|08/07/2007||757 Chief Pilot changes||George Lewis|
|Craig Davidson has tendered his resignation as 757 Chief Pilot. Craig cited real world obligations as reasons for his resignation. Craig has truly been an asset to Delta Virtual Airlines and to the 757 program. He's been head of the program for as long as I can remember and has really helped the program to succeed. In addition to his 900+ flights with DVA, he is a real world pilot and will be starting college later this fall. We wish Craig continued success and are thankful he'll be sticking around as Senior Captain in the 757 program.
Charly Azcue has been offered the 757 Chief Pilot position and has accepted. In his short time as a 757 ACP, Charly has made an immediate positive impact to the program. No doubt, Charly will continue the success that Craig had with the program. We look forward to even more exciting things for the 757 program in the coming future.
|07/23/2007||System Restored||Luke Kolin|
|The staff at 1&1 have managed to revive our server, and full site functionality has been restored. You can now file Flight Reports, log into ACARS and participate in the Water Cooler. Please be advised that there may be some additional downtime in the future - we believe that there may be an issue with the server that may necessitate further maintenance.
We apologise for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
|07/11/2007||Chief Pilot and Assistant Chief Pilot Changes||George Lewis|
|In June, 2007, Matthew Whitaker tendered his resignation as 757 ACP (Assistant Chief Pilot) due to real world obligations. Matt was a valuable asset to the 757 program and we thank him for the hard work he did to make the 757 program better. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Charly Azcue is the new 757 ACP. Charly is no stranger to a majority of the pilots here. He not only brings an artistic side to Delta Virtual Airlines but also a wealth of knowledge of the 757. We look forward to him helping Craig and Steve grow the program even more.
Jared Angstadt has tendered his resignation as CRJ Chief Pilot. We wish to thank Jared for his many years of service. Jared is very knowledgeable when it comes to the CRJ and has been very active in helping pilots in the program. Thank you for all your hard work Jared! We wish you the best.
Joshua Clement has been promoted to Chief Pilot of the CRJ Program. In his short time as ACP, Joshua has proven he has what is takes to be a Chief Pilot. We wish him luck in the new role. Joshua is Supervisor with VATSIM and DATM at ZLC.
Joining Joshua as ACP (Assistant Chief Pilot) is Jim Warner. Jim is no stranger to DVA as he's been a CFI for quite some time now. Jim is a real world private pilot and has been an asset to the Flight Academy in helping develop programs that will teach our pilots even more.
Please join us in congratulating Charly, Joshua and Jim and thanking Jared and Matthew.
Vice President of Operations
Delta Virtual Airlines
|06/09/2007||Management Changes||Terry Eshenour|
Matt Creed resigned as Vice President of Operations following 2 years of dedicated service. Matt is responsible for the revised promotion and development policy that we put into effect in January 2006. He championed various operating manual, exam, and reference material revisions. I appreciated his fair, levelheaded input and advice when making policy changes. We appreciate his numerous contributions and wish him all the best in his real world aviation pursuits.
George Lewis is appointed to the position of Vice President of Operations. George devoted the last year and one-half to creating and implementing the Flight Academy. In his spare moments he edits Delta Fly!, tweaks aircraft cfg files, produces videos, writes songs and instructs pilots. Lately, he has taken on assignments related to training but more in the operations area, like exam question review, managing the Help Desk and reference material updates. As our organization has grown the need for additional staff has increased. George will assist in assuring a uniform allocation of tasks so as to not over burden individuals. He will continue to be a CFI in the Flight Academy and will work closely with his successor since training and operations have important links.
Scott Clarke Director of the Flight Academy is promoted to Vice President of Training and Director of the Flight Academy. A real world pilot who gets a lot of enjoyment instructing pilots in the PPL and Commercial course, Scott brings a high level of energy, professionalism, knowledge and a wonderful sense of humor to our organization. Scott has a top notch Academy staff that he leads. His students leave with enhanced piloting skills and a litany of one-liners.
Please join me in thanking Matt for his service and congratulating George and Scott on their new assignments and promotions.
Delta Virtual Airlines
|05/31/2007||DVA takes Steps To Ensure Success!||David Keech|
|To help ensure the smooth operation and conduction of business, Delta Virtual Air Lines has decided to limit the number of pilots at one time operating in DVA's pilot base. This is a first for the airline and we feel a positive step in maintaining that high level of service we are so famous for. Earlier this week, Delta Virtual reached is operating maximum of 2,500 active pilots. We will maintain that level from now on. As pilots leave us, new pilots will be brought on. Those aviators that apply now will be held in a queue and as we have an opening, the oldest applicant in queue will be hired. Additionally, we are lowering our period of inactivity to 45 days, down from 90 days previously. The inactive pilot will receive an email after a period of 30 days of inactivity and on the 45th day, be placed on inactive status. Those pilots who wish to return to the VA will also be placed in the queue of returning pilots.
