The current FSAirlines Beta tracking client includes a hard landing penalty. This impacts airlines in two ways. Firstly, Pilots suffer a 5 point reputation penalty. Secondly, airlines suffer a significant increase in hull damage from these hard landings thus increasing the need for more frequent aircraft maintenance.
There is also a risk that if pilots fail to take account of hull status before commencing a flight and have a further hard landing, the hull status could drop below 95% resulting in maintenance costs for bigger jets of $40m upwards.
As an example, two recent flights in an A340-600 with a starting hull status of 100% and landings at 419 fpm and 477 fpm dropped the hull status to 97.38%. A third flight landing at 501 fpm or above would drop the hull status to below 95%.
While encouraging pilots to operate closely with real world standards, RED Airlines supports a relaxed approach to flying. However the cost risks associated with this penalty require some intervention.
Unless individual pilots are confident of consistently landing in the range 0-300 fpm they should disable the Minor Penalties flag in the FSA client (see below).
RED Virtual Airlines - Pilot Survey
In early December, all active RED Pilots will receive a link to a RED Airlines Feedback Survey via a free web-app called Survey Monkey. The anonymous Survey comprises 10 simple and mainly tick box questions regarding your flight sim experience and interests. It also seeks direct feedback on RED as it is currently and how you might like it to be in the future.
The Survey results will be collated and published on the RED web page. No individual will be identified.
The Survey results will be used to either, validate current RED services or to introduce alternatives requested by you, our Pilots. Put simply, if we do not understand Pilots likes and dislikes then we cannot address any areas of concern or promote things that people like.
The Survey will take less 4 minutes to complete, about the same time as announcing the safety features of an air plane!
A further announcement will be made closer to release of the link.
This picture was taken on 18 November 2018 on the tarmac at Leonora Airport (YLEO), as the scorching West Australian Goldfields sun sets on another 40 degree day. The Fokker 100 belonging to Skippers Aviation a regular visitor between the mining towns of Laverton, Leonora (Gwalia) and Perth. However this charter flight brought dignitaries, people with links to the Ghost Town of Gwalia and tourists to a weekend of festivities to celebrate the opening of the revamped Sons of Gwalia goldmine museum and its buildings.
The history of the development of Leonora Airport is somewhat sketchy. Gravel runways 12/30, 3740 ft was used by the Royal Flying Doctor service at least back to the 1950s. A lighted asphalt runway 04/22 of 6621 ft is now the main runway. While both runways are reflected in FSX, 04/22 is not lighted nor painted. Similarly FSX does not reflect the upgraded terminal building added in 1997.
Famous mine Manager
Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American geologist and mining engineer who had worked at several mines in Western Australia before he was appointed Mining Superintendent (manager) of the Sons of Gwalia Mine from 1 May 1898.
Herbert Hoover was later elected the 31st president of the United States of America, serving from 4 March 1929 to 4 March 1933.
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The top three pilots by flight! According to the monthly flight report will have
Month : November
flights : 18
Miles : 46,482
Score : 836,676