Frequently Asked Questions

Selecting a Flight
  • How do I find flights to fly?

  • From the Operations menu select Flight Schedules and enter your departure and arrival airports. All flights for the day will be listed. You can also limit your search to a specific aircraft or airline.

  • Can I fly flights for other virtual airlines?

  • No, only flights operated by SAA Virtual may be flown.

  • I just arrived in Cape Town. Does my next flight need to depart from here as well?

  • No, it doesnít, although many pilots like to do so and we urge all pilots to fly from their last arrival airport.

  • SAA flights to the USA are routed via Senegal. Do I need to fly both legs?

  • No, you donít. You may fly as many legs of the flight as you wish, although some pilots opt to fly the entire flight number.

  • What time zone is reflected in the schedules for departures and arrivals?

  • All times shown in the flight schedules are UTC or Zulu time.

  • The flight I want to fly only departs on Saturdays. Do I have to wait until then to fly it?

  • Yes, all schedules are modelled as close to the real world as possible.

    Flying a Flight
  • The timetable says to depart at 23:00, but I don’t want to have to wake up in the middle of the night to fly?

  • You donít have to, the only time that has to be the same as the schedule is the time in the flight simulator.

  • Do I have to depart at exactly the scheduled time?

  • No, but you do have to fly according to the schedule. You should try to depart at the scheduled time, but leaving a few minutes early or late is fine (ten minutes is a good rule of thumb). If departing more than a few minutes late, itís a good idea to include comments in your PIREP to explain why.

  • Do I fly from gate-to-gate or from runway-to-runway?

  • As we simulate real airline operations, all flights and flight schedules are times between the departure gate and arrival gate, or pushback to engine shutdown.

  • How do I know which gates to use?

  • We have terminal maps for all destinations we serve is South Africa. Links, subject to availability, are provided for regional and international airports.

  • Do I need to fly with online?

  • No, but we certainly encourage it. Once you have flown online and had ATC coverage you will probably never want to be without it again.

  • Do you allow aircraft substitutions?

  • Yes, it is not always possible to have all the aircraft in your fleet and there is no expectation from us for you to purchase commercial addons.

  • What should my callsign be?

  • Your callsign should be the airlineís callsign followed by the flight number.

  • Twelve hours is a long time to fly can I accelerate the simulation rate?

  • No, we do not accept flights that are flown at simulation rates greater than 1x. PIREPS are specificaaly checked for this and will be rejected without further consideration.

  • Do I have to fly my flight entirely in one session?

  • Yes, our flight recording software does not support the saving of flights, once your flight has commenced you need to complete it.

  • Why do my flights tend to be early?

  • There are various reasons, low traffic volumes, weather and spped. Our schedules are based on real world schedules which allow for these contingencies.

  • Is there a maximum number of flights/hours I can fly?

  • No. In perspective though, FAA regulations allow a commercial pilot to fly no more than 8 hours on one flight, 30 hours in a seven-day period, 100 hours in a calendar month, and 1000 hours in a calendar year.