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CompeteVA Internal Rules and Regulations

These rules have been created so that the Pilots that participate in CompeteVA don't have any doubts or uncertainties about the credited flight hours reported in their PIREPs, and in the way these are evaluated to be clear. It has been divided into sections GENERAL, FLIGHTS & PIREPs, EVALUATION and ECONOMY making it easier to find and search the different topics:


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  2. Any clarification on the specifications of the aircrafts or the rates used in CompeteVA must be directed to a Staff member citing the source, preferably a public website as to be able to check it. Otherwise, please send the information attached by email.

    The CompeteVA Staff thanks you in advance for any involvement with means of improving and making our calculations and evaluations more accurate and realistic, however, we reserve the right to make corrections requested, that means, only clarifications that the Staff will consider appropriate will be updated in our database, but all will be monitored and will always reply either with a yes or no.



  1. All flights with no exceptions must be reported to CompeteVA with the FS-FDR (Flight Simulator - Flight Data Recorder) software that can be downloaded in the section Downloads > Files > FS-FDR from the Pilot Menu.

    The FS-FDR software can function with any other software used to report flights to the Virtual Airlines like FSacars, FSPassenger, VAFS, and others without interfering or cause conflicts, so in order to report the flight both to CompeteVA and the Virtual Airline, the flight will be made running both programs at the same time.

  2. The Pilot must authenticate the reported flights in the CompeteVA website to count the hours and the income, both to the Pilot and to the Airline.

  3. PIREPs stay in stand by status waiting for authentication for 30 days. After this period PIREPs not authenticated will be automatically deleted by de system.

  4. Only flights registered in the CompeteVA Routes can be authenticated. There are two options if a non-registered flight is reported:
         a) Request for the new route to be added to the system and wait between 24 to 48 hours for the PIREP to be
         b) Delete the PIREP.

  5. Applications for registration of a new route can only be done after reporting the flight in question from the [NEW ROUTE REQUEST] button in the authentication of the PIREP.

  6. All requested routes will be added within a period of no more than 48 hours after the request is received, except when CompeteVA specifies otherwise.

  7. For a flight to be considered as ON-LINE, the FS-FDR software must be run with the options Flight Recorder > IVAO FDR and then do the flight connected and active on the IVAO network, even if there's one or more disconnections during the flight.

    If the FS-FDR software is not run with these options or at the end of the flight you're disconnected from the IVAO network, the flight will be considered as OFF-LINE with the penalty described under "ECONOMY".

  8. Only aircrafts listed on the FS-FDR software can be used to report flights in CompeteVA. If an aircraft used in a Virtual Airline is not listed, please contact a Staff member of CompeteVA to make your request so the aircraft can be added.

    Due to these requests and CompeteVA's own initiative, new aircrafts are constantly added to the list, which is why it is suggested to updated at least once a month or before making a request with the Flight Recorder > Database Update > Aircrafts option of the FS-FDR software.

  9. The routes do not define if it's a PAX (passenger) or CARGO flight, it's just a route, the aircraft you choose from the FS-FDR software defines it. If you choose a Boeing B757-200, it will be a PAX flight, but if you choose a Boeing B757-200F, it will be a CARGO flight.



  1. Every PIREP received at CompeteVA is evaluated to obtain an assessment of the Pilot's technical performance and another one of the satisfaction, comfort and security of the passengers and/or of the payload.

  2. The evaluation referred to several aspects of the flight that affect these assessments. Some of these aspects affect only the assessment of the technical performance, others affect both assessments and others are only reported in the Flight LOG, and for now, are just informative and do not affect any assessment.
    The evaluated aspects in the PIREPs received are as follows:

