|Air France / KLM Virtual Airlines STAFF ROSTER|
President and CEO
|firstname.lastname@example.org||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
|email@example.com||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.
Executive Vice President (Operations)
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Silvian is the Executive Vice President of Operations and a Concorde Senior Captain.
He started simming in early June 2014 and after only a week of practice he joined AFVA as an ERJ First Officer. He then moved on to the A320 program before joining the Boeing 707 program where he fell in love with historical jets. He resided as Captain in the B707, DC-3, B737, B747, and the A380 programs before being recruited as the Assistant Chief Pilot for the Boeing 737 in June 2015. After only three months on the Staff Team he was promoted to Airbus A330 Chief Pilot, position he held for almost a year.
In August 2016 he joined the Senior Staff as Executive Vice President of Operations. Silvian is also rated to fly all the 133 airframes available at AFVA. When he is not flying his favourite aircraft, the Boeing 727-200, he alternates between enjoying the marvels of the Airbus family, going completely old-school by flying other historical jets or taking the exquisite Concorde beyond the sound barrier. From 2017 to February 2018 Silvian was also the interim Chief Pilot of the Historical Programs (B707 and DC-3).
Silvian is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and works as consultant for the energy industry.
|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
Air France / KLM Virtual Airlines
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 and the Director of Events.
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. In May 2014, Zach took on the additional duties of helping plan some of the many events that AFVA / KLM organizes.
Zach is also a part of the team that makes AFVA's own magazine 'Le Ciel Entre Nous'
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, Boeing 707 Program
|email@example.com||My name is Kalev Kadak and I've been obsessed with aviation since childhood. I have used FS since version 4.0 but started active simming in 2010. After slight pause joined AFVA in 2012. Since then became captain in every program and really enjoy freedom of choice matched with constant development here in AFVA. Now i'm hired as Chief Pilot of the Historic Jet Program.
In real life I'm working as Systems Administrator and also study yacht design.
Chief Pilot, B747 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||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, B777 Program
|email@example.com||Robert is the Chief Pilot of the Boeing 777 Program. Robert resides in South Africa and is currently working on his Commercial Pilot's License. He has always been interested in aviation and so in 2010 after a Google search led him to AFVA. He started in the F100 program and worked his way up to the 747 program before being offered the position of A320 ACP before progressing on to the Boeing 777 Program.
Robert's dream is to one day pursue the goal of becoming a pilot for a major international airline.
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, DC-3 Program
|email@example.com||Project Engineer IRL, I also have a PPL and I'm working on my multi and instrument ratings.|
Assistant Chief Pilot, A320 Program
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Conner is the Assistant chief Pilot of the A320 program.
Conner lives in Texas and is currently a student studying Geographic Information Science and Technology.
He is an instrument rated private pilot and is building time towards his commercial license.
|Daniel Seungmin Han
Assistant Chief Pilot, B777 Program
|email@example.com||Daniel is the Assistant Chief Pilot of the Boeing 777 Program|
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
|firstname.lastname@example.org||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.
Assistant Director - Historical Operations
|email@example.com||Terry joined AFVA back in April 2010 in the F100 program as it was then called. From there it was a gradual rise through the higher programs. In 2011 he was given the opportunity to join the staff as ACP of the F100 program which he took and eventually was promoted to Chief Pilot.
Terry working career has seen him working for FW Woolworths, a large building supply warehouse, He also spent time in the Royal Airforce. His Current employment is Manager of a large Medical warehouse which supplies hospitals and other wholesale customers they also exports all over the world.
He is married and most of his spare time is taken up with his passion of aviation spotting or flying for AFVA.
Manager of Social Media
|firstname.lastname@example.org||Christophe is the newest member of the staff. He is our Manager of Social Media and is responsible for:
- To create and manage social media profiles for the airline (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc)
- To collaborate with the Vice President of Operation and Chief Pilots and post any airline-related news
- To advertise the Virtual Airline on online channels, including VATSIM and IVAO.
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