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  2. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK's 2022 Christmas

    December has finally arrived, signalling the end of 2022. Wrapped up in traditional festive spirit is our usual December 2022 Seasonal Operations, operating from the 1st of December until the 2023 New Year. Fly UK at Rovaniemi. Festive Charter FlightsWe have launched our December 2022 Charter Flights for Fly UK and Fly2. These charter flights will operate to a selection of typically festive destinations throughout December to Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kittila and Oulu from the United Kingdom. These festive charter flights will operate from the 1st of December until the 28th of December.  2022 Christmas Social to Lapland – 18th of December, 13:30z.Fly UK’s annual Lapland social flight has returned. This year, join us as we fly to Santa’s Grotto from Glasgow. The event flight will take place on our private FSD network on Sunday the 18th of December at 13:30z.  Christmas LiveriesSpecial liveries return to our downloads section for some added packages. A320 and 737-800 fleets are covered for PMDG, Fenix, FlyByWire (MSFS) and FSLabs (Pv5). Fly UK Christmas TourThis year our seasonal tour takes place in North America. Starting close to the arctic circle we depart from the nearest airport to the town of "North Pole" in Alaska and run through destinations across Canada and the USA that are scenic in winter or are famous for putting on a big show at Christmas. The penultimate stop is in Bethlehem before winding up in New York City. As is traditional, members can fly any aircraft from the Fly UK fleet on this tour with no rank restrictions.  Xmas 2022 Flying Club Tour Fly UK’s Flying Club proudly announces our annual Xmas 2022 Flying Club tour. This tour, launching on the 1st of December, takes pilots on a picturesque journey from Rome to Rovaniemi, a journey of approximately 2050nm.  Xmas 2022 ‘Biz-Jet’ TourFly UK’s Flying Club are also launching the annual ‘Biz-Jet’ Xmas tour. This annual tour sees pilots departing Italy for Rovaniemi, flying over picturesque scenery throughout. This tour launches officially on the 1st of December.  December’s Featured Destination – RovaniemiDecember’s featured destination takes full advantage of the scheduled tours, events and Lapland charter flights, taking pilots to the official home of Santa. Rovaniemi will serve as Fly UK’s Featured Destination from the 1st of December until the 1st of January 2023.  December’s Screenshot CompetitionFly UK's Screenshot Competition takes a traditionally festive turn for December, with this month's competition theme being "Winter Wonderland". 
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  6. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Friday fun social flight series

    MSFS Multiplayer Fly UK announces a new informal series of events aimed at social fun events on a fortnightly basis. As our membership trends continue to shift towards MSFS. we like to give members the opportunity to fly socially within the ranks but on more relaxed and entertaining adventures that MSFS can provide via its multiplayer platform and away from the normal VA operations.  So join us to mark Fridays with some fun flying, a beer (or more) and Fly UK colleagues for a great start to the weekend, Past ad-hoc MSFS events we have hosted included low-level flying challenges, bush adventures, helicopter challenges and much more. Content for these events aims to be diverse and draw from MSFS-included content and freeware to enable access to as many people as possible. Exploring Gliders, Bizjets, classics, challenge flights, bush flights as well as historical aviation anniversary celebrations in planned...the choice is vast but we also want to engage with your ideas for content and suggestions. The first event will take place on November 25th with an Alpine low-level route in fast jets. We hope to see you there and enjoy this variation to the norm. We'll leave you with some images from past MSFS multiplayer events. Las VegasCanyon TouringD-DayAlp Heli Ops
  7. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Winter is coming!

