ALK-VA | Policy and Procedures Manual






As with any organization, there has to be some accountability and discipline, in order to run and maintain a successful flight department. The following is just the basics and should provide an organized yet challenging flying environment. - ALK-VA Ops

Most recently updated information or requirements are marked with #


P-1 : Introduction

P-1.a: Company Profile; SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, is an award  winning airline with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality. ALK-VA is the virtual SriLankan Airlines flight operator, with a fleet of matching aircraft.

P-1.b: Company History; Launched in 1979 as Air Lanka, SriLankan is currently expanding and further diversifying its wide range of products and services in order to drive the country's ongoing boom in tourism and economic development. Sri Lankan Virtual Airlines (ALK-VA) was formed in 11 November 2011.

P-1.c: Company Operations; The airline's hub is located at Bandaranaike International Airport (VCBI) in Colombo, providing connections to its global route network of over 50 destinations in 33 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America and Australia. ALK-VA offers exact flight operations and aircraft types to its pilots.




P-2 : Pilot Ranking and Aircraft Rating

P-2.a: The Pilot Ranking System governs pilot's position and promotions. It is based upon total flying hours (Duty Time).

P-2.a1: Duty Time is the amount of flying time submitted to ALK-VA with Completed Mission Reports and Check Flight Reports, or time spent working on projects directly related to ALK-VA.

#P-2.a2: Flying time is calculated using actual 'Chocks Off/Chocks On' times. Refer FAQ page for full details.


Pilot Ranking

Flying Hours

Promotion Requirement

Aircraft Type Ratings - SCF/ACF

Captain Type Ratings - CCF

Flight Distance

Second Officer

0-25 hours 

Flying hours

DHC6, A320 

Not applicable

Up to 1000 nm

First Officer

26-50 hours 

Flying hours

DHC6, A320, A330 

Not applicable

Up to 1500 nm

Senior First Officer

51-100 hours 

Flying hours

DHC6, A320, A330, A340 

Not applicable

Up to 2000 nm

Captain I

101-200 hours 

C-I Check Flight 

ALK + UL Aircraft

Category-1 & 2 

No Restriction

Captain II

201-300 hours 

C-II Check Flight 

ALK+UL+Air Ceylon aircraft

Category-1 to 3 

No Restriction

Captain III

301-400 hours 

C-III Check Flight 

ALK+UL+Air Ceylon aircraft

Category-1 to 3 

No Restriction

Senior Captain

401+ hours 

SC Check Flight 

ALK+UL+Air Ceylon aircraft 

Category-1 to 4 

No Restriction

Chief Pilot

1000 + hours 

Special Project 

ALK+UL+Air Ceylon aircraft 

Category-1 to 4 

No Restriction


P-2.b: The Aircraft Type Rating System governs the aircraft operating authorization.

# P-2.b1: Successful completion of Standard Check Flight (SCF) or Advanced Check Flight (ACF) authorizes pilot to operate the particular aircraft as the co-pilot (i.e. without captain rating). Refer the table above for applicable aircraft categories for each Pilot Ranking. For details refer Check Flight Center.

# P-2.b2: Successful completion of Captain's Check Flight (CCF) authorizes pilot to operate the particular aircraft as the captain. Refer the table above for applicable aircraft categories for each Pilot Ranking. For details refer Check Flight Center.

P-2.c: Senior First Officer to Captain promotion, the applicant must submit a Vatsim or IVAO flying record to COO showing his/her ability to conduct an instrument landing. For details refer Check Flight Center.

P-2.d: Captain to Senior Captain promotion, the applicant must submit a Vatsim or IVAO flying record to COO showing his/her ability to conduct an instrument landing of multi engine heavy aircraft. For details refer Check Flight Center.

P-2.e: Senior Captain to Chief Pilot promotion, the applicant must successfully accomplish a ALK-VA operations related project. The project is individually assigned. If desired Senior Captain can remain in his rating without obtaining executive responsibilities. 




P-3 : Flying Requirements

P-3.a: To be considered as an active pilot within ALK-VA, the pilot must complete at least one regular flight per month. A flight includes the outbound and inbound legs (Refer P-3.c below).

