|Air France / KLM Virtual Airlines STAFF ROSTER|
President and CEO
|email@example.com||Brian is currently the President and CEO of AFVA. He was responsible for the initial launch and then became the Chief Pilot of the A380 program that opened March 1st, 2010. He remained at the helm of the program until September 1st, 2012.
Brian Hankey has been flying with Flight Simulators since 1990-91 with version 4. He has been involved with Virtual Airlines since 1995 when he joined WestWind Airlines. During his tenure with WWAL, he held successive management roles around the globe. In 2000, Brian was a the CEO of a couple of smaller airlines that eventually became part of the Unity Airways Group in 2001.
He joined the Global Virtual Airlines Group in 2008, starting as a 757 pilot for Delta Virtual Airlines then was selected to become the Assistant Chief Pilot of the CRJ Program at DVA. In January 2010, he was transferred from Delta Virtual Airlines to Air France Virtual Airlines where he was selected to become the 1st Chief Pilot for the Airbus A380 program.
Professionally speaking, Brian is an Senior Project Manager for the world leader in non-profit software in Austin. Prior to this, he spent several years with successive companies where he was involved in new-hire training development, the redesign of training curriculum and manuals, as well as disaster recovery team efforts, developing policies and procedures and working with customers to resolve technical issues.
He began his career with the United States Air Force where he developed and edited training programs for personnel responsible for monitoring weather conditions. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Brian currently resides in Austin, TX. with his wife and three small boys that are already being imbued with the love of aviation (see the related thread from 2010 in the cooler about AOPA Sun n Fun)
Executive Vice President
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Paul has been using Flight Simulators since the release of FS2002 and joined DVA as a 737 first officer in December 2010.
He Transferred to AFVA in January 2012 as a 747 Captain and then worked his way through the staff ranks including holding the positions of 737 ACP, Concorde CP and CP of the Historical program before being promoted into the Vice President of Operations role. Paul held the Vice President role for three years before stepping down due to real world commitments. Paul continued with AFVA as the Chief Pilot of the A330 Program and has recently returned upstairs to the Senior Staff office as Executive Vice President.
Paul lives just outside London in the UK with his Fiancee and two sons aged 13 and 11.
Professionally, Paul is working as a Teacher, Trainer and Assessor for a private training company called Waterside Consultancy. He teaches a range of subjects including Maths, IT, CV Writing and Job interview skills to a wide range of unemployed adults to give them the skills and qualifications necessary to help them successfully integrate back into paid employment.
|email@example.com||My name is Fabien Bergeret, . I am in charge of the Department of Human Resources for Air France Virtual Airlines. I have started to fly on Flight Simulator a long time ago on a IBM PC 386. Then, I have flown with all the Flight Simulator versions released by Microsoft.
Executive Vice President
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Chief Pilot, B787 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Hello, my name is Martin Zelikovitz and I am the Chief Pilot of the Boeing 787 program.
In the late 60's when I was a young boy, I would pester my grandfather to no end to take me to the airport so that I could watch the Air Canada DC-8s, DC-9s and 727s takeoff and land at our small airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia. That is when my love of aviation began! Although I never fulfilled my dream of becoming a professional pilot, I am fortunate to fly small GA aircraft when time and money permits.
Chief Pilot, B737 Program / Director of Events
|email@example.com||Zach is the Chief Pilot of the Boeing 737 program.
Zach joined AFVA in 2012 after flying for several other virtual airlines. He started in the ERJ-145 program and worked his way up to 747 captain before being hired as 737 Assistant Chief Pilot. After holding the position for some time he got promoted to Chief Pilot in the ERJ program. Following a successful spell as ERJ Chief Pilot, Zach was then switched to manage the 737 program as Chief Pilot.
Zach lives in Eastern Jutland in Denmark and is currently studying Political Science at the local university.
Chief Pilot, Concorde Program / Director of Operations
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Daniel is the Chief Pilot for the Concorde Program.
