🇨🇦 Soaring the Canadian skies since 2017.
Welcome to our main thread. We’ve taken some time to improve what we post on the Infinite Flight Community, to make sure that all our threads and posts remain visually aesthetic and convey information clearly. So, who are we? Founded all the way back in November of 2017, VirtualPorter is an Infinite Flight virtual airline based on Porter Airlines, a small Canadian regional carrier operating within Eastern Canada and parts of the Eastern U.S. Our operations within the VA is meant to be from the perspective of a pilot, not the passenger. With this in mind, we want to offer our pilots the best resources and environment available in a VA to transport our beloved virtual passengers safely from one destination to the other, all while maintaining a sense of realism and Canadian hospitality within the mobile flight simulator we operate on. Our vision is simple: to be a laid back virtual organisation with a vibrant community centred around our real life counterpart. We are IFVARB certified.
🖥 Our stunning website:
One of the things that our organisation truly prides itself upon (other than the Q400) is the website. Here is where all our VA details are located, as well as our flight schedules, tutorial videos, reward programmes, pilot roster and more! The site has been updated numerous times throughout the 2 years we’ve been operating to ensure that it always meets the standards of our members, our airline and that it remains user friendly. All banners and text formatting are checked rigorously to iron out even the smallest of inconsistencies. Below we have a sneak peek of what it looks like on your devices!
🚀 The magnificent and elegant Dash-8 Q400:
We operate only one aircraft variant in our fleet…a true beast, many pilots would call it, the Dash-8 Q400 is a Canadian turboprop airliner designed and developed by Bombardier Aerospace (now being produced by De Havilland Canada). First introduced in 1999, Bombardier has since then sold over 300 ‘-400’ variants. Capable of superb fuel efficiency, quiet comfort and low operational costs, the Q400 is literally the powerhouse of Porter Airlines. Although it is quite underrated, nobody can deny its beauty and reputation. This aircraft is what our virtual organisation is so proud of, and is also what we revolve around. All Porter flights are operated by the Q400. There are currently 29 Q400s in the actual Porter Airlines fleet, as of June 2019. Our staff team have worked tirelessly to create a PDF featuring Q400 SOPs, speed tables and flight profiles, all based on a combination of real world and flight sim data tailored for the Infinite Flight mobile simulator. However, it is Discord exclusive and only accessible by our members. If you are keen on flying this aircraft out of our airports as realistically as you possibly can, join our VA and engage in a community that are full of Q400 enthusiasts!
🛍 PDplus and PDgold:
Apart from flying, we also offer our pilots two exclusive and unique reward programmes! For each flight you log in VirtualPorter, you earn 1 PDplus point - these points can be used to purchase the seasonal PDplus pass, where members can rank up and earn special rewards. PDgold on the other hand, is our premier rewards programme. PDgold points can only be earned through completing offers and attending our Porter Escapes or Porter Xplorer events. With these points, our members can purchase special rank badge designs and nicknames to be displayed on their pilot roster profile! There’s more than just that however - head onto our website (or click here) to see what we’re really talking about.
🌎 Our VA/VO affiliates:
In order to mimic our real life counterpart’s operations as much as we possibly can while also ensuring that our members have a diverse fleet of aircraft available right at their hands, we currently have agreements with El Al Virtual and Singapore Virtual! This means that our pilots are presented with the opportunity to fly from Toronto to Newark, and from there swiftly connect to Southeast Asia via the A359 or the Middle East using the B789/B772. However, as of our community update 3.01, all codeshare/interline flights now require a certain number of PDplus points to be flown and approved. The longer the journey, the more points needed. We also have multiple codeshare route agreements with IndiGo Virtual, (our largest partnership) which means our pilots can now connect via Singapore to many more regions in South Asia with the A320. As we are only a virtual airline and not 100% based on Porter, we are always open to partnerships with other virtual airlines and organisations. Click here for a more detailed summary of the VAs and VOs we have agreements with.
🔊 Our communications platform:
At this virtual airline, we use Discord as our source of community interaction, operations and notifying members of what’s going on internally. Discord allows us to categorise channels neatly and offers a super sleek, user friendly format that we feel is much better compared to applications such as Slack. Discord is also easy to use and enables us to tailor it however way we want to! Most of our important documents (including the Q400 handbook) are located here. Want to join as a guest member to interact with our community and get access to a certain number of channels and bots? Click here to learn how.
🛫 Why choose us?
After all, it’s time to put your flying hours to good use. And what better choice than to join VirtualPorter, where you can enjoy a degree of realism along with various activities for a blend of fun! With a constantly growing route/fleet network, we can offer our members both short haul hops across Eastern Canada and overnight long hauls to exotic destinations with our partner organisations. So whether you’re running low on time or have the whole day at your hands, we’ll still have flights for you to fly! We are the ideal choice for anybody seeking a more relaxed virtual airline experience or anybody that has an interest in regional operations with the Q400. If you choose to become a part of VirtualPorter, you will be entitled to the various events and community activities that we host on a regular basis here. Our organisation features unique never-before seen programmes that we guarantee will keep our members with a sense of progression and challenge. We are also Infinite Flight’s leading Q400 operators, which means that we have the capability, experience and knowledge to fly the airframe as close as possible to the real thing. Alongside the opportunity to get to know our flagship Q400 better, we will always have a supportive, professional and dedicated administrative team working hard to ensure that we continue to thrive, improve and stand out from others. Community wise, we have a strong emphasis on our members bonding together - whether that will be through healthy competition, voice chats, group flights and so on. As we are only a relatively small group of aviation enthusiasts, it is crucial that each and every one our members feel involved and contributive to the airline. We do not (and will never) discriminate anyone based on their race, religion, sexuality, etc.
We are VirtualPorter. That means we are unaffiliated with the real world organisation. Visit flyporter.com for the real world airline.