P-3.b: When selecting an aircraft / flight combination, pilot should consider the suitability of that aircraft to the flight profile and distance.

# Note: Refer 'Pilot Ranking' table above for flight distance restrictions. Distance limit is calculated between each landing only.

P-3.c: Routine Flight requests must constitute the outbound leg from a ALK-VA destination and the inbound leg to a ALK-VA destination.

Example 1: ALK101 - VCBI to VRMM (outbound flight)

ALK102 - VRMM to VCBI (Inbound flight)

Example 2: ALK227 - VCBI to OTBD (outbound flight)

ALK228 - OTBD to VCBI (Inbound flight)

Either of above flights will count towards your logbook as one completed mission.

P-3.d: Completed Flights; Your Flight Requests and Flight Reports can be submitted at any time. Your flying data record will be updated accordingly. If any discrepancy appears pilot should inform it to ALK-VA Flight Operations immediately.

P-3.e: If unable to complete a flight for some reason -usually real life matters- inform Flight Ops by sending an e-mail. Or request leave of absence to stay away from flying (Refer P-5.d below).

P-3.f: Aircraft panel Selection; It is authorized to use any panel as long as the aircraft type / number of engines match the panel.

Note: Some ALK-VA aircraft have custom-built panels. Pilots are encouraged to use them.

P-3.g: Flight Realism; Pilots may fly their flights with as much realism as they can manage. It is authorized to adjust aircraft reliability, weather simulation, and other variables to suit their experience or interest. However, pilots are expected to operate missions in as realistic conditions as possible, as it increases the challenge and authenticity of virtual flying.

P-3.h: Any additional add-ons, such as a GPS, may be used with any of the flights, however it must be stated in the Flight Report.

# P-3.i: Incidents and Accidents; Pilots are responsible for notifying the Flight Ops of any incident or accident related to flight. ALK-VA appreciates truthfulness of flight reports.

# P-3.j: All flights below 4hrs duration must be operated at 1x simulation rate. Flights over 4hrs duration may be operated at 2x simulation rate only over water.

P-4 : Authorized Aircraft

# P-4.a: Check Flight; Pilots are encouraged to complete a Standard Check Flight (SCF) for each new aircraft that he/she wishes to operate. Refer Check Flight Center for details.

# P-4.b: Only the aircraft types listed with ALK-VA fleet are authorized for regular and charter flights. Pilots can use aircraft from ALK-VA hangar or other similar aircraft model and should state that in the flight reports.

P-5 : Administrative Requirements

P-5.a: All members are required to maintain a valid e-mail address. If mail is returned , the member's data will be held for four weeks and a confirmation letter will be sent to ensure that the member's internet server did not crash. If unable to reply to the confirmation letter, the member will be removed from Active Pilots roster to Reserve Pilots list.

P-5.b: All members are encouraged to send their suggestions and queries to Chief Operations Officer.

P-5.c: Termination; The CEO reserves the right to terminate a member for the following:

P-5.d: Leave of absence will be granted for periods of up to three months. After three months the pilot will either be required to return to active duty service or terminate his/her enlistment within the organization. Pilots may request long duration leave of absence.

P-5.e: Flying for other Virtual Airlines; ALK-VA pilots are allowed to fly for other VAs. But other VA flying hours will not be added to ALK-VA flying records. When joining ALK-VA, pilot's previous VA flying hours may be considered (maximum up to 100hrs). This will depend on details received from official records of the previous VA.

P-5.f: Resignation; If a member decide to resign from ALK-VA, he/she should inform Chief Operations Officer. Then his/her flying data will remain in company records for future reference. If not informed data will be completely deleted from records.




Flying for the airlines is not supposed to be an adventure. From takeoff to landing, the autopilots handle the controls. This is routine. In a Boeing as much as an Airbus. And they make better work of it than any pilot can. You're not supposed to be the blue-eyed hero here. Your job is to make decisions, to stay awake, and to know which buttons to push and when. Your job is to manage the systems.

- Bernard Ziegler, former Airbus Senior Vice President for Engineering -










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