Practicing on your own

November, 27, 2021 by Kyle Boas

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

You can train with your trainer, fly with a flight instructor, ect. but if you don’t put in the work and meet your teacher half way, then you’ll never reach your ultimate goal of succeeding.

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Always accept help

November, 26, 2021 by Kyle Boas

It always feels good to be the man, to be the one who was able to control everything by themselves. No help. Had it under control no problem, they get all the congratulations. That’s not how controlling works.

Controlling is not tennis, it’s a team sport. You work as a team to provide the best service possible. If someone says that they’d like to help, let them help.

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Leadership and Learning

November, 25, 2021 by Kyle Boas

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy

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Discord Bot Feed Issues Update

November, 21, 2021 by Kyle Boas

If you’ve installed our Discord bot in your server you may be aware that we have been experiencing issues that is stopping us from delivering our blog posts via our bot.

This is kind of a good problem to have in a way but we believe the issue is that our bot is in too many servers. For that reason the bot is being rate limited by Discord. The bot remains operational for the other functions we offer, but the feed is not working. It either sporadically sends posts or sends none at all.

As we continue to try to work on that issue on our end, we are currently also in contact with Discord Support to fix this issue and are patiently waiting for a response.

In the meantime, if you are one of the many server owners who have our bot installed we’d encourage you to share this post with your server members so they don’t miss our posts.

Yes, we still have continued to post daily. 864 quality posts and counting from the wide variety of IFATC controllers on our writing team.

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We’ll post another update once we have fixed the issue and the bot becomes fully operational again.

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Receiving feedback the right way

November, 19, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Always take feedback in, don’t reject it or project your disappointment onto the person giving you the feedback.

The best controllers and pilots didn’t get to where they are without some self reflection. You won’t get anywhere if you are never receptive to bad or good news.

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Transonic

November, 16, 2021 by Kyle Boas

This is a VFA-106 Gladiators F/A-18.

Photo credit to Camden Thrasher

This aircraft is transonic, not supersonic, which you can tell by the angle/location of the shocks. At transonic speeds the aircraft is not moving through the air faster than sound, but airflow has to locally exceed the speed of sound to navigate around parts of the aircraft like the wings (especially the tops), control surfaces, and other protrusions.

An aircraft in fully supersonic flight will typically have large shocks at the nose and tail (causing the double boom often heard) as well as a number of minor shocks caused by different parts of the shape, especially where the cross-sectional area changes.

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Finding the time to practice

November, 15, 2021 by Kyle Boas

We all get to a level eventually where we think, we’re too good for that. I don’t need to practice. I don’t need to train. I don’t need a reminder.

Then you fly or open a frequency, and your performance is half of what it could have been. Why? You procrastinated and didn’t put in the time beforehand.

Setting aside time to refine is the most important step to become great. You can’t achieve perfection if your prep work is mediocre or non existent.

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How to judge, a mile a minute, from ground speed

November, 13, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Every 60 knots in ground speed is a mile a minute. 1 mile is 0.87 nautical miles.

If an aircraft is flying at 120 knots GS (Ground Speed), they will travel 2 miles a minute. For a visual reference, the flight path vector is 30 seconds long.

References:
1. “Barry Smith’s Speed Control” video

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OROCA

November, 12, 2021 by Kyle Boas

An off-route obstruction clearance altitude (OROCA) is an off-route altitude that provides obstruction clearance with a 1,000-foot buffer in non-mountainous terrain areas, and a 2,000-foot buffer in designated mountainous areas.

It can be found on US IFR low charts and VFR sectionals, as seen here.

References:
1. “You Should Know These 10 Minimum IFR Altitudes” by BoldMethod

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Consistency with commands

November, 10, 2021 by Kyle Boas

Being consistent can really lighten your workload. You will know where and when aircraft will be without thinking.

I tell this to every one of my Radar trainees. Consistency is key. Even something as simple as using the same heading and altitudes.

Say you’re controlling Centennial Airport (KAPA), runway 35R is in use. Heading 130, 170, 260, 320 clear. You’re done. Repeat.

Staying consistent will allow you to focus on other things, because when you turn an aircraft crosswind you know they’ll be on heading 130.

It’s a small detail that will really help.

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