Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have a question not answered here, there are several places you can go to get more information: the Pilot Manual, Flying for a Virtual Airline, the Message Boards, or contacting the management team. Additional questions are also answered in Viewpoint's Q & A section.

If you have a question that you feel should be included here, please email Aaron Robinson.

1) Getting Started/Joining
1.1) What is a virtual airline?
1.2) I'm new to virtual airlines. How do I get started?
1.3) What do I need to fly for you?
1.4) How do I join SimAirline.net?
1.5) Do you have any age limits or fees?
1.6) I used to fly for SimAirline.net. Should I file a new application?
1.7) I just submitted my application. When will it be approved?
1.8) When will I receive my pilot ID number?
1.9) Can I start flying immediately?
1.10) Can I fly for more than one of your virtual airlines?
1.11) Can I use an earlier version of Microsoft Flight Simulator?
1.12) Can I use Fly! or X-Plane instead of Microsoft Flight Simulator?
1.13) I have hours at another virtual airline. Can those be credited?
1.14) In my application I said I would continue to fly for another virtual airline, but I've changed my mind. Can all my hours be credited?
1.15) My question isnít answered here.

2) Downloading/Installing Files
2.1) Where do I find aircraft to download?
2.2) Iím having trouble installing an aircraft/panel/sound package. What do I do?
2.3) Do I need to install add-on panels and sounds in addition to aircraft?
2.4) My aircraft wonít work in FSX. Why not?
2.5) Do I have to use the aircraft available on SimAirline.net?
2.6) Why am I taken to Avsim and how do I download the aircraft?
2.7) Why donít you provide links to payware?
2.8) You donít have a certain aircraft availableóso how can I fly the flight?
2.9) My question isnít answered here.

3) Selecting a Flight
3.1) How do I find flights to fly?
3.2) Can I use flight schedules found elsewhere (e.g., Flightaware or Flightstats)?
3.3) Can I fly flights for non-SimAirline.net airlines listed in a timetable program?
3.4) What codeshare flights can I fly?
3.5) How do I know what the aircraft codes refer to?
3.6) What do * and ~ in the timetable programs mean?
3.7) I just arrived in Sao Paulo Guarulhos. Does my next flight need to depart from here as well?
3.8) Korean Air Flight 1 is routed Seoul Incheon-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles. Do I need to fly both legs?
3.9) Can I fly charter flights, positioning flights, maintenance ferries, etc.?
3.10) Why donít the timetables accept ICAO airport codes?
3.11) Why are the timetables only in local time and not GMT?
3.12) The flight I want to fly only departs on Saturdays. Do I have to wait until then to fly it?
3.13) Iím still not completely sure if the flight and aircraft Iíve selected are valid SimAirline.net flights.
3.14) My question isnít answered here.

4) Flying a Flight
4.1) The timetable says to depart at 0200, but I donít want to have to wake up in the middle of the night to fly.
4.2) Do I have to depart at exactly the scheduled time?
4.3) Do I fly from gate-to-gate or from runway-to-runway?
4.4) How do I know which gates to use?
4.5) Do I need to fly with online ATC (ďfly onlineĒ)?
4.6) Iím supposed to fly to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, but the airport isnít in the simulator.
4.7) Why donít you allow aircraft substitutions?
4.8) What should my callsign be?
4.9) Twelve hours is a long time to flyócan I accelerate the simulation rate?
4.10) Do I have to fly my flight entirely in one session?
4.11) Why do my flights tend to be early?
4.12) My flight arrived late, and I know for a fact that the same aircraft returns to the same destination. Should I depart late for this flight?
4.13) Is there a maximum number of flights/hours I can fly?
4.14) My question isnít answered here.

