Trainer Appreciation Day Recap

April, 25, 2022 by

Trainer Appreciation Day has officially come to an end, and it was remarkable how so many people came together to honor our trainers and all that they do for us.
The training airports used in the events were packed to capacity, and some people even noted that it felt like a FNF!

In our Trainer Panel that took place in the IFATC Education Group Discord Server, Trainers and community members came together to join in a discussion highlighting the importance of our training team.

The panel began with opening remarks by the Hosts, Daniel Steinman and Kyle Boas, followed by Tyler Shelton, our ATC Manager.

It then continued with an introduction of our training team panelists. Those panelists included LordWizrak, Rhys_V, TaipeiGuru, Syncline, Firecracker and DannyHL. Special guests like Drummer and Thunderbolt also joined as speakers.
Following the introductions, the Q&A session commenced, allowing all participants to ask a question to our panelists live.

The live event then concluded with some final remarks from Tyler, Kyle, and Daniel.

A big thanks to the entire IFATC team and Infinite Flight for making this event as memorable and enjoyable as it was for everyone!

IFATC Trainers, on behalf of the entire Infinite Flight Community, we thank you!

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

Trainer Appreciation Day

April, 24, 2022 by

Join us today in our Discord at 18:00 UTC for a live panel discussion with our ATC Manager Tyler Shelton and a number of IFATC Trainers.

Trainers will reflect on their journey and share words of advice to the community.

Speakers

  • Hosts: Daniel Steinman and Kyle Boas
  • Guests: Tyler Shelton, LordWizark, RhysV, TaipeiGuru, ToasterStroodie, Syncline, Levi_Park and lucaviness.

We will feature a question and answer session during the discussion, where you can ask them questions live.

Join here.

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

Trainer Appreciation Day Live Panel

April, 23, 2022 by

Join us Sunday, April 24th in our Discord at 18:00 UTC for a live panel discussion with our ATC Manager Tyler Shelton and a number of IFATC Trainers.

Trainers will reflect on their journey and share words of advice with the community.

Speakers

  • Hosts: Daniel Steinman and Kyle Boas
  • Guests: Tyler Shelton, LordWizark, RhysV, TaipeiGuru, ToasterStroodie, Syncline, Levi_Park and lucaviness.

We will feature a question and answer session during the discussion, where you can ask them questions live.

Join here.

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

February, 19, 2022 by

On October 21st, 2011, Kelly Klarkson made a famous remark: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” This is a great quote for Infinite Flight because it can inspire you to reach new heights, do what you never imagined was possible, and much more. Fly that difficult ILS approach, challenge yourself to achieve that XP milestone you always dreamed of, and when you succeed, the feeling of accomplishment will be so amazing that you will be stronger. And if it kills you, remember that you tried your best and that is the most important thing.

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

A Solution Can Always Be Found

February, 18, 2022 by

“Math may not teach us how to add love or subtract hate, but it gives us hope that every problem has a solution.” – Anonymous

If things ever don’t go the way you had hoped they would go, or if something doesn’t work out the way you hoped it would have, remember to take it slow, work it out, and a solution will hopefully be found.

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

Introducing our new IFATC Moderators and Supervisors

February, 17, 2022 by

As Conan O’Brien once famously said, “work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” This quote represents the core values of Infinite Flight. Hard work allows for great results, and being kind allows those results to be even greater.

Earlier this month, Tyler and the team made a decision to promote 12 professional, kind and intelligent people to the ATC Supervisor team. I would like to take this amazing opportunity to introduce them to you.

The first new supervisor that I will be introducing is named Dani (DaniCP). He is located in Barcelona, Spain, and started flying in Infinite Flight back in 2013. He joined the IFATC team in 2018 and has been a great addition to the team ever since! Here are a few words shared by him to the community:

I was driving when I saw Tyler PM me, informing me that I’m going to be joining the supervisor team. I’ve been in IFATC since 2018, and have seen many colleagues before me reach this role, and I always wondered, ‘Will I ever be one of them?’ I want to thank people for trusting me to be promoted. The truth is that I feel Infinite Flight is a part of me, flying here since 2013… Thanks and happy flights everyone!

