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  4. Due on the 1st of August 2020, a new version of our popular "UK2000 Scenery" sponsored screenshot competition will go live after months of hard work behind the scenes by Fly UK staff.  The biggest change members will note with the new version is that the event itself is now located on our main page, underneath the "Community" Tab (the same place members access our forums, Teamspeak and Discord servers from). From this page, members will be able to upload no more than two images into the currently active competition as well as being able to see other submitted images from others. Once voting starts, the page will automatically switch to show voting progress for each submitted screenshot. Furthermore, this page will also show the previous monthly contest results, with the top three images being displayed on the page.  We hope you all find the changes worthwhile and we look forward to seeing yet more of your stunning screenshots in the future!
  5. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint RTW event part four!

    RTWTour.jpeg 245.37 KB Continuing on from our previous destination at Kai Tak, we will once again be joining our code-share partners at MetroAir for a small detour from the iconic Kai Tak airport to Skytrax's 2019 "Best Rated Airport", Changi Airport in Singapore (WSSS).  This leg, leg 5, will take place on the Saturday, 8th of August 2020, with the main group scheduled to depart Kai Tak at 1700z. As with the previous legs on this tour, we will be using our Teamspeak server to communicate with other pilots and our FSD network for the event. All current Fly UK and MetroAir pilots are more than welcome to join us on this flight! The events page for this event can be found hereThe FSD guide can be found here.Our Teamspeak can be found here.
  6. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Fly UK / MetroAir RTW Event: Destination Vote

    RTWTour.jpeg 245.37 KB Continuing on our RTW tour with our friends and partners at MetroAir, we will be departing from Kai Tak to one of four possible destinations on the 8th of August. The options for our destination are below, with the poll itself being on the forums (also linked below) SingaporeJakartaBaliGuam Poll can be found here
  7. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Microsoft Flight Simulator support

    msfs-release-artwork.jpg 477.99 KB Following the exiting news of the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator coming in just over a month, we just wanted to brief members on the Fly UK position as we have already received a number of member questions about how we are planning to support it. 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 release. Whilst I appreciate many of us are itching to get our 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. Skytrack Although some of the staff team do have beta access, they remain bound by Microsoft NDA so we are unable to test anything until final release is made. Clearly this will rely on key staff having purchase access to the final version also which may not be the case on or immediately after release day. The good news is that Simconnect which Skytrack uses for its sim data capture does feature in MSFS so we should be able to update our software, however we need time to be able to test the data outputs that are critical for our databases and Skytrack operation before we can accept MSFS PIREP's. Aircraft MSFS comes with an array of aircraft choice depending which version you purchase. For Flying Club a wide range of choice will be available within the title but airline ops will be more restrictive at release. Boeing 747-8i and Cessna Grand Caravan will be available for all edition buyers for Mainstream and TOPA franchise use respectively and the Boeing 787-10 will also be available for Premium Edition buyers. At present Fly UK does not operate the A320 NEO so we wont be able to accept PIREPs at this stage however we do have plans to address this very soon. At this stage its unclear which third party developers will be porting across product on what timelines so for the interim fleet choice will be somewhat limited for MSFS users. We fully expect freeware port-over and development to be highly limited in the new title also much as has been the case in X-Plane As result payware will likely be the norm so please bear this in mind with your purchase choices. Currently Fly UK has no intention to change its long standing fleet substitution policies with plenty of choice available to all platform users within our virtual world. For livery packs, again at this stage until we have paint team members with access to the final version along with the resources and knowledge to tackle MSFS repainting, we are unable to give any indication on time frame. You can bet however we'll be wanting our livery in the new FS skies as soon as we can. Online Network and FSD flying As with our own software, it should be expected the online networks will not be MSFS ready at release time but no doubt they will also be pushing hard to resolve. As far as Fly UK FSD is concerned, its highly likely it will not be supported bearing in mind it relies an an older version of vpilot to function, regular FSD event flyers should bear this in mind as you may still need your older sim to join these events.   Whilst MSFS comes with its own multiplayer environment, we are keen to avoid segregated events so until that puzzle is resolved by the wider sim community, we will continue with our current event access for FSX/P3D and XP users. 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 though the necessary steps so it can sit alongside our current platforms as a choice for Fly UK members. Matthew Lewis - Fly UK CEO
  8. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    New ops team staff