5) Filing PIREPs
5.1) What is a PIREP?
5.2) How do I file a PIREP?
5.3) Iím unable to log in to the Pilot Roster system.
5.4) I donít have a pilot ID number, so how can I log in to the Pilot Roster system?
5.5) My destination isnít listed on the PIREP form.
5.6) Why do PIREPs have to be filed in local and 24-hour time instead of GMT?
5.7) Is it ok to round my flight times?
5.8) What date should I file on my PIREP?
5.9) What times should I file on my PIREP?
5.10) On my flight from San Francisco to Tokyo Narita, I had to divert to Anchorage. Can I file this PIREP?
5.11) My flight from London Heathrow to Sydney has a stopover in Singapore. Should I file one PIREP or two?
5.12) My flight length doesnít appear correctly on the confirmation page.
5.13) When will my PIREP be approved?
5.14) Why isnít the roster updated as soon as I file a PIREP?
5.15) Why wasnít my PIREP approved?
5.16) I accidentally made a mistake on a PIREP I just filed. What should I do?
5.17) I flew the wrong aircraft type on my flight, and my PIREP was not approved. Can I just refile my PIREP with the right aircraft?
5.18) Do you support FS Passengers?
5.19) How do you know that I actually flew a flight?
5.20) My flight was unusually short/long. Can I still file it?
5.21) When trying to file my PIREP, the website says, "An error writing to the database has occurred. Please try again later."
5.22) My question isnít answered here.

6) Membership
6.1) I forgot my password.
6.2) I wonít be able to fly for a few months. What should I do?
6.3) Iím no longer on the Pilot Roster. What do I have to do to get back on it?
6.4) Why does someone else have my pilot ID number?
6.5) Why wasnít my inactivity request approved?
6.6) My question isnít answered here.

7) Suggestions/New Ideas
7.1) What can I do to help SimAirline.net further?
7.2) When will you add more virtual airlines?
7.3) How can I suggest a new virtual airline to add?
7.4) What about a single database of flights?
7.5) Have you considered offering any cargo airlines?
7.6) Why donít you have a rank system or require hours for certain aircraft?
7.7) Why donít you have hub pages or hub captains?
7.8) Why don't you offer a flight training program?
7.9) I have an idea not mentioned here.

1) Getting Started/Joining
1.1) What is a virtual airline?
A virtual airline simulates the operations of a real airline, but with only one real component: the pilot. The pilot is given a choice of flights to fly, flies them on their flight simulator, and reports their flights. A virtual airline also acts as a community for flight simulator users worldwide.

1.2) I'm new to virtual airlines. How do I get started?
Check out our Join section, which includes our Pilot Manual (required reading for all members) and Flying for a Virtual Airline, a tutorial on how to get started. You can also continue reading this FAQ to answer many of the questions you might have.

1.3) What do I need to fly for you? 
You need to have a flight simulator program capable of handling add-on aircraft of our airlines. You also need to be able to fly these flights in a safe manner. We recommend Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, which has the widest range of add-ons available. We also support the newer Microsoft Flight Simulator X, although not as many add-ons are compatible in this version.

1.4) How do I join SimAirline.net? 
Go to our Join section and read through the Pilot Manual. You are required to read the Pilot Manual before filling out an application, which can only be reached through the Pilot Manual.

1.5) Do you have any age limits or fees? 
SimAirline.net does not have any age or financial requirements, although we do encourage pilots to contribute to our general fund, which is used solely to pay for SimAirline.netís expenses.

1.6) I used to fly for SimAirline.net. Should I file a new application? 
It depends. If you last flew for us prior to 1 April 2006, then you should file a new application. If you last flew for us after 1 April 2006, then you have an account in our current roster system and should use that to log in.

1.7) I just submitted my application. When will it be approved? 
Applications are typically approved within 24 hours, although this may be later if Aaron Robinson is away traveling. Management has a goal of approving PIREPs on 95% of the days of the year. Sometimes spam filters prevent the welcome letter from reaching you; if you haven't heard from us in a few days, please contact Aaron Robinson.

1.8) When will I receive my pilot ID number? 
You will receive your pilot ID number after your first PIREP is approved.

1.9) Can I start flying immediately? 
Absolutely! If youíve never flown for a virtual airline before though, we do recommend that you read Flying for a Virtual Airline.

1.10) Can I fly for more than one of your virtual airlines? 
Of course, thatís the whole point of SimAirline.netóyou may fly for any of our virtual airlines.

1.12) Can I use an earlier version of Microsoft Flight Simulator? 
You can, although you are responsible for finding the appropriate aircraft and livery. We don't list downloads for earlier versions because over 95% of our pilots use FS2004 or FSX.

1.12) Can I use Fly! or X-Plane instead of Microsoft Flight Simulator? 
You can, although you are responsible for finding the appropriate aircraft and livery.

1.13) I have hours at another virtual airline. Can those be credited? 
Yes, although the amount depends on if you will continue flying for the other organization or not. If you are, then we will credit 75%; if you commit to flying solely for us, we will credit 100%. In addition, we do not credit time for flights that are not commercial or not in a transport aircraft (e.g., flight time in fighter aircraft or in a 737 for fun will not be credited).

