|Important Announcement for Delta Virtual Airlines Pilots! - Vatsim CTAF rolling out March 1
Attention Delta Virtual Airlines Pilots!
This is just in from Vatsim,Starting March 1st, 2024, the VATSIM United States (VATUSA) division will be embarking on a groundbreaking trial involving real-world Common Traffic Advisory Frequency (CTAF) usage. This trial will extend for up to 6 months.
What is CTAF? CTAF, or Common Traffic Advisory Frequency, is a vital aspect of aviation communication utilized at airports lacking operating control towers. Also known as non-towered, uncontrolled, or pilot-controlled airports, CTAF allows pilots to coordinate amongst themselves to ensure safe aircraft separation. Pilots communicate their position and intentions over CTAF, fostering a cooperative environment for safe operations.
How is CTAF different from UNICOM? While VATSIM traditionally employed UNICOM frequencies for pilot coordination (using 122.800), the real-world terminology shifts to CTAF for non-towered airports. UNICOM frequencies are reserved for communication with ground stations like Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) in real-world scenarios.
Does CTAF mean I don’t have to look out for other aircraft? Absolutely not! Vigilance remains paramount. Despite CTAF usage, it's imperative to maintain visual awareness and utilize resources like ADS-B. Proper CTAF utilization supplements but does not replace the need for a diligent traffic scan.
Learn More: Discover more about CTAF usage, frequency selection, and special cases in the Pilot Learning Center under FAQ > CTAF Trial or visit Vatsim CTAF Trial
Stay Informed, Stay Safe, and Happy Flying with Delta Virtual Airlines! Should you have any questions about this NOTAM please feel free to reach out to Delta Virtual Airlines Information
|Flight Report Submission Requirements
|Subject: Delta Virtual Airlines - NOTAM: Flight Report Submission Requirements
Effective Date: 12/6/2023
Expiration Date: Indefinite
This NOTAM is issued to inform all Delta Virtual Airlines pilots of the updated requirements for filing valid flight reports. It supersedes NOTAM #42 and is imperative that all pilots adhere to these guidelines to ensure accurate record-keeping and maintain the integrity of our virtual airline operations.
Flight Report Submission Requirements:
2.1 For flight reports to be considered valid, all pilots must fly an aircraft type for which they are rated according to their current pilot qualifications within the Delta Virtual Airlines system.
2.2 In the event that a specific aircraft type is not available in the simulator platform being used, the pilot is not permitted to substitute the airframe for a different type.
Valid Aircraft Types:
3.1 Only aircraft types listed in the Delta Virtual Airlines fleet and the respective pilot's qualification ratings on their profile are considered valid for flight reports.
3.2 Pilots are responsible for confirming the availability of the designated aircraft type within their chosen simulator platform before initiating the flight.
4.1 Pilots must ensure that the aircraft type flown is accurately reflected in their flight report when submitting to the Delta Virtual Airlines system.
4.2 This NOTAM applies to all flight reports, including but not limited to regular flights, events, and tours. Pilots must adhere to the specified aircraft type requirements for all types of flight reports.
4.3 Any discrepancies or issues related to aircraft type availability should be reported to the Delta Virtual Airlines administration for resolution.
5.1 Failure to comply with these requirements may result in the flight report being considered invalid, and the pilot may be subject to having their flight report held and questioned and even rejected at the discretion of the Vice President of Operations, should the equipment type be substituted.
Examples of flight substitutions
6.1 If a simulator platform does not have for example an A321 but you as the pilot are rated for both a 737 and an A321, you may choose to fly the aircraft for which you are rated to fly provided you have it in the simulator platform.
6.2 If you want to fly the PA-31 but your simulator platform does not have a PA-31, you then want to substitute this for a C414 or another similar airframe, you are not permitted to substitute this.
6.3 You may only file valid flight reports for which you are rated to fly.
For any inquiries or assistance regarding this NOTAM, pilots are encouraged to contact Delta Virtual Airlines administration through the official channels provided on the Delta Virtual Airlines website.
This NOTAM is distributed to all Delta Virtual Airlines pilots through official communication channels and is effective immediately upon publication.