We feel this will enable our Chief Pilots and Assistant Chief Pilots the opportunity to develop their programs without becoming too bogged down with a constant flow of incoming and outgoing pilots.
Technologically speaking, we are way far ahead of the curve and this suspension on hiring has nothing to do with that. The VA is on solid ground, has the best staff in the virtual skies and is always looking toward tomorrow and beyond in providing the best experience a virtual pilot can get without actually entering with wild blue.
Vice President and Director of Human Resources
Delta Virtual Airlines
|05/23/2007||ACARS 2.03 Available||Luke Kolin|
|I am pleased to announce the release of ACARS 2.0 Build 85. This includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements, most prominently a fuel planner that includes the entire DVA and AFV fleet. This package works with FSX SP1, FS9 and FS2002. ACARS 2.0 requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 framework to operate.|
|05/09/2007||Hector Roberts Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Effective today, Hector Roberts is here by awarded the rank of Senior Captain in the 777 program. His tireless efforts and dedication has not gone unseen. Hector is always helping pilots in the cooler and online. Congratulations Hector for a job well done!|
|05/09/2007||Cordell Hadeed awarded Senior Captain rank||David Keech|
|Effective this date Cordell Hadeed is hereby awarded the rank of Senior Caption in the 777 program. His ablity to fly the airframe and continued contributions help make the 777 program strong. It is my pleasure to award Cordell the rank of Senior Captain.
Congratulations Senior Captain Hadeed
|05/09/2007||Derek Bradley awarded Senior Captain rank||David Keech|
|Hereby awarded on this date the rank of Senior Captain status to Derek Bradley of the 767 program. Derek brings with him that special 767 passion only a certain number of pilots posess. His knowledge of the airframe, willingness to help out a fellow pilot and assist the program makes his a special breed. It is my pleasure to call Derek Senior Captain.|
|05/09/2007||Joshua Clement Named Assistant Chief Pilot||David Keech|
|With the departure of Daniel Edwards, Senior Management has gone into recruiting mode looking for an appropriate replacement for Daniel. We feel like we have found that in Joshua Clement. Joshua is dedicated to helping fellow pilots, flys the CRJ whenever possible and is available to fly online at anytime. Joshua is also a supervisor on VATSIM, bringing his skills of online flying to new heights. Joshua will be helping Jared in one of the toughest programs DVA has, as most of the pilots coming into the program are raw talent that they get to mold into DVA pilots.
Please join me in congratulating Joshua on the fine accomplishment!
|05/04/2007||West Coast CFI's Needed||David Keech|
|The Delta VA Flight Academy is looking for a couple more Chief Flight Instructors, but looking for those in the Mountain or Pacific Time zones. We have pilots in that area but due to the fact most of our current CFI's are on East Coast Time, it makes it difficult to meet up. We need pilots that are PPL certified, preferably with Real World experience to meet up online with pilots and instruct. Must be willing to work long hours, no pay but enjoy instructing pilots on how to properly fly, i.e. not pull up, gear up, autopilot on.
If interested email HR or Scott Clarke, who can be reached at email@example.com. Thanks and good luck!
|05/02/2007||William Bunn named Flight Academy CFI||George Lewis|
|William Bunn, DVA2376, B738 Captain, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. William has real world pilot experience and has teaching experience in the real world FAA Academy. William will be teaching the PPL course.
Please join me in congratulating William on his assignment as Flight Instructor for the Flight Academy!
|04/25/2007||Ronald Ward named Flight Academy CFI||George Lewis|
|Ronald Ward, DVA4147, B738 Captain, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Ronald has real world pilot experience and will be teaching the PPL course.
Please join me in congratulating Ronald on his assignment as Flight Instructor for the Flight Academy!
|03/09/2007||Andrew Kaufmann, Rob Morgan & Jim Pray named Flight Academy CFIs||George Lewis|
|Andrew Kaufmann, DVA3931, MD-88 Captain, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Andrew has real world pilot experience and will be teaching the PPL course. Andrew has prior instructing experience in the virtual world and is a welcome addition to the instructor staff.
