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About the Historic Airline Group

Founded in 2011, the Historic Airline Group was originally formed as Piedmont Virtual. Based on the classic Piedmont Airlines, we decided early on to not limit ourselves to only one airline. We added Pennsylvania Central Airlines and as interest grew so did our list of classic airlines. We bring the classics to the virtual airline community.

We fly many classic types of aircraft, from the DC-3 to early 747s and everything in between. Our advancement process allows you to advance through the fleet as you gain experience. Along the way you will complete checkrides that will give you the confidence you need to fly increasingly complex aircraft.

Our pilots fly for any airline they desire. Pilots are not limited to any specific hub or airline. The choice is yours every time you fly.

HAG also has a unique charter division. Many typical charter aircraft are based at several locations in the US and Great Britian. The difference is that you get to decide where you fly to. The possibilities are endless!

Join us today and start enjoying the challenge of operating classic aircraft on historic airline routes!

Recent Arrivals

Flight Number Pilot Aircraft Departure Arrival Submit Date Status
PAA6486 David Reed N711PA KMIA SKBO 02/12/2016 Arrived
CCA2356 Sune Lind N207E PANC PANC 02/12/2016 Arrived
BOA1728 Herman Kreimes N377BO EGLL EDDF 02/12/2016 Arrived
UPS10221 David Reed N272UP KONT PANC 02/12/2016 Arrived
ERA3886 Malcolm Esterhuizen N207E PABE PAHP 02/12/2016 Arrived

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Posted by David Reed on 02/07/2016

PanAm flights to Bogota Added

We have just added a round trip flight from Miami to Bogota Columbia. PanAm has always been a major player in South America, and with this move we have added PanAm 707/747 flights daily.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Restrictions Removed

We have made a major change at the Historic Airline Group. While pilot rank is still based on hours, there are no longer any limitations on what aircraft you can fly. Any pilot, regardless of rank, now has access to all of our aircraft. So whether it's a DC3 or a Boeing 747, you may now fly any aircraft you desire. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American 707/727 Schedules Updated

We have redone the American Airlines 707 and 727 schedules to add variety. Whereas before we had mostly out & backs (two leg round trips), we have added numerous multi-leg trips, much like the real mainline crews fly. For example, one trip originates in Philadelphia and flies round trip with stops in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Omaha, Bismark & Minneapolis. There is a round trip 707 flight from New York-JFK with stops in Cincinnati, Dallas, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Chicago. Be careful on your fuel calculations, for shorter legs mean you will be limited on takeoff weight due to max landing weight limitations. Saddle up your first generation jet and enjoy the new, shorter flights on American Airlines!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alaska Charters With Chester Charter

Our Chester Charter opportunities have just been expanded! Besides our regular charter hubs in USA and England, We now have charter flights in Alaska. We use a variety of aircraft, including the Beechcraft 1900, Cessna 208 Caravan, Cessna 207 Stationair, Cessna 185 Skywagon, Piper Chieftain, and two new ones: Floatplanes using a Dehavilland DHC2 Beaver and the Cessna 185! Plot your own charter course from their bases in Nome, Unalakleet, Deadhorse, Anchorage and Ketchikan. Seaplane flights originate in Ketchikan and Anchorage. As with all charter flights, you pick the destination and the aircraft. Whether it's hunters to the Kobuk Valley National Park, or oil company personnel and supplies to Barrow, you will always find adventure with Chester Charter! 

 

Alaska 727 Flights Added

Bering Air provides service to Nome and Unalakleet Alaska in order to connect to Alaska Airlines for service to Anchorage. We've filled this gap by adding classic 727-100 service from Anchorage to Nome and Unalakleet, as well as non-stop service to Cold Bay and Kodiak. All Alaska 727-100 flights are now available to Level II pilots  You can find excellent 727-100's at HJG along with classic Alaska Airlines textures

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Bering Air Flights Added

At Bering Air we have added flights from their hub in Kotzebue. Bering Air PA31 Chieftains are flown on four flights, each one a multi-stop trip to small towns and villages with no other connection to the outside world. There is also a non-stop round trip to their other hub in Nome. Again, these flights are all under an hour in length, yet bring the challenge of flying to gravel strips in the Alaskan frontier. HAG now has 35 flights for the Bering Air Chieftains.

