IFVARB Information Thread [Start Here!] [Updated 20190111]


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IFVARB - The Infinite Flight Virtual Airline Regulatory Board

thumbnail Official IFVARB Virtual Organisation Information Post


Official Virtual Organisation Database | Application Process | Infinite Flight User Blacklist


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
Supervising Moderator | @Damian
Supervising Moderator | @ewanfleming

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

Administrator | @Aquila
Administrator | @Brandon_K
Administrator | @BluePanda900
Administrator | @Danman

Managers | Supervisors of day-to-day operations of the IFVARB focusing on certification and database management.

Manager | @Cbro4
Manager | @Dubya
Manager | @Matthew_Chan

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

Member | @Yunkeru
Member | @Panther
Member | @tomthetank
Member | @Viren
Member | @SterlingArcher
Member | @Dylan_Bright
Member | @Adam_Williams
Member | @Chris_Hoover
Member | @TheInitialVirus
Member | @Dillon_Lewis
Member | @Thomas_G
Member | @Chatta290
Member | @LachyRobertson
Member | @naro
Member | @leohund

Stormageddon, Dark Lord of All, VA Summit Overlord | @JoshFly8
Administrator Emeritus (Please do not DM) | @IceBlue


clock The Process


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.

  • To reduce operational and moderation complexity, mergers with VA’s of other simulators are banned.


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. No prospective VA staff will be allowed to prevent undue influence. In addition, admins reserve the right to refuse entry for members who they believe will not contribute positively to the slack.

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






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
2018/12/21 - Updated Staff list and Attached Threads. Added bedazzled title for Josh
2019/01/16 - Updated Slack policy.

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Year-End Update

It is incredible to see the things the VA community has achieved this year. We look forward to continuing our support of the diverse and incredible VA/VO community efforts in 2019. To serve you better, we have a number of updates and announcements for you:

We are delighted to welcome four new members to the VARB. @leohund, @naro, @lachyrobertson and @Chatta290 will all be joining the VARB.

@lachyrobertson has been a regular on the forum for a very long time and has also been a mature member of IFATC.

@Chatta290 is an active controller in IFATC and a longtime member of the IFC. He will definitely be a great active addition to the team.

@leohund has been a helpful user on the forum for a long time, and we hope to utilize his experience in the forum to help certify VAs as efficiently as possible. He also has a wealth of experience in VAs as he is currently in AF-KLM.

@naro is an active and mature IFATC controller who has experience in the VA world and the VARB being previously in the Slack team.

Once again, we are very pleased to welcome these new members and are sure they will bring even more efficiency to the VA Certification process.


We are sad to announce that @anon93248082 will be stepping down from the team to focus on other projects. We wish him the best in his future endeavours.


As the end of the year approaches, we would like to ask members contacting us to exercise patience as members and admins will be spending time with family and/or travelling. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to hitting the ground running in the New Year.


As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please direct them to this thread.


On behalf of the team at the IFVARB, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

@Danman, @BluePanda900, and @Brandon_K
On behalf of the team.
December 21, 2018


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It is with great pleasure that I announce the return of @Aquila from his LOA. Asian VA applications will now resume as normal, however do allow for extended time waiting for a response in the coming days. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused.


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