Rob Morgan, DVA2784, B727 Senior Captain, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Rob has real world ATC experience and was instrumental in helping put together the ATC portion of the commercial course. Like any 727 pilot, he can fly well and we are happy to have him on board. The addition of Rob brings our ATC teaching capabilities to a whole new level.
Jim Pray, DVA2570, B727 First Officer, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Jim was one of our early PPL graduates from the Flight Academy and it was there that we discovered Jim's natural talents to fly and also teach. He's been groomed for the CFI position and he has accepted our invitation to help teach fellow DVA members the PPL course.
Please join me in congratulating Andrew, Rob and Jim on their assignments as Flight Instructors for the Flight Academy!
|02/21/2007||Bruno Pinto Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that Bruno Pinto has been promoted to Senior Captain in the DC8 Program. Bruno has been highly involved in the VA and is always willing to help his fellow pilots, rather it be online even in a controller capacity or offline. Bruno is a fine example of what makes a Senior Captain.
Help me congratulate Bruno on his promotion!
|02/21/2007||Adam Seiferth Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that Adam Seiferth as been promoted to Senior Captain in the B767 program. Adam?s contributions to the water cooler helping fellow pilots and his desire for the 767 makes him an outstanding choice for Senior Captain.
Help me congratulate Adam on his promotion!
|02/21/2007||Chris Koth Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that Chris Koth as been promoted to Senior Captain in the B767 program. Chris makes regular contributions to the water cooler and offers to help pilots be it there, ACARS or offline. Senior Captain status is well deserved here.
Help me congratulate Chris on his promotion!
|02/21/2007||Manuel Hernandez promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that Manuel Hernandez as been promoted to Senior Captain in the B757 program. Manuel stepped up to help Andrew Vane in the events department and has been become more and more involved in the events planning. This promotion seems to be a little late, but well deserved
Help me congratulate Manuel on his promotion!
|02/21/2007||Rob Morgan Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that Rob Morgan as been promoted to Senior Captain in the B727 program. Rob has gone over and beyond what we expect of a pilot. He is also Luke?s test subject in regards to bringing our fleet up to FSX standards. He has been working diligently and his promotion to Senior Captain is awarded.
Help me congratulate Rob on his promotion!
|02/21/2007||Robby Chiste Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that Robby Chiste as been promoted to Senior Captain in the B767 program. Robby is one of those rare individual who is more mature than his age will show. He is at every VATSIM event, he is always in the cooler and offering assistance to not only his fellow pilots but staff as well.
Help me congratulate Robby on his promotion!
|02/16/2007||Sid Dudley named CFI for the DVA Flight Academy||George Lewis|
|Sid Dudley, DVA3710, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Sid has real world pilot experience and will be teaching the PPL course. As many of you are aware, our flight instruction calendars are booked solid and the addition of Sid will help us be able to handle the number of students seeking flight instruction at DVA.
We have flown with SID, who is also a DVA Flight Academy PPL graduate, and we are pleased with his teaching abilities and we know that the students will benefit greatly from his experience, wisdom and teaching!
Please join me in congratulating Sid Dudley on his assignment as Flight Instructor for the Flight Academy!
|01/25/2007||Robert Tally named CFI for the DVA Flight Academy||George Lewis|
|Robert Tally, DVA3799, has been named CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Robert is on the west coast and is an IT professional who will be helping Jim Warner with the PPL pilot training and initial setup. We have flown with Robert, who recently completed the PPL course and we are quite certain that the students will benefit greatly from his experience and teaching!
Please join me in congratulating Robert Tally on his assignment!
|01/21/2007||Scott Clarke promoted to Director of the Flight Academy||George Lewis|
|Scott Clarke, DVA Flight Academy CFI, has done an outstanding job and as has been promoted to the position of the Director of the Flight Academy, where he will run the day to day operations of the Flight Academy and oversee the flight instructors. He reports directly to the Vice President of Training.
Scott has been instrumental in development of the EMB-120 and CRJ in the flight academy and the soon to be released commercial course, as well as teaching nearly every night of the week. Scott is a real world pilot with lots of experience over the years and is also a vatsim ATC controller at ZLC.
Please join me in congratulating Scott Clarke for a job well done and for his promotion to Director of the Flight Academy.
|01/01/2007||New Year, New Senior Captain||David Keech|
It is my pleasure to announce that Jim Warner, Captain in the 757 program, is promoted to Senior Captain.
