REGULATIONS
  1. Description

    Grupo SATA Virtual intends to be a cybernetic simulation of Grupo SATA at the pilot level. Our pilots are flying real routes in Microsoft Flight Simulator at their own computers, having at the same time a place to learn and to interact with other people.


     

  2. Internet

    Grupo SATA Virtual has its own website at www.satavirtual.org. All @satavirtual.org emails are considered official from SATA Virtual staff. Any other mean of communication is considered official if includes our URL.


     

  3. Virtual Pilots
     

    1. Pilots
      The Virtual Pilots are those persons who have been approved to join our roster after all necessary exams.

       

    2. Pilots Admission
      The admission is made in two steps. From time to time a Pilot Recruitment Board is open. After sucessful registration an automatic email is sent to the candidate email address with details to access Certification Centre admittance exams.
      The admission process is described in
      Pilot Recruitment

       

    3. Captain Admission
      Captain admission is restricted to pilots already in the roster and a) have at least 150 flight hours b) 100 as flight time in his fleet. Captains moving from one fleet to other are reduced to Pilot status until obtaining 20 flight hours in the new fleet. The admission process is described in
      Pilot Recruitment.

       

    4. Fleet
      Pilots are submitted to one fleet from which they shall receive the flight assignments. Any pilot having a type rating for another fleet may fly in this fleet. Type ratings are valid for a period no greater than 1 year. The Type Rating procedure is described in
      Pilot Recruitment.

       

    5. Assignments
      Flight Assignments are only suggestive and not a demand. Each new flight assignment is issue from a period not less than 8 days.

       

    6. Reports
      Flight Reports are mandatory in order to be included in the logbook. The official and only method available is by FS ACARS.

       

    7. Requests
      Several Requests are active. Inactivity is for pilots who intend to be inactive for a period greater than 2 months.
      Fleet change is a request to all those pilots willing to change their active fleet, which from that moment will start receiving the flight assignments bounded to that fleet after a valid type rating has been completed.

       

    8. Removal from Roster
      Any pilot without a single report within 2 months will be considered suspended. Any suspended pilot will be removed from the roster within 2 months.
      Pilots with inactivity status will be removed after a period of 4 months.
       

     

  4. Staff

     

    1. General Director
      Direct responsibility for maintaining the airline. Coordinates all operations and procedures.



    2. Public Relations
      Spokesman and relations with all external organizations.



    3. Quality Control
      Supervises all flight operations. Detection and manager of abnormal and benefic situations.



    4. Flight Operations
      Manages daily operations, briefing and debriefing.



    5. Chief Pilot
      Administrative link from the operational level to the administration staff. Supervises each operational staff.



    6. Fleet Manager
      Coordinates fleet procedures.





  5. Operations
     

    1. Coordination / Operations
      It?s a service where the pilots can get all kind of informations without having to talk in the ATC frequency.
      Our frequency is 131.500. You may find us in that frequency or most of the time in rw.avsim.net/SATA

      Operations - Gives informations regarding meteo and any other operational information (Controllers active, runways in use, airports, etc).

      Coordination - Coordinates all the type of flights of the SATA.

      How to operate - When starting one flight ask for a stack of flights that already are in use, for case you don't want to make one flight that already it is in air. You should communicate the chocks time, takeoff, number on board and estimate to destination. In case of delay you should indicate the cause. In flight, near destination you should contact again saying estimate to destination number on board.
      Example:
      ***** DEPARTURE
      RZO128 - Coordination, Azores 128.
      SATA_FSS - 128, go ahead.
      RZO128 - Chocks at 28, takeoff 37, 144 on board, and
      Ponta Delgada will be at 20:12. Delay for boarding.
      SATA_FSS - 28, takeoff 37, with 144. See you and good
      flight.
      ***** ARRIVAL
      RZO128 - Coordination, Azores 128.
      SATA_FSS - 128, go ahead.
      RZO128 - Chocks at 12 of the next, 144 on board.
      SATA_FSS - To 12, your stand will be W3. See you and
      nice landing.
      RZO128 - W3, thank you.
      The pilot will have to communicate start engines time, and in flight, already close to the destination, he will have to inform the estimated hour to shutdown the engines. This is called ' to give the chocks '. For example:
      'Coordination, Air Açores 128, to estimate chocks for the 20 '. Coordination can give information regarding stand that it will go to park in the destination airport.

       

    2. SATA Air Açores
      Voice Callsign : SATA

      Schedule Flights :
      ICAO code : SATXXX
      XXX is the flight number.

      Extra Flights :
      ICAO code : SATYXXX
      XXX is the flight number. Y may be one of the following:
      1) re-enforcement
      2) additional
      3) repositioning
      4) fantasy flight

      Other flights :
      ICAO codes : SATXXXY
      XXX is the flight number or the next regular/Charter
      flight number. Y may be one of the following:
      P) positioning
      T) training
      F) ferry

      Online Flights :
      Every time a pilot flies online, he must use the proper callsign. It is forbidden to use the pilot number as callsign, or repetitive callsigns. A Fantasy Flight may be flown anywhere in the world regardless the fleet.

      Alternate List:
      To LPPD - LPLA or LPAZ if before 12:00 Local Time
      To LPAZ - LPPD
      To LPLA - LPPD or LPHR (the nearest to the next stop)
      To LPGR - LPLA
      To LPSJ - LPLA or LPHR (the nearest to the next stop)
      To LPPI - LPLA or LPHR (the nearest to the next stop)
      To LPHR - LPLA or LPPD (the nearest to the next stop)
      To LPFL - LPLA or LPHR (the nearest to the next stop)
      To LPCR - LPFL or LPHR (the nearest to the next stop)

       

    3. SATA Internacional
      Voice Callsign : Air Azores

      Schedule Flights :
      ICAO code ? RZOXXX
      XXX is the flight number.

      Extra Flights :
      ICAO code - RZOYXXX
      XXX is the flight number. Y may be one of the following:
      1) re-enforcement
      2) additional
      4) circular
      5) mixed domestic
      6) charter
      7) fantasy flight
      8) marketing
      9) repositioning

      Other flights :
      ICAO codes - RZOXXXY
      XXX is the flight number or the next regular/Charter flight number. Y may be one of the following:
      P) positioning
      K) training
      F) cargo
      T) test
      E) presidential

      Online Flights : every time a pilot flies online, he must use the proper callsign. It is forbidden to use the pilot number as callsign, or repetitive callsigns. A Fantasy Flight may be flown anywhere in the world regardless the fleet.

      Alternate List :
      To LPPD - LPLA or LPAZ if before 12:00
      To LPMA - LPPS
      To LPPT - LPFR
      To LPFR - LPPT
      To LPPR - LPPT
      To all other - nearest airport with CAT II or above. In case of bad meteorological conditions, at least one alternate must have two crossed runways.
       

     

  6. Real Airline Support

    Grupo SATA Virtual is authorized by Grupo SATA to use its logo and name, since July 17th 1997. Both Grupo SATA logo and name are registered marks of Grupo SATA. Grupo SATA Virtual also has technical and logistic support from Grupo SATA.