|10/23/2014||DVA Flight Schedule Updated||Terry Eshenour|
|The DVA flight schedule is updated quarterly. The most recent update valid for the next 18 months occurred October 23, 2014. The update includes true codeshare flights. Airlines frequently change schedules. Our schedule is dynamic with daily updates. Check the schedule before each flight to insure that the flight is on our schedule.
|10/07/2014||New Accomplishments Announced||Andrew Vane|
|Please be informed we have added 4 new accomplishments. Some of these accomplishments will require advancement to higher/lower stages or requesting additional ratings. For information on this process, please see the Pilots Manual. Past flights logged in these aircraft will count towards the accomplishment. It is recommended pilots fly these aircraft at least 200 miles to experience them although this is not a firm requirement. Also, not all aircraft are included in the DVA fleet installer page so pilots may need to obtain them from other free download web sites such as flightsim.com or avsim.net. A brief description of each new accomplishment follows:
Piston Prop Professional: Complete and receive approval for PIREP’s for at least one flight in all of the following aircraft: Constellation, DC-3, DC-4, DC-6, DC-7, L-10, L-100.
Tri-Jet Triumph: Complete and receive approval for PIREP’s for at least one flight in all of the following aircraft: B727-100, B727-200, DC-10-10, DC-10-30, DC-10-40, L-1011-100, L-1011-500, MD-11. Flying a 4 engine aircraft with only 3 engines operating does not count.
Commuter Conquest: Complete and receive approval for PIREP’s for at least one flight in all of the following aircraft: ATR-72, Avro RJ-85, B1900, BAE-146, CRJ-1000, CRJ-200, CRJ-700, CRJ-900, DHC-8, EMB-120, ERJ-135, ERJ-145, ERJ-170, ERJ-175, ERJ-190, ERJ-195, F70, JS41, S2000, S340.
Quad-Jet Quartermaster: Complete and receive approval for PIREP’s for at least one flight in all of the following 4-engine aircraft: A340-200, A340-300, A340-600, A380-800, B707-320, B720, B747-100, B747-200, B747-400, BAE-146, CV-880, CV-990, Comet, Concorde, DC-8-11, DC-8-21, DC-8-33, DC-8-42, DC-8-51, DC-8-61, DC-8-62, DC-8-63, DC-8-71, DC-8-72.
We hope you enjoy these new accomplishments.
DVA Operations Department
UPDATE: In addition, I have added as of 10/10/14 the DVA Fleet Master accomplishment which pilots can achieve by flying at least once in all aircraft in our hangar.
|09/30/2014||Boeing 777 Aircraft Operations Manual Updated||Andrew Vane|
|The latest edition of the Boeing 777 Aircraft Operations Manual was recently updated in the Document Library. Pilots can access the updated manual via the Pilot Center. The new 777 AOM is oriented around the Boeing 777-200LR version since this is most widely flown by DVA pilots. In addition, the 777 related examination questions have been updated accordingly.|
|09/17/2014||Delta Virtual Airlines Announces Operations Department Personnel Changes||Terry Eshenour|
|Sterling Widmer leader of Operations for more than 5 years resigned because of real world time constraints. Sterling's efforts over the years built a strong organization serving its pilots with excellence. As a member of senior staff, we will miss his endless contributions and calm reasoning when addressing issues. Sterling will continue as a Senior Captain flying as time permits.
Andrew Vane an 8 year veteran and staff member is Sterling's replacement. Drew is an accomplished aviator, a student of the Flight Academy with demonstrated leadership skills. For the past two years he has worked on revising our manuals. A huge work assignment that he pursues with great patience in pursuit of refining our written materials.
