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  3. Jingle all the way!! Join us this Sunday for a Christmas social flight to Lapland! Open to all members regardless of skill and ability, come join fellow members on a social group flight to Lapland on our own private FSD server. This is a relaxed flight and chance to enjoy some chat and escape the Christmas chaos for a few hours. Stock your flight deck up with mince pies and tipple of choice and come join us. This will be the fist of our newer style social events aimed at those who expressed wish for less formal on-line events. So if you are an off-line flyer wanting to try a group flight or new to on-line flying, this no pressure event without ATC and is a great place to start with only fellow pilots in the skies around. At the same time this event is open to all so we hope to see our more experienced members in the skies with us too. We start at 13:00z from Gatwick with options for members to join en-route from Copenhagen and Stockholm if you cant join until later. You can find a full event breakdown and how to join our private FSD server if its new to you in the forum topic here We look forward to seeing you!
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  5. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Latest News & Updates for Members - December 2019

    Dear Members, Its December already and we are not quite sure where the year went. As we run down to the end of the year, we turn our attentions to our festive offerings which include two tours and our regular Lapland charter flights, Last month's activity at Fly UK saw an average of 347 unique pilots per week filing a PIREP in November. We received 1,574 Mainstream PIREPs, 772 Tour PIREPs and 822 Flying Club PIREPs. Staff We say thank you and farewell to Stefano Biasiotti from the staff team. Stefano has contributed greatly to the on-line events team with a clear passion for promoting the platform. Stefano has expressed desire to continue as a member and join the ongoing member events. Operations / Fleet Fly2's see the changes for December and its staged winter program shifts into the next gear on two aspects. In Europe our Christmas Charter flights to Lapland have now begun and run until Christmas eve and the ski season commences with flights from 7th December and running until April 2020 Secondly we wet lease to the Canadian leisure market once again with a number of 757 and 737 aircraft and crews operating charter holiday routes from Vancouver and Montreal to sunnier climes including Mexico and the Caribbean. These flights commence December 1st and run to mid April 2020. Flying Club It's that time of year again, so a Flying Club Xmas tour and a Bizjet Xmas tour have been set up which both went live on 01 Nov 2019 and will continue until 28 Feb 2020. The FSE group continues to expand with a membership of 32 and a club fleet of 5, available on top of the rentable FSE aircraft. December flights are a series of flights leading up to a Xmas Day circular at Rovaniemi for those are all turkeyed out in the evening · Wed 04 Dec 2019 at 1900z Xmas Jaunt leg one from Arboga in Sweden to Turku in Finland · Wed 11 Dec 2019 at 1900z Xmas Jaunt leg two from Turku in Finland to Kruunupyy in Finland · Wed 18 Dec 2019 at 1900z Xmas Jaunt leg three from Kruunupyy in Finland to our Xmas destination of Rovaniemi · Wed 25 Dec 2019 at 1900z XMAS CIRCULAR quick winter circular jaunt from Rovaniemi to blow away the cobwebs !!! Please visit our Flying Club page for more information and flight plans, and to register your attendance. Online Events We recently posted an update to our on-line event structure based on the recent members survey, we thank all of those who took time to participate. The full detail can be found here In summary the new timetable for events is as follows · Saturday: 07:00 Z Earlybird from Airport A to Airport B FSD · Saturday: 19:00 Z Flight from Airport A to Airport B FSD · Sunday: 14:00 Z Return flight from B back to A IVAO · Tuesday 19:00 Z 'Tuesday-Tour-Night' VATSIM · Wednesday 19:00 Z Flying Club Event FSD/TS3 · Thursday 14:00 Z 'Thursday-Afternoon-Tea-Tour' (as Tue) IVAO · Friday: 19:00 Z 'Friday-Night-Social-Special' FSD/TS3 · Please visit our Online Events page for more information or to register your attendance. Fly UK members social group flight - Sunday 15th December: Fly UK FSD server All members are invited to join us for a relaxed social group flight to Rovaniemi on Sunday 15th in the afternoon. This an open event for anyone with no ATC to worry about, come fly in a group and kick back with some mince pies and a drink. The event will be rank and airframe restriction free. This is ideal opportunity for those who expressed interest in our own FSD on-line server to join, plenty of set-up support will be on hand if required and join no matter what you level of experience and ability. We do have event page running with three options to suit those with differing time availabilities allowing members unable to complete the full three hour flight, opportunity to join en-route. Look out for more detail in the forums closer to the day. 13:00Z from Gatwick 14:00z from Copenhagen 15:00z from Stockholm We hope to see you there! Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery The winner of the November Screenshot Competition is UUKV3373 - Stuart Hyett with "Evening approach Gibraltar RNAV Rwy15 ". Congratulations Stuart! The theme for the December Screenshot Competition is "Cold Outside". For more information and how to the enter the competition, please see the link below: December Competition -Cold Outside Best regards, The Fly UK Staff Team
  6. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Aurora's first birthday

