Supervisor Stories: Edition 7 | September 2022
Welcome back to the seventh 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 seventh edition of Supervisor Stories as we meet and learn the stories of more supervisors from the Infinite Flight ATC team!
Nico's Supervisor Story
My time in IFATC started in 2019. I always wanted to join IFATC but unfortunately had to wait because of a violation I received. When I finally was able to apply, I got Adam Williams as my recruiter who guided me through the recruitment process fantastically. I quickly had a setback though because I failed my written test. I took that as an opportunity to take training so I can pass the test on the next attempt.
I was quickly messaged by Juan who taught me a lot of helpful stuff for controlling. I managed to pass the written on the second attempt and then passed my practical on the first attempt thanks to the great training and finally made it to IFATC. I was very active at that time and tried to control as often as I could.
After the required time passed I also immediately started with radar because I was looking forward to that a lot. Juan was my trainer for radar again and just like the local training it was fantastic to work with him. I failed my first radar test which was bad not only because I failed but also because Juan had no time to train me during the cooldown period until the second test so I had to organize sessions myself. Luckily I managed to pass on the second attempt and became an IFATC Officer.
I quickly moved up to bigger airports until I once took a too busy airport for me and messed up. I used that opportunity to learn from it though and shortly after managed to control much busier traffic than before.
Once I became an IFATC Officer I