Joe Burner; President and CEO
|Flights Counting as Online
|Requirements for a flight to be considered online. This information is on page 28 of the Pilot Manual in the document library.
1. For typical flights, a pilot must be connected to VATSIM/IVAO/PilotEdge for a minimum of 60 minutes for the flight to qualify as "online". A controller may or may not be present at the time of the flight.
2. Flights 60 minutes or less will have to be online for the entire flight to count.
3. For online events, pilots must be connected for the entire flight. Exceptions can be made for trans-Atlantic group flights through the night.
4. For Flight Academy flights, 100% of the flight must be online in addition to other guidelines explained in the check ride script.
5. If a pilot is flying online and 2x time acceleration is used, since online time is measured in real time, the online time recorded must be 100% of the flight, 30 minutes minimum unless an extremely short flight.
6. As with all guidelines, staff members review a flight report can make a judgment call if the online time is slightly under these minimums. Final determine is up to the staff member reviewing the report and DVA Operations. Flight reports where a pilot indicates a flight was online when it does not meet these requirements will be marked as "offline" when reviewed.
|Legitimate Communications from Delta Virtual Airlines
communications from Delta Virtual Airlines are generally published via
the web site,
ACARS or from a DeltaVA.org address.
Occasionally you may receive
communications from GVAGroup.org,
the owner of Delta Virtual Airlines and Air
France Virtual Airlines.
E-mail message headers can and have been
at least you can always respond to verify message authenticity. If
doubt remains, forward the communication to Info@DeltaVA.org,
a Senior Staff member will
review and respond.
|Senior Captain Nominations
|You will notice that there have not been any Senior Captain nominations lately. Our recent goal was to make them quarterly, but earlier this year we identified a number of flaws in the process and decided to put things on hold until we could identify the right way to do things in the future. Traditionally, a Senior Captain nomination was made by the staff and decided by the VP/CEO level of our virtual airline, and this is a process that worked reasonably well when we had a dozen staff members and perhaps 300 pilots. Today, we have an organization where the average equipment program is larger than most virtual airlines, and we need a way to better identify and manage the recognition program for those who meet the requirements for a Delta Virtual Senior Captain.
Those requirements are very vague and qualitative - they are, in short, someone by whose actions and efforts Delta Virtual is made a better place.
Based on discussions over the past few months, we have made some changes that will dramatically change the way Senior Captain promotions are made. We've decided to open the process up to all pilots who have been with us for a certain period of time, and place no restrictions on who they can nominate, provided the individual is already a Captain. The role of the Chief Pilots and their Assistant will be to provide feedback and input on those selected by the membership, and the Senior Staff will continue to decide who gets promoted each quarter. I think that many of the people who truly make Delta Virtual a better place to be don't always do so in a way that's readily noticeable or easily remembered, or not by staff members. The folks we most want as Senior Captains have a certain component of modesty that doesn't always lend itself to recognition under the old model. Hopefully we can spot this going forward.
Within the next few days, there will be a new option for many of you in the Pilot Center, which will allow you to make and view your nominations for Senior Captain. We encourage your feedback about your fellow pilots, and we hope that the new model will allow for deserving individuals to be recognized for their accomplishments and efforts in giving back to our community.
With that said, I'd like to provide a few more details and bits of advice about how the system works. First, there are some minor restrictions on who can make a Senior Captain nomination - you must have logged at least 5 flights and been a member of Delta Virtual for at least 120 days. We feel you should have been around for a while so to best be in a position to understand who makes us a better virtual airlines. Second, you are only allowed to make THREE nominations for Senior Captain per calendar quarter. If you nominate three people on the first day this feature is available, you will be unable to do so for anyone else for the rest of the quarter. Please be careful and considerate with your nominations!
Second, this is not a popularity contest. The system is designed to take notice of people who have been nominated by multiple individuals, but the contents of your nomination carry more weight than the number. Additionally, the system recognizes and prioritizes nominations by existing Senior Captains and staff members, while deprioritizing (yet allowing) self-nominations. It probably doesn't bear mentioning, but to be explicit I'll say it - if you're trolling around for "votes" that's an excellent sign you don't deserve a promotion, no matter how many people nominate you.
