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.