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Events / [Feb 27 2345-0400z] FNO: Tulsa Overload
« on: February 04, 2015, 03:02:59 AM »
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Altimus Aviation, Inc. is pleased to announce the lease of our first Cessna Citation X. With financial backing and increasing international demand Altimus Aviation will fill the gap with this aircraft. "The tail number will be N750CM. This aircraft allows us to reach markets in both South America and Europe. With our current Citation II for domestic operations the Citation X will be a great addition" stated the President of Operations Chris McGee. With the recent appointment of Liam Duffy to the chief pilot position Altimus Aviation is slated to open applications to the public in the coming weeks. You can follow Altimus Aviation, Inc. on Twitter at or visit their website at

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Virtual Airlines / Altimus Aviation, Inc. Seeking Chief Pilot
« on: October 18, 2014, 03:58:52 AM »
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Chief Pilot - OPEN

Job Duties:
Altimus Aviation, Inc. has been providing charter services since 1980 and the company is actively growing our charter division. In order to support this growth we are seeking a Chief Pilot who will primarily be responsible for overseeing the training of our charter pilots and ensuring standardization. This is a key position in our charter operations critical for ensuring our pilots’ proficiency.

* Organize and conduct training for pilots to ensure safe procedures, proficiency and standardization
* Support the Director of Operation with marketing and business development efforts
* Development and maintenance of operation manuals and/or SOPs to support aircraft operations.
* Maintain proficiency in company’s aircraft makes and models.
* Provide field supervision.
* Minimum 500 hours PIC on VATSIM
* Previous Cessna Citation experience a plus
* Currently holds or will obtain a VATSIM ID
* Good MS Word and Excel computer skills
How To Apply:
Send a resume along with your VATSIM ID to [email protected] or visit us at

General Discussion / Southwest acquires AirTran for $1.4bn
« on: September 27, 2010, 08:21:24 AM »
Southwest Airlines said on Monday that it would acquire rival AirTran in a $1.4bn deal that will widen its network of destinations and join two of the biggest discount airlines in the US. The cash and stock deal values AirTran at $7.69 a share, or $1.4bn. That represents a 69 per cent premium to its closing share price on Friday.

The combined company will be based in Dallas and operate under the Southwest brand. Southwest said that Mr Fornaro would be involved in the integration process and that it expected to generate annual synergies of $400m by 2013.

You do it at the movie theater, the supermarket, as well as your favorite coffee shop on the way to work: You line up and wait. And, after September 30, 2010, you may also be asked to do it at your local towered airport.

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US-based United Airlines and Continental Airlines have agreed a deal to merge, creating the world's biggest carrier. The loss-making companies said they expected the deal, worth $3.2bn (£2.1bn), to deliver savings of more than $1bn a year. The combined group will be named United Airlines.

But new branding will combine the current Continental colours with the United Airlines name. Continental's boss Jeff Smisek will head the new company, taking on the role of chief executive, while United Airlines' Glenn Tilton will serve as the non-executive chairman. Although United is seen as the dominant partner, the merger was described as "a merger of equals". Together United and Continental currently fly to 370 destinations worldwide, flying 144 million passengers. Combining the two companies will create the world's biggest airline, based on the total number of passenger-miles flown. Mr Tilton called the deal "great... for our customers, our employees, our shareholders and our communities".
Cuts expected

"We are creating a stronger, more efficient airline, both operationally and financially, better positioned to succeed in a dynamic and highly competitive global aviation industry," he said.  Calculated on total passenger-miles flown The companies did not give any details on potential job cuts, but said they expected front-line employees to be "minimally affected by the merger", with staff reductions coming from retirements and voluntary redundancy.

The two companies currently employ a total of 86,000 people. Analysts expect redundancies to form part of the merger, with airlines anxious to cut costs following a recent collapse in profits within the industry. United Airlines' parent company UAL reported a loss of $82m for the first three months of the year, after reporting a massive $1.1bn for 2009. Continental reported net losses of $282m last year. "This airline deal is expected to bring much-needed consolidation to the US airline industry as it suffers chronic oversupply," commented Saj Ahmad, airline analyst at FBE Aerospace. "This announcement puts other players like American Airlines and US Airways on watch for who makes the next move."

Last month British Airways and Iberia followed the consolidation trend, merging to create one of Europe's largest carriers.

Virtual Airlines / New Alaskan Cargo Airline To Start Operations
« on: April 04, 2010, 10:31:25 PM »
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It’s was announced last night that a group of investors interested in vintage aircraft and back country aviation are planning to begin the development of an Everts Air Cargo. The purposed airline would operate both a scheduled and on demand charter cargo airline serving the virtual skies of Alaska. The airline will begin full service operations with its inaugural flight between Anchorage and Emmonak set to depart April 5th 2010 at 1200. The flight will be conducted in a recently converted Embraer 120 aircraft touching down back at Anchorage around 1830.

“We choose to begin operations in Alaska not only because of the great aviation environment but to give all Alaskan owners and operators a reliable yet affordable solution for their cargo needs.” stated Everts Air Cargo owner Christopher McGee. For more information please visit the new Everts Air Cargo website at


About Everts Air Cargo: Everts Air Cargo is an American Part 121 airline based in Fairbanks, Alaska. It operates scheduled and charter airline cargo within Alaska and Canada. Everts Air Cargo is available to assist you with all of your air transportation and shipping needs. We offer very competitive prices and have the flexibility and resources to handle any special needs you may have. We hope you will give us the opportunity to provide outstanding service to you.

