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 high school graduate with an associates degree in General Studies. He is an IFATC Specialist who will start college at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology majoring in Commercial Aviation. He enjoys spending time talking about Aviation and Aviation news and flying in Infinite Flight exploring new places.

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 ifatc.org 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.

Features
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 high school graduate with an associates degree in General Studies. He is an IFATC Specialist who will start college at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology majoring in Commercial Aviation. He enjoys spending time talking about Aviation and Aviation news and flying in Infinite Flight exploring new places.

Question and Answer with Ruan Maass

March, 15, 2022 by

Hey there everyone, my name is Ruan! I am the IFATC Newsletter President and am an IFATC Supervisor. I recently had a Q&A with members of the community. I was asked some questions about the IFC, IFATC and aviation! Here are the answers to your questions.

Matei: Why IFATC?

Well it was just me wanting to join a much bigger group. I was already in BAVA and had noticed a lot of IFATC Members I then put in the ATC Chat of the VA how to join and TaipeiGuru responded with a link which sent me to the recruiting topic. I applied and the rest is history!

Matei: Since when do you like Infinite Flight so much?

I personally think having a portable fully fledged flight simulator is incredible! I love being able to fly anywhere at any time! I also love IF for the vast, varied and amazing community of members.

Matei: What are your next goals in the aviation topic?

Right now I am currently in flight school so my next goal is to get my PPL. Watch the space! ?

Baba: What was your feeling once you got promoted to Supervisor?

A surreal feeling. I have always wanted to become a Supervisor and to finally have achieved that goal is something that is monumental for me!

Baba: What do you advise to people who are maybe afraid to enter the process of IFATC?

Just do it! It is amazing process and it is so rewarding. You meat so many amazing people along the way and you form some amazing friendships it is a huge family!

Kyle Boas: What made you decide to create the IFATC Newsletter?

I had a idea one day scrolling through the ATC Section of the community. I saw the IFATC newsletter topic and had realized there had never been a follow up so I decided to contact the previous manager Declan O’Regan and ask if I could take it over and he was more than happy with it! I decided to build a website for it and it has been running ever since with no sign of stopping!

Alexandre: What’s the best memory you keep from your radar training?

The first airport. It was such an amazing experience the whole way out but I will never forget first opening EHGG and vectoring aircraft! I also loved having a great trainer who was always there to help even when I was at my worst.

ShaneH: What keeps you engaged in IFATC?

The community with it. I love being involved in such a big community and that keeps me coming back everyday. I love controlling, granted it is not so often anymore due to school but I still love any time I control as it is such a fun and rewarding experience!

Oliver: What is your favorite aspect of the IFC?

The community itself! The fact that thousands of people can come together for one common interest is amazing. Seeing people take part in different events, joining VA’s, IFATC and more is amazing! If we are going to talk topics then I would have to say the Design your own airline or repaint an existing one thread, I love design and having a place to put out my work is great and makes it feel so rewarding.

MJP_27: What was one of your favorite memories controlling in Infinite Flight?

The day I first controlled as a apprentice! I remembered it was back in mid 2020 and I was so excited that I opened during a free lesson I had at school. It was a small airport as I remember the theme was GA. It was so great to see people come through and fly some patterns.

Daniel_Steinman: Who/what is your biggest inspiration in Infinite Flight?

The supervisor team. I have always again strived to become a IFATC Supervisor and to become one was a dream come true! They are still a inspiration to me. Another inspiration is the Airport Editing Team they work tirelessly sometimes over 120+ hours to give us these detailed airport for us to enjoy. I applaud all of them for that.

Thank you all for the questions!

Editor’s Note: Thank you everyone for the awesome questions and thank you to Ruan for answering!

We have our next Q&A today with VASAviation so join our Discord to ask Victor a question!

Ruan Maass is an editor for the IFATC Education Group. He is the IFATC Newsletter President and an IFATC Supervisor. He currently resides in South Africa with a second home in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Consistent heading and altitude changes

March, 14, 2022 by

You won’t realize how helpful consistent heading and altitude instructions can be. This is something I’ve teaches all Radar trainees for years.

For example at YSCB, pilots are performing radar patterns for a training session. Runway 35 is in use.

Turn right heading 140 at 6000ft, 170 at 6000ft, 250 at 5000ft, 320 clear at 5000ft, and repeat. Then don’t deviate from those instructions to make it more predictable.

