March 2022 VA Update

Hello Pilots,

We are currently reducing schedules to and from Russia as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the sanctions implemented. Any future restrictions, or loosening of restrictions will also be implemented. This includes likely fleet reductions regarding leased aircraft in Russia, which are to be returned to their lessor by March 28th. To fully implement these schedule changes may take a few days, and if we miss any do please let us know. This will affect a number of tours, we will be reworking these in the coming days to allow for their completion. If you have any questions regarding this do not hesitate to let us know via a support ticket, on our forum or on Discord.

Closed airspaces

Current scheduled flight time durations may need to be amended due to longer flying times on account of closed airspace. Exceeding the listed scheduled flight time for this reason is expected and not an issue. If your flight is given a remark incorrectly please let us know via support ticket.

You can find more information about which airspaces are closed and how the civil aviation situation is developing at this FlightRadar24 page. Please try and adhere to these closures when performing flights on the VA.

Tour updates

We are working on a number of tour updates, along with the aforementioned tours, to keep tours fresh. Currently we expect to retire 1-2 airline tours every month to refresh these, and to refresh our existing themed tours with new ones at the rate of one a month. This month will see the retirement of the WestJet-Delta tour, the Etihad-Saudia Tour, and the Mega Cities tour. If you have any suggestions regarding tours which you would like to see please let us know.

With regards to the implemented restrictions the Europe Tour, Russia Tour, Airbus World Tour, Sukhoi Superjet Tour, and Aeroflot-Rossiya Airlines tour have been updated to allow for their completion. These will currently not be awarded a new badge.

Closing words

As always if you have any suggestions please let us know.

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