The Azul Rosa Livery

September, 18, 2021 by Matt T.

With the 21.5 update and the addition of the A330-900neo to the Infinite Flight fleet comes the addition of the Azul livery to the aircraft. Azul, based out of São Paulo, now features the A330neo, E195, and A320 in Infinite Flight. However, the A330-900neo features not only the standard blue colors of the Brazilian carrier, but the pink special livery known as “Rosa”.

The history of this livery goes back over a decade to when Azul took delivery of an Embraer E195, registration PR-AYO, in the pink livery. However, this livery has since been removed and serves as a cargo aircraft. In October 2018, the airline took delivery of an A320neo in the pink livery, registration PR-TRS. Today, the airline prepares to take delivery of the A330neo in the livery, as registration PR-ANV continues testing at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France. 

Since 2011, Azul has participated in the Pink October campaign, a program that aims to raise awareness about the prevention of breast cancer. As these aircraft fly across South America and the world, they spread awareness of a disease that took the lives of over 600,000 people globally in 2020.

 

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

Relieving stress after a busy session

September, 17, 2021 by Matt T.

After concluding a session at a busy airport, it’s common to be stressed or fatigued. I’ve certainly experienced this numerous times, and I’m sure that many other controllers have done so too. It’s always important to be aware of your physical, mental, and social health, which is why it is just as important to take steps to relieve yourself of stress after a stressful session.

First and foremost, before anything, turn off your device. Studies over the years have associated long amounts of screen time with increased levels of anxiety and stress; in addition, the blue light exposure that comes from staring at a screen for hours at a time is harmful to eye and brain health. Take this time to engage in relaxing activities, such as going for a walk or bonding with family and friends. If that’s not possible, take a moment to do some breathing exercises, meditation, or even a short power nap. Do something that relaxes your body, your mind, and your emotions without having to use your device. Whatever it may be, do something that makes you happy. Take care of yourself, especially considering the circumstances in which we are living today.

References: “The hidden stress of cell phones” by the University of California, Irvine, “Blue light has a dark side” by the Harvard Medical School

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

Creating events to increase airport diversity

September, 15, 2021 by Matt T.

Recently, I’ve read an influx of community forum posts that involve the idea that the IFATC region system lacks the diversity and uniqueness that the old ATC schedule had. Throughout this entire ordeal, I’ve remained impartial about the matter, and having read through many of these topics, I understand where both sides are coming from.

With that in mind, I’ve recognized the fact that part of this change was to be able to highlight the community’s events and allow for worldwide ATC coverage, including these events. For this reason, I encourage anyone who wants to help the cause of expanding the diversity of the airports that IFATC open by creating events on the community. More often than not, an event will receive IFATC coverage at the event airport, and by hosting events at diverse airports, you are in turn allowing IFATC to explore these new places while also having a steady flow of traffic to stay busy. You’ll also be able to have fun and meet new community members along the way, which is never a bad thing.

If you’ve never created an event before, there’s no need to worry – community moderator Balloonchaser has created a very resourceful event creation guide. Soon enough, improvements will happen on the region system front, and through events, this progression can happen sooner.

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

An ounce of kindness makes a huge difference

September, 14, 2021 by Matt T.

A short while ago, I received a message from someone who I had reported on the Expert Server, and though I receive violation appeal messages on a regular basis, this particular message was unlike many of the others I have received. This particular user, who will remain anonymous, immediately acknowledged and apologized for their mistake, asked for clarification, and thanked me for my services – all while maintaining a kind, understanding, and professional attitude.

Now, while this may sound self-explanatory, being kind to others is one of the moral foundations of any society on this planet. However, it isn’t always the case. I’ve run into my fair share of pilots who didn’t handle the situation calmly, understandably. No one likes getting removed from their flight and controllers do not enjoy reporting pilots.

Going back to the example I provided, in that instance, because this pilot was so willing to learn from their mistake I in exchange personally contacted the appeals group to have that user’s violation removed. Just because you are nice doesn’t mean they will approve the appeal for that violation, but it definitely goes a long way.

I want to use this post as a motivation for both pilots and controllers alike, to demonstrate the openness of this bridge between the pilot and the controller. But, more importantly, I want to spread the message of kindness and the impact it has – not only for a flight simulator, but also in our day-to-day life.

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

Beginner’s Guide to Streaming Infinite Flight on Twitch

August, 5, 2021 by Matt T.

Whether you’re a pilot or controller, streaming your flights or controlling sessions is a great way to inspire, educate, and entertain others. Ever since I started the controlling streaming group IFATCLive, we have taught valuable skills to aspiring controllers and inspired a number of community members to join IFATC. This is why I encourage others to explore streaming, both flying and controlling. It may seem like a difficult inconvenience, but in reality, it’s the exact opposite.

For the purposes of this tutorial, I will be using an iPad Air 3rd Generation, running on iPad OS 14. This tutorial will also focus on the streaming platform Twitch only. However, using a device that runs Android, or streaming on YouTube, are very similar.