Please join in congratulating these gentlemen on a job well done and offering support for new challenges that they face.
|09/15/2014||MD-88 Aircraft Operations Manual Released||Andrew Vane|
|The Third Edition of the MD-88 Aircraft Operations Manual was recently updated in the Document Library. Pilots can access the updated manual via the Pilot Center. The Director of Manual Services would like to thank all those that provided screenshots, to Senior Staff, and to Chief Pilot Joe Porter. This new AOM features additional information for the MD-90, Boeing 717 and DC-9-50. We hope you'll like it. As always, we appreciate your constructive input in developing these manuals.|
|06/12/2014||DVA Flight Schedule Updated||Terry Eshenour|
|The DVA flight schedule is updated quarterly. The most recent update valid for the next 18 months occurred June 12, 2014. The update includes true codeshare flights. Airlines frequently change schedules. Our schedule is dynamic with daily updates. Check the schedule before each flight to insure that the flight is on our schedule.|
|05/25/2014||Staff Changes in Airbus programs||Sterling Widmer|
|Mark Springsteen has made his way back to the A330 program as the Chief Pilot. Mark was the first CP in the then new A330 program at DVA over 3 years ago and is now back. Welcome Home Mark!
Jeremy Jurman has accepted the position of A320 Chief Pilot. We are excited to work more closely with Jeremy in this position.
|05/14/2014||Flight Academy Updates||Scott Clarke|
|We are pleased to announce some new and exciting appointments at the Delta Virtual Airlines Flight Academy. Chris Hannigan will remain as Director of the Delta Virtual Airlines Flight Academy. Jim Warner and Michael Brown will return to the positions of flight instructor. The support staff, to help develop new training programs, VATSIM approved P-rating programs and new training courses and events are George Lewis-IT Department, Sean Zarella-Technical writer for manuals/programs and video production. Daniel Hodnik and Dean Schultz are on board as ATC advisers to keep us up to date on ATC changes. Andrew Logan and Charles Carter, as professional pilots, will be advising the flight academy on real world commercial aviation. Welcome to them all and we thank them all for working with us.
On the Air France/KLM Virtual Airlines side, Karem Yogurtcugil is Director Air France/KLM Virtual Airlines Flight Academy with James Lightbody as instructor.
We have renewed and posted on the VATSIM Pilot Training ATO page, the combined name of Air France/KLM Virtual Airlines-Delta Virtual Airlines and our logo. We have updated the page to reflect our new logo presentations for both virtual airlines, which are part of the Global Virtual Airlines Group. The new Pilot Training Department (PTD) Web Application is available for more information at http://ptd.vatsim.net .
With all of the work that Michael Brown and Chris Hannigan have already done, our group is hard at work to complete the Advanced VFR Pilot course that will meet all of the requirements needed to award the VATSIM P3 rating.
New and exciting programs are coming!
Vice President of Training
Global Virtual Airlines Group
Delta Virtual Airlines
Air France/KLM Virtual Airlines
|05/12/2014||Michael Brown Steps Down as VP Training; Scott Clarke Returns||Terry Eshenour|
|Michael Brown reluctantly resigned Vice President Training role because of real world time constraints. Michael will continue as a Flight Academy Instructor. We are grateful for his many contributions including streamlining exams, creating several core training videos, and starting the next level of VATSIM coursework, the P-3. He and his organization assisted AFV/KLM, our sister airline, with their flight academy.
Scott Clarke returns to the Flight Academy to take over the training role. He returns energized and with a bundle of ideas. Be on the lookout for more news from Scott on his organization and plans for the future.
Please reach out to Michael and Scott. They are dedicated volunteers making a difference to our airline. Both deserve standing ovations for their commitment and accomplishments past and future.
|05/05/2014||Bob Donovan Appointed Editor Delta FLY!||Terry Eshenour|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Bob Donovan was appointed to the staff position of Editor Delta FLY! magazine. Bob has extensive aviation (real world and virtual) knowledge and experience that he can draw on to publish our magazine.|
|05/04/2014||CRJ-200ER Aircraft Operations Manual, Version 6 Released||Andrew Vane|
|The CRJ-200ER Aircraft Operations Manual, Version 6 was recently updated in the Document Library. Pilots can access the updated manual via the Pilot Center.|
|04/15/2014||Sun N Fun 2014 Lakeland, Florida Report||Scott Clarke|
|On April 1, 2014 Jim Warner and I visited Sun N Fun. A report was prepared including photos The report can be accessed here http://goo.gl/CZ7cjZ|
|03/29/2014||EMB-120ER Aircraft Operations Manual, Version 5 Released||Andrew Vane|
|The EMB-120ER Aircraft Operations Manual, Version 5 was recently updated in the Document Library. Pilots can access the updated manual via the Pilot Center. The Director of Manual Services would like to dedicate the most recent version of this AOM to Messrs. Scott Clarke, Jim Warner, and George Lewis whose vision, time and dedication to Delta Virtual Airlines ultimately led to the development of the DVA Training Academy.|
|03/22/2014||Dylan Neidorff steps down, Scott Simmons named 737 Chief Pilot||Sterling Widmer|
|Dylan Neidorff has tendered his resignation as Chief Pilot of the 737 program to focus his time more fully to his career with the United States Air Force. We are thankful to him for his leadership and service.