    Winter at LOWI Winter approaches for those of us in the Northern hemisphere and the majority of Fly UK group ops. The usual seasonal ops changes can be expected but the new Cetan launch takes centre stage on November 12th. Aside from that, here's the rundown on what to expect for Winter 22/23. Fly UKScheduled services undergo the usual rotation of airframe types to give members who may only operate limited types a little more route choice. This is along with some minor seasonal route adjustments. Bratislava and Islamabad are new destinations from London and Manchester switches from Nashville to Miami to link with the new Cetan Network. CargoThe main change for Cargo is the new Boeing 737-800BCF routes which can be found in domestic and European sectors. Longer haul gets some minor adjustments for some of the multi-leg routes it operates. AuroraWith Cetan due soon, Aurora adjusts its operational focus and returns to its roots in Canada and Alaska. Whilst linked with the wider network, the Denver base transfers to Cetan and Las Vegas closes. A new base opens in Montreal to widen the network north of the US border. NordicKodiak goes into operation replacing the venerable B1900D. It takes over the existing routes with the addition of Stord island. Fly2Fly2 services slow a little in the gap between November and the start of Ski season on December 10th, but all the usual winter sun getaway destinations can be found year-round. Returning after several years are the Egypt destinations for Hurghada and Sharm El Sheik.  With the closure of Doncaster Sheffield airport, Fly2 returns to one of its origin airports, Liverpool. Two 737-800's will operate from EGGP paired with Leeds.  Finally, the winter wet lease to our Canadian cousins will take place as normal from December 1st as they escape the cold in seek of warmth. LaplandYes, Christmas isn't far away and Fly UK will offer the usual December trips to Lapland operated by the Fly2 fleet and Fly UK A320s. These will run from 1st to 28th December. The seasonal special liveries will be available in the fleet centre during that period. Most other services remain unchanged and of course, winter for us means summer for our down-under crew so you can always head to Topa for the season! 
  8. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Introducing Cetan

    October 12th is recognised in the United States as Indigenous Peoples Day, in honour of America's first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today. It is a fitting day therefore to announce a new Airline Division joining the Fly UK Group soon! Based within the United States, our new Airline Division Cetan will link with our Fly UK, Topa Sky and Aurora operations, providing the perfect American adventure for Fly UK pilots.   The Cetan Brand Cetan (the Spirit of the Hawk) originates from Native American Mythology and inspires our American division. To the Native American tribes, the hawk is sacred and Cetan symbolises poise, confidence and speed. Keeping in spirit with the influences behind our Topa Sky brand, we recognize this rich local history and take these values to the skies with a bold livery inspired by Native American art. A unique feel to this new division and its place in the Fly UK Group operations' success. Cetan will operate with CET code and Skyhawk callsign. 777-300 ER at Miami Launch DateWe will launch CETAN on the 12th of November 2022, with delivery flights scheduled to commence on the 26th of October 2022. Bases & FleetAt launch, Cetan will operate from San Francisco, Denver and Miami, with each airport serving as our West Coast, Central and East Coast bases respectively providing flights across the continental USA with links to the central and south Americas, far east and interconnectivity with other Fly UK Divisions. There has never been a better way to see the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave!   Cetan’s fleet will consist of a mixture of short-haul and long-haul aircraft with each base operating a different selection of airframes. Liveries for all main available aircraft products will be available at launch for MSFS, XP11/12 and P3D/FSX. Boeing 737-700Cetan’s short-haul fleet will consist of the reliable Boeing 737-700. A popular airframe with other US-based operators, Cetan’s Boeing 737-700 fleet will operate from all three of Cetan’s bases.Delivery flights for the Boeing 737-700 will commence from storage at Victorville to Cetan’s bases in San Francisco, Denver and Miami. The Boeing 737-700 will be available as a Class D aircraft.  Boeing 777-300ERA fan favourite and a highly requested addition to the Fly UK Group, Cetan will operate the Boeing 777-300ER (B77W). As an extremely capable airframe, Cetan’s Boeing 777-300ER will operate long-haul flights from Cetan’s West Coast base in San Francisco and Cetan’s central base in Denver. Delivery flights for the B77W will commence from Alice Springs to San Francisco and Denver bases.The B77W will be available as a Class A aircraft. ·Boeing 757-200Another fan favourite, the Boeing 757-200 will join Cetan’s fleet. The B752s will be based at Cetan’s Denver and Miami bases. Delivery flights for the B752s will commence from storage at Victorville to Denver and Miami.The B752 will be available to pilots as a Class C aircraft.  ·Airbus A330-342The A330 family returns to the Fly UK Group in the form of the A330-300. Cetan’s A330-342 will operate a selection of long-haul flights from Denver and Miami.Delivery flights for the A330-342 will commence from storage at Victorville to our Central and East coast bases in Denver and Miami.The A333 will be available as a Class B aircraft. Airbus A330-972neoAlongside the A330-342, Cetan will also operate the new Airbus A330-972neo. The A330-972neo will operate exclusively out of Cetan’s East coast base, Miami.Delivery flights for the A330-972neo will commence from the Airbus factory at Toulouse in France to the aircraft’s home base in Miami. The A330-972neo will be available as a Class B aircraft.  The addition of a new airline division to the Fly UK Group is always an exciting time and thanks to all the team behind this project. We've been looking forward to sharing this with you for some time...many a teaser and hidden image has been dropped in recent weeks, especially on Discord...maybe some of you picked up on it ;) So welcome to the family Cetan, complementing our Canada and Alaskan Aurora operations, we hope our pilots will enjoy flying new operations throughout the United States and beyond with Cetan. Cetan Boeing 737 Cetan Boeing 77W Cetan A330-900
  9. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK - MetroAir Codeshare Agreement

