Dear Community - Looking Back and Ahead

Dear Community,

Last year, the weekend before Christmas, I ended my annual letter to the community with the following sentence:

I am looking forward to looking back on 2020 in one year and I am curious to see what there will be to report.

Here we are. December 20th, 2020. The weekend before Christmas. Another year has passed. And what a year it’s been. Definitely not how we imagined this new decade to begin, right?

It is difficult to capture the last year in words. The global pandemic has a grip on our lives, and it affects every one of us. We are living in a time when we are really learning to appreciate how valuable the things are that we may have always taken for granted: Having lessons in our own classroom, visiting our relatives, hugging our friends. In a year like this, filled with disasters - from wildfires to hurricanes, floods, disease and misery - focusing only on the positive may be wise advice, but we must also find a way to deal with all the rest. And we all deal with it very differently. While it may be easy for some of us to get used to this new life, there are also those who struggle more with it. And that is all right. We live in a situation that none of us desired. A situation for which none of us was prepared. A situation that we all wish will pass as soon as possible. And yet, even in the darkest of times, light can be found; when the best of humanity comes together. Doctors, nurses and all other employees in our health care systems; first responders, postal workers, employees in grocery stores, uniformed personnel and all other essential workers: They are the heroes of 2020. When everyone should stay home to contain the virus, it was and is these people who go outside day after day to keep our lives going. All these people deserve my utmost gratitude and respect; and I hope that the service of these people will not be forgotten even after the pandemic. To the all frontline and essential workers among you: Thank you.

Let’s have a look at Infinite Flight in 2020 now. We had the pleasure of receiving three great updates this year. In June, after six long months, 20.1 was published. And it was worth the wait: A new Boeing 777, VNAV, a Boeing 737 cockpit rework, global navigation data and ATC improvements added an entirely new level of realism to the simulator. Then, with 20.2, we received the remaining 777 variants, a new drone camera, a completely revamped authentication system with realistic callsigns and flight plan sharing. And now, with 20.3 the stunning 757 rework made its way to the simulator. It’s always fascinating to me to see how far this game has come in a relatively short time. Remember; until 2017, we didn’t have Global Flight. It is the developers of Infinite Flight - Laura, Philippe, Kevin and Cameron - who even after all these years take care of this simulator with such enormous dedication and passion, to whom we owe all this. What this small team does day after day is fantastic. And even if some of you will say now that everything might take a bit long: Quality goes before quantity. And that’s what Infinite Flight is: Quality. But it’s not just the developers at Infinite Flight who keep us moving forward every day: The entire Infinite Flight staff did keep up their good work this year - @jasonrosewell with his marketing magic, beautiful trailers and a new store, @schyllberg with his outstanding technical support, @Tyler_Shelton with his dedication to IFATC, @MishaCamp with his 2020 Forum Refresh & many other things; and those who we don’t see that often here on the IFC like the 3D artists behind our favorite planes. And with @RAH, the team has even grown by one additional person in the last year. Our team of moderators also grew with @JoshFly8, @naro, @tomthetank, @AdamCallow and @Declan_O. At the same time, we had to say goodbye to three people - who fortunately remained with us on IFC: @Levet, @ewanfleming and @Damian.

However, looking back to 2020 on the IFC, there were also things that weren’t as nice so it’s important that we try to reflect on that and see where we can improve which is why I’d like to add a personal request to this post: Everyday life in 2020 was just filled with controversy; and we felt it here on the IFC too from time to time. Let us remind ourselves that there is a person, a human being, behind every profile picture here on the IFC, Slack, Discord or anywhere else. We may not all have the same opinion, we may come from different backgrounds and we don’t all have to be friends with each other. However, we all share a common passion: Aviation and Infinite Flight. Let’s not allow users’ experiences to be ruined by the frustration of others. Bullying, racism, homophobia, transphobia and any other form of discrimination must not, is not and will not be tolerated. Now; we can also not forget to look ahead though - especially in a year like 2020. While many events had to be canceled this year, including FSExpo, Oshkosh and Cosford, we look forward to 2021 with a cautious spark of hope, hoping to make up for at least some of the missed moments. Because let’s not forget, we have a big year coming up: The 10 year anniversary of Infinite Flight. Infinite Flight has been a part of my life for more than seven years now. I am enormously grateful for all the opportunities that this simulator has opened up for me: Many new friendships all over the world, experiences, challenges and a lot of joy. We all don’t know what to expect in 2021 but I look forward to sharing the year with you on the IFC.