Scott Simmons will succeed Dylan and the 737 Chief Pilot. Scott is well versed in the 737 and will prove to be a great asset to pilots in our largest program.
|03/05/2014||Rob Morgan named 777 Assistant Chief Pilot||Sterling Widmer|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Mr. Rob Morgan has graciously accepted the position of Assistant Chief Pilot in the Boeing 777 program. His experience and tenure as a staff member will be great in this important program.|
|02/22/2014||DVA Flight Schedule Update||Terry Eshenour|
|The DVA flight schedule is updated quarterly. The most recent update valid for the next 18 months occurred February 21, 2014. We update the schedule quarterly using a commercial service. The update includes true codeshare flights. Airlines frequently change schedules. Our schedule is dynamic with daily updates. Check the schedule before each flight to insure that the flight is on our schedule.|
|03/15/2013||Delta VA Flight Academy Releases VFR Online Pilot Course||Scott Clarke|
|The Delta VA Flight Academy has released the VFR Online PIlot course. This course can be flown either VFR or IFR and requires the pilot to hand fly the aircraft. It includes an online written test program and a flight checkride. Upon successful completion of this course, the pilot is awarded the course certificate and the VATSIM P2 rating. This course is one part of a series of virtual simulation training courses for members of Delta Virtual Airlines and Air France Virtual Airlines.|
|01/30/2013||ACARS 3 Released||Luke Kolin|
|I am pleased to announce that after several years of effort, we have released version 3 of our industry-leading Aircraft Communication and Reporting System, or ACARS. ACARS 3 builds upon the functionality of previous releases, and includes a number of new features including payload loading, voice support, FSX multi-player capabilities and integration with new payware offerings from PMDG. ACARS 3 is available in the Delta Virtual Airlines Fleet Library, and existing ACARS3 beta users should be prompted to upgrade.
Please note that Delta Virtual Airlines will continue to support ACARS 2 for the indefinite future.
|10/07/2012||Don Baker joins Operations.||Sterling Widmer|
|Alan and I are excited to welcome Don Baker as an Assistant Director of Operations. Don has been a great asset to DVA as a pilot and as Chief Pilot of the L1011 program. Since joining in 2005' he has flown over 2300 flights and has approved thousands of PIREPS. He will continue as the L1011 chief pilot in addition to his new role in operations.
Please visit the cooler post at http://www.deltava.org/thread.do?id=0x1b2c3 to welcome him.
|10/05/2012||Luke Kolin Announces His Retirement||Terry Eshenour|
|A Water Cooler entry was made earlier today informing both airlines that Luke Kolin plans to retire by the end of the year. For details visit the Cooler http://www.deltava.org/thread.do?id=0x1b29c|
|09/06/2012||Sterling Widmer Steps Up to Vice President Director of Operations Position||Terry Eshenour|
|Sterling Widmer, after 3 years as an Assistant Director of Operations accepted the position of Vice President Director of Operations. Sterling spends a great amount time working in the Help Desk answering pilot questions and correcting issues with their logbook or pilot profile. He is a veteran and accomplished simmer with 17 years of experience. The last 6 years with DVA. Thank you Sterling for your willingness to step up and take on more responsibilities.|
|09/06/2012||Ken Nesbitt Resigns as Vice President Director of Operations||Terry Eshenour|
|Ken Nesbitt Vice President Director of Operations after 4 years of distinguished service voluntarily offered his resignation due to real world time conflicts affecting his ability to carryout his role for DVA. Ken, a real world pilot, has job demands that affect his availability. Additionally he and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child within a month placing further time constraints on him. His resignation was reluctantly accepted. Ken will remain on staff as Chief Pilot of the DC-8. Personally, I am deeply indebted to Ken for his years of leadership. He shared his professional knowledge and skills with the organization advancing it in the process. Thank you Ken for all of your many contributions.|
|08/08/2011||Alan Cluff joins the Operations Team!||Ken Nesbitt|
|Please join me in welcoming Alan Cluff back to the staff as an additional Assistant Director of Operations. Alan was a long time Chief Pilot in the 737 program and now he will be joining the operations team alongside Sterling and myself. We are very excited to have him back and know he will do a great job!