 

 

 

 

Bering Air- Connecting Western Alaska

The Historic Airline Group has just added a local air service in Alaska. Bering Air began service in 1974, operating a DeHavilland beaver out of Nome. As they grew, so did their fleet. Today they operate a mix of Beech 1900, Cessna Caravan and Piper Chieftain aircraft to 32 destinations from three hubs in Nome, Unalakleet and Kotzebue, Alaska. We have 18 flights from their Nome base, using the Piper Chieftain N4112E. These are great flights for those with limited time. Most flights are under 30 minutes, and none over an hour in length. For a real challenge, try flying a scheduled route in Alaska in the winter! Look for PA31BRA for Bering Air flights. Textures will be available on Flightsim.com soon!

 

 

Lineas Aereas Suramericanas: Columbian Freight

The Historic Airline Group has just added another classic air freight business, Lineas Aereas Suramericanas. Based in Bogota, LAS flies three 727-100F and three 727-200F classic Boeing freighters. We have six two-stop round trips to 13 airports in Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicuragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Venezula and Guyana. At HJG you can download the LAS 727-200F HK-4261X. Delivered in October of 1975 to Northwest Airlines, this particular aircraft flew for NWA for 20 years. It was then sold to Amerijet International where it was converted into a freighter. Six years later it was sold to LA Suramericanas where it is still active today.    


Seven Seas DC-9-32F

Seven Seas Cargo finally bought their first jet. DC-9-32 (msn 47285, HAG- DC93 SEA) was delivered to Delta Airlines on December 7, 1968. She flew faithfully with Delta for 26 years before being sold to ValuJet in April of 1994. Registered N911VV, ValuJet only operated her for three years before AirTran purchased the airline and N911VV became N811AT. Yet only one year later it was parked and stored at Opa Locka Airport in Florida. Seven Seas bought it and sent it to Jet Group Inc in Miami to make it airworthy again. From there it went to Pemco Conversions in Tampa for a cargo door and interior. N811AT will operate between Miami and San Juan, with continuing freight service to Guadeloupe. We will also operate it from San Juan to Kingston, Jamaica. Textures can be found soon at Flightsim.com. DC9's are normally a Class IV aircraft, but Seven Seas will let any Class 1 pilot fly their new jet!   

 

Convair Joins Seven Seas Cargo

You can tell its winter because we're focusing on Caribbean operations! Our very own Seven Seas Cargo airline has added a new aircraft to its fleet in response to demand. Seven Seas purchased a Convair 340 for its thriving cargo operations out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. With the Convair 340 we can carry up to 12,000 lbs of freight, compared to 1200-1500 lbs on the Twin Beech and Navajos currently in use. Our new aircraft is registered in the Dominican Republic as HI-394CT, an actual Convair that used to fly these same routes. Look for textures at Flightsim.com based on the VBF CV240, available at ClaClassics. Best part: The Seven Seas Convair is available to new hires too!  

Dominican Republic Freight Dogs!

Our Seven Seas Cargo operations in the Caribbean just opened a new base in Santo Domingo. Using either the D18S (D18S SEAS) or the Piper Chieftain (PA31 SEAS), there are six routes each, with each route comprising three legs. The legs are short, with every flight under an hour. Along the coast, over or around the mountains, the scenery is both beautiful and challenging. Go to http://vfrmap.com/ and check your route- there are plenty of restricted and prohibited areas to avoid. Have fun! 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAG Charters!

HAG has more than classic airline flights. We also have a unique charter department! Charters operate out of three locations: Hayward CA (near Oakland), Chester CT and Luton (near London). From these locations you may operate a round trip charter flight to any destination you desire. We use a wide variety of aircraft too. Starting with the Cessna 210, we move up to the Baron 58, PA31 Chieftain, Beech 18, KingAir 200,and a Learjet 45. Fly to a small grass strip or a major metropolitan airport, the choice is yours at HAG Charters. 


 

 

 

LoganAir D18S Returns

I recently noted a glitch in the schedules. It seems I had 72 flights for the classic Twin Beech at LoganAir in Scotland, but the plane had become disabled in our system. I'm happy to report our Twin Beech is eagerly awaiting your flights in the LoganAir routes! Enjoy!