1.14) In my application I said I would continue to fly for another virtual airline, but I've changed my mind. Can all my hours be credited?
Yes, so long as you make this decision within a reasonable amount of time, as decided by us.

1.15) My question isnít answered here.
Weíre sorry. Please either post on our Message Boards or contact Aaron Robinson with your question.

2) Downloading/Installing Files
2.1) Where do I find aircraft to download?
All aircraft are found through the Fleet page at each virtual airline. Fleet pages may be found under the Operations menu.

2.2) Iím having trouble installing an aircraft/panel/sound package. What do I do?
Most downloads will include a readme file that contains instructions for installing the file. We also have how-tos on installing aircraft (FS2004, FSX), panels, and sounds.

2.3) Do I need to install add-on panels and sounds in addition to aircraft?
No, all you need to install to fly for us is the appropriate aircraft. However, we do recommend using the appropriate panel and sound package for the greatest realism.

2.4) My aircraft wonít work in FSX. Why not?
Most aircraft are designed for FS2004, although many of these are forward-compatible into FSX. Our Aircraft Installation Tutorial (FSX) discusses how to install an FS2004-designed aircraft in FSX. Please note that our aircraft pages list which files we have found to be properly compatible in FS2004 and FSX.

2.5) Do I have to use the aircraft available on SimAirline.net?
No, you donít. If you prefer a different version of the aircraft or have a payware version, then youíre free to use that. However, we do require that you fly both the appropriate aircraft type and livery.

2.6) Why am I taken to Avsim and how do I download the aircraft?
Avsim is one of the largest flightsim websites, and easy to link to. You'll need to set up a free Avsim account to be able to access their file library.

2.7) Why donít you provide links to payware?
It would be unfair for us to provide links to payware unless we were to fully test all the available options, which would be very expensive.

2.8) You donít have a certain aircraft availableóso how can I fly the flight?
If an aircraft isnít available on our website, itís for one of three reasons: a) no freeware model for this aircraft type exists, b) no freeware aircraft in this livery exists, or c) we donít feel that an available aircraft is of high enough quality for us to offer. Our VA Managers are constantly active in trying to encourage freeware developers to create such aircraft. 

2.9) My question isnít answered here.
Weíre sorry. Please contact the appropriate VA Manager, Panel Manager, or Sounds Manager. Alternately, you can ask for help on our Message Boards.

3) Selecting a Flight
3.1) How do I find flights to fly?
All flight schedules are found through the Flights page at each virtual airline. Flights pages may be found under the Operations menu. You should be sure to read the Instructions and Important Notes on each page. Please note that you should only use the Flights page at that particular virtual airline (e.g., donít use the SkyTeam Timetable from Alitalia Virtual to find Hawaiian flights).

3.2) Can I use flight schedules found elsewhere (e.g., Flightaware or Flightstats)?
We strongly recommend that you use only the timetables available through our website. Using other sources may not have as accurate information and can be difficult for us to verify. These websites will also list unscheduled flights, which we do not accept.

3.3) Can I fly flights for non-SimAirline.net airlines listed in a timetable program?
No, only flights operated by SimAirline.net airlines may be flown. The exception is certain codeshare flights.

3.4) What codeshare flights can I fly?
The only codeshare flights that may be flown for credit are those listed in the SimAirline.net Timetable.

3.5) How do I know what the aircraft codes refer to?
You should always look at the aircraft codes table on the Flights page. Many timetables have abnormal aircraft codes (e.g., the 764 code at Alitalia refers to the 767-300ER) or codes that appear to be less specific than they really are (e.g., the CRJ code at Delta only refers to the -100ER/200ER, not the -700ER or -900).

3.6) What do * and ~ in the timetable programs mean?
An asterisk (*) refers to a codeshare flight operated by another airline, while a tilde (~) refers to a flight operated by a regional partner. For example, KL3201* is operated by Malev, while KL1553~ is operated by KLM cityhopper.

3.7) I just arrived in Sao Paulo Guarulhos. Does my next flight need to depart from here as well?
No, it doesnít, although many pilots like to do so. You donít have to depart from nearby airports like Sao Paulo Congonhas or Campinas (Viracopos) eitheróyour next flight could depart from Okinawa, on the opposite side of the world!

