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  5. UKV1447 - Katrina Mikoto

    Franchise Fleet news...

    Nordic SkyThe Embraer EMB-195 will be introduced from April 2020 and take over from the 717 and the short term leased 737-700's. This is will be a key part of Nordic's expansion and planned Finland Hub. Stockholm operations will also switch from Bromma to Arlanda.This fleet change triggers a much larger re-alignment of out franchise fleet and nothing is retiring so don't panic!Aurora Aurora will take the leased 737-700 from Nordic on a full time basis with introduction of the ERJ. In addition some 737-800's will be added to the fleet. We also have long term plans to extend across the Pacific, more on that to come in future.Topa Sky Perth and Australia as a whole will become home to Nordics's 717 and Aurora's former A319s as part of TOPA's future Australian expansion plan. Stayed tuned for more news as the Cosford weekend continues! Katrina.
  6. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Operations team update

    We recently advertised operations role vacancies and you did not disappoint! Perhaps the largest number of applications we've seen for a single role with some exceptional candidates and a clear passion for Fly UK from all who applied. Thank you to all who took the time out, sadly only a limited number of places were available. We would like to extend a warm welcome to three new members to the Operations team. Cargo Operations - UKV3411 Dmitriy Kozyrev An existing staff member, our X-Plane Painter and sometimes Scenery designer adds Cargo Operations to his remit. A long-time supporter and passionate Cargo ops fan, Dmitriy will pick up on the progress made by his predecessor and continue to evolve the cargo division into a unique segment of the VA using his extensive RW cargo ops knowledge. Highland Connect - UKV1781 Richard Greer A long serving and active community member with a passion for fly UK and for flying around his native Scotland both in sim and real life, Richard brings true local operations knowledge to our oldest franchise as it looks to the future. Richard will be taking charge of Highland Connect initially and expanding into Nordic Sky working alongside Katrina as it expands in 2020. Southern Mainline hubs and Fly2 - UKV1170 Stephen Ellis A name many of you may recognise having set-up another well known UK Virtual Airline with a history that pre-dates Fly UK. Having stepped down from said VA a few years ago, Stephen joined Fly UK , quickly rising to Class A captain rank and embraces the Fly UK vision. With extensive operational and VA experience Stephen will be more than capable to fulfil his role looking after some of our largest hubs as well as the Fly2 Holiday division. We welcome our new staff family members and congratulate them on their success.
  7. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Rank free weekend - Cosford 2019

    Cosford Flightsim show is this weekend and we are looking forward to meeting many members, but we're very aware not all our members can be there with a 900 plus strong community. So we'd like to give you a final anniversary treat for 2019 and celebrate the weekend with a free type weekend. So what can you fly and where? Scheduled services - Any member regardless of rank will be able to fly any aircraft from the Fly UK mainstream fleet, on any Fly UK route. Franchise services - Any franchise type can be flown on any route within that franchise's operating schedule. Flying Club - Weight limits for GA aircraft are lifted for the weekend. Biz Jet and classic airliners can also be flown as Flying club flights. Refer to the Flying club page for how to do this if not familiar. Tours will remain locked to their usual ranks and exemption will not apply to this weekend. Restrictions will be lifted 00:00z on Saturday 5th October through to 23:59z Sunday 6th. We hope you enjoy
  8. UKV1372 - John Wheat

