How does IFATC work

After a longish break from IF PRO I’ve made my way back to the expert server to find a new IFATC system.

Could someone please share a link or explain the new regions and how to find where ATC will be?



Hey Liam,

Firstly, it’s fantastic to see that your back on Infinite Flight after a break. It’s great to have you back.

I strongly recommend checking out this topic and corresponding that I’ve linked below:

Hope this provides some clarity for you mate. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Take care mate!


Each region also has a tracking thread in the #atc caregory that is used to announce openings. Also keep your eye out for region “takeovers” posted as #live:events, which is when a group from a region will control a group of airports for a designated time!


Thanks! This was what i was looking for

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Thanks! Ill look out for this

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Where can I find the ATC region tracking threads? Ive had a brief look but was unable to find anything relevant to IFATC

I thought they were pinned in the ATC section but it turns out they’re not. Whenever a controller posts an opening, they’ll be bumped to the top of IFC. As a pilot you can also ask if anyone is around to control where you’re flying to/from. So, if you’re inbound to JFK in 30 minutes, you could post on the US East thread and ask if a controller is willing to give you service.

Here’s an example of one of the threads. Others are scattered throughout the ATC category

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Thanks very much 😁

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It’s a really cool program! I plan on applying here within the next 2 days. Essentially each controller applies on the Official IFATC Website then has to take a theoretical and practical test. Once they pass both they become an Apprentice (I think) then they can control any Class C or Class D airport in the world. Then once they get promoted they get into assigned regions, radar, class B airports, and other technical stuff. But that’s basically how you get in and how it works.

Also, I wish they would add ATIS to TS, but tbh that would be a disaster of arguments and moderation.

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Sorry you feel that way.

Never ATC? If you’re playing IF outside of the non-peak hours there’s a chance you might not experience ATC, but it was also like that pre-regions. During the daytime of the Americas/Europe there’s pretty much always at least a few frequencies staffed.

This isn’t true either. There are plenty of events almost every day that people post about days/weeks in advance. These events usually have ATC planned, or some like this IFATC takeover are dedicated so people can plan their flights with ATC. 01JUL21 / 1800 - US East Takeover: Windy City Express

Not everyone is going to like the new region system and that is ok. I don’t think it’s perfect either, but I don’t have any major problems with it. I was just pointing out some things you said that weren’t true.


Anyways, getting back on topic to the thread. Others have pretty much summed up how it works. Here’s sort of a flow chart:

Join IFATC—->Checkride——>Specialist——->Officer——->Other Promotions *

Upon joining IFATC, you will be an apprentice (can control class C and D airports) for approximately 3-7 days. You will then get a notification from Tyler saying that you have entered your check ride phase. This is your probationary specialist phase, where you are monitored by Supervisors as you start off controlling small class Bravo airports. This usually lasts for a week or so. If you pass, you’re a free and clear specialist (remember to continue to know your limits and start off small). If you don’t pass, you go back to being an apprentice and the process repeats from there.

Once you reach 60 days in IFATC as a Specialist, if you meet the requirements to become an Officer (radar controller) and you wish to do so, you can contact a recruiter to begin radar training.

Requirements to begin radar training:

  • 60 days as a specialist
  • 2000 operations
  • attended 10 training sessions in past 30 days
  • Healthy controlling record (average minimum 2-3x per week controlling, to be determined by Recruiter)

Just because you meet those requirements doesn’t automatically mean you’ll be accepted. Sometimes, other factors like recent struggles when controlling, behavioral issues, and wether you’ve controlled big hubs or not come into play.

After your trainer deems you ready, you can take the test. If you pass, you’re an officer! Similar to the specialist check ride, the officer check ride lasts for 30 days where you control non-busy airspaces, are monitored by Supervisors and given advice along the way. If there’s no major and/or chronic issues, you pass the check ride! If not, you restart the check ride.

*= Other promotions are promotions like trainer/supervisor/recruiter. These promotions are hand picked by Josh & Tyler and are based on things like helpfulness, contributions to the team, etc.


Haha. I’m not even in IFATC yet and I have 2.8k lol.

Welcome back!

Declan has already kindly linked the topic about regions, and others have posted about the various regional tracking threads as well.

To view the current status of active airports with IFATC, you can use this website: - it’s even sorted by region, so you can view each region’s active airports separately.


There’s a difference between untrue claims and the “truth”, let’s get that straight.

Besides, what does any of that have to do with joining IFATC? If you’re complaining about not enough ATC open, you should actually be encouraging the OP to join - that’s one more controller that will counteract the “problem”.

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