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Welcome to California Airlines (CAX). California Airlines began airline operations on January 1st, 2001. Soon after the inauguration of Cal Air, we became one of X-Plane's most sought out virtual airlines. Cal Air pilots are part of an elite group of aviation enthusiasts. We are part of a dynamic community of flight simulation pilots who, together as a group, are transforming Cal Air from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Getting Started

The Pilot Resource Center contains information a pilot needs to successfully plan and execute their flight plan. Prior to each flight, pilots are encouraged to check the weather and download the appropriate charts for their flight. After the completion of the flight, a pilot must file a flight report (PIREP) so that they can receive proper credit. The PIREP data is entered in the pilot's log and a copy is sent to the Regional Operations Manager for review. Pilots can view their flight logs by selecting their assigned Regional Operations Roster.

California Airlines is proud to have a unique ranking system involving many aspects of pilot's activities. To make the system work properly, the acceleration in X-Plane is NOT ALLOWED.

California Airlines Pilot Active Status - Monthly Minimums

California Airlines is a prestigious corporation and requires each of its pilots to maintain an active status. Active status is obtained by flying a minimum of two scheduled flights per month. The following flights count towards the monthly minimum:

  • (PVT) General Aviation flights
  • (CAX) Scheduled California Airlines flights
  • Training (CAXITC) flights

A pilot will know when he/she has met the monthly flight minimum through the use of colored dots next to their name on the Base Roster. The dots will have the following meanings:

  • Green Dot Flight minimums have been met for the current month
  • Yellow Dot Flight minimums have not been met for the current month
  • Purple Dot Suspended, pilot must contact their Regional Operations Manager; All flights must be verified.
  • Teal Dot Pilot hasn't flown within 2 weeks of joining
  • Red Dot Pilot will be removed from Cal Air if flight minimums are not met by the end of the current month
  • Gray Dot Pilot is on leave of absence

New Pilots

When a pilot first joins California Airlines, their name is added to the Regional Operations Roster that was chosen on the application. All new-hire pilots start out here as a General Aviation (GA) Student Pilot.

Cal Air does not allow the transfer of flight hours flown from other virtual airlines.

All new pilots must make their first flight within 2 weeks of being accepted as a California Airlines pilot.

Pilot ID Cards

All California Airlines pilots are given a Pilot ID Card. The pilot can access their ID Card by clicking on their name in their Regional Operations Roster. The Pilot ID Card contains special pins that are awarded to the pilot after completing any Training Courses, Special Operations flights, Tours, and other accomplishments.

Flight Reporting and Time Limitations

All flights must be flown, and flight reports (PIREP) sent, using the California Airlines XACARS system. A pilot's flight time may not exceed 24 hours of flight time in a 24 hour period. Any one flight that exceeds 8 hours in duration must be flown in compliance with the Long Haul Policy and will be subject to verification. Additionally excessive flight time over a short period of time will also be subect to scrutiny by California Airlines Management.

Pilot Ranking and Aircraft Privileges

There are three (2) separate divisions at California Airlines:

  • General Aviation (GA) - All new pilots start here
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - After 100 hours of GA

Pilots are ranked and promoted based on these criteria:

  • To meet eligibility for promotion within the divisions, along with any required flight hours, at certain pilot rankings a Check Ride (CKR) Exam is also to be completed before promotionAccumulated flight hours

Pilots may not report flight time for aircraft that they are not qualified to operate.


Epaulet Rank Exams Requirements
GA Student Pilot GA Student Pilot
Must complete CAXITC Basic Training before promotion
GA Private Pilot GA Private Pilot
GA Instrument Pilot GA Instrument Pilot
  • CKR-A
Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Alpha Exam
GA Commercial Pilot GA Commercial Pilot
First Officer First Officer
  • CKR-B
Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Bravo Exam
Senior First Officer Senior First Officer
Captain Captain
  • CKR-C
Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Charlie Exam
Flight Captain Flight Captain
Senior Captain Senior Captain
  • CKR-K
Pilot can now apply for the next ranking by completing the Check Ride Kilo Exam
Commercial Captain Commercial Captain

Charter Flights - BYO Flights

A charter flight is a non-scheduled flight flown from and to any airport chosen by the pilot. Only GA aircraft are available to qualified pilots for charter flights. Qualifying restrictions apply.

Bring Your Own (BYO) flights are available to qualified pilots who wish to fly their own freeware or payware aircraft. See the BYO Program Guidelines for details.

more on BYO

California Airlines Online Regulations

California Airlines flights may be flown using one of the online networks such as VATSIM or Pilot Edge. However, all online flights must be made in compliance with the California Airlines Online Guidelines. Please refer to our Online Flying Guidelines for more details.

more details on Online Flying

California Airlines Aircraft

Once qualified for more aircraft, the new aircraft can be accessed from your Download Hangar. All California Airlines aircraft may NOT be modified nor distributed in any way.