1 – The minimum age to join Air Similan is 15 years old. An applicant under the age of 15 will be immediately refused.
2.1 – The airline being French and based in France, the applicant must be fluent in French. Having French nationality is not essential to join the airline.
2.2 – The applicant must master the basics of aeronautical English (NATO phonetic alphabet, clearances and simple phraseologies, etc.). Further knowledge of the language is appreciated.
3 – The applicant must have an IVAO and/or VATSIM account. This must be active on this/these network(s).
4.1 – Applicants are expected to have sufficient knowledge of flight simulation and the aircraft they will fly at Air Similan.
4.2 – A lack of sufficient control of aircraft may lead to compulsory training to be carried out on this aircraft, or to the cancellation of the qualification.
4.3 – The applicant must have a suitable add-on for each aircraft he will fly with Air Similan. For example: Airbus A320 Flight Sim Labs, Aerosoft, Flight Factor, Fenix… or Boeing 737 PMDG, Zibo…
5.1 – Each applicant must submit an application on the Air Similan website. This consists of two parts: a form to be completed with various information and an entrance exam. The entrance exam is a theoretical exam in the form of a MCQ which includes various bases on simulation, controlled flight, knowledge of Air Similan... It is recommended to consult the website of the virtual airline before.
5.2 – All personal information entered in the application must be accurate. In the event of incorrect information, the application will be automatically refused.
5.3 – In the form to be entered, the pilot must indicate the qualification he wishes to obtain initially. He has the choice between a qualification on an Airbus A320 or a Boeing 737. He can only request one qualification when applying. He will have the possibility of obtaining more in the future (see paragraph 11.2).
5.4 – The exam is passed when the applicant obtains 75% (or more) of correct answers.
5.5 – In case of success in the entrance exam, the applicant will be contacted by email between a few hours and a few days following his application. This will have access to the Air Similan Intranet and will have the status of “Training Pilot”. He will then have two weeks to complete his first rotation with Air Similan (with the aircraft chosen during his application), following which he will be granted the status of “Pilot”: he will officially be a pilot for the airline. If the first flight is not carried out during the first two weeks following admission and the future pilot has not justified his absence to the airline (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org*), he will be automatically dismissed from the virtual airline Air Similan.
5.6 - If the exam is successful, the pilot will be asked to join the Air Similan Discord server allowing exchanges between the airline's pilots, possible meetings, group flights, etc.
5.7 – In the event of failure to pass the entrance examination, the applicant will not be able to renew his application. He will have the possibility, if he wishes, to be supported by the National School of Virtual Aviation (ENAV), partner of Air Similan, which will take care of teaching him everything before his admission to Air Similan. Otherwise, he will have to wait three months before being able to submit a new application on the Air Similan website.
6.1 – Each pilot must complete a minimum of two complete rotations every two months.
6.2 – If the pilot is unable to fly for a period, he must inform the administration of the airline by email at email@example.com*, under penalty of being dismissed from the airline.
7.1 – For some add-ons, the only downloadable livery of our aircraft is the first aircraft in the fleet, registered “Alpha”. Despite this, our pilots have an obligation to fly with all the aircraft in the fleet, not just one in particular.
7.2 – We try to fairly distribute the number of flight hours flown by each of our aircraft. Thus, we regularly put certain aircraft into maintenance. The pilot must therefore check the status of the aircraft before each flight and choose an aircraft that is valid and available at the location where he is. It is preferable to fly in priority with the planes with the fewest possible flight hours.
8.1 – Except during events, tours, special flights, ferry flights or positioning flights, the pilot must make full rotations, i.e. he cannot just make a outbound flight. He must systematically make the return flight as well (exception for stopover flights, the outward journey of which may be different from the return flight).
8.2 – The pilot has a period of one week (after his outward flight) to make his return flight (exception for outward flights of more than 6 hours whose duration accepted before the return flight is extended to two weeks).
8.3 – Beyond this deadline, without justification of his inability to carry out the flight with the airline (by email to firstname.lastname@example.org*), the pilot will be automatically teleported to his base (as the plane); the outbound flight will be deleted from the database and will therefore not be counted. In the event of a repeat offence, the pilot is liable to dismissal from Air Similan.
8.4 – The pilot must imperatively start from where he was previously. For example, after performing a CDG - MRS, he will have to leave from MRS to CDG.
9.1 – The routes operated by Air Similan are numerous and diverse. They can be viewed on our network page. A travel inspiration search engine allows pilots to find ideas for next destinations.
9.2 - Pilots have a duty to fly on these routes with the corresponding flight numbers, as well as the callsigns assigned when booking the flights. If several pilots perform the same flight simultaneously on the same network, they must each use their personal Air Similan Crew ID as ATC callsign.
10.1 – Each flight operated with Air Similan must be closed via a flight report. Without a complete flight report on the Air Similan website, the flight cannot be accepted. An IVAO, VATSIM, ProjectFLY… replay cannot replace the report.
10.2 – Any incident, no matter how small, must be mentioned on this same report. It is only a question of having traces and keeping a follow-up on the state of our fleet. An error that is recognized and pointed out will be more likely to be forgiven.
10.3 – Any flight report whose vertical speed on landing is less than -600 ft/min must be accompanied by a comment in the flight report, under penalty of immediate refusal.
10.2 – The safety of our passengers and crew is our priority. Promote safety over punctuality. “A delay is better than a disaster” (Chesley Sullenberger).
Ranks, Miles and qualifications
11.1 – All pilots increase their number of flight hours with each flight performed. This one obtains ranks as its flights are made. These ranks, displayed in the form of a badge on the pilot's profile, give access to certain additional functionalities, such as the possibility of carrying out ferry flights for example.
11.2 – With each flight performed, the pilot also accumulates Miles, a kind of virtual currency specific to the airline. After a certain number of Miles obtained, the pilot can, for example, exchange them for other qualifications in order to fly on other aircraft.
11.3 - Pilots may purchase qualifications on new aircraft (other than the one on which they were qualified at the time of application). Once qualified, the pilot must perform at least one rotation every six months with the aircraft to keep the qualification, or else it will be cancelled.
Network and offline
12.1 – Flying on a network (IVAO or VATSIM) is not compulsory. The pilot can fly offline. However, by flying offline, the pilot recovers only 75% of the Miles of his flight; the remaining 25% is lost.
12.2 – The Air Similan tracker asks pilots to inform beforehand the network on which they are flying. Indicate the wrong network (choose "IVAO" instead of "VATSIM" for example) or indicate flying online while flying offline (choose "IVAO" instead of "OFFLINE") is strictly prohibited. Without remark, the theft report will be deleted automatically.
Additional rights and duties
13 – The pilot must regularly consult the Air Similan Newsroom to be aware of all new information concerning the operation of the airline, the addition of aircraft to the fleet or the opening of new routes.
14 – The pilot can submit ideas for routes and improvements to Air Similan management.
15 – The pilot must if possible make himself available for the meetings organized by the management.
16 – Insults, incitement to hatred, racism, homophobia, discrimination or any other words that may offend the sensibilities of others are strictly prohibited within the airline and heavily sanctioned.
17 – Pilots can contact Air Similan management at any time by email at email@example.com* for suggestions, remarks, questions, problems, etc. We will be happy to answer and assist you.
18 – These regulations must be consulted regularly by the pilots. Indeed, it may be subject to change at any time without notice. The changes will come into effect as soon as they are posted online. The modifications are accepted without reserve by any person present in the airline or wishing to integrate it as from their posting on line.