Air Contractors Virtual | Summer
Just over seven months ago Air Contractors launched and since then we have had huge support amongst our fellow pilots and from the flight simulation community in general. Time has flown since December!
As we expect the summer to the busiest and most active time for our virtual airline we have added a number of new features and functions which are explained below.
New routes and schedules
We recently received the latest schedules and we have updated our database with them. We now operate out of several new airports with a large expansion into Sweden, these airports include: Liege, Stockholm, Umea, Jonkoping, and Malmo. The aircraft that operate flights between those airports are the ATR 72, A300 and L-382G. We also now operate between Pisa and Milan-Malpensa, and Liege and London-Stansted. We no longer operate out of Belfast, Bournemouth, Jersey, Guernsey, London-Gatwick, Liverpool, Milan-Linate, Catania, Bari, Bolonga, Karlsruhe, Venice, and Lyon. Several new charter routes will be added shortly for the L-382G and other aircraft.
(Above) - Ireland and the United Kingdom route map
(Above) - European route map
Over the last few months we have constantly been updating and tweaking our systems in-order to improve the experience for our pilots. Most notably we have redesigned the flight assignments system where you can select an assignment based on aircraft, type (charter/schedules), departure airport and arrival airport rather than the random assignment system previously installed. We have also added more Google Maps integration, most notably the flight log (below) and numerous other upgrades.
(Above) Flight Log – Using Google Maps this feature tracks all our pilots’ flights and displays them in an easy to understand map format. You can click on the icon to view the name of the airport.
(Above) New assignments feature – When a pilot wishes to select a flight they go to the ‘request assignments’ page where they select options from a number of drop down fields to filter the flight they want.
(Above) New pay feature – Pilot are paid by how many hours they have flown based on the pay a real Air Contractors pilot will receive in the real world. Other things the system includes are deductions. A deduction will be added if a pilot doesn’t file or log a flight within 2 weeks. Other deductions may be added for example, if PIREP’s are incorrect.
If you have any suggestions or improvements for our site and systems then just give us a shout!
‘Celtic Cargo Run’
For our third event we will be holding a fly in event on VATSIM to Glasgow (EGPF) from Shannon (EINN) on Saturday 28th July 2007 from 1800Z. We will be leaving Shannon at approximately 1800Z. All Air Contractors Virtual pilots are welcome along with any perspective ABR Virtual pilots. Departure airport and arrival airport will be fully staffed by VATEIR controllers and Scottish airspace controllers respectively on VATSIM.
Visit our site for update-to-date and more in-depth information regarding the event - http://www.abrvirtual.com. Details of the event will also be available on the VATEIR site - http://www.vateir.com/
VATeir 'Fly-In' 2007
In association with VATEIR (Virtual Air Traffic Controllers of Irish Airspace on VATSIM) and PC Pilots Ireland there will be a fly-event at Dublin airport. Although we won’t be displaying at this event all Air Contractors Virtual pilots are become to attend on Saturday 18th August 2007 in the Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport, Ireland for the fly-in.
More details of the event can be found on both the PC Pilots Ireland Website - http://homepages.iol.ie/~tmcg/index.htm and the VATEIR Website - http://www.vateir.com/
Pilot of the Month Award
Our pilot of the month for June is Martin Bergin for this numerous online flights on VATSIM and his professional conduct. June was an extremely active month for us and we’d like to thank all our pilots for their flights and support for the month of June. Congratulations Martin and all our pilots!
Come and join Ireland’s favourite virtual airline – http://www.abrvirtual.com today!
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