 

 

 

 

 

Caribbean Freight Dogs

We have added a dozen flights out of Ft Lauderdale International with the Beech D18S. These are four trips, with three legs each, ranging from 30 minutes to just over an hour, perfect for sim flying. The hotels need fresh bakery products and we are just the one to deliver the goods. FLL to South Bimini and Great Harbor Cay. FLL to Nassau and North Eleuthera. FLL to Freeport and Treasure Cay. FLL to Marsh Harbor and Great Harbor. Enjoy the beauty of flying to the Bahamas from Florida in a classic Twin Beech, an operation that is still done even today in the real world. Look for the TAL D18S!


More L-1011's!

 

New Air Canada and AeroPeru L-1011 flights have been added. For those with hours to spare, long haul flights with Air Canada L-1011 flights can be flown from Toronto or Montreal to Calgary, London, Los Angeles, Miami and Kingston. AeroPeru L-1011 flights operate on their long haul routes from Lima, to Mexico City/Los Angeles, and to Miami/New York. Air Canada operated 41 Tristars, including almost every series, while AeroPeru used three early -1 series. Considered by pilots to be one of the best flying aircraft ever built, they unforunately cost substantially more than the DC-10 and only 249 were built, compared to 646 DC10/MD11 aircraft. For AeroPeru flights, look for AEP L1011s. HAG also operates L-1011's with TWA, Saudi, British and Eastern.

 

 

 

 

More DC-10's!

New American and National Airlines DC-10 routes have been added. American Airlines operated DC-10's mainly on it's domestic flights, replacing 707's with it's higher passenger loads and better operating economics. American's family of DC-10-30's served them faithfully for thirty years, flying routes from the midwest to the east and west coasts, as well as transcontinental routes. For National Airlines, the DC-10 was their ultimate aircraft, with eleven DC-10-10 models serving domestic routes, and five DC-10-30 models serving their routes to Europe. As the 1970's drew to a close, PanAm was looking to buy an airline to develop a long neglected domestic network, and National had all the routes they were looking for. After the merger in 1980, PanAm operated the ex-National DC-10's for five more years, eventually selling all sixteen to American Airlines. You can download excellent DC-10 models at Historic Jetliner Group, along with panels and textures. HAG also operates DC-10s for United, Continental and Northwest Airlines. The DC-10 is a Senior Pilot airplane.

 

 

New Pacific Western Flights Added

We have added twelve new round trip flights for Pacific Western Airlines. Non-stop service is now provided from Edmonton to Slave Lake, Ft McMurray, Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Regina and Seattle. These flights are operated using the DC-4 and L188 Electra II aircraft. Enjoy the winter beauty of flying in western Canada today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Piedmont Flights Added

HAG has added sixteen new flights to our Piedmont schedule. You can now fly the 737 or 727 non-stop from Charlotte to Boston, New York, Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and St Louis. These are great sim flights, averaging an hour and a half flight time. Load up those holiday travelers, we're booked full! Don't forget to post your screenshots on the forum!

 

 

 

Aberdeen Airport, Scotland (EGPD)

Aberdeen began in 1934, intending to link Scotland with London. However, WW2 saw Aberdeen become RAF Dyce, an airbase the Royal Air Force used for photo recon missions and anti-shipping patrols using Spitfires, Misquitos and Wellington bombers. In May 1943, a German JU88 with the latest radar gear landed at RAF Dyce when the crew decided to defect to the Allies. This was significant in understanding the state of German airborne radar. In 1947 the airport was handed over to civil authorities and became Aberdeen Airport again. With the discovery of oil in the North Sea in 1967, Aberdeen became the world's busiest heliport as helicopters served the oil platforms. Today, Aberdeen is served by numerous airlines providing service to Great Britian and Europe. At HAG, we have numerous daily flights including three BAE Viking flights, eight LogAir flights using Saab 340s and Beech 18s, and three SAS flights using a DC-8, MD80 and 737. Aberdeen's oil business and its scenic location make it a popular destination for charter flights with Gamma Aviation at Luton Airport in London. 


Air Canada DC-9s!

