What do you have to do to become a Supervisor?

December, 18, 2020 by Shane H.

Supervisor. The highest rank within the IFATC structure. Only carefully selected candidates are chosen, but one may wonder, what do I have to do to achieve such a rank? My simple answer to such a question would be, stay active, help out, get engaged in what you enjoy, and don’t make it a race. Let’s dig a little bit deeper!

Staying active, in my opinion, has to be one of the most important aspects to furthering yourself in IFATC! If you are active and constantly controlling, or participating in IFATC related activities, you are showing your dedication to the team which is important. Furthermore, if you are active within the IFATC community, odds are, you are active in multiple channels that aren’t 100% related to air traffic control, and you are getting to know others personally, and eventually, your personality will begin to show and friendships will be made, which makes the experience all worth the while.

Second, helping out! Helping out direly important, regardless of your intentions. IFATC provides controllers with many opportunities to help out, and training sessions are definitely the most important of the bunch. A few months after I joined and had started my radar training, I realized just how important training sessions were, and I attended hundreds of sessions. By attending the sheer amount of sessions I did, I was able to make friendships, watch friends progress through their training, learn a few tips and tricks about radar through observation, and I even earned the rank of IFATC Tester in the meantime.

In the midst of maintaining activity and helping out, get engaged in something that keeps you coming back. As an example, previous to my promotion, I kept myself entertained and interested in air traffic control by doing things like controlling and planning for difficult airports such as Aspen or even making time-lapses of my sessions. Both aspects are what kept the motivation strong.

Lastly, as a wise person named Drummer once said, you didn’t join IFATC to be promoted. You joined IFATC to enjoy controlling, so don’t rush to put yourself out there and make everyone aware that you should get a promotion. If you continue to provide quality service to pilots, help others, maintain a positive attitude, and show that you have an obvious passion for air traffic control, it’s likely things will work in your favor. Good things come to those who wait.

Shane H. is a contributor and an IFATC Supervisor.