This is the story of how I broke the record of the longest time spent controlling non-stop. Enjoy.
Part 1 - Preparation
The first thing I did was pick my weapon(airport) of choice- KISP. Long Island Macarthur has a special place in my heart for many reasons, one of which being that it was the airport that I spent a lot of time training at when I first aspired to become IFATC. It was the perfect airport in that it had some commercial gates(lots of GA) but could not accept large aircraft, i.e I would get traffic to keep me awake but not so much to the point I would be overwhelmed. I also made sure my hotspot was working just in case my internet cut out at any point.
I also made sure to charge a portable charger so I could move around while controlling. From there I went to sleep and got about 11 hours of rest.
Part 2 - Execution
This is where the fun begins.
I got up, did some stuff, and opened. I went and ate a large breakfast to keep me energized.
10:14 AM EDT - I announce opening
10:15 AM EDT - My app finishes loading and the clock officially starts
The first 12 or so hours go by uneventfully. People come and go, I eat lunch, walk around for a bit, control outside and watch some TV.
And then the sun starts going down. I anticipated the night hours would be the biggest challenge- limited traffic and nothing to keep me awake. I figured if I were to watch a movie I could last until 2 AM. From there it was around 3.5 hours till sunrise.
12:00 AM - I rewatch Iron Man. Pretty good movie. CGI looks a little dated now
2:00 AM - Movie ends. The ending is kind of boring but it did the job of keeping me awake while not getting distracted from any aircraft.
5:30 AM -
6:30 AM - More Coffee.
8:30 AM - Breakfast time.
10:15 AM - 24 hours woooooooo! Also apparently IF doesn’t display ATC time after 24 hours.
12:15 PM - Dadada dun, dada da dun dun, da da duun, da da dun dun, duuuun dada duuuun dada dun dun dun dun dun, duuuun, duuuuuuuun… It’s the final countdown! As in it’s the last hour
1:15 PM - Long Island Tower is now closed, good day.
Part 3 - The Aftermath
Did some trainings for aspiring controllers and then slept for an eternity.
Thanks to @MDoor @AviationReports @RTG113 @Aviation3 @lucaviness @Babacar @tomthetank @Will_A @Gliding_Central @Tajay @Yacht @ktaviation @MJP_27 @AndrewWu @Suhas @TheAviationGallery @JulietTango @Saharsh @Ross @MJMN @CR3W @Robert_Mustillo @iiExTReME @VulicityHD @anon28254084 and anyone else(sorry if I didn’t tag you) for coming by and helping me achieve this!
DISCLAIMER: Please please please DO NOT try and stay up for this long doing anything. 27 hours is long enough by itself, but 27 hours concentrating on ATC can become very tedious very quickly. However long you think 27 hours is, double it- that is how much energy you will have to put into this. It is not healthy in any way and could lead to serious side effects.
If you DO want to try this please make sure to stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep the night before, and to not stay in one place for too long. Another good tip for keeping your eyes from getting strained too badly is to look at something over 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes(the 20/20/20 rule).