My Journey to IFATC – After Joining

May, 3, 2020 by

As some may not be aware, once you join IFATC you have the rank of Apprentice. You can only control Class Charlie airfields. This is great, as it means you can get used to smaller airport and using ATIS before you move onto larger fields. I used to find Class Charlies if there weren’t any on the schedule by going into the day’s hub and clicking Nearby Airports – Charlie. This search returns airports greater than 75NM away so the controller at the search airport doesn’t have to worry about you, makes sure the airport has gates, and makes sure there are the necessary frequencies.

One week after joining, and with daily sessions, I was promoted to a probational Specialist. I can now control Class Bravos, but need to have Mods/Trainers attend one of my session at a Bravo so that they can verify I am ready for a fully fledged promotion. It is important to note though, the time from joining to becoming a Probational Specialist varies greatly. Then after a few sessions as probationary specialist, a trainer came to one of my sessions and deemed I was good enough to be a fully fledged specialist.

So that’s my story. Noob on the Training Server to IFATC. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on the forum or join the IFATC Education Group Workshop and have a chat there.

Kai Malcom is a writer for the IFATC Education Group. Kai is an IFATC Specialist, student pilot, web developer and third-party developer.