    Latest News & Updates for Members - October 2019

    Dear Members, As we enter October, excitement is mounting as preparation for Cosford weekend is almost complete. All the plans are in place to help make this a memorable occasion for Fly UK. And if you can't come along, we'll be bringing you a full round up of the weekend in the coming weeks. Last month's activity at Fly UK saw an average of 290 unique pilots per week filing a PIREP in September. We received 1,283 Mainstream PIREPs, 831 Tour PIREPs and 875 Flying Club PIREPs. Cosford Flight SIM Show If you are attending the Cosford show, come and say hello to us as Fly UK will be exhibiting as part of our 15th Anniversary celebration. We'll have a few surprises and announcements to come on the weekend also. Staff A few staff moves for this month. Leaving us is David Campbell, who has stood down from his Operations Manager position. David was a long term member of the team, most recently overhauling the Cargo division. Thanks David for your long service. Also, Dan Ridley is leaving the ops team to focus on non VA activities and pursuits, we also thank Dan for his input, particularity setting up the Southampton hub. Recruitment is under way currently and we aim to bring you news of who has joined us very soon. Already joined us however is Andy Carroll, who takes over as Aurora franchise manager. We have also had a number of internal changes and a minor restructure, which created three department heads as announced earlier this month here. Congrats to Ron Kurz, Matt Crick and Katrina Hancock for their new positions. We'd also like to take opportunity to thank and recognize the whole staff team whom without this VA could not continue. Our restructure is with that in mind ensuring all aspects of the team have the support they need to continue to deliver Fly UK's success. Operations / Fleet Watch for interesting news during Cosford weekend. Documentation Our Oceanic Flying and ATC document has now been updated to version 1.31. The new version include numerous minor changes and as usual, it can be found within the Training Academy > Courses & Documents > Online Flying section. Member Survey Submissions closed on the 30th September as new responses have slowed to a trickle over the last couple of weeks. We have received 188 which is 19.6% of the total VA. We sincerely wish to avoid making decisions based limited feedback, lest it takes the VA down a direction that the majority end up being unhappy with, but we can only work with the data that we have. For those the didn't participate in this survey, I strongly urge you to take part in future ones. To those that participated, but responded that they have no wish to fly online (even socially without ATC), I thank you for your responses also. Some of your feedback were reasons that I hadn't considered, and far be it for us to dictate how you decide to enjoy your simming experience. The aim of this survey was to understand why our members choose not to fly online (even socially), but also to understand how we can help our members make the transition to flying online, if that was their wish. Good news for the online events team as we have 159 members that have told us that they would be interested in participating in online events with us. Be that purely social, or with the added immersion of an online network, so that's fantastic! A full debrief of the survey, and how we intend to accommodate this will be released in a dedicated post in the near future. Flying Club This month, our Wednesday Flying Club flights, held on the FSD server, will be: Wed 02 October 2019 at 1800z Colorado - Granby to Aspens Wed 09 October 2019 at 1800z California - Johnson Brothers to Palm Springs Wed 16 October 2019 at 1800z Puesta Del Sol (TX) to Saltillo Airport (MEX) Wed 23 October 2019 at 1800z Tlaxcala to Acapulco Wed 30 October 2019 at 1900z Dangerous Airports -- Telluride Regional Airport Please visit our Flying Club page for more information and flight plans, and to register your attendance. Online Events Special VATSIM event by FlyUK On Sunday, 20th 1300z, FlyUK will organize the first official event open to all VATSIM pilots and published in the official VATSIM calendar. The name of the event is "Latin Crossing" - a triple airbridge between LPPT LEMD and LIMF. Andre Almeida, our ATC expert, will control the Portugal Airspace. All VATSIM pilots are invited to join us. Events are currently held on the FSD server on Saturday at 0600z and repeated on VATSIM/IVAO, Tuesday at 1830z and Thursday at 1300z. Remember, online events have no rank restrictions so it's a chance to fly different airframes. Our IVAO event is on a weekly basis on Sundays at 1230z and we will now be deciding the flight details just 30 minutes before the event, so we can select airports with ATC. Please see the Event Calendar We recommend using the new Pilot's Notebook document for online flights as a standard procedure, to assist the pilot in ATC communication procedures (click here to download the A6 format version or the A5 format version) Also, check NOTAM H if you would like to use an APC (Alternative Personalized Callsign) when flying online. FSD This month we will explore some difficult approaches in the American Continent Week 1 Aspen to Palm Springs - difficult approach Week 2 Palm Springs to El PasoWeek 3 El Paso to Saltillo - difficult approachWeek 4 Saltillo to Acapulco Weekly Tuesday/Thursday flights This month we will fly our group flights during the week in either the VATSIM network or in the IVAO network. The network will be chosen to try to get the best ATC coverage for each specific event. Please visit our Online Events page for more information or to register your attendance. New VATSIM audio codec The new Audio codec for VATSIM will be launched on Monday 14th October, 2019 and the entire network will be taken offline at 2000z the day before to migrate to the new system. Expect an update to vPilot, and if using alternative VATSIM clients, a stand-alone application will be required. For more information, please read https://www.vatsim.net/node/3313. (NB FSInn and Squawkbox for FSX will no longer be able to be used to connect to the VATSIM network in the coming months, so pilots still connecting with either of these programs will need to update to a more modern client in the near future.) Our events weekly planning could change a little to allow people to enjoy it. Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery The winner of the September Screenshot Competition is UKV1488 with "Sun, Sea and A330's, the ideal holiday". Congratulations Travis! The theme for the October Screenshot Competition is "Passengers View". For more information and how to the enter the competition, please see the link below:  October Competition - Passengers View Best regards, The Fly UK Staff Team
  9. UKV3540 - Lewis Williams

