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

Clarifying when to clear for the GPS

March, 23, 2022 by

In the recent v22.1.0.1 update to the ATC Manual the following was updated:

[6.9.4]( — Controllers can favor utilizing vectors in the following cases:

  • if a STAR does not lead aircraft onto the final approach
  • if it would not be expeditious to allow aircraft to fly their entire flight plan with CURRENT traffic levels
  • or if the aircraft has declared a missed approach
  • In these instances, Controllers should provide the aircraft with vectors to the Initial Approach Fix (IAF) as a MINIMUM; and in ALL cases, must ensure that the aircraft is able to establish inbound on the GPS Approach. Once this is assured AND the observed track of the aircraft suggests a successful rejoin, the aircraft can be cleared for the GPS Approach (see 6.9.2 above).

    *Establish inbound is defined as a vector that will allow the aircraft to join the FPL or the Controller sending “Continue as Filed” to allow the aircraft to make their own way to the FPL.

Previously a GPS approach had to be present in the pilot’s flight plan but this is no longer the case.

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

Never give up or lose hope

March, 22, 2022 by

This is something that I’m sure a lot of people experience, whether it be in IFATC training or just feel hopeless and you aren’t getting where you would want to be. Always remember, its not easy to get anywhere, and it won’t happen with the snap of your fingers.

Everything is a process and you just need to take it slow, and make sure you focus on your priorities. It should never be a competition to get anywhere or at a certain point in a short time span, but to learn something new and make sure you are able to get something out of the process.

Never say you can’t do it, because you definitely can no matter who you are.

Kaj Davies is contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Specialist in Radar Training to become an officer with Nico Pizzaro his trainer. Kaj is mostly seen in the IFATC community always willing to help anyone. He lives in The Bahamas. He spends most of his time on school work, chatting on discord and flying.

Question and Answer with VASAviation

March, 19, 2022 by

Hello, my name is Victor and I am the founder and owner of the VASAviation brand – Youtube channel and other social media platforms with more than 450,000 subscribers and followers.

AviationChampion: What’s his favorite game/flight sim to play?

I have used Microsoft Flight Simulator since I was 6 years old. I have also tried Prepar3D.

Matei and Baba: What got you interested in YouTube and making the type of content you make?

I started filming airplanes and then decided to transcribe ATC audios to help others understand what’s going on on the frequencies.

AviationZy: ATC or pilot?

I am a professional pilot myself. I love ATC as well but am not planning to become one.

CaptainAftab: How to become a successful YouTuber in the field of aviation?

Hard work and constancy, of course.

Baba: What keeps you doing videos about this subject in particular?

I love what I do and everyday new people are grateful for the job that I do so I’m happy to help.

AviationCooper: What is it like to be a famous YouTuber?

I don’t consider myself famous at all.

Chris_Hoss and XY_Magic: How do you discover all these small hiccups over frequency?

Right now most of the news and audio clips I receive via email from followers.

CondorCV: Do you have a favorite airline livery?

I love the ANA A380 turtle paints or the Pokemon one.

Yembolit19: How long does it take to finish making a video?

Depends on the length of it but probably 10 hours on average per video.

Ansoni: How do you manage to edit and retrieve all the recordings in such a short amount of time after the incident (or moment) happens?

Spending most of my free time in front of the computer.

Captain Ali and MJP_27: If you had to choose one video to stay on your channel and the others has to go, which one would it be, what is your favorite?

Very hard to decide. Probably one with a happy ending or one that I appear on.

What are some highlights of the journey that you took to get to where you are today?

I have attended some conferences to talk about my career as a pilot and Youtuber and it was definitely very special.

Daniel Steinman: Who/what is your biggest inspiration?

I have had many people supporting me during the years and many pilots to follow steps.

Daniel Steinman: In your opinion, what is the fastest and most cost-effective way to get all your ratings in with the goal of becoming an airline pilot?

I followed the modular course so that is the only way I can talk about.

Daniel Steinman: What is the best training prop in your opinion?

Hope and sacrifice. Never give up.

.ben: Which frequency has the most incidents from your experience?

The frequency which is more likely to have more planes per hour.

Razor 1978 – Jiri: Which airport has most emergency situations?

I don’t have the statistics but whichever with the most flight activity.

IDontKnowAName: Funniest emergency you have covered on your videos?

An emergency is never funny but…

Maverick21: What aviation movies have you watched and what is your favorite?

I have watched many but the one I’ve watched most is Sully.

Maverick21: If you were to fly anywhere, where would it be and why?

Buy me a free ticket and I would love to fly to Lukla just for the landing.

Kyle Boas: How many people behind the scenes does it take to make a video, is it just you or how many collaborate with you?

It is just me editing, but it’s many followers sending me information or audio.

Kyle Boas: Have you ever used or heard of Infinite Flight?

I have heard of it but never tried it.

soorajmusic: What’s the funniest/craziest flight you’ve done as a pilot where something unusual or unexpected happened?

One of my first flights as a safety pilot years ago we had to circle the airport for 55 minutes due to a disabled aircraft blown tire on the runway. We were tense for the fuel but made it.

IF787: What ATC program or simulator do you use to recreate the incidents in your videos?

We developed our own which is still in development to recreate the real ATC screens worldwide.

