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Cal Air 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. Now in 2020 Cal Air is a X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator Virtual Airline. 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

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 & Microsoft Flight Simulator is NOT ALLOWED

Given the high standard of quality Freeware or Payware aircraft now available for X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator, Cal Air no longer provides aircraft, any aircraft depicted on our site are (BYO) Bring Your Own

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) Cargo Flights
  • (CAX) Airline Flights
  • (CAX) Tours, Charters & Special Ops 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.

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 Special Operations Flights, Tours & Charters 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. Additionally excessive flight time over a short period of time will also be subject to scrutiny by California Airlines Management.

Pilot Ranking

To meet eligibility for promotion, along with any required flight hours pilots can choose to fly from the following flight categories.

  • Cargo Flights
  • Airline Flights
  • Tours, Charters & Special Ops Flights

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


Epaulet Rank Requirements
First Officer First Officer Must complete 10 flight hours
Senior First Officer Senior First Officer Must complete 20 flight hours
Captain Captain Must complete 30 flight hours
Flight Captain Flight Captain Must complete 40 flight hours
Senior Captain Senior Captain Must complete 50 flight hours
Commercial Captain Commercial Captain Must complete 60 flight hours
Commercial Flight Captain Commercial Flight Captain Must complete 70 flight hours
Commercial Senior Captain Commercial Senior Captain Must complete 80 flight hours
Certified Commercial Captain Certified Commercial Captain