Before I end this years post I want to add a personal expression of gratitude to the entire Infinite Flight Staff and Mod team here. I joined them as a moderator a bit over a year ago. See, before I joined, the most interaction I had with the team maybe was a short conversation via PM on the IFC with some of them. But I’ll never forget how warmly they welcomed me to the team. It’s a privilege and pleasure to be working alongside them with all of you here on the IFC and I’m glad to be able to call them my friends now. Last year, I also took this opportunity to thank all our volunteers; the Regulars, IFVARB Admins and Members, Airport Editors and IFATC. I would like to repeat this appreciation at this time. Infinite Flight would not be the same without you. And it wouldn’t be the same without the IFC either. The year 2020 was a completely new experience for all of us. And it’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes with everything that’s going on in real-life. It’s okay to struggle with it. It’s okay to be worried. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it, it’s not a sign of weakness. We’ll get through this; and we can do it together. Reach out to your friends on the IFC or in your VAs from to time to time to see how they are doing, let them know that they’re not alone.

Is there anyone you were particularly grateful for here on the IFC in 2020? Let’s use the replies of this topic as a place for positivity and kindness; let’s say thank you.

I wish all of us only the best and I hope that we will be able to enjoy many great moments in our lives in the next year. I wish you all happy holidays, a happy new year, good health, happiness, joy and love. I look forward to seeing what 2021 has in store for us. And I am looking forward to the weekend before Christmas in 2021, when I’ll be looking back on the year and I am curious to see what there will be to report.

Take care of yourself, take care of each other. And stay safe!
Marc


Dear Community - 2018
Dear Community - 2019

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Well said @Marc. Thank you for all that you have done for us this year. Everyone in the Infinite Flight team has made this year easier for me and possibly everyone else, so thank you and have a good Christmas to everyone involved in the IFC. Thank you

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It’s been a tough year for all of us and Infnite Flight really helped be great through this year, with great additions and Reworks! Thanks to the hardworking IF team, for the amazing work and thanks to the moderating team and everyone in this community for helping each other in this difficult year. Let’s hope for a better 2021!

Merry Christmas 🎄

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This has been a crazy year for all of us. Political divides, social divides, physical divides; the list goes on. I am glad that the IFC has been here through the mess to keep us all together; and am hoping that 2021 is better than 2020.

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I like this! Happy to be apart of the IFC this year!


I can’t wait to get our I survived 2020 T-Shirts!

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2020 has been the best and worst year at once. All in all, I’m happy to see it gone.
March - July 2020 (when everyone here started to take COVID seriously) was absolutely amazing for me, and then pandemic restrictions made the rest of the year hard. But, they are there to keep us safe!

To all the frontline workers, especially health workers, thank you 🙏

This year will always be renembered as a year of death, destruction, disease, and depression, but also people shining a light through it.

Happy Christmas to everyone, and stay safe!

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Nicely put Marc. Here’s extending some positivity, gratitude and above all else, good health to all of you on development, staff, moderators and all those who have kept the cogs and wheels turning on the front facing community and backstage behind the screens as well for the next year to come.

🌺✈️🌸🛫🛩🌼🌷🌺🌈

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I joined IFC earlier this year, and has learned a lot about aviation from many amazing posts! I would like to express my gratitude towards all the dedicated staff, mods as well as this kind community: we together make this simulator better.
Also special thanks to @Declan_O, my recruiter, who guided me through the IFATC recruiting, and @CrisYe @Korgast @Piggywu @HenryD1 for helping me better my controlling skill. I am very glad and proud to be a member of IFATC, and this can’t be achieved without your help!

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And I have learnt a lot of things in this community this year. I have learnt a lot of things, such as LNAV, how to butter and how to takeoff a CRJ jet😂

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We never know what to expect for the 21.X updates, but I am definitely expecting the A333 to be reworked and maybe a plane added. Since this year was a rough year to go through and toilet paper being out of stock everywhere, I would expect a bit more or less since people will be recovering from 2020 basically everywhere. In the real world, aviation took a huge hit! After COVID-19 came, everyone was scared to fly and routes closed. Even after all that we went through this year, I am still happy for what good was still available. Nice speech @Marc!

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And thanks for the plane artist to rework plenty of planes and liveries

Yes, agreed.

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These letters have been with me and a great read for the past two years, and have been such a great reflection on the year ever since. It’s definitely been a very strange year and it’s sad to see some moderators go, but I do see a lot of hope for the future. I look forward to what 2021 will bring and your reflection of then too! Thanks for the wonderful read and reflection, Marc!

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Well said.

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Great post to read Marc!

Unfortunately, everything won’t go back to normal the second it’s 12:00AM January 1st, 2021. We are still indoors, we are still suffering from this pandemic, but the community really is a great place to go whenever I’m bored. Talking with people on the community is always fun, controlling and learning new things is a fun way of sitting inside.

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2020 has been particularly difficult for me. The worst was when I was suspended back in June. Since then, I’ve come such a long way and I’m certain that I will continue to grow in 2021.

I’m grateful for our IFATC team who keep the skies safe day and night. So many new controllers joined the team this year and I’m certain the team will continue to grow in the years to come.

I’m also thankful towards Misha for all the FNF’s we’ve had during this year.

Thanks to everyone here who makes both the forum and Infinite Flight a wonderful place to be!

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Very well said Marc!

This year has definitely been an interesting one, an unprecedented one! Many people have lost loved ones or been laid off from work in a time when money is needed most.

I want to really say THANK YOU to all the moderators, staff members and IFATC. IF has been my go to this year when I have been down in the dumps or in one of the many British Lockdowns. I wouldn’t have been able to survive without going insane this year if Infinite Flight wasn’t by my side, flying endless routes with the touch of a button

The IFC has really grown this year in numbers and posts. As many have been forced to stay home we have had record breaking post numbers. However with the new arrivals and activity comes controversy and arguments something which has been very prominent this year, the words “toxic” being thrown around. Communities will always be “toxic” but I encourage everyone not to use this as an excuse. Strive to be the best possible person you can be, engage with others in a kind way and be a caring person. We can all do our bit to end such an awful year off with a bang.

Ive spent most of my time on the IFC with around 25 days read time of which was only probably 8hrs in 2019 so grown a huge amount! This community has helped me through difficult times and I really just want to say thank you to every single contributing user. This community is fantastic and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

With all that I have to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! Stay safe, stay positive and I’ll catch you all in what’s hopefully a better, less lonely year… We can bounce back from this, lets stay strong! Cheerio ✌️

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It has been an interesting year that’s for sure. Instead of writing another chunk of text to basically mirror what you have already said very well, I’ll instead wish everyone a Happy New Year and I hope that next year will be everything this year was hoped to be when you were writing and everyone was reading your 2019 “Dear Community” post.

I’m thankful for too many people to address or mention in a reply. I’ve had a lot of interactions with different people over this year on the IFC, be it a report reversal or a simple chit chat, and I’m thankful for all of those interactions and conversations we’ve had. I’m also thankful to all contributers (staff, mods, regulars and all other members) for coming to the IFC to share our common passion. Thank you, everyone.

In IFC terms: Let’s all ‘clear scenery cache’ of 2020 and move into 2021 with a positive mindset.

Take care everyone, and stay safe.

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I think it’s clear as we look back upon this year as a whole that we realise that as one of the most intelligent species on this planet, how much we depend on - and how many of those things we depend on have been wrenched from us.

This year, we have been left vulnerable by the biggest threat to our species for several centuries but moving on from that…it’ll be a year to put behind us and forget about.

For Infinite Flight and IF however, this year has been one to remember - as a community we have come together online/virtually when we have not be able to go outside and socialise face to face. We have had some great additions to Infinite Flight for us to enjoy while trapped inside and it’s important that we should thanks the devs, especially this year, for all they have done to push through the limitations we have faced over the past year and continue to deliver us a truly fantastic simulator right in the palms of our hands, literally.

We have Infinite Flight’s 10 Year Anniversary and whatever new sim features are on the horizon to look forward to but in real life…I am sure we all hope that 2021 will be a better year…


MERRY CHRISTMAS to the dev team, our wonderful moderation team here on the IFC and to everyone else.

Safe happy and safe guys! 🙃

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Verrryy true !

Great post

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