    . At the start of 2020, Aurora will be one year old.  To celebrate, we want to share some of the fun and adventure that can be had with the Canada and US based franchise - So its competition time, with a prize on offer, kindly sponsored by Katrina and Andy. To enter all you need to do is share with us a trip report from any Aurora flight, by posting in this thread (link TBC). This can be a single leg, a return journey or even one of the "round robin" type routes Aurora runs. Tell us the story of the trip, include pictures, and share your trip with us as best as you can. Remember this is a trip report so the its report writing its that's considered here. Unedited screen shots can be included to support but we're not judging graphics quality or quantity - it's the content that matters so you don't need an Nvidia 2080Ti to have a chance.   The competition will be open until December the 31st, and the winners selected in the new year by the the senior staff team and Aurora Franchise manager   Winner of this competition will be able to select a scenery package for an Aurora hub of you choice, plus a choice of payware aircraft(s) from the Aurora fleet including the Twin Otter,  Saab340, Avro RJ or MD88.   Good luck and get writing!
  7. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Distant sound of jingling?

    .The season to be jolly is just around the corner and with it some of our popular seasonal offerings. Here is what's to come throughout December. Lapland charters Fly 2 will operate charters to Rovaniemi and Ivalo in Finnish Lapland, destinations as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland and of course home to Santa's village. Flights will operate from December 1st until 24th December from a number of daily departure points using 737-800 and 757 equipment. Fly UK members social group flight - Sunday 15th December : Fly UK FSD server All members are invited to join us for a relaxed social group flight to Rovaniemi on Sunday 15th in the afternoon. This a an open event for anyone with no ATC to worry about, come fly in a group and kick back with some mince pies and a drink. The event will be rank and airframe restriction free. This is ideal opportunity for those who expressed interest in our own FSD on-line server to join, plenty of set-up support will be on hand if required and join no matter what you level of experience and ability. We do have event page running with three options to suit those with differing time availabilities allowing members unable to complete the full three hour flight, opportunity to join en-route. Look out for more detail in the forums closer to the day. 13:00Z from Gatwick 14:00z from Copenhagen 15:00z from Stockholm We hope to see you there! Fly UK Christmas Tour 2019 .This years Christmas tour will explore winter wonderlands. Starting in London and working north, the 11 leg tour will travel to Iceland, Greenland, Norway and smaller islands on the way, finishing in Rovaniemi. Key to success on the tour will be careful selection of airframes (rank free) with some challenging approaches and special airports including the now defunct ENNK Narvik. Tour will be available this weekend. Flying club Tour Already available for VFR lovers, the Flying Club  12 leg tour goes from its base at Shoreham to Santa's home town of Rovaniemi, Tour detail available here
  8. We recently invited members to take part in a survey for on-line flying to help shape how we best cater for those of you who enjoy this aspect of flight simming. Thank you to all those who took part. Result overview. The staff team have been through the data and we'd like to share some of the highlights and how that influences our future direct. We appreciate that everyone may have different individual motivations to fly on-line, we are looking to cater for the majority of the Fly UK membership. Do you fly on-line (including ATC networks, Fly UK FSD, multi player) Yes = 44.7% No = 15.4% No but would like to = 39.9% Are you interested in flying with other pilots in the VA more frequently Yes = 40.9% Maybe = 50.3% No = 8.8% Are you interested in learning (or using) VFR phraseology and flying General Aviation aircraft online? Yes = 58.5% No = 10.7% Flying yes but not phraseology = 10.7% Are you interested in learning (or using) IFR phraseology and flying Airliners online? (incl. FSD) Yes = 85.5% No = 8.2% Flying yes but not phraseology = 6.3% How would like to fly with other Fly UK pilots? Social only, no ATC = 6.3% Social with some ATC training = 8.2% FSD with ATC = 4.4% Online ATC platforms (VATSIM, IVAO etc) = 32.1% Interested in both