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Dear Members,


Christmas is fast approaching, the UK's grinding to a halt due to the snow, but here at Fly UK there is plenty going on to keep you entertained over the festive period!


We'd like to thank everyone who has begun to use SkyTrack. We hope you find it a much easier method of filing PIREPs. We have received excellent feedback so far and we are committed to making sure SkyTrack works perfectly. If you have any problems, please make sure you tell us about them using the SkyTrack query form. Please provide as much information as possible.


We have a great line up of events this December so if you fly online we hope to see you in the skies!


We're also excited about our new codeshare agreement with woh|group which allows you to fly in America, the Middle East and Asia and log PIREPs at Fly UK! The codeshare also provides a a chance to fly new aircraft types such as the B777-200 and the MD82.


Furthermore we have our seasonal flights to Lapland and we're also looking for new staff team members. If you have ever thought about taking your hobby and love for Fly UK further, take a look at our management careers page!


Looking back at November, we had 417 unique pilots who flew with a UKV callsign and filed a combined total of 2,868 pireps. We received 1,918 mainstream PIREPs, 583 tour PIREPs, 191 flying club PIREPs and 145 FSP PIREPs. 29 pilots completed tours in November.





- SkyTrack




During November we were very excited to release SkyTrack - our flight tracking and logging software.


SkyTrack retrieves your booked flights, records flight data and then files a PIREP for you automatically. The SkyTrack Live Map on our website allows you to view and track all Fly UK flights currently taking place by pilots using SkyTrack.


You can use SkyTrack to record all your flights at Fly UK (excluding flying club and training flights).


We have made an information page which contains a download link and FAQs - we hope this will address most of the common questions you will have relating to SkyTrack.


If you have any bug reports, PIREP issues or software problems, please use our SkyTrack Query form.


SkyTrack Patch v1.0.1 - If you are still using SkyTrack version 1.0, you need to install the version 1.0.1 patch.


We look forward to developing this project further, and hope you are excited about using SkyTrack!



- Lapland Flights




As the Holiday season draws nearer, Fly UK are glad to announce that we will be continuing the tradition of offering Ad-Hoc charter flights to Lapland for Christmas.


We will be operating flights to Rovaniemi and Kitila from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Gatwick.


- Flights will begin on the 1st Dec 2010 and the last return will operate on the 24th Dec 2010.

- Flights will be operated by B738, B763 and A320 aircraft.


For full information and a more detailed break-down, please read our press release.


Also we have organised two IVAO events to Lapland taking place on the 11th and 18th December. Please check our events calender for details and to book your attendance!



- New Codeshare




After detailed negotiations, Fly UK Virtual Airways and woh|group are excited to report that we have reached a codeshare agreement with each other.


As of the 6th December 2010, Fly UK pilots will be able to fly a selection of routes from woh|group airlines using the relevant aircraft from woh|group. The hours will however, be logged at Fly UK. Vica-versa, woh|group pilots will be able to fly a selection of Fly UK routes in our aircraft for their log-books.


Fly UK Head of Operations, Robert Allen said, "Our new codeshare with woh|group will be an exciting project for everybody involved. I hope that it will offer members an interesting twist on our day-to-day operations and will allow you to explore new destinations in new aircraft. Notably, we are thrilled to have coverage for domestic routes within America, which we have been aiming to develop for a while. Furthermore we look forward to at least one joint event with woh|group in order to get together in one large gathering and have a great event."


For full information please visit our Codeshare page.



- Management Vacancies




We are currently looking to recruit a marketing manager and graphics designer. If you are interested in applying, please visit our management careers page for further information. The closing date for both positions is midnight on the 17th December.



- Final Dash8-Q400 aircraft leaving the fleet


The remaining two Dash8-Q400 aircraft (G-FLCP and G-FLCQ) based at Southampton will be replaced by brand new ATR 72-500 aircraft this month. The first new ATR will arrive in Southampton from Toulouse on the 2nd December, with the second aircraft arrriving the following day on the 3rd December. The new aircraft (G-FLCO and G-FLCR) will enter operational service on the 6th December. This will bring the total number of ATR72-500 aircraft in the Fly UK fleet to 5.



- Staff Team Changes


Chris Spencer has joined the team as a software engineer. Chris' primary role is to continue the development of our recently released SkyTrack software.


Frans Van Santbrink is unfortunately stepping down from the staff team to concentrate on his school work which will be taking up more and more of his spare time as he works towards his exams. We wish Frans the best of luck with his sudies and would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication.



- Screenshot Competition - Sponsored by UK2000 Scenery




Thank you to all members who submitted entries for the November screenshot competition. Voting has now closed and congratulations to UKV1625 - Graham Hammill who came in first place with his winning shot 'Storm Chaser'. Well done to runners up UKV1275 - Nils Ammann in second place and UKV1218 - Dennis Cliff in third place.


The December competition is now up and running and the theme is America! To enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning a UK2000 Xtreme scenery package, please visit the screenshot competition section of our forums. Full information as well as competition rules can be found here too.



- December Online Events




If you fly online, why not come along and fly with other Fly UK members at one of our events this December? Take a close look at our events programme below. From flying transatlantic to VFR in Alaska to visiting Santa in Lapland, there's something for everyone this December at Fly UK. Events are a great opportunity to fly together, normally with full ATC, meet other members/staff and have a good get together!


Flying Club Events:

- 5th Dec 2010 - 1500z - Alaska Trek - FSX


IVAO Events


Weekly Group Flights:

- 4th Dec - 0700z - Leg 1- Tirana to Orhid

- 4th Dec - 0730z - Leg 2 - Ohrid to Sofia

- 4th Dec - 0815z - Leg 3 - Sofia to Plovdiv


- 11th Dec - 0700z - Leg 1 - Plovdiv to Corlu

- 11th Dec - 0740z - Leg 2 - Corlu to Ataturk

- 11th Dec - 0800z - Leg 3 - Ataturk to Bodrum


- 18th Dec - 0700z - Bodrum to Balti



- 11th Dec - 1000z - Transatlantic Event - Miami Happy Hour - Heathrow to Miami

- 11th Dec - 1900z - Official IVAO Rovaniemi fly-in - Leeds to Rovaniemi

- 18th Dec - 1800z - IVAO UK VA Event - Heathrow to Rovaniemi




Northern Skies:

- 12th Dec - 0930z - Birmingham to London - Leg XII

- 12 thDec - 1900z - Birmingham to London - Leg XII


Chrismas Down Under:

- 14th Dec - 1800z - London to Innsbruck - Leg I

- 16th Dec - 1800z - Innsbruck to Cairo - Leg II

- 18th Dec - 0900z - Cairo to Bangkok - Leg III

- 19th Dec - 0900z - Bangkok to Sydney - Leg IV


We look forward to flying with you! Remember to confirm your attendance via the events page.



- New to Online Events?


If you have never attended an online event at Fly UK before, why not give it a go this month? There are plenty to choose from. You should find all the information you need on the events page, if not, please do not hesitate to message a member of staff, post in the forums, or come and speak to us on Teamspeak.


Remember we meet on Fly UK Teamspeak before every online event, make sure you pop on to meet the rest of the guys and say hello, it is also a great chance to ask any questions or check information prior to the event beginning!



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For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us:


The CEO Team - Chris Sutcliffe, Jeffrey Shen and Tom Hurrell

Email: ceo.team[at]flyuk.aero

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