This is great, Jarrett! Congrats on the almost-PPL! Please let us know when you have that piece of paper in hand.
instructor proceeds to kick you out of flight school
Honestly, Infinite Flight helped me the most, by giving me the ability to practice whenever and however I wanted, for my instrument rating. Procedure turns, intercepting tracks, holds, flying approaches…and much more.
I think it’s magnificent to have the that kind of power to practice real-world IFR skills in the palm of your hand.
And of course, radio comms. Even though it’s simplified, and there’s more variations in the real world, IFATC helps to understand the basic format of “radio telephony” pretty well - when it’s laid out in a grid format like you have in the sim. Suddenly when you get into a real aircraft, the radio language is not as alien as you thought it might be.
Edit: just remembered. Had written about it at the time too:
It’s not just the simulator itself that’s helped. Being on the community and communicating with other like minded people helps me learn a lot and teach people when I get the chance
Well said, Jason. I’ve been using IF to help me prepare for my PPL, and I have learned so much along the way. What does the trim thing mean? What are flaps? Are you sure the plane is not supposed to land at 180 kts? What are a METAR and TAF? Are you telling me people read this thing like a book?
I enjoy telling my people my thought on Infinite Flight and how it is helping me prepare to go to a flight school! When people ask me about Infinite Flight and the simulator, I always tell them that it is the most hands-on experience flying an airplane on mobile! You pay good money for what comes out every update. This handheld simulator is how you get through flight school.
I’m happy that I found IF four years ago, and I’m happy that I found this community! I’m excited for the next years to come, and I will never leave IF!
Back in 2017 I actually used Infinite flight to familiarise myself with flying the Boeing 737 for a flight simulator test and it helped a lot.
Now I use Infinite flight to find switches in the Cessna 172 for my Co Curricular Activity since the cockpits are almost the same(The difference is the numbers and items shown on the screen). I also use it as a way to memorise steps to flying.
I was suprised at the similarity between IF and irl tower comms
I’ve met pilots in real life before, and all of them are surprised with how much I know about aviation, seeing how I’ve never even taken 1 lesson. I give credits to Infinite Flight for bringing me a better understanding of aviation, from flying basics to even ATC. Even though it’s just a mobile simulator it has taught me a lot and I hope it continues to on the road to getting my PPL.
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.
This game has really helped me get in to aviation and if it wasn’t for the great people here at IF I wouldn’t have a clue what you were saying if you said 737 and I installed this app 2017 after seeing it on Swiss001 channel and I would not be a aspiring pilot if it wasn’t for this game but I still have a long way till flight school
That’s amazing! I never really used IF for my private pilot but for my instrument rating it has helped with flying all my instrument approaches and then also flying the SIDs realistically
I downloaded this thinking it was going to be some short term little whatever back in like 2012 or so. Little did I know that this sim (and the addition of several commercial flights) would have such a large impact on my life.
In 2017 I started to look around the App store for flight simulators. I tried out almost every single one, and nothing compared to IF. Infinite flight has not only grown my passion for aviation, but also my knowledge of it. I have learned so much from this game, and regret not buying IF pro earlier(I just bought it a few months ago). I love the idea of VA and flying real life routes, and the Infinite Flight Community has only grown my love for the game. My take on Infinite Flight is that you have to make it basic, even though it sounds boring, because the majority of IF customers when they download IF, are not going to be pilots or soon-to-be pilots. They are going to be like how I was, very dumb and very little knowledge about aviation, and they are just going to want to have fun. The more complicated you make the system or cockpit, the more it intimidates and overwhelms these new customers and flyers, which wont make it fun for them. Of course they will all learn at some point and their knowledge will grow, but as they do get more advanced, they will want to see some more systems, like a hands on cockpit and more advanced features. So a solution to this is to leave the casual and training servers more basic, but then adding these more complicated and advanced features to expert servers, so as everyones knowledge grows and people want to see more, it can be waiting for them in the expert server.
Just the thought that a mobile flight sim can help people get their ppl is amazing! No need for any fancy stuff, just something as simple as an iPad can give you so much knowledge on aviation. Amazing blog Jason!
Wow Jason incredible story of your success
You definitely explain the benefits of Infinite Flight and how it helped you to get to where you are right now.
I am most sure that you gave a massive inspiration to other student pilots and gave them this idea
IF maybe known as the simulator that is unrealistic in terms of cockpit interaction and some other stuff,
But this greatly shows what Infinite flight truly is and how it helped you!
Thank you! Of course a sim isn’t needed to get a PPL, but it certainly saved me money during training which is never a bad thing ;)
Love your tatto CF-MYP pretty cool 😎👌🏽💯
Infinite Flight is soo realistic
That my sister sometimes switches on airplane mode on her phone 😄😄
I’m on Infinite Flight from 2015. As I was seeking around the Play Store for a good flightsimulator I finally found IF. After some doubts I thought to give it a try unless the amount of money it would cost. IF in these days didn’t have features like global or decent planes. I remember the B787 was a total joke to fly!
For the future I don’t have any intentions to get a PPL or something like that, I just like flying on this simulator. The only thing I really want to do someday is a flight in a full motion simulator and I think Infinite Flight can help me out to do so.
I don’t have my pilot license yet but I landed a glider last October (my first time landing an aircraft!)
My pilot said it was very smooth (I have to agree) and I think I credit that to my patterns in infinite Flight. It comes down to practicing what looks like a good time to flare, how to do the controls gently, and when to roll out, things like that. One of the great things about Infinite Flight is the physics. People even on IFC ask me how I can hand fly so smoothly in the sim. It’s just practice, and Infinite Flight has helped me practice those things.
Infinite Flight has also helped me practice VOR navigation, turns, climbs, maneuvers, and basic physics.
I’ve learned so much on Infinite Flight
It’s really been great and I intend to keep using Infinite Flight as time goes on!