If you're looking for Jim you can find him most nights at the Flight Academy, teaching students how to fly. Jim is the "go to" guy who helps get student's computers and software working properly as well as teaching the regular flight lessons. Jim is a DVA Flight Academy Flight Instructor, real world pilot and a member of the Century Club. He also contributes to the Delta Fly and assists pilots in the DVA Helpdesk.
Please help me in congratulating Jim on his promotion.
|12/18/2006||DVA Pilots Survey||David Keech|
|Fellow Aviators, I have created an online survey that I would like each pilot to complete. It is to record how you view the VA and what you would like to see done in the future. It should only take you a few minutes, as there is only 10 questions. Please click or go here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=777552923824. You can complete as an anonymous person or use your name. Only one response can be made per pilot. Thanks and I look forward to your feedback.|
|11/30/2006||ACARS Build 82 Available||Luke Kolin|
|I am pleased to announce that Build 82 of ACARS 2.0 is now available for download in the Fleet Library. This build fixes numerous issues including internationalization, flight restoration and automatic reconnection to the ACARS server in cases of connection loss. If you are using ACARS 2.0, please download this version as soon as possible since Builds 80 and 81 will be deprecated and unable to connect to the server as of tomorrow morning.|
|11/12/2006||Ryan Gardner promoted to Senior Captain!||David Keech|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Ryan Gardner, Captain in the 767 program, is promoted to Senior Captain.
Ryan is one of those versatile flyers, that few VA's have. He can not only pilot the 767 with ease, he can also control on VATSIM with as much ease. His tireless efforts toward the hobby and DVA has not gone unnoticed. We are fortunate to have Ryan as a resource who dedicates himself to excellence.
Please help me in congratulating Ryan on his promotion.
|11/12/2006||Steve Pickle Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Steve Pickle, Captain in the 767 program, is promoted to Senior Captain.
Steve has been in the program for a little over a year and has been a contributor to the water cooler and his fellow 767 drivers. He is a big asset to the program.
Please help me in congratulating Steve on his promotion.
|11/12/2006||Horacio Meza Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Horacio Meza, Captain in the MD-11 program, is promoted to Senior Captain.
Every program has its own unique league of gentlemen. But the biggest group at DVA with a passion for the airframe has to be the three holler club, more exactly the MD11 class. Horacio has added his own special flare to the program that makes DVA proud. He is a regular in the cooler, knows the airframe in the MD11 and helps our newbie fliers in S. America get around. Heres to the old ladies' newest SC, Senior Captain Meza
Please help me in congratulating Horacio on his promotion.
|11/12/2006||Andrew Vane Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Andrew Vane, Captain in the 727 program, is promoted to Senior Captain.
Andrew's logbook reads like a novel. He has tried every airframe we have and settled on the 727, passing over the mighty 777 for this unique bird. As if that wasn't enough, Andrew took over duties from Andrew Dalrymple as Director of Events. He has done a wonderful job in this capacity creating new and challenging events that everyone enjoys. He is a regular contributor in the cooler and is respected by all his peers. He is the interim editor for Delta FLY! magazine and give him time he will take over as Chief Pilot for a every program....LOL. There is no stopping this guy. He is a very valuable asset to DVA!
Please help me in congratulating Andrew on his promotion.
|11/01/2006||Technical Department Changes||Luke Kolin|
|Delta Virtual has had a sophisticated technical infrastructure since its founding in 2001. To better meet the IT needs of the world's largest virtual airline, we are in the process of making changes in our Technical department. As part of this reorganization, Matt Young is retiring as our Director of Flight Test, having served the airline well in the development of our custom SB3 modelsets, and prior to this acting as our 757/767 Chief Pilot. Please join me in thanking Matt for his fine efforts supporting our community.
As part of these changes, we are focusing more on client software development. I am pleased to announce the appointment of William Jerla as the Director of Client Development. Bill has been working on version 2.0 of our ACARS client, porting it from Visual Basic to C# and is now working on a number of gauges to assist us in making our fleet FSX-compatible with a minimal loss of features. I am delighted to welcome William to the staff.
|10/05/2006||ACARS Usage and Promotion||Luke Kolin|
|ACARS usage among Delta Virtual Airlines pilots is reaching new levels - over 60% of all flights are now logged using this system. This is an excellent training and recording tool for our pilots, and makes flight report approval that much faster.
To encourage ACARS usage and to strengthen our promotions policy, we are requiring ACARS usage for the 10 flights that are required before becoming eligible for promotion to Captain in the B727, MD-11 and DC-8 programs only. Non-ACARS flights may still be filed; they merely will not count towards the 10 leg requirement for promotion. We are using these programs initially, but our goal is to eventually expand this requirement across the entire airline.