    . The long-running Codeshare agreement between Fly UK and Metroair will end on November 31st 2022. The partnership which has been one of the most unique and long-running in the Flight sim VA space has brought many benefits and enjoyment to members on both sides over its duration. However, we find ourselves at the crossroads of a very exciting time for flight simulation and the path each VA takes to embrace these times has diverged, so it's been agreed on both sides that now is the right time to conclude the codeshare, allowing both parties freedom to expand their virtual universe and network for their own member's interests. Statements from both CEO's on the decision are as follows Matt Lewis - Fly UK "I'd like to thank William, his team and the MetroAir members for all his hard work during the time I've been CEO of Fly UK, Both communities and VA's have benefited greatly from the collaboration. Personally, this culminated with our joint cross the pond event we held together during the height of Covid and lockdown, an event that many joined and enabled us to share our joint passion for virtual aviation as well as bring two communities together for some laughter and discussion at a much needed time in the world.  Its been a pleasure working with MetroAir and I wish them all the success in this new era of flight simulation" William Hogarth - MetroAir "It has been an honour to be affiliated with Fly UK and I believe we did set a precedent as being the first two well-established airlines to strike up a partnership in the virtual world. I do wish you all well and hope that the airlines can stay friends as we end our codeshare agreement. " Both MetroAir and Fly UK can confirm that anyone with memberships at both VAs will not be affected by this move subject to standard policies and activity with each airline's requirements. Fly UK members who enjoy their stateside adventures fear not, Aurora services continue in the Pacific Northwest and Canada area and we'll have more news in the near future.
  10. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fleet Changes coming to the Fly UK Group

    The upcoming changeover to our winter schedules fast approaches and this year, our winter schedule will be host to a selection of big fleet changes to a few of our airline divisions. Nordic Sky and Fly UK Cargo will both undergo a selection of fleet changes for their respective winter operations, with new and highly requested airframes being added. Nordic SkyNordic Sky’s winter schedule sees the introduction of the Daher Kodiak 100 Series II, a small single-engine turboprop aircraft. Delivery flights for the Kodiak 100 will commence from the 1st of October from Sandpoint Airport (KSZT) to Bergen (ENBR). These delivery flights will provide a unique challenge for pilots wishing to deliver the Kodiak to Bergen due to the transatlantic crossing required; a first for the Fly UK Group.  Scheduled operations will then commence with the changeover to Nordic Sky’s winter schedule on the 1st of November.     The Kodiak 100 Series will be available as a Class E airframe.  As a result of the Kodiak 100 Series being introduced to Nordic Sky, the Beechcraft B1900D is scheduled to be retired from scheduled operations. Retirement flights to Kemble will commence on the 1st of November.   Nordic Sky's new Kodiak 100 Series II Fly UK CargoFly UK Cargo’s winter schedule sees the introduction of the Boeing 737-800BCF, converted from Fly2’s stored Boeing 737-800’s in Kemble. Ferry flights for the Fly2 737-800's will commence on the 1st of October, with flights from storage at Kemble to the Boeing MRO facility at London Gatwick. From the 15th of October 737-800BCFs ferry flights onwards to the type’s base at London Stansted will become available. Scheduled operations will commence fully with Fly UK Cargo’s winter schedule change on the 1st of November.  The Boeing 737-800BCF’s will be available as a Class D airframe, opening up Cargo operations to lower ranks whilst also providing a lot more flexibility for European operations.  With the addition of the B738F’s to the fleet, two of Cargo’s Boeing 757-200PF airframes will be retired from scheduled operations. Retirement flights to Victorville will commence on the 1st of November. The remaining two 757-200PF’s will remain in Cargo’s fleet however and will continue to fly scheduled operations alongside the new B738F’s. Fly UK Cargo's new Boeing 737-800BCF We hope that our members will enjoy flying both these new aircraft and the new possibilities they bring to the Fly UK Group! 
  11. UKV1325 - Jason Beaumont

