A Guide To Creating An ATC Tracking Thread

when I make a tracking thread?

Whenever you feel you want to have members of the community test your skills on controlling, ideally you have to be looking to joining IFATC. :)

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I only have 200 operations, so could I create a tracking thread to get my operations up

I believe so, yes.

I’ll have a look at making it now then

I have a question.

Are ATC Tracking Threads only for if your in the IFATC Recruiting Process?

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Nope, you can have a thread at anytime, it’s just recommend to people who have any intent of joining IFATC in the Future.


Ok got it! Thank you!

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@MJP_27 in the About ATC Category pinned topic, Misha said,

We allow for tracking threads for your ATC training to be published. Please refrain from doing these unless you are in the process of joining the official IFATC team to control the expert server.

I’m not exactly sure what the current standing is but I thought they were only supposed to be made if you are training for IFATC.

That being said, I don’t think you have to be in the recruitment process to make them but they’re mainly for ATC training.

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Yes. That has been said, but Moderators do not mind if just want to practice some ATC skills. As long as it’s using the proper format, it’s ok. It is recommended for all controllers who want to join IFATC in the future. Thanks!

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I will use those thanks


Thank you so much for this so needed tutorial! I will use these tips to create my own tracking thread soon :)


dont you think 400 atc operations is too much ?

There is no such thing as too much operations. However, to apply for IFATC, you need to have at least 500 ATC operations. You may refer to the post below if you are interested in joining IFATC.

Best of luck :)

Thank I for helping me out :)

Can I open a tracking thread in Expert server?

No, you may not.

So how can I invite people to fly pattern work in expert sever?

By not sending invites publicly on the forum. Most, if not all VAs/VOs have dedicated ATC channels. Trying to reduce clutter here.

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A couple of related Q’s.

  1. What is the best time ? I would expect, but don’t want to assume, evenings and weekends, and perhaps not Friday because that’s flight night ?

  2. Is it worth announcing in advance ? If I can be certain that I can do (say) EDDM from 2000-2130 is it worth mentioning ? Or even “in 30 minutes” ? People could then arrange to fly in for that slot.

I appreciate that someone else could be doing it as you can’t reserve an airport, but then anyone who wanted to fly in or out because there’s ATC would get it just not from me :) and I could monitor the ATC and take over if they stopped ?

Or just do it ?