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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.

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Last big one before Skeds

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes folks, this week is the last of the big adventures before the end of July and all of August are spent in the relative tranquility of scheduled service at EPOCH Alaska Air.

But there's lots going on right now!


Our member, rick.hudd has graced us with his artistic talents and made a flagship EPOCH livery for the new X-Hangar Maule M-7 bush plane. The aircraft is absolutely fantastic and the paint is equally so :)


Also, we have been preparing for another weekend ONLINE Adventure, this time sharing airspace with the Alaskan Military as we embark on joint exercises titled "Round Hole - Square Peg". I can personally assure you that this is a one-of-a-kind, never-done-before adventure in the X-Plane world, and you just plain ol' don't want to miss out.


The new TeamSpeak server has been a decided success, with our largest number ( 7 ) flying together at the same time. Most of them were on Netflight as well, and by the sound of the posts made during the Glacier Adventure, I would say everyone had a very good time.


Alright. That's it for now. I hope everyone is having a decent summer, odd weather aside.


Cheers,

bc

Week 2 of July Notes

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So what's happening around the EPOCH Alaska Air hangars right now?


1. The Denali Rescue Online Flights/Missions have been a resounding success so far. There's still time to get involved with the Online component, but if you've been too danged busy to hook up, the link for the Mission Package will be made in the News article on the main page of our uX-Pa site, in the text below the ad picture.


2. X-Hangar, our VA partner for aircraft, has just released the Maule M-7 bushplane for our enjoyment. Take a look at Recent Posts on the News Page or go looking in the Forum HERE (Page 2) for the announcement and links.


3. You may be wondering if summer will be over before the summer sched season starts. I don't blame you... I am now 10 days behind the schedule. Some of it because of RW (having to work and cover other staff vacations), some of it because I still insist on my 1½ to 2 hours per night sim flying (to maintain a stress-free life :P ) and mostly because the sheer volume of aircraft and positioning has slowed everything down. I am getting there, slowly but surely, and I deeply hope that the wait will be worth it in our Pilot's eyes.


So, that's it for now folks. Enjoy, and check back often.


Reminding you to keep your float hatches tight....


bc

New Stuff

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Now let's see...

You folks in Europe must be done supper by now. All of you pilots in Australia and New Zealand are soon getting out of bed, ready for a new day. Those of you across the main part of the Americas are looking at an afternoon, with some almost ready to head home from work and our fine folks in Alaska are about ready for luncheon.


Call it a day and head to the sim pit! Tell the boss that your other job is calling :lol: . Why, you ask?


Because we have an ONLINE TeamSpeak Adventure underway today. On our new TeamSpeak server, that works like a charm.


Also, there has been a major update of the Hubs of EPOCH Alaska Air, that can be found under the same name in the Top NavBar when you hover over the EPOCH AA VA tag. Take a look and start imagining that the soon to be released summer skeds are going to see many of these utilized.


Cheers,


bc

Service Disruption Potential

Posted on June 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Good day uX-Pa Members,


Please be advised that there may be disruptions this evening, June 30th 2014, with data and post presentations from uX-Pa HQ. Although we have both Ka Band Satellite Internet and Cellular available, we are under a severe storm warning and tornado watches, so who knows how the evening will progress.


This applies mostly to those who are keeping an eye out for the Lottery Draw, to be held this evening near midnight.


Cheers,

bc

Scenery & Hamburger Skin Released

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The CZN Chisana build (ERAlaska Destination) and the Hamburger Flight overlay have been published and are ready for downloading. Please see the Downloads Page here for the links to grab the custom scenery.


Also, our new TeamSpeak channel is now up and running. There are a few established channels available, so be sure to PM bc or Dirob (see News) for your key code. Now that we own our virtual server, we have great plans for this service, and it all revolves around your use of the EPOCH Alask Air feature.


Lastly, we shall be rolling up the Economy Report tomorrow and drawing the Lottery on Monday to position ourselves to be ready to serve the new Scheduled Routes for the summer months. This shall be coming near the end of next week.


Let's Get Flying :)


Cheers, and keep your float hatches tight,

bc

FARMing, EPOCH style.

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

F.A.R.M.

Ferry And Re-locate Missions (you didn't think we'd started a farming sim did you? :lol:


There are some top notch flying missions available right now at EPOCH, as we attempt to get all of our newly purchased or re-furbished aircraft to our various Hubs and Staging locations.