Please drop by the cooler and welcome him back! http://www.deltava.org/thread.do?id=0x1917c
|08/01/2011||ACARS 2 Build 99 Released||Luke Kolin|
|I am pleased to announce the release of ACARS 2.2 Build 99. This is intended to be the final release of the ACARS2 series, and introduces a number of important stability and reliability fixes in response to user data and feedback. All ACARS2 users are encouraged to upgrade to Build 99 as soon as possible, which can be downloaded from the Fleet Library.
Delta Virtual Airlines wishes to thank the numerous users that participated in the Build 99 beta program, whose feedback and suggestions were critical to this release. As part of the release, all Build 99 betas prior to beta 12 will be deprecated by August 3rd. Betas 12 and 14 are planned to be deprecated on August 15th.
|07/04/2011||New 737 CP announced...and with that, a huge debt of gratitude to its former leader||Ken Nesbitt|
|Don Thomas has been named the new 737 Chief Pilot as Alan Cluff exits the office. Don has been an Assistant Chief Pilot of the 737 since 2009 and now it is his turn to lead Delta Virtual Airlines largest program. We know he will do wonderful things with the program and look forward to his leadership.
With Don stepping in, we would like to especially thank Alan Cluff for his long tenure as the CP to the 737 program. Alan was a great leader who had earned respect from not only his assistants and 737 program, but the entire Delta VA family. We would like to thank you for all you have done Alan, and we look forward to hopfully working with you again somewhere down the road.
Please stop by http://www.deltava.org/thread.do?id=0x18e34 and give them both a hand!
|01/05/2011||Delta Virtual Airlines receives VATSIM ATO Certification||Jim Warner|
|Delta Virtual Airlines announces that our newest Flight Academy course, VATSIM Online Pilot (P1), is now available on line.
After a course review by VATSIM, Delta Virtual Airlines is certified as a VATSIM Approved Training Organization (ATO). Those completing this course will be awarded the certificate of VATSIM Online Pilot (P1) at Delta Virtual Airlines and VATSIM.
The VATSIM Online Pilot (P1) course is designed as a self-study course with 8 sections including online tests and a check-ride to be flown on the VATSIM network and using our ACARS program. Students will study the required documents and take the tests at their own pace. Then students will fly the check-ride after passing all 8 sections. Upon completion, the student will be awarded the VATSIM Online Pilot (P1) certification.
Delta Virtual Airlines is one of the first virtual airlines to meet the VATSIM requirements for the new ATO certification and continues to be a leader in the world of virtual aviation.
|10/18/2010||DVA says Aloha to the 717-200||Sterling Widmer|
|In conjunction with the Hawaiian Airlines Codeshare, we are excited to announce that the Boeing 717-200 rating is now available as a Secondary Aircraft type for the MD-88 program. Please refer to NOTAM 34 and the Water Cooler announcement for information on obtaining this rating.|
|10/15/2010||Updated Senior Captain Promotion Policy||Luke Kolin|
|We have modified our Senior Captain promotion policy to include pilot nominations, to include our membership in the process. Please see NOTAM #37 for further information.|
|05/12/2010||Sid Dudley is the new DC6 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|I am proud to announce that Sid Dudley has accepted the post of DC6 ACP. We are very sure that he would enjoy greatly to fly low and slow!!! Congratulations!!!|
|05/05/2010||JT Coston is the new 757-200 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|On behalf of DVA, I am pleased to announce that JT Coston has been appointed the new 757-200 ACP. We are certain that he will do his best to keep this program in the successful trail it is already in!!!
|04/15/2010||A380 Rating now Available at DVA||Sterling Widmer|
|We are excited to announce that the Airbus A380 rating is now available as a Secondary Aircraft type for the 747 and 777 programs. Please refer to NOTAM 34 and the Water Cooler announcement for information on obtaining this rating.|
|04/05/2010||New MD88 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is my pleasure to announce to our community that Mr. Trevor Woolley has graciously accepted to become the new MD88 ACP. This is a very important program within DVA and we know that he will contribute greatly to the success of the Mad Dog Program!!! Congratulations!!|
|03/12/2010||Airbus A330 Program Takes Off||Sterling Widmer|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is pleased to announce the official opening of the A330 program. A lot of hard work has gone into making this program come alive and we look forward to all it has to offer.
