Over-controlling and under-controlling on Tower

September, 26, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Finding the balance between over-controlling and under-controlling can be tough.

Tower commands like “I’ll call your base”, “Extend downwind”, “Extend upwind”, ect. are commands you can use to control your pattern. Those are the tools at your disposal. When to use them can be unclear though.

The goal is to send the least commands possible, while still being concise and clear. You want your pilots to know what you want from them, take the onus off of them, but only send commands when it is necessary.

Over-control by sending unnecessary superfluous commands that will overcomplicated things, or under-control and let your pattern become a hot mess. It’s can be hard to balance it out. See something, do something.

Be proactive not reactive.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More

Infinite Flight pilot celebrates 100th landing as part of their therapy recovering from a coma

September, 25, 2021 by Kyle Boas

We wanted to share this inspirational story from an Infinite Flight community member that they bravely shared about how they used the flight simulator as part of their therapy as they recovered from a coma. Here is the post.

You can do more then you think you can and Eric is a testament to that.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More

The History Of the A220

September, 24, 2021 by Kyle Boas

As we now know the Airbus A220 is making it’s was into Infinite Flight so many people who don’t know the A220 would like to know what it is and how it came into fruition so here is the History of the Airbus (Former Bombardier) A220.

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Firstly, we have to know when it all started. The Airbus A220 was originally the Bombardier C Series and was officially launched at the 2008 Farnborough Air Show with a strong 60 aircraft order from Lufthansa. Then testing of the aircraft began in 2013 with the CS100 and then the CS300 in 2015. The first delivery was on 15 July 2016 with Swiss International Airlines. Production in the start was rocky due to constant engine issues with Pratt and Whitney but that was resolved in 2017.

Now that we have come up to 2017 we get onto the start of the Airbus – Bombardier partnership which lead the CS100 and CS300 becoming the A220 family which is what we now know today. Potential for delivery were set higher to 100 aircraft a year but only 33 in 2018 and 48 in 2019. Airbus then started deliveries from its Mobile factory in Alabama which helped push yearly deliveries up.

The A220 had a rough start in America due to Boeing trying every method to block it from eating it’s 717 and 737NG market share but at the end of the day that failed and Airbus gained orders from major US carriers such as JetBlue and Delta and also airlines starting out are wanting to get the A220 such as Breeze Airways

There have been strong interest in the A220-500 a stretched version of the A220 but as of 2021 that is not on the Airbus roadmap. Also it would start to eat a bit of the A320’s market

As of 2021, we have the following airlines operating both the A220-100 and A220-300:

  • Swiss
  • AirBaltic
  • Air Austral
  • Air Manas
  • Air Canada
  • Air Tanzania
  • Delta
  • EgyptAir
  • JetBlue
  • Korean Air
  • Undisclosed Operators

As of 2021 the A220 family has carried 5,600,000 passengers mainly to Amsterdam, Paris, London and Moscow and has completed close to 60,000 flights since 2016.

Sadly in 2020 Bombardier completely pulled out of the A220 selling it’s remaining shares to Airbus for $591 Million giving Airbus 75% ownership of the A220 family with the 25% remaining with Investissement Québec.

The A220 is a great aircraft with a very bright future with many airlines in the regional, short haul and Medium haul market. AirBaltic has a 6 hour flight from Riga to Abu Dhabi! We look forward to seeing what this great and versatile aircraft can do in the coming years.

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Ruan M. is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is 15 year old avid Infinite flight simmer and Air Traffic Controller who has been part of Infinite Flight since 2015. He currently resides in South Africa with a second home in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is an IFATC specialist applying for radar training.

Don’t be a missile

September, 23, 2021 by Kyle Boas

At some airports, the airfield elevation isn’t very close at all to sea level. Take MMMX for example, the airfield elevation is 7,316ft MSL.

Violations kick in when you are below 10,000ft MSL, so hypothetically you could fly as fast as the airframe would allow at low altitudes.

Just because you can fly that fast does not mean you should. Flying at cruising speed into an airport and contacting approach is a nightmare for the controller. It’s like vectoring a hoard of missiles.

Note your altitude in AGL relating to the airfield elevation of your destination airport. Don’t exceed unreasonable speeds when contacting approach. Work with them, everyone work together.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More

IFATC Education Group Bot issues

September, 22, 2021 by Kyle Boas

I just wanted to put out a quick update for any of those using our Discord bot.

We are aware of an issue with posts not being sent or getting sent multiple times within a short span of time. We are working on a few fixes trying to troubleshoot the problem. We will update you here when we have it all sorted.

If you’d like a more reliable to follow our blog in the meantime, you can recieve our posts in the following places.