The Historic Airline Group just added twenty six Air Canada DC-9 flights out of Toronto and Montreal. The succesor to our classic TCA, Air Canada DC-9s were able to bring economical jet travel to Canadian citizens. Best of all, ACA DC-9s are not level IV, but for now are level III aircraft during the holiday season! These flights will test your abilities with the DC-9 to the maximum. Some flights are very short, requiring a closer watch on your landing weight. Other flights stretch the range of these medium sized jets to the maximum. You might even find you have to restrict your load to carry enough fuel! Short or long, and many in between, these ACA DC9 flights are sure to bring you the fun of medium jets to your favorite Canadian skies. Enjoy!

 

New Airline Added!

In 1947 East-West Airlines began as a regional carrier designed to offer an alternative to the larger airlines then operating in Australia. The owners already had a network of maintenance facilities, making this part of their operation relatively inexpensive while bringing great reliability to the fleet. What followed was 35 years of happy growth, including a long partnership with Fokker when they bought their first F-27 aircraft. But in 1982 they ventured into the Northern Territories which was a financial disaster. This resulted in a completely new management team. Australia was still operating under the "two airline" policy, which prevented East-West from operating between major capital cities. To get around this, East-West operated between these cities with a stop in between, at a smaller regional airport. It was in these new communities that EWA found enough customers to make them the third largest airline in Australia. Soon they had moved into jets using the Fokker F28, and as business grew they purchased a couple of 727s for increased capacity. It was East-West's strong marketing force, which was proving very successful, that caused the government to eventually drop the two-airline policy. HAG has schedules for three aircraft- the Lockheed Hudson L18, the Fokker F27 and Fokker F28.


New Airline Added!

In 1946 Silver City Airways was formed as another long haul operation, one of many post-war ventures. But in 1948 they switched to a new type of flying- cross channel auto ferrying. Using the Bristol 170 Freighter, Silver City began as a charter operation but one year later they switched to a commerical airline operation. They priced their fares to compete with the cross channel ferries and business literally took off. Including a few DC-3's for passenger flights, Silver City Airways flew over 20,000 vehicles across the channel both ways in 1950, reaching one million crossings in 1957. Part of their success was their schedule which included many smaller airports in France and the UK. They also flew survey flights for oil companies in Lybia, and it was one of their DC-3's that first spotted the infamous "Lady Be Good", the WW2 B-24 that dissappeared on it's first mission in 1943.

 

 

Flight Sim Scenery!

Scenery! It's what makes your airports come alive! Using simple, easy to use programs like Abacus and ADE, you can turn your favorite airport into a better airport. Design it yourself or go with googlemap accuracy, the sky's the limit in Flight Sim scenery! Here we have taken a rather bland, stock Ponds Inlet Airport in northern Canada and, using Googlemaps, we have placed buildings in realistic locations to better simulate the real thing. Using free objects downloaded from Flightsim.com, we will further add people, vehicles, dumpsters, empty barrels, all those little details that make your airport come alive. Check the forum for more info on how to work these easy programs.


 

Pacific Western Cargo Flights

HAG has numerous flights for the Lockheed L100 Hercules with Pacific Western Airlines. PWA served numerous communities throughout Canada with reliable cargo flights in the Hercules. HAG will be adding even more PWA L100 flights soon. Enjoy some serious bush flying with the civil version of the C-130! Shown here is the Capt Sim C-130 repainted by myself in PWA colors.



 

New BOAC Holiday Flights

Winter travel season is upon us and we have added six new holiday flights for BOAC between London and the Canary Islands. Known as Las Palmas, Gran Canaria Airport is the largest airport in the Canary Islands. British tourists may travel there on one of three classic airliners- the DC-7C, DH-106 Comet or the Boeing 707. Enjoy a holiday flight, and don't forget the tea!

 

 

 

 

First Air HS748/B727 Cargo Flights

We have added four new cargo flights for First Air. First Air operated cargo flights between Ottawa and Dayton OH for many years. We have added a daily daytime flight using the HS748, and an evening overnight flight using the Boeing 727. It's getting cold up North, so they can use all the gear we can bring!

