As controllers we are put through rigorous testing and most need training in order to pass through that testing process to join. That training can take weeks and usually around a month, for some it can even stretch out longer.
Once we pass the theory and practical tests to join you then get promoted to the ATC Apprentice rank, and then starts your IFATC career controlling on the expert server.
We are not tested at all to become expert pilots though, so if you thought IFATC get special treatment among their fellow controllers, you’d be wrong. If anything we hold our peers to a higher standard because they should know from their training how to communicate with ATC.
We can receive level 1, 2 and 3 violations flying, just like anyone else.
It’s an unfortunate fact but IFATC flying are reported by other IFATC controllers more regularly then you’d think.
We have an entire disciplinary and suspension procedure in place where pilots can be warned, suspended or removed from the team if they don’t withhold the basic standards set out.
Professionalism is the most important attribute an IFATC member has. If you aren’t professional then you won’t last long on the team.