Supervisor Stories: Edition 1 | March 2022
Welcome to the first edition of Supervisor Stories! Each edition of Supervisor Stories will introduce you to a handful of supervisors from the Infinite Flight Air Traffic Control team as they share their IFATC story and journey with the wider community. The IFATC Supervisor Team and the community as a whole is full of people from around the world, with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences so there will never be a dull moment. Sit back, relax and enjoy the first edition of Supervisor Stories!
Ramzi Khairan's Supervisor Story
Hey everyone! My name is Ramzi and I am an IFATC Recruiter, Supervisor and Trainer. My IFATC journey began from mid 2020.
It was in the pandemic already and I couldn’t really go outside. I spent my time on Infinite Flight double the amount of time than before. I saw the IFATC Recruiting thread and I started to get excited. I decided to apply and prepare all things that I need for the practical.
At first, I had no idea about pattern entries, sequence, etc. But I decided to open my ATC Tracking Thread to help me learn about IFATC. I had my friends from IFATC to answer all of my questions.
Special shout out for Jamal (@RoyalJordanian) for always answering my questions about IFATC. I passed my practical 4 days after Oskar (@Flying_Pencil) contacted me; the recruiting process was pretty fast.
After I entered the slack server, I started to control frequently, almost everyday. As time went by I started to feel bored with GTS (Ground, Tower, ATIS) frequency so I decided to apply for radar. I chose Oskar as my radar recruiter. A few days later David_M (@Panther) reached me out and I was able to start my training. After 1 month of training, our availability did not match so we decided to change trainer, my second trainer was Rocco (@RTG113). He gave me some challenges during my radar training.
I remember I did VNLK and KEGE during my radar training. I failed my first radar practical shortly after my KEGE session due to lack of planning. From that, I learned my lesson. After I failed, Rocco started to get busy with his life so he transferred me to Jack (@Balloonchaser). Jack always asked me how do I feel after the session, reviewing the session and asking me whether I had any questions or not at the end. He was very kind and his explanation was top notch! After around two weeks of training, he cleared me for practical test and I started to plan the airport the whole day.
Thankfully I passed the test on the 22th January 2021 and after that I controlled radar almost everyday. At the end of the year (13th December 2021) JoshFly8 sent me a PM and offered me to join the Trainer team. I was on vacation at that time and I was very happy to hear the news since I had ambition to be a trainer. Three months being a trainer now, I have four passed radar trainees, twelve passed tower trainees and sixteen passed trainees in total.
Shortly after my three months anniversary as a trainer, Tyler sent me a PM and offered me to join the IFATC Recruiting Team. I was really shocked when I heard the news. I never believed that I would be a recruiter someday but here I am now. Since I’m a recruiter, Tyler also gave me the supervisor role. I was really happy with the double promotion and I can’t wait to contribute more to the community!
Evan's Supervisor Story
Hey there! I’m CR3W, but most know me by Evan. I’m 17 years old - soon-to-be 18 - from Canada. I joined the IFC in January '18, and have ever since enjoyed every minute of it. Meeting so many people that I’m happy to call friends.
My journey with IFATC started in late 2018, early 2019. However, it wasn’t during that time I really invested myself into the organization. I’m mentioning this time period because of the significance it holds to todays success story.
Thanks to IFATCEG (formally ATCEG), I began the process of working my way up to taking my ATC practical test in 2018-2019. ATCEG was a great organization with amazing peers in the group as well. Together, we always worked to better our skills as Infinite Flight users all around. Eventually, I worked up the courage to take a shot at the ATC test, and I’m glad I did as I passed! But why am I mentioning ATCEG? Well, because if it wasn’t for them, I would have never joined. I could have never imagined being in IFATC if it wasn’t for the group to push me toward my goals.
Fast forward to early 2020 where I re-joined IFATC after initially leaving due to life commitments at the time. I continued to my journey as an IFATC specialist for around six months. I then reached out to Bobby (former Recruiter) to being an ultimate goal of mine; IFATC Officer. I worked hard, starting in August 2020, ending in October 2020. It wasn’t without its hiccups, a failed test, and so on. But with the help of TaipeiGuru, my officer trainer, we persevered through the hard times, to an eventual passing with a flawless test. (Thanks, Rocco!)
In May of 2021, after a quick nap after school had finished, I received a message from Tyler, welcoming me to the IFATC supervisor team. I was still waking up, and was a tad confused with everything as I worked through around 70+ notifications filled with congratulations for the new position.
As of today, I remain a supervisor with the help of some amazing people; Drummer, Balloonchaser, RTG113, TaipeiGuru, Tyler, Bobby, and many others who helped with ATC training sessions, test and so on.
I’m forever grateful for IFATC. It’s an amazing organization that builds great character in some.
To those pondering IFATC: Do it. There’s no harm in giving it your best shot. You might just find yourself doing amazing things in IFATC down the road that you would have never imagined possible. Much like myself.
Darius Glover's Supervisor Story
My name is Darius Glover, I’ve been in IFATC for about 3 years now. It’s been a very long journey for me to join IFATC. Took me about a year to pass my written test with my recruiter Gary. Upon passing that, I joined the team which was one of the greatest achievements anyone can have within the community.
I soon became intrigued on controlling radar, so I reached out to Adam Callow. He became my radar recruiter & trainer. That was another long process, but all the hard work paid off once I passed through training. Along the way, I attended trainings & tests - which I became interested in becoming a IFATC trainer. I spoke to Josh about it, shortly after I got a message saying he was bringing me onboard the Trainer team. I was thrilled & grateful for the opportunity.
About a year after becoming a trainer, Tyler messaged me letting me know I was being promoted to IFATC Supervisor. I was ecstatic. It wasn’t too long after I expressed interest in becoming a Recruiter to Tyler.
Joining IFATC was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The relationships I’ve made I’ll will definitely cherish. I’ve also been able to meet some of the team in person at the various flight sim expos over the years! They’ve become a second family & for anyone weighing the decision to join - I highly recommend you joining this family. I never thought I’d be where I am now, but with hard work & staying humble - the sky is the limit. Never forget where you started.
Thanks for reading the first edition of Supervisor Stories. These stories and this initiative is designed for community members to gain an understanding of what the journey into and through IFATC can entail and to encourage community members that are contemplating joining IFATC to do so, as it is certainly an experience you won’t regret as shown by the stories of the supervisors.
If you are interested in applying for IFATC and joining the team, you can do so here.