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THE LOUNGE / Never ever did I ever dream
« on: May 27, 2022, 10:52:44 AM »
I'd seen many videos of planes landing at Princess Julianna Airport in Philipsburg, St. Maarten (you know, the ones that land over Maho Beach?), but I never dreamed I'd see it in person. A couple of weeks ago, the dream I never dreamed came true.

Check it out:

THE LOUNGE / Happy Thanksgiving
« on: November 26, 2020, 05:17:20 PM »
I hope all my American OVA/TWVA friends had a great turkey day.

THE LOUNGE / Is anyone else gonna take the plunge?
« on: August 22, 2020, 08:10:27 PM »
The chances are pretty good that I am going to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future, so I have ordered the parts and pieces to enable my machine to run MSFS 2020. I will likely buy Xplane 11 as well. See y'all in the skies.

THE LOUNGE / Back to square one
« on: October 24, 2019, 09:08:55 AM »
Well, a lot of people have been praying that it wouldn't come to this, but it has. As most of you know, I had a tumor removed from my bladder in Feb. 2016, and because it was only in the lining and not the muscle, followed it up with two years of treatments that are designed to keep it from returning. Since then, I have been undergoing close monitoring very frequently.

Last February, a mysterious growth showed up and a biopsy was done that showed it to be benign. Another cystoscopy this summer showed more unusual growth, so back we go for another biopsy. This time not so good.

While still cancer, it is different. The first was a tumor which is an outgrowth. This time it is what doctors refer to as "flat cancer." It is more or less a lesion. The good news is, it has not gone into the muscle, so it is treatable. It was removed during the biopsy, so further surgery should not be needed, but the bad news is, I will have start those treatments all over again, and at the end of the first round, it was very painful. It's not like I have a choice, though, so treatments I will do.

I have already had prayer answered. The VA has a new program called CHOICE, that allows me to go to a private practice in Savannah to have these treatments, only an hour away at most, as opposed to driving to Charleston, SC which is at least two and a half hours away. The VA is still footing the bill, whew!

So, I covet your prayers, and I know my Lord will take care of me through it all. My verse in the midst of it all is Rom 8:28 - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

« on: March 01, 2019, 10:28:27 AM »
If you are a forum member and have tried to log in using the login in the upper right hand corner, you probably are aware that it just gives you an error message. Yeah, we are aware of it too. Sorry, but I don't have a fix for it yet. However, your good buddy Marty has found a work-around:

"Try clicking on the word 'login' in the phrase "Please login or register" in the upper right corner.

This carries you to the forum login page.  Re-enter your password there and click the box 'Always stay logged in:'"

Then click "Login", and you'll be good to go.

Sorry for the hassle, but things are always changing with the code that runs this complex forum, and this old feeble mind just can't keep up anymore.

THE LOUNGE / Server change
« on: November 29, 2018, 11:34:00 AM »
Over the course of the next few days both Ozark and TWVA will be undergoing a server change. You should not see any difference in either website, but we do need your help. If you fly over the course of the next few days, hold your PIREPs until the all clear is given. You can file them if you want, but there is a chance that they will go into a black hole in cyberspace, never to be heard from again.

Also, do not post to this forum until cleared as the same thing will happen to your post. We hope to have this done soon, so as to cause as little disruption as possible.

THE LOUNGE / Happy Resurrection Day!
« on: March 27, 2016, 03:16:00 PM »
That is all.

THE LOUNGE / For those of you in the STL area
« on: February 15, 2016, 11:58:59 AM »
"Ozark Air Lines: The Sky's The Limit!" will air on KETC at 7PM tonight. Wish I was in the area.

THE LOUNGE / Some not so good news
« on: January 27, 2016, 03:50:59 PM »
First of all, let me just say that I am not after sympathy. I am telling you all because I covet your prayers if you are so inclined. So here goes:

On about the 29th of December, I went to the local emergency room for a problem that was diagnosed as a urinary tract infection. No big deal, but I didn't think that was right. Turns out, it wasn't. The next day, the hospital called back and told me that the radiologist had looked at the CT scan they had done and had spotted a small mass in my bladder. A week ago I had a consult with the chief urologist at the VA hospital in Charleston, SC and he is pretty sure that it is a tumor. However, taking in all the information he has, he says that in about 80% of these cases, it is low-grade cancer.

