Southwest Virtual is founded in October 1999 by Nick Warren
Shawn Anderson begins tenure as CEO & Webmaster, along with Michael Hamann, Assistant CEO, and long-time Human Resources Director, Marv Jamieson.
"SATCO Certified Web Site" - From the early days of Southwest Virtual to today, we have encouraged our pilots to explore the world of online, live ATC, starting with SATCO, the precursor to VATSIM.
"Stormchasers" becomes a regular event, flown on VATSIM, seeking out weather that most pilots prefer to avoid.
The first version of the operations system is released, introducing a database driven system to manage the pilot roster, file PIREPs, and automate other operations of Southwest Virtual.
Southwest Virtual partners with ATA Virtual as a codeshare partner.
To align with the airline model, the terms "Crew Base" and "Crew Base Manager" are used in favor of "Hub" and "Hub Commander."
Southwest Virtual's web presence gets a refresh, further integrating the operations sytem throughout the entire virtual airline.
Mark Tolkacz assumes the role of CEO, along with Eric Ness as Vice President of Flight Operations.
To increase realism and align the virtual airline with the real-world counterpart, the Kansas City, Nashville, Seattle Crew Bases cease operations and consolidate into the remaining Crew Bases.
The current leadership team is assembled, with Patrick Hull, Jason Sokoloff, Jan-Michael Allen, and George Bowman.
"Bad weather taxiing..." Jason Sokoloff, Vice President of Flight Operations and our in-house authority and resource on 737 operations leads a group flight on VATSIM to simulate a taxi during very low visibility and winter weather conditions at the Denver International Airport.
SWVACARS, the custom ACARS software exclusively for Southwest Virtual is released to the VA, providing opportunities for greater automation and gathering flight data.
Nicknames... Despite the fact that a go-around is rare, Patrick seemingly must execute a go-around during the vast majority of group flights on VATSIM, thus earning him the nickname "Bolter."
Jason's attention to detail and interest in following SOP's and checklists often puts him at the tail of most group flights. If it takes 15-20 minutes to get set for pushback for most of us, it likely takes him 45-60 minutes, earning him the nickname "Slow Poke."
As can happen from time to time, a landing can float down the runway a bit. It isn't everyday that a pilot nearly overshoots the length of 25L at Las Vegas resulting in a tussle with the flora. George accomplished such a feat, and it didn't go unnoticed by ATC either, earning him the distinction of being called "Cactus."
The pilots at Southwest Virtual are a great bunch of folks, but on occasion, we look to Jan-Michael "The Hammer" Allen to make sure that all pilots "Straighten Up and Fly Right."
Patrick earns a version identifier to his nickname from his meticulous attention to downloading updates to scenery and aircraft add-ons, becoming "Bolter 2.0."
At the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Patrick's colleagues, Jason, Jan-Michael, and George, abandon him at the gate for their destination, leaving him behind to deal with Mr. "PIREP Denied"'s list of complaints. Patrick's age is demanded to be known, along with the basis of most strategic decisions made in the last 18 months or so. Once Patrick departs, ATC at Seattle remarks, "you know your buddies left you awhile ago..."
"Trips" are introduced. While many virtual pilots explore the route map, airline pilots do not choose individual flights ad-hoc. To simulate the process of bidding trips or flight lines, trips are implemented into the operation.