Fan mail

January, 19, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Want to make a controller’s day? Send them a message of appreciation and they’ll brag about it to all their friends.

All controller’s usernames are listed in-app in the ATC menu or airport information.

  1. You then can search for their username in our controller directory
  2. Once you find the controller’s username, click on it and it will redirect you to their Infinite Flight Community Forum profile.
  3. Click the “Message” button
    We get those types of messages ever so often. It’s a morale booster!
Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is also an IFATC Supervisor and former Trainer.

ATC Schedule • 18-24 Jan 2021

January, 18, 2021 by Tyler Shelton

Region changes will occur around 0600Z as the previous region’s activity comes to an end.

FEATURED AIRPORTS

Monday:

Manila* (RPLL), Hong Kong (VHHH), Cebu City (RPVM), Davao City (RPMD), Taipei (RCTP), Singapore (WSSS), Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (VTBS)

Featured Airline: Philippines Airlines

Low-Cost Showdown – Allegiant vs Frontier

Tuesday:

HUB: Orlando Sanford* (KSFB)
Destinations: Knoxville (KTYS), Asheville (KAVL), Allentown (KABE), Indianapolis (KIND), Grand Rapids (KGRR), Cincinnati (KCVG), Austin (KAUS), MidAmerica (KBLV)

Featured Airline: Allegiant

Wednesday:

HUB: Orlando International* (KMCO)
Destination: Philadelphia (KPHL), Long Island (KISP), Raleigh (KRDU), Denver* (KDEN), Las Vegas (KLAS), Houston (KIAH), Atlanta* (KATL)

Featured Airline: Frontier

Thursday:

Route Time
Tashkent (UTTT)-Almaty (UAAA) 1:25
Tashkent(UTTT)-Dushanbe (UTDD-Newly Edited!) 0:45
Tashkent (UTTT)-Baku (UBBB) 2:00
Mineralnye (URMM)-Tashkent (UTTT) 3:30
Tashkent (UTTT)-Istanbul (LTFM) 5:20
St. Petersburg (ULLI)-Tashkent (UTTT) 5:10
Tashkent (UTTT)-Moscow Domodedovo (UUDD) 4:10
Antalya (LTAI)-Tashkent (UTTT) 5:00
Navoi (UTSA)-Tashkent (UTTT) 1:10

Featured Airline: Uzbekistan B757 Routes

Friday: To Be Announced

Saturday:

Toronto*(CYYZ), Montreal (CYUL), Calgary (CYYC), Vancouver (CYVR), Halifax (CYHZ), Quebec City (CYQB), Ottawa (CYOW), Keflavik (BIKF)

Featured Airline: Air Canada

Sunday:

ATC Choice in the Highlighted Region

*denotes airports that should not be opened by controllers in the check ride phase

Tyler Shelton is the ATC Community Manager for Infinite Flight. He is also a real-world civilian air traffic controller with the FAA assigned to Harrisburg International Airport [KMDT].

Fly for fun not for Grade

January, 17, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Don’t burn yourself out to chase or maintain a Grade in Infinite Flight. The most important thing is to have fun, do something because you continue to enjoy it.

In Infinite Flight we have 5 grades, each with their own requirements to obtain then maintain them.

The key is to ignore the numbers. Fly like you would want to and the stats will eventually reflect your true experience and activity level. Same goes for controlling.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is also an IFATC Supervisor and former Trainer.

Fastest way to confirm if a pilot has a STAR in their flight plan

January, 16, 2021 by Kyle Boas

When radar controllers control a Center or Approach frequency the controller should need to review pilot’s flight plans to see if they have a STAR procedure included for their destination. From the ATC Manual:

6.6.9 — […] Controllers should review aircraft flight plans on initial contact to determine whether or not they include the preferred STAR for their destination airport. Aircraft not on a preferred STAR should be instructed to “Amend Flight Plan to Include Preferred STAR at Destination” to give the aircraft time to refile.

You may believe currently that the only way to check to see if they have a STAR included in their flight plan is by clicking show information.

  • Tap on the aircraft
  • Show Information
  • Look at the bottom of their information for the procedures that are listed in their flight

A quicker way though to check is by going to the pilot’s ATC menu and then checking to see if you can send the command “Descend via XX”. If you do not have that option, they do not have a STAR procedure in their flight plan.