To start, you’ll need to download the free Twitch app from the App Store on the device that you use Infinite Flight on and create a free account. After that is complete, you’ll be able to see the home screen, which is where the tutorial begins.

Tapping your profile picture in the top left is the first step to setting up your stream. You’ll see a menu that should like the one in the screenshot below.

From here, tap on the purple button that reads “Go Live”. You’ll then see two options, either “Stream Games” or “Stream IRL”.

Tap on the “Stream Games” option. A list of games should now appear. Using the search bar in the top right, search “Infinite Flight” and tap on it once it appears.

From here, you’ll be directed to the Stream Setup page. This is where you can edit the title of your stream, customize volume settings, and eventually go live.

Above you can find my desired settings. Infinite Flight tends to be quite underwhelming when set to Twitch’s default volume setting, so I’ve learned to drag the device volume slider to the loudest setting.

Also, as I don’t talk during streams, I’ve turned off the microphone volume altogether. If you do not wish to talk over your stream – this includes background noise – turn the microphone volume setting off. You’ll also see a button titled “Edit Stream Info”. Tapping on that button will offer more stream customization options, however, for simplicity’s sake, I usually leave them as is.

If you’re ready to stream, press the big purple button at the bottom of the page. This will open a new popup window, similar to the one in the picture below.

From here, you’ll tap on Start Broadcast, and just like that, you’re live on Twitch. As mentioned earlier, if your voice or background noise do not wish to be heard over the stream, make sure the microphone setting is set to off. To end the stream, swipe down from the top of your device’s screen, press the red circle, and following the prompt, tap “Stop”.

You’re now ready to begin streaming Infinite Flight on your phone or tablet. However, I’d like to add a few housekeeping tips to make your stream the best it can be.

  • Use the show touches feature available in Infinite Flight to provide better insight and clarity for viewers. To enable this feature, head to Infinite Flight Settings -> General -> Show Touches.
  • Turn on Do Not Disturb – streaming to Twitch will record your entire screen, including notifications, so mute notifications to avoid viewers from seeing your personal texts, emails, etc.
  • Share your stream with your friends, groups, and communities – the best way to get yourself on the map and achieve your goals is to share your stream with others. Infinite Flight Community guidelines also allow posting of streams on the day of the stream in the Screenshots and Videos category.

Best of luck!

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

Predicting ground conflicts using progressive taxi instruction

August, 1, 2021 by Matt T.

In a busy airport environment, resolving ground conflicts efficiently and effectively is imperative to maintaining quality service. At airports with a complex taxiway layout, this is easier said than done. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that controllers do their best to prevent ground conflicts before they happen.

During a recent session of mine at Dublin, this ideology was put to the test.

Runway configuration during session: departing 28L, 34; landing 28L.

There was a long line of aircraft waiting for takeoff on the parallel taxiway to 16/34 (Foxtrot). At Dublin, most commercial aircraft that land on 28L exit right and turn right onto the taxiway parallel to 10R/28L, Bravo. To taxi to the terminals, aircraft are usually required to cross 16/34, but due to the line of aircraft on Foxtrot, continuing straight on Bravo (red line pictured above) means taxiing into the line of aircraft waiting for takeoff, thus creating a nightmare of a ground conflict.

However, all of this is preventable with the use of progressive taxi instructions. During the entirety of my session, the aforementioned ground conflicts were prevented through the use of the “turn left next taxiway” command when the arrival aircraft reached the neighborhood of the yellow circle. As a result, aircraft could continue on Mike (green line pictured above) or Hotel (the adjacent parallel taxiway to the right of Mike), cross 16/34, then taxi at their discretion to the terminals.

Successfully identifying potential hotspots for conflicts and creating plans to mitigate the hotspots are key to a successful operation, especially at an airport as busy as Dublin. As with many other aspects of ATC, planning is the first step to a successful session.

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.

IFATCLive new Twitch streaming group

June, 5, 2021 by Matt T.

IFATCLive is a streaming group I started with the goal of creating an outlet for the community to observe and learn from the best controllers IFATC has to offer. On a daily basis, one of our eleven controllers, featuring three supervisors and eight officers representing five ATC regions,
stream their sessions to the account. The streams are simple, and for good reason. We want to provide the community with insight into our controlling, and nothing else.

Our team is constantly expanding, and if you are interested in joining, we would certainly love to
have you. Since the group is invitation-only, there is no application process, but please feel free to send me a message expressing your interest. However, when new controllers are selected, we
prioritize seniority and experience within IFATC, previous streaming experience, as well as various other factors.

If you’d like to watch a stream for yourself, come check out our [channel](https://www.twitch.tv/
ifatclive) on Twitch, and give as a follow while you’re at it. You can also find more information on our [forum thread](https://community.infiniteflight.com/t/ifatclive-controlling-sessions-live-on-
twitch/571831), where you can find a list of our controllers, as well as stream schedules and updates. We’re just getting started, but there’s plenty in store that we’re extremely excited to
share with the community and beyond.

Matt T. is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer that resides in Orange County, California.