Come on in and do some Ferry flights with us. If you are a member, you can readily track all of the flights and participate yourself. If you are an EPOCH Pilot, then you can also get paid.

And who doesn't like to get paid?


See you in the skies. The weather is nice this evening, at least for 10 square miles of the airspace I'm in :P


Cheers,

bc

The 2014 Iditarod Winners

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Dallas Seavey comes in FIRST!


At 4:04 this morning (Alaskan Time) Dallas slipped under the burled arch, thus being declared the winner of the 2014 Iditarod. Following him for 2nd place was Aliy Zirkle, 1 minute and 38 seconds later.

4 others have followed throughout the day, the 6th crossing being made by Martin Buser at just a bit before 4 pm.

That makes for 6 across. The other 4, for the first 10 that split the big prize, are close now. I expect the next one in about an hour and a half; Jessie Royer and the others not far behind (but racing the last stretch in the dark and light snowfall).


EPOCH continues to serve however, and more flights will be heading out in the morning. All other racers are at Kaltag or further west, so most material dispatches will happen from Nome, and vets and volunteers will hopscotch along the trail as needed.


See you in the Alaskan Skies Pilots. Be safe and enjoy,


bc

The Pilot-Friendly Iditarod

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

So, how about that weather? :)

This year the weather (so far) over the Iditarod Trail has been exemplary for pilots; not so much for the Teams however, as they have battled rocks and warmth, at least as far as Ophir. Things cooled down nicely on the Trail north to the Yukon and now that the lead teams are pushing up the coast of Norton Sound from Unalakleet through to Koyuk, the temperatures are hovering around -18 to -20'C (~0'F) and the Trail is relatively decent, although there are regular reports of dirt as well as snow/ice.


But flying this as an EPOCH Iditarod pilot has been a joy. Even in my crosswind-unfriendly Cessna 185 I have had zero issues with ground operations all along the Trail, for which I am immensely pleased.


Hey, if you want to see how the race is faring from an EPOCH point of view, take a look HERE.


Dispatches continue as usual, with the first batch for morning fliers, the second for afternoon and the final batch for evening fliers. As per posting history, POP-UPS can, and do, occur at any time, so keep an eye ;)


Cheers, and keep your skis in the right position :D


bc

2014 EPOCH Iditaord UPDATE

Posted on March 2, 2014 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

2014 EPOCH Iditarod UPDATE:

so, first of all, I want to share the real world microlook at the Iditarod. My main pick, Kristy Berington, is in 55th place at present (out of 69) and departed Willow for Yentna at 15:48 AKST (2 hours and a couple minutes ago). That's all I know right now, but I have my hopes up. I will have to log onto the tracker and see her on the trail.


But, back to EPOCH and its fine Iditarod Pilots. While EPOCH is donating some of the flying to the Iditarod, we are also being paid to transport media and politicians around as well as other sundry tasks. Enough to pay our line pilots who complete Dispatches on time.

What, you say? On time?

That's right. We now are running Near-real-Time Dispatches, which means that there is a Start Time, when pilots may begin flying, but also an Expiry Time, when the Dispatch no longer counts for Revenue for the pilot. Oh, everyone can (and do) still fly them after Expiry (there's even a separate topic to hold expired dispatches), but the fun is in seeing if you can get the flights done in time for sure :) .

Gosh, we even have a Special Assignment flight for Homeland Security (helicopter pilots only)!

Anyhow, as this day's flying nears an end (sunset happens in about 30 minutes), the Official EPOCH Iditarod Dispatcher (that's me :D ) has released a total of 28 Dispatches in 2 days. You should not run out of flight jobs!


So, keep an eye on the Forum here, even if you're not actually posting or maybe not even flying but just watching, and see the great PIREPS coming in from our pilots. And remember, the latest news from the Iditarod is not here... it's at http://iditarod.com.


Cheers,


bc

Iditarod Goes LIVE

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I suppose it's not much of a mystery, if you've logged onto the site anytime over the last couple of weeks.

We are doing the Iditaord, and it just went live.

Download links are on the News Page.

A new and improved Adventure process is at the top of the Forum.


... must sleep now. :roll:


Have fun,


bc


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