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Latest News & Updates for Members - April

UKV1121 - Chris Sutcliffe

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Dear Members,


We've included lots of information in this month's update, and hope it provides you with an interesting update regarding what's happening at Fly UK!


Firstly, once again, we are very proud with our pilots at Fly UK. You have managed to impress us once again with the many pireps submitted in the month of March. Fly UK only exists because of what members want, and with the number of pireps submitted, it reflects that we are obviously going in the right direction.




Remember, if you feel that you have any suggestions or can contribute to make Fly UK better for the whole community, feel free to post it in our forums or send us an e-mail!


Now ahead with the news:



- Fly UK's 6th Anniversary




To help celebrate our 6th Birthday, we will be holding a special event on IVAO on the 5th April. Full ATC will be provided, however this time by our own Fly UK staff members!


We will be flying from Leeds Bradford (EGNM) to Jersey (EGJJ). We aim to depart at 1800z (please note this will be 1900 Local Time).


CEO Chris Sutcliffe says: "We hope you will join us on this great event. We've picked EGNM because it was here where we started operations from many years ago. Today, Leeds is still one of our important regional hubs for turboprop operations. We look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th for this short hop down to Jersey."


For more event details and to confirm your attendance, please visit the events page:





- Changes to Class E Aircraft




We are pleased to announce a change in the Class E Operations. The FLY2 B737-700 is now available to be flown by all Class E pilots. This scheme will initially be running on a one month trial basis. At the end of the trial, we will then make a decision whether to continue the scheme or not. This means Class E First Officers (new pilots) will have the choice of the following aircraft when they join:


- ATR72-500

- Dash8-Q400

- FLY2 B737-700


This has come about in an attempt to increase the popularity of FLY2 as a whole, and also allow new pilots to fly a wider variety of aircraft. We feel that de-ranking the B737-700 is a perfect compromise and will appeal to both new and experienced pilots who walk through the door at Fly UK.



- Screenshot Competition




Congratultions to UKV1586- Carl Chamberlain who was the winner of the March screenshot competition with his winning shot 'Boston Departure'. Carl has won himself a UK2000 Xtreme scenery package. Well done!


The theme for the April screenshot competition is 'Flying Club'. For more information and to the enter the competition, please see the link below:





- Staff Team Changes


We are very pleased to welcome UKV1283 - Dave Baggs to the staff team. Dave has joined us as a TA instructor meaning he will be giving up his free time to help and train other Fly UK members. We would like to wish Dave the best of luck in his new position.


To find out more about the courses we have available, or to book a training session, please visit our new look training academy page:





- Staff Team Vacancies


Ever fancied yourself as a virtual airline manager? We are currently looking to recruit a fleet repainter and marketing manager.


For full information and details on how to apply, please see:





- IVAO Operations Update


During March, Fly UK continued with all our usual activites on IVAO. The 4 early morning Training Academy flights were extremely successful with a great turnout on all mornings. These are held every Saturday morning at 0600Z/0700BST.


We are looking forward to Fly UK's 6th Anniversary on the 5th April and hope you can all join us in our flight from EGNM-EGJJ (leaving at 1800z.)


IVAO UK have also announced their Annual Heathrow Real Flight Event. With over 500 flights and 25 controllers it promises to be an amazing online event. Fly UK will be participating in this event on Saturday 17th April (all day) so keep your eyes peeled on the forums & events webpages for more details on how to participate with Fly UK!


Another exciting announcement from IVAO UK is the release of an all new event called "Monday Madness." Every fortnight IVAO UK will provide ATC for a Fly In to a chosen airport to which charts/scenery etc will be provided - like a "focus" airport. Furthermore it's a competition to see who can land closest to a given time!


More information can be found here: http://ivao.co.uk/events/153


IVAO UK have also released the latest version of their periodical magazine, Contrail. This is a great read packed with information about IVAO UK. Fly UK also feature this edition. It can be downloaded here: http://ivao.co.uk/community/files/newslett...ontrail0210.pdf



- VATSIM Operations Update


Throughout the last few months, Fly UK has been busy expanding our VATSIM operations. We are happy to see an increase in the number of regular online fliers on the network every week. Some highlights include:


- A jump in our Vroute Community numbers to nearly 70 pilots, which puts us in the top 20 airlines in the world!

- A partnership deal with VATeir, the Irish Division of VATSIM

- Continued success with Europa - The Hidden Ports

- New important topics created in the VATSIM sub-forum on the Fly UK Community Forums

- Updates to the VATSIM Getting Started Guide

- Released plans for 2 VATSIM events per month (details in the new Calendar of Events in the sub-forum)


Full information on the update can be found at the following address:



We look forward to the continued growth of our VATSIM community.



- Real World Event - FSC 2010 Weston-Super-Mare


The 2010 flight sim convention is due to take place at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of May.


Exhibitors include: RC Simulations, PC Pilot, Cockpit Sonic, Alpine Systems, Flight1, Saitek, Just Flight, Flightstore, VATSIM UK, IVAO UK, SkyHigh Radio and many more.


Commercial aicraft, GA aircraft and helicopter's will also be on display.


We need to make a final decision as to wether Fly UK will be 'officially' attending with a stand or not in the next few days. If you are planning on attending the event, please let us know by replying to the following post in our community forums. We are also keen to hear from anyone who maybe able to help out on the stand on the day.





- April Events


During April we have plenty of interesting events lined up for you. Please remember to confirm your attendance as soon as possible!


- 4th April - Europa Tour - VATSIM - 1800z - Pisa to Billund

- 5th April - Fly UK Anniversary Event - IVAO - 1800z - Leeds Bradford to Jersey

- 10th April - Weekly Event - IVAO - 0600z - Paris to Palma

- 17th April - Weekly Event - IVAO - 0600z - Bali to Jakarta

- 18th April - Europa Tour - VATSIM - 1800z - Billund to the Isle of Man

- 24th April - Weekly Event - IVAO - 0600z - Manila to Hong Kong


Events are a chance to fly together and meet other members of the Fly UK community. We look forward to flying with you...



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Chris Sutcliffe - CEO



Adam Hillier - Vice CEO



On behalf of the Fly UK Staff Team

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