IFVARB Information Thread [Start Here!] [Updated 20180727]


IFVARB - The Infinite Flight Virtual Airline Regulatory Board

thumbnail Official IFVARB Virtual Organisation Information Post


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plane (1) What is the IFVARB?

The Infinite Flight Virtual Airline Regulatory Board is the governing and assisting body that controls and coordinates all efforts and operations within the VA community.


organization What is a virtual airline/organisation? - A Definition

A virtual organisation (VO) is a dedicated hobby organisation that uses the Infinite Flight Simulator to model the real-world operations of an airline or group. Alternatively, the group may be an original one created to serve a need in the community.

This can include “ground school” training programs, event groups, flying clubs, and ATC groups as well as training flights to help provide further experience as well as to extend the skills of members.

Groups of any sort that wish to utilise the VA category must be certified regardless.


megaphone The IFVARB Mission Statement

The Infinite Flight Virtual Airline Regulatory Board is designed and intended to enhance the VA sector of the Infinite Flight Community.

The IFVARB is intended to make VAs more professional, organised, and in line with the guidelines and standards of the community. In addition, the IFVARB helps clear up some of the clutter on the forum that certain members find inconvenient and irritating. While also making the presence of Virtual Airlines clearer, more beneficial, and less confusing for those interested.

Our main goal is to benefit new and existing VAs that add value to the community by creating a professional, organised, and pleasant atmosphere for like-minded individuals to thrive and grow within.


network The Team

IFVARB is made up of a team of volunteers, all who bring different qualities to the table. They are dedicated and passionate about improving the VA community and making it a place for individuals and organizations to thrive.

All members of the IFVARB have been specially chosen for their maturity, expertise, and experience involving VAs and the Infinite Flight Community itself. Membership on the board is on an invitation-only basis. Please do not DM members about joining the board.

IFVARB Team Members

Supervising Moderators | The community moderators that oversee all of the operations within IFVARB.

Supervising Moderator | @Levet
Supervising Moderator | @Chris_S
Supervising Moderator | @DeerCrusher

Administrators | The managers of IFVARB, frontline personnel, and point of contact for dealing with VA matters.

Administrator | @Aquila
Administrator | @Damian
Administrator | @Danman
Administrator | @ewanfleming

Members | The people who make the VARB tick with their hard work in developing, and certifying VAs.

Member | @Dush19
Member | @Cleipelt
Member | @Pilot8
Member | @Yunkeru
Member | @Moritz
Member | @mbmhwue148
Member | @Brandon_K
Member | @Panther
Member | @Julius97
Member | @Matthew_Chan
Member | @Lolo31R
Member | @PeterCLE
Member | @anon93248082
Member | @Chief305

Supreme Thug Enforcer - Keeping people in line via manipulation, fear, or bribery. | @JoshFly8
Administrator Emeritus (Please do not DM) | @IceBlue
Administrator Emeritus (Please do not DM) | @BluePanda900
VA Live Related Matters Consultant | @Tim_B
Databse Managers | @Cbro4 + @Dubya


clock The Process

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target The Policies

  • Before a VA/VO has a presence in the community, they must be certified via the process detailed above. Any form of virtual organisation within the IFC will fall under this criteria.

  • All posts in the VA Category must be approved by a moderator or administrator beforehand.

  • VAs, along with their leaders, their staff, and their members are all expected to act in a respectable and reasonable manner both within the IFC and in other environments. Keep in mind you’re both representing the IFC and the Airline you fly for, so be respectful!

  • Copying content made by other VAs/VOs is not permitted - be original.

  • Any form of “spying”, “virtual espionage”, and/or any unprofessional behaviour will not be tolerated.

  • Any form of attacking and/or trolling of other VA/VO will not be tolerated. Each offense will be handled individually and may result in suspension and/or removal from the community.

  • VAs should only be advertising in the VA Category, advertisements through mass DM’s are banned and will not be tolerated.

  • Whilst activity is encouraged, VAs should only be bumping threads to a reasonable extent.

  • Topic Titles in the VA Category should be professional and not be excessively long, nor contain screaming caps.

  • Users that stop and start VAs may only restart a VA at the discretion of the Administration Team. If a member chooses to shut down a Virtual Airline, the member must wait at least 30 days prior to starting a new one.

  • Users in bad standing in the community, along with users with a history of disrespectful behaviour may be denied access to the certification process. Users/VAs that come into bad standing may have their certification temporarily suspended or permanently revoked.

  • No users present on the blacklist, linked both here and down below, should have any involvement with community VAs.

  • Perma-banned users from the IFC are also banned from participating in any IFVARB sanctioned VA. Users in bad standing may not be staff in any IFVARB sanctioned VA.

  • Incidents of misbehaviour on the Live Servers will be left to individual VAs to deal with internally for now (although we may want a quick summary of the action to be taken) unless it repeatedly becomes an issue that is not improving. While we do not wish to intervene, members who are repeated trolls may be added to a section of the blacklist to help avoid damaging the reputation of other VAs.

  • Members may only be on staff at two VA/VOs simultaneously to ensure that they’re committed and can perform their duties in a satisfactory manner. This also minimizes the number of ceremonial positions granted, and to prevent incidences of staff members going AWOL when needed. For more information on making your VA and staff members compliant with this rule, please refer to post #2.

