Version 3.5 Dated 8-31-2008  

Introduction

Membership

Joining AirFlorida Virtual Airlines
Joining from another Virtual Airlines
Probationary Period

 

Training and Promotions

Training
Promotions

 

Assignment Policies

Aircraft
Hub
Flight

 

Pilot Guidelines

Pirep Policy
Leave of Absence Policy
Flight Log
Pilot Roster

 

Flight Policies

Accelerated Flights
Code Share Flights
Cargo Flights
Realism

VATSIM

 

Introduction (Back to Top)

Welcome to the AirFlorida Virtual Airlines Policy Manual.  First we would like to thank you for taking the time to read this document in its entirety.  Much time and work have gone in to the development of this manual.  It is designed to define all the expectations of anyone joining AirFlorida Virtual Airlines.  As with any organization, AirFlorida Virtual Airlines must have rules.  In the absence of order, chaos prevails. 

All of us at AirFlorida Virtual Airlines have personal lives and we take that into consideration when we develop a policy or guideline.  We also take great care to ensure a high level of professionalism and realism as well. 

AirFlorida Virtual Airlines pilots are among the best trained, and most dedicated in the virtual airline industry. We recognize the dedication and effort our pilots put forth to make this an exciting experience.  We desire AirFlorida Virtual Airlines to be a fun and exciting experience for everyone and we think you will see that reflected in our policies. 

We ask a lot of our pilots but this is what separates this airline from the other VA's, we run it for you, on a volunteer basis and we ask that your participate on a regular basis.

Joining AirFlorida Virtual Airlines (Back to Top)  

Joining AirFlorida Virtual Airlines is by no means a complicated process, but some basic requirements must be met.  Applicants must first read the entire policy manual and agree to follow all the rules and regulations that have been established.  When reading the manual, applicants should pay close attention to the Training and PIREP policies.  After reading the entire policy, applicants should complete the online application and wait for a reply.  All applicants will receive a reply within 48 hours or less unless policies are not followed or there are technical difficulties.  If you do not receive a reply within 48 hours, send an inquiry to president@flyairflorida.com

Joining from another Virtual Airline (Back to Top)

Pilots Joining AirFlorida Virtual Airlines from another virtual airline can receive credit for their full amount of accumulated flight hours.   In order to receive credit, employment must be verified through the previous employers web site or by email with their former Hub Manager or other responsible staff member at the virtual airline and pilots must terminate their employment with any and all virtual airlines to which they belong. If you wish to continue employment with another virtual airline, you may do so, however, your flight time from that virtual airline will not be credited until you terminate employment with all other Virtual Airlines.

This is the only provision for crediting hours from another virtual airline. The Human Resource Department makes every effort to verify employment and has the final decision on this matter.  

Hours cannot be credited if the airline is no longer in existence or has no web presence.

Training certifications can be transferred provided the requirements for certifications are similar enough to meet AirFlorida Virtual Airlines standards.  If a pilot's training certification cannot be verified or is not congruent with the AirFlorida Virtual Airlines training program, they must progress through the training program and follow the promotion path "Without License" path until training is complete.

AirFlorida Virtual Airlines pilots may be employed by any other virtual airline carrier.  Credit for flights flown for another Virtual Airline cannot be credited to AirFlorida while simultaneously employed.  Pilots who are members of virtual military flight organizations cannot have their flight hours credited to AirFlorida Virtual Airlines due to the extreme differences in Military and Civilian flight operations.

Probationary Period (Back to Top)  

New pilots are automatically assigned to a hub based on staffing needs designated by the Director of Personnel and entered into a probationary period until they reach 30 flight hours.  When the 30 hours of flight time is reached, the pilot at his request may be transferred to a hub of his choosing based on the requested hubs availability.  In addition to the 30 flight hours, new pilots are required to submit their first PIREP within two weeks of receiving notification that they were added to the roster.  If a PIREP is not received during that two week period, employment will be terminated and the pilot will need to apply again.  If a pilot has been removed, he may apply one more time.  Because of the time and effort it takes to add someone to the roster only apply if you are going to participate.  

Training (Back to Top)

AirFlorida Virtual Airlines has some of the best-trained pilots in the virtual airline industry.  Thats because we have set high standards for our pilots.  This is a first class airline because we hire first class pilots.

