August 14, 2002
A Note from the General Manager
This is the first edition of our new monthly newsletter for members of Bluegrass Airlines and is something we hope you all will support and encourage. It is a means by which each Division and even individual members, can communicate with everyone their coming events, thoughts, problems, suggestions and of course praise for the efforts of everyone involved J
Please take the
time to read what is happening in our Va and what is planned for the coming
months. Please take the time to
contribute to the information. Send
us your emails for inclusion and participate in the promotion of
is designed for YOU. YOU have
requested it and management has listened.
Please don’t leave it entirely to the Divisional Directors and
Management to keep going. Let us have
your thoughts – good and bad – your praise and criticisms. Let us have your support and above all let
The recent survey of members, whilst very disappointing in the number of responses received, did highlight a number of areas where improvements could be made and Management is currently looking at ways to address the issues raised. If you have not already done so and wish to reply to the survey please do so now as results are being compiled and every suggestion and criticism is being carefully considered.
A letter from Captain Rob Finn of the Australian Division:
I feel that the future of
We are in need of a VA, that pilots will come to worldwide, maybe to join, or just do one of our special flights, but we need a VA that is talked about in the FS community. I think DC3 Airways has that recognition at present, and that we need to equal or preferable better.
The team at
Lets take the Berlin Airlift flights, Bill Odell and Bill Von Sennet have done an excellent job in recreating the flights of that era and has bought us the most up to date information, this I know, was many hours of work on there behalf to bring us such a thorough understanding of the Airlift and the opportunity to fly this event.
Just how many pilots took advantage of their work and
actually flew an Airlift sector, i don’t know. I myself, a
The Catalina Jaunt, another of our special flights is on the launching pad, but here again after so many hours of work by a dedicated team, just how many pilots will fly this event ?? Time will tell.
Maybe it is time that
Lets face it, YES, we love our propliners and may they live forever, but should we start including some of the jets and turbo- props, after all it has been 50 years since the Boeing 707s and DC-8s hit the skies and 60 years plus since the turbo-prop Viscounts and Electras first flew. Lets even look at the Boeing 747, 767. 727 and 737, count back how many years since we all first saw on of these types at the local airport and went, "WOW".
So lets look at the future of our VA, we do not want a VA that schedules 129 flights per day between LAX and SFO, there are more of that type of VA around then i have had breakfasts. We need a VA that is different, a VA that the FS community will email us and say , that was great, "whats next", this will make the dedicated team work by our members worth while.
Your comments and suggestions please gentleman and ladies.
Southern Division is sponsoring a major event starting September 1st.,
2002. It is called “The
Catalina Jaunt” and uses our PBY5-A Catalina on a journey from
PanAm Clipper flights page is finished. We have an excellent model of the Boeing
B-314 clipper and scenery to download also.
Airlift is still on line. It seems
to be receiving more attention from outside of
A message from Capt. Bob
I will be offline for about 3 weeks starting around 26 August as am moving to San Luis Obispo, California after just having retired from the Navy after some 28 years. I'll need that time to get my household goods shipped and then everything hooked back up again (I hope ..... ;o). My e-mail address will remain unchanged as I am NOT on DSL but still use the dial-up method so will just shift to a new number for access.
The Bangor Hub web-site has been moved to http://bluegrassairlines.com/bgan/bangor due to the fact that flightsimmers.net will be shutting down on August 15th, and we wanted to preserve Capt. Art Nichols work.
the completion of the addition of taxiways and hardstand parking areas to all
300+ Australian airports in FS2002 that didn’t already have them, the way is
now open for the introduction of additional schedules and the introduction of
AI flights to many of the regional and country outback airports. Unfortunately most of the taxiways and
hardstand are not indicative of the actual airport but it does give somewhere
to park and start from. Each of
these airports now boasts a
This project could not have been completed without the very generous assistance of Capt. Coleman Green of the Alaska Division who so generously gave up his time to make the scenery files for us. Thanks Coleman.
Airservices Australia has just given us access to their online database of airport and other information which is a mine of information for flight planning purposes and in the coming months will prove invaluable for a proposed adventure flight in the Australian outback using a Flying Doctor Pilatus aircraft to visit outback sheep and cattle stations where NAVAIDS are not available. This will be a great test of a pilots navigation ability. More about that later as the scenery files have yet to be done.
One of the responses in the survey was the need for conformity on flight reports. The Australian and Southern Divisions have been using hours : minutes and everyone else uses hours and partial hours as a decimal
There was not any unanimous support for either system, just a request that we all use the same one. So effective September 1st, 2002 all divisions will be using hours . hundredths of hours. To figure your flight time, take the total number of minutes and divide it by 60 (95min/60=1.58) Round off your decimals to two places (i.e. 3.91666 would be 3.92)
The master roster is posted on the web-site every month as soon as all of the reports come in for all the divisions. Please check the roster and if you are marked as inactive or “sacked” contact your division director concerning your future status. Anyone marked inactive who does not have any flights for 3 consecutive months will be removed from the roster. If you have extenuating circumstances, we understand and will mark you as “on leave” and keep you on the roster. But you need to communicate your status to your division director.
Any comments or articles for the September newsletter should be sent to: