One year ago on December 21st, 2018, I shared a post with you. The Final Countdown of 2018. I looked back on the year, reflected my thoughts and shared them with you. Today, one year later, here we are again. Another post, another reflection. At the moment I am busy studying because my first exams are due in January at the university. The first of many. And yet, I try to reflect my thoughts during this time. Somehow this works better in winter.
In a few days, a decade ends and a new one starts. 2020. How fast time passes can only be noticed when you look at the past. In 2010, I was 12 years old. At that time, apart from my childhood dream of being a pilot, I had no idea what I wanted to do after school. A lot has happened over the last 10 years. And I think for a lot of you it will be the same. Look back at the year 2010. Maybe you lived in a different place, had a different job. Others were perhaps only 3 years old at that time. In 10 years many things can change, both positive and negative. Negative things that can still burden us today, positive things that give us new joy day after day. And yet every day we go through our lives anew, without actually being aware of how the world around us is changing. Every day new challenges await us, which we have to face. And no matter whether we are successful in these challenges or fail, it is always an opportunity for us to learn something new and grow from it.
Let’s take a look at Infinite Flight. Let’s look at our community. The IFC was founded in this decade, in 2015 to be exact. I even go so far as to say that it has changed lives. Many have made lifelong friends here, others have found jobs, others have sought and found new challenges. IFC is a place where people from many different cultures come together. We have all have different backgrounds, we grew up differently, had a different education, different opportunities. And regardless of all these differences, we have something in common. We all ended up in the same place. We all share a common passion. We all share a common interest. We all share a common joy. And even if we do not always agree, even if we do not always understand each other and even if everything is not always perfect: In the end, we all together are a great and unique community. It’s about us to keep it this way. It’s about us to show openness and tolerance. It’s about us to welcome new users to this community. It’s about us to do good. And we can do that.
I would like to take this opportunity at the end of this decade to thank everyone who is involved in Infinite Flight in any way and I’m sure I speak in the name of many of us. We saw many fantastic updates this year, with 19.4 being a stunning final surprise. Infinite Flight Developers and Staff put together a remarkable year for us, with many new updates and features, great meet-ups, flabbergasting events and so much more. There’s never been a dull moment. To see how far you’ve come over the years is remarkable. To the next decade!
A special thank you goes out to every volunteer who’s working on something here at Infinite Flight Community, for example, the Virtual Airlines. One cannot imagine Infinite Flight without VAs and VOs. British Airways Virtual Airlines celebrated their 3rd anniversary this year; that’s remarkable. And we got many other VAs, old and new ones. The fact that we have so many high-quality VAs today is also due to the hard work of IFVARB who help new CEOs during the process of creating a VA while making sure that the high standards are being met. Now of course, if we wouldn’t have any airports, the concept of VAs or a flight simulator in general wouldn’t work. The Airport Editors of Infinite Flight do a fantastic job as well every day and they deserve much appreciation. It takes hours to build an airport, even days. That’s not to be taken for granted. And when it comes to controlling those airports, IFATC steps in. The simulator wouldn’t be the same without ATC and that’s thanks to the remarkable job our controllers do. I want to mention the IFATC recruiting and training team separately because those are the people that ensure that the quality of ATC is kept at a high level, 24/7. They do a great job that deserves a lot of recognition especially as many of the things they do, happen where a simple regular user doesn’t see it. And of course, we shall not forget the IFC moderators who have not only been supporting this community for years but have also helped me in getting to know the work of a moderator during the last weeks. Thank you.
You see, every day I enjoy browsing the IFC, learning new things, exploring the Virtual World and chatting with you. And every day, I am thankful for these opportunities and look forward to every new person that I get to meet. What an exciting year it’s been here on the IFC. And I’m already even more excited to see what awaits us in the next year!
Dear IFC, dear Infinite Flight: I wish you some quiet and peaceful last weeks in this decade, and a fantastic year 2020, much health, success, joy and energy. May what you hope and wish become reality, may you achieve what you’re striving for, may you find what you’re looking for. I am looking forward to looking back on 2020 in one year and I am curious to see what there will be to report.
Take care of yourself, take care of each other!