AMA with Declan O’Regan

December, 3, 2020 by ,
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First off, happy 1 year anniversary to our the AMAs. We’ve been able to chat with 27 very cool people. A real-world F-22 Demonstration Team Commander, commerical pilots, CFIs, air traffic controllers, YouTubers, developers, and many more. You can read all of our past AMAs here.

Second, right now we are having an AMA “Ask Me Anything” with Infinite Flight Moderator, IFATC Supervisor, Recruiter, and former Trainer, Declan O’Regan. Here is a message from Declan:

Hello everyone, I’m Declan! I’m 19 years old and an IFC Moderator, Supervisor, Recruiter and former trainer, but besides all of that, I’m an aviation enthusiast just like many, if not all of you. Besides aviation, I’m currently studying Early Childhood Education and Care and love playing tennis in my spare time. I’m also a big movie fan and love the cinema experience and the magic of movies!

You can ask a question right now, Declan will be around to answer your questions throughout the day. He’s an aussie so be mindful, timezones. Leave your questions in the comments below! Subscribe here so you can get notified of future AMAs.

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

What is your favorite plane?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Flightistic

Hello Flightistic,

Thanks for your question!

My favourite aircraft in real life has got to be the A380 or the B747. It’s what got me into aviation in the first place and I can’t bypass the fact that it still amazes me to this day, how aircraft of sheer size can fly hundreds of passengers across the globe. Shame to see both retiring though.

Fung-Sum_sum
1 year ago

Why do you like IFATC?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Fung-Sum_sum

Hey Fung-Sum_sum,

Thanks for your question!

I like IFATC not because of the controlling aspect but because of the people and the family feel that the IFATC group has. Everyone is super amazing in the group and the majority people love helping each other out when they have any questions or concerns.

IFATC is like a second family to me and joining IFATC was one of the best decisions I have made whilst playing Infinite Flight and participating in the IFC.

preston
1 year ago

I have wanted to join IFATC for a long time, and I am constantly trying to get better to be able to join this amazing group.

What are your tips for people that want to reach this goal?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  preston

Hey Preston,

Thanks for your question!

My best advice is that practice makes perfect. I would strongly recommend setting up an ATC Tracking Thread and gaining feedback that way. Also there are plenty and plenty of tutorials to watch on Infinite Flight’s Official Youtube Channel in regards to ATC.

Hope to see you in the IFATC team soon!

Wesley Henrique
1 year ago

There is something you always wanted to do before becoming a moderator that today you can say: now I can do that ?

Declan O
1 year ago

I’m honestly not too sure to be honest. I’ve always enjoyed helping out around the community and I’m just grateful that now as a moderator I can do that in a further capacity.

Wesley Henrique
1 year ago

Describe your daily life: A busy day as a moderator and a calmer day.

Declan O
1 year ago

Hey Wesley,

Thanks so much for participating!

My daily life as a moderator…

A busy day is usually just after an update has been released and people have questions about the update, things the update included etc. Also this usually comes with a ton of flags that all need attending to as well, so that can always eat up some time.

A quieter day usually revolves around everyone behaving themselves (haha) and usually occurs when schools are back in and we only receive the regular couple of flags ever hour or so. I usually use days like these to catch up on any appeals or messages to mods that need responding to.

Hudson P
1 year ago

Heyo Deco!
What was your reaction when promoted to moderator? Was there much emotion and were you ready to take on this role?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Hudson P

Mr Hudson himself…

I was in shock but super excited when I got a PM asking if I was interested in becoming a moderator. I had a sneaky suspicion that something was in the works, as I was heading on break at work and checked my phone, and had a message from a certain someone asking if I was 18 or older.

I had my suspicion from then that something was in the works, but when I did get the message, I literally ran through to my mum and dad who were in the living room and screamed, haha!

I believe that I was ready to take on the role and a probation period had been added as part of the process for when new moderators joined the team, so I had plenty of time to ask questions and seek assistance when needed and if required.

Thanks again for your questions mate!

Will A
1 year ago

Hey Declan, what’s your most memorable IFATC session?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Will A

Hey Will,

Thanks for the question.

My most memorable IFATC session was when I got called up last minute to help with the IFVARB Submit at Detroit as another controller that was scheduled to control couldn’t make it.

This was when I was just an IFATC Officer and being honest, it was the busiest session I have ever controlled and I was super nervous, but I wanted to help out, so I said “Yes”.