Social and formal ATC = 49.1% Would you be more likely to fly on-line if the VA introduced other styles of training programmes to help you? Yes = 73.1% No = 26.9% How would you rate your level of confidence and ability flying on-line with formal ATC? Beginner = 32.5% Intermediate = 31.4% Advance = 20.8% Expert = 12.7% Best day of week and time to fly on-line . On-line Networks that interest you, and that you currently fly on . Summary In general Fly UK members have a healthy appetite for learning to fly on-line and develop skills and knowledge going forward. We must bear in mind that of our 900+ members, the vast majority still choose to enjoy their hobby off-line and may not have opted to take part in the survey. Their is a demand for a mix of socail and full ATC events which is something we can take away and build on, potentially whilst developing a pathway to confidence and preparation for the on-line networks for those who wish to take it. During weekdays 19:00z to 23:00z is the prime slot for on-line flying and on weekends this is more evenly spread across mid afternoon to evening. Vatsim is the current preferred network of choice form most members but a healthy interest for the Fly UK FSD server exists. Training was also explored and we have a number of exciting ideas and plans for 2020 to develop and deliver training to our members who wish to continue their journey to flying on-line. The future and the path ahead for Fly UK on-line events team. We find ourselves at crossroads with our planning, sadly Stefano Biasiotti has decided to step down from the event manager role and we thank him for his input and relentless passion for on-line flying. Events will be managed by Ron Kurz for the time being with Ross Elliot s support until such time we decide on staff requirement going forward, however the plan forward has been agreed. Bearing in mind 'the something for everyone' concept of the VA, alongside our community focus, we aim to cater for the existing groups of on-line flyers who's events fall outside the peak times the survey report and build onto these foundations with the learnings from the survey. Fly UK Group Events will mainly utilise the Fly UK FSD server and be supported by regular IVAO and VATSIM based flights. Basic outline for a regular weekly schedule is as follows: Saturday: 07:00 Z Earlybird from Airport A to Airport B FSD Saturday: 19:00 Z Flight from Airport A to Airport B FSD Sunday: 14:00 Z Return flight from B back to A IVAO Tuesday 19:00 Z 'Tuesday-Tour-Night' VATSIM Wednesday 19:00 Z Flying Club Event FSD/TS3 Thursday 14:00 Z 'Thursday-Afternoon-Tea-Tour' (as Tue) IVAO Friday: 19:00 Z 'Friday-Night-Social-Special' FSD/TS3 Further detail of the new group events as follows Tuesday-Tour-Night and Thursday-Afternoon-Tea-Tour: Flights will follow the legs of one of our tours (mainly European based) Friday-Night-Special: Open to anyone wanting to fly in a group or challenge their flying skills, regardless of rank. Using our FSD server, with regular support of our Training Academy. These will consist of fun and interesting flights: - Interesting approaches - Circle-to-land visual approaches - Missed approaches and Go-arounds - Fly from holding to holding - Props-only - Cargo-only - etc. - etc. (open for any suggestions) Saturday-Night-Social: New event on our FSD server, fully social group flight chosen from Fly UK schedules. Opportunity to escape Saturday night reality TV hell and kick back, relax and chat with fellow Fly UK members and enjoy a flight without pressure. For the dedicated Online-Flyers: we will keep continue to keep you informed of up and coming official VATSIM and IVAO Events which happen to coincide with one of our company routes. Of course our on-line pro's can venture out onto these networks at any point in time under the Fly UK flag.
  9. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly2 winter Wet lease

    It has become custom for Fly2 to supply airframes and crews on wet lease to operate on the peak Canadian tourist season serving charter routes to Mexico, Caribbean and US tourist destinations. As with the 2018/19 winter season we will be sending our usual 757 & 738's to base at Montreal and Vancouver. Flights will be live from December 1st but ferry flights are now available now and can be found under our ad-hoc/charter search on Flight number FL9300 to FL9325. This seasonal lease of spare Fly2 airframes has become very popular option for members with some unique routes so dont miss out.
  10. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    New to online flying, need some help?

