|History of California Airlines|
California Airlines opened it's doors in January 2001 as an X-Plane based Virtual Airline owned by Tony Sanchez. The first Base of Operations was San Francisco (KSFO). Soon, more Bases were added at Orlando (KMCO), Kennedy (KJFK) and Chicago O'Hare (KORD). Our international operations began with the opening of European Bases of Operations at London Heathrow (EGLL) and Brussels (EBBR).
During the mid 2000's other exciting features were introduced, including our exclusive Golden Bear Service and Golden Cub flight operations. Special Operations then followed, along with CAX Helicopter Services.
During 2006, California Airlines expanded into Los Angeles (KLAX), Singapore Changi (WSSS), Honolulu (PHNL) and Melbourne (YMML).
In 2007 new Bases were opened in Vancouver (CYVR) and Princess Juliana (TNCM).
Also, in 2007, Tom Bowden, a dedicated X-Plane enthusiast, joined CalAir and quickly progressed through the ranks taking over as Heathrow (EGLL) Pilot Supervisor and then as Scenery Director. In 2008 and 2009 the “CAXification" of over 1,500 airports and other sceneries were upgraded by Tom.
California Airlines now offers some of the best error-free scenery available for our pilots.
Toward the end of 2010, Tony Sanchez turned over ownership of CalAir to Tom Bowden, and during the winter of 2010-2011 Tom totally updated and modernized the website and strengthened the organization.
2011 has seen the refinement of most of our Check Rides by offering a set of progressive challenges for our pilots. Our Online Certification Check Ride requirements have been enhanced and our reputation with online networks continue to surpass all other VA’s that are currently in operation.
Our Tours and Charters Division, started by Bill Waggoner, has been expanded to offer a wide range of challenging flights around the globe.
But by far, the most exciting and significant development in 2011 has been the introduction of the CAX Interactive Training Courses (CAXITC). This was an inspirational development by our Vice President of Operations, Andrzej Borysewicz. In the spring, the Basic Training Course (BTC) was introduced and has become a mandatory requirement for all new pilots at CalAir. Most of our pilots have now completed our basic training program.
Later in that year the Advanced Training Course (ATC) was introduced. This course builds upon the knowledge gained in Basic Training and tests our pilots to the limits. It is a pre-requisite for our Online Certification and other advancements.
Our Divisions and Bases of Operations have been recently reorganized and expanded which have led to the opening of a new Base of Operations in Athens (LGAV). This Base provides a European gateway to Africa and Asia. And additional international Bases of Operations are planned to open in the near future as California Airlines experiences more growth.
The year 2012 brought about a new change of ownership for CalAir. Brent Bain has assumed the visionary leadership of the airline and he is looking toward the future.
Along with a new pilot ranking system and training requirements, California Airlines has implemented a unique Bring Your Own (BYO) aircraft program where qualified pilots can fly their own favorite payware or freeware X-Plane aircraft for California Airlines.
We at CalAir are continually working to add new and innovative features and enhancements with the goal of making this organization a premier quality virtual airline with an active and dedicated group of pilots and staff.