    ???                                               Saturday 12th of November...coming soon to Fly UK Group ;)
  12. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    X-Plane 12 Simulator support

    XP12 Ahead of the rumoured imminent release of XP12, we just wanted to brief members on the Fly UK position as we are likely to have common questions coming up. The staff team are looking forward to welcoming its support here at Fly UK however we just need to be mindful of expectations, currently we are unfortunately not in a position to confirm usage from day one of the releases which we were fortunate to be able to do so with MSFS. Whilst I appreciate many of you seasoned X-Plane users are itching to get your hands on the title, I'd just like to take this opportunity to be open and honest as to the steps needed and some of the considerations to introduce its use into Fly UK as a supported title which follows the same process as MSFS and any other sim that came before it. Skytrack At present we have no knowledge on whether XPUIPC will work out of the box which Skytrtack relies on. None of the staff team has beta access, so we are unable to test anything until the final release is made. Clearly this will also rely on key staff having purchase access to the final version also which may not be the case on or immediately after release day. Aircraft XP12 comes with an array of aircraft choices, but not all are operated by Fly UK. For Flying Club, a wide range of choices will be available within the title but airline ops will be more restrictive at release. Boeing 737-800 at present seems to be the only default choice.  At this stage, it's unclear which third-party developers will be porting across products on what timelines so the interim fleet choice will be somewhat limited for XP12 users.  Currently, Fly UK has no intention to change its fleet substitution policies. Our future fleet planning choices are likely to be based on MSFS as a priority with strong consideration to XP12 based on what our members choose to run as their primary sim. For Fly UK livery packs, again at this stage until we have paint team members with access to the sim and /or addon products along with the resources and knowledge to tackle XP12 repainting, we are unable to give any indication on the time frame. Online Network and FSD flying As with our own software, it should be expected the online networks will not be XP12 ready at release time but no doubt they will also be pushing hard to resolve. As far as Fly UK FSD is concerned, it's highly likely it will not be supported until such time as client compatibility is known, regular FSD event flyers should bear this in mind as you may still need your older sim to join these events.   I hope that gives you a bit of flavour into where we stand with this new platform. We are as excited to see what it can offer us as much as you so please bear with us as we work through the necessary steps so it can sit alongside our current platforms as a choice for Fly UK members. Matthew Lewis - Fly UK CEO
  13. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    PMDG's MSFS 737-800 Lands at Fly UK

    Another heavy hitter and Fly UK favourite have finally arrived in the form of the PMDG 737-800, and thanks to a record turnaround by the paint team, you can now download Fly UK and Fly2 liveries less than 15 hours from release. The B738 has long been one of our most, if not the most popular airframes operated by Fly UK. As more members have moved to MSFS the A320 firmly stole its crown, but now PMDG has been released we suspect it will be making a strong comeback. Fly UK 737-800 This new release adds over 700 flights for members to choose from and a lot more flexibility for our members operating both Airbus and Boeing short to medium haul. For those that have missed the holiday routes offered by Fly2, there should be enough of the summer season left to enjoy the warm destinations of the Mediterranean and beyond. Fly2 This completes our PMDG for MSFS lineup at present, we look forward to them hopefully bringing the 777 and 747 in time as well as the 737 Max 8 variant. For now, enjoy the added possibilities this release brings.
  14. UKV3428 - Matt Crick