    Aspect Technical Satisfaction
    Lighting operations (NAV, BCN, STRB, TAXI, LANDING e INSTRUMENTS)    
    Parking Breaks ON/OFF ON/OFF X  
    Takeoff from the reported Airport in the PIREP X X
    Using PUSHBACK to lineup with taxiway X X
    Not to exceed 25 KTS during taxing X X
    Auto Throttle operations (ON/OFF, IAS, MACH)    
    Takeoff from assigned RWY with less than 7 degrees of deviation X X
    Change of COM1 frequency    
    Change of COM2 frequency    
    NAV/GPS switch position and GPS Waypoints    
    Autopilot operations (ON/OFF, HDG, NAV, ALT, VS, LVL Appr)    
    Extend or retract the landing gear below the maximum speed X  
    Extend or retract Flaps below the maximum speed X  
    Extend or retract Flaps below maximum altitude (20,000 ft) X  
    Reach Flight Level reported in the PIREP X  
    Not extend Flaps above 20,000 ft X  
    Pitot Heat ON/OFF    
    Activate STALL or OVERSPEED alarms X  
    Autobrake operations (OFF, RTO, 1, 2, 3, MAX)    
    Land on the assigned with less than 7 degrees of deviation X X
    Land at a vertical speed below half the maximum speed allowed for the landing gear X X
    No bounces during landing X X
    Spoilers position and reverse activation    
    Not use breaks at more than 80 kts X  
    Arrive at the Airport reported on the PIREP X X
    Parking Break ON/OFF X  
    Arrive on time   X
    Shut engine(s) down after parking the aircraft X X
    Open door(s) with engine(s) off X X
    Fuel consumption and reserve    
    Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW)    
    IAS below FL100    
    Maximum IAS    
    MACH cruise speed    
    Maximum MACH speed    
    Maximum altitude and service ceiling    
    Maximum landing weight    

    We could continue describing the way a PIREP is evaluated and the way it's presented, but it's better to see one already evaluated: See evaluated PIREP

  3. Any clarification about the evaluation of a PIREP must be done with a CompeteVA Staff member before the Pilot Authenticates it, since once it's authenticated changes are not possible in the evaluation or the Flight Balance.

  4. In CompeteVA we give awards for achievements with reported and authenticated flights. These awards are given for flight hours, passengers and cargo transported, distance and technical performance and passengers satisfaction.

    These awards are:

    Flight Hours


    0 hours


    10 hours


    25 hours


    50 hours


    100 hours


    150 hours


    200 hours


    270 hours


    370 hours


    500 hours


    640 hours


    800 hours


    1,000 hours


    1,250 hours


    1,500 hours


    1,750 hours


    2,000 hours


    2,400 hours


    3,000 hours


    4,000 hours


    5,000 hours


    6,000 hours


    7,000 hours


    8,000 hours


    10,000 hours
    Flight Excelence

    By Flight

    100 Flights

    250 Flights

    500 Flights
    Passengers Satisfaction
    By Flight

    100 Flights

    250 Flights

    500 Flights
    Performance and
    Passengers Satisfaction

    By Flight

    100 Flights

    250 Flights

    500 Flights
    Passengers Transported

    1,000 PAX

    2,500 PAX

    5,000 PAX

    10,000 PAX

    15,000 PAX

    20,000 PAX

    27,000 PAX

    37,000 PAX

    50,000 PAX

    64,000 PAX

    80,000 PAX

    100,000 PAX

    125,000 PAX

    150,000 PAX

    175,000 PAX

    200,000 PAX

    240,000 PAX

    300,000 PAX

    400,000 PAX
    Cargo Transported

    100,000 lbs

    250,00 lbs

    500,000 lbs

    1,000,000 lbs

    1,500,000 lbs

    2,000,000 lbs

    2,700,000 lbs

    3,700,000 lbs

    5,000,000 lbs

    6,400,000 lbs

    8,000,000 lbs

    10,000,000 lbs

    12,500,000 lbs

    15,000,000 lbs

    17,500,000 lbs

    20,000,000 lbs

    24,000,000 lbs

    30,000,000 lbs

    40,000,000 lbs

    10,000 NM

    25,00 NM

    50,000 NM

    100,000 NM

    150,000 NM

    200,000 NM

    270,000 NM

    370,000 NM

    500,000 NM

    640,000 NM

    800,000 NM

    1,000,000 NM

    1,250,000 NM

    1,500,000 NM

    1,750,000 NM



  1. The currency used in CompeteVA is fictitious and is called Air$ (Air Money) and has no exact equivalent to any currency of the real world, however, if you want to convert Air$ to US Dollar, each Air$ is aproximately 1 US Dollar.

  2. The Pilot's income is calculated by the nominal duration of the flight. Each route in CompeteVA has an established maximum duration (nominal flight duration). This is used to calculate the Pilot's income. If the reported flight lasts more or less the same as the nominal duration, the Pilot's income does not change, but it will affect the cost of the Flight Balance.