    UK Repatriation flights

    Is it bad I'm hoping for some interesting types to appear in CWL right now? Though we DO have a C40 in currently. Saying that, I've just looked at the CWL boards. It looks like the wet leases are running as normal but under Titan.
  10. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    UK Repatriation flights

    Strangest one appears to be a Malaysian A380 brought into Manchester to support.
  11. UKV3540 - Lewis Williams

    UK Repatriation flights

    Ad Hoc is always a good excuse to fetch in some of the heavy machinery! It was interesting this morning seeing the TC A321 based in Cardiff departing under the Zap callsign. Seems the wet leases didn't hang around.
  12. UKV1372 - John Wheat

    UK Repatriation flights

    Shame we got no B738's free, but at least Palma - Gatwick folks get to ride a B748
  13. UKV1150 - David Williamson

    UK Repatriation flights

    Roger that. Just dep LEPA 4 EGCC on VATSIM. Seems to be a big event LEBL-EGCC. Should get caught in amongts it!!
  14. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    UK Repatriation flights

    PIREPS are always logged David but we wont keep a specific track for these as such. Will be interesting to see take-up though.
  15. UKV1150 - David Williamson

    UK Repatriation flights

    Are we going to keep stats? Such as: PAX repatriated Number of flights Pilots involved Regards David
  16. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    UK Repatriation flights

    In light of unfortunate recent events, Fly UK is supporting with the virtual repatriation efforts of UK holiday makers. Due to the way Fly UK schedules its aircraft for normal daily operations, we have limited airframe availability however we have been able to offer some overnight flight support from our Manchester and London fleet. Flights can be found in the search function under FL9000 - FL9015 or by selecting the Charter route type option. Summary of routes covered Manchester - Palma (B788), Alicante (A320), Ibiza (A320), Malaga (A320) Gatwick - Palma (B748), Menorca (A321), Ibiza (B777), Malaga (A321) --- ENDS --- Operations Team
  17. UKV3428 - Matt Crick

    Fly UK Online Networks Survey 2019

    FINAL CALL for the online networks survey. Submissions will close as advertised, on the 30th September as new responses have slowed to a trickle over the last two weeks. If you have joined in this month and have not seen this post, or you are an existing member that has not taken part yet, please consider doing so. We are extremely interested in your feedback, so that we can tailor our services that we provide to suit you, and your personal journey with flight simulation. We believe survey's are an integral part of "staying connected" to our members, so please consider taking part if you have not already done so
  18. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Operations Staff vacancies

    Our staff team is filled with a varied selection of talented volunteers made up from our dedicated members. Currently, we are looking for additional staff to strengthen and expand the operations team. If you have a head for airline operations, wondered what it takes to make Fly UK tick and have a desire to take your Fly UK career to a new level, then this is your opportunity. Fly UK is a leading international virtual airline for users of flight simulation software. Operating for over 15 years we’ve grown to become one of the most established and recognised VA’s in the simulation community. We are a not for profit organisation and our team work on a voluntary basis alongside enjoying their hobby. As we enter an exciting new chapter in the VA, we are looking to recruit for the following operations. Please note the below open roles can be combined, not necessarily specific separate positions. There will be opportunity on application form to register the areas of interest. Franchise operations Highland Connect & Nordic Sky Fly2 Mainstream operations London & Southern Cargo Working with and reporting to the Head of Operations, the roles have the following responsibilities Role Requirements: Review and manage schedules to represent realistic real-world operations. Maximise fleet utilisation. Manage twice yearly update in seasonal schedules. Maintain routes to stay valid and up to date with current AIRAC cycles. Explore and review route network, working with ops team to suggest improvements, changes or expansion. Ongoing assessment of fleet and route needs, discussing and requesting needs and changes in line with Fly UK policy with senior team. Monitor and respond to community feedback on operations for responsible division. Desirable Criteria: Strong understanding and knowledge of real world airline operations. Ability to plan and manage complex scheduling and fleet utilisation Pro Active Fly UK member. Experience and knowledge of working with MS Excel or similar. Route planning and route validation skills Ability to work both as part of the operations team, Fly UK staff team and as an individual If you're interested in becoming part of the staff team in one or more of the above areas then please complete our application form here --- ENDS --- For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via human.resources@flyuk.aero Staff Recruitment (CEO Team)
  19. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Skyways Magazine Edition 22