3.8) Korean Air Flight 1 is routed Seoul Incheon-Tokyo Narita-Los Angeles. Do I need to fly both legs?
No, you donít. You may fly as many legs of the flight as you wish, although some pilots opt to fly the entire flight number. This can be especially fun at Pan American Virtual, with single flight numbers having as many as a dozen legs.

3.9) Can I fly charter flights, positioning flights, maintenance ferries, etc.?
No, we only accept PIREPs for regularly scheduled flights. We have no way of confirming special flights like these.

3.10) Why donít the timetables accept ICAO airport codes?
ICAO codes (e.g., EDDF) are primarily used by pilots and air navigation authorities. The traveling public, whom timetables are designed for, are more familiar with IATA codes (e.g., FRA).

3.11) Why are the timetables only in local time and not GMT?
Airline timetables are created to suit the needs of passengers, not pilots. As such, timetables tend to have relatively local times, but can have unstable GMT times due to daylight saving.

3.12) The flight I want to fly only departs on Saturdays. Do I have to wait until then to fly it?
No, you donít. You can fly it on any day of the week, so long as the simulator date is set to the appropriate day. However, SimAirline.net will not accept PIREPs for flights that are flown out of season (e.g., a winter flight in summer) or before a route actually begins.

3.13) Iím still not completely sure if the flight and aircraft Iíve selected are valid SimAirline.net flights.
Then ask! Please contact the appropriate VA Manager or Aaron Robinson to be sure. Itís never fun to have flown a flight and then not receive credit for it.

3.14) My question isnít answered here.
Weíre sorry. Please contact the appropriate VA Manager. Alternately, you can ask for help on our Message Boards.

4) Flying a Flight
4.1) The timetable says to depart at 0200, but I donít want to have to wake up in the middle of the night to fly.
You donít have toóthe only time that has to be the same as the schedule is the time in the simulator.

4.2) Do I have to depart at exactly the scheduled time?
No, but you do have to fly according to the schedule. You should try to depart at the scheduled time, but leaving a few minutes early or late is fine (ten minutes is a good rule of thumb). If departing more than a few minutes late, itís a good idea to include comments in your PIREP to explain why.

4.3) Do I fly from gate-to-gate or from runway-to-runway?
As we simulate real airline operations, all flights and flight schedules are times between the departure gate and arrival gate.

4.4) How do I know which gates to use?
We have terminal maps for many of the major destinations we serve, with more being added all the time. These are found on the Destinations page at each virtual airline. If your airport doesnít have a map, you could certainly try getting information from the airportís website.

4.5) Do I need to fly with online ATC (ďfly onlineĒ)?
No, but we certainly encourage it. The Pilot Manual has links to many online ATC networks. We also have a tutorial on flying online with VATSIM.

4.6) Iím supposed to fly to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, but the airport isnít in the simulator.
Some airports we serve have either closed in real life or opened after the simulator was released. Where possible, we make these airports available on the Downloads page, or for Pan American Virtual, in the Flight Manual.

4.7) Why donít you allow aircraft substitutions?
We recognize that aircraft substitutions occur in real life on a regular basis. We used to allow substitutions provided they were reasonable. Unfortunately, ďreasonableĒ can be interpreted very broadly, so we felt it was better to switch to a strict system.

4.8) What should my callsign be?
Your callsign should be the airlineís callsign followed by the flight number. Airline callsigns are located on the Flights page at each virtual airline. For example, British Airways flight 9 would be ďSpeedbird 9.Ē

4.9) Twelve hours is a long time to flyócan I accelerate the simulation rate?
Yes, we allow pilots to use time acceleration up to 4x, but only when at cruising speed and altitude, and when the autopilot is engaged.

4.10) Do I have to fly my flight entirely in one session?
No, you may save your flight while in progress and resume it at a later time.

4.11) Why do my flights tend to be early?
There are a few possible reasons: a) you likely arenít facing the same amount of traffic congestion on the ground and in the skies as in real life, b) you may be flying a more direct route between airports than is flown in real life, and c) you may be flying at the specificationsí cruise speedómost airlines will fly slower to conserve fuel.

4.12) My flight arrived late, and I know for a fact that the same aircraft returns to the same destination. Should I depart late for this flight?
Yes, you should allow a reasonable amount of turn time for the aircraft before departing again.

4.13) Is there a maximum number of flights/hours I can fly?
No, there is not. In perspective though, FAA regulations allow a commercial pilot to fly no more than 8 hours on one flight, 30 hours in a seven-day period, 100 hours in a calendar month, and 1000 hours in a calendar year.

