It really just comes with practice and a lot of time put in, perfecting your technique. Most of us try to come up with plans and handle it as efficiently as possible and over time, we gain that experience to consistently handle 5, then 10, then 15 aircraft, and so forth. I’ve been in IFATC for about 6 months and can pretty much handle any amount of traffic on Ground and Tower, excluding when things like flash flights happen, and it’s all because I’ve put time and effort in. l’ve controlled nearly everyday since I’ve joined and it’s definitely paid off.
I’d love to see you on the team soon if you are thinking about joining! Hope my perspective helped a bit to answer your question. :)
The training server environment can indeed be stressy! Many pilots are still learning, and there are the trolls that are present too, so it definitely doesn’t help your situation. A great way to start getting that foundation base is to open up a tracking thread to get fellow community members to join and help you out; you’ll get realistic piloting, and a chance to really hone in on your skills and areas you need work on.
I understand your frustration. Sometimes, training server pilots aren’t really the best, and some of them tend to not follow instructions or even troll. I’d recommend opening up a ATC tracking thread for you to practice, with community members attending your ATC session whenever you open. This really helps in the process of getting into IFATC. Feel free to check this out. Good luck!
Also, I have to say, people on the Training Server, don’t follow instructions, spam frequency, make unnecessary reports etc, so I believe it may be a bit easier controlling on ES wher epoeple follow instructions.
A great way to learn how controlling works outside of reading the ATC Manual is to spawn in at an airport on Expert, and just tune in and listen; see how the controller deals with aircraft, and then apply what you see in practice! I’m sure you’re familiar, but Tyler has made a great video that demonstrates visually the basic controlling skills; give it a watch if you haven’t already!
Feel free to drop by for some patterns if you ever see me controlling!
Also - on top of all the really useful and kind responses above, I just wanted to say, don’t worry if you fail the practical. The IFATC team provides top notch IFATC training for aspiring Specialists and Specialists intending to upgrade to the Officer rank.
Feel free to check out this thread for more information:
I would love to see you succeed and I really hope to see you in IFATC, it’s always nice to welcome a new member. I’d be keeping a look out for your tracking thread (of course while not forgetting others), if you ever do choose to create one. Lastly, if you ever have any questions, my inbox is always open :)