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California Airlines opened its doors in January 2001 as an X-Plane based Virtual Airline owned by Antonio Sanchez. The first Base of Operations was in San Francisco (KSFO).

Soon, more bases were added at Orlando (KMCO), Kennedy (KJFK), and Chicago O'Hare (KORD).

Our international operations began with the opening of European Bases of Operations at London Heathrow (EGLL) and Brussels (EBBR).

During the mid 2000's, other exciting features were introduced, including our exclusive Golden Bear Service and Golden Cub flight operations. Special Operations then followed, along with California Airlines Helicoper Services. During 2006, California Airlines expanded into Los Angeles (KLAX), Singapore Changi (WSSS), Honolulu (PHNL) and Melbourne (YMML). In 2007 new Bases were opened in Vancouver (CYVR) and Princess Juliana (TNCM).

Also, in 2007, Tom Bowden, a dedicated X-Plane enthusiast, joined Cal Air and quickly progressed through the ranks taking over as London Heathrow (EGLL) Pilot Supervisor and then as Scenery Director. In 2007 and 2009 Tom upgraded the "CAXification" of over 1,500 airports and other sceneries.

Toward the end of 2010, Antonio Sanchez turned over ownership of Cal Air to Tom Bowden, and durring the winter of 2010-2011 Tom totally updated and modernized the website and strengthened the organization.

2011 has seen the refinement of most of our Check Rides by offering a set of progressive challenges for our Pilots. Our Online Certification Check Ride requirements have been enhanced and our reputation with online networks continue to surpass all other VA's that are currently in operation.

Our Tours and Charters Division, started by Bill Waggoner, has been expanded to offer a wide range of challenging flights arround the globe.

But by far, the most exciting and significant development in 2011 has been the introduction of the CAX Interactive Training Courses (CAXITC). This was an inspirational development by our then Vice President of Operations, Andrzej Borysewicz.

Later in that year the Advance Training Course (ATC) was introduced. This course builds upon the knowledge gained in Basic Training and tests our pilots to the limits.

The year 2012 brought a change to Cal Air, late August, Tom Bowden turned over ownership of Cal Air to Brent Bain, Brent has assumed the visionary leadership of the airline and along with our Adminstrative Team strive to bring more of the Real World / Real Airline expirience to Cal Air. Along with a new pilot ranking system and training requirements, California Airlines has implemented a unique Bring Your Own (BYO) aircraft program where qualified pilots can fly their own favorite payware or freeware X-Plane aircraft for Cal Air.

California Airlines (CAX) Privacy Policy

California Airlines Virtual Airline is committed to honoring the privacy of our members and visitors

What information do we collect?

We collect information from you when you register on our site.

When registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, verification of age, and country of residence.

How do we use your information?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience. Your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs.
  • To improve our website. We continually strive to improve our website offerings base on the information and feedback we receive from you.
How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your presonal information.

Do we use cookies?

Like most websites, we use small bits of data called cookies that are stored on users computers to simulate a continuous connection. Cookies let us remember information about your prefernces and paswords and allow you to move within our service without having to reenter your login information. Web browsers allow you to see and control cookies at your discretion.

Do we disclose information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer your personally identifiable information to outside parties. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we belive release is appropiate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours and other rights, property, or safety

Identifiable vistor information will not be provided to other parties, advertising, or other users.

Third party links

Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsbility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Notherless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites

Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Children under the age of 13 years old may not register with California Airlines or use any services of California Airlines that require personally identifiable information.

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Your consent

By using our site, you consent to our privacy policy.

California Airlines (CAX) Copyright Policy

No part of the California Airlines website, its contents, images, logos, designs, documents, and other media content may be reproduced in any form or placed or uploaded elsewhere on an Internet site or in electronic or print media without the express permission of California Airlines.

California Airlines holds the copyrights of, but not limited to, intellectal property, such as sceneries, scenery object libraries, add-on Plug-in files, aircraft files, liveries, check rides, training programs, documents, routes, tours, charters, graphics, or logos.

Any Material that is developed by members of California Airlines, for the use of California Airlines, becomes the property of California Airlines, EXCEPT that the original content that does not conatin any logo, reference, or graphics that identify California Airlines, may remain the property of the original author.


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Management Team

Brent Bain

Brent Bain


Brandon Kelmers

Brandon Kelmers

Airline Operations

Pete Callaway

Pete Callaway

Chief Pilot

Scott McKillop

Scott McKillop


Regional Managers

Jeremy Nichols
Africa & Middle East
Radek Golik
Ron Diamond
North America
Caribbean & South America

Administrative Team

Antonio Sanchez
Aircraft Development
Ben Sinclair
Online Certification
Brandon Kelmers
Advanced Training Certifications
Brent Bain
Basic Training Certifications
Tours & Charters
Patrick Tierney
Check Ride Certifications
Pete Callaway
Flight Operations