Mark Springsteen will taking the reins as the A330's Chief Pilot with Matthew Gervais as ACP. Lets give them and this program a warm welcome! What better way to celebrate the DVA Anniversary than with a new equipment type program!
|03/03/2010||New CRJ-200 ACP!||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is my pleasure and also DVA's to announce that Ryan Daugherty has accepted the post of CRJ200 ACP. We know that he will work very hard to make that the Pocket Rocket program continues to be one of DVA's finest!!
Salud and congratulations!
|01/25/2010||Tom Sanders has been appointed MD11 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is a motive of DVA's pleasure and also mine to let you know that Tom Sanders has accepted his appointment as MD11 ACP. He would bring his personal touch to this great and important program and we can't wait to start working with him.
|12/17/2009||Historic Flight to Mumbai (Bombay) Added||Terry Eshenour|
|We added from Delta Air Lines' November 2002 flight schedule the MD-11 flight series DAL 118 JFK -> CDG -> BOM. Also added the return MD-11 flight DAL 119 BOM -> CDG -> JFK
Any aircraft that can safely make the journey with legal fuel reserves may be selected to fly any flight leg.
|12/02/2009||JS41 has gone live at DVA!||Ken Nesbitt|
The JS41 is now available at DVA. After months of planning, it has finally arrived. Please see the water cooler sticky in General Discussion for more details on how to add this new aircraft to your raiting list! Hope all are excited!
|11/05/2009||Ken Nesbitt Promoted to Vice President Director of Operations||Terry Eshenour|
|It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce in behalf of senior staff that Ken Nesbitt is promoted to Vice President Director of Operations. He joins senior staff.
Ken joined DVA 4 years ago as a B757 FO and quickly moved up through the ranks. He flies real world CRJ-200 and dedicated his time to the CRJ program as an assistant chief pilot. Ken has demonstrated a high level of commitment, energy and effort in carrying out his role in OPS and a Chief Pilot DC-8.
Please join me in congratulating Ken on his promotion.
|10/31/2009||Chris Frasure is the new MD11 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Chris Frasure has accepted to become the new MD11 ACP. He is not strange to staff position and we are confident that he will play a great role in that amazing program. Congratulations, Chris!!|
|10/13/2009||Charts Database Updated||Luke Kolin|
|The Delta Virtual Airlines charts database has been updated with several hundred new charts for US destinations serviced by Delta Air Lines and its code share partners. Charts should now be effective September 24, 2009. This is part of our quarterly chart update cycle - the next update is expected in approximately 90 days.|
|10/13/2009||New CRJ200 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is DVA and my pleasure to announce that Brian Hankey DVA5683 has graciously accept to become the new CRJ 200 ACP. We anticipate a great work to be done by Brian and we know that he will bring his experience to this great program. Congratulations, Brian!!|
|09/02/2009||A320 Program Offically Open||Ken Nesbitt|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is pleased to announce the opening of the long awaited A320 program. A lot of hard work has gone into making this program come alive and we look forward to all it has to offer.
Larry Foltran will taking the reins as the A320's Chief Pilot. Lets give him and this program a warm welcome! Now lets go have some fun with the "bus".
|08/25/2009||Ken Nesbitt Appointed Director of Operations||Terry Eshenour|
|Ken Nesbitt currently Assistant Chief Pilot CRJ is appointed Director of Operations. He will leave ACP CRJ to take George's position as DC-8 Chief.
Please join me in supporting Ken as he takes on greater responsibilities. We greatly appreciate his willingness to do so.
|08/25/2009||George Lewis Steps Back from Director of Operations||Terry Eshenour|
|George Lewis after 2 1/2 years leading operations is stepping back from his day-to-day duties due to significant work related time constraints. George's contributions are significant in developing new programs, the flight academy, editing "Delta Fly!" and overall increasing service and professionalism of our pilot development and education stages.