 

We are proud to be an affiliate with Steves Flight School.  Most of our training services are handled by this flight school because of their excellent program and service. 

To progress in their career, AirFlorida Virtual Airlines pilots should complete their training at Steve’s Flight School.  Most pilots attain all the certificates (RVP,PVP,CVP,ATP) and at the least should already have a basic understanding of aviation principles.  All applications will be processed and assigned a rank.  Pilots will receive credit toward their initial 30 hours depending on the certificate obtained. You should examine the charts below to determine where you will start.  Initially pilots are given the rank of Flight Officer.  Training does have an affect on promotions.  Examine the Promotions section to see how.

Pilots should be sure to have their results emailed to AirFlorida Virtual Airlines.  Do this by selecting AirFlorida Virtual Airlines from the list of “official airlines,” before you take the test.  If a pilot fails to have their exam scores emailed to us, they will have to re-take the exam since Steve’s Flight School does not maintain any records and we will not accept any other means of receiving the test scores. 

Once pilots complete the exams, they will be credited with the hours listed on the Training Credit Chart. 

Training Credit Chart
License Hours Credited  Ribbon Awarded 
RVP (Recreational) 2 Hours

PVP (Private) 4 Hours
CVP (Commercial) 8 Hours
ATP (Air Transport) 12 Hours

Some pilots have difficulty passing the rigorous exams, so AirFlorida Virtual Airlines has an alternative career progression track in the Promotions Schedule.  There is a separate column in the schedule that allows pilots to advance without taking the exams.  The added hours make up for the training a pilot would have received if they had taken the exams.

Most of the answers for the exams come straight from the Flight Simulator Pilot Manuals that came with the programs so these are very useful study aids.

Promotions (Back to Top)  

Pilots are promoted using a scale which considers training and accumulated flight time.  The more hours pilots fly, the faster they will progress in rank.  Pilots may progress at their own pace as every person’s schedule is different, but promotions do have an affect on the type of aircraft pilots are allowed to fly.

Promotions are never automatic and are not guaranteed.  After a pilot completes the hours needed to achieve a promotion in rank or aircraft, they should submit a promotion request to their Hub Manager for consideration. Pilots must also wait until their Hub Manager approves their promotion. No pilot may operate an aircraft for which they are not qualified.  Other than the criteria listed in the schedule, promotions also take into consideration the pilots participation and general involvement in the life of AirFlorida Virtual Airlines.

 

PILOT PROMOTION SCHEDULE

RANK

Hours
With License
Hours
Without License
 

RANK

Hours
With License
Hours
Without License

 

Flight Officer
(FO)

with RVP 
0 - 15

0 - 40

Sr. Commercial Captain
(SCC)

250 - 350
with CVP

450 - 550

Captain
(CPT)

15 - 60
with PVP

40 - 150

ATP Captain
(ATP)

350 - 450
with ATP

550 - 650

Flight Captain
(FC)

60 - 100
with PVP

150 - 250

Senior ATP Captain
(SATP)

450 - 550
with ATP

650 - 750

Sr. Flight Captain
(SFC)

100 - 150
with CVP

250 - 350

Master ATP Captain
(MATP)

550 - 650
with ATP

750 - 850

Commercial Captain
(CC)

150 - 250
with CVP

350 - 450

Fleet ATP
(FATP)

650 and UP
with ATP

850 and Up

HUB MANAGER PROMOTIONS

Becoming a Hub Manager with Air Florida is a position of honor and responsibility. In order to be considered for promotion to hub manager, a candidate must meet the following criteria for an open position.

  • At Least one (1) year of service with Air Florida

  • Must have a rank of Command ATP

  • Must be certified with all four (4) levels of training with Steve's Flight School

  • Must have a VATSIM ID and at least 100 Flight Hours Online

By meeting all four of these requirements, it will better you as a Manager and will show to our Pilots the level of commitment each of the managers here at Air Florida has given. 

Aircraft Assignments (Back to Top)

The Aircraft Graduation Schedule indicates the hours, with and without your license, required for each type of aircraft, AirFlorida Virtual Airlines operates.  Pilots will not receive credit for hours flown in an unauthorized aircraft.  Get your license it is important.