If you have questions regarding this change, please do not hesitate to ask in the Water Cooler, or ask your Chief Pilot. We strongly encourage all of our pilots to use ACARS whenever possible to explore the benefits it provides; by requiring further ACARS usage we place a responsibility upon ourselves to deliver high-quality software which we aim to meet.
|09/15/2006||Randy King is Promoted to Senior Captain||Terry Eshenour|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Randy King, Captain in the 737 program, is promoted to Senior Captain.
Shortly after Randy joined Delta Virtual Airlines 3 years ago he showed interest in turbo prop aircraft, specifically the ATR. His interest shortly was directed to creating a turbo program, also known as the EMB-120. He became the Chief Pilot as he nurtured a small following that eventually evolved into a 30 plus group of faithful followers. We are fortunate to have Randy as a resource who dedicates himself to excellence.
Please help me in congratulating Randy on his promotion.
|09/07/2006||DVA Makes Changes In the Events Department||David Keech|
|September 7, 2006, Atlanta, GA – Delta Virtual Airlines announced today the addition of two new staff assignments. Andrew Dalrymple, announced several weeks ago he was stepping down from the position of Events Director. DVA staff has performed an internal search for a replacement and has made the following statement
“Effective today, September 7, 2006 Andrew Vane, a captain in the B727 program will be assuming the duties of Events Director. We expect Capt. Vain to work closely with our outgoing Events Director to make the hand off smooth. Capt. Vain has a long list of events already in the planning stages. We expect the VATSIM servers will once again shut down due to the heavy volume of traffic online.” David Keech, Vice President and Director of Human Resources.
Captain Vane has been a presence in planning some VFR events this past summer, so he is no stranger to planning. His job will become more complex when planning an event on VATSIM. We wish Captain Vain luck in his new position.
Also, DVA has established a new position to back up the Events Director. The Assistant Events Director will help the ED coordinate events, do most of the follow up legwork and tweak any plan that needs tweaking. This position has been assigned to Manuel Hernandez, Captain in the 757 program. Manuel has been with the VA for almost two years. We also wish him luck in his new assignment.
|09/01/2006||ACARS Technology Preview Edition Released||Luke Kolin|
|I am extremely pleased to announce the release of ACARS Technology Preview Edition. This is version 1.9 of ACARS, and is designed to be the last major revision of ACARS using VB6. It is designed to implement many of the features planned for ACARS 2.0, including Failure simulation, fuel loading and panel/gauge integration.
Users of the existing ACARS client (Build 71) do NOT need to upgrade. Build 71 will continue to be supported for the indefinite future.
In order to take advantage of the gauge/panel integration, you will need to manually add a gauge to your panel as described in the updated ACARS manual, or by downloading one of the new Fleet Library installers. We have updated the 727, 737, 757, 767 CRJ, CV-880, DC-8, MD-88 and MD-90 installers, as well as the A320, A330, B707 and CV-990 installers on the AFV side of the house.
This is a "beta" release and may have issues. Please post any feedback in the Water Cooler and/or the Issue Tracker.
|08/13/2006||Andrew Musselman promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|It is my pleasure to announce that Andrew Musselman, Captain in the 767 program, has been promoted to Senior Captain.
Andrews' tireless efforts in supporting Delta Virtual, here at the website and on VATSIM has not gone unnoticied. As many know, Andrew is also a controller in the Atlanta ARTCC. Hearing Andrews voice on the radio, gives us at DVA an assurance of quality controlling and when he is behind the yoke, an excellent pilot whose passengers have always praised.
Please help me incongratulating Andrew on his new promotion.
|07/27/2006||Changes in the 777 Program||David Keech|
|There has been some recent changes in the management structure in the 777 program. Trevor Fenimore, the Chief Pilot for the program will be leaving in a few short weeks to attend college. Trevor has decided that he cannot maintain a college schedule and CP duties at the same time and has elected to step down as 777 CP. He will continue to be a presence with the VA. As a result of Trevors stepping down, Adam Gaweda, 777 ACP is being promoted to Chief Pilot for the 777 program. With Adams skill and knowledge of the airframe, we know that the program is in good hands. Congratulations Adam.
