EPOCH Alaska Air VA
Follow the development of this virtual airline as the virtual C.O.O. starts the business and competes in the highly competitive and dangerous skies and strips of Western and Central Alaska.
Participate as the VA comes alive, join as either an occasional or preferred staff contract pilot, and do things here that other VA's only dream about.
This is a bush pilot's VA. It is a lonely yet fulfilling role that bush and coast dogs perform, and we'll give you the very best of this world.
Remember, at uX-Pa, the User's imagination is considered a part of the runtime code. You are the most important part of the experience!
|Posted on October 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
This is a quick note to those of you who are using Inside Passage, Final Frontier and Canadian Rockies payware scenery packages from Tom Curtis (Scenery4XP).
Our member She Pooley has worked out the details for a fix that you can do yourself to have the packages work properly in Version 10.25+ with or without HD Scenery. There are errors with some of the "WED-work", taxi lines, and a few sundry issues in total. Won't take but a half hour of your time, and it beats all the errors.
Feel free to post a "Thanks" to She Pooley for not only identifying and fixing the issues, but also for posting it here for all to see and engage.
|Posted on October 11, 2014 at 6:10 PM||comments (2)|
Finally... it's Final.
Version 3 of Beaver Creek Airport, AirPark and UXBC Resort Airstrip and Settlement have 'gone to press'.
There's lots new, and now the V10 files have been separated to fix terrain, road network and ramp start issues.
Get it in Downloads and please let us know what you think.
|Posted on October 10, 2014 at 7:05 PM||comments (0)|
So I thought that this year, instead of focusing almost exclusively on the US Thanksgiving celebration, I would give Canada its salute as well.
After all, CYXQ (one of the focus points of this weekend's fun) is Beaver Creek, Yukon - in Canada.
... and uX-Pa HQ (EPOCH Alaska Air's real world home) is in Canada.
Maybe that means that the $100 TurkeyBurger flight, to be released later on Sunday, will be just over the border as well.
Stay tuned, and keep your float hatches tight,
|Posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
It seems mighty odd typing a blog entry that looks to identify the processes required to be a pilot of our VA, given that EPOCH Alaska Air has been running for just under 2 years. But there you have it - we have never formally identified the way a new user might engage this rather odd yet refreshing approach to a Virtual Airline.
Moving forward then, may I please introduce you to FAQ #1,
Thanks for reading and keep your float hatches tight. (Noting that winter ops begins at the end of October)
|Posted on September 21, 2014 at 11:10 PM||comments (2)|
If you haven't been around for a while, take note.
CYXQ Beaver Creek Yukon, and our fantastic EPOCH Hub and AirPark has a Phase III Expansion going on right now.
If you do not have an airpark lot, and want one, then how about logging on and checking the News Page for links.
This build cycle, and your ability to have a personalized lot at the AirPark, ends on September 30th at 2300 EDT. The next opportunity will not come until spring.
There are a good number of enhancements to the airfield as well. C'mon in and check it out
Keep your Floats tight!
|Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
A quick one tonight then.
X-Hangar updated the M-7 Maule, including a new version called the TEA (Terrain Extreme) with huge fat tundra tires. The original EPOCH livery didn't work on this version, so Rick kindly got his virtual brushes busy and raised a new version.
Download the file again - in Downloads - for the changes.
The new sked flights #708 and #709 out of PASW Skwentna have been included in the Planning Form dropdown menu.
The button in the Sked Planning Form page had a broken link. It now works.
Thanks all for your patience with site changes. Internet connections have been very problematic over the Labour Day weekend.
|Posted on August 24, 2014 at 11:30 PM||comments (5)|
Yup! I'm back from my most excellent vacation with my family as we covered most of the east coast of Canada and toured many of the iconic sights like the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Island, the Fossil Beds in Nova Scotia, the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick etcetera. I even managed a few hours at the Alexander Graham Bell Museum on Cape Breton Island where the "Silver Dart" (first powered aircraft in Canada - flew in 1909) is on display.