4.14) My question isnít answered here.
Weíre sorry. Please contact the appropriate VA Manager or Aaron Robinson. Alternately, you can ask for help on our Message Boards.

5) Filing PIREPs
5.1) What is a PIREP?
As mentioned in the Pilot Manual, a PIREP is a Pilot Report. You file PIREPs after you complete your flight to receive credit for your flight and have it added to your SimAirline.net logbook.

5.2) How do I file a PIREP?
The PIREP form may be found under the Operations menu at each virtual airline. Links to PIREP forms for all our airlines are found under the Pilots menu.

5.3) Iím unable to log in to the Pilot Roster system.
Please check the following and try to log in again.
1) Check that cookies are enabled in your browser.
2) Delete any existing cookies in your browser from SimAirline.net. (If you don't know how to clear specific ones, you may need to delete all your cookies.)
3) Check your computer's firewall settings.
4) Try a different browser.
5) Try a different computer.
If youíre still unable to log in, please contact Aaron Robinson and let him know what steps you tried and what browser and version youíre using. Please also describe the problem (i.e., not ďIím unable to log inĒódescribe what exactly happened).

5.4) I donít have a pilot ID number, so how can I log in to the Pilot Roster system?
You donít need a pilot ID numberóyou log in using the email address you registered with.

5.5) My destination isnít listed on the PIREP form.
Please check how the destination is listed on the Destinations page for that virtual airline. For example, BOM is always listed as Mumbai, not Bombay.

5.6) Why do PIREPs have to be filed in local and 24-hour time instead of GMT?
As mentioned above, timetables are created for the needs of passengers, hence they are given in local time. We use 24-hour time to avoid confusion between AM and PM.

5.7) Is it ok to round my flight times?
Please donít. Many European pilots have a tendency to round their flight times to the nearest five minutesóthis NOTAM explains why this is a bad idea.

5.8) What date should I file on my PIREP?
There are several possible dates you could file: the date you flew the flight or the simulator date. Within those, you could file the date you departed or the date you arrived. While the final choice is yours, you should be consistent. We recommend that you file the local date you departed on in real life.

5.9) What times should I file on my PIREP?
The flight times you file should be the local departure and arrival times in the simulator. What exactly does this mean? The bolded times below for a New York JFK-Paris CDG PIREP are what should be filed.
 
Time Zone Type JFK Departure CDG Arrival Length
Local Scheduled 1900 0810 7:10
GMT Scheduled 0000 0710 7:10
Local Actual 1859 0806 7:07
GMT Actual 2359 0706 7:07
JFK Actual 1859 0206 7:07
Pilot's Actual 1205 1912 7:07

5.10) On my flight from San Francisco to Tokyo Narita, I had to divert to Anchorage. Can I file this PIREP?
We will only accept PIREPs that have a completed flight. When safe, you should continue on to Tokyo Narita. You would file your PIREP as San Francisco-Tokyo Narita, and indicate in the comments that you diverted to Anchorage, why, and how long you stopped (brakes on to brakes off) in Anchorage.

5.11) My flight from London Heathrow to Sydney has a stopover in Singapore. Should I file one PIREP or two?
You should file one PIREP for each flight leg (takeoff and landing), except for cases of diversions.

5.12) My flight length doesnít appear correctly on the confirmation page.
There are a few possible reasons for this:
a) You didnít file your flight times in local timeóplease check that you did.
b) You accidentally reversed your departure and arrival airportsóplease check this.
c) Your simulator is giving the incorrect local timesówe recommend downloading FS Real Time to correct this, or checking with the World Time Server.
d) You filed a flight that has a stopover and didnít file each leg separately.
e) Your flight is unusually long (14+ hours) and appears as negativeówe will fix this manually.
f) Our system does not have the proper time zone informationóthis can happen when daylight saving time changes occur.

5.13) When will my PIREP be approved?
PIREPs are typically approved within 72 hours, although this may be later if Aaron Robinson is away traveling. Management has a goal of approving PIREPs on 80% of the days of the year. Sometimes spam filters prevent your ID number from reaching you; if you haven't heard from us in a few days, please contact Aaron Robinson.

5.14) Why isnít the roster updated as soon as I file a PIREP?
We believe that pilots deserve individual attention in all aspects of our operations, including the most important part, their flights. Therefore, we check to be sure a PIREP is a valid one before approving it.

