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|10 Years of KLM-VA|
Our example, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, has been founded 95 years ago, coming to it's Century in 2019. We, members of KLM Virtual Airline, are proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year. Quit a difference in age with the company which serves as our example, but like the "real" KLM also our first Decade did not pass without some ups and downs.
Of course being one of the largest virtual airlines (VAs) after ten years above all is due to our pilots. The average membership of the IVAO-VAs is under 40 members; with a membership which varies between 220 and 260 we are by far the largest VA on IVAO. This indicates the power of attraction for pilots to fly for our VA. As a matter of fact, not only Dutch pilots are attracted by KLM-VA, if you consult the list of pilots on our website you'll notice it contains members all over the world. It makes us happy and proud!
Being a VA, how to celebrate a Decade? Well, after the preface it will be obvious: that's only possible with and through our pilots!
That's why we are celebrating our Decade with an event which emphasises the strong points of our VA: Total freedom of flying where you want to go, with just that bit of advise that it will make you feel like taking on the next leg!
We wish you a lot of flying fun and save landings!
The Staff of KLM-VA
For this event the choice was made to do some "Skywriting", i.e. the legs you are going to fly will form letters in the sky. And although I have not be seeing it for some years now, you probably know the effect of an aircraft writing some commercial text in the air with white smoke. But usually it is done using small aircraft and the text only covers a small piece of the sky so from the ground down below you can read the text.
Well, in this case we will be using airliners and we will write the text over a huge area; consequently the text is only visible using a tool for route-planning or something similar.
This skywriting has a small draw-back; you have to follow the route very strictly and this will not always be according to standard SID's and STAR's, but, well, switch off the flight simulator's crash detection and I'm sure you'll manage. And, by the way, of course directions from ATC will have to be carried out, as always in IVAO, even if this means a slight distortion of the letter you are writing.
Each leg has to be flown with a different aircraft. The planes to choose from have been part of the fleet of the "real" KLM over the past ten years. And all machines can be found in the IVAO MTL database in the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines livery.
You can choose your aircraft, and with this your leg, by clicking the picture at the bottom of the banner.
If you want a flight to be registrated in the event-log you have to put KLM-VA JUBILE14 in the RMK field of your flightplan.
You can fly the legs in any order you like. And if you’re not happy with the leg, for instance ATC has put you on a wrong route, you can re-fly it, only the last flight will be shown on the map.
A discontinuity of 30 minutes is allowed to cope with flight simulator or computer-crashes so you can restart your computer.
There are no time-restrictions for the flying time.
The prescribed aircraft is mandatory (wrong plane means no registration in the event-log).
Obviously we will start our tour at Schiphol Airport, the home location of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and its regional affiliate KLM Cityhopper.
In the year 1848 a start was made with impoldering the Haarlemmermeer, a huge lake south of Amsterdam. In the north-east corner of the new polder a fortification with the name Fort Schiphol was build to defend the new area. In April 1916 the Dutch Ministry of War sanctioned the plans for a military airport next to Schiphol.
After the first world war all over Europe a start was made with transporting postage, cargo's and even passengers, more often than not using adapted old war aircraft. In 1919 this new business led to the foundation of the "Royal Airlines for The Netherlands and it's Colonies" located on the former military airport near Schiphol and so Schiphol became the home location for what was later to be called KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Started with some 440 passengers in 1920 Schiphol has now developed into a main European airfield. In 2013 over 52,6 million passengers passed Schiphol, making it the fourth busiest airport in Europe in terms of passengers, after Heathrow, Charles de Gaulle and Frankfurt.
The airport is owned by the Schiphol Group, a Public Limited Company; shareholders are the Dutch Government, the city of Amsterdam, the city of Rotterdam and the French Aéroport de Paris.
But enough about Schiphol, after all we came to fly. So click your first aircraft, file your flight-plan, ask ATC for clearance and runway in use, communicate your intentions via Unicom and "scramble scramble scramble"!