The ATC perspective

August, 8, 2022 by

It’s your first day on the Expert Server and you decide to conduct a routine flight from New York to London. You spawn in at the gate, file a file plan, and complete all necessary pre-checks before pushback. Fast forward to when you are ready to request taxi clearance. You request runway 13R but ground denies your request and assigns a different runway.

I am going to help you understand, from the controller’s perspective, what goes through our mind, so the next time you encounter a situation like this you will be able to recognize what is actually happening behind the scenes.

The truth is, we don’t want to disrupt your plans. We are there to service the pilots and will do everything we can to accommodate requests.

When in this situation where you aren’t getting your preferred runway, you have to know that the controller sees things you can’t see.

IFATC, those who control on the expert server, work together as a team, a unit. Not as individuals. No one is working alone and decisions are not made alone. We communicate with each other and coordinate traffic in a way that will best suit the traffic flow for all the controllers at that airport and in some cases, other airports.

We have information, you the pilot, will not have.

If one controller is not performing then all the other controllers at the airport will follow. Everything is planned. Everyone has a job and until a new plan is formed, they will simply continue to follow that plan.

No matter what situation you are in, try to be flexible for that controller you are working with, and not think of us as a hinderance, rather your friend. Everyone has their own job to do, and their own tasks, working together to achieve the same goal.

When you work against us, that will not help, neither will it help us. When you create a conflict that draws a significant amount of the controller’s attention, it affects your fellow pilots at the airport. That can have a domino effect on the entire airport’s operations.

Getting to know, from the controller’s perspective, what goes on in the background may temper your frustrations and if you ever have a question as to why a controller made a specific decision, ask. We have a directory, feel free to contact the controller for further clarification.

AviatorMan is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is the Founder and current standing Chairman of Fly Global Virtual Airlines. He is an IFATC Specialist, an IFAET Editor, and a real-life pilot in training.

IFATC Education Group Landing Competition

July, 7, 2022 by

Landing Competition Information

  • Applications close on the 8th of August
  • More information regarding the qualification process is also coming that same day.
  • Anyone who applied is still participating and nothing has changed.
  • The event will be divided in 3 categories, Qualifications, Semi-Finals and Finals

Prizes

1st Place: One month of Infinite Flight pro
2nd Place: One month of Discord Nitro or 10$ Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place: One month of Discord Nitro Classic or a 5$ Amazon Gift card

Application

If you still wish to apply, please do so by joining our server and clicking on this link:

https://discord.gg/BYb3Ky4nFg

This is all for now!

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

What Each ATIS Remark Means

June, 24, 2022 by

We’ve all been there one time or the other: you just spawned into an airport which is staffed by an IFATC member, and you tune into their ATIS. You listen to the remarks and wonder, “I wonder what that one means.” Let’s go over what each ATIS Remark means and when it is normally used. All remarks can be found in Section 4.2 of the ATC Manual.

 

No Intersection Departures:

Intersection departures are always allowed unless the use of intersecting departures will block the flow of traffic going in/out of the airport or it will block the only taxiway for aircraft to get the full length of a runway.

No Pattern Work:

This remark is used whenever traffic levels may cause a drop in service standards, weather doesn’t promote safe pattern work, or if terrain prevents a standard pattern to be flown. If either of these conditions is met then the No Pattern Work remark is mandatory.

Flow Control:

Usually when aircraft are heading to the same destination, a controller may choose to limit departing traffic, which may mean that aircraft in their airspace can expect a delay.

Long Taxi:

Used whenever the runway(s) in use are filled there may be a long taxi to the runways till departure.

Gate Hold:

Gate Hold typically is used if taxiway space is very limited. Usually the Hold Position command is preferred but if traffic levels are not favorable then this remark is used. It is preferred to be used for a max of 10 minutes.

No Light Aircraft:

This remark is normally at the controller’s discretion at most airports based on airport accommodations, traffic levels, and airport staffing but is not used at typically General Aviation focused airports. Most staffed airports may or may not use this remark based on if airports irl support General Aviation planes. “light” aircraft are defined as the C172, SR22, XCub, Spitfire Mk VIII and P38.

Rolling Departures:

When this remark is in use, an aircraft cleared to takeoff is expected to line up and begin their takeoff roll immediately. Line Up and Wait commands may still be used if applicable.

Flight Plan Required:

If weather doesn’t permit or SID/STAR use is required, an aircraft is expected to contact a ground frequency with a flight plan ready.

Straight Out Departures:

When departing, an aircraft is expected to fly runway heading until they have reached the altitude specified by tower and there is no conflict present.

Multiple Frequencies In Use:

This is usually used when there is more than one of the same frequency present at an airport. Some airports have the ability to be staffed by multiple ground, tower, or radar frequencies. This will almost always noted in the ATIS with this remark.

Check Forum:

This is used only when there is special instructions on IFC pages for events. An example of this could be the IFVARB Summit.

SID/STAR Use Recommended/Required:

Not every airport has Departure and Arrival procedures, but they are present at  any major airport which pilots regularly fly to, so, depending on traffic levels, a controller may ask pilots to file these departure and arrival procedures into their flight plans. Recommended is used for light to medium traffic while required is used during heavy traffic levels.

Event:

Used only when events are sponsored.

Size Restrictions:

If aircraft cannot be accommodated because their size may restrict the flow of traffic on the ground, a controller may use this remark to restrict which aircraft are allowed to enter their airport.

Low Visibility:

This is typically used when there is visibility less than 400m or 1/4sm.

Kush Shelat (Adventures), is a high school graduate with an associates degree in General Studies. He is an IFATC Specialist who will start college at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology majoring in Commercial Aviation. He enjoys spending time talking about Aviation and Aviation news and flying in Infinite Flight exploring new places.

