|Air France / KLM Virtual Airlines STAFF ROSTER
President and CEO
|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 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 works as a software delivery manager for a leading software company in the United States. Prior to that, 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 as a Weather Observer. During his time in the Air Force, 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. He is working on his M.A. in International Affairs from Texas A&M University.
In his free time, Brian volunteers both at his kids' school on the Advisory Committee and with Scouts BSA as a Commissioner and Assistant Scout Master.
Brian currently resides in Austin, TX. with his wife and three 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
|Daniel is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources. He has an Aerospace Engineering degree from Texas A&M University and works for a company that supplies parts for Boeing and other aerospace companies. 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, and migrated to MSFS 2020 in January of 2021.
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. In December 2018, he joined the staff team as an Assistant Chief Piot in the 777 Program and moved up to Chief Pilot a year later. In May 2021, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Human Resources, joining the Senior Staff team after nearly 8 years with the virtual airline.
Outside of flight simulator, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, and spending time with friends and family. He is working to complete his degree and hopefully one day design new airplanes for airlines to fly. He is passionate about aviation and eager to help our community and wants everyone at AFVA to have the best experience possible!
Executive Vice President Information Technology
|Luke is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the Website, ACARS, and server administration.
Chief Pilot Regional Airliners Program
|Calum is the Chief Pilot of the new Airbus A220 equipment and oversees the Regional Airliners Program. He has previously worked in ground-based roles for a seaplane operator, low-cost airline and then within airfield operations at a U.K airport.
Simulator : Prepar3d v4.5
aircraft support : feelthere ERJ, feelthere E-jets, virtualcol Airbus A220, QualityWings RJ85
|Sebastiaan Van Der Veen
Chief Pilot B737 Program
|Sebastian is the Chief Pilot of the Boeing 737 Program.
Chief Pilot A350 Program
|Ted is the Airbus A350 Chief Pilot.
Chief Pilot B787-9 Program
|Matt is the Chief Pilot of the 787 program.
Chief Pilot Historic Program
|Frederic Honnart is the Chief Pilot of the Historic Program
Assistant Chief Pilot A350 program
|Florian is the Assignment Chief Pilot of our Airbus A350 program.
Chief Pilot B747 Program
|Ben is the Chief Pilot of the Boeing 747 Program. He has been flight simming since 2006, where he got hooked on it.
He began with British Airways in August 2018 as a Ground Operations Agent at Heathrow terminal 5. After 7 months he was offered the job as an Aircraft Mechanic in the Fleet Support Shorthaul hangar, where he now has full mechanic cover on the A319s, A320s, A321s, A320NEO, A321Neo.
He also works on the new A350 and working on getting his Mechanic cover on it.
In November 2022 he got promoted to an Authorized Aircraft Mechanic, where he moved over to work on the line in terminal 5. He has approval to work on the B777 as well as the Short Haul Family. he is working towards getting his B787 Approval
Before he worked at Heathrow in terminal 4 for Cobalt for a year and a half. In 2015 to 2017 for 2 years as a Senior Ramp Operative with Swissport at Southampton airport.
He resides in Windsor, England and enjoys, Fishing, snooker, Darts and travelling.
Chief Pilot Concorde Program
|Georges is the Chief Pilot of our Concorde program.
Chief Flight Instructor, Chief Pilot A320 Program
|Project Engineer IRL, I also have a PPL and I'm working on my multi and instrument ratings.
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