    Fly UK AI & VATSIM Model Matching Pack Update

    As a fictitious virtual airline, Fly UK has some unique challenges in ways which virtual airlines that model real-world operators do not have; in as much as we have to paint our own liveries, and we also have to consider Offline AI / Online Model Matching. Long-standing members are aware that we've always historically provided an "Offline AI Pack" for FS2004, FSX and P3Dv1-5 which provides in-sim Fly UK traffic, replicating our current schedules. This package has always proven popular with our members as people enjoy flying into populated airports, as well as being able to accurately represent "company" traffic on Online Networks, such as VATSIM. Our Summer 2022 release would have been more of a "routine" release, deserving far less pomp and circumstance than what it's getting, if it wasn't for one minor detail... The support of Microsoft Flight Simulator! To my knowledge, this is yet another "world-first" for Fly UK in that no other VA has a similar offering. headline.png 880.73 KB Even before the simulator's official launch, members of staff were turning their attention to "how we can support" MSFS within Fly UK... How we're going to continue to deliver liveries, and what the future held for Offline AI / VATSIM Model Matching. Painting liveries required brand new tooling, brand new packaging techniques, but being able to deliver Offline AI and "fleet-complete" model-matching was still somewhat of a mystery up until early 2022. An interim model-matching solution was provided, however it was less than ideal given the limited aircraft-types at our disposal, and also due to the fact that it required members to have all Fly UK liveries installed, as well as the associated freeware/payware aircraft. I'm delighted to say however, we are now able to deliver both Offline AI, and near "fleet-complete" model-matching; including recent fleet additions such as the A321neo, B772 and B737-MAX8. The only unfortunate marked absence from our fleet currently is our Avro RJ100, however is a situation that may change in the future. The Summer 2022 Offline AI and model-matching pack is online and available to download NOW from "SkyTrack & Downloads > Misc Downloads". As is tradition, this pack has been made available to public visitors of our website also, so even non-members can enjoy seeing Fly UK aircraft online. To install this into MSFS, there are some external dependencies and prerequisites for this to work correctly. We would ask that you take care reading the supporting "Fly UK AI Manual" which can be found in your "Start Menu" after installation. The past week has been comprised of setting up a lot of supporting documentation to guide members through these prerequisites, however if you get stuck, please post on our forums for support. For members using our current MSFS vmr, this is no longer required and should be removed from vPilot. Please use the vmr contained in this package. We genuinely hope that you enjoy the solution that we've provided as this is the culmination of over 6 months worth of development. My thanks to our AI Team; Colin Gray for his tireless efforts in transposing our schedules. Adam Bartlam for his work compiling the Fly UK AI Installer, and for putting up with my incessant updates, Matthew Lewis for his painting skills, and to the members of staff involved in testing. Happy Flying! Matt
  15. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    New ATC training events scheduled

    Fly UK invites all pilots to join us for a series of short, ‘New to ATC’ flights across the United Kingdom. Starting on Sunday the 19th of June at 09:00z and taking place over the next subsequent four Sunday mornings, we will be hosting a series of four short event flights on our FSD Server. These scheduled events will help pilots jump into the world of online flying, providing a friendly and relaxed environment filled with the Fly UK training team and other fellow Fly UK pilots. New2ATC_1.png 546.77 KB The first event, scheduled to start on Sunday the 19th of June at 09:00z, features a short flight from Edinburgh (EGPH) to Manchester (EGCC) on our FSD server. This flight will take roughly an hour to complete with ATC provided by trained Fly UK members throughout the flight. The ATC team will be on hand throughout the flight to support pilots with any questions and to provide help throughout the event. As always, all current Fly UK members are welcome to join us on this event! We hope pilots find these events both enjoyable and helpful! More information on this event can be found on our dedicated events page, located here.
  16. UKV1325 - Jason Beaumont

    Fly UK To Evolve

    Fly UK Group Logo Fly UK recently celebrated its 18th birthday, during these years the virtual airline has gone from strength to strength and has grown to include divisions which operate in a variety of locations around the globe and offer our members a vast variation in where they can fly. As new divisions have been added, some terminology has evolved to distinguish the ‘original’ Fly UK from its other subsidiary divisions.  This led to the term ‘Scheduled’ to mean all flights within the Fly UK brand and ‘Mainstream’ to include all flights within the subsidiary divisions. Over recent months it has become apparent that some of this terminology may be being confused.  Therefore it has been decided to have a slight restructure of the virtual airline. Fly UK as we know it will now evolve further to become the Fly UK Group; within this Group structure will be our divisions, separated into Airline Divisions and Other Divisions.  Within our Airline Divisions will reside the Fly UK branded operations along with Fly2, Highland Connect, Nordic Sky, Aurora, Topa Sky, Cargo and Codeshare.  Within our Other Divisions will be the Flying Club and Tours. Therefore both the terms ‘Scheduled’ and ‘Mainstream’ will be removed from our structural terminology.  Instead, the Fly UK branded operations will simply be referred to as ‘Fly UK’ and all operations within the subsidiary divisions will be referred to as ‘Airline Divisions’, while the whole encapsulating organisation will be known as ‘the Fly UK Group’. We hope this will clarify our operational structure, as well as providing a solid base from which to expand the Fly UK Group further in future.  The changes outlined here will be launched from the 1st June 2022.
  17. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    18th Birthday Rank Free Week