Use the least amount commands as possible, they add up.

Even the small 10 degree changes can drastically change things. You want it to be so easy that you could close your eyes for 30 seconds, open them, and you’d know where the aircraft should be. Completely predictable movement you can reproduce.

And if someone is deviating from the path you’ll immediately realize they’re not following instructions. It reduces your mental workload and allows you to focus on other things.

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

Preparing a radar training

March, 13, 2022 by

Hello everyone, welcome back to a useful tutorial on the IFATC Training!

On this one, I will be more concentrated on how to prepare a radar training for your session when it comes to being in the IFATC Radar Training.

You need to be aware that the person who trains you takes time off to do this session so he expects you to also take the time necessary to make a plan for your session.

I was able to learn at the beginning of my sessions that you have to have a solid plan to be sure you can run the session as well as possible. My trainer told me to make plans by flying from different airports around the airport I was controlling that day and to make notes on altitudes, waypoints etc . . . I did and I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever learned to fly from as many airports as possible around the airport controller.

One thing that must also be done is to check the various MSA around the controlled airport. The MSA are the minimum Safe altitude at an airport and this help you to know that it is the ground around the airport.

You can always check the ifatc.org website which is a really good source for that.

That’s about all you need to know, when all this is done, relax and wait for your session!

Baptiste Desmet is a writer for IFATC Education Group. He’s going through his radar training to become a radar control. He loves to control and help others in different tasks within the community. He is also IFVARB Board Member and President of Air Belgium Virtual.

Using Your Words

March, 12, 2022 by

If you have ever had Nico Pizarro as a trainer you would have been familiar with the saying, “use your words”. This really became something I referred to while I was in training.

I was not telling Nico what I had to tell him. I was giving bits and pieces of what I wanted to say. But the moment I started using my words, things turned to the best.

During your IFATC training it is very important to use your words. By using your words, your trainer can push you to meet your potential. This is key during a debrief. You can’t just say “I don’t know what to do”. By doing this the trainer has no clue what to help you with. If you say instead “I did not know how to intercept people”, the trainer can then know what needs to be done to fix that issue.

Using your words is really just putting all of the relevant information out, not holding anything back. Give all the pieces of the story. Express your self.

This is key in training and in life. Don’t be afraid to speak out, if need be. And like a wise person once said, “use your words.”

Lord NC is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is currently an IFATC officer. NC also is the lead developer of Dubai Virtual Airlines. His role also includes over seeing day to day operations. In his free time NC likes to travel, and fly around. He is currently working on getting is PPL.

Don’t Lose Hope

March, 11, 2022 by

One thing that I would always recommend for people in or just starting IFATC is to not lose hope. I know it can be hard. Both the written and Practical tests for both local and radar may seen difficult, but I guarantee that it isn’t if you practice and ask questions. As my recruiter Wesley Henrich puts it, “Think carefully before answering and use a pen and paper to drawl out some questions and help you visualize them if necessary”.

I remember when I started my recruitment process. I failed all three with my last attempt being 76%. I was so upset and it felt like I wasn’t meant for this, and I almost quit. However, I gained new motivation and pushed further, eventually passing my written and entering IFATC training. There I met my first trainer: Cole (AsternAviation). He taught me everything I know and before I knew it, I passed my practical and entered IFATC. From there I passed my Specialist check ride. Once I met the requirements I then entered Radar Training with Nico Pizarro later on.

My point is, it can seem like it’s a daunting task, but it’s possible to do anything you wish as long as you put your all into it. If you want to do your first long haul, go for it! If you want to control as IFATC, go for it! It’s all up to you! As long as you put your 100% into it.

Kush Shelat (Adventures), is a high school graduate with an associates degree in General Studies. He is an IFATC Specialist who will start college at Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology majoring in Commercial Aviation. He enjoys spending time talking about Aviation and Aviation news and flying in Infinite Flight exploring new places.

Keeping the downwind

March, 10, 2022 by

One thing my trainer, Alexandre, always told me to do that helped me a ton during my radar training, is putting everyone on the same downwind, which in most cases would be the safest downwind out of them all.

This will help a lot with organising your airspace and with not also having to think about when to turn them so they don’t make a conflict. This technique is mainly used at a one runway airport.

However, for a parallel runway airport, I suggest using one downwind for only Radar Vectors, Visual approach, and the other one mainly for GPS and ILS approach to help organizing things as well.

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!