  • Tap on the aircraft
  • Other messages
  • Scroll down to the “Descend via” command

This is the preferred method for me to check, personally. It’s much quicker and is a help in a busy airspace.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is also an IFATC Supervisor and former Trainer.

Meeting Minutes: January 14, 2021

January, 15, 2021 by Oskar Lowe

Each week the IFATC Leadership team have video conference meeting. Here is what was discussed in this week’s meeting.

New Supervisors

  • Add both positive/negative feedback to the website
  • No need to message a person in question about every issue
  • Address smaller issue when a trend evolves/is tracked

New Supervisor “Ticket” System in place soon to be claimed by an available
Supervisor.

Training Event

  • Saturday, 23rd of January 2021
  • Vote on Location: Vancouver/Seattle, London, New York/Connecticut regions
  • Focus events on volume and traffic instead of terrain management
  • Possible General Aviation event to give controllers experience dealing with slower performance aircraft and short vectors

New Training Locations

  • Discuss in #trainers

What’s missing on Discord?

  • Potential @Mod role to ask moderators questions

User Guide

  • Regan is working on Scenarios and Explanations for the IFATC Guide
  • Explaining different techniques
  • Videos by Tyler on specific situations

Tester Activity

  • Recruiters should add Test Attendance on the site to track attendance and activity
  • Potential work on resolving the issue of Testers not attending Training Sessions
  • Try and give all Testers a chance at attending by not using the test-time ping where possible

Meeting Times

  • Possible new time for meetings as work pics up again
  • Possible 2 shorter meetings
  • Potential Google Drive form for Meeting Minutes
Oskar Lowe is a contributor to the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Supervisor, Trainer and Tester.

100 training sessions in one month, in my free time

January, 14, 2021 by Lawin S.

The IFATC team is one of the amazing places that are in the community! I have created a ton of friendships with people and it’s been an amazing 7 months since I joined! In December, I had the whole month where I didn’t have school due to my holidays coming around. I didn’t exactly know what to do with the time I had. I spent some time thinking about what I should do. So I set a goal for myself to attend between 100 training sessions in one month. I thought it would be a great idea to help out the trainers and be a very active contributor to the team. For the whole month, I didn’t do anything else other than flying in training sessions. I spent from 12PM to 4AM just attending training sessions as I had nothing else to do on the weekdays. It was one of the best feelings I have had to help out and hear the good feedback controllers were receiving.

Some people may only say I did it to become an IFATC Tester. However, there was more to it than that. I saw a lot of people wanting to become a part of the IFATC team, or achieving the rank of IFATC Officer. This was a great opportunity to help out those trainees achieving their rank that they set out for.

This brought a lot of good feelings to know that I helped out a lot of people reaching for their goals. I personally know I helped out two people achieve the rank of Officer. I attended a lot of their sessions and they may have made some mistakes here and there, but that’s part of the training. I saw them make a lot of progress in their training and finally at the end of December, they reached their goal. This is is a great memory I have and I will not forget.

As December came to an end, so did my available time. I came back to school knowing that I helped out. I attended a total of 130+ training sessions which if you add it up equals about 59 hours and 30 minutes of flight time.

I would not recommend attending the number of training sessions I did as it requires a lot of free time, however, this is one of the best ways to contribute to the team! I have helped out a lot of people and helping out people makes me happy. I hope to see more people coming and helping out as it’s very fun and creates a lot of friendships!

Editor’s Note: If you’d like to help out if you are not part of the IFATC team, go to the ATC category on the Infinite Flight Community Forum.

Lawin is a contributor and IFATC Officer.

Change your mind

January, 13, 2021 by Kyle Boas

“Changing your mind is so powerful. Change your mind all the time.” – Chamath Palihapitiya

This is true in both the real-world and Infinite Flight. Gaining that experience to know when to change your mind is key to success. If it’s not working you have to change your mind.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is also an IFATC Supervisor and former Trainer.

My experience learning advanced navigation techniques

January, 12, 2021 by Maxim

Around three weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to enhance my experience in Infinite Flight by flying as realistically as possible. I was always striving for realism as I find it fun, but I never had the proper time (or motivation!) to go one step further and learn any of the advanced navigation techniques like navigating VORs, NDBs and flying various types of GPS approaches. I started with DeerCrusher’s tutorial about how to fly a DME arc. My motivation was to replicate a flight I flew in real-life the day before which utilised a DME arc for its approach. Below you can see my real-life flight utilising a DME arc and then my attempt at the same procedure in Infinite Flight; as you can see, it is pretty close!

Real-World

Courtesy of FlightRadar24

Infinite Flight

Courtesy of LiveFlight

After I learned this new technique (and realised it really is not as complicated as I expected), I challenged myself to fly all my departures and arrivals as realistically as possible. The way I approached this challenge was to select a flight, read the charts for my selected departure and arrival and try to replicate them. I knew that if I just started to learn all the advanced navigation techniques at once without applying them, I would lose motivation quickly and most probably forget what I learned.

As a result, I tried to perform a departure out of LCLK which involved intercepting a radial from a VOR. I never really attempted to fly using VORs (except for the occasional test), so the idea of intercepting a radial was very new to me. I re-watched the official Infinite Flight tutorial on how to navigate using VORs after which I was set to complete my departure realistically as possible. The tutorial is amazing and goes over not only how and what a VOR is, but how you can fly them in Infinite Flight which was particularly useful; I highly recommend to check it out even if it may seem rather overwhelming at first.

And just like that – I completed my first VOR departure. Similarly to the DME arc procedure, VOR navigation was not as complicated as I first expected. The best way I can describe the whole process of navigating using VORs is that it is pretty similar to flying an ILS approach, except instead of intercepting a localiser, you’re just intercepting a ‘heading’ (a radial) and that there is no glideslope to follow. A useful ‘tip’ I learned after practicing various VOR departures/arrivals, is that the LNAV in Infinite Flight will automatically intercept the radial if setup correctly which reduced my workload if performing a complex departure/arrival involving many VORs.

I then repeated the process of reading charts, learning about a specific navigation technique that was a part of the departure/arrival and moved on from there. The latest technique I learned was how to navigate using NDBs. I’m still very much new to this, and still learning, but this is an incredibly fun experience that I’ve never really tried before. It is far more satisfying completing a proper departure/arrival than just turning on LNAV 1,500 feet after departure. There are plenty of tutorials available created by fellow community members on the Infinite Flight forum about these navigation techniques, and I highly recommend those looking to get the most out of Infinite Flight to try and explore these navigation techniques to enhance their experience. It is seriously fun.

I also want to give a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped me by answering my questions in the IFATC about these navigation techniques. We are a community filled with many knowledgeable members, and I appreciate everyone who has shared their knowledge with me.

Maxim is a contributor and IFATC Supervisor.

IFATC Radar Time-Lapse at KSAN: I had a plan

January, 11, 2021 by Shane H.

For this session, I went in with only one other experience on San Diego approach, so I already had a plan, and it wasn’t nearly as busy that time. I had hopped on in somewhat of a rush, as the tower controller was in need of help near the start of the session, but we ended up providing an amazing service once we were both settled in and focused. The inbound count was at about 50, and a lot in the next 20 and 60 minutes later on in the session, so not too crazy, but definitely not slow when it came to inbounds.

As for the plan, I hadn’t exactly anticipated servicing as many aircraft as I did because I’m not the type of controller to even take moderate to heavy traffic levels on radar, but it ended up working out that way. I really had to think and use strategies that I’d seen used at hubs, and all worked well. With the help of lots of speed commanding and some smaller vectors to ensure spacing would be good and base turns would be consistent, I managed to pull off a decent line towards the end of the session. A huge thank you goes out to my ground and tower controllers (ToasterStroodie and FlyRunwayHeading), as well as center (Neto_Campelo), they did an amazing job helping me succeed!

Reference: Video

Shane H. is a contributor and an IFATC Supervisor.

New Infinite Flight B757 Tutorial

January, 10, 2021 by Kyle Boas

If you want to learn how to properly fly the the B757 the Infinite Flight team has a a new tutorial out to help you.

Narrated by Tyler Shelton, ATC Community Manager for Infinite Flight, he’ll talk you through all the key phases of his flight. Worth the watch even for the most experienced pilots because there’s a lot of detail provided.

Kyle Boas is the Founder of the IFATC Education Group. He is also an IFATC Supervisor and former Trainer.