  • VA/VO CEOs must not be on staff at any other VA/VO to ensure the CEO is dedicating all of his/her resources to their VA/VO. For more information on making your VA and staff members compliant with this rule, please refer to post #2.

  • VA CEOs are now subject to a 6-month period of responsibility for their new VA where they must remain with their current VA and not make a new VA for 6 months. If a CEO decides to transfer ownership during the period of responsibility, the remaining period is transferred to the new CEO, the current CEO must face a waiting period of 30 days prior to making a new application. Exceptions may be granted for extenuating circumstances such as copyright shutdown.


In order to avoid any VA related incidents, we advise VAs to keep users who may seem to be a bad apple out of the VA as a whole, and especially the staff team. Same goes for VA staff and leaders - we would advise staying away from bad apples and any other groups or places which have a bad history. IFVARB in no way monitors users, but if a serious report is made and can be backed up, there will zero tolerance for abuse, bullying, and trolling. To protect the IFC, a wide net is often cast with incidents such as this, so we advise sticking to good people and good places, although that is of course at one’s own discretion.


chatting FAQ

How can I contact an admin?

You can either PM them here on the forum or DM them via the IFVARB slack.

How can I have my positive and negative feedback heard?

The #userfeedback channel of the IFVARB Slack. A member will gladly respond to your questions, praise, or concerns.

How can I join the IFVARB Slack?

PM an Admin here on the forum with your email address, and they’ll get you set up.

What if I see a VA that may not be certified?

PM the responsible Admin on the IFC and they will be happy to look into it for you. Please do not inquire directly on the thread as it creates unnecessary clutter. Thanks


cardinal-points Important Links

https://community.infinite-flight.com/t/the-ifvarb-official-virtual-airline-database-introducing-database-managers/204149





Changelog

2018/01/26 - Updated Staff Positions to reflect staffing changes. Wording refined in some sections.
2018/02/12 - Added New Members - Welcome!
2018/02/13 - Updated Mission Statement Requirements
2018/03/02 - Added New Members - Welcome!
2018/05/13 - Refined Wording and Revised Application Requirements
2018/07/14 - Updated Staff List with new roles
2018/07/27 - Updated Staff List
2018/08/18 - Added Reservations List

Credits
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Update - 20170714

Staffing Changes
A couple of weeks ago @IceBlue expressed his intention to retire from his position at the IFVARB citing increased obligations. We would like to thank him for his unmatched contribution to the IFC VA community during his tenure at the IFVARB. He single-handedly shaped many policies and provided seemingly infinite amounts of insight in decision making. We will not be here today without him. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.

To fill his absence, the administrative staff unanimously selected @Damian as his replacement as the administrator responsible for EU and African Virtual Airlines. As we ease him into his new role, we would like applicants to remain patient as we familiarize him with the processes and ensure he is up to speed on all outstanding applications. All current EU/African VA applications will be co-handled by both myself and @Damian. Please allow for 48 hours for a response. Thanks.

General Updates

The new application process has been a great success! We cannot be more proud of the VA’s we’re assisting in the development of and the jump in quality of applications. We currently have 17 active applications awaiting selection by one of our member groups. To combat the potentially long waiting times, we will be removing the one VA per month cap for our member groups so they can continue to review if they complete their evaluations faster than usual. Within the next week, we will also be making a public database of all reservations and reservation holders to allow for better collaboration between groups and members so we do not have inquiries and disagreements over reservations.

Best,
Danman
On Behalf of the team

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Update - 20180727

Staffing Changes

@BluePanda900 resigned his post as administrator citing increased obligations. We would like to thank him for his contributions and leadership to the VA community and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

To fill his absence and to reinforce the administration team, @Aquila and @ewanfleming has been appointed as administrators. We would like to congratulate them on their promotion.

Areas of responsibility changes are as follows:

@ewanfleming will be in charge of European and African VAs, taking over from @Damian.
@Damian will be taking over VAs based in the Americas from @BluePanda900.
@Aquila will be taking over VAs based in Asia and Oceania from @Danman
@Danman will remain in charge of fictional VAs, VOs, and stuff that didn’t fall into a category.


Additional Staffing Changes

We would also like to welcome @anon93248082 and @Chief305 to the team as board members to streamline the review process. We look forward to working with them over the coming weeks to get them up to full speed.


That’s all folks! Since we’re dealing with quite a few staffing changes and transitions, we ask that you exercise patience when contacting us as we continue to refine processes to allow us the ability to make the VA community a better place.

Best,
Danman
On Behalf of the team

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I would make a VO but it might be a challenge to advertise and no one might want to join it

That’s always a concern, but with some hard work you can probably get past that and make your VO successful!

If you are interested in doing so, instructions can be found above.

Please attempt to keep this thread clean. Questions can be directed to this thread, or an IFVARB Admin:

Thanks! :)

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FYI: The IFVARB has created an Instagram account. This will be used to inform the community of any changes to the application process, as well as advertise general VA doings, among other things. Be sure to give us a follow @ifvarb!

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