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!

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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].
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Founder
10 months ago

As the final questions come in I just wanted to thank you all for participating and asking such great questions. And thank you very much to Tyler for taking all the time out of his busy day to answer all of our questions! I think I speak for everyone when I say that that was a ton of fun and I enjoyed reading all the answers.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Hello! Tyler this is PilotA320 I have 1 question. 1. What was the most stressful time controlling on the expert server?

Aviation2929
10 months ago

Hey Tyler,
First off, you are the best.
Also, What Airport do you Control irl?

Thanks,
Aviation2929

Evan L
10 months ago

Hey Tyler, as a real world pilot, the involvement of people like you with this game is what makes it stand alone among mobile sims, and I’m so happy for all you and IFATC do. My question is: on any given day, what are some common things pilots do that you wish they just wouldn’t? The more I learn about ATC (especially since working as a CFII), the more nuance I pick up and do things to make ATC lives easier, but I also wonder if my efforts are sometimes counterintuitive if the controller was planning for something else. Flight following, practice approaches, cancelling IFR, anything you can think of! I have all my students listen to the Opposing Bases podcast so I’m trying my best to raise a generation of pilots who aren’t afraid of the voice on the other side. Looking forward to any info and hopefully you can give me some vectors someday!

Anonymous
10 months ago

Hey Tyler! What would be all the factors that go into implementing live voice commands into the ATC for IF?

Zachary Friedman (Z-Tube)
10 months ago

Hey, Tyler!

If a new pilot flew through your airspace and made a mistake, how would you react? I’ve seen videos of uneasy controllers and that is a fear of mine

Zachary Friedman (Z-Tube)
10 months ago
Reply to  Tyler Shelton

I truly appreciate your response! That makes me feel less on edge. I can’t wait to get in the air, and if I have the opportunity, head down to Harrisburg from N07. It’d be great to be under your control!

Have a great night!

Mason P. (MJP_27
10 months ago

Hello Tyler! Hope you’re doing good!
2 questions:

  1. What is some advice that you would give to someone that wants to be an Air Traffic Controller in real life when they’re older.
  2. What’s your favorite airport to control at in Infinite Flight?
Asher Z
10 months ago

Hey Tyler! Have you ever had to give a pilot “the number” over freq irl? If so, I’d love to hear the story(s)!

Joshua SMith
10 months ago

Hey Tyler,

One quick question, what was the most stressful time you had as an Air Traffic Controller?

Joshua SMith
10 months ago
Reply to  Tyler Shelton

Lol that seems stressful

Brandon
10 months ago

can you add rain

Kyle0705
10 months ago

Hey Tyler, Thanks for answering some of the questions others have left below. It really is fascinating how you spend your ATC Career at MDT as well as contributing to the IFATC Community.

In recent months i have seen many promotions within the IFATC team. What do you take into consideration before promoting a controller to a higher rank like supervisor?

Also, do you think Clearance Delivery could/would be implemented into IF despite its complexity?

Thanks again,
Kyle

Dakota B. (Raze)
10 months ago

Hey Tyler! I just have one Main question for you here. How closely based on real-world aviation is our ATC side of the sim? In other words, are there any things that we diverge from with the FAA? If so, what are those, and is there any talk of remedying those differences?

Connor Kelly
10 months ago

Hi Tyler, CPT_Colorado here from the IFC, I was wondering on average what is the highest number of aircraft you control on a daily basis, and how often do you control in IF?

Tomjuul1996
10 months ago

Hey Tyler,
Not sure if you can answer this but at Harrisburg, what frequency do you operate? (Ground, tower, departure, etc.) And what is extended controlling? As I hear it mentioned for KTTD and KPDX since KTTD tower is closed? Wishing you the best of days!
-Tj

LuminousNate
10 months ago

Hey Tyler!
One quick question. How are you able to balance your time of being a real world ATC controller and being an ATC Community Manager here on Infinite Flight?

Sashaz55
10 months ago

Hi Tyler!

Just two quick questions. If you could be a Controller at any airport in the world, but it had to be an extremely scenic airport. What would it be? Also, what’s the most interesting aircraft that you have controlled? Thanks for taking the time to answer!

Mehdi Mabrouk
10 months ago

Hello Tyler,

awesome that you take your time to answer our questions!

How do you see the job as an ATC change in terms of digitalisation in the avaitons industry.
Do you think that computers will support more and more the duties as an ATC and if yes how?

And as we see for example Airbus developing systems for auto take-off and autonomous taxiing, what do you personally think about those things?

Thanks for taking you time!

Stay healthy and safe!

All the best
Mehdi

Luca Caviness
10 months ago

Hi, Tyler! Thanks for taking your time to answer these questions today! What are three characteristics that you’d attribute to becoming a successful air traffic controller? What would your dream job look like (facility, location, etc.)? Where do you see Infinite Flight being in 5-10 years?

Luca Caviness
10 months ago
Reply to  Tyler Shelton

Thanks for the thoughtful response! Very excited to see the advancements made in Infinite Flight and the growing community that comes with it.

Sam Greenberg
10 months ago

Hello Tyler!
I have a few questions.

First, when you are controlling in real life, do you always control a certain section of airspace?
Second, are certain types of frequencies or airports regarded as more senior?
Third, do you get any choice in picking your areas for ATC?
Fourth, what does a typical day in the life of Tyler look like?

Regards from a fellow Pennsylvanian,
Sam

Anonymous
10 months ago

Hey Tyler! I want to be a pilot as well as an air traffic controller. Im thinking about doing ATC after college but i still need to be flying as being a pilot is my end goal. Would i be able to balance the FAA ATC workload and maybe be a corporate pilot or something similar all at the same time?

Writer
10 months ago

Hey Tyler!