5.15) Why wasnít my PIREP approved?
If a PIREP isnít approved, you will receive an email that includes the reason the PIREP wasnít approved. If you donít understand the reason, please reply to the email and be sure to include the PIREP in the reply.

5.16) I accidentally made a mistake on a PIREP I just filed. What should I do?
Please immediately file a new PIREP and note in the comments that youíre filing a corrected version. Weíll delete the incorrect version for you.

5.17) I flew the wrong aircraft type on my flight, and my PIREP was not approved. Can I just refile my PIREP with the right aircraft?
No, you can't. The PIREP should reflect what was actually flown, not what was supposed to be flown.

5.18) Do you support PIREPs through FsPassengers?
No, we do not. Most of our pilots do not use this program.

5.19) How do you know that I actually flew a flight?
We donít, but thereís nothing to gain at SimAirline.net by filing false PIREPsóyou canít move up to a higher aircraft type because we donít have a ranking system.

5.20) My flight was unusually short/long. Can I still file it?
You can, but you should be able to explain why. Please check on possible reasons that your flight time may be incorrect.

5.21) When trying to file my PIREP, the website says, "An error writing to the database has occured. Please try again later."
Please make sure that you are not filing the airline code in the flight number. If the problem persists, then please contact Aaron Robinson.

5.22) My question isnít answered here.
Weíre sorry. Please contact Aaron Robinson. Alternately, you can ask for help on our Message Boards.

6) Membership
6.1) I forgot my password.
You can request a new password here.

6.2) I wonít be able to fly for a few months. What should I do?
Please file for inactivity through the Control Panelóyou may request a leave for up to twelve months. If you havenít flown a flight for us, you canít file for inactivityóplease just file your first PIREP when youíre able to.

6.3) Iím no longer on the Pilot Roster. What do I have to do to get back on it?
Please just file a PIREP and youíll be added back to the roster.

6.4) Why does someone else have my pilot ID number?
Duplicate pilot ID numbers sometimes happen if a previous member had used that ID number and has been added back to the roster. At the beginning of each month, ID numbers are reassignedówhoever was most recently using the number keeps it.

6.5) Why wasnít my inactivity request approved?
Inactivity requests should be filed when youíll be unable to file a PIREP for that month or longer. If you filed a PIREP for January and then request to be inactive until February, we wonít approve your request.

6.6) My question isnít answered here.
Weíre sorry. Please contact Aaron Robinson.

7) Suggestions/New Ideas
7.1) What can I do to help SimAirline.net further?
First of all, thank you! There are two ways that pilots can step forward to do even more for SimAirline.net. The first is by making a financial contribution to SimAirline.net to help cover our operating costs, and the second is by joining our management team.

7.2) When will you add more virtual airlines?
We add new virtual airlines only when we have sufficient staff to cover our current virtual airlines. This is explained in more detail in the 2008 Development Program.

7.3) How can I suggest a new virtual airline to add?
Sorry, but SimAirline.net is not accepting suggestions for new virtual airlines. We have decided to end our virtual airline expansion after adding those listed in the 2008 Development Program.

7.4) What about a single database of flights?
Our virtual airlines together operate over 20,000 daily flights, many of which are updated on a monthly basis. Creating such a database is therefore an extremely large and difficult project.

7.5) Have you considered offering any cargo airlines?
We used to include cargo operations of our airlines, but we had insufficient information to make all cargo flights of our virtual airlines available. In addition, cargo flights were flown much less often.

7.6) Why donít you have a rank system or require hours for certain aircraft?
Rank systems used at other virtual airlines are inaccurate. Real pilots are either a captain or first officer. If we were to use a rank system, we would also have to institute minimum hours for each aircraft type, limiting pilots' choices. SimAirline.net believes in expanding your choices, not restricting them.

7.7) Why donít you have hub pages or hub captains?
Real airline pilots do not fly only from a single hub, but throughout the airlineís route system. Such a system would also limit our pilotsí choices.

7.8) Why don't you offer a flight training program?
Flight training is neither simple nor short. It takes professionals hundreds of hours before they are certified to fly airliners. These are skills we can not teach, nor, given the safety skills necesary, would it be appropriate or wise to do so.

7.8) I have an idea not mentioned here.
Great! We'd love to hear it. Please contact Aaron Robinson or post it on the Message Boards..

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