He is relatively new to flight simming, he only began simming seriously in 2012. Although he did own flight simulators for many years before this. His first VA was DVA which he joined in May 2012, he began in the CRJ program and began to move up the ranks. He achieved the MD-11 rating in November 2012 and began thinking of what he wanted to do for his virtual career.
In January 2013 he began to think of a move to AFVA and in February 2013 his transfer request was approved and he joined AFVA in the 747 rating. He began to expand into higher and lower ranks, and to his surprise he was promoted to assistant chief on the 737 in November 2013.
In March 2014 he became chief pilot on the 737 and only a month later he was transferred to become chief pilot on the A320. He held this position until February 2015, when he transferred to lead the revived Concorde program.
In July 2015 he joined the operations team as Assistant Director of Operations, he was further promoted to Director of Operations in September 2016.
Chief Pilot, B747 Program
|email@example.com||My name is Duncan Shiplee and I'm the Chief Pilot for the Boeing 747 program. I'm 37 years old living in Connecticut USA, married with 3 children. I've had a long passion for all things aviation since childhood and have been simming for as long as I can remember. My first simulator was the subLogic FSII and have had every edition of MS flight sim since. I learnt a lot from those early days and put all those simming hours to good use obtaining my CPL back in 1997. I currently fly privately out of KBDR in my spare time. If you live in the area or are passing through Connecticut get in touch, maybe we can go flying sometime!|
Chief Pilot, Airbus A380 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Mark is the Chief Pilot of the Airbus A380 Program.
Mark has been doing flightsimming since FS2002 came out, and has been hooked ever since. Mark joined AFVA in 2010 after being transferred from Delta Virtual Airlines and worked his way up from various programs to the A380 program, where he was awarded Senior Captain status, then he transferred to the Concorde Program- he applied for a staff position and was became Chief Pilot of the 747 program which he held for about a year, then when another staff member resigned as A380CP, Mark applied for the position, and was fortunate enough to get it. He loves being staff, as he can now give back to the VA he loves.Often as a child, he used to persuade one of his family to drive him to the airport just to watch the aircraft land and takeoff.
In the real world he lives in South Africa, and is a sales rep for a company doing vehicle conversions-in his spare time, away from the sim, he likes to do walks, reading, running and sound mixing. Needless to say, he loves his flying and he really enjoys helping his fellow pilot at AFVA!
Chief Pilot, ERJ-190 Program
|email@example.com||My name is Florian and I'm 27 old. I've had a long passion for all things aviation since childhood and have my private pilote licence in the real life. I have 1500 hours on IVAO and I came in AFVA in 2008. I began with A320 program and the 330 program then B777 program. Now I have approximatly 1500 hours on VATSIM. It's a honor to be the Assistant Chief Pilot of the Airbus A320 Program. I work for Airbus Industry on the A320 pulse line in France. And it s honor to be be the Chief Pilot of the E190 program.|
Chief Pilot, A320 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Ben is the Chief Pilot of the Airbus A320 Program. He has been flight simming since 2006, where he got hooked on it.
He currently works as a ground operations Agent for British Airways at Heathrow, working mainly on A320 Family including the new NEO series. Also A380s, B747s, B767s, B777s and the B787. He worked in Heathrow terminal 4 for Cobalt for a year and a half. 2015 to 2017 for 2 years as a Senior Ramp Operative with Swissport at Southampton airport. Mainly working on Dash 8 Q400s, ERJ 135,145,175,195 B737s and Airbus A320 Family also maybe the odd B757-200. He is a fully trained and skilled Ramp Agent able to carry out all types of jobs.
He also helps engineers for flybe out on his days off helping out with menial tasks on night shifts, just to learn new skills and fill in his CAA logbook. He works of Bombardier Dash 8 Q 400s and ERJ195s.
He resides in Langley, England and enjoys snooker, Darts and maybe a few rounds of Golf.