Editors Note: We’d like to thank all of you for the questions and Victor for taking the time to answer all of them. You can check out an archive of all of our previous Q&A’s and upcoming ones here. Our Q&A’s happen in our Discord so join to ask our next guest a question!

VASAviation is the founder and owner of the VASAviation brand – Youtube channel and other social media platforms with more than 450,000 subscribers and followers.

Planning An Efficient Radar Session

March, 18, 2022 by

When you enter radar training and are assigned a radar airport, it’s required that you plan before your session. When planning a session, it’s essential that you know how to implement inbounds from all sides. Let’s go over how to efficiently plan a radar session.

For our example we’ll use Nellis AFB (KLSV) Runway 21L to plan our session. When planning, you should always ask yourself these questions:

  • What’s the airport elevation?
  • Will terrain affect my inbounds and patterns?
  • Can I avoid that terrain?
  • How will I know where the terrain is once on my screen?

For KLSV, we’ll be planning to implement ILS, GPS, VIS, and RV. With this in mind, we want to ensure we’re not planning just for the airports in a given radius as that’s not what we want to do. You need to plan for inbounds coming from different directions, as that’s what you will see on expert; not only aircrafts departing on a 50nm radius.

It’s better to rather plan for inbounds so they can be in a familiar pattern. Such as Downwind, Base, or Final. Though, this might not always be the case. During peak times like say during the ATC Schedule, you may have to use holding patterns or an S pattern.

It’s also recommended to use SIDs and STARS as they can help greatly when organizing inbounds. Many airports will have SIDs and STARs. You can highlight your preferred SID/STARs in the Airport Information menu if you are open on a Center frequency. Otherwise, a SID or STAR will show up on a pilot’s user information if they have filed one.

We also want to avoid terrain. In this case, Runway 21L for KLSV has a 6K MSA on base, but the GS altitude is 5K. In this case, we would keep the pattern tight. ILS downwinds are recommended to be 6-7NM and not any farther as it could mean a bust or crash when turning a pilot on base. This way no pilot is farther out and may crash into a mountain.


Kush Shelat (Adventures) is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Specialist in the process of becoming an Officer with Nico Pizarro as his trainer. He is 18 years old and a in his final year of high school. He spends most of his time talking to other aviation fans or flying.

Session preparing

March, 17, 2022 by

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Do your best at your training session, and you’ll see yourself doing better at the next one! Never forget to make a plan!

Matei G. is a writer for the IFATC Education Grouo. He is in multiple VAs, he’s an aviation passionate, he likes helping people out in the whole Infinite Flight Community. He’s grade 3, soon to be 4. He has a lot of things to talk about and likes pancakes!

How to use IFATC Maps

March, 16, 2022 by

If you’ve entered radar training, chances are you’ll work with a feature in called map. This feature allows a trainee to see the terrain, airports, and fixes around an assigned airport. However, not many people know how to use all these features and how IFATC Maps can be very helpful.

We’ll discuss each individual feature and MSAs. Usually the map will show the airport and surrounding terrain in a 70NM radius.

Going into the main features, we’ll use KSFO with runways 28L and 28R for our example airport.

There’s four main features, but there are a few key abbreviations you need to know:

  • MSA: Minimum Safe Altitude. This is the lowest altitude a plane can go before a busts or crashes into terrain.
  • LOC: Localizer
  • GS: Glideslope

Let’s get into our first tab which is called, “Explore.” In this category, you can see the NAV Points, airports, and terrain of the airport. To view airports, simply click/tap, “Airports.”

Click/Tap once for controlled airports, twice for ICAO codes, three times for uncontrolled airports, and four times for VORs. When you click/tap, “NAV Points,” you’ll see every available NAV point within that radius.

Using the slider labelled, “Min Safe Alt” can show which altitudes are above the given altitude. So in our case, if we slide the slider to 4K, we can see MSAs where the altitude is above 4K around 5 and 6K. Using the slider labelled, “Distance” shows a circle surrounding a particular area.

The slider goes up to 100NM, and will always have a radius of the given NM. So if we set the slider to 70NM, the circle will have a radius of around 70NM from KSFO to the edge of the circle.

Moving our next tab labelled, “Approach,” this gives us the option to show our GS. For runway 28L, nearing the end of the visible LOC, or as many trainers refer to it, cone, we see that our GS altitude is 3510.

Typically, we want to ensure that a pilot is below that given altitude as we want to ensure that a pilot intercepts the LOC before the GS. So, in this situation, we’ll keep a pilot at 3K so they intercept the LOC before the GS here. As many trainers will tell you to imagine that the cone extends farther out if needed, which is why you’ll see 4-5 points with altitudes and distances (in nautical miles) out from the airport.

Moving to our final tab labelled, “NAV Points,” this is where you can plug in Fixes, VORs, and airport ICAO codes, if you wanted to, you could plug in your flight plan and see it there. So for instance, we’ll make a flight plan from KSFO to KLAX. We’d plug that into the NAV Points tab and click/tap, “Apply.” Once the page refreshes, we’ll see our flight plan going to the airport and the intercepts.

Kush Shelat (Adventures) is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Specialist in the process of becoming an Officer with Nico Pizarro as his trainer. He is 18 years old and a in his final year of high school. He spends most of his time talking to other aviation fans or flying.