    In the latest edition of our Skyway's Magazine we cover Oceanic procedures and take a look at the world of FSEconomy. We also feature our latest Aurora hub at Denver and talkedto Staff members Matt Lewis and Matt Crick albeit before their recent promotions. Visit the features section on the home page for the link
  20. UKV3428 - Matt Crick

    Fly UK Online Networks Survey 2019

    All, We currently have 128 responses so far. Thank you to all that have taken the survey to date. However, given that our current membership stands at 982, that is merely 13% of our total members. If staff took even 60% of the current responses, to determine a direction for the VA, 77 people will in effect be deciding for 982 I cannot stress this enough, we need your input to be able to fully understand what you would like from the VA, and to determine how best to cater for your needs. Thanks once again in anticipation for further responses
  21. Dear Members, So September is upon us and here in the UK, that means the children are back to school after the summer break and traffic levels during the rush hours sadly returning to normal! But here at Fly UK, there is much going on behind the scenes, some of which you will discover below. Amongst other activities, preparations for Cosford continue at pace, but there is much more in the pipeline to look forward to. Last month's activity at Fly UK saw an average of 274 unique pilots per week filing a PIREP in August. We received 1,594 Mainstream PIREPs, 905 Tour PIREPs and 569 Flying Club PIREPs. Staff Since the last update, as you may have already seen, there have been some significant staff changes. Firstly Derek Butterworth has decided to hang up his executive hat and return to being a flying member. Derek has been a long standing and vital part of the Fly UK staff team for many years and we are sad to see him go, but also pleased he will continue to be a vital part of our community. Matt Lewis now steps up into the CEO position having worked alongside Derek for the past few years. Two other members of staff are also standing down due to constraints on personal time, which of course must take priority. Richard Jones left the staff team a few weeks ago and Morten Hansen will step down from his marketing role after the next Skyways magazine release. We wish all three the best and thank them for their vital contributions to the running of Fly UK. Operations / Fleet Aurora - A reminder that our lease of MD82's will cease at the end of October. Aurora will also introduce six Saab 340's with the Winter Schedules. Nordic - Nordic will lease three 737-700's to operate from Bergen. This is in preparation for expansions into the Baltic region during 2020. Future fleet requirements for this phase are currently under review. Topa Sky - Three additional Boeing 787-9's have been ordered and will operate Tokyo and Seoul routes as well as a new Perth -London connection ahead of Perth being a focus city for 2020 expansion. Documentation The Pilot Handbook & SOP will shortly be updated to v2.40. This latest edition features updated links due to the new website and an updated fleet list. Skyways Magazine The 22nd edition of the magazine will be published in September. For any last minute additions, please send an email with the entry to UKV1678 Morten Hansen. We will explore the NATS procedures, the thriving FSEconomy and in addition there will be more information about the Cosford event in October. Member Survey Please check our latest Press Release with regards to our Online Network Survey. We are keen to hear from all members of the VA, whether you fly online or not, to help shape the services that we provide to you. The deadline for the survey is currently the 30th September 2019, but may be extended depending on the amount of responses we receive. Your feedback is absolutely crucial and invaluable, so thank you in advance for your participation. Flying Club This month, our Wednesday Flying Club flights, held on the FSD server, will be a mixed collection around the world. A new AD HOC tour has been added for Biz Jet flyers. This may be one of a series, depending on the take up - it is not the start of, nor will it evolve into a franchise. Wed 04 September 2019 at 1900z Albania to Macedonia Wed 11 September 2019 at 1900z JAPAN Wed 18 September 2019 at 1900z Cuba MUCC TO MUCA Wed 25 September 2019 at 1900z Finland EFOP to EFTS Please visit our Flying Club page for more information and flight plans, and to register your attendance. Online Events Events are currently held on the FSD server on Saturday at 0600z and repeated on VATSIM, Tuesday at 1830z and Thursday at 1300z. Remember, online events have no rank restrictions so it's a chance to fly different airframes. Our IVAO event is on a weekly basis on Sundays at 1230z and we will now be deciding the flight details just 30 minutes before the event, so we can select airports with ATC. Please see the Event Calendar We achieved our highest number of Pireps for online events week ending 09/08/19 with 42 Pireps. Thanks to all that fly and support these events. We recommend using the new Pilot's Notebook document for online flights as a standard procedure, to assist the pilot in ATC communication procedures (click here to download the A6 format version or the A5 format version) Also, check NOTAM H if you would like to use an APC (Alternative Personalized Callsign) when flying online. FSD/VATSIM Week 1 Back to UK, Salzburg to Southampton with a missed approach Week 2 Overflying the Ocean part 3 Akurery to Bodo. Oceanic flightWeek 3 Overflying the Ocean part 4 Bodo to Vagar. Oceanic flightWeek 4 San Paulo to Rio de Janeiro and back. Difficult approach Please visit our Online Events page for more information or to register your attendance. Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery The winner of the August Screenshot Competition is UKV1685 - Matt Lewis with "Shallow in the Seychelles". Congratulations Matt! Remember that the best shots of the month will be used to promote the IVAO Sunday events The theme for the September Screenshot Competition is "Metroair". For more information and how to the enter the competition, please see the link below:  September Competition - Metroair And to close, a special thank you to all those of you who take part in our forums and discord channels, The strength of our community is largely down to you. So thanks again and keep those contributions coming in. Best regards, The Fly UK Staff Team
  22. UKV3428 - Matt Crick