The Classroom (Controller Tips) / Runway RVR
« on: February 07, 2010, 04:12:03 PM »
A little something I put together for our Anchorage controllers. We love our winter season up here. Figured I would share one of those little things you might encounter online.

What is RVR:

Runway Visual Range (RVR) is a term used in aviation meteorology to define the distance over which a pilot of an aircraft on the centreline of the runway can see the runway surface markings delineating the runway or identifying its centre line. RVR is normally expressed in feet or metres. RVR is used as one of the main criteria for minima on instrument approaches, as in most cases a pilot must obtain visual reference of the runway to land an aircraft. The maximum RVR reading is 2,000 metres or 6,500 feet, above which it is not significant and thus does not need to be reported. RVRs are provided in METARs and are transmitted by air traffic controllers to aircraft making approaches to allow pilots to assess whether it is prudent and legal to make an approach.

Originally RVR was measured by a person, either by viewing the runway lights from the top of a vehicle parked on the runway threshold, or by viewing special angled runway lights from a tower at one side of the runway. The number of lights visible could then be converted to a distance to give the RVR. This is known as the human observer method and can still be used as a fall-back. Today most airports use Instrumented Runway Visual Range or IRVR, which is measured by devices called transmissometers which are installed at one side of a runway relatively close to its edge. Normally three are provided, one at each end of the runway and one at the mid-point.


R07R/2600FT Means Runway Visual Range (RVR). Signifies that the runway visual range for runway 07 Right is 2600 feet. The format is R(XXX) Runway Designator including (L)eft ©enter or ®ight /(XXXX) 4 digit visibility in feet.

Some coding pilots may also see for RVR include:
M Indicates that RVR is less than lowest reportable sensor value (e.g. M0600FT)
P Indicates RVR greater than highest reportable sensor value (e.g. P6000FT).
V Variable If the RVR is variable between 2000 and 4000 feet for runway 6L: (R06L/2000V4000FT). May contain up to four RVR reports.

RVR Phraseology:

Provide RVR/RVV information by stating the runway, the abbreviation RVR/RVV, and the indicated value.
Example: Runway Seven Right RVR Two Thousand Six Hundred.

When there is a requirement to issue an RVR or RVV value and a visibility condition greater or less than the reportable values of the equipment is indicated, state the condition as “MORE THAN” or “LESS THAN” the appropriate minimum or maximum readable value.
Example: Runway Three Six RVR more than Six Thousand.

When a readout indicates a rapidly varying visibility condition report the current value followed by the range of visibility variance.
Example: Runway Two Four RVR Two Thousand, variable One Thousand Six Hundred to Three Thousand.

The Control Room Floor / "Position And Hold" Change Expected Soon
« on: January 14, 2010, 01:31:08 PM »
The FAA could soon implement a changeover from "position and hold" to "line up and wait," to conform with international phraseology standards, NBAA said this week. If approved later this month, the new terminology could be implemented as soon as this June. It's long overdue, according to NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman. She said the NTSB issued six recommendations in July 2000, asking the FAA to change various ATC procedures to reduce the risks of runway operations. "In response, we were recently advised that the FAA soon plans to adopt a single change: the use of "line up and wait" instead of "position and hold" to instruct pilots to enter a runway and wait for takeoff clearance," Hersman said at a runway safety summit in Washington last month. "We needed to wait nine years for that?" Bob Lamond, of NBAA, told AVweb on Tuesday he doesn't expect too much distress over the change. "Folks are going to stumble over it at first, but we'll get used to it," he said. "It's been talked about for years, so it's really a non-issue for us."

However, implementation will require an "extensive awareness campaign" to ensure that pilots and controllers are informed, NBAA said. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, speaking at the safety summit last month, said the FAA has done a lot to address runway safety concerns. "The numbers prove we've made a dramatic improvement," he said, nothing that in the past year there were just 12 incursions out of more than 50 million operations, and only two of those involved commercial carriers. "We've revamped our on-line courses. We've produced public service spots. And we mailed a half-million runway safety DVDs and brochures to pilots," said Babbitt. "It's been a tremendous joint effort across all parts of the FAA and the aviation industry. It worked." He added, however, that there is still work to be done in the GA community. "We can make every protection possible, but the human in the loop is the challenge of the future," he said.

The Control Room Floor / Weather Below Published Minimums
« on: December 11, 2009, 07:23:01 AM »
Here is a question regarding operations into an airport where the weather is below published minimums. I would assume the pilot would be able to shoot the approach as many times as he would like. This is kinda one of those things where it's a VATSIM issue seeing how no real world pilot would roll the dice. I wanted to know what you would do:

Example: A pilot is inbound to an airport, the weather is bad the ceiling and visibility are both below the published minimums for the ILS approach. You inform the pilot of the conditions offering both a hold or diversion. After reviewing his options the pilot would still like to proceed inbound for the approach.

1. Continue vectoring the aircraft and clear him for the approach and advise him landing will be at his own risk?
2. Cancel his radar services and let him proceed inbound to the airport at his own.

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