As a result of Adam moving the CP, this leaves the ACP slot open. As is our procedure, when a staff position opens, we open it up to existing staff before we move to the general pilot population. As a result of this, we are appointing David Schaum as the Assistant Chief Pilot in the 777 program. Dave is our former Events Director and creator of the infamous Musketeer flights. Dave also once held the position of ACP for the 767 program. Dave will be leaving his management position with the VA to become the ACP. Dave has the same sort of obsession with the 777, that Adams does and loves to fly her over the pond. We believe Dave will make a great ACP.
Everyone join me in congratulating each one of these fine examples of what DVA is all about.
|07/18/2006||David Keech Promoted to Vice President and Director of Human Resources||Terry Eshenour|
David Keech was appointed to the position of Director of Human Resources on January 20, 2006filling the position left by Ralph Snyder. David has performed admirably since accepting the Human Resources position instituting new policies and operating procedures. He addressed several human resource items that were resolved beneficially.
With David’s professional approach to carrying out his role and his proactive input to management, it was decided to promote David to Vice President and Director Human Resources. David will be joining the senor management team.
Please join me in congratulating David for a job well done and for his promotion to Vice President.
|07/13/2006||Andrew Logan named CFI for the DVA Flight Academy||George Lewis|
|Vince Carlo, DVA 2614, Captain in the B738 Prorgram, has resigned as a CFI for the DVA Flight Academy. I want to recognize and thank Vince Carlo for his behind the scenes work getting the Flight Academy initially up and running, as well as his contributions to the Flight Academy newsletter. Thank you so much Vince!
His replacement is Andrew Logan, DVA2301. Andrew is a real world pilot who will be bringing his skills, talent and energy to the students in the DVA Flight Academy as a DVA CFI (Certified Flight Instructor). Andrew flies with Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida and is a real world Flight Instructor. The entire Flight Academy staff has flown with Andrew in the simulator in a flight instructor/student setting and we are quite certain that the students will benefit greatly from his teachings!
Please join me in congratulating Andrew Logan on his assignment!
|06/26/2006||Quinten Crossley promoted to Senior Captain 727 Program||David Keech|
|I would like to announce the promotion of Quinten Crossley to Senior Captain in the 727 Program. Quinten has been with Delta Virtual for a few months shy of a year. Quinten is dedicated and can be found in the air most of the time or helping pilots in the cooler. Like most 727 pilots, Q is fanatical about his 3 holer and is a valuable asset to the program. Please join me in congratulating Quinten to his new assignment.|
|06/26/2006||Tim Fox promoted to Senior Captain 767 Program||David Keech|
|I would like to announce the promotion of Tim Fox to Senior Captain in the 767 Program. Tim has been with Delta Virtual for almost a year. Tim is dedicated and can be found in the air most of the time or helping pilots in the cooler. Tim is a valuable asset to the program. Please join me in congratulating Tim to his new assignment.|
|06/26/2006||Joe Porter promoted to Senior Captain 737 Program||David Keech|
|I would like to announce the promotion of Joe Porter to Senior Captain in the 737 Program. Joe has been with Delta Virtual for almost a year. Joe holds a private and commercial pilots license in the real world and knows the 737 better than anyone. Please join me in congratulating Joe to his new assignment.|
|06/26/2006||Greg Sumner promoted to Senior Captain 767 Program||David Keech|
|I would like to announce the promotion of Greg Sumner to Senior Captain in the 767 Program. Greg has been with Delta Virtual for almost a year. Greg is an active participant in the cooler and ACARS. He can be found a lot online flying the Delta colors. Please join me in congratulating Greg.|
|06/26/2006||Sean Mullan promoted to Senior Captain 737 Program||David Keech|
|I would like to announce the promotion of Sean Mullan to Senior Captain in the 737 Program. Sean has been with Delta Virtual for almost a 2 years. Sean is constantly flying or helping his fellow DVA pilots in a number of fashions. Please join me in congratulating Sean to his new assignment.|
|06/13/2006||Updated Schedule Data||Luke Kolin|
|One challenge we have faced since our inception a half decade ago has been obtaining up to date schedule data, especially in a changing world where new services are being commenced weekly, and services to other destinations being dropped. Because of this, we have been extremely flexible in using route data obtained from the Delta Air Lines web site, and the PDF and electronic timetables.
Several months ago, we started negotiations with Innovata, LLC - the same company that produces the Delta Air Lines electronic timetables. Innovata is a data aggregator in the travel industry, and receives up to date schedule information from major airlines on a daily basis. We are extremely proud to introduce to you the fruits of this relationship - up-to-date Delta, Air France and codeshare flights, updated on a weekly basis. In many situations, our schedule data is more accurate than anything Delta Air Lines publishes to the public, with the exception of their web site.