    Fly UK Online Networks Survey 2019

    Getting community feedback is key to the future of our VA, to help shape and refine the services that we provide. We would appreciate a moment of your time to complete the below survey. https://forms.gle/w7KQVPVW9KfSCRrZ6 Whether you would like to get to know, and fly with one another socially without the stress or complication of interacting with ATC. Don't feel ready to jump onto external ATC Networks and would prefer to train in a relaxed environment, with our in-house ATC. Already proficient flying online, and perhaps feel you could assist others in their journey... ...Even if you've always flown offline, we would like to hear from you too. This survey will remain open until 30th September 2019. The deadline may be extended depending on the amount of responses we receive, and we would like as many of our members to complete this as possible. Thank you in advance for your participation Best Regards Matt Crick - Community Manager Matt.Crick[at]flyuk.aero Stefano Biasiotti - Online Events Manager Stefano.Biasiotti[at]flyuk.aero
  23. UKV3428 - Matt Crick

    Free Flight Bank Holiday Weekend

    https://flyuk.aero/press-release/free-flight-bank-holiday-weekend Its been a busy week here at Fly UK. Ongoing website updates, new CEO, preparing for Cosford Flight Sim show and lots more. So whilst we are busy in the background we thought we would give the members a little treat... So how about a rank free flight weekend for the Bank holiday?? Any member will be able to fly any aircraft from the Fly UK fleet, on any Fly UK route during that time. Tours will remain locked to their usual ranks and will not apply to this weekend. Restrictions will be lifted 00:00z on Saturday 24th August through to 23:59z Monday 26th. ---ENDS---Matt Crick - Community Managermatt.crick[at]flyuk.aero On behalf of the Fly UK Staff Team
  24. UKV1212 - Adam Hillier

    Staff Team Changes

    Dear Members, We'd like to announce a couple of staff changes that have taken place over the last few days. Firstly - Derek Butterworth has decided to step down from his current role as Business Support Director. Derek now wishes to focus his time on flying. We'd like to thank Derek for his considerable time and input during his time with us on the staff team and hope he will continue to enjoy his time here as a highly valued member. Secondly - Matt Lewis, current Operations Director, will take up the role of CEO. Matt has been a long serving member of staff and has been overseeing the general running of Fly UK for some time now. It was decided that Matt should take on the returning role of CEO as a credit to his efforts and he will now manage Fly UK on a day to day basis. Whilst Matt will continue to manage operations initially; a review of the roles and responsibilities of managing operations will be carried out and some of these may be redistributed to allow Matt to concentrate on his role as CEO. Best Regards, Fly UK Exec Team - Chris Sutcliffe - Adam Hillier
  25. UKV1197 - Derek Butterworth