Luckily, it all went smoothly and I hope everyone had a great time!

Thanks again for the question!

Anonymous
1 year ago

Are you Irish?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hey mate,

Thanks for the question!

I’m actually Scottish but my dad’s side of the family is Irish.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Do kangaroos come into the city sometimes? Have you ever pet one?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hello,

Thanks for your question!

It’s funny that you ask this because on the news the other day, a kangaroo was caught on camera hopping through a supermarket in Melbourne which was certainly a funny sight to see. And yes, I’ve had the opportunity to pet a kangaroo before and they are super, super cute.

Anonymous
1 year ago

Hey Declan What inspired you to get involved with aviation and What would say to a new moderator wannabe?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hello,

Thanks for the question mate!

I got inspired by aviation because I was always fascinated how a metal tube so big such as the A380 could take off and transport hundreds of passengers across the globe with minimal effort.

If I was to give any advice to someone that is interested in being a moderator, it would be to be yourself and don’t change. Help out as much as you can in the community and just be an all-round helpful person.

Hard work pays off and as the old saying goes… “good things come to those who wait”.

Harry
1 year ago

Hey Declan! I have a couple questions. Can I be the backup vocalist for concert pleasee? I’ll surprise you I swear.. but more seriously, are you happy of where you are in life right now? What do you really envision yourself to be in 5-10 years?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Harry

Hey Harry,

Thanks for your questions!

If you are interested in booking in an audition then I’m more than happy to consider you, depending on the outcome of the audition of course.

Yeah, I’m happy with where I am in life right now. In 5-10 years, I would love to and plan to still be apart of the Infinite Flight Community, but besides from that, I see myself either in a location manager or area manager role for the cinema company that I currently work for, or as a primary school teacher… hopefully back at the school that I went to!

Finn-14
1 year ago

Hey Declan, A couple of questions here for you !

What’s your favourite thing about moderating on the IFC

And what do you prefer controlling, Radar or Local frequencies ?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Finn-14

Hey Finn,

Thanks for the questions mate!

My favourite thing about moderating on the IFC, is the ability to help new users and “mentor” them to help them grow, develop and strive in the community. It is amazing when you help someone out in their first couple of days of being on the forum, and then you see them progress and grow in the community later down the track.

I prefer controlling local but it does really depend on the airport. At my home airport of Melbourne, I love controlling approach and departure but my main fun I get from controlling is with tower and ground (local).

Finn-14
1 year ago
Reply to  Declan O

Awesome thanks for the answers Declan!

Suhas
1 year ago

Is it hard controlling and flying upside down? All the blood rushing to your head…
On a more serious note; What do you consider your biggest IF accomplishment?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Suhas

Hey Suhas,

Thanks for your question mate!

It was hard controlling and flying upside down but I swear I’ve gotten use to it over time.

What do I consider my biggest IF accomplishment? Well, that’s a good question…

I have had a few roles throughout my time in Infinite Flight and IFATC and I am guessing you would expect me to say “becoming a moderator”. Whilst that is a big accomplishment and one I am extremely proud of and grateful for, I personally believe that the personal growth and character development I have had throughout my, just over 3 years here is my biggest IF accomplishment.

I wasn’t the most well behaved back in the day and I got suspended for a period of time. In a way though, I’m glad that happened as it gave me time to reflect on my actions and how much I missed IF and the IFC. It shaped me into the person I am today and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

Thanks again for your questions!

Suhas
1 year ago
Reply to  Declan O

Thanks for answering 🙂

Sashaz55
1 year ago

Hello Declan!

Just wanted to ask about your rise up the ranks from being an IFATC Officer all the way to an IFC Moderator! How does it feel to rise up the ranks?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Sashaz55

Hello Sashasz55,

Thanks for your question!

I feel privileged to be in a position where I can help out and assist fellow community members. I remember when I first joined this community back in 2017 and I was super grateful for the people that helped me out with tips and advice on how to conduct myself and interact on the forum, and I’m super grateful that I now have the opportunity to return the favour.

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Kyle Boas

Hey Kyle,

Firstly, thanks for the questions!

If I had a bit of advice for a new Infinite Flight Community member, it would be to make sure you utilise the forum guide sub-category in meta and take a read through all of the useful information there, as it explains a lot about the forum workings, how to conduct yourself professionally on the forum and most importantly, how to have fun!

Another piece of advice is to always be yourself and don’t change for anyone or anything. People will like you for who you are and not who you pretend to be.

