So, I wanted to get this out of my chest for a long time. But I didn’t know when to do it at the right time.
I was looking for VA’s one day and I came upon American Virtual. I wanted to join so badly. So I applied and then got accepted into the VA. I was flying in the events a lot! But then one day, I got a message in the Slack from @CollinFlys. He said how old are you. My hearts sinks as I read the message. I said my normal birthday and he explained what I should do and I agreed. But during that time. I wasn’t a great pilot. But now, I’m a great pilot. I learned from my mistakes earlier.
The reason why I wanted to join is because I was just I was just wanted to talk to some people so I don’t feel left out like I am in school. Then again I was new to the IFC and just wanted to do this. It wasn’t a smart decision, but then again. I met some amazing people in AAVA, like @NoahM, @Speedyyy, and @Jeffrey1o2.
Now, to IFATC. It was a very fun training process. My recruiter was @Declan_O. Very nice guy to talk to and for helping someone out. And my trainer, @RTG113. Awesome guy to talk to and help out with any ATC questions. And while I was in the scheduled process of training. It got terminated because I was late to some of them. But that’s ok. I had help from people in my ATC tracking thread. When I passed my written test, I was so happy because I studied and worked hard to pass the test. Then, my practical was scheduled. I failed the practical. But that’s OK. I needed more practice. And then, on Saturday May 16th I had my practical in morning. So, I read the ATC Manual and watched The Perfect ATC Test video and took notes as I was looking at it. I took the test and I did perfect. Passed the test and made this topic, (I still chuckle from the meme I made every time I look at it.) Anyway, I controlled my first airport, CYQB. I had @TaipeiGuru and @Drummer stop by. It was a very fun experience. Then, I opened CYTZ. A bit of a busier airport than I expected it to be. Wasn’t my best session. Opened a few airports during my time in IFATC. But then, that Tuesday May 19th. I had my best session. Everything went well, I had @Gliding_Central on for approach. I felt confident in my controlling. Then, I opened that same airport later that day. Same thing as earlier in the day, everything went smooth. But then, I get a message from @Tyler_Shelton saying how old are you. I say I’m 14. But, I’m actually 13. It was the dumbest move I’ve ever done. I sadly get kicked from IFATC…
Now, the reason why I did this is because I wanted to socialize with more people because I was being left out in school. Just like the same thing that happened with AAVA. I know it wasn’t a smart move. But, I met a lot of people that I’m still friends with to this date. Even though I wasn’t a great controller in IFATC then. I’ve improved by controlling busy airports with lots of planes in the pattern.
As I was thinking about this, I thought if you fail at something, it means success is right around the corner. When Infinite Flight started, they got a bad review. But, did that end Infinite Flights legacy and journey. Nope, not at all. They then released their app to the Apple Store and got a great review from The New York Times, they called “ it the best on mobile devices. This review lead Infinite Flight to one of the best flight simulators in the world.
And look if you have something you failed and want to succeed in it. Conquer that challenge. You’ll get through it because life doesn’t just hand that accomplishment to you. You have to earn it. And Carry Your Passion™️ to what goal you want to accomplish.