Chief Pilot, Boeing 707 Program
|email@example.com||Roger is the chief pilot of the Boeing 707 program|
Chief Pilot, Boeing 777 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Hi I’m Alan Barber and I’m the Chief Pilot of the 777 program. I’m fifty something years old and have been happily married for 27 years and have two grown up children.
I have been flight simming seriously since FS2002 having dabbled with various releases beforehand. My first VA was Breathe, a small UK VA, where I was 767 CP and Ops Director. I then joined DVA in the 757 and 767 programs but had to take an enforced break. I recently came back to simming and transferred to AFVA in the 777 program.
In my spare time I assist with the rescue and rehoming of German Shepherd Dogs and am also a keen gardener.
Chief Pilot, DC-3 Program
|email@example.com||Project Engineer IRL, I also have a PPL and I'm working on my multi and instrument ratings.|
Chief Pilot, ERJ190 Program, X-Plane X-Pert
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Fredrik is the X-Plane Expert for AFVA.
My name is Fredrik Mårtensson and im 46 years old, i have 1 boy 6 years old.
I work fulltime at Volvo Construction Equipement Component Division as an electricmechanic for the last 9 years.
I have PPL (C152 and PA-28 Cherokee) but not flown for about 5years.
I had MS-Flightsimulator 2.0 (1984) and all of them until 2010 and ended MS versions with MS Flighsimulator X
Rolled over to X-Plane 9 (2010).
Assistant Chief Pilot, Boeing 737 Program
|email@example.com||Tomas is the Assistant Chief Pilot in the Boeing 737-800 program. Originally from New Zealand, he got in touch with aviation at the age of 4. The enthusiasm grew into love for flight simulators, starting out with his own copy of FS9, which was replaced with FSX a few years later. At the moment, Tomas likes to fly all around the continent as well as the globe, both virtually and in real life.
He joined AFVA in 2010 in the F100 program when it still existed, gradually moving up via the A320 and A330 before ending up at the Boeing side in the B777 program and finally, the B747 program as a captain, before joining the staff ranks in 2018.
Professionally, he works as a customer service engineer for a major internet service provider in the Netherlands, both day and night, so don't be surprised when you see him active during the night. He currently resides in Groningen, a student city in the northern part of the Netherlands. If you're around, give him a holla, there's enough beer in the city!
Assistant Chief Pilot, Boeing 777 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Daniel is the Assistant Chief Pilot in the Boeing 777 Program. He is studying to be an Aerospace Engineer at Texas A&M University. Daniel has been flying since he was six months old and has fallen in love with airplanes. He first began flying in the flight simulator world in 2007 with Microsoft Flight Simulator X.
Joining DVA in 2012 after a trip to Albania on Delta Airlines, he became more serious about his virtual career and learned how to fly more realistically. He started in the 737-800 program and then moving up to the 757 program. About 6 months later, he transferred to AFVA and started in the A330 program. After becoming captain in the A330, he transferred to the 777 program and has been in that program ever since.
Outside of flight simulator, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Chief Pilot A330 program/Manager of Documentation
|TNegru@afva.net||Ted is the Airbus A330 Chief Pilor and Manager of Documentation.|
Director AF-KLM Flight Academy / Chief Pilot, A340 Program
|email@example.com||Kerem wears two hats with AFVA. While he serves as the Chief Pilot in the A340 Program, he has also now taken on the challenge of leading the AFVA Flight Academy. He started his career at DVA early 2003 and one of the earliest transfers to AFVA. He served on numerous ranks and became the first CP for 330/340 Program. Kerem started interest in flying when he was little and accumulated 400+ hours on different single engine fixed airplanes with complex and high performance endorsments; PPL rating and an IFR endorsment from FAA. Currently working on Multi Engine Commercial Rating to persue his goal of becoming an MEII based at KLGB.
When he is not flying, he is providing custom tailored logistics solutions for shipments to from US to World Wide.
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