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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 Base of Operations Pilot Supervisor for review. Pilots can view their flight logs by selecting their assigned Base of 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:

  • (CAX) Scheduled California Airlines flights
  • (PVT) General Aviation flights
  • (BYO) Bring Your Own Plane Program flights
  • (GBR) Golden Bear flights
  • Training (CAXITC) flights
  • Advanced Check Rides

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 Base of 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 Base of Operations Roster that was chosen on the application. All new-hire pilots start out here as a General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot and selected (BYO) aircraft may be flown using the PVT ACARS prefix.

All new pilots start with zero flight hours. California Airlines 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 Base Roster. The Pilot ID Card contains special pins that are awarded to the pilot after completing any Training Courses, Advanced Check Rides, 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 (3) separate divisions at California Airlines:

  • General Aviation (GA) - All new pilots start here
  • Cargo Freight Operations (CFO) - After 150 hours of GA
  • Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) - After 50 hours of CFO

As pilots advance in rank, there will be new aircraft available for download. In order to advance in rank, the pilot must achieve the required hours, where required pass a Check Ride (CKR) Exam

Pilots are ranked and promoted based on these criteria:

  • Accumulated flight hours
  • Check Rides

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


Epaulet Rank Certified Aircraft Notes
GA Private Pilot General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot
  • C172S
  • P28A
GA Instrument Pilot General Aviation (GA) Instrument Pilot
  • PC12
  • BE20
GA Commercial Pilot General Aviation (GA) Commercial Pilot
  • C560
  • C750
  • LJ60
Cargo Pilot Cargo Pilot
  • C208F
  • B727F
  • B752F
First Officer First Officer
  • DH8C
  • SF34
Senior First Officer Senior First Officer
  • CRJ2
  • E170
Captain Captain
  • E190
  • MD90
Flight Captain Flight Captain
  • A320
  • B737
  • CRJ7*
*CRJ7 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Delta)
Senior Captain Senior Captain
  • A321*
  • B752
  • B788
*A321 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Echo, Papa & Quebec)
Commercial Captain Commercial Flight Captain
  • A332
  • B753*
  • B763
*B753 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Foxtrot, Papa & Quebec)
Commercial Flight Captain Commercial Flight Captain
  • A343
  • B744*
  • B772
*B744 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Hotel, Papa & Quebec)
Commercial Senior Captain Commercial Senior Captain
  • A388
  • CONC*
  • MD11
*CONC is only available upon pilot completeing Golden Bear Certification (Juliet)
Certified Commercial Senior Captain Certified Commercial Senior Captain All aircraft listed above

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.