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The Flight Deck / Receiving ATIS updates in vPilot
« on: March 11, 2022, 10:02:02 AM »
During an event, someone mentioned there's a command in vPilot where a pilot can receive a text message whenever a controller updates the weather ATIS. It doesn't work for every ATC client but I've forgotten the tip. Does anyone recall how to do this?

Just want to offer sincere thanks to the Chicago and Houston teams who provided ATC for our highly successful July 10 event, and to the enroute Centers at Kansas City, Memphis, Dallas-Fort Worth. We had almost 50 Virtual United pilots and some other fliers who saw the conga line and joined in. Feedback from our drivers is overwhelmingly positive.



Virtual United Airlines is marking its 10th anniversary with a website relaunch, a
new URL ( and a group flight on July 10.

“We want the simming world to know we’re fresh, fun and ready for the next 10 years,” says
chief executive officer Gary Price. He adds the airline launched its first Discord server in June
to keep pilots informed about virtual airline (VA) news and upcoming events.

“Our pilots can use that technology to chat with one another during a flight and they will be
able to ‘drop into’ another pilot’s flight deck to watch them handle a tricky landing, or learn
about flying a different type of aircraft.”

Expect that server to be hopping during the VA’s anniversary event on July 10.

“One of our premiere events for 2021 will be a group flight between Chicago’s O’Hare airport
and Intercontinental in Houston,” adds Price. “This flight will be open to the entire simming
community so we hope to have a lot of pilots online with us. If they later decide to join our
virtual airline, well, that’s great!”

The virtual airline built its new website for the future by adding a sleek, modern exterior to its
operations while upgrading its technology.

The new website supports Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS-FS9), Lockheed Martin’s Prepared,
and Laminar Research’s X-Plane. Many of its pilots fly on the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation
network (VATSIM), where they see aircraft flown by other online fliers and get direction from
people acting as air traffic controllers. vUAL also allows for offline flying, provided pilots use our
simple and easy ACARS program for flight tracking.

“During an online event, you’ll check in with a variety of controllers on the ground and in the
air, much like you would flying a real commercial flight,” says Price. “We’re proud to be a VATSIM
partner, promoting online flying.”

In 2020,Virtual United pilots flew 83,000 hours on approximately 23,000 flights, everything from
short hops on regional jets to round-the-world tours in the latest intercontinental aircraft.

To learn more about Virtual United Airlines, visit their website at

Virtual United Airlines is not affiliated with or sponsored by United Air Lines, Inc.

Media Contact:
Kevin Finch, Vice-President of Events, Virtual United Airlines
[email protected]

Events / Re: Cross the Pacific Eastbound 2021
« on: February 15, 2021, 06:59:06 AM »
Oops, sorry for the confusion. I was a bit rushed when writing the description. The times are correct, just my interpretation of them is not  ;D

No probs, it all makes sense now. I've put it in my calendar and I hope I get a slot. I'll be watching for the sign-ups.

Events / Re: Cross the Pacific Eastbound 2021
« on: February 13, 2021, 10:42:58 AM »
...Depart Asia in the morning, and reach the West Coast of the United States by the evening...

Jut double-checking on the event description... Using Time and Date . com (, 0900Z would be 6:00 p.m. local in Tokyo, rather than morning. Estimating a 10-hour flight, that would put us in San Francisco at 12 noon, rather than evening.

Events / Re: III Points FNO (KRSW, KPBI, KMIA)
« on: January 12, 2021, 12:48:52 PM »
Is this on April 30th as shown in the VATUSA calendar or August 30 as shown in the event banner?

Events / Re: Sunday Funday (Feat. KSRQ, KLAL, KTPA)
« on: November 12, 2020, 06:38:32 AM »
"2100z-1000z (4PM - 8PM Local time)"

I think you meant to say 2100Z-0100Z (4PM - 8PM Local time).

Events / Re: [11/18/2020][0000z-0400z]Winter in Anchorage!
« on: November 09, 2020, 08:52:57 PM »
For clarity, does this start at 12:00a.m. on Nov. 18 or 19?

A 2359Z start on the day of the event would eliminate the confusion.

Asking so that I get the date correct on my VA's events calendar.


Kevin Finch
VP Events,

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