  3. The Flight Balance is calculated based on established parameters set by CompeteVA and in some cases, might not be at all like the real world, however, they are the same for every Pilot which remains fair at all times and for all participants.
    We could describe a Flight Balance, but an example is better:

    Domestic Flight MMMX-MMAA
    Date: 04/JUL/2009
    Duration: 01:05
    Type: Regular
    Concept Price Amount Cost Income TOTAL
    Pilot / hr. 80.00 1.17 93.60    
    Crew / hr. 120.00 1.17 140.40    
    Maintenance / hr. 800.00 1.17 936.00    
    Fuel 0.84 1,255 1,054.20    
    Pos. Origin / ton (MMMX) 15.00 15.26 228.90    
    Pos. Destination / ton (MMAA) 13.50 14.77 221.55    
    Tickets 96.67% full 192.92 40   7,716.80  
    CARGO (lbs) 1.40 800   1,120.00  
    Taxes 30.00%   8,836.80 2,651.04    
    Administration 15.00%   8,836.80 1,325.52    
    TOTALES:     6,651.21 8,836.80 2,185.59

    Pilot / hr Pilot's salary that is calculated according to the salary per hour in CompeteVA multiplyed by the nominal flight duration which in this example was 80.00 Air$ per hour with a duration of 01:05 (1.17).

    Crew / hr Cost of Crew per hour which includes cockpit crew (not including the Pilot) and Flight Attendants and it's calculated with the nominal flight duration as long as it's the same or greater as the real duration. In case the real duration is greater than the nominal, the real one is used for this calculation.

    Maintenance / hr In CompeteVA each aircraft has a maintenance cost per hour and in the balance, this cost is calculated multiplying this amount by the nominal flight duration as long as it's the same or greater as the real duration. In case the real duration is greater than the nominal, the real one is used for this calculation.

    Fuel Is calculated by multiplying the fuel cost, Jet A (turbine aircrafts) or 100LL Avgas (piston aircrafts), by the amount consumed during the flight.

    Pos. Origin & Pos. Destination Is the rate for takeoff or landing rights and the use of platforms or parking positions of the airports that is calculated by ton, so a good estimate of fuel use is very important to not adversely affect the Flight Balance.

    Tickets Ticket price, is calculated based on the nominal flight duration, multiplied by the number of passengers on board.

    Occupancy or passengers on board This number is calculated based on the level of satisfaction of each flight. If 90% satisfaction is reached, 90% of the maximum capacity occupancy of the aircraft will be used in the flight.

    CARGO or payload The rate per pound of payload is always calculated based on the nominal flight duration.

    Passenger flight payload Every passenger flight will have a Commercial load amount also defined by the occupancy percentage.

    CARGO Flights For a flight to be considered only a CARGO flight, it must be choose a Cargo aircraft in the FS-FDR software, which can be identified in the list because both in the code and description are marked with an "F" (Freighter or Cargo) or because they are cargo planes like a Hercules C-130. In this case, the number of PAX (passengers) will always be 0 (cero), and the amount of cargo load will be the occupancy percentage of the maximum capacity of the chosen aircraft in the FS-FDR software.

    Taxes What sometimes makes an airline go bankrupt. In CompeteVA, since we try to simulate the airlines operations, we cannot overlook this detail and a percentage of the income is taken for taxes, however, like in real life, there's ways to lower this percentage to increase the profits (see the item 4 of this section).

    Note: In PAX aircrafts with capacity lower than 20 passengers, only 2/3 (two thirds) of the due taxes will be deducted.

    Administration A percentage of the income is also deducted for administrative expenses of the airline like payment of payroll, for communication infrastructure (mobile phones, Internet, etc.), clerical office, rental costs, stationary, advertising, etc.

    Note: In PAX aircrafts with capacity less than 20 passengers, only 2/3 (two third) of the administration percentage will be deducted.

  4. On all ON-LINE flights half of the due taxes will be deducted. Taking for example the last balance, means if it would have been an ON-LINE flight, the taxes would have been of only 15% and the profits would have increased by 1,325.52 bringing the total to 3,511.11 instead of 2,185.59 Air$.

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