The next supervisor to be introduced is named Rick (RickG). Rick is located in Minnesota, US, and is a 20-year experienced Automotive Technician. Some of Rick’s hobbies include going fishing and spending time with his family. Here are his words to the community:

I was excited beyond belief to read Tyler’s message. I am extremely thankful for my friends, and fellow controllers for helping me reach this goal. Not only with their help but also my hard work, and determination to strive all the time to be the best I can be. I have learned so much from every controller and a lot about myself. Also, I am very thankful for Tyler for giving me this opportunity. I am truly honored with this promotion and I look forward to being able to lead by example, be a great role model, work with this amazing team, and help wherever and whenever I can.

Next up, we have Tajay (Tajay). Tajay has been a part of the community since 2016. He also is a part of the IFVARB. Here are a few words from him:

Never settle; always endeavor to be a better version of yourself. Inspire others to do better and be better. Be happy for your teammates when they are going up and be there for them when the going gets tough. Life is tricky but we’re in this together.

Following Tajay, the next supervisor is named Rob (Rob_M). Rob is located in Pennsylvania, US, and has almost 92,000 ATC operations. He is a scientist that performs research on drugs and vaccines. In his free time, he enjoys watching the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. A few words shared by him:

When I first became an apprentice, I didn’t really have specific goals in IFATC. As I grew more experienced and met more people, I felt like I would be a good fit to have a leadership position, so I’m thrilled to have gotten this promotion. Thanks to Darius and Will for training me way back when, to everyone I’ve met so far, and of course the boss, Tyler!

Matt (Thunderbolt) currently resides in Orange County, California. He has 2 Corgis, and as it is apparent from his profile header, they are indeed very cute. Within Infinite Flight, he is an ATC Supervisor, and part of the Senior Leadership Team for Southwest Virtual. Here is a message shared by him to the community:

I am excited to start my new role in serving the IFATC team as a supervisor, and I look forward to what’s to come. Thank you to Tyler, Bruce, Josh, and the countless others for your trust and for giving me this opportunity. ‘Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.’

Our next supervisor is named Ruan (Average_Gamer). Ruan is very active within Infinite Flight. He enjoys designing and coding, sometimes even for Infinite Flight. Here are a few words shared by him:

I was so shocked and excited when I read the DM from Tyler saying I was selected to join the supervision team. It is something I always strived to achieve in my IFATC career. I am grateful to my local trainer and recruiter, Taipeiguru and AdamCallow and to my radar recruiter and trainer Shane and Alexandre. They helped me along the way and I couldn’t be more thankful. Words of advice to other controllers; always try your best and strive to be the best that you can be! Open with a goal to give your best service and close knowing you achieved that.

Next, I would like to introduce Michael (IF787). He joined IFATC about a year and a half ago, and has been very active since then. He is also the chief pilot and trainer for Turkish Virtual. Here are a few words shared by him to the community:

When I first joined IFATC a year and a half ago, I didn’t realize how involved I would get. Overall, it’s been an amazing journey and this supervisor promotion is the next step to that journey. I will work to fulfill my role with professionalism, and I appreciate the opportunity granted to me. I’ll end it off with some words of encouragement to other controllers: If you work to be the best you can be and have faith in yourself, you can reach goals you never imagined to be possible.

Following Michael is a new supervisor named Luca (lucaviness). Luca has flown over 2,500 flights and is also a student pilot outside of Infinite Flight. Here is a very cool quote shared by him:

At the end of the day, tennis is first and foremost about the strokes, not where the ball lands. IFATC, goals, life, tennis; it’s all the same.