  1. What would you say is the most common mistake pilots make in terms of communicating on real world ATC frequencies?
  2. What’s a typical day on the job like?
  3. What’s the secret behind the ATC schedule?
Zhopkins
10 months ago

Hey Tyler!

  1. What is your favorite thing about being ATC in real life?
  2. What is the hardest thing that you have to deal with as ATC?
  3. What made you think of IFATC when you were helping set up ATC for IF?

Thanks.

Zhopkins
10 months ago
Reply to  Tyler Shelton

Awesome!

I’m going to look more into becoming ATC in real life. It sounds really cool.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Im not sure if we can request anything here but is taxiway naming in the works for use for taxi instructions?

Malachi
10 months ago

Im thinking about becoming an air traffic controller. Will I be able to atleast bid for certain stations after getting hired in the FAA?

Ken
10 months ago

What is it like to be a real-world civilian ATC

FlightGT
10 months ago

Hello Tyler!

  1. How’s the workload of a real life ATC?
  2. If you were to choose, would you rather control ground, tower or radar?
JarrettFlies
10 months ago

Hey Tyler!

If you could be relocated full-time to any airport in the US, where would you go? I think KORD would be awesome to control.

additionally, being from Oshkosh, I know being an ATC at EAA is a pretty big deal! Do you see yourself controlling AirVenture in the future?

United2
10 months ago

Is controlling IRL harder than IF? I assume it is.

Aviator’s Hub YT
10 months ago

How and when did you begin your career with Infinite Flight?

CaptainZac
10 months ago

Hey Tyler!

  1. How did you discover infinite flight and how were you taken on as the ATC manager?
  2. how did you become a real life air traffic controller? What lead you to want it and what type of raining was needed?

Thanks!

Edivan
10 months ago

Hello there,

  1. What other tasks (like paperwork, monitoring traffic….) are part of the job alongside ATC?
  2. Do you think Infinite Flight helps to develop skills that can be useful for those who want to start a career in ATC?
Nico
10 months ago

Hey Tyler!

  1. What is the task you like the most as IFATC Manager?
  2. What feature would you like to see in Infinite Flight in the future?
  3. In what areas of the work as IFATC Manager is the real life experience the most helpful one?

Thanks!

Rhys Vale
10 months ago

Hey Tyler! How’s it going?

What other airports did you want to control prior to being assigned Harrisburg? And what airports would you love to control in the future?

Thanks!

Chris Hoss
10 months ago

What would your advise be to someone who wants to get into ATC as a career

Jason
10 months ago

Hello tyler, My question to you is how difficult is it to get a job as a controller

Luke Manchester
10 months ago

G’day Tyler, hope you’re well dude! 😉
How did you initially find & ultimately become involved within Infinite Flight//IFATC?

Catch up sometime, cheers!

Philippe Gilbert
10 months ago

Hey Tyler 🙂

  1. I’d like to know, how did IFATC orginally get founded? How did the team get as big as today?
  2. What’s the best tip you can give to someone like me who’s interested in becoming an ATC later on? I saw you were part of the Air Force, I’m part of the Canadian Air Cadets (CAC).
  3. How were you able to settle in Harrisburg when you got stationed there from the FAA? What I mean is that you probably had to leave your original hometown so I want to know how you handled that change.

Thank you!
Philippe

Pingu
10 months ago

Hey Tyler! As a real-world Air Traffic Controller, what initially inspired you to take on this career? Was it worth it?

Fung Sum Sum
10 months ago

Have you ever handled an emergency landing in real life?

Anonymous
10 months ago

Hello Tyler!

What would be a good starting point for someone to Join Aviation that didn’t study anything Aviation related at University?

Thanks.

Founder
10 months ago

Hello Tyler and thank you for coming to do this AMA!

  1. I know that the IFATC recently switched from Slack to Discord for team-wide communication. Was the move as smooth as you thought it would be? What advice would you give to others who are making a platform move like that?
  2. You’ve been making ATC Schedules for years. How do you still come up with original ideas for themes?

Thanks!

Founder
10 months ago
Reply to  Tyler Shelton

No problem! Take your time is good advice and I have no idea how you do it with the schedules. Cheers!

Jack Taylor
10 months ago

Hello Tyler!

Thanks for doing this AMA, hope your well!

1st Question:

What do you enjoy the most about being an ATC Controller at KMDT?

2nd Question:

Where was your starting point in Aviation and how did you work your way up to become an ATC Controller at KMDT?

3rd Question:

I would love to work within the Aviation Industry, what would be your tips and advice to start at?

Thanks
Jack

Victor Ribeiro
10 months ago

Hello, Tyler Shelton! how’s going?

1) how do you manage your life with all that busy schedule as a ATC and the IFATC manager? Do you have a free time very often?
2) how do you guys came up with the IFATC idea? How was the creation?
3) how’s the experience of being a real life controller?

have an amazing time!
Victor

Antoine
10 months ago

Hey Tyler, how are you going ?

As an air traffic controller, what would be your advises for someone who would also like to become an ATCO (In Switzerland) ?

Thanks in advance for your answer and I wish you to have a pleasant day !

Cheers

Alexandre
10 months ago

Hello Tyler, what’s up?

1) How did your ATC job changed with the current pandemic?
2) What is the most interesting airport to control in IF for you?
3) Any objective in mind for the future?

Thank you very much for your time, have a nice day!

LordWizrak
10 months ago

Hey Tyler,

I’m curious to know how being an ATC for civilian operations and one for Military Operations differ. If so, how, and how long does it take the adapt between the two?

Cheers!

CrisYe
10 months ago

Hello Tyler!

As a real-world ATC controller and IFATC Manager, how do you manage your life, Infinite Flight and your job at KMDT?

And as I know, you had FAA ATC Lessons in early last year, how was it going?

Thanks for answering my questions!