Because of this accurate schedule, please be aware that our schedule database is the ONLY acceptable source for flight routes, and routes not found in the schedule are unlikely to be approved. We have also made some changes to our Flight Report and Find a Flight forms as part of this change; please feel free to report any issues you discover with the new functionality.
Please join me in welcoming our new partnership with Innovata and the benefits it provides to our members.
|05/21/2006||Jim Warner named CFI for the DVA Flight Academy||George Lewis|
|Chris Williams, Assistant Chief Pilot for the B767 Program, has resigned as a CFI for the DVA Flight Academy. Chris will still be doing his duties as ACP in the Boeing 767 program however. I want to thank Chris for all of the work he has done for the Flight Academy!
His replacement is Jim Warner. Jim is a real world pilot who will be bringing his skills, talent and energy to the students in the DVA Flight Academy as a DVA CFI (Certified Flight Instructor). I have personally flown with Jim in the simulator in a flight instructor/student setting and am quite certain that the students will benefit greatly from his teachings!
Please join me in congratulating Jim Warner on his assignment!
|05/20/2006||Andrew Rogers Promoted to Senior Captain by Delta Virtual Airlines||David Keech|
|On behalf of Delta Virtual Airlines, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Rogers to Senior Captain 777. Andrew was one of the first graduates from the DVA Academy. Andrew has contributed a great deal to DVA both in and outside of the water cooler. He also has joined us on many group flights across the world. We are looking forward to more great things to come from him. Please join me in congratulating Andrew on his well deserved promotion. Congratulations Andrew!
|05/20/2006||Scott Clarke Promoted to Senior Captain by Delta Virtual Airlines!||David Keech|
|On behalf of Delta Virtual Airlines, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Clarke to Senior Captain 767. Scott is one of the first instructors for the DVA Academy. Scott has contributed a great deal to DVA both in and outside of the water cooler. He also has joined us on many group flights across the world. We are looking forward to more great things to come from him. Please join me in congratulating Scott on his well deserved promotion. Congratulations Scott!|
|05/20/2006||Jimmi Cranford promoted to Senior Captain by Delta Virtual Airlines!||David Keech|
|On behalf of Delta Virtual Airlines, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Jimmi Cranford to Senior Captain MD-11. Jimmi hails from across the Atlantic, but doesn’t let that stop him from being a huge asset to DVA. Jimmi has contributed a great deal to DVA both in and outside of the water cooler. We are looking forward to more great things to come from him. Please join me in congratulating Jimmi on his well deserved promotion. Congratulations Jimmi!|
|05/20/2006||Daniel Shaw promoted to Senior Captain by Delta Virtual Airlines!||David Keech|
|On behalf of Delta Virtual Airlines, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Shaw to Senior Captain 757. Daniel is active not only in the air but on the scopes as well being a controller on VATSIM. His knowledge and contributions have been a great benefit to DVA. Daniel has contributed a great deal to DVA both in and outside of the water cooler. He also has joined us on many group flights across the world. We are looking forward to more great things to come from him. Please join me in congratulating Daniel on his well deserved promotion. Congratulations Daniel!|
|05/03/2006||Andrew Rogers First Graduate of the Flight Academy||Terry Eshenour|
|Congratulations to B777 Captain Andrew Rogers who completed the Private Pilot License course following a 2 1/2 hour check ride this evening with George Lewis, Director of Training and a Certified Flight Instructor. Andrew Rogers becomes the first PPL and the first Flight Academy graduate.
Please join me in extending a warm and hearty congratulations to Captain Andrew Rogers.
|04/19/2006||Scott Clarke named CFI for the DVA Flight Academy||George Lewis|
|Mad Dog Chief Pilot Larry Foltran has stepped down as a DVA CFI in the DVA Flight Academy due to other DVA and real world committments. He is still available for help with his Mad Dog pilots however.
His replacement has been found. I am proud to announce that Scott Clarke has been named as a DVA CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) for the DVA Flight Academy. Scott has his real world Commercial Multi-Engine and Instrument rating. He will bring great value to the DVA Flight Academy. I have personally flown with Scott in the simulator in a flight instructor/student setting and was quite impressed with Scott's wisdom, experience and knowledge.
Please join me in congratulating Scott Clarke on his assignment!
|03/31/2006||Delta Virtual Airlines Flight Academy officially opens||George Lewis|
|Delta Virtual Airlines is proud to announce that we have officially opened the Flight Academy!
