The Association Statutes

Initial revision of November 21, 2014

1. Definition

We’re «SWISS Virtual» — an association regulated by articles 60ff. of the Federal Civil Code of Switzerland. Our official seat is at Zurich Airport, the Municipality of Kloten, Switzerland. The association is politically and confessionally neutral.

2. Mission

The association’s mission is the promotion of flight simulation, the development of a community of friends of the airline «SWISS» and the representation of it within online flight communities. The association serves no commercial purposes and does not aim for profit. All our governing bodies are performing their duties voluntarily and without compensation.

3. Sources of Income

To fulfill our mission, our association will use the following sources of income: – Membership fees
– Profit from organized events
– Subsidies

– Profit from service agreements
– Donations and other allowances

4. Accounting periods

The accounting year matches the calendar year. Memberships do not follow accounting years and can begin and end anytime.

5. Fees

The membership fees will be defined by the Board of Directors and are collected monthly. The Board of Directors can allow a lower fee if the amount is payed upfront for a year. Management and Board of Directors are also subject to the membership fee.

The Board of Directors can grant individual members the status of honor and dispensate them from the membership fee, if they have provided an invaluable contribution to the association. The Board of Director can also define different types of users and fees which may not be considered as «members» in the sense of these statutes. These users may only access a limited set of services and are not entitled to member privileges.

6. Membership

Only individuals which support our cause can become members. Membership ends when a member withdraws, is excluded or dies.

The Board of Directors decides whether members are accepted and can exclude any member

when due fees are not paid, misconduct is observed or for any other reason. The reason does not need to be stated.

Members can choose to withdraw anytime if they return any hold property of the association, such as Member ID Cards. Paid fees will not be refunded.

7. The governing bodies of the association

The governing bodies of the association are: – The General Assembly
– The Board of Directors
– The Management

7.1 The General Assembly

Every member of SWISS Virtual is a member of the General Assembly and this body is the highest of the Association.Every year in the first quarter, an meeting is held and issues will be voted on electronically. This vote is open to members worldvide.

Members will be invited to the meeting at least two weeks in advance with the agenda in reference. Requests for inclusionn in the agenda have to be submitted to the Board of Directors four weeks before the meeting at the latest.

One fifths of all members may request the immediate meeting of all members anytime by explaining the reason for it to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will arrange it within two weeks after receiving the request at most. This meeting may take place electronically.

The General Assembly has the following duties and competences which cannot be withdrawn from it:

  • Approving the meeting minutes of the preceding year
  • Approving the yearly report of the Board of Directors
  • Discharging the Board of Directors
  • Electing the Board of Directors
  • Approving the membership fees
  • Taking note of the budget
  • Taking note of the briefing
  • Voting on issues brought up by members or the Board of Directors
  • Changing these statutes
  • Deciding on the dissolution of the association and the use of liquidated funds

Every General Assembly can make binding decisions, when at least half of all members are casting as present. Electronic presence is valid.Members are casting their decisions with overall majority. Changes to the statutes require the approval of at least 3⁄4 of all present members. All decisions are noted in a protocol.

7.2 The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors consists of five to seven individuals. They are elected for a period of three years and can be re-elected.

The Board of Directors decides on issues and represents the association. It issues regulations and documents.

To ensure a professional management of the association, the Board of Directors can appoint a Managing Body led by a CEO. The Board of Directors can at it’s discretion defer any duties it seems fit to that Managing Body.

The Board of Directors has all the competencies which are not deferred by law or by these statutes to another governing body.

The Board of Directors is organizing its structure by itself.

The Board of Directors meets as often as required to perform it’s duties. Every member of the Board of Directors can request a meeting by stating the reasons for it. An electronic meeting is permissible.

The Board of Directors is a volunteering body. It can request a refund for actual expenses.

8. Obligations

The association is bound by the collective signature of the president together with another member of the Board of Directors.

Debts are to be settled only with Association Capital. Members may never be held personally liable for debts of the association.

9. Dissolution

The association may be dissolute in a special meeting only called on for this purpose. No other issues may be dealt with at such a meeting. At least half of all members on record must participate at this meeting. And at least three quarters must request the dissolution.

Upon dissolution, all the capital must be transferred to a tax-exempt association that serves the same or a similar purpose.

Dual members of that recipient association may not vote on the dissolution of SWISS Virtual and must withhold their vote. They may however be counted as participating members.

Members may not share the capital among each other.

These statutes were accepted at the founding meeting of November 21, 2014 and are entering into force at this date.

Chris Leduc
President, Board of Directors

Lucien Moesching
Clerk, Board of Directors