    Following our recent recruitment post to join the operations team the We have concluded our recruitment, albeit over a slight lengthen time scale than planned due to real world influences. The applications were once again strong and i'd like to thank all that applied. Fly UK staff now welcomes the following new staff members. UKV3055 Seb Noblett UKV1578 Bjornar Nilsen Furuvold UKV3496 Matt Marshal Seb and Matt join the ops team with focus on Fly UK mainstream. Seb brings a clear passion for detailed planning, operations with a real world operational background in aviation working with Heathrow, CAA and police aviation units as part of his career. Matt brings real world 777 first officer experience and an ambition to give back to the community that supported him in his journey to the cockpit. Matt hopes to support expanding the community's knowledge and understanding of real world aviation and real life ops as part of his role. Bjornar is well known to most of us as an active community member and bring true local knowledge to the Nordic franchise role as a Norwegian. Having started out his virtual Fly UK career on the Dash and D0228's he is passionate about the franchise and its operations being close to home so is able to combine his local insight with his skills. Welcome all to the team and I look forward to working with you in the future.
  9. Fleet Centre layout/platforms Our web team recently made some improvements to out Fleet Centre system and we have now completed updating our download links to match. Downloads are now distinctly labelled for their compatibility across platforms to make it easier for members to identify the correct download they require. Listings can now be found for the following supported platforms. FSX / P3Dv3 P3Dv4 P3Dv5 XPlane We have retained for now the Legacy tab for current aircraft on older non supported sims such as FS2004 and XP10, where Fly UK releases were made historically. We hope this system will be far more user friendly. Livery updates We have made a pass across a number of major livery packs including re-balancing the PBR shins on a number of key aircraft. We have also added a number of extra options for users, specifically freeware XP11 members. Full list is as follows Payware Aerosoft A319 & A32x - Updated to latest AS version installers, updated TOPA liveries to v1.1 for updated tail design. Aerosoft CRJ - Updated to latest AS version installer, PBR update to v1.1 FSLabs A321 - PBR update to v1.1 (P3Dv4) FSLabs A320 - PBR update for the new model (P3Dv4 and P3Dv5) PMDG 737, 744 and 748 (Mainstream PAX only), PBR update to v1.1 Qualitywings 787-8 and 787-10 texture corrections and PBR update to v1.1 Freeware Added 787-10 download link Added P3v4/5 compatibly Fly2 757 Added XP11 CRJ700 Added XP11 Avro RJ100 AI pack installer update to v4.074 Added P3dv5 option to installer, please note there is no other change to this release so re-download not required if you already have manually added to V5.
  10. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint event part four!

    Continuing on our "Round the World" social event with our code-share partners at Metro, we're continuing from the coastal airport of Phuket to the legendary Hong Kong Kai Tak airport.  Leg four will take place on Saturday the 11th July, with the main group scheduled to depart at 18:00z. As with the previous events, we will be using our Teamspeak server for communications and our FSD server for online flying. All current pilots are welcome to join us for this fantastic event!  The events page for this event can be found here.The FSD guide can be found here.Our Teamspeak can be found here.
  11. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint event part three!

    RTWPL3.jpg 628.28 KB Continuing with our fantastic partners at MetroAir virtual, we're continuing our main social event from where we landed last, Baku! The third leg will take us from the extremely scenic city of Baku, to Phuket, a lovely coastal airport in Thailand. The event will take place on Saturday the 13th June, with the main group scheduled to depart between 14:30z and 15:00z (15:30BST, 10:30EST and 07:30PST). As with the last two events, we will communicate via our Teamspeak Server and the event will be flown on our FSD server. Links for help guides can be found below. A full briefing package for this event can be found here. The FSD guide can be found here. The Teamspeak guide can be found here. Banter, laughs, challenges and the now traditional quiz will feature en-route. We look forward to seeing you there for another fantastic event!
  12. UKV1347 - Leslie Thelwell

