The importance of departure control in Infinite Flight

April, 16, 2021 by

Departure control, in Infinite Flight, is definitely one of the most important and underrated radar facilities. Let me introduce what a departure frequency controller does.

Departure control typically includes managing:

  • VFR aircraft, with or without a flight plan.
  • IFR aircraft (which should have a flight plan).

Managing a departure frequency is essential especially during Infinite Flight events, such as the FNF or Flash Flights, or just during peak hours at the hub airport.

Nowadays, many IFATC officers seem to ignore the importance of departure control, focusing only on approach or center frequencies.

There’s mainly one key aspect if you want to succeed in controlling a departure frequency, which is consistency. Consistency with headings and altitudes.

There may be some cases where the use of SIDs (Standard Instrument Departures, that allow aircraft to depart an airspace following a pre-defined route helping them navigate adjacent airspaces, terrain and arriving traffic) is crucial.

When utilizing SIDs, the goal is to vector aircraft as little as possible. To do that, utilizing of speed commands is essential to keep a stable departure flow.

Here, you can see one of my recent departure session at RKSI (Seoul Incheon), where I took advantage of the many organized SIDs in use at the airport.

The session itself wasn’t busy at all. It was quite relaxed but I enjoyed every single minute of it.

Edoardo C. is a contributor for the IFATC Education Group. He is an IFATC Officer and Tester.