    Celebrating 18 years of operation Fly UK hit an incredible milestone earlier today (the 4th of April 2022); we turned 18! To celebrate this incredible milestone of 18 years of operation, we’ve decided to lift our usual rank restrictions from our operations. Starting from the 5th of April 2022 at 00:00z and lasting until the 11th of April 2022 at 23:59z, Fly UK pilots will be able to fly any airframe within the Fly UK Fleet on any Fly UK route, across all our divisions, regardless of current rank! We will also be hosting a Birthday Fly-In event on Saturday the 9th of April. This special afternoon social event will see us fly the infamous and challenging approach into Kai Tak. The event will be available to book from tomorrow evening. Without the continued support from our members and from the voluntary support from our staff team over the last 18 years, Fly UK wouldn’t be the success it is today. Seeing so many of you enjoy the framework that we provide spurs us on to continue developing Fly UK for many more years to come. We hope you’ll enjoy the rank free week and we’d once again like to thank you all for your amazing and continued support over the last 18 years.
  18. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    2022 Summer Operations Begin

    As April has finally arrived, bringing along hints of warmer, sunnier weather and the faint hope of Summer Holidays, Fly UK’s Mainstream and Cargo divisions have launched their new schedules for the 2022 Summer period. Here is a small taste of what pilots can expect throughout Summer 2022. Mainstream Our new Airbus A321 'NEO' Our new Airbus A321-251NX ‘NEO’ and Boeing 777-200ER aircraft have entered scheduled operations.The A321 ‘NEO’ will be based at Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh whilst the Boeing 777-200ER’s will be based at Heathrow and Gatwick. Pilots will be able to type swap the Boeing 777-200ER for the Boeing 777-200LR and the Airbus A321-251NX ‘NEO’ for the Airbus A321-231 on scheduled services.Ajaccio has returned to Mainstream operations, flown from London Heathrow with Mainstream’s Boeing 737-800. Flights from London Gatwick to Tunis have been added, flown with Mainstream’s Airbus A320 fleet. The ‘Ultra Long Haul’ flight from London Heathrow to Perth has returned. Mainstream now operates a Boeing 777-200LR on this flight every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.Airframes operating our short and long-haul operations have been switched up slightly in order to provide a variety of different airframe and route combinations throughout the 2022 Summer schedules.   Cargo Cargo's Boeing 747-8F Warsaw has been added to European Cargo operations, flown daily from Cargo’s main UK hub at Stansted with the Boeing 757-200F. Two new ‘Round the World’ sectors have been added to Cargo’s Summer 2022 operations.  As always, we hope our members enjoy the new changes provided by our 2022 Summer Schedules! 
  19. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    New Airframes, New Delivery Flights

    As previously announced late last year, our fleet was scheduled to go through an update in 2022 with new airframes arriving. Today, we are proud to announce that delivery flights and liveries for a selection of these new airframes are now live! Ahead of the airframes scheduled introduction into our operations, delivery flights for our new Boeing 777-200ER's, Airbus A321-251NX 'NEO''s and more A320-251 'NEO''s are now live and available to be flown. These flights will appear under the 'Ad-Hoc' filter in the flight search. Furthermore, liveries for the new Boeing 777-200ER and Airbus A320-251NX 'NEO' are live and can be found in the fleet centre. A full breakdown of the new liveries can be found below. Boeing 777-200ER - Captain Sim B772ER for MSFS, PMDG B772ER Expansion for P3D V4/V5. Airbus A321-251NX 'NEO' - ToLiss A321neo mod for X-Plane 11. We have also repainted the SSG B747-8i and B747-8f using the latest paintkit available, with the updated liveries available in the fleet centre. We hope members enjoy flying these new airframes and flights!
  20. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    January Online Flying Introduction Event