 

 

 

 

 

Cologne International Airport

Cologne-Bonn International Airport (EDDK) is the seventh largest airport in Germany, serving both the city of Cologne and Bonn. It is also became the second largest freight hub in 1986 when UPS selected Cologne as it's main European hub. The first flight was in 1913 when an Army observation plane took off for artillary spotting. The original airport was known as Cologne Butzweiler Airfield, and was used for training pilots in WWI, including Manfred Von Richthofen. After the war the airport was operated by the British until 1925 when it was turned over to the city of Cologne. In the 1930's it was used as a fighter base by the Luftwaffe. After the second world war the British used it as an RAF base until the 1950's. During this time a new 6100' runway was built and the airport was subject to entirely new construction. The airport again came under civil control when it was christened Cologne-Bonn, also known as Flughafen Köln-Wahn. Today, HAG has over forty flight from Cologne, with more to come. 

 

Alaska Airlines

In the 1920's, Alaska found itself with a keen interest in aviation but a vast collection of small "airlines". When the Great Depression hit in 1929, many airlines folded, but several others merged and formed Star Air Lines. Star struggled along and managed to stay in business by hauling food and liquor to distant communities. When the war came in 1941, Star had no contract with the US Army because all their planes were wooden, single engine types. So the mergers continued, and in 1943 they bought their first multi-engine airplane, a Lockheed Lodestar. But trouble continued to haunt Alaska Airlines (the name began in 1944). The CAB hit them with many large fines and shut them down several times for safety violations, a product of the many mergers. In 1951 the CAB appointed Nelson David as CEO with the order to make Alaska right or lose their certificate permanently. Mr David made sweeping changes, putting Alaska Airlines on the road to being a professional airline, selling most of their ancient aircraft and replacing them with DC-3s and DC-4s. In 1957 Charles Willis took over the now profitable airline and began a period of substantial growth. He introduced the DC-6 and the Golden Nugget flights. In 1961 they leased a Convair 880 for no money down to compete with other airlines. In 1966 they got rid of the CV880 and began taking deliveries of their first 727s, the airplane that would become the standard for the next 25 years. But the new jets cost the airline dearly. Willis was removed in 1971, new management took over. The charter and cargo operations were closed. Alaska focused on the higher density routes and in the 1980's began trading in the aging 727s for new MD80s. Today Alaska is the seventh largest US airline, operating MD80s and B737s, and is rated number one in customer satisfaction. HAG has many Alaska Airline flights, using DC3s, DC4s, DC6s and B727s.

 

Provincetown-Boston Airlines

In 1949, John Van Arsdale was the airport manager at Provincetown, MA, a small town at the very tip of Cape Cod. Using a Cessna Bobcat, he began scheduled service between Provincetown and Boston, thus the name. PBA grew, adding more aircraft and pilots. During winter months the demand dropped significantly in New England, so in 1957 an agreement was made with Naples Airlines in Florida to move most of PBA's fleet south in the winter where the extra seats were needed. PBA merged with Naples Airlines one year later and began buying DC-3's and Martin 404s. PBA turned a profit every year it was in business. In the 1980's, when other carriers were heading into bankruptcy, PBA was thriving. Destinations and aircraft were being added, passenger boardings doubled in one year. As a 402 pilot at PBA in 1986, I was always on standby, ready to go where needed. My day started at 0700 and ended when dispatch said they were done. When one 402 wasn't enough, I would bring the extra seats needed. When the DC-3 was overbooked, I carried the extras. PBA was the largest regional airline in the world at the time, with a fleet of Cessna 402C's, DC-3s, EMB-110s, Martin 404s and YS-11s. But what goes up must come down. Two fatal accidents in Florida caused revenues to plummet. Grounded by the FAA twice, PBA struggled to get back in the air, but to no avail. In 1989, 40 years after they started, PBA was merged Bar Harbor Airlines and the certificate was retired. You can still keep up with the history at Provincetown Boston Airline on Facebook today. At HAG we have many PBA routes to fly, and just because it lists a DC-3 doesn't mean you can't substitute a 402, M404 or YS11 :)

 

Helsinki International Airport

Helsinki International Airport is the main airport for Finland and the home of Finnair. Read about this northern European airport, voted best by European passengers. Look for it in the About Us tab.



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Total Pilots: 82
Total Flights: 14,816
Total Flights Today: 5
Total Flight Hours: 28,156 hrs
Total Pax Carried: 50,816,009
Total Fuel Burned: 117,113,974 lbs
Total Flight Miles: 6,548,706 nm
Total Schedules: 10760

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