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About Redwood Virtual


Redwood Virtual is a community-based virtual airline that closely simulates the daily operations of Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, and codeshare partner airlines. It's important to us, as the Redwood Team, that we establish and maintain our core values; professionalism, realism, transparency, and community. We strive to achieve the most realistic experience every day to ensure we have up-to-date routes, fleet, and characteristics that model our real-world counterparts in a pristine fashion. We implement many fresh ideas, technologies, and assets into our organization so we can set ourselves apart, to be something different while still joining in with our sponsors.

We encourage you to let your opinion be heard and to help make the change you want in this community. We are not exclusive and we value every member’s input as we do our own. As a prospective member, we encourage you to contact us via this website and our Facebook page, and as a member, we encourage you to make use of your management team by dropping us an email or reaching out in the redwood Discord with questions and/or comments. We look forward to you joining the Redwood Virtual community and wholeheartedly welcome you aboard!

Redwood Virtual was founded by Chase Morgan and Dan True in May of 2014 with one goal in mind, to launch a unique virtual airline (VA) to serve the virtual skies emulating the real-world operations of Virgin America. In December of 2014, Chase Morgan brought Eric Watters onboard as the new CEO with the mission of growing the VA. Eric quickly began to gauge the desires of Redwood’s flight team members and implement innovative growth strategies. In March of 2015, founder Chase Morgan stepped aside and turned ownership of Redwood Virtual over to CEO Eric Watters. Soon after, in an effort to continue growing, Redwood expanded beyond the Virgin America brand to include other Virgin Group partner airlines – Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Australia. This expansion allowed for an expansion of the available aircraft in the Redwood Virtual fleet to include wide-body Airbuses and Boeing aircraft.

In April of 2015, Redwood Virtual entered into a partnership with Virtual Delta Airlines (vDelta), which allowed for the addition of nearly a thousand new codeshare routes to the Redwood Virtual library of schedules. That significant partnership helped Redwood Virtual to continue to grow as an up-and-coming virtual airline to be reckoned with. In July of 2016, Eric Watters appointed David Winter to the position of CEO and stepped in the role of president & owner. Since that time, Redwood has continued to grow, expanding into even more code shares and cargo operations. In December of that year, the real-world Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced they'd be merging.

In January of 2018, the real-world Alaska Airlines and Virgin America began operating under a Single Operator's Certificate under the Alaska Airlines brand. At that time, Redwood Virtual embraced the Alaska Airlines brand integrating it into its existing VA brand, while committing to keeping the Virgin America brand alive at the behest of its pilots. That combined brand will help to keep Redwood aligned with real-world developments, while honoring its traditions.

Redwood Virtual believes in a realistic approach to modeling our real-world counterparts. However, that does not mean we only accept experienced pilots. We believe that a passion for flight simulation is the most important quality in prospective Redwood pilots. Where other airlines will not accept inexperienced pilots, we list ourselves as a "no experience necessary" virtual airline. Just come equipped with a passion for flight sim and a willingness to learn, and we'll help you get there.

As a community-based virtual airline, we have reached out to our members and found that the majority prefers a virtual airline with explicit flight standards, a well defined structure, but also the flexibility to fly when, where, and what they want. This is what we strive to provide to each of our members. Our Elevate Crew Awards Program is the complete foundation of your career. All of our crew members receive a complimentary membership to this pristine program. The Elevate Crew Awards Program is how our flight team members mark each progressive accomplishment in their flying career with Redwood Virtual. The elevate program includes awards for reaching career milestones. We believe that an equal balance between realism and community was in order when structuring our ranks. It is our intention to allow our flight team members to fly some of their favorite aircraft to their favorite destinations while having goals to work towards. Your status is always available in your crew portal.

Our Corporate Team

David Winter
David Winter - Chief Executive Officer

ceo@redwoodva.netDavid Winter is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Redwood Virtual. He is the leader of the airline and is responsible for setting and realizing all of our goals, and ensuring a great flying experience for all of Redwood's pilots. He is directly responsible for managing Redwood Virtual's day-to-day operations and for supervising the crew base managers. In real life David works full-time and is a college student who enjoys photography, particularly taking photos of aircraft.

Eric Watters
Dr. Eric Watters - President & Owner

pres@redwoodva.netDr. Eric Watters is the president, owner, and immediate past chief executive officer (CEO) of Redwood Virtual. He now acts in an advisory role to the CEO and officers of the VA. In the real world he is a full-time municipal manager, part-time university professor, and is a proud US Army veteran. He is married and has a daughter.



Ryan Walker
Ryan Walker - San Francisco Crew Base Manager

rwalker@redwoodva.netRyan Walker is the San Francisco crew base manager for Redwood Virtual. In real life Ryan is a full-time high school student, private-pilot, and part-time video game streamer on Twitch.tv as Ryfle60.


Vacant
Sam De Freyssinet - New York Crew Base Manager

sdefreyssinet@redwoodva.netSam De Freyssinet is the New York crew base manager for Redwood Virtual. In real life Sam is a part-time video game streamer on Twitch.tv as Samsoir.


Chad Jacobson
Chad Jacobson - Los Angeles Crew Base Manager

cjacobson@redwoodva.netChad Jacobson is the Los Angeles crew base manager for Redwood Virtual. In real life, Chad is a husband and father.