    Fly UK’s “Online Flying Introduction” series is scheduled to continue this Saturday (the 29th of January 2022) at 18:00z with a short flight from Birmingham (EGBB) to Paris (LFPG). With a flight time of around 1 hour and 20 minutes, this event is perfect for pilots who are considering joining the world of online flying! Online Flying Introduction Event Image For this event, our controllers will be staffing Tower and Approach positions at both our departure airport (Birmingham) and our arrival airport (Paris Charles De Gaulle), allowing total coverage at each airport. All current Fly UK members are welcome to join us in this event, regardless of online flying experience.    As mentioned above, this event will start at 18:00z on Saturday the 29th of January 2022, with the flight taking place on our in-house FSD online multiplayer network. More information on this event can be found on our events page located here.    We hope you enjoy taking part in this event series!
  21. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    New Year, New Fleet

    Fly UK wishes all its members a Happy New Year. . As 2021 enters final approach to 2022, we'd thought we would give you a flavour to some of our forthcoming fleet changes and additions. After a mostly static year on fleet, we aim to offer more choice with some renewals and accommodate our rapidly expanding MSFS user base whilst continuing to provide for members operating P3D and XP11. Fleet RenewalMuch of our fleet has operated for many "virtually" years now and is approaching the point of retirement. Some of our 737's for example have been with us since the VA launched. A large part of our fleet strategy for 2022 will see partial phased renewals in the following types. New Airbus A320 and A321 NEO - Mainstream (replacing CEO)New ATR72-600 - Highland Connect & Topa Sky (replacing ATR-500)New Boeing 737-8 MAX - Fly 2 (Replacing B738)Leased Boeing 777-200ER - Mainstream (Replacing B77L) All of the above will join in the same cabin configurations as the older types similar to the arrangement we have set up with the current A320 CEO/NEO fleet today. As such after introduction they can be operated alongside the types they replace and interchange on routes. Other Fleet intentionsWe do have some other plans in place which remain top secret for now but one we can confirm as teased a few months ago is intention to introduce A220 to mainstream operations. We are awaiting aircraft products to evolve and release before we can commit to  timescales on this so at this stage it's confirmation of our intention but with no firm date.  To head off the elephant in the room (almost literally), we can confirm we have no plans to introduce the A380 as has always been the VA stance. Whilst we appreciate that may disappoint some with the MSFS FBW A380 in development, other sim platforms have no A380 product line available. Additionally our long haul fleet is already very varied and well catered for by the 747's for this level of capacity and the A380 remains a challenged aircraft in the real world in terms of popularity.   We hope that gives members something to look forward to in the new year and hope you enjoy your time with Fly UK into 2022.
  22. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Merry Christmas from the Fly UK team

    As we look forward to the festive period, the Fly UK team and I wish all members a Merry Christmas in whatever shape or manner that may look like to you all. 2021 has perhaps not been as hard as the year before but we find ourselves still in an uncertain world. Fly UK has always been about community and to many an escape from the real world which has given many of us a rough ride recently. Thank you to all the members and staff that have contributed to this community during these difficult real world times. For Fly UK, it has been a solid year for the VA. As the world unlocked and many of us returned to the workplace, hours and PIREPs have followed the associated pattern however we continue to see strong growth with new and returning members to the VA and the flight sim hobby compared to pre pandemic. We've seen a major rework of our members website experience with an all new crew centre and resource/training section. We've also done a lot of work in the background this year to further improve the solid website dev work set out in recent years. As we look forward to the new year, there is still much we want to do with a big operations project on the agenda for 2021 amongst other things. MSFS continues to be a major driving factor in VA growth with lots of exciting products to come to expand members' choice. The sim community may be divided over its preferred platform choice but here at Fly UK we are proud to support all of the major titles and embrace the changes and forward progression in the sim industry which has really taken deep roots for even more growth in 2021. But that's all for the future, for now I thank you all for being part of Fly UK and hope you continue to enjoy your virtual flying with us. However you choose or are able to celebrate the next few weeks, on behalf of the whole staff team I wish each of you a Merry Christmas and sure we all join together in looking forward to continued hope and optimism in 2022. Look after yourselves and stay safe! Regards Matt
  23. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK's 2021 Christmas Season

    Boeing boys have had the winter Fly2 livery for ages so Bah Humbug
  24. UKV3055 - Seb Noblett

    Fly UK's 2021 Christmas Season

    *Cries in Boeing*
  25. UKV3428 - Matt Crick

    Fly UK's 2021 Christmas Season

    As a small addendum to this press release, the special edition Christmas livery is now available in Fleet Centre for the FSL A320 SL (P3Dv4 and v5) We hope that you enjoy
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