    Daily social events to be throttled back

    As I've already posted the GA Tuesday and Friday GA events i'll leave them up they're there if your stuck for something to do
  13. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Daily social events to be throttled back

    With some form of normality finally returning and with daily lives starting to slowly open back up, the events team have decided to throttle back some of the daily events, effective as of June. The revised event schedules can be found below: Every other Monday Afternoon @ 13:00z: Challenging Approaches or special training events Tuesday Evenings @ 18:00z: VATSIM Weekly Event Thursday Afternoon @ 13:00z: FSD Weekly Event Saturday Morning @ 06:00z: Early-birds on FSD from A to B Sunday Afternoon @ 13:00z IVAO Weekly Event from B to A Furthermore, the ATC team have been hard at working creating and hosting the ATC Training Event. Occurring every other Monday, this event is a perfect way for members of all skill levels to learn about online ATC and online flying, including a live seminar that pilots can drop into. Finally, we would like to thank every single pilot who joined us for events during this unorthodox time. The events have been a huge hit with everyone and you've all made the efforts of the team extremely worthwhile. Thank you!
  14. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Light up London ATC Training Event

    A new event being trialed, "Light up London" is an ATC training event in which all members are welcome to join, regardless of online skill! Whether you are a seasoned veteran of the online ATC environment or a new pilot looking to learn and understand how to communicate on the online ATC environment, everyone is welcome. The event will take place TODAY, Monday 18th May, at 1800z on our FSD network. A seminar will also take place, in which we will discuss what procedures need to be followed, how being an Air Traffic Controller works and how to communicate for both pilots and controllers. Staff will be on hand to help with any question you might have. Confirm attendance here (simply let us know in the forum post). Pilots should fly any Fly UK scheduled service, in order for Skytrack to record the flight. Just book and scheduled flight into, or out of, the London Control Area.
  15. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK / MetroAir social leg 2 details confirmed

    Baku is the destination chosen by members in the voting for leg two of our joint Fly UK / MetroAir social flights, next up on 23rd May. All current Fly UK and MetroAir pilots are welcome to join us on our FSD network for this second leg as we continue London Heathrow (EGLL). The main group is set to depart from at 15:00z and 15:30z, in order to accommodate as many pilots as possible from Europe, UK and US. If this second event is as entertaining as the first then it will be a great flight, and yes a quiz will feature A full briefing for anyone joining the event as well as guides for those new to our social events can be found here.
  16. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Cargo schedule and fleet changes ahead

    New schedules will go live for our Cargo division on June 1st with some route expansion and additional fleet as demand for Cargo increases. The re-worked schedules move to a point to point system from the hub and spoke of the past. This will give many more multi leg options reflecting real world cargo ops as well as expanding operational choice. Both the narrow-body and heavy cargo fleet get a wider mix of routes throughout Europe and Worldwide, including for the first time transatlantic ops for the 757. South American and African multi leg also routes return. With the increase in services the Cargo fleet will need extra aircraft. Two 777 and two 747-400's will transfer from our passenger division as freight conversions. We have also leased two additional 747-8f. To back fill the older fleet transitioning to Cargo, we have agreed terms to purchase four Boeing 747-8i which have become surplus from a European operator. Ad-hoc movement flights for these fleet transfers and conversions will be available from 00:00z 18/05.
  17. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint event part2!

    Its a tie.... 24 hour snap poll for the two top choices, vote via below link http://www.strawpoll.me/20069742
  18. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK Lockdown challange

    Dear all, please note that if you are doing this challenge, please only submit the form upon completion. Ive removed one response already for flights completed in the future, not sure who as they didn't enter UKV ID which I've changed to a mandatory question.
  19. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK Lockdown challange

