About Worldwide Virtual

The Beginning

Worldwide Virtual was founded on 9 August 2011 by Alan Clarke our CEO and was joined soon after by Mario Angelosanto, Steve Quinn and Greg Turnbull. The VA was founded on the principle that everyone has the freedom to fly however they want without the limitations that come from rules. In fact the only rule was that everyone had to enjoy themselves whilst flying once every three months (which is very generous). Whilst growth was slow at first, around 2013, the growth in the VA exploded with many new pilots joining,

Expansion of the Team

With the CEO away with work, the management team grew to include Jay Corry, Laurens Weers, Randy Harrill and Steve Hallsson. The growth in the team allowed us to manage the large amount of pilots that were joining as well as include new airlines and continue to develop the airline as our members wanted. Whilst some of our admins are no longer with us, our current admin team continues to develop Worldwide Virtual each and every day.

ASP Virtual Airline Management System

The ASP Virtual Airline Management System (ASPVAMS) is the engine behind Worldwide Virtual and was developed entirely in house. This came about as a result of the limitations of the open source PHPVMS system which the airline was originally running upon. Being written entirely from the ground up, ASPVAMS allows Worldwide Virtual more flexibility than ever.

In 2017, the ASPVAMS was completely rewritten to what you see today reusing very little of the original code. A lot of lessons were learnt in the first version and the latest versions takes a lot of that feedback and puts it into action.

Worldwide Virtual Admin Team

At Worldwide Virtual we have a great team of admins working in the background to make this a better place. We work together to ensure that we never stray from our guiding principle of having fun.

WW1000 Alan Clarke
Chief Executive Officer
In the real world I am an Electrical Engineer where my sometimes time consuming but enjoyable hobby of virtual flying led me to form Worldwide Virtual in 2011 out of frustration from the lack of Virtual Airlines out there that let me fly whatever, whenever and however I wanted.

Whilst I can't do any graphics whatsoever (I have Mario, Greg and Laurens for that), I am quite adept at programming and created this current form of the website from the ground up. My philosophy is quite simple - everyone has the right to enjoy their sim how they want and Worldwide Virtual won't stop or curtail that. Throughout the evolution of Worldwide Virtual, I have always aimed to stick to our mission of allowing everyone to fly whenever, whatever and however they want whilst creating an enjoyable community for all to enjoy.
WW1004 Greg Turnbull
Human Resources
I work in the Renewable Energy & Carbon Abatement Industry as an excavator/machinery operator/truck driver.

I have been with Worldwide as an admin from the very beginning and currently I am the human resources/repaints/graphic design manager, you name it. I'll try everyone and help where I can and if I don't know then google is our friend.
WW1005 Mario Angelosanto
One of the original founders of Worldwide Virtual, Mario works in the graphics area designing the liveries for the Worldwide Virtual hanger as well as using his industry expertise in consulting on the design of the website.
WW1022 Brian Cowell
Administrator / Flight Simulator Expert
Brian is Worldwide Virtual's resident flight simulator expert. Having written may articles and guides over the years, you will find a lot of his work in his participation in the forums.
WW3254 Jus VonSchott
I retired after thirty seven years of self employment. My first computer was an Apple II+, so I have been around a while. Basically I have this job because Staff got tired of me answering questions in the forums with, “sorry you need an Admin for that.” Now they have given me a whole set of tools to help our pilots with their virtual careers. It is an honor to serve Worldwide Virtual and I thank the Staff for the opportunity to do so.
WW1359 Randy Harrill
I began using flight simulator back in 1980, (with no add-on) and the V.A. Was not around, as time went on computers and flight sim became better. I joined a V.A. And began fling there schedules and rules, (rules the key word) after a year I had enough and searched for another V.A. That is when I came across Worldwide. I joined in May 2013 and never looked back, (I found a new home). In January of 2015 I was invited to become a member of the admin team and have enjoyed every moment, I have watched this V.A. Grow over the years and still the best V.A. Around. My personal life I am semi-retired and enjoy woodworking and some travel.
WW3726 Pieter Knight
In real world I live in South Africa, but flew on contract in most countries on the Africa continent. I flew the Cessna Caravan C208B, the Beech Craft King Air 200 and 350, the Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante, the Bombardier Learjet 45 and a couple of single and twin piston aircraft. After 8 years of commercial flying, I lost my flight medical and I started a new career as network and systems administrator in IT.

I started simming with Microsoft Flight Simulator 98 to help me train for my twin IF rating and afterwards to stay current. Then the bug of simming bit. After that was FS 2000 and FSX deluxe till recently when I went over to Prepar3D v4 (as they write it).

I was looking for a VA that will give me the freedom to fly what I want, when I want, to where I want and after a long search for the right VA I came across WWV and I knew this is what I was looking for and here I am today.