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.
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 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
There are three (3) separate divisions at California Airlines:
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:
Pilots may not report flight time for aircraft that they are not qualified to operate.
|General Aviation (GA) Private Pilot||
|General Aviation (GA) Instrument Pilot||
|General Aviation (GA) Commercial Pilot||
|Senior First Officer||
||*CRJ7 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Delta)|
||*A321 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Echo, Papa & Quebec)|
|Commercial Flight Captain||
||*B753 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Foxtrot, Papa & Quebec)|
|Commercial Flight Captain||
||*B744 is only available upon pilot completing Golden Bear Certification (Hotel, Papa & Quebec)|
|Commercial Senior Captain||
||*CONC is only available upon pilot completeing Golden Bear Certification (Juliet)|
|Certified Commercial Senior Captain||All aircraft listed above|
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.
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.
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.