Your gateway to the Highlands & Islands flying from Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen.

Low Cost

Holiday & Leisure

High frequency flights to popular holiday destinations from a variety of UK airports.

Nordic Sky

Nordic Sky

Our Norwegian franchise operating regional flights across Norway from Bergen.

Codeshare

Codeshare

Through our American codeshare partner MetroAir, access a variety of routes across America.

Cargo

Cargo

Based on realistic schedules, our network includes multi-leg flights to major cargo hubs around the world.

Charter

Charter

Off-schedule flights such as special flights for major sporting events and Lapland flights at Christmas.

Other Divisions

Tours

Tours

Discover and explore the world in flight simulator with our variety of multi-leg tours.

Flying Club

Flying Club

General Aviation flying. Take a break from airline flying and hop into a light plane or helicopter.

Our Fleet

Fly UK boasts a fleet of over 216 aircraft comprising of 18 different types.

These range from the rugged and dependable Twin Otter 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.

Find out more in the Fleet Centre

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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.


You're Welcome

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 both FS2004 and FSX, 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.

Community

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, active forums, website message centre and regular weekly events our members can do just that.

Online Flying

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.

Training Academy

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.

Payware Repaints

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.

VATSIM ATO

We're an approved training organisation offering members the chance to obtain P1 and P2 rating.

IVAO MTL

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, FS2004 and FSX.

Screenshot Competition

Submit an entry and you'll be in with the chance of winning a UK2000 scenery package.

Dynamic Signatures

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

Essential Reading

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.

Pilot Handbook & Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)

Requirements

Continue to Stage 2 of Application

Frequently Asked Questions

All pilots start as a Class E First Officer. Our aircraft are organised in categories E to A. Your rank is determined by your total flying hours. As your hours increase, your rank increases, as does the choice of aircraft and routes to fly. More Information on our rank scheme.
You need to file one PIREP per month in order to remain active. Our system automatically deletes accounts which have been inactive for one month.
Yes. Pilots are permitted 90 days of leave per year. The limit is there to ensure people do not abuse the system. Requests for extended leave can be made. Pilots with zero hours are not able to go on leave.
No, you can fly online or offline, the choice is yours.
You must be aged 15 years or older to join.
Yes. You search and book the flights you want to fly. The flights available to book depend on your rank which determines which aircraft you are able to fly. Your rank increases as your total hours increase.
You can fly flights at any time of the day. We do ask that you fly the flights on the days specified. For example you cannot fly a flight that only operates Monday - Friday on a Saturday or Sunday. If you want to be more realistic, you can fly flights at the times specified on the schedule. The other option is to set your flight simulator 'world time' to coincide with the times specified on the schedule.
Previous hours from other virtual airlines can be transferred to Fly UK. These hours will not count towards your Fly UK rank or total hours. They will display as transferred hours on your public pilot profile.
All new members to Fly UK start with 0 hours regardless of your previous skills, ability or experience. You can transfer hours from previous virtual airlines and these will display on your public pilot profile, but will not count towards your Fly UK rank. We believe it is only fair that everyone who joins Fly UK should start at the same place and work their way up the ranks.
Yes. Our flight recording software SkyTrack fully supports X-Plane users using Microsoft Windows. We have also begun to offer repaints for popular X-Plane add-ons.

Teamspeak

SkyTrack

IVAO

UKV1125
 Mick Banham
UKV3634
 

VATSIM

UKV1397
 Colin Howell
UKV1401
 Dmitriy Kozyrev
UKV1495
 Jeff Wall

FSD Sever