I’m very happy to finally get my Grade 5 on IF ! I’ve been using IF pro for about a year now, maybe a little more, but I finally made it. An even if I wanted to achieve this goal before 2019, I think that 5 days late is no real big deal :-)
This said, I know there’s a lot of topics with people announcing their grade 5, and mine is just another one. But I want to bring something to the community along with achieving Grade 5, so here are a few tips I may give you to progress through the rankings:
Set a goal early
If you love aviation and simulation, you’re definitely on the right place. But you will have to work your path through this community. Observe, learn, decide, set your objective. As a new user, observe people around you and be humble with yourself, we all have to learn, and as you progress through Grade 1 & 2, you have to deal with a learning process. Check the tutorials, kindly ask older users, the fact is that you’re not the only one going through this and people around you are very happy to help. Then decide what you really want. Get a better grade, enjoying a Virtual Airline, to be as realistic as you can. We all have multiple ways to be happy in the app. Finally, set your goal, what do I want and what is my deadline. This will be your fuel to continue progressing everyday.
Nobody is going to get the work done for you. After achieving the basics of flight, you will have to do a certain amount of landings (total/per day) to progress to higher grades. The rule here is to be regular. We all have a life, a job, school, etc… We also all have periods with less activity. But you will have to be disciplined to practice everyday. Set an hour that you will devote everyday to use IF for 20 minutes for example. I personally sometimes finish work after 22h (10pm), and the last thing I want is to do my landings of the day. Discipline is what makes me do it anyway before going to bed. Remember this: 4 landings a day = 112 landings per month = 1344 landings per year ;-)
Pattern work is the best way to progress fast and safely to higher grades. But before you get yourself some pattern work in London Heathrow with an A380, check the rules, practice on casual and training server, and then get experience on expert with strict rules. After achieving a solid Grade 3, you can do your pattern works alone in a small airport, applying the same rules as if you where surrounded by other planes. Use small planes, the Cessna 172 is a pure gift for pattern work.
After achieving your desired objective, don’t stop. Continue learning, find another objective and keep practising and flying regularly (discipline!). Get out of your comfort zone and try to bring something to the community. Maybe you’d like to practice ATC on training server. Maybe you want to contribute to tutorials and teach the new ones something that you missed when you started IF. Keep asking yourself what you can do, and repeat the attitude of the tip “Set a goal early”.
So, you wanted to be Grade 5 or an ATC on expert, and you did it. Does this make you the ultimate master of Infinite Flight. No. We are all humans, we make mistakes, we learn, and we improve our knowledge. The best gift life gave us is the ability to learn new things with basically infinite storage (infinite flight, infinite storage, get it…?). You’ll be a better person if you know that you can still learn something new everyday. Just think of this, every user on infinite flight knows something that you don’t.
Finally, thank you if you read all of this. I’d like to thank every single person of IFC. It’s been a long time since I’ve met such a kind and motivate community. Many challenges are coming and I’m eager to contribute more in the future. A special thanks to all the moderators and regulars who do an amazing job in the forum. And a big thank you to the TAP Virtual Airline who welcome me and taught me so many things.