My dream job growing up was to join my brother in the police force, but that has since changed and I would love to be a primary school teacher (which I’m currently working towards), a pilot (like most of us here) or an Air Traffic Controller.

Alexandre
1 year ago

Hi Declan!
I’ve got some questions for ya.

1) what role do you find the most interesting in many ones you have?

2) Favorite airport to control (out of Australia of course!)

3) What tennis lover are you fan of?

Have a great day, bud.

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Alexandre

Hey Alexandre,

Thanks for your questions mate!

What role do you find the most interesting in many ones you have?

The role that I find the most interesting has got to be being a moderator. Every single day is different and especially when it comes to release days of new updates, it is hectic but I love it!

Favourite airport to control (out of Australia of course!)

My favourite airport to control outside of Australia would have to be Zurich or Vienna. Both are beautiful airports with interesting layouts that need plenty of ground awareness and both have awesome views from the control tower!

What tennis player are you a fan of?

I can’t go by Ash Barty. She’s Aussie and she is super, super talented. I also am a fan of Andy Murray and another Aussie Alex De Minaur.

Thanks again for your questions mate!

Anonymous
1 year ago

How did your VA experience shape the moderator you are today?

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hello,

Thanks for the question!

I’ve been involved with many VA’s over my three years a part of the IFC, but one of the main ones and most recent ones was in the role of HR Manager at British Airways Virtual Airline.

I personally believe that this role gave me the leadership skills and conflict/resolution skills required of a moderator today.

Lawin
1 year ago

Hello Declan! It is a very big honor to have to opportunity and ask questions to you! Without further it do, here are my question:

  1. What inspired you to come into IFATC?
  2. What are some challenges you face within the community as a recruiter and moderator?
  3. What tips would you give to someone who wants to become a trainer? (might not happen to me, lol)
  4. Lastly, I hope you remember my practical cause it was good! How would you rate it from 1-10?
Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  Lawin

Hello Lawin,

Firstly, thanks a ton for your questions!

What inspired you to come into IFATC?

Being honest, I’ve always had a love for Air Traffic Control and aviation in general. I like controlling particularly because you get that feeling of satisfaction once you have safely departed or landed an aircraft and you know that you’ve gave someone the best service possible and contributed to their flying experience in the app. Anything that I can do to make a users flying or app experience in general better, I’m all for.

What are some challenges you face within the community as a recruiter and moderator?

There are numerous challenges that recruiters and moderators face within the community on a daily basis. In terms of moderating, a lot of it is just responding to flags and ensuring the rules and guidelines are being followed whilst still allowing for fun. For example, not closing a topic too early as DeerCrusher might call me a party pooper…

In terms of recruiting, I would say that the biggest challenge would be making decisions on practical tests that you are super split about whether or not it was a pass or fail for example. The testing team is a vital aspect for this though, as they always provide valuable feedback that you can use to base your final decision off of.

What tips would you give someone who wants to become a trainer?

There aren’t really any set tips I have on how to become a trainer. My best bet is to firstly work your way into being an IFATC Officer if you haven’t done so already, as currently that is a requirement to be a trainer for IFATC.

The next thing is don’t “expect” it to happen. Things like this usually occur when you are least expecting them. Just help out as much as you can and show the IFATC Upper Management team that you would be an excellent addition to the training team.

Lastly, I hope you remember my practical cause it was good! How would you rate it from 1 – 10?

To be honest, I have participated and ran a lot of practical tests so I don’t fully remember yours, but it must of been good enough to pass the land down under, upside down, spin around test.

Thanks again for the questions!

CrisYe
1 year ago

Hello Declan! As an IFATC Recruiter, which practical test is the most unforgettable for you? And as a IFC moderator what’s your feelings when you got notice?
Thanks!

Declan O
1 year ago
Reply to  CrisYe

Hello Cris,

Firstly, thanks so much for your question. One of my most memorable practical tests was when the recruit was using both ends of the runway for departing and landing traffic. It was one of the most memorable and one of the quickest practical tests that I have personally ever been involved with.

When I got noticed and asked to become an IFC Moderator, I was over the moon and delighted. I’ve always loved helping out and contributing positively to the community in any way that I can, and becoming a moderator has just increased the opportunities were I can assist, grow and develop this community into something even more spectacular than it already is today… if that’s even possible!

CrisYe
1 year ago
Reply to  Declan O

Thanks for your answer Declan! That practical is so “cool” ? enjoy your day!!!