    Have you ever had a desire to start on-line flying....but the on-line world of VATSIM feels like an intimidating place you've not felt able to take on yet? Well now is your chance to take part in a beginners only event with full Fly UK training academy support. VATSIM Scandinavia are hosting a First Wing event this Sunday 17th Nov from 17:00z to 21:00z. During this time ATC cover will be provided in the Scandinavian region for beginners only. An ideal opportunity to be amongst the support of controllers able to walk you through whilst being in the skies with other virtual pilots in the same position as you. Furthermore, Fly UK's Training Academy and On-line team are here to support in the lead-up to the event and on the day, so you can take to the skies with pre event support and a friendly Fly UK voice and co-pilot during the event. Getting Ready Session - 14th November. We will host a Q&A drop in session on our Teamspeak channel this Thursday 14th Nov from 18:30z for the evening where members can drop in and ask questions on any on-line matter from setting your VATSIM account, PC set-up, getting on-line all the way up to basic ATC procedures. No question is too small, we are here to support. Main Event - 17th November. During the event Fly UK will have training staff available on Teamspeak, supporting you as virtual co-pilots and guiding you on the way, ready to answer any questions. Fly UK members wishing to follow a pre-described route and add Fly UK hours, or fly any VA aircraft they confident in can fly our nominated event route between Helsinki and Oslo. This is a 1 hour 45 minute flight giving enough time in cruise to discuss departure and prepare for arrival. To book the event and flight Click here. Alternately you can fly your own choice of our Nordic routes in the region with the Nordic fleet. This is the perfect occasion to start flying on-line...if you have wanted to make the leap but need a helping hand, do not miss it. VATSIM Event detail - https://forums.vatsim.net/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=80318 Fly UK Event / route detail - https://flyuk.aero/online-events/vatsim-first-wing-for-beginners-only Note from Vatsim for experienced on-line flyers - Note: This event is focused on beginners of the VATSIM environment, so if you are a seasoned pilot we recommend and hope that you will fly somewhere else on that day in order for us to focus on the beginners to VATSIM. Thank you for your understanding.
  11. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Winter 19/20 Schedules

    Our changeover to winter scheduling went live 1st November and runs to 31st of March 2020 on mainstream and franchise services. Please see below the summary of changes and highlights that the new timetables bring.  Fly UK Mainstream The normal rotation of airframes across many routes has taken place giving seasonal route variation. Manchester and Edinburgh now share A320 and B738 airframes.  The following seasonal and new routes have been added.  Manchester - Athens  Manchester - Bergen  Birmingham - Glasgow  Gatwick - Tallin  Gatwick - Olbia  Gatwick - Belgrade  Gatwick - Asturias  London City - Innsbruck  Southampton - Innsbruck  Nordic Sky Primary addition to Nordic is the lease of Boeing 737-700's. These serve the following expanded destinations  Tallin  St Petersburg  Warsaw  Stuttgart  AuroraMD82 lease has now expired and returned. Saab 340 have now entered service.  Topa SkyAs part of our 2020 extension of service plans to the Australian west coast, four additional Dreamliners have entered service from Perth. This include the much requested Perth to London service marking the first time a Fly UK franchise has served a Long Haul route into the UK.  Fly2 Fly2 Schedules now reduce for winter with Long haul, Canary islands the primary focus. A reduced Mediterranean schedule to Spain and Portugal remains. Winter Ski flights become active from December 7th through to April 17th. Fly2 will also wet lease aircraft to the Canadian holiday operators again this winter which will commence December 1st 
  12. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Forum signatures

    above amended to recognise that the 3 X forum bar is a little old fashioned, not many people have those any more.
  13. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Forum signatures

    Dear all Please can all forum users ensure their signatures comply with the currently Fly UK policy as detailed in the pilot handbook section 8.2 and copied for direct reference below. This is to ensure all users have seamless forum experience across all types of device. Forum user bars is a little old fashioned so Fly UK status signature and a single line of Fly UK award/achievement badges is acceptable. Please review your signature and amend accordingly to what suits you over the next week, after which forum admin's will remove non compliant signatures. We understand and appreciate many members like to display their associations and achievements which is encourage but within the current guidance. We will be looking at how we accommodate these desires in pilot profiles in the future. Thanks in advance.
  14. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Winter 19/20 Schedules are now live

    Our changeover to winter scheduling has now gone live and runs to 31st of March 2020 (excluding Fly2). Please see below the summary of changes and highlights that the new timetables bring. Fly UK Mainstream The normal rotation of airframes across many routes has taken place giving seasonal route variation. Manchester and Edinburgh now share A320 and B738 airframes. The following seasonal and new routes have been added. Manchester - Athens Manchester - Bergen Birmingham - Glasgow Gatwick - Tallin Gatwick - Olbia Gatwick - Belgrade Gatwick - Asturias London City - Innsbruck Southampton - Innsbruck Fly2 Fly2 Schedules now reduce for winter with Long haul, Canary islands the primary focus. A reduced Mediterranean schedule to Spain and Portugal remains. Winter Ski flights become active from December 7th through to April 17th. Fly2 will also wet lease aircraft to the Canadian holiday operators again this winter which will commence December 1st Nordic Sky Primary addition to Nordic is the lease of Boeing 737-700's. These serve the following expanded destinations Tallin St Petersburg Warsaw Stuttgart Aurora MD82 lease has now expired and returned. Saab 340 have now entered service. Topa Sky As part of our 2020 extension of service plans to the Australian west coast, four additional Dreamliners have entered service from Perth. This include the much requested Perth to London service marking the first time a Fly UK franchise has served a Long Haul route into the UK.
  15. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Cosford Recap & Reflection