    Latest News & Updates for Members -August 2019

    Dear Members, Lots going on here at Fly UK , new website is beding in nicely , and we have some new changes in the staff too see below. Last month's activity at Fly UK saw an average of 292 unique pilots per week filing a PIREP in July. We received 1,838 Mainstream PIREPs, 896 Tour PIREPs and 499 Flying Club PIREPs. Staff Kevin Peters has stood down from staff due to real world and work, he was in charge of Nordic operations and has done brilliant work getting this up and running from inception. Katrina and Matthew will take over the running and development of this brand. Stefano Biasiotti has been promoted from assistant Online Manager to Online Event Manager; he continues to give us all more opportunities to fly together on all the networks available. WELL DONE Stefano. Richard Jones remains on staff but steps back to assist Stefano, as he has less time now with his new job, Thanks Richard for all your efforts to date. Matt Crick joins the staff team in the role of Community manager. Matt already does excellent work with members and this new role builds on that. Operations All flights to and from Kiev have been updated to serve UKBB Boryspil International Airport from the previous smaller regional airport. All flights to and from Istanbul have been updated to serve LTFM Istanbul Airport following the closure of Ataturk. Fly2 FL2016/17 service form LGW will now operate to Paphos instead of Larnaca Aurora has undertaken a partnership with a Las Vegas Tour company to link the Resorts with the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe and beyond. Service will be from KLAS with the DHC-6 Twin Otter. Documentation Our popular Oceanic Flying & ATC Communication document has been updated to version 1.2 following our first test of Oceanic procedures last month, and now includes a 'Typical Mistakes' section. The Transatlantic Radio Operations check sheet has also been updated - it is now a PDF document which when printed, can be used as a template for documenting the necessary information for each such flight. Both are available from the Online Flying section here. Following on from Notam DELTA, we have designed a notepad that will enable our online pilots to prepare the information required for good flight planning and ATC communications. We would like all of our online pilots, FSD, VATSIM and IVAO flyers, to use it as a standard procedure. To this end, a new document, the 'Pilot's Notebook' has been released and will shortly be available for download from the website. Flying Club Two new Tours have been added this month - one for Spain, the other for Portugal and a small ad-hoc tour for bush flying along the Congo This month, our Wednesday Flying Club flights, held on the FSD server, will be a mixed collection based on individual US States: Wed 07 August 2019 at 1800z Washington State Wed 14 August 2019 at 1800z Michigan State Wed 21 August 2019 at 1800z Texas Wed 28 August 2019 at 1800z Idaho Please visit our Flying Club page for more information and flight plans, and to register your attendance. Online Events Events are currently held on the FSD server on Saturday at 0600z and repeated on VATSIM, Tuesday at 1830z and Thursday at 1300z. Remember, online events have no rank restrictions so it's a chance to fly different airframes. Our IVAO event is on a weekly basis on Sundays at 1230z and we will now be deciding the flight details just 30 minutes before the event, so we can select airports with ATC. Please see the Event Calendar FSD/VATSIM Week 1 Palermo to Venice navigating using 'VOR's only' event Week 2 Venice to Skyathos - a scenic route Week 3 Skyathos to Reggio Calabria - with its difficult approach Week 4 Reggio Calabria to Calvì - famous for its approach to runway 36 Please visit our Online Events page for more information or to register your attendance. Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery The winner of the July Screenshot Competition is UKV3373 - Stuart Hyett with "Sun, Sea, Sand & Souvlaki here we come". Congratulations Stuart! Remember that the best shots of the month will be used to promote the IVAO Sunday events The theme for the August Screenshot Competition is "Distant Shores". For more information and how to the enter the competition, please see the link below:  August Competition - Distant Shores
  26. UKV1121 - Chris Sutcliffe