Finally, this is an experiment. We recognize that the existing system had outlived its usefulness, but we're not certain what will replace it. The new system is designed to be better, but there's no guarantee that it will result in nominations at the end of 2010 or that it will remain in 2011. The Senior Staff is committed to recognizing the efforts of our members and we want it to succeed, but those of you who have been around for several years will remember that things can change until we get the formula right.
So with that said, please look for the new Pilot Center entry, and if you have questions about the process please feel free to reply here or contact the HR department at email@example.com.
|DVA “Raising the Bar” on Advancement and Achievement -- Flight Requirements for Promotion
|DVA “Raising the Bar” on Advancement and Achievement -- Flight Requirements for Promotion
Delta Virtual Airlines continues to seek enhancements to its promotion structure and pilot development programs to maximize virtual aviation enjoyment. Our strategy to achieve this is through experience and knowledge.
The requirements for flights eligible for the 10 advancement flights to Captain are changing. In order to be eligible, the flight must be flown meeting the following criteria:
1. Completed using equipment that is part of the stage program
2. Flown and logged using ACARS
3. The flight is from our schedule that is at least
a. 150 NM for Turbojet Programs
b. 100 NM for Prop/TurboProp Programs
4. Flown in Non-Accelerated Flight (no use of time acceleration)
The new requirements are effective immediately only for flights eligible for advancement to Captain. Non-eligible flights will continue to have no distance restriction, accelerated flight is permitted and manual flight reporting is permitted, however, pilots are encouraged to use ACARS as it is feature rich, producing valuable information about the flight. More details will become available in the weeks to come as we roll out a new promotion and advancement manual. Should you have questions, please feel free to raise them with your Chief Pilot or create a Help Desk issue.
Assistant Director Operations
|Copyright and Trademark Policy
December 10, 2009
Delta Virtual Airlines has a detailed copyright and trademark policy located in our document library. I urge you to read it especially if you are designing a new signature block.
I would like to highlight one aspect of the policy since there were several recent infractions. The use of any Delta Air Lines’ copyrighted materials regardless of age including logos, graphics, signs and service marks is strictly prohibited on our website.
The infractions occurred with pilot signature blocks. The common prohibited logo incorporated in the signature block is “widget.” Do not include “widget” current and earlier variants in your signature block
Delta Air Lines’ aircraft screenshots or photographs (provided that you own the photos or have written permission to use the photo on our site) having DAL graphics and logos on the fuselage are permitted.
Should you have questions or concerns about your current signature or a new one that you are designing, please create a Help Desk issue. Staff will assist you in reviewing your creation and approving it.
Delta Virtual Airlines
|Additional ratings procedures
Additional Ratings Procedures
This is clarification on additional ratings procedures with respect to ratings you already have.
1.) No one is "grandfathered" when we add an additional aircraft to a rating set that you already have.
2.) To obtain the additional aircraft to a rating set YOU ALREADY HAVE, you MUST go into the pilot center and request additional ratings for the primary aircraft in the set. (i.e. If you want 757-300 then you request additional ratings from the 757-200 program) If you are unsure which primary aircraft you need to request ratings from, please consult our promotion manual.
3.) IF you have already taken a written exam and checkride in the aircraft you are seeking additional ratings in, you will NOT have to take another checkride, you will just be awarded any additional aircraft that have been added to the primary aircraft set. IF you have NOT taken a written and/or checkride from the aircraft set you are seeking additional ratings then you will be required to take one or both. THE ONLY EXCEPTION is if you were originally hired into that aircraft.
Example 1: You already hold a 757-200 type rating and are seeking to obtain the 757-300 type rating which was added after you obtained the original. You DID take a checkride to obtain the original 757-200, then you would request additional ratings and they would be awarded to you without you having to do anything.
Example 2: You already hold a 757-200 type rating and are seeking to obtain the 757-300 type rating which was added after you obtained the original. You DID NOT take a checkride to obtain the original 757-200 because it was before checkrides were mandatory for all aircraft. You would request additional ratings and you WOULD have to take a checkride to obtain the 757-300 rating.