The next supervisor is named Othman (Othman_Asli). Othman lives in Barcelona, Spain, and has been using Infinite Flight since 2015. He also joined the community in March of 2017. Othman loves aviation and ATC. Here are a few words he shared:

Thank you, Tyler and the whole team for giving me this opportunity, it is a true honor. Being a supervisor is a real challenge and I will put all my desire and effort into proving it. This message has given me much more motivation to be able to contribute to the team. If I had to sum it up in one sentence, it would be this: ‘For every disciplined effort there is a multiple reward.’

The last supervisor I would like to introduce is named Aaron (Aaron.C). Aaron lives in Canada and is currently a commercial pilot. He is very active among IFATC, managing appeals and controlling our beautiful skies. In his free time, he enjoys exploring the outdoors. Here is a brief message shared by Aaron:

I was very surprised and thrilled to receive the message from Tyler this morning! It was a great surprise after a busy day at work! I really enjoy being able to help others out, and have loved my time so far on the appeals team. I can’t wait to continue with IFATC and help others now in this new role. Also thanks to the best trainer Luke M. for waking up at crazy weird times down under to let me crash him into some mountains.

Along with the addition of the ATC Supervisors, we also introduced a new role within the hierarchy of the IFATC team, the IFATC Moderators. They will assist directly with day to day operations, quality assurance, personnel issues, member Violations, demotions and/or suspensions and more! While our community forum moderators will still be on the team and can assist with general team and community issues, the IFATC Moderators, along with Tyler Shelton, should be your main contact for all things ATC!

The first IFATC Moderator that I will be introducing is named Joshua Smithley. Josh lives in Fort Wayne, Ohio. Josh is an amazing part of our ATC team and works very hard on a daily basis to improve and maintain professionalism and enjoyment within our ATC team and throughout Infinite Flight. He is a former IFATC Trainer and Recruiter now working as the IFATC Training Team Manager, an Infinite Flight Moderator and now holds the role of IFATC Moderator. Here is the message he had for the community:

We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community. – Paul Bloom

Last but not least, I will be introducing the second ATC Moderator, Bruce (Drummer). Bruce resides near the capital of the United States, and is working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in percussion performance. Being someone who greatly enjoys music, his dream is to be a timpanist or percussionist in a major symphony orchestra. Within Infinite Flight he supervises the Infinite Flight Virtual Airline Regulatory Board (IFVARB), an Infinite Flight Moderator, and an IFATC Recruiter. A brief message shared by Bruce to the community:

I’m excited to be working with you all as one of your ATC Moderators. IFATC is my favorite part of Infinite Flight. Special thanks to Will_A (Trainer) JoshFly8 (Tower Recruiter), Bobby (Radar Recruiter), and Tyler Shelton, my music major twin and friend. Thanks to all of those who helped me out and become friends along my journey in Infinite Flight (way too many to tag).

On behalf of the community, I would like to wish them all much success in their new roles!

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!

How-To: Filing a Flight Plan

October, 14, 2021 by

Filing a flight plan may seem difficult, or maybe even overwhelming at first. No need to worry, because in this post I will be explaining everything you need to know about how to make a basic flight plan from start to finish.

Let’s go over how to file a flight plan. First, think about your route. Will it be in a jet, will you be flying VFR (Visual Flight Rules) or IFR (Instrument Flight Rules)? Which runways will you be using, and which type of approach will you be utilizing? All of these factors might affect how you’d need to file your flight plan.

For an example, let’s say we were flying from KJFK (John F. Kennedy International) to KLAX (Los Angeles International) IFR. We’ll use a Jetblue A321 and our cruising altitude will be at FL (Flight Level) 340 (34,000ft).

On the expert server (If ATC is present), your departure and arrival runways will be based upon controller discretion. This will be based on factors like the wind, traffic flow and/or the preferences of the specific controller. All information will be published for you in the ATIS. If ATC is not present, your runways of choice are up to you! You must be mindful of other traffic and make sure that the runway that you will be using is free of traffic and is the current active runway at the specific airport.

Once all information regarding your route has been decided upon, making your flight plan shouldn’t take long.