    Hopefully we are moving closer to the end of various lock downs that our members are experience worldwide, when the time is right naturally. In the meantime here is a unique challenge and achievement for you all to try and obtain. Day in the life - Fly UK Mainstream Short Haul operations The challenge, select and operate any daily schedule for a mainstream Fly UK short haul aircraft, operate a minimum of four consecutive sectors mirroring the published timetable. To search for a specific aircraft's daily flight schedule use the flight search tool and filter by registration. A full list of fleet registrations can also be found in the Fleet Center. Be sure to scan though all the fleet to find a schedule that you like...there is plenty to choose from Challenge guidelines Flights must be operated on the same day with your selected air frame and registration. You can operate the flights at any real world time but Sim time should be set to reflect scheduled zulu time. Pausing for real life / sanity breaks is acceptable. Fly UK Mainstream fleet in classes C/D & E applicable for this challenge (No Fly 2 or Franchise) Minimum sectors for challenge required is four to reflect a normal pilots day but you may go up to a maximum of six if you really want a test. Record your progress and and submit on completion of challenge via this form , this will be reviewed against PIREP's for achievement award. The challenge is open until June 28th. Good luck and be sure to share you progress with the community
  20. 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 manage some of our franchises. 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 recognized 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. There will be opportunity on application form to register the areas of interest to you. Available Roles Mainstream Fly UK Nordic Sky Topa Sky 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. Maximize fleet utilization. Manage twice yearly update in seasonal schedules. 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 utilization 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 [at] flyuk.aero
  21. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint event part2!

    Following on from our successful and hugely entertaining joint "Cross the Pond" social event with our MetroAir colleagues, we've decided to extend the initial CTP concept and will now carry on eastbound round the world back to KBOS in several long haul events over the course of the year. Next up will be leg two to be hosted 23rd May. Departure will be from London Heathrow with the destination open to vote by members from a pre-selected list. The leg two options are as follows and can be voted for via the forum. Baku (UBBB) Kuwait (OKBK) Dubai (OMDB) Tel Aviv (LLBG) All current Fly UK and MetroAir pilots are welcome to join us on our FSD network for the event. Exact departure timings to be confirmed subject to destination confirmation but expect mid to late afternoon for UK, late morning EST and early morning PST. For those not wishing, or unable, to fly the full flight, a shorter options for departure or arrival will be available. Members can fly any Fly UK mainstream and MetroAir codeshare aircraft. FSD setup help can be found here
  22. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    Fly2 Summer Holiday Season starts here

    May arrives and with it the start of European summer holiday season, virtually at least. As Fly UK continues to commit to providing a slice of normality in strange times, we continue with our planned schedule switch for Fly2 on our busy summer holiday charter schedule. In this virus free virtual world we operate, all the usual summertime favorites can be found throughout the Mediterranean and Greek Islands as well as increased services to Spain, Portugal and the Canaries. Of course Fly2 Long haul holiday services to far away holiday spots are still there year round. We hope our members enjoy this change of scene, happy flying.
  23. UKV2161 - Philip Beswick

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint event

    This event is really quite exciting me an am looking forward to it! If ATC is wanted at either end, please let me know. Philip
  24. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Fly UK / MetroAir joint event

    A first for Fly UK and our code-share partner, MetroAir Virtual Airlines, we will be hosting a "Cross the Pond" social event on the 25th April 2020! All current Fly UK and MetroAir pilots are welcome to join us on our FSD network for a long haul "CTP" flight from America's Boston Logan (KBOS) to England's London Heathrow (EGLL). The main group is set to depart from Boston at 14:30z and 15:00z, in order to accommodate as many pilots as possible. For those not wishing, or unable, to fly the full flight, a shorter Boston to St Johns leg is available. Members can fly any Fly UK mainstream and MetroAir codeshare aircraft. FSD setup help can be found here Event information can be found here
  25. UKV1685 - Matthew Lewis

