Ending our daily post schedule

April, 16, 2022 by

But we’re not going to stop writing.

Since February 2, 2019 me and over 80 contributors from the IFATC shared over 930 individual blog posts, posted once daily, every day.

I personally wrote over 688 of those posts. And there are a few days missed but those were rare.

Lot of hard work and time goes in to making each post, no matter how many words are contained within.

It’s a remarkable catalogue of educational content that we’ve created that a lot of people enjoy.

We hit 300 newsletter subscribers recently, thank you all for reading! You’re the motivation we use to help us continue to write.

The blog was created to give all IFATC an outlet to share their experiences, knowledge, real-world experience and things they learn with a large attentive audience.

It’s not one person’s blog, it’s a group. Hence the name, IFATC Education Group.

As long as they’re updated, our older posts are timeless. Anyone could pick one up and find it relevant and useful.

We will be ending our daily post schedule but will continue to write for you. And it’s not for a lack of things to talk about.

We want to work on improving the functionality of our website to help those seeking information so it’s more sharable and easier to find. This will take a lot of work and time to create.

We will update you on the progress, continue to add to the library of posts availble when necessary and share any and all news.

Thank you all for continuing to read all these years and thank you to anyone who contributes to the group in any way.

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

Throwback to the Perfect IFATC Radar Practical Test

April, 2, 2022 by

Oldie but a goodie, shout-out to Bobby Klesch, former IFATC Supervisor, Recruiter and Trainer, for incredibly in-depth and through video.

Ever aspiring IFATC radar controller should watch this at least once a year.

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

Approach Legend

April, 1, 2022 by

You’ll notice in the flight planning or if you’re just looking at the procedures, that there is a certain pattern to what each Approach means. Here is a list to reference of all the approach types and their abbreviations.

Example: H35LZ
H: RNAV (RNP) Approach
35L: Runway 35L
Z: Zulu

Prefixes
H: RNAV (RNP) Approach
I: ILS Approach
L: Localizer-Only Approach
R: RNAV (GPS) Approach

Runway Prefixes
L: Left
R: Right
Y/Z: Straight-in runways using same guidance

This will be extremely helpful to quickly realize what each approach means when flight planning or more importantly, when controlling. You will quickly be able to read this short abbreviated name and understand what type of approach they will be flying.

Reference: Infinite Flight Instrument Procedures Tutorial

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

Denying pattern work without putting it in ATIS

March, 31, 2022 by

What most controllers have trouble grasping is that the decision to deny or allow pattern work doesn’t need to be in ATIS. You can deny it whenever you’d like. You have the option to deny specific aircraft pattern work either in the takeoff clearance, or there are three miscellaneous commands for Tower to deny pattern work.

  1. No pattern work: “N623KB, Tower is no longer accepting pattern work at this time”
  2. Pattern full: N623KB, Pattern is full, no pattern work accepted at this time
  3. No pattern work, land or divert: “N623KB, Tower is no longer accepting pattern work. Please land or divert”

The translation for those commands are as follows.

  1. Come back later, maybe
  2. Look around, we’re full, come back later
  3. Leave my sight and go somewhere else, don’t come back

All are great options to deny pattern work. You have to always you remember, we service the pilots, so denying pattern work should only be temporary. It doesn’t need to be included in ATIS if the waves of traffic are just that, waves.

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

Being consistent pays off

March, 30, 2022 by

3 years ago I started posting to this blog, with no following.

We, and I say we because we have had a writing team, posted 560 notes myself. Since the creation of the blog we’ve went from 0 to 60,000 users, 130,000 page views, and over 300 newsletter subscribers, all in one year.

This was feasible because we were consistent. We post once a day, daily. Very simple process. The posts are created and then queued up to be sent out to our blog which is then sent to our email subscribers and social media.

By being consistently amazing day in and day out this shows quality, quality attracts people and makes them want to share what you do. Which then snowballs and eventually you’ll gain credibility, people will look to you.

Being consistently amazing will allow you to advance in whatever you are doing, so try that, and report back in a year or so.

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

900 posts

March, 28, 2022 by

It’s a great catalogue of experiences.

We want to create a microphone for you to use. That’s what I outlined on day one.

If you write like you talk you’ll never have writers block because no one has talkers block.

I want to learn one thing about aviation every day, so I write about it and share it here. If you want to create that habit for yourself, write for us.

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

Practical test mentality

March, 27, 2022 by

Have you ever tried the IFATC practical tests, radar or local? What did you feel during the test? How did you perform with the pressure you may have felt?

Before going to the topic I’d like to talk about, I would like to tell you a short story that happened to me during my radar test. I was trained well and prepared to take the test, everything went well during training, I was so stressed out though for the test and during. Someone was on base and I was ready to give him the ILS intercept and clearance, instead of clearing him i just gave him a heading and alt, i realized that late, and I didn’t do it to just one person but almost all of them. What is that thing that made me make a mistake on something I should do unconsciously?

Back to our topic, how do you overcome that pressure you may feel so you don’t fail the test?
First of all prepare well, by taking IFATC training, those trainers will get you to 100% test readiness?. With good preparation you now did a huge step into the IFATC.

Second, when you believe that you are being judged by those people flying, now your mind won’t be focusing on the things you did learn while training, worst you may forget to do many things that you used to unconsciously do during training. That’s your enemy now, beat that feeling, imagine this is as a training session and those people are flying to help you in your last training session. Or pretend that you are now on the expert server controlling and there are six people who want to land in your airport, you are the controller here, they should listen to what you say. You are their leader now.

By beating the “I’m being judged” feeling, you’re one step closer to passing. Your mind will be focusing on doing the thing you are used to do in your training sessions, you won’t be busy with that annoying feeling.

If you felt overwhelmed during the test, breath, zoom out and take a deep breath, and remember you have been trained well.

And no one is perfect, when you get tested they don’t aim for a perfect test. I wasn’t perfect during my test and I passed, then worked on my weakness after that.

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

Attitude of gratitude

March, 26, 2022 by

“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy

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

What are special-use airspaces?

March, 25, 2022 by

Special use airspace (SUA) consists of that airspace wherein activities must be confined because of their nature, or wherein limitations are imposed upon aircraft operations that are not a part of those activities, or both. SUA areas are depicted on aeronautical charts, except for controlled firing areas (CFA), temporary military operations areas (MOA), and temporary restricted areas.

These airspaces will be identified on the map in-app with a magenta line. For the purposes of Infinite Flight these are currently not enforced or monitored at this time, but they may be in the future.

References: Section 4 “3-4-1” AIM, 5.1.4 ATC Manual

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

New Autobrake Tutorial

March, 24, 2022 by

In the v22.2 Infinite Flight update the autobrake feature was introduced. Here is a tutorial explaining when you’d use autobrakes and how to use them in this official tutorial.

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