We’re picking up from the last Road to vEZY post 340 days ago – ‘Road to vEZY - 25 days after’.
It has been a year! I find it amazing that, while we did 365 laps around the sun together, you filed 35 000 pireps, produced 100s of thousands of position reports and got 3970 pilots in our community – all while I, personally, have 0 PIREPs, 0 Points and 0 Hours. Despite my unmatched stellar effort at torpedoing statistics of the VA, you, for all intents and purposes, made vEZY the second largest Virtual Airline powered by vAMSYS!
What you’re about to read below, is my 3rd draft of this post – yet even after rewriting it so many times, I am painfully aware that no level of eloquence on my part could ever properly describe our excitement of this occasion. So here goes – my best attempt:
Before we uncork the champagne and start the week-long celebration, let us reminisce over our humble beginnings.
Road to vEZY - The beginning of time
The first codified evidence of then called Project B I have in my emails is dated all the way back to 23rd February 2015 […] I can vividly remember Gary shouting out in one of the staff meetings that we should do EZY VA as there's nothing vRYR quality out there[…] Unfortunately, timing was not in favour of vEZY […] as a result Project B was put on indefinite hold.
With the arrival of vAMSYS 0.5 in October 2015 we have found ourselves in a position to realistically entertain the option of starting an orange virtual airline. […] We followed up with vAMSYS 1.0 and vAMSYS 2.0 on 6th March 2016. vAMSYS was now ready to handle both vEZY, vRYR, BEEvirtual and pretty much any other VA we want to throw at it. […] If you were observant enough, you would have noticed that we missed our initial deadline of mid-march and moved it to April 1st.
While it might seem that the VA Launch was a long and protracted affair, I can assure you it was not. […] the web side and the process of making vAMSYS for vEZY started on 28th March - that's 5 days ago! […]
On April 1st 2016 at 04:03 AM these forums you are on right now were launched. At 04:15 we secretly uploaded the code changes to live version of vAMSYS and started final testing and bugfixing. 05:45 - we announced that vEZY is live - 9 hours earlier than we hoped or planned.
While we were delighted to launch second VA using vAMSYS, there is no need to deny we felt nervous and uncertain. As I wrote in Road to vEZY – Launch Day:
I would be lying if I said I was not anxious after we posted the announcement on Facebook that we are now live. There was this lingering feeling that vEZY could be a big flop, would not attract many pilots and would never rival the success vRYR has had.
Looking back, I cannot hide my smile – we made it. You made it! Even though we had our highs and lows, vEZY is right where I hoped, when I made the last forum post about vEZY. We are delighted and honored by the pilots who call vEZY their home.
Today, a year later, we have found our feet - you helped us firmly plant them in the VA world by painting the skies orange. Today we stand taller, with a renewed commitment towards bringing the best Virtual Airline experience to our pilots.
At times, I feel we neglected vEZY a bit and left it run on auto-pilot for extended periods of time. Our commitment for 2017 is to turn this routine upside down. This year will see many changes within vEZY – first few of them are already underway. Our route network was re-evaluated and rebuilt top to bottom, vEZY has dedicated Twitch streamer delivering outstanding content and, for the first time ever – vEZY has members of the Staff team dedicated solely to vEZY – be it answering support tickets, managing routes or keeping up the mood in the discord chat.
Community feel was and continues to be a huge driving force for us – it is our intent to continue building further on it – involving as much of the community as possible in day-to-day running of the VA itself, like Area Managers team, which recently has been re-established and is already tackling route updates; inviting you to participate in great events spread throughout the year – fly-ins, tours, overloads, collaborations with other VAs, or, as yet untitled, fly with the staff occasions. Whilst vRYR has coined ‘Because you chose us’ slogan a few years back, I am certain that vEZY ought not to be discounted – we would not be where we are today without your continuous help.
On day 366 the Staff Team of vEZY stands firm before you. 2017 will be a year of action and surprises – all in order to meet – nay – exceed the expectations of our virtual pilots.
Now… where’s the bubbly?