    CEO Update

    Around this time last month, I messaged all members as we watched the real-world change around us. For some its was already happening and for others its was yet to come but a month on we all live in very different times and adjusting to the situation remains hard for some of us, myself included. At Fly UK though we have striven to maintain "business as normal" by giving our members a place to retreat away from all that is going on in their own worlds and fly virtually, enjoy the community support and give some sense of normality. What I’ve seen from this whole Fly UK community, your engagement has been simply unprecedented. I thank all our members and staff for their contributions to this community by joining the daily events, supporting members, contributing to our community discussions in the forums and Discord as well as simply logging in the hours and flights that Fly UK provides. New member numbers are up by 195% in the last month, in March month alone Fly UK saw a 60% increase in activity from the prior month and as it currently stands in mid-April if the current trend continues then we will see a 110% increase. We have seen Skytrack's live tracker showing more virtual flights in the air than real world major airlines at the same time and high level of hours logged has set a new norm. Previously our benchmark was 300+ hours on any given weekend day, we are now hitting that easily.....every day. Around a month ago we surpassed the 400 daily hours milestone for one day, this past Sunday we were 1.5 hours short of breaking 700. These recent statistics for Fly UK are simply staggering and as much as I’d love to celebrate them, I recognize there are far more pressing statistics in the world and we all wish normality to return as fast as possible. From my personal perspective, being part of Fly UK during these trying times gives some personal reward and purpose, I hope the rest of the staff team as well as the wider member community can take great pride in the virtual space we have created for people to enjoy a safe place to invest time in their hobby and passion for aviation whilst the world adjusts. The statistics and positive comments I see from the members are one way to feel rewarded but I hope everyone is keeping safe and well as the priority, that is far more important. Until things start to return to normal, Fly UK will continue to support our members so keep up the flying. We are now onto summer schedules with lots of new possibilities with Fly2 switching soon, also come join the daily online events for some sim interaction with other members. Finally, despite the stats rising I want to ensure anybody who cannot sim during this time is not forgotten. If you are or have been affected by illness, please let the HR team know as we will be happy to grant leave for anyone unable to do fly. Equally, if you are one of the amazing key workers keeping essential services running and have little time to sim, let us know. Stay safe everyone and thank you. Best Wishes UKV1685 Matt Lewis - CEO
  26. Fly UK turned 16 during the last week and to celebrate we are giving all members a restriction free weekend - Any type, any rank on any Fly UK route. From April 11th at 00:00z to 23:59z on Sunday 12th April, the restrictions are off for all members regardless of rank. Fly any type on any Fly UK route and as we are feeling generous that's not restricted to Fly UK types. So yes, you classic lovers.... go fill your boots! Full details of the eligibility and terms can be found in NOTAM LIMA. Of course we love to see our livery in the skies but please share your picture and images of your weekend adventures on our social platforms.
  27. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    FSD GA Help Event

    As we are hosting a large selection of online social events using our FSD server, the events team have decided it would be a good idea to set up a general help event for all pilots.  Whether pilots are struggling with installing the FSD server, setting up model matching for their simulator or just generic GA flying, this event has you covered! The event is scheduled to start today (5th April 2020) at 1800z, and members will talk via our Teamspeak server. Confirm attendance here.  The event will start at Liverpool (EGGP). Just connect to our Teamspeak server, staff will help out!  
  28. UKV1790 - Adam Hart

    Daily "Stay at home" lockdown social events

    All members are welcome to join in our new daily social events. Come and escape the chaos of the real world with our social events! Due to the unprecedented events currently ongoing in the real world, the Fly UK events team have been working hard to provide pilots currently under lock-down "stay at home" social events in order to ease the boredom and to distract from those real world events. These daily events will be entirely social meaning all pilots, regardless of skill or confidence on online networks, can join! More information on these daily events can be found on our Events page. More information on how to set up our FSD network can be found here. Pilots should use our Teamspeak server to communicate with pilots. As these are a social event, it would be recommended for pilots to have this set up. Staff are on hand to help should any issues arise.  On top of the current planned events, a selection of new events have been set up. A small summary of these events can be found below: Saturday Afternoons: Social Event  - Fly UK FSD Monday Afternoons: Social Event - Fly UK FSD Tuesday/Friday Afternoons: Flying Club/GA Events - Fly UK FSD Wednesday Afternoons: Social Event - Fly UK FSD Finally, please, stay safe and well. We hope to see you on one of the events!
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