New Education Group Weekly Objectives

June, 23, 2022 by

The IFATC Education Group weekly  objectives will allow new or experienced pilots to train their overall ability of flying.

This will consist of a weekly objective that you can try to achieve in order to win some perks. Some of these objectives may be:

  1. Land with 50FPM or lower at a given airport.

  2. Take off in high wind at a given airport.

  3. Do XX patterns in a difficult aircraft.

And many more!

Some of the perks may be:

Extra experience in the IFATC Education Group Server Roles.

A special Instagram Post.

If you are interested, stay tuned for an announcement coming in the server soon!

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

The New Question Of The Day Bot

April, 26, 2022 by

, The Question Of The Day Bot how does it work, how do you use it and how/why was it made?

Firstly, how/why was it made? It all started when I saw Kyle Boas talking about how he wanted a new bot. I contacted him and said I could do it, he said ok and I got to work. After weeks of coding in python, and testing, I finally finished the first version. Now I continue to add more features.

The bot works by sending a DM to each person with the QOTD role, in the dm you will find the question, and options for the answer (if the question is multiple choice). After reading the question, simply type the answer in the chat with the bot and send it. Then, in another channel on the server, the bot will send your answer. This channel can only be seen by certain roles such as staff. The staff or other people who have access to that channel will then mark your answer by the reaction to the bot’s message with your answer. After 3 hours (16:00z), the bot will stop accepting answers and post the answer in the #general channel.

The leaderBoard

In the #leaderboard channel, you can find an embed, this will show the top 8 people who have answered the most correct answers. as the staff mark your answers, your score on the leaderboard will go up, staff can also un-react to your answers meaning they are un-marking them, this also means your points will go down by however many of your answers they un-reacted on.

This bot can be found on the IFATC Education Group server. I hope you enjoy it and answer your questions well.

Thank you for reading,

SPEEDBIRD101

Trainer Appreciation Day Recap

April, 25, 2022 by

Trainer Appreciation Day has officially come to an end, and it was remarkable how so many people came together to honor our trainers and all that they do for us.
The training airports used in the events were packed to capacity, and some people even noted that it felt like a FNF!

In our Trainer Panel that took place in the IFATC Education Group Discord Server, Trainers and community members came together to join in a discussion highlighting the importance of our training team.

The panel began with opening remarks by the Hosts, Daniel Steinman and Kyle Boas, followed by Tyler Shelton, our ATC Manager.

It then continued with an introduction of our training team panelists. Those panelists included LordWizrak, Rhys_V, TaipeiGuru, Syncline, Firecracker and DannyHL. Special guests like Drummer and Thunderbolt also joined as speakers.
Following the introductions, the Q&A session commenced, allowing all participants to ask a question to our panelists live.

The live event then concluded with some final remarks from Tyler, Kyle, and Daniel.

A big thanks to the entire IFATC team and Infinite Flight for making this event as memorable and enjoyable as it was for everyone!

IFATC Trainers, on behalf of the entire Infinite Flight Community, we thank you!

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

Trainer Appreciation Day

April, 24, 2022 by

Join us today in our Discord at 18:00 UTC for a live panel discussion with our ATC Manager Tyler Shelton and a number of IFATC Trainers.

Trainers will reflect on their journey and share words of advice to the community.

Speakers

  • Hosts: Daniel Steinman and Kyle Boas
  • Guests: Tyler Shelton, LordWizark, RhysV, TaipeiGuru, ToasterStroodie, Syncline, Levi_Park and lucaviness.

We will feature a question and answer session during the discussion, where you can ask them questions live.

Join here.

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

Trainer Appreciation Day Live Panel

April, 23, 2022 by

Join us Sunday, April 24th in our Discord at 18:00 UTC for a live panel discussion with our ATC Manager Tyler Shelton and a number of IFATC Trainers.

Trainers will reflect on their journey and share words of advice with the community.

Speakers

  • Hosts: Daniel Steinman and Kyle Boas
  • Guests: Tyler Shelton, LordWizark, RhysV, TaipeiGuru, ToasterStroodie, Syncline, Levi_Park and lucaviness.

We will feature a question and answer session during the discussion, where you can ask them questions live.

Join here.

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

Ending our daily post schedule

April, 16, 2022 by

But we’re not going to stop writing.

Since February 2, 2019 me and over 80 contributors from the IFATC shared over 930 individual blog posts, posted once daily, every day.

I personally wrote over 688 of those posts. And there are a few days missed but those were rare.

Lot of hard work and time goes in to making each post, no matter how many words are contained within.

It’s a remarkable catalogue of educational content that we’ve created that a lot of people enjoy.

We hit 300 newsletter subscribers recently, thank you all for reading! You’re the motivation we use to help us continue to write.

The blog was created to give all IFATC an outlet to share their experiences, knowledge, real-world experience and things they learn with a large attentive audience.

It’s not one person’s blog, it’s a group. Hence the name, IFATC Education Group.

As long as they’re updated, our older posts are timeless. Anyone could pick one up and find it relevant and useful.

We will be ending our daily post schedule but will continue to write for you. And it’s not for a lack of things to talk about.

We want to work on improving the functionality of our website to help those seeking information so it’s more sharable and easier to find. This will take a lot of work and time to create.

We will update you on the progress, continue to add to the library of posts availble when necessary and share any and all news.

Thank you all for continuing to read all these years and thank you to anyone who contributes to the group in any way.

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

Throwback to the Perfect IFATC Radar Practical Test

April, 2, 2022 by

Oldie but a goodie, shout-out to Bobby Klesch, former IFATC Supervisor, Recruiter and Trainer, for incredibly in-depth and through video.

Ever aspiring IFATC radar controller should watch this at least once a year.

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