I go back on the 1st of Feb. and he will put me under and scope the bladder to better see what's going on. If it is what he thinks, it will just be laying on the bladder wall and he can remove it easily right then and there, and that should be the end of it. They will do further testing to confirm the diagnosis, and I will have to go back about every three months to keep an eye on it.

I will keep you all posted, but worst case scenario is I may have to have the bladder removed. Not the way I wanted to live out my remaining days, but it's doable. I am in the care of the Great Physician, so I am not worrying (at least not much) and even if He takes me home, I know that to live is Christ and to die is gain. In other words: You can't threaten me with Heaven!

New Members of Ozark VA / Our Newest Pilot
« on: December 15, 2015, 09:17:10 PM »
Hey everybody -- Ozark has a new family member. Welcome Drake Geraln with us.

« on: May 31, 2015, 06:07:34 PM »
I was trying to speed the forums up tonite (I'm sure you have all noticed its sluggishness of late) by cleaning out threads older than 60 days. What I didn't know was that the threads in the Tutorials board had not been pinned and now they are gone. If anyone has them saved, would you please let me know, so I can restore them? The worst part is the forums are still slow.

READ BEFORE REGISTERING!!! / Registration (Read Me)
« on: January 10, 2012, 11:33:34 AM »
If you are considering registering for these forums, there are a couple of things to be aware of.

1.  First and foremost -- You must be on the roster at OVA, TWVA, or both.

2.  If you do not tell me who you are, I cannot determine whether or not you meet the criteria for number 1.  Therefore, you MUST use the correct format for your username, i.e.  Your Name/Pilot ID.  Failure to use this format will result in a rejection of your registration.

I don't mean to be a jerk, but board spammers are everywhere and these measures help me to keep them away.  Please help me in this endeavor.

kACARS_Free / kACARS_Free setup
« on: October 17, 2011, 02:34:37 PM »
For those who want to use kACARS_Free to track their flights (and I highly recommend it) here are the steps to get you in the air.

First to download it:

Go to "Inside TWVA/Pilot Resources" and click on the FS Products banner under ACARS Programs.  Follow the links to download kACARS_Free v1.0.1.0.  It is the top link on the download page.  This all you need from this page.  Disregard the other links.

Once you have that, make sure you have the following installed on your computer:

Windows installer 3.1
Windows .NET framework 3.5

Most of you will have those anyway.  The only one you might not have is FSUIPC, and the latest versions can be found at  Be absolutely sure you get the correct module for your version of FS -- 3.99 for FS9 and prior, and 4.70 for FSX (yes, you need it for FSX too.)

Install kACARS_Free as with any other program.  If using Windows Vista/7, I highly recommend you do this by right clicking on the installer and selecting "Run as Administrator."


Run kACARS. At the top you will see the menu item "Options". Click on it to see the drop down menu and select "VA Profiles" (you can set up more than one VA in here.) Click on this. A new window will open displaying the settings for the VA.

VA Settings Explained

  • VA -  This is the name of the VA for which these settings are being entered.  Trans World Virtual Airlines or Ozark Virtual Air Lines whichever the case may be.
  • URLbase - This is the base URL for the phpVMS system. This would be the same address as your home page.  Do NOT add a slash at the end of the URL.
  • PilotID - This is the pilot id for the pilot using the client application.
  • Password - This is the password for the same pilot as above.

Change these and then click the SAVE button (the blue floppy disc.) All new settings will be changed and updated upon the closing of this window.  Close the window by clicking the red X.

Now go to "Options" again, only this time select "User Settings

Set the "VA Profile" dropdown at the top to the VA name you wish to use kACARS for.

User Settings Explained

  • Search by Flight # - With this box checked you can enter a flightnumber and retrieve the information for that flight. With it unchecked the "Get Flight Bid Info" will get the next flight in your bids.
  • View Site Errors - Leave unchecked unless you are having trouble connecting.
  • Ignore P-Brake/Airborne Check - Check if you want the system to start tracking even if the Park Brakes are not set in the aircraft or even if you are airborne (not recommended.)

Again, click on the blue disc and the window will close.  You are now set to use kACARS_Free to track your flights.  You will not need to go into these options again unless you are switching to a different VA.

