Wow! What a great topic! Volunteers make up so much of what I love in IF. I just need to say a huge thank you to those in IFATC who have improved my life and my experience in IF in drastic ways!
When I came back to IF after a break of about a year, I was still figuring out my place in the IFC. After a rocky past, I wasn’t sure if I’d still be welcomed.
Despite this, I made the effort to join IFATC in hopes of contributing something more to IF.
I was immediately helped by my recruiter @BluePanda900 and my trainer @Luke_M. Both of these individuals volunteered their time to make sure I was the best controller I could be. They helped me through the process, and I felt like a belonged! Luke stayed up until 11 pm and woke up at 6 am to train me due to the time difference. I mean… wow!
When I joined, I was greeted by not only many controllers, but new friends who welcomed me to the team.
I was especially blown away by those individuals who donated their time to IF and IFATC, such as trainers, recruiters, and the role models I met during my initial days there. People were so willing to help me and went out of their ways to make my experience better. I had people giving me feedback, and helping me improve.
As I gathered experience, I contacted @MannyG, who helped me improve my tower skills so I could start radar training.
Once I started, @Chris_Hoover (Who is also a volunteer firefighter), spent hours helping me and teaching me the ropes of approach controlling, and progressed me enough to pass my test! In the midst, I was working with @JoshFly8 (The funniest person on the forums) to continue to improve my skills.
I’ve always loved the sense of teamwork and belonging I have in IFATC, and none of that would even be possible if it wasn’t for the great volunteers that continue to improve IFATC every day.
Thanks to all those who volunteer in the vast Infinite Flight community!