August 2018- I download IF for the first time.
August 2019- I take my first discovery flight.
August 2020- I begin flight training through a university 141 program.
May 2021- I finish my PPL.
Currently- Shooting for IR and CPL next spring/summer.
While Infinite Flight as the app itself was valuable in some of the ways you described in the article, I hope you found another aspect of the app even more helpful just as I have- the community!
What got me hooked to the app wasn’t the app itself, but the community that came with it. Before Infinite Flight, I knew no one who had similar interests in aviation. Once I began to join VAs and interact here on the forum, I was able to expose myself to endless learning about the realities of real-world aviation, allowing me to gain invaluable perspectives on what training and a career in aviation or aviation-related fields would look like. Imagine having all the information you need to seriously explore aviation as a profession located throughout a mobile flight sim community. I don’t know a lot of other places you can find that. (For free!)
It’s always been the intangibles here that have made Infinite Flight great for me. Yes, of course, the app is great. I did in fact also fly my first dual XC on IF before flying it IRL this year. I am of course looking forward to using IF for practice relating to instrument flying. But the community has easily been the strongest support and motivation I’ve needed to commit to pursuing flight throughout university and beyond. As most people know or have figured out, a lot of aviation in real life is just knowing people and networking, using connections to secure opportunities and knowledge. That’s what this community can really allow you to do if you take full advantage of it.