Preparing a radar training

March, 13, 2022 by

Hello everyone, welcome back to a useful tutorial on the IFATC Training!

On this one, I will be more concentrated on how to prepare a radar training for your session when it comes to being in the IFATC Radar Training.

You need to be aware that the person who trains you takes time off to do this session so he expects you to also take the time necessary to make a plan for your session.

I was able to learn at the beginning of my sessions that you have to have a solid plan to be sure you can run the session as well as possible. My trainer told me to make plans by flying from different airports around the airport I was controlling that day and to make notes on altitudes, waypoints etc . . . I did and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever learned to fly from as many airports as possible around the airport controller.

One thing that must also be done is to check the various MSA around the controlled airport. The MSA are the minimum Safe altitude at an airport and this help you to know that it is the ground around the airport.

You can always check the ifatc.org website which is a really good source for that.

That’s about all you need to know, when all this is done, relax and wait for your session!

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.

How to fly professionally during a training session

March, 6, 2022 by

In the IFATC or the IFATC Education Group Discord server, trainers running official training sessions or trainees running their own individual session may ask for pilots.

In our server, we have a group of Standby Pilots who, if availble, will fly pattern work for you. All you have to do is mention @StandbyPilot in any channel to send them a notification.

It is important to know that when you decide to join a training session it is to help and not to cause problems for the person in control, who is learning.

So you need some basics and if you forget at any time something you can always redirect to Infinite Flight’s Flying Guide.

Here you have your assignment given to you and now you will have to follow the instructions given to you in the training session. From there, there are two types of sessions.

Local for controllers who are in their training to become IFATC and then Radar for IFATC members who are in their training to become qualified to control the Center, Approach and Departure frequencies.

When you are going to local session, follow instructions on the basics of air traffic control, the ones you learned during your local session.

When you are in a Radar session you are going to flying different approach types but you also have to pay attention to any separation busts with the ground or an airplane, and share those busts in your feedback.

6.2.1 – Terrain separation: aircraft must be provided with at least 1000ft AGL (above ground level) terrain clearance at all times.

6.2.2 — Aircraft separation: aircraft must be no closer than 3nm laterally or 1000ft vertically at all times.

When you are flying on a radar session you will also have to be careful about your speed on the different pattern leg but also when you are coming from another airport. Some useful speed to know, here below :

Downwind : 210 – 250 KIAS

Base : 180 – 210 KIAS

Final : 160 – 180 KIAS

From Recommended profile for commercial aircraft per IFATC manual.

If you’d like to apply to become IFATC so you can receive training, apply here!

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.

Achieve your goals!

February, 26, 2022 by

Welcome back to another story with me! Today I will be talking about particapting as a pilot in IFATC training, commonly referred to as ‘training-time’ on the IFATC discord.

To get pilots for a training session there is a system that publishes a request for a certain airport, from a specific trainer. It can be for radar or local training. At the end of each session, all the pilots that participated are requested to provide detailed feedback on the session.

As you have read the title, I recently achieved a goal of mine: I had my 100th session that I participated in since I joined! I’m so proud of myself since it shows that I’ve done a lot of work since I joined and I’m happy of that! My main word is “HELPING”. I’m always around to help, so if you have any questions, do not hesitate to message me.

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.

If you fail, just start again.

February, 20, 2022 by

Yes, it’s me, I’m back to writing for IFATC Education Group. Months ago, I started my radar training in order to become an IFATC Officer and to be able to open frequencies such as approach, departure and center.

Unfortunately, the school and everything I had to do around but also next its come to shake my plans, my different duties became more and more important and I unfortunately had no time to devote to good sessions, because you have to know that a radar session takes some time to plan to be sure to give the best possible service to the community.

My trainer, whom I thank for all the time spent teaching me (Antoine) had well noticed this lack of planning, it is also, in part, why I decided to stop there. At first, I said that I would resume as soon as possible and then I was more and more busy and I had removed this idea from my head.

We could say that the story ends there but, fortunately no, you could understand it at the title. A few days ago, I decided to return to the IFATC to do more and more training sessions and learn more and more, so I decided to start my training again. Well, that’s what I’m gonna do in a few days and always, with my super radar trainer, Antoine!

Here is my little story that I wanted to share with you all to let you know that you never have to stay on the past decision, always move on, to a better future!

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.

Baptiste’s ATC Journey Part 2: Recruitment

June, 2, 2021 by

April 24, 2021, I started the IFATC recruitment process. I met all the necessary requirements to be able to do it and I went for it. 5 hours later I have an answer from my recruiter assigned, ShaneAviation telling me that I can do my theory test. I passed the test the same evening with 84%. I was delighted I passed this step and I am now redirected to the practical. I made the decision not to take it right away and to take some training with a trainer before attempting the test.

April 27, 2021, I received a message from my assigned trainer, Juan Oosthuizen who is also a supervisor, that he would be my trainer. I booked the different sessions that I had to have and I officially started my training on the 29th of April, 2021.

My first session was not the best I had a lot of mistakes but I didn’t give up and we did the session again another day and it was better. Then followed about 6 sessions in which I learned a lot of things. Finally, on May 16, 2021 I did my last session with Juan and this session covered everything I needed in a practical, which I passed and so after this one I booked with my recruiter to attempt the practical test the same day and I passed the test successfully.

I was a little stressed at the beginning but in the end everything went well because I knew I was capable of it. For this part of my journey I would like to personally thank Juan Oosthuizen for the time they have taken for me and for all they have taught me!

May 16, 2021, I officially became part of the IFATC team, after the written, 6 sessions and my practical, what an adventure. I am very happy to be doing ATC every day throughout Europe, I was promoted to IFATC Specialist on May 23, 2021 after passing my chech-ride phase. Now, since I became a specialist I have given myself the goal to open different airports every day and not to focus on big HUBs right away but that will come I’m sure very soon!

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.

Baptiste’s ATC Journey Part 1: The Beginning

June, 1, 2021 by

When I started playing Infinite Flight it was back when there was still the Space Shuttle, the Super Decathlon and global was yet to be released. I took a half a year break before finally coming back to Infinite Flight when global was released. I clearly re-discovered what Infinite Flight was, everything or at least a good part of it had changed.

We had the whole world map, you no longer had to pay for each plane, instead you would need to pay a subscription, and that’s what made me come back to Infinite Flight.

At first I was doing small flights between LAX and SFO, and I thought I would never do long haul flights or ATC. Those are the two things I did a little later (2-3 months after I told myself that). Then came the confinement because of COVID-19, we were forced to stay at home, that’s when I started to get into Infinite Flight, I didn’t stop anymore. I did a lot of group flights, events and everything and one day I got the idea to start ATC.

My beginnings as an ATC were not glorious, I was only controlling in London (when there was room) but when I was connected to London it was a disaster, no one listened to the commands I gave them, everyone did the opposite of what I said and unfortunately, in a training server there is no way to stop an aircraft/pilot from doing what they are doing other than to tell them to follow instructions (which of course they don’t do). After that I started to be a bit disgusted because I found it so sad and so it didn’t make me want to open again as an ATC.

Finally, I started to do ATC again but trying to diversify the airports, I started by opening my home airport EBBR but nobody came, too much forgotten unfortunately in the square CDG, AMS, FRA and LHR. Then I opened Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Berlin, Toulouse, cities of this type and I had a lot more traffic and from that moment I took a taste of ATC but did not have enough time to dedicate to training.

A few months later, at the end of April 2021, I decided to start getting serious and begin the recruitment process to become part of the IFATC.

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.