Example 3: You already hold a 757-200 type rating and are seeking to obtain the 757-300 type rating which was added after you obtained the original. You DID NOT take a checkride to obtain the original 757-200 because it was before checkrides were mandatory for all aircraft, YET you were originally HIRED into the 757-200 program. You would request additional ratings and WOULD NOT have to take a checkride to obtain the 757-300 rating.
Once again, if you would like to obtain additional ratings and are unsure which primary aircraft the additional ratings fall under, please consult the Pilot Promotions Manual in the document library. On a side note, we are in the process of updating the promotions manual to reflect the new aircraft we have entered into service. Please be patient while we do this and if you do not find the aircraft listed that you are looking for, please create a help desk issue and we will be happy to let you know.
VP of Operations
March 28, 2009
NOTE: Delta Virtual Airlines will not approve flights when the Departing and Arriving airports are the same. If you have a reason to return to the departing airport, the flight will not be approved.
Approval of any diversions is within the discretion of the Vice-President of Operations, and Delta Virtual may reject any diversion as seen fit.
VP of Operations
|**CAUTION** VATSIM Password Requests
This is a reminder that no one from VATSIM will ever ask you for your network password. If someone asks you for your password, refuse to give it to them regardless of the reason they give. Immediately report any such occurrence to VATSIM. Provide as much information as possible such as date, time, location, and any identifying information about the person asking you for the information.
Please do not share or offer your password to anyone at anytime, here is a link to notify any offender of the said policy. http://vatsim.net/staff.html
Director of Events
Delta Virtual Airlines
|Pireped Flights, make sure you count those hours
|Just a reminder, that there are 24 hours in a day. We know it is almost impossible for pilots to fly 20 straight of those 24. We strive to make this "as real as it gets", so when a staff member goes into the Pirep Queue and sees your name and 4 flights of about 5 hours per flight, we start to raise an eyebrow. Especially if it is only noon!
Remember, if posting flights that you did not fly via ACARS, file it for that day. Do not sit and file a weeks worth of flights and put it all on say the December 18. It will get held.
Also, cross-check the flight schedule before flying a flight. You may have a flight that just the day before was removed from the schedule. That will get a flight held as well. The newest version of ACARS has the ability to search the database directly from ACARS. Then you are assured an approved flight. Also before submitting, place any notes in the comment field to help to approver interpret if it was a 4x flight or what.
This has become a rambling thread, so I will stop. Just make sure you follow the few rules we have on pirep submission, I and especially your approvers thank you!
|Acceptable Flight Data Source
Acceptable Flight Data Source
Delta Virtual Airlines receives every 30 days an
up-to-date Delta, Air France and their codeshares’ schedule. Since we are in
sync with the official Delta and Air France timetable, the Delta Virtual Airlines
Flight Schedule found in the Pilot Center is the ONLY acceptable source
for flight and route data. Flights flown that are not present in the Delta
Virtual flight schedule will NOT be approved, unless the Vice-President
of Operations gave prior approval.
Delta Virtual Airlines' historic operations (the
"8000-series" flights) will remain within the flight schedule and
will not be affected by this change.
|New Pilot Promotion Manual Available
New Pilot Promotion Manual Available
January 18, 2006
Now available in the documents library is the revised Pilot Promotion Manual version 6. The latest revision is an effort to streamline promotion and additional aircraft rating policies that had become complex, cumbersome and troublesome for pilots and staff to administer. The advent of ACARS makes flight monitoring more effective and will be used as a tool in administering policy.
The key changes to the promotion policies include:
Pilots will not be required to complete First
Officer exam and Check Ratings for aircraft that they are currently rated to
fly. Equipment transfers and additional aircraft ratings that were requested on
or before January 18, 2006 will be treated according to the previous policies.
|Real Names Required
|January 6, 2006
It has come to my attention that several pilots registered using assumed names or aliases. This practice is considered to be against our policy of supplying false information.
If you registered using an alias, please contact me by email firstname.lastname@example.org Individuals having compelling reasons for using an alias should inform me why they should be exempt.
Anyone who is discovered not using a real name can and will be suspended until it's all straightened out. We plan to start locking accounts on January 9, 2006.
President, Delta Virtual Airlines
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