    We're Upgrading! Important Info about our Website - Please Read

    Upgrade work is complete. Few issues following the work which are noted here: Thanks,
  27. Towards the end of this week we'll be switching over to our new website. Don't worry... everything will look and feel the same as it does now, with a few improvements here and there. All of your account and login details remain exactly the same. The work is mainly behind the scenes... we've re-built things from the ground up to ensure we have a robust and reliable platform to deliver your Fly UK experience for many years to come. The work also means that future improvements will be a little quicker and easier for us to make. When is this happening? We're aiming for the evening of Thursday 18th July 2019. Our website will be down for a little while but we'll aim to have things up and running as soon as possible. Whilst the site is down you'll see a holding page. If for any reason things take longer than expected, we'll post updates via our Facebook page. SkyTrack isn't impacted by this work and will continue to function as normal. We'll reply to this post to let everyone know when we're done. Do I need to do anything? Make sure you access our website by going to https://flyuk.aero. If you have any bookmarks saved which include 'index.php' or '/en/', you'll find that these will no longer work as our new pages have an improved URL structure. If you use one of our dynamic forum signatures or avatars, you'll need to update the URLs. Once the new site is live, you can get the updated URL's by clicking on the 'My Dynamic Pilot Signature' or 'My Display/Profile Picture' box located on the right-hand side of your 'Crew page'. Spot something that doesn't look right or isn't working? Let us know and we'll get on it right away. Please make a post in our Bug Tracker here: https://flyuk.aero/forums/forum/265-fly-uk-systems/ Regards, The Fly UK Web Team - Chris Sutcliffe - Jason Beaumont - Chris Spencer
  28. UKV1197 - Derek Butterworth

    Latest News and updates for members - July 2019

    Dear Members, RAF Cosford Flightsim event is now booked, so we will be there for the 2 days 5th/6th October. We hope to meet you there and also to increase our membership numbers. Last month's activity at Fly UK saw an average of 301 unique pilots per week filing a PIREP in June. We received 1,966 Mainstream PIREPs, 848 Tour PIREPs and 605 Flying Club PIREPs. Membership numbers currently stand at 974 Documentation Our Oceanic Flying and ATC Communication document has now been updated to version 1.1 and is available to download from under the Training Academy tab. On the same topic, a new Transatlantic Radio Communication Check Sheet for the CYQX - BGBW route is also available from the same location. Flying Club The World War 1 Centenary Tour was moved to 'Retired' on 01 July 19 - all legs to be completed by 31 August 19. A new Ad Hoc tour has been added for WW2 era aircraft covering airfields used in UK during WW2. This month, our Wednesday Flying Club flights, held on the FSD server, will be a mixed collection. Wed 03 July 2019 at 1800z D-Day 75th Anniversary Flypast (Any WW2 ERA Aircraft allowed) Wed 10 July 2019 at 1800z Newfoundland Wed 17 July 2019 at 1800z North Iceland Wed 24 July 2019 at 1800z PARO Wed 31 July 2019 at 1800z GREEK ISLANDS Please visit our Flying Club page for more information and flight plans, and to register your attendance. Online Events Events are currently held on the FSD server on Saturday at 0600z and repeated on VATSIM, Tuesday at 1830z and Thursday at 1300z. Remember, online events have no rank restrictions so it's a chance to fly different airframes. Our IVAO event is on a weekly basis on Sundays at 1230z and we will now be deciding the flight details just 30 minutes before the event , so we can select airports with ATC. Please see the Event Calendar FSD/VATSIM Week 1 Gander CYCX to Narsarsuaq BGBW Oceanic eventWeek 2 Narsarsuaq BGBW to Akureyri BIAR Oceanic eventWeek 3 Indira Gandhi International VIDP to Paro VQPR Challenging approachWeek 4 Santorini LGSR to Punta Raisi LICJ VOR to VOR flight Please visit our Online Events page for more information or to register your attendance. Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery The winner of the June Screenshot Competition is UKV1414 - Dean Coelho with "Aurora Borealis ". Congratulations Dean! Remember that the best shots of the month will be used to promote the IVAO Sunday events The theme for the July Screenshot Competition is "Summer Holidays". For more information and how to the enter the competition, please see the link below:  July Competition - Summer Holidays
  29. UKV1197 - Derek Butterworth