The Flight Academy features pilot training with not only flight training manuals but also flight instruction in the airplane with the students, teaching them proper the flying techniques!
To sign up for the Flight Academy, simply log into the Delta Virtual Airlines website and go to the Pilot Center and find the Flight Academy. You can currently enroll in the Private Pilot (PPL) Course. More courses will be available shortly. There are no pre-requisities to enroll in the Private Pilot course.
Once enrolled in a course, you can download the ground school material, request flight instruction and ask questions to the instructors. Flight instruction will require voice capability.
If you require more information, please email George Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a question on the Water Cooler.
|03/28/2006||Andrew Harris anointed the Senior Captain Status||David Keech|
|With unanimous approval, Andrew Harris will hereby be referred to as Senior Captain of the 737 Program. Andrew joined the VA in November of 2004. Through trials and tribulations, Andrew has mastered the art of balancing his love of flying and helping his fellow pilots when they are in need. He is a true example of what a DVA strives to be. Also, he is a DVA devotee who just happens to have a PPL.
Please join me in congratulating Andrew on a well deserved, if not past due promotion!
|03/20/2006||Chris Williams named Assistant Chief Pilot 767 Program||David Keech|
|Everyone help me congratulate Chris Williams who has been named the Assist Chief Pilot for the 767 Program. We had many candidates apply and all had certain qualities that DVA could use. But overall, Chris has the experience in the airframe and take charge attitude that makes an ACP into a CP. Chris and Will hold to bring new and exciting changes to the 767 program, so those in that program be ready for anything.
Good luck Chris (your going to need it), and congratulations!
|03/12/2006||Delta Virtual Airlines 5th Anniversary||Luke Kolin|
|Already in parts of Europe and Asia, March 12th has arrived and our 5th Anniversary is here. You are encouraged to spend some time Sunday online using the VATSIM network to celebrate a half decade of Delta Virtual Airlines. We are aiming to have an entire day's worth of presence on VATSIM, so please find a good (or not so good) excuse to abandon family, friends or job for a little bit of time with your colleagues at Delta Virtual.
Because of the free-flowing nature of the event, you can spend as much or as little time as you like flying tomorrow. If time is at a premium, please consider a short-hop from BOS to LGA or CVG to DTW. You can also do a long-haul across the Atlantic or Pacific, or stretch your plane's legs from ATL to LAX. I hope to see a lot of familiar names tomorrow as we celebrate a great five years, with many more to come.
|02/27/2006||Gaston Doval named Chief Pilot MD-11 Program||David Keech|
|With the resignation of Pablo, Gaston Doval, has been promoted to the new Chief Pilot position for the MD11 Program. Gaston has an undying love for the MD-11, some would say a little too much. It is rare to find someone who will count each and every rivet on a plane, know the flight deck like the back of his hand and can tell you the specs for a KATL to SAEZ flight down to the last liter of fuel.
Everyone please join me in congratulating Gaston for this promotion!
|02/21/2006||767-300 Program Changes||Matt Creed|
|It is with sadness that I must announce the resignation of Mark Mestre as the Chief Pilot of the 767-300 program. As the Chief Pilot of the combined 757/767 program, Mark was instrumental in the successful seperation of the two programs, as well as helping to develop the DVA test question bank and the DVA Flight Encyclopedia. Please join me in thanking Mark for his efforts to better DVA.
Consequently, William Chambers has been promoted to Chief Pilot of the 767-300 program, effective immediately. As you know, William is no stranger to the Chief Pilot role, having served for some time as the chief of the combined 757/767 program. Please join me in extending congratulations to William on his return to the Chief Pilot position.
A search for a new 767-300 Assistant Chief Pilot will begin soon. An announcement on the search for the new ACP will be forthcoming.
|01/31/2006||Christopher Gagnon Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|On behalf of Delta Virtual Airlines, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher Gagnon to 737 Senior Captain. He is a frequent flyer and always flies connected to Vatsim. So if you see him around, dont hesitate to throw him a line!
Please join me in congratulating Chris on his well deserved promotion, and we are all looking forward to further accomplishments from him. Congratulations!!
|01/31/2006||Chris Williams Promoted to Senior Captain||David Keech|
|On behalf of Delta Virtual Airlines, I am pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Williams to Senior Captain 767. Chris has contributed a great deal to DVA both in and outside of the water cooler. He also has joined us on many group flights across the country. He is a great asset to the 767 program always looking to improve things. We are looking forward to more great things to come from him. Please join me in congratulating Chris on his well deserved promotion. Congratulations Chris!|
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