Now that I'm back, there is some work to be done on the Skeds to fix a couple of niggling issues. There's a couple of new routes to develop. A new Tour will come out shortly. EPOCH Economy will be updated by about the end of next week. And there is a great scenery package for ERAlaska Destinations coming out this weekend, along with a Fishing Trip (see Calendar).
It's great to be back in the Cave, and development of the next uX-Pa major package is well underway, with other team members taking up the slack while I decompressed a bit.
Some thanks are in order:
JetJerry and gofigure, for minding EPOCH and the Forum while I was away and even adding fun things to do
Mr. Dare for continuing with our collaborative build and coming out with a stellar product.
Tom and Jenny for keeping the payware build on track.
All of our fine members who have been running skeds (163 done to date)
... and the rest of you fine folks who have messaged issues and fixes, reviews and comments etc.
I would also be remiss not to mention Gerald for his fine bush updates and work on aircraft that we all love and enjoy. Salute, X-Hangar. Great work and we are all appreciative of your contributions and pricing
Lastly... welcome back Krispy. It is a pleasure to have you back in our skies!
|Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
Scheduled flight service is now available at EPOCH Alaska Air.
With several thousands of miles of scheduled Part 121 and Part 135 (modified to suit EPOCH) routes, sim pilots now have the added feature of flying skeds any day of the week - morning, mid-day or evening.
The process is detailed, but easy to get a handle on.
START HERE and have a great time Pilots.
|Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:35 PM||comments (0)|
This, my friends, is going to be a "post-crazy" week I think!
First of all, the Economy numbers are finished except for a few odds and ends for the Pilots who posted in the Online thread. We'll get those data sheets into the "Economy Page" in the next 2 days. As well, those pilots who participate in the Economy model shall see the chosen work and primary locations tied into the Economy spreadsheet.
Then of course it looks like the Big Draw for the winner of the screenshot contest in the last Online Adventure is going to happen Wednesday when I get a chance to sit down with John, the Judge. That will net the winner a 3 Pack of the aircraft of their choice, drawn from a sales floor of over 50, at X-Hangar.
The EPOCH Alaska Air Schedules Database is complete. This represents the first 100 scheduled routes/legs and consists of 48 Flights covering all of our Main Schedules. This database does not yet include the feeder routes into the various Hubs of EPOCH. That will come in the fall. For the remainder of the summer and early fall however, I imagine that over 11,300 nautical miles of scheduled travel routes ought to keep the Pilots of EPOCH Alaska Air busy .
So, still left to do. Format the database into nice looking and easily-readable snapshots for the Sked Page (coming in a couple days), include a downloadable .pdf file, open the Flight Planning & Reporting Form Page (already built), open the Passenger, Baggage/Gear & Cargo Generator page (already built), display the Economy Payscale and write a step-by-step guide to flying the skeds.
Then of course there is the all-new Aircraft Locator & Condition database. This has each aircraft's location across the state along with the 'condition' of the aircraft (as far as TBO vs. Hours), a trip counter and a Fail Number that is to be used by the pilots in their Flight Planning (and in-sim). A special thanks to gofigure who compiled the location data into Hubs and Locales.
Looking real good for a full release either Wednesday or Thursday night. Thursday is sort of a deadline for me, as I will be out in the bush of North Ontario (in a dHC-2 Beaver no less) in a remote camp for 3 days of downtime, returning Sunday evening. So if I don't get the skeds out before then, it would be Sunday or Monday evening, but I am dedicated to pushing this forward so our Pilots don't spend too much time laying around and drinking all of the root beer
|Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:35 PM||comments (0)|
Our second Online TeamSpeak focused adventure is loaded and ready to go.
In this one, you the EPOCH Pilot, will be working with the US Navy just out of Anchorage to test an operational scenario in support of emergency preparedness.
Please see the News Page for details. It's at the top, files are oaded in TeamSpeak, and the first planned adventure, hosted by our Member and Moderator JetJerry, departs at 1500 EDT (1100 AKDT, 1900 GMT) for who knows where
Come on in and let's get flying