George will continue to participate in Senior Staff. He will relinquish being Chief Pilot DC-8.
We are grateful for his many contributions and look forward to the time when he can step back in to a more active role. Please join me in extending a big round of thanks for a job well done.
|08/20/2009||DVA welcomes the new 757 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|DVA proudly announces that Art Forsha has accepted the responsibilities that comes with the very demanding post of 757 ACP.
|07/26/2009||Habemus MD88 ACPam||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|Please join me in congratulating Joesph Schwab for accepting the post of MD88 ACP..... this is a very demanding post, in one of the biggest programs here in DVA, so the work load should be big, but so is his commitment with DVA.
Congrats, Joe and welcome!!
|07/15/2009||New Senior Captains Announced||Jim Pray|
|Please join me in congratulating the following pilots for being named Senior Captains. This is the highest award given at DVA. These pilots have shown tremendous dedication to not only their own flying but their dedication to DVA as well.
Captain Isidoro Attie (DVA2230)
Captain János Koháry (DVA5982)
Captain Andrew Mendolia (DVA673)
Captain Lee Neal (DVA4885)
Captain Eric Paul (DVA2088)
Captain Marius Petrascu (DVA4589)
Captain Martin Pettersson (DVA3611)
Captain Ryan Schmidt (DVA3749)
Congratulations one and all!
|07/14/2009||Changes in the 757 Program||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is with sadness that DVA announces that Chris Frasure has to step down CP 757 due to real world time constraints. We hope that those time constraints do not put you away too much from flying, Chris!!
At the same time, DVA is pleased to announce that Derek Bradley has agreed to take over as 757 CP. We know that Chris leaves a nice trail to follow, and that you will be able to shape the 757 program to continue to be the great program it already is. Congratulations, Derek!!
|06/21/2009||ACARS Build 94 to be Deprecated||Luke Kolin|
|Please note that I am planning on deprecating Build 94 and all Build 95 beta versions on Monday. These versions will no longer be able to connect to the server or submit offline flight reports. ACARS has reached a "stable" phase where active development has paused, so this should be the last client upgrade you should expect for a while.|
|04/21/2009||Ken Nesbitt has been appointed Assis. Director of Operations||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|The Operations team welcomes Ken to the as Assistant Director of Operations. Congratulations on the new responsibilities, Ken!!|
|04/15/2009||New 737 Assistant Chief Pilot: Don Thomas||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|It is DVA that with pride announces the appointment of Don Thomas as the new 737 ACP. This post is very time demanding one, with a big number of pilots, and we are sure that Don would do an excellent job!. Congratulations, Don!
|03/16/2009||Mark Springsteen has been appointed as the new 757 ACP||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|Delta VA is proud to announce that Mark Springsteen has accepted to become the new 757 ACP. Congratulations, Mark!!|
|02/24/2009||John DeBarr is the new 747 ACP!||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|DVA proudly announces that John DeBarr has been appointed the new 747 ACP. Congratulations, John!!|
|12/18/2008||Alan Cluff is the new 737 Chief Pilot||Horacio Meza-Velarde|
|Delta Virtual Airlines has the pleasure to announce that Alan Cluff has accepted to be Chief Pilot for the 737 program. We look forward to amazing things to happen in the future, and to continue the successful run that Joe Porter leaves!!|
|12/17/2008||Horacio Meza-Velarde Named Assistant Director Of HR||Jim Pray|
|Please joing me in congratulating Assistant Chief Pilot Horacio Meza-Velarde as he has been named Assistant Director Of Human Resources. He is a Senior Captain and been a terrific asset to DVA in the 737 program where he has served as the Assistant Chief Pilot.
|12/17/2008||Jim Warner Named Director Of Flight Academy||Jim Pray|
|It is with great pleasure that Delta Virtual Airlines announces that Jim Warner has accepted the challenging position of heading up the flight academy. Jim is a real world pilot and brings great experience to this position.
|11/23/2008||DVA Issues New Copyright and Trademark Policies||Terry Eshenour|
|For pilots not on our group email list, a 3-page document was sent today that details the new copyright and trademark policy. A copy of the policy can be found in the Document Library. I encourage you to access a copy to assure that your signature banner is in compliance. Default signatures supplied by DVA, of course are in compliance.
|11/18/2008||Server Upgrades This Week||Luke Kolin|
|Due to the generosity of the supporters behind Global Virtual Airlines Group, the legal entity behind Delta Virtual Airlines and Air France Virtual, we have had our own dedicated server in a commercial-grade data center since November of 2005. GVA has had two primary objectives - providing first-rate technical infrastructure and data services at a price that shows respect for the generosity of our supporters.
