American Airlines Virtual History
Sep 2002: American Airlines Virtual founded by a group of pilots from Air Puerto Rico.
Jul 2003: EZFREP utility, developed by Jeremiah Albrant, released to AAVirtual community. EZFREP simplifies FREP submission by automatically logging aircraft push back time, shut down time, date, departure airport, arrival airport, and aircraft.
Feb 2004: AAV Newsletter first published by Paul Levy
Oct 2004: First major web-site update, call it AAVirtual rev-2
Dec 2004: AAVOnline utility, developed by Jeremiah Albrant, released to AAVirtual community. AAVOnline tracks all pilot's current location and allows other AAVirtual pilots to view on a map. EZFREP is eventually merged into AAVOnline.
Sep 2007: Founder and CEO Rafael Fonseca retires. Philip Manwaring promoted to Chairman. Chris Deck voted CEO. Michael Blakely voted COO.
May 2008: Second major web-site update, call it AAVirtual rev-3
Aug 2008: AAV Flight Planner introduced by Chris Deck
Sep 2008: Added the KPSP Retirement hub for retiring senior pilots with long and productive careers at AAV
Aug 2009: FSACARS for AAV released
Nov 2009: CEO Chis Deck retires. Michael Blakely assumes the CEO role.
May 2011: DFW training hub added for new pilot's first 25 hours with AAV
May 2015: 9 monthly contests added including iron butt and greased landing
Mar 2016: Replace San Juan, Puerto Rico hub with Charlotte, North Carolina hub after American Airways merger with US Airways.
Jan 2017: Trainee checkride and rank eliminated. All pilots start at 2nd Class. MD-80 retired to the retro fleet. First officer checkride equipment switched to the 737.
Jan 2018: Third major web-site update, call it AAVirtual rev-4, a modern, clean, responsive design that accommodates desktop and mobile users and integrates American Airlines new branding