Aircraft Graduation Schedule

Aircraft 

Hours Required
 with License

License
Required

Hours Required 
without License

EMB-120

0-15 hours

RVP

0-40 hours

Beechcraft 1900D

0-15 hours

RVP

0-40 hours

Island Hopper

0-15 hours

RVP

0-40 hours

DCH-8-100

15-60 hours

PVP

40-150 hours

ATR-72

15-60 hours

PVP

40-150 hours

EMB-170

60-100 hours

PVP

150-250 hours

RJ-85

60-100 hours

PVP

150-250 hours

BAE-146

60-100 hours

PVP

150-250 hours

CRJ700A

100-150 hours

CVP

250-350 hours

CRJ200LR

100-150 hours

CVP

250-350 hours

727-200

150-250 hours

CVP

350-450 hours

DC-9-32

150-250 hours

CVP

350-450 hours

737-200

150-250 hours

CVP

350-450 hours

737-300

150-250 hours

CVP

350-450 hours

MD-90-30

150-250 hours

CVP

350-450 hours

737-400

150-250 hours

CVP

350-450 hours

737-700

250-350 hours

CVP

450-550 hours

A320

250-350 hours

CVP

450-550 hours

757-200

250-350 hours

CVP

450-550 hours

747-400

350 +

CVP

550 +

767-400

350 +

CVP

550 +

777-200

350 +

CVP

550 +

DC-10-30

350 +

CVP

550 +

787-800

350 +

CVP

550 +

A388

350 +

CVP

550 +

      

DC-08-71 Cargo

250 +

ATP

550 +

DC-10-30 Cargo 350 + ATP 650 +
B747-400-Cargo 350 + ATP 750 +

Hub Assignments (Back to Top)

Due to the overwhelming popularity of some hubs over others and to evenly distribute the workload, the maximum number of pilots per hub is 40.  Some pilots will on occasion be reassigned to other hubs due to the need in other areas.  Hub assignments are directed by the Human Resource Department and are based on pilots rank, hours, and participation. 

A request for a hub transfer should be sent to the Human Resources Department.  Pilots must remain in a hub for at least one month prior to requesting a transfer.  Pilots will be notified when a transfer has been denied or approved. 

Flight Assignments (Back to Top)  

AirFlorida pilots enjoy the freedom of scheduling their own flights.  We offer this because so many pilots choose to fly online and take advantage of VATSIM.  Since controller coverage can never be predicted and AirFlorida operates so many routes, we want pilots to be able to fly where ATC is available.  Just remember to fly only those aircraft you qualify for or your time will not be credited.

To receive credit for your flight time while using the VATSIM network, each pilot must use the assigned flight route number as indicated on the Hub Route Pages or their assigned AirFlorida Pilot Number as their call sign while logged into the VATSIM network. The AirFlorida Pilot Number can be found on the Pilot Roster page located within each hub and may be changed without warning.  This number is not associated and/or replacement for your VATSIM login ID or password.  

Pirep Policy (Back to Top)

PIREPS, short for Pilot Reports, are electronic forms that AirFlorida Virtual Airlines use to collect information about the flights pilots have completed.

AirFlorida Virtual Airlines requires pilots to submit at least one PIREP per month.   

Hub Mangers maintain a record of PIREP dates and will email you if you are past due.  If no Pirep is received by the end of the second month you will be removed from the roster unless you ask for a leave of absence.

Acceptable leave requests include, but are not limited to, loss of telephone or internet service, computer malfunctions, and family emergencies.

If you receive, a Status – Terminated email, that means you were removed from the roster.  Pilots that are forcibly terminated will have to reapply with AirFlorida Virtual Airlines to return to active status. 

Anyone caught falsifying PIREPS will be terminated immediately.  This is a very serious breach of the trust that AirFlorida Virtual Airlines places in the pilots and simply will not be tolerated.  There is no appeals process for this infraction.

Leave of Absence Policy (Back to Top)

A Leave of Absence is required if a pilot will be unable to complete their regular flight assignments for a period of two flight cycles or more.  Pilots should request a leave of absence from their Hub Manager prior to the absence.  Hub Managers can approve a Leave of Absence for a period of 2 flight cycles.  Human Resource approval is required for a leave of absence longer than 2 flight cycles and is handled on a case by case basis.  A leave of absence must be requested before the absence occurs in order to be valid and a time reduction may be applied.