    latest News and Update for Member - June 2019

    Dear Members, Fly UK will be at RAF Cosford this year for Flightsim 2019. It's a 2 day event, over the weekend of 5th/6th October. Please put this date in your diary and if you can, please join us on our stand on either of the days. Tickets can be bought here Last month's activity at Fly UK saw an average of 334 unique pilots per week filing a PIREP in May. We received 2,021 Mainstream PIREPs, 1,250 Tour PIREPs and 856 Flying Club PIREPs. Membership numbers currently stand at 986. Skyways Magazine As summer is at our door step, we're sure many of our members are travelling, be it virtually on our sims or in real life. Should any members have the wish to share their experiences, entries to the Skyways magazine must be submitted before July 31st to be included into the next edition. We do of course accept contributions to the magazine all year. Operations Highland Connects Flights to Isle of Scilly are back and live now using a Twin Otter. Fleet Matt Crick is working on some Flying Club repaints we hope to bring you soon. Documentation A reminder that last month, we released a new addition to our suite of training documents – a detailed guide to Oceanic Flight and ATC Communication. This interesting and comprehensive document contains detailed descriptions of the subject, supported by charts, diagrams and examples of ATC transcripts, all designed to help pilots understand what can be a complex subject. It may be downloaded here. The document will be the foundation of future training programs and practice flights. Keep an eye on the forums for more details.With thanks to UKV1429 Stefano Biasiotti, in collaboration with UKV1323 Andre Almeida, UKV3764 Ross Elliot and UKV1678 Morten Hansen. Flying Club The World War 1 Centenary Tour will be moved to 'Retired' on 01 July 19 - all legs to be completed by 31 August 19. A new Ad Hoc tour has been added for the New York area. This month, our Wednesday Flying Club flights, held on the FSD server, will be a mixed collection. Wed 05 June 2019 at 1800z - ATC Event - Liverpool Wed 12 June 2019 at 1800z - NZ South Island Wed 19 June 2019 at 1800z - NZ North Island Wed 26 June 2019 at 1800z - Papua New Guinea Please visit our Flying Club page for more information and flight plans, and to register your attendance. Online Events Events are currently held on the FSD server on Saturday at 0600z and repeated on VATSIM, Tuesday at 1830z and Thursday at 1300z. Remember, online events have no rank restrictions so it's a chance to fly different airframes. Our IVAO event is on a weekly basis on Sundays at 1230z and we will now be deciding the flight details just 30 minutes before the event , so we can select airports with ATC. Please see the Event Calendar Our flight number on events was always FL903, but we have now changed to a new flight number system, based on the flight details. Our new flight number is based on which server we are flying on, the date of flight and the Flight Level, even or odd. For example: FL I1905E is IVAO 19th May Flight Level Even FL V1605E is VATSIM 16th May Flight Level Even FL F0106O is FSD server on 1st June Flight Level Odd The Events team is also trying to support pilots that want to fly in Air-bridge type events run by VATSIM or IVAO that are not set up as Fly UK events. They have already started setting up more of these one-off events on our calendar booking system and these offer flights on different days and times, but we cannot set them all up as official Fly UK events. They have a work around for those events not set up on our event calendar, which will allow Fly UK members to take part in the event and file a PIREP with information from SkyTrack. So what is an Air-bridge event? It's where the all flight starts are between two nominated airports, flights can be in either direction and you can do both flights if you have the time. To be able to have your PIREP filed by the event team you must do a forum post stating that you are joining in this event, at least 4 days before the event, this is to encourage other Fly UK members to join and fly with you. On the day, you use SkyTrack but start the recording as a flying club flight and at the end of the flight, after you have stopped the recording, you DO NOT SUBMIT the file, but save it to your computer drive as an xml file. This should then be sent to the Business Support Director or Human Resources manager, and a manual PIREP will be filed for you using the data in the xml file received. FSD/VATSIM Week 1 Dunedin NZDN to Auckland NZAA Week 2 leg1 - Auckland NZAA to Wellington NZWN, leg 2 - Wellington NZWN to Auckland NZAA Week 3 Auckland NZAA to Queenstown NZQN Week 4 Port Moresby AYPY to Cairns YBCS Week 5 Cairns YBCS to Brisbane YBBN Please visit our Online Events page for more information or to register your attendance. We are going to be doing routes including Oceanic clearances in July, with reference to our new document for Oceanic Flights and ATC communication. Training/practice sessions will be held by our Training Academy during this month. Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery The winner of the May Screenshot Competition is UKV3373 - Stuart Hyett with "Welcome to sunny Wellington ". Congratulations Stuart. Remember that the best shots of the month will be used to promote the IVAO Sunday events The theme for the June Screenshot Competition is "Night Skies". For more information and how to the enter the competition, please see the link below:  June Competition - Night Skies
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