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|01/01/2021||Happy New Year: AFVA 2020 Year in review||Paul Hale|
|The staff team at AFVA would like to wish you and your families a very happy new year after an extremely challenging 2020 for us all!
Here are the 2020 AFVA statistics:
7644 legs for a combined total of 18741 hours were flown at AFVA during 2020 which was 1546 more legs than were flown in 2019
The top 10 equipment types flown were the following:
Airbus A320: 1447 Legs
Boeing 737-800: 1351 Legs
Aérospatiale ATR72: 72 351 Legs
Airbus A321: 316 Legs
Douglas DC-3: 265 Legs
Boeing 727-200: 260 legs
Airbus A319: 248 legs
Boeing 747-400: 238 Legs
Cessna C208: 204 legs
De havilland DHC-6: 162 legs
The top 20 pilots of 2020 based on legs flown were:
Terry Ward: 1019 Legs
Paul Hale: 990 Legs
Brian Hankey: 620 Legs
Alan Barber: 430 Legs
Fredrik Martensson: 338 legs
Silvian Baltac: 269 Legs
Georges Eid: 237 legs
Daniel Duhon: 199 Legs
Ben Maskell: 164 Legs
Simon Hansen: 161 Legs
Ethan Fortier: 161 Legs
Frederic Honnart: 153 Legs
Kostas Kollias: 128 legs
Martin Zelikovitz: 123 Legs
Giuseppe Bezzato: 106 legs
Daniel Healy: 103 Legs
Richard Bailey: 99 Legs
Marcel teljur: 97 legs
Bin Zhang: 97 Legs
Klaus Legrand: 96 legs
Our staff team are entirely voluntary and do an amazing job behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly, I would like to thank each and every one of them for their hard work.
The top 10 PIREP approvers in 2020 were:
Alan Barber: 1696 Approvals
Daniel Duhon: 1483 Approvals
Teodor Negru: 784 Approvals
Terry Ward: 710 Approvals
Ben Maskell: 578 Approvals
Tomas Bloemink: 573 Approvals
Paul Hale: 519 Approvals
Florian Barea: 125 Approvals
Ethan Fortier: 111 Approvals
Benjamin Buske: 97 Approvals
From the entire staff team, we wish you a happy and prosperous 2021!
|08/31/2020||MSFS Support (Updated)||Brian Hankey|
|ACARS support has been implemented for all AFVA flights. Please make sure to update your ACARS to at least ACARS 3.4 Build 150 Beta 15. This is the first version that incorporates MSFS Support. Manual PIREPs for MSFS (showing a different sim) will be accepted until MSFS support has been released as Build 151
Keep the flights coming in!
|08/17/2020||MSFS Support||Fredrik Martensson|
|With the much anticipated release of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 on the 18th August, we wanted to share that at this time, there will initially be no ACARS support for this sim due to compatibility issues between MSFS and ACARS and the lack of FSUIPC or Simconnect support at release, If you want to use the new sim to fly AFVA flights these can be submitted as a MANUAL PIREP, and you must add the comment "MSFS2020".
Note: All Normal flight rules apply (Flight in the schedule, you are airframe type rated etc).
We will provide updates as they become available
|12/26/2019||New Historical Airline - Air Alpes Historical||Brian Hankey|
|Thanks to the hard work of Paul Hale in continuing to research some of the former airlines that eventually made up today's Air France, we have the pleasure of announcing a small contributor that eventually was absorbed into Air France - Air Alpes.
Air Alpes was a founded in 1961, with its registered office at Chambéry Airport. Operations were initially with a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, mainly offering flying lessons and carrying supplies into the mountains. Glacier skiing drop-offs were very important during the first years of Air Alpes' operation. The company built its own airstrips, called altiports at various high-altitude locations. Landings could only be achieved with guidance from the ground. A very close cooperation was established between the company and ski-instructors and guides from the various ski-resorts. The main glaciers of Mont Blanc, the Tarentaise Valley, the Vanoise massif and Oisans were now accessible. For each flight only a maximum of six customers and their guide could be accommodated.
After mountain operations proved insufficient to keep the airline afloat, they became agents of both Air France and UTA (forerunners to today's codeshares). By 1978, even that wasn't enough to keep the airline afloat, and it was acquired by TAT and absorbed into the larger TAT group.
The new destinations in the schedule include L'Alpe d'Huez, Courchevel. Meribel, Megève, Annecy, and Annemasse France. Please note that Dash-8s are the largest type that are approved for these flights.
|12/16/2019||A350 program launched today, Staff changes and New career opportunity||Paul Hale|
I am extremely pleased to announce that today marks the launch of the A350 program, and brings the programs at AFVA up to date, it also marks the closure of the old A340 Program.
The opening of the new A350 program means a number of staff changes need to be made.
Firstly Fredrik Martensson has been transferred across from 747 Chief Pilot to head the new program as A350 Chief Pilot, Alan Barber previously 777 Chief Pilot has switched programs to fill the void left behind by Fredrik and is the new 747 Chief Pilot, lastly and by no means least Daniel Duhon has been promoted from 777 Assistant Chief Pilot to 777 Chief Pilot. Congratulations to all 3 of you and we wish you good luck in your new respective programs.
Following on from these changes, we are also on the lookout for a new member of staff to take over the Embraer 190 program as Chief Pilot, this position is open to all staff and line pilots but we particularly encourage applications from pilots who are keen to step into a first staff role within the airline, a full job specification can be found here: https://www.afva.net/job.do?id=0x34
Lastly, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a fantastic Christmas and a prosperous new year!
Best regards and seasons greetings,
Brian and Paul
President & CEO
Executive Vice President
Air France/KLM Virtual Airlines
|LATEST Air France / KLM Virtual Airlines ACARS FLIGHT DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS|
|WAH3017||Cessna 208B||Departed from Kenai AK (ENA) at 01/15/2021 10:29 ET|
|DVH4182||Cessna 208B||Arrived at Augusta GA (AGS) at 01/15/2021 10:17 ET|
|WF140||Cessna 208B||Arrived at Bergen Norway (BGO) at 01/15/2021 10:06 ET|
|OU344||Beech B350||Arrived at Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina (SJJ) at 01/15/2021 09:53 ET|
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