Flight Log (Back to Top)

Though every effort is made to ensure no PIREPS are lost, the reality of technology is that mistakes do happen.  That is why AirFlorida Virtual Airlines requires pilots to maintain a flight log. 

Pilot Roster (Back to Top)

The Pilot Roster is updated on a continual basis.  The hub manager will make every effort to update the roster on a daily basis, schedule permitting.  All PIREPS received before the scheduled update will be posted.  If there is a discrepancy with any Pilot’s accumulated flight time, they should alert their hub manger so the problem can be investigated during the flight cycle in which it occurred.  

Each pilot is assigned an individual AirFlorida Pilot Number.  This number may be change without warning.  It is the responsibility of each pilot to review his assigned pilot number prior to submitting a PIREP or logging into the VATSIM network. 

Accelerated Flight Policy (Back to Top)

AirFlorida Virtual Airlines supports accelerated flights for all routes at all hubs based on the Accelerated Flight Chart. This chart indicates which flights qualify for the accelerated time feature and the divider used to determine the amount of hours that can be posted to a pilot’s accumulated flight time.  For example, a flight that normally would take 6 hours to fly may be flown using the X2 accelerated time feature and a divisor of 2 would be applied to the reported time giving the pilot 3 hours credit.  After an accelerated time flight is flown a PIREP should be submitted to the Hub Manager.  Pilots must indicate accelerated flight on the PIREP.  Failing to indicate this on a PIREP may be interpreted as an attempt to falsify a PIREP.

Accelerated Flight Chart
Normal Flight Time   Acceleration Supported Divisor Used  
1-3

Not Supported

Not Supported

4-6 x2 2
7-up x4 4

Code Share Flights (Back to Top)

Pilots can fly code share flights after completing regular scheduled flights on a 1 to 1 ratio.  Pilots may fly one code share flight for every regular scheduled flight completed.  This does include the return trip ,of the code share flight, as long as the return trip of the scheduled flight was flown.  The connecting flight between the two airlines would not count as a code share flight nor a regular scheduled flight.  It is simply a connecting flight.  Flight hours for connecting flights will be credited to the pilots accumulated flight time.  The way code share works is simple:  Pilots of both VAs fly the specified code share routes posted on either VA as long as the connecting flight between the two VA was completed. For example, pilots would fly from an AirFlorida hub to a partnered VAs Hub and could then fly the specified code share routes for which they are qualified by the standards set forth by that VA.  AirFlorida pilots would remain totally under AirFlorida Virtual Airlines supervision.  This type of alliance gives pilots a greater variety of flights from which to choose.  You must communicate this with your Hub Manager and be approved for code share flights as the needs of the VA come first.  This approval is necessary to credit hours for flights flown on another airlines schedule.  AirFlorida routes must be covered to keep our customers satisfied with the level of service they have come to expect.  Code share flights do not count toward the PIREP submission policy.

Cargo Flights (Back to Top)

Some cargo flights are available and can be found in the flight schedules of individual hubs.   

Realism (Back to Top)

Realism is a major part of the virtual airline experience.  AirFlorida Virtual Airline pilots should make every effort to increase the level of realism in their flights; using charts is just one example.  Pilots should ask their Hub Manager for tips and locations to find resources to enhance their flights. There is a list of resources located in the Pilot Resources link.

VATSIM (Back to Top)  

AirFlorida Virtual Airlines is proud to be affiliated with VATSIM (Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network), an organization that provides realistic, real-time ATC control over the internet with Flight Simulation enthusiast from all over the world.  AirFlorida Virtual Airlines require all pilots to use the assigned flight number of the route they are flying from the Hub Route Pages as their call sign when logged into the network.  We also ask that if your not flying an Air Florida scheduled Route due to ATC inactivity, we mandate that each pilot use their individually assigned AirFlorida Pilot Number as their call sign while logged into VATSIM.  Prior to connecting to VATSIM network for the first time as a AirFlorida Pilot, please contact your Hub Manager for additional assistance if needed.