San Diego Crew Base Closed

To better align Southwest Virtual Airlines (SVA) with the real world Southwest operations, we have decided to close the San Diego (SAN) Crew Base.

If you were based in San Diego prior to this change, you have now been transferred to Los Angeles (LAX) or Oakland (OAK).

If you would like to transfer to a different base, please email or complete the Crew Base Transfer form in the Operations panel.

Discord Server Information

Southwest Virtual Airlines (SVA) uses Discord as a means of communication between other pilots and members of staff. Here, you can be updated about events, staff position openings and other announcements with ease!

To join, first download Discord:

Next, join the SVA discord channel:

A reminder that all rules outlined both in the POH and in the Discord #rules channel are applied. See you in the virtual skies!

Blue Skies!

Matt G.
Director of Operations
Southwest Virtual Airlines


In order to connect MSFS to LUVCARS, please ensure you download the latest version of FSUIPC v7 (FOR MSFS ONLY) from the link below.


- Set your PC's region settings to US/English

- Upon downloading FSUIPC v7, you can skip the registration process that is requested by the installer when prompted.

- FSUIPC v7 will create a desktop icon upon installing. ONLY run this client, it will launch MSFS for you with FSUIPC enabled, allowing for connection to LUVCARS.

- A reminder to load your aircraft into the desired departure airport and ensure your parking brakes are set and fuel is loaded.

- Once loaded into the sim as prescribed above, you can begin the desired flight.

- IF you experience the 'Error occurred drawing aircraft', ensure you launched your sim as above, using only the FSUIPC v7 launcher and not launching MSFS independently from that.

This has been the proven way to successfully connect MSFS with LUVCARS. Currently, any additional errors are unknown and/or unsolved.

Blue Skies,

Matt Grimes
Chief Operating Officer
Southwest Virtual Airlines

SVA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

SVA Pilots,

While the staff team is well aware of the COVID-19 Coronavirus issue taking the world by storm, I would like to ensure that our pilots are doing okay in this messy time. I understand that for many being told to stay home with transitions to the online infrastructures for work or school, or just straight up closure of businesses allows you to gain more time in the cockpit. Now, that surely is a plus for the VA, but I know that not everyone has the luxury of this kind of time during this situation.

For those who have the freedom to fly more with us, please feel free to invite people along and make light of the situation with group flying and participating in VATSIM events! Visit some new destinations, or make a trip across from Hawaii to San Juan!

For those who are now in a more tough spot to achieve the minimum monthly flight requirement, you have our sympathy. I understand that a transition such as this may impact you negatively, and I completely understand. Therefore, if you need any LOAs or time extensions to log your flight, don't hesitate to reach out to your Crew Base Manager via Email or Discord, or

I understand that this situation can work both ways in terms of activity for our pilots. I urge to you that you focus on what needs have to be met for yourself/family in the real world over trying to log a flight with SVA.

If you have any questions/comments/etc.. feel free to reach out. We are a LUV'ing community here, and will support each other indefinitely.

Blue Skies and Good Health,

Matt G.
Director of Operations
Southwest Virtual Airlines