Over the past few months, we have repeatedly examined hosting packages available on the market. We are pleased to announce that we have negotiated a new contract with our existing hosting provider (1&1) for a new server. This upgrades us from a single Pentium-4 to a dual-core Opteron server, with redundant drives and an ever higher bandwidth cap per month. In the past few weeks, I've been working to set up the server, and use it as a test bed for performance enhancements such as custom mySQL builds and failure testing that cannot be reasonably done on a production machine.
I am pleased to announce that our testing cycle is almost complete. Delta Virtual has an automated backup system which we have used to populate the databases on the new server, and each restore from backups has proceeded smoothly. I expect that some time this week, (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) I will be able to switch the servers over permanently.
When this occurs, all deltava.org services will be shut down, so that a complete database snapshot may be taken. This process takes approximately half an hour to perform, and then another half hour will be spent copying over the data to the new server. (We have approximately 10GB of compressed data to move.) Once this is complete, we will restore the database from the snapshot, and do a brief data validation. DNS cutover will then occur.
Depending on DNS propagation, I expect downtime to be in the order of four hours, probably less. The most likely date will be Wednesday, November 19th, at approximately 10AM Eastern Standard Time. My expectation is that by just after lunchtime, we will be operating on a server with approximately double the processing power of the old one, with redundant drives in case of hardware failure. The best part of this deal is that our new contract has a monthly charge of 10% LESS than the old one, allowing us to save the excess money or use it for new services we are rolling out like a FlightAware commercial data license.
Please stay tuned for further news on the server migration.
|11/04/2008||Northwest Schedule Available||Luke Kolin|
|In recognition of Delta Air Lines' recent merger with Northwest Airlines, I am pleased to announce that the entire Northwest Airlines flight schedule has been loaded into our schedule database. All NW flights are now available for operation by Delta Virtual Airlines pilots.|
|09/11/2008||Delta Virtual Airlines Newest Senior Captains||Jim Pray|
|Delta Virtual Airlines announced today that eight captains were promoted to Senior Captain. These eight individuals are an example of what dedication to their respective programs is all about. They are always willing to help and are constantly striving to make improvements in their abilities while giving of themselves. Congratulations to these individuals:
Captain Eric Fisher (DVA483) Eric has logged 1034 flights since joining in 2002 with the majority of these be flown online. He is a stage 4 pilot
Captain Armanti Fluence (DVA5480) Armanti has logged 223 flights with an impressive 1068 hours with virtually all of them being flown on ACARS. He joined DVA in January 2008
Captain Art Forsha (DVA5001) He has logged 221 flights with most of them on ACARS. He is a stage 4 pilot but flies many of our aircraft. Joined DVA in September of 2007
Captain Kris Goodrich (DVA5279) Kris is Captain MD-11 but also flies many of our aircraft. He has accumulated 252 flights with 1450 hours with almost all being flown on ACARS, joined DVA in December of 2007
Captain Lionel Holguin (DVA4583) Joined DVA June of 2007, since then Lionel has 590 flights with 2220 hours. He has flown most of the online as well as an active online flier
Captain Vincenzo Musumeci (DVA3794) Joined DVA in December 2006. He has logged 304 flights with 732 hours. He also has flown most on ACARS and over half of his flights flown on VATSIM
Captain Trevor Woolley (DVA3943) Began with DVA in January 2007. He has logged 437 flights with 507 hours. Most of his flights flown online. He also has flown many of our aircraft but likes the ERJ-145.
Captain Mark Salter (DVA3787) Joined DVA in December of 2006. He has logged 150 flights with 315 hours. He is a stage 4 pilot but likes to fly a variety of aircraft.
Congratulations to you all, it is well deserved.
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