If you have any questions about the bot then feel free to send us a message.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More

Respecting your surroundings

September, 21, 2021 by Matei G.

Controllers can’t always catch everything pilots are doing. Unfortunately we can make mistakes, some things can slip past our full attention. That’s not to say that it is okay that we don’t catch it, it’s an error on the controller’s part

Controllers will help pilots avoid conflicts and pilots always should be aware of their surroundings, checking where they need to go and who they may conflict with.

Taxiing at 34knts when there’s heavy traffic and trying to get in front and cut everyone’s way. Exiting a runway and seeing that an aircraft and moving towards them, they start taxiing as fast as possible to get in front. These are both things we would not advise you do.

Taxi between 10-15knts when there is a lot of traffic around. Give the right of way to aircraft. Be aware at all times.

Matei G. is in multiple VAs, he’s an aviation passionate, he likes helping people out in the whole Infinite Flight Community. He’s 14 and grade 3, soon to be 4. He has a lot of things to talk about and likes pancakes!

The Azul Rosa Livery

September, 18, 2021 by Matt T.

With the 21.5 update and the addition of the A330-900neo to the Infinite Flight fleet comes the addition of the Azul livery to the aircraft. Azul, based out of São Paulo, now features the A330neo, E195, and A320 in Infinite Flight. However, the A330-900neo features not only the standard blue colors of the Brazilian carrier, but the pink special livery known as “Rosa”.

The history of this livery goes back over a decade to when Azul took delivery of an Embraer E195, registration PR-AYO, in the pink livery. However, this livery has since been removed and serves as a cargo aircraft. In October 2018, the airline took delivery of an A320neo in the pink livery, registration PR-TRS. Today, the airline prepares to take delivery of the A330neo in the livery, as registration PR-ANV continues testing at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. 

Since 2011, Azul has participated in the Pink October campaign, a program that aims to raise awareness about the prevention of breast cancer. As these aircraft fly across South America and the world, they spread awareness of a disease that took the lives of over 600,000 people globally in 2020.

 

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

Relieving stress after a busy session

September, 17, 2021 by Matt T.

After concluding a session at a busy airport, it’s common to be stressed or fatigued. I’ve certainly experienced this numerous times, and I’m sure that many other controllers have done so too. It’s always important to be aware of your physical, mental, and social health, which is why it is just as important to take steps to relieve yourself of stress after a stressful session.

First and foremost, before anything, turn off your device. Studies over the years have associated long amounts of screen time with increased levels of anxiety and stress; in addition, the blue light exposure that comes from staring at a screen for hours at a time is harmful to eye and brain health. Take this time to engage in relaxing activities, such as going for a walk or bonding with family and friends. If that’s not possible, take a moment to do some breathing exercises, meditation, or even a short power nap. Do something that relaxes your body, your mind, and your emotions without having to use your device. Whatever it may be, do something that makes you happy. Take care of yourself, especially considering the circumstances in which we are living today.

References: “The hidden stress of cell phones” by the University of California, Irvine, “Blue light has a dark side” by the Harvard Medical School

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) Equipment

September, 16, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Automatic direction finding (ADF) is an electronic aid to navigation that identifies the relative bearing of an aircraft from a radio beacon transmitting in the MF or LF bandwidth.

In Infinite Flight it can be used to tune to Non-directional beacons (NDB) and can be found in the NAV/Avionics menu. You’d tune the same way you would tune to a VOR station.

ADF equipment determines the direction or bearing to the NDB station relative to the aircraft by using a combination of directional and non-directional antennae to sense the direction in which the combined signal is strongest.

References: SKYbrary

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor and Infinite Flight Appeals team member. — More

Creating events to increase airport diversity

September, 15, 2021 by Matt T.

Recently, I’ve read an influx of community forum posts that involve the idea that the IFATC region system lacks the diversity and uniqueness that the old ATC schedule had. Throughout this entire ordeal, I’ve remained impartial about the matter, and having read through many of these topics, I understand where both sides are coming from.

With that in mind, I’ve recognized the fact that part of this change was to be able to highlight the community’s events and allow for worldwide ATC coverage, including these events. For this reason, I encourage anyone who wants to help the cause of expanding the diversity of the airports that IFATC open by creating events on the community. More often than not, an event will receive IFATC coverage at the event airport, and by hosting events at diverse airports, you are in turn allowing IFATC to explore these new places while also having a steady flow of traffic to stay busy. You’ll also be able to have fun and meet new community members along the way, which is never a bad thing.

If you’ve never created an event before, there’s no need to worry – community moderator Balloonchaser has created a very resourceful event creation guide. Soon enough, improvements will happen on the region system front, and through events, this progression can happen sooner.

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.