Windows Vista & Windows 7

Client users running Windows Vista or Windows 7 will need to run this application using the "Run as Administrator" option.  If there is already an icon for kACARS_Free on your desktop, skip this next step: 
-- Go to the C:\Program Files (x86)\FS Products\kACARS_Free and right click on the kACARS-Free .exe and select "Send to Desktop(create shortcut.)"
--Then right click on the new short cut on your Desktop.
--Go down to "Properties" and click the "Compatibility" tab. Look down until you see the "Privilege Level" and check "Run as Administrator." Then click OK. This will allow you to simply double left click the  shortcut and it will start up correctly.

Using kACARS_Free

* Begin by logging in.  Simply click the "Log In" button.  The Pilot ID and Password fields are filled in for you.  The box under the button should turn green and say "Logged In."

* Next, being sure that Flight Sim is running, click on the "Connect to FS" button.  Again, the box under it will turn green and this time say "Connected to FS."

* Now, if you checked the "Search by Flight #" check box in the "User Settings," you will need to enter the flight number of the flight you wish to fly here.  Be sure to enter it with the airline code before the number i.e. TWA172 not 172.  Then click on the "Get Flight Number Info" button.  The boxes will fill in for you with the info for that flight.

* If you left the check box unchecked, meaning you are using the bid system, you will just need to click the "Get Flight Bid Info" button and the next bid in line will be selected, populating the boxes for you.

* The "Flight Level" box will not be filled in either case and you will need to enter that info manually.  Enter it as an altitude even if you plan to fly a flight level.  For example, if you plan to fly at 38000 feet, enter 38000 not 380.

* Next enter the route as you plan to fly it.  Do not enter the airport ICAOs.  They will show up in a different area on your PIREP.

You do NOT need to have your engines off to start tracking with kACARS, but you do need to be on the ground and have the parking brake set.

* Set up your aircraft to the point where you are ready to push back.  Click on "Start Flight," release the parking brakes, and push back.

* Fly your flight as normal, and when you arrive at the gate, set the parking brakes, enter any desired comments and click on "Stop Flight."

* The "File PIREP" button will light up and you will see a box pop up saying "Your PIREP is Ready to File."  Click "OK" and then click on the "File PIREP" button.  YOu have just filed your PIREP with the appropriate VA.  When you go to look at your PIREP at the site, you will notice a link to view your Log.  Looking at these logs can give you an indication of where you can improve.  This info is not used against you.  It is only there to help you.

* If for some reason, you decide not to file this PIREP, click the "Clear PIREP" button and it will discard it.

* While you are at cruise and your work load is light, you may want to go to the website's "Live Map" where you can view your flight stats in real time.  Just a fun feature that allows us all to share in your enjoyment.

I hope you enjoy kACARS_Free.  It seems to be the most stable of the three freeware options we offer, and I highly recommend it.

If you have any questions, or problems using it, please post them below.

MUMBLE (Our voice client) / Tutorial
« on: July 03, 2011, 10:02:00 PM »
To download the client, go to this URL:  There you will see options for downloads. We suggest the Windows download option, however if you use Linux or other applications then choose the best one to fit your system. The current version is 1.2.8 so just click on the 'Windows: 1.2.8 (Stable)' and you will get the download prompt. After the download is complete, click on the application and then the  'Run' option.  Follow the steps to complete the download, and when your are finished, launch Mumble. (The installation has a very simple and step by step instruction so follow that.)
Now when you launch Mumble, it may take about 10-20 seconds to load up, this is normal. After loading, you will get the Mumble application and then you will also get another box that lists the current open servers. At the bottom of this you will have the options: Connect or Add New. Click on 'Add New' and you will get a pop-up box asking for Label, Address, Port (do not change the port), and Username.  The Label:  You can name it whatever you want, but if want to remain consistent with us we all just call it TWVA/OVA Mumble.  The Address needs to be set to and then the Username whatever you want to use. We all just use our names.  You don't have to include your Pilot ID if don't want to.  Click on OK, and that will save it to your favorites.  Then click Connect and that should enter you into the Mumble chat room. Most of the time you will see us in there from 6pm to around 11:30pm CST.  If you have problems with any of this, let us know in a post to this board.  It will help others who may encounter the same problem later.

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