    One week on from a busy and successful weekend at Flight Sim Show 2019, so we though its was a good time for a look back at the event, the announcements and a late bonus we missed. Firstly thanks to all the members who stopped by to say hello, it was great to meet many of you and hear the positive feedback you all had for the VA. We truly have a large dedicated member-base that appreciate what we do, more on that later. We have also seen a 247% increase in new member applications since the show, if you are one of the 80 new members then welcome to the Fly UK family. Also a massive thanks to all our donating members that allow us to do these things and all the staff who put the Cosford event together and supported over the weekend. Big shout out to Ross Elliot for being the lead on organising the event. Also staff members Ron Kurz, Matt Crick, Jason Beaumont, John Wheat and Adam Hillier who joined myself on the show stand over the weekend. We had a great time and we certainly hope to be back next year. Additionally thanks the the rest of the staff team not able to attend that put much on hold whilst we focused on the event and supported in many other ways, a team effort all around. Finally on our roll of thanks, Darren Klenk who went above board to produce some stunning visuals that helped promote Fly UK on screen during the event. Tasked with a small trailer for us to display, Darren provided 45 minutes of footage which provided and excellent showcase backdrop all weekend long. The short version is available to view here on our youtube channel. A few images from the show.. The weekend saw a raft of announcements, plus one we missed. So lets recap in case you missed any 2019 Crystal Mainstream livery Ever since we introduced our anniversary livery back in April, we've had nothing but praise for the look and requests to roll it out to more types. Whilst it was only ever intended to be a limited edition, we heard you all and noted the superb feedback that continued to come in via our community channels. It was the Vatsim codec beta test event in August that finally convinced us to switch when the Crystal livery sported by UKV1367 Bob van Someren, stood out in a sea of UKV and BAV liveries on the event. Thanks to the repaint team who were able to complete a good selection of liveries ready for the launch announcement with more to follow. New Fleet - 2020 We announced the addition of the 787-10 which will join our long haul fleet next year. The type will serve on high capacity long haul routes alongside the A350, 747 and 777. This will allow the existing 788 dream-liners to explore new long haul markets and lower yield long haul routes. Nordic Sky has its eyes set on future expansion and in order to do so needs some new wings, we therefore welcome the Embraer E195 exclusive to this franchise. Selected with both FSX, P3D and XP11 users in mind, this type will open up Nordic Sky's network to a wider audience with routes previously limited to the 717. We also missed this announcement and addition to Highland Connect fleet...the ATR. Joining us for next spring, we add capacity and range to some of our Highland services, not covered by mainstream. The 72 variant is confirmed with other options being considered, more details on these to come as our newly appointed franchise manager brings Highland Connect up to date. ATR 72.png 178.07 KB Franchise Fleet re-alignment With the new fleet announced, we have plans for some major fleet re-shuffling within our fleet. Already confirmed is Aurora which will be aligning to a mostly Boeing fleet taking 737-700 and 800's, Topa Sky will inherit the A319 and B717 as it expands to West Australia. Final thoughts from Cosford 2019 Our 15th anniversary year has been a landmark occasion for this VA and was always something to be celebrated. We hope we have delivered this to you our members and marked the occasion suitably. The message we clearly received from all we spoke with at the show was that Fly UK offers something unique that is not replicated anywhere else, something to be proud of and embraced. We know we cannot please everyone all of the time but its clear that our fundamental aims of an open and flexible VA based within the scope of real world operational viability is exactly what you all seek and we'll continue to provide. Cosford was always intended to be the end mark of this celebration but its become something much more, the start of a new era for Fly UK. The fresh energy from our members and staff has been significant so we find ourselves looking to the future with optimism, renewed passion and pride for this unique and special community. We plan to be back in 2020 but there is much to come from us between then and now
  16. 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 737-900'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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    UK Repatriation flights

    Strangest one appears to be a Malaysian A380 brought into Manchester to support.
  22. 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.
  23. UKV1372 - John Wheat

    UK Repatriation flights

    Shame we got no B738's free, but at least Palma - Gatwick folks get to ride a B748
  24. Guest

    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!!
  25. 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.
  26. Guest

    UK Repatriation flights

    Are we going to keep stats? Such as: PAX repatriated Number of flights Pilots involved Regards David
  27. 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
  28. 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
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