Recruitment and Selection Process for Virtual SATA Pilot
After a period of apparent inactivity, SATA Virtual begins a new recruitment and training
process for all Virtual Pilots who wish to join our virtual airline. We know that many of you have the
desire to join SATA VA but we didn't want to open new admissions without being sure of the
stability and reliability of the system that we have implemented in the last 2 years. Although still
far from perfect, we have done our best to try to simulate Grupo SATA's operations through the
remodeling of our website, with the creation of a virtual passenger system, a reformulation of the
flight planning and allocation system, as well as the score system and finally an instruction and
examination system that allowed us to be one of the first VA's in the world to be a VATSIM
Approved Training Organization maintaining a real high standards but never neglecting the
newcomer to our hobby who wants to learn in a healthy and friendly environment between people
who dream with aviation. Despite much to be done, we believe that we have reached a minimum
acceptable point of quality that allows us to open the doors to new members who wish to be part
of this project. This Regulation will describe how this recruitment process will take place. Thank
you all in advance for your interest, it is an honor to be able to welcome you and we hope to see
you aboard our virtual aircrafts in the future.
2. SATA Virtual VATSIM ATO
Since 2021, SATA Virtual has been an ATO duly certified by VATSIM, making it possible to
administer the training and respective certification of Virtual Pilots at VATSIM. This is already a
step we are proud of, but it also adds to the responsibility for training and certifying our Pilots.
Attention, it is the responsibility of the candidate to reach the required entry level, but we will
have a team of instructors available, some of which are real Pilots to help you in your study and
indicate the path you should follow. In this way, the recruitment process will automatically certify
in VATSIM the applicants who complete the training and certification process administered here.
The certification called vFCL (or Virtual Flight Crew Licensing) is similar to the certification
process of real commercial aviation Pilot, with the following licenses:
- vPPL - Virtual Private Pilot License (corresponding to VATSIM's P1 level);
- vIR - Virtual Instrument Rating (corresponding to VATSIM's P2 level);
- vCPL - Virtual Commercial Pilot License (corresponding to VATSIM's P3 level);
- vATPL - Virtual Airline Transport Pilot License (corresponding to VATSIM P4 level);
Only after this certification process, which will give rise to the virtual Piloting license, candidates
will begin the Type Rating of the aircraft they wish to operate, and consequently, after this specific
training, they will be members of SATA Virtual.
Due to the limitation of human resources in such a demanding training process, and being
the first recruitment after SATA Virtual's certification as an ATO, we tend to be a little conservative
and limit the number of vacancies according to our training capacity in order to guarantee quality
training for all of you. Therefore, we limit recruitment to 35 candidates who will start the vFCL
The number of Type Rating slots also depends on the needs and capabilities of the existing fleet.
Thus, in this recruitment we seek to fill 6 vacancies for Dash 8 and 9 vacancies for the Airbus
4. Selection Process
During the period during which the recruitment will be open, all applicants will be
considered over the age of 13 in accordance with international law. Any detected attempt at
multiple registration, whether under a common name, email or any other means, will void all
applications from that candidate for a period not less than 6 months - no exceptions. All
information is only for use in the databases and internal activities of Grupo SATA Virtual, not being
sold or transferred to external entities.
We are also required by law to inform you that we will retain certain details relating to each
member who applies to join our Virtual Airline. These are:
Name, email address, IVAO / VATSIM pilot number, IP address at the time of registration. We
never sell or provide your data to third parties unless required by law. We will never send you
unsolicited emails. If you do not agree, you cannot apply.
Any Virtual Pilot who applies will have access to a copy of the Pilot Admission Handbook
(PAH) which will contain all the necessary information on how the entire training and certification
process for Pilots works.
Priority will be given to Pilots already certified with a minimum of P4 in VATSIM, or who are real
Pilots with CPL(A), according to the equivalences foreseen in the PAH who do not need vFCL
training. In this way, these Pilots will pass directly to the Type Rating training as well as occupy
the respective vacancies and will be ordered in the following order:
1. Real Pilots with ATPL(A);
2. Real Pilots with CPL(A);
3. Virtual Pilots with VATSIM level P4;
Real Pilots in the same category will be sorted by age, with the oldest being ranked first. Virtual
Pilots with VATSIM level P4 will be ranked by their Type Rating average, with the highest average
ranked first, and so on.
The remaining candidates will have to start their theoretical training and will be ranked
after the Pilots mentioned above, and among them they will be ranked by a weighted average of 1
to 5 of all the exams they take. Theoretical exams whose grade is given by percentage will be
converted to a grade from 1 to 5, with a grade from 0% to 49% equivalent to 1, from 50% to 69%
equivalent to 2, from 70% to 79% equivalent to 3, from 80% to 89% equivalent to 4 and finally
above 90% equivalent to 5.
Candidates at the end of the theoretical exams will be sorted by the following criteria:
1st - Maximum exam level they managed to reach (P1, P2, P3, or P4);
2nd - Average of the respective exams.
In this way, candidates will be sorted by type of exam, as well as by their respective grades.
Vacancies to proceed to the practical vFCL will be filled in the order of each candidate, with
candidates who have reached the P4 level will be called first, followed by the P3, P2 and P1 level
candidates, successively until all vacancies are filled. Candidates who fail an exam and want to try
a second time will be ranked after all those who did not need a second attempt.
Candidates who are unable to fill a vacancy will be offered a scholarship to complete the vFCL as
soon as SATA Virtual's human resources become available.
To proceed to the Type Rating training, candidates must reach the P3 or vCPL level in
SATA Virtual. If candidates are unable to complete the Type Rating or vFCL certification, the next
candidates will be called in the order already determined.
5. Training and Certification
For the theoretical vFCL certification, it is expected that the candidate will be able to reach
the desired levels through consultation and self-study, and SATA Virtual will provide support
through its instructors through Discord, email or WhatsApp. This support is purely informative and
with the aim of guiding the candidate so that he can easily understand the required objectives.
For the practical vFCL certification, a dedicated instructor will be assigned to each
candidate who will be able to support the candidate until they take their exam. The examiner
cannot be the instructor who accompanied the candidate until the moment of certification.
The vFCL certification in no way depends on the Type Rating, being two completely different
certifications, the Type Rating falling outside the scope of the VATSIM certification, being a
training and certification, still, completely autonomous from VATSIM.
6. Minimum requirements
All applicants must be over 13 years of age in accordance with international law. For
practical certification, the candidate is required to have a flight simulator with the possibility of
connecting to the FS-Flight Control system with remote control of meteorology and aircraft
systems, ie, P3D or X-Plane. The latest MSFS cannot be considered at the moment due to
limitations of the simulator itself. The remaining requirements are described in the PAH.
This PAB (Pilot Admission Board) or recruitment will be open to candidates for 15 days,
with the candidate having 21 days to take the first theory exam, and another 60 days to attempt a
8. Candidate Scholarship
Candidates who successfully complete the certification with a level of vIR/P2 or higher will
be placed on the scholarship and will have priority in future recruitmet.
GOOD LUCK! Thanks for your preference!
SATA Virtual Team