At Virtual Eastern
Airlines we have a rank system that works very differently from most other virtual
airlines. Instead of each rank being based on just hours, we have a second variable
for tracking experience, known simply as 'Points'. A certain number of points are
assigned to each flight based on length, difficulty, aircraft used, rating and other
factors. In this way the amount of time flown is not the sole variable in the rank
structure at Virtual Eastern.
In addition to the new role of points,
the rank structure is non-linear. This means that once you acquire a certain number
of points, you as the pilot have a certain degree of choice over how and when you promote
to a new aircraft. While all pilots start out as part of the Eastern Express
program, from there many choose different promotion schemes. For a breakdown in the
amount of points required for each promotion, visit the 'Promotion' tab in the Handbook.
Finally, there are other sub-ranks, known
as 'ratings'. These ratings are applied to certain flights which are special or more
difficult than the rest of the mainline network. For example, a pilot must attain
the 'El Interamericano' Rating before he or she is allowed to log flights to and from
As always, a pilot will be unable to log
flights for aircraft rank or ratings he or she does not hold. Once a rank or rating
is aquired by 'spending' points, the pilot will be able to log the appropriate flights.
A more detailed explanation of acquiring new ranks and ratings is found in the
'Promotions' tab in the Handbook.