Before people on the Infinite Flight Community start flagging this, hear me out. Every opinion deserves to be heard.
To start, this is not a post in which people comment on the stupidity or appreciate the decision of removing the VA custom callsign, there is a time and a place for that, this is not it. This thread is for the Community to see the support the VA Community has, the appreciation we have for each other, and valid reasons why taking away the VA callsign would be hurting the community greatly.
With the 20.2 update VA callsigns such as CAVA001, BAVA294. UVAL266, AAVA9915, etc are going away.
As a VA Founder and current President as well as a member of 14 VA’s, I hold firm the belief and power the VA callsigns hold. VA callsigns are an excellent tool, just by looking at someones White, green, or beige tag I can see the work they have put into becoming a VA Pilot, I can see that the VA exists, I can see just by scanning the airfield the beautiful range of Virtual Airlines and Virtual Organizations that make up this great Flight Sim.
With the removal of VA callsigns, the VA community is deeply wounded. While I understand that this is a WIP, I understand that you can go through the tedious process of switching your VA/VO affiliation on the IFC if you are in many, I understand that you can go through the lengthy process of clicking on everyone’s little plane icon on the map to see their VA affiliation, however, I believe progress should be made where VA/VO synchronization is important within a simulator. Even more, some VA’s bank on the callsign as a marketing scheme to get VA pilots.
Infinite Flight has a community of well over 1500 VA pilots. The 1500 VA pilots joined the VA for a sense of community with one another, the simplicity of being able to see a friend with the same callsign as you create a friendship within the communication tool such as discord or slack that could last a long time - that’s how I met some of my friends.
So please kindly respond below your love for the VA Community, lets show the whole of the IFC, Staff, Regulars, Mods, TL1. 2. how much we all care for one another and kindly state the importance of having a VA identity is within Infinite Flight.
Now that the topic has been re-opened it is more important than ever to share what these callsigns mean to you. It truly may be a last-hope.
Please see this response from Philippe: