No. You can think of SunWest as less of a virtual airline and more an airline career simulator. We were founded to give those who perhaps aren't involved in a commercial aviation career a taste of what the real thing is like, and as such, we do require operational training before you can begin flying. That said, we do our best to keep the training manageable, engaging, and achieveable to pilots of all skill levels.
A flight simulator is a device that artificially re-creates aircraft flight and the environment in which it flies, in this case, for the sake of entertainment. Popular flight simulators include: Lockheed Martin Prepar3D, X-Plane 11, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X. At the time, we only offer support for Prepar3D v4 & Prepar3D v5.
A virtual airline is an online organization which joins a community of like-minded enthusiasts together in one place, with the goal of creating a realistic and enjoyable experience.
SunWest operates a fleet of Boeing 737-700/800/900/900ER aircraft. Support for the following add-on aircraft is availabe: PMDG NGXu (base package and expansions).
SunWest uses the rank structure of a typical airline: first officer and captain. While anyone is free to join as a first officer, the captain rank is reserved for only the most experienced pilots who have verifiable experience. After a certain number of milestones, first officers will become eligible to upgrade to captain.
You are required to submit one PIREP every 30 days in order to stay active. If the 30 day period has elapsed, you will revert to inactive status for 30 days or until your next PIREP is filed. If no PIREP is filed during the 30 day inactive period, you will be removed from the airline.
No. All pilots start out with 0 hours at SunWest, however, your previous hours are used to verify your experience if applying for a direct-entry captain position. We can use 50% of your hours from a previous airline, or 100% of your hours from VATSIM. Real-world pilots with a rating of a commercial pilot certificate rating or higher can use their real-world experience in lieu of the 250 hour captain requirement.
SunWest is the perfect choice for pilots who want an added level of depth to their virtual airline, and appreciate attention-to-detail. We strive to offer realistic and appealing operations by utilizing high-fidelity add-ons and their features, such as equipment failures, advanced aircraft performance models, and ACARS. In other words, if you seek a balance of fun and realism, SunWest is a good choice for you!