KJFK 120238Z 1203/1306 19004KT P6SM SCT035 BKN250

This is the current METAR for KJFK. The wind is currently blowing heading 190 at 4knts. Therefore ideally, you will want to use 22R and 22L, because you will take off into the wind (headwind).

You’ll be departing from T5 (JetBlue’s terminal) towards the NE (North East) of the airport, and Runway 22R is usually used for departures since departing Runway 22L would require many runway crossings, it would be best to select Runway 22R for your departure.

Now that we’ve picked our departure runway, it is now time to select our SID (Standard Instrument Departure). Since KLAX is located on the West Coast, you’d want to select a SID to the West. Bear in mind that this is not a requirement, as you may select a different direction if factors like weather and traffic need to be taken into place. To select a SID:

  1. Tap on the world symbol at the bottom left corner of the status bar.
  2. Tap on your departure airport. When you first click on it, you will be prompted to the INFO (Information) section of the page.
  3. Tap on PROC (Procedures – this will be located 3 spaces to the right of INFO).
  4. Press “Select Departure”, located on the bottom of the page.
  5. There, you will see a bunch of options of SID’s that you may select. When picking a SID, you want to make sure that it matches your direction of flight, along with your departure runway. In our particular situation, the only available SID with a departure to the West is DEEZZ5 (North-West).
  6. In order to load it into your FPL, select the SID (in our case it is DEEZZ5).
  7. Then select your transition. In this case, we have three options: DEEZZ, CANDR, and TOWIN. We will select DEEZZ for our transition. The reasoning for this being that it best directs us toward the direction of KLAX (West) rather than the Southwest (which is where CANDR and TOWIN will direct us).
  8. Once the transition has been selected, you will now have to inform the system of the runway you will be using. For our case, it will be RW22B (Runway 22R, our departing runway).

Hats off to you, you’ve just completed the departing portion of filing a flight plan!

The next step would be to create a full flight plan that follows the real-world high and low IFR airways using the native navigation aids made available in Infinite Flight. A simple and quick way to do this is to use fpltoif.com. Follow the instructions on their website to copy and paste the flight plan it makes into Infinite Flight.

The final part of our flight-plan will be our STAR (Standard Terminal Arrival Procedure) and approach procedures. Note, controllers will not assign you a STAR but there will likely be preferred STARs in use when you arrive so you must be prepared to change your flight plan upon arrival. You will want to pick the STAR that best lines up with your direction of travel upon arrival To file this:

  1. Tap on the world symbol at the bottom left corner of the status bar.
  2. Tap on your arrival airport.
  3. Tap on INFO (Information)
  4. Tap on PROC (Procedures).
  5. Tap “Arrival”
  6. We will be landing on runway 25L, and that STAR ANJLL4 (North East, All RWYS) is ATC Preferred. Since it matches all of our criteria, that will be our STAR of choice for our flight plan.
  7. Just like the SID, we will need to select our transition. In our case, we will be using transition DNERO.
  8. Add to flight plan

Congratulations, you’ve just filed the departing (SID) and arrival (STAR) for your flight-plan!

Lastly, we will work on our approach, along with the types of approaches in Infinite Flight. For our case, we will be using the ILS (Instrument Landing System) Approach for runway 25L.

  1. Head back to the procedures, but this time, click on “Select Approach”.
  2. Once clicked, select procedure I25L (ILS R25L).
  3. Our Transition will need to be CRCUS (IAF – initial approach fix), since that is where we will connect with our STAR.
  4. Press “Add to Flight Plan”, and the system will automatically load the respective altitudes into your flight plan.

Yay, you have completed your flight plan! When you’ve touched down, you will hear the pilots on the ground at KLAX clapping for you, as you’ve not only filed your very own flight plan, but you’ve used all aspects of it perfectly!

Daniel Steinman is a writer for the IFATC Education Group and loves to control the skies of Infinite Flight! He also loves flying to various airports on many aircraft throughout the world! He is always open to chat about aviation or to answer any questions you may have!