Infinite Flight ATC Time-Lapse at EIDW: The Door is in use

January, 26, 2021 by Nicolas Jürgens

In this session I was open as approach at EIDW. After a while Kyle0705 opened center and we were together in a voice chat.

The voice chats are very helpful when you control busy frequencies together as it’s easier to organize via voice than writing a text.

During the session I used the so called “door” method. This method is really helpful for a high traffic volume as you can adjust the legs if necessary and shorten the pattern very easily if the traffic reduces.

Reference: Video

Nicolas Jürgens is a contributor, IFATC Supervisor and Trainer.

ATC Schedule • 25-31 Jan 2021

January, 25, 2021 by Tyler Shelton
Region changes will occur around 0600Z as the previous region’s activity comes to an end.

FEATURED AIRPORTS


Monday:

HUB: Warsaw* (EPWA)

Belgrade (LYBE), Berlin Brandenburg (EDDB), Sofia (LBSF), Gdansk (EPGD), Stockholm Arlanda (ESSA), Athens (LGAV), Istanbul* (LTFM), Kyiv Boryspil (UKBB)

Featured Airline: LOT Polish Airlines


Tuesday:

Delhi (VIDP), Mumbai (VABB), Bangalore (VOBL), Hyderabad (VOHS), Kolkata (VECC), Chennai (VOMM), Goa (VOGO)

Featured Event: Indian Republic day Fly-In @VIDP


Wednesday:

NYC/CT: White Plains (KHPN), Danbury (KDXR), Farmingdale (KFRG)

Chicago: Chicago Meigs (KCGX), Chicago Exec (KPWK), Chicago Midway (KMDW), Bonus – Oshkosh (KOSH)

Houston: Houston Hobby (KHOU), Houston Memorial (KDWH), Houston Exec (KTME)

Featured Theme: GA Three Ways!


Thursday:

Routes Airline Aircraft
Moscow (UUEE)-Monastir (DTMB) Nordwind B772
Djerba (DTTJ)-Moscow (UUEE) Nordwind B772
Nantes (LFRS)-Monastir (DTMB) Transavia B738
Djerba (DTTJ)-Nantes (LFRS) Transavia B738
London Gatwick (EGKK)-Enfidha (DTNH) TUI B789 & B738
Tunis (DTTA)-Barcelona (LEBL) Vueling A320
Brussels (EBBR)-Tunis (DTTA) Tunisair A319
Marseille (LFML)-Monastir (DTMB) Tunisair A319

Featured Country: Tunisia


Friday: To Be Announced


Saturday:

IFATC at Home

IFATC members may choose which airports to open only in the country they represent. ATC is encouraged to open their home airports, though they may open any airport they’d like in their country.


Sunday:

ATC Choice in Two Regions!

0600Z-1800Z: Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia

1800Z-0600Z: South America


*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].

New DME ARC page in the Infinite Flight Flying Guide

January, 24, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Mastering the more advanced approach procedures can be the most fulfilling and fun things you can do on Infinite Flight.

Thanks to Infinite Flight Community Forum Moderator, DeerCrusher, there now is a new section in the Infinite Flight Flying Guide to better understand how to properly fly a DME Arc. Found here. We’d encourage you to try it out.

If you have any questions contact us and we’ll help answer your questions.

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

“No Weather”, here is a solution

January, 23, 2021 by Kyle Boas

2.1.2 — You must look at the METAR (Meteorological Aerodrome Report) to determine the Headwind or Tailwind Component (H/TWC) for a particular runway. You should also look at the TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast), which will provide a trend of the expected wind over the coming hours. Controllers should avoid switching runways as much as possible as this creates delays. Most aircraft can land with a TWC of up to 10kts. Therefore, runway changes should be avoided until this point if at all possible.

If the airport is showing no METAR information, what do you do then?

One way to check which way the wind is blowing is by publishing ATIS. It will output the “estimated” winds within the ATIS message.

estimated winds 270 at 12

It’s better then nothing. The estimated winds should be an accurate representation of what the current conditions are at the airport, allowing you to more confidently choose the appropriate runways to use.

The weather information not showing can happen from infrequently. It will resolve on its own with no action from you. It can be caused by any number of things. The system could be updating or even the third-party METAR reporting service being used could have a glitch.

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

Breaking free from only using ifatc.org

January, 22, 2021 by Luca Caviness

If you’re an IFATC Officer, it is very likely you have used ifatc.org for planning purposes. It hosts many terrain maps, as well as other useful features. It’s a great resource. But what to do when ifatc.org does not have a terrain map for the airport you want to control at? How do you plan? How can you become independent of the website?

For one, charts are inevitable in this circumstance. By simply searching for the airport’s approach and VFR charts, you can observe accurate high-points and peak altitudes. By using this along with fixes and VORs, you can navigate aircraft through treacherous mountains, guiding them all the way to the runway’s threshold.

Next, skyvector.com. Upon searching for an airport, click VFR Chart for ICAO. This will display important landmarks, peaks, navigation aids, and more. In the top right, you can toggle between low, high, and world charts. Try using SkyVector the next time an ifatc.org terrain map is not available for a certain airport.

Finally, and this may be obvious, fly around the airport in Solo mode. Quickly spawn in, enable autopilot and 5x mode, and fly high, fly low, fly everywhere. Fly different approaches and take note of preferred altitudes at different locations. This, paired with the methods above, serves as a great way to plan for the approach facility in Infinite Flight. Try it out!

Luca Caviness is contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is a IFATC Officer and Tester, and a real-world private pilot in training.

AMA with Tyler Shelton #2

January, 21, 2021 by Tyler Shelton
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Hello, everyone! My name is Tyler Shelton and I’m looking forward to today’s AMA where I get to answer your questions.

I am the Air Traffic Control Community Manager at Infinite Flight and also work full-time as an Air Traffic Controller in the FAA. I’ve been fortunate enough to hold both positions for 7 years. My time as an Air Traffic Controller began with 6 years in the United States Air Force stationed at Moody AFB, GA. This gave me the opportunity to deploy overseas twice, become an ATC Supervisor, and develop a unique perspective on ATC that I can integrate into Infinite Flight. In 2019 I began working as a civilian controller with the FAA assigned to Harrisburg International Airport [KMDT].

Like many of you, I love everything aviation and am always eager to learn more and share what knowledge I have with others! This is what drives me to be a part of our Infinite Flight and IFATC community each day. Ask me anything!

Ask a question

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].

Can you on guard an aircraft that is “away”?

January, 20, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Yes, if the aircraft is in the “away” state you can on guard them.

No matter the settings they have set, once the pilot stops touching their device for two minutes straight their status will be set to “away” to indicate that they may be away from their device.

We don’t expect controllers to wait till the pilot is confirmed to be at their device to send them a on guard. That proactive on guard can be used to get them on the controller’s frequency when they’re able.

We don’t expect the pilot to always be at their device in non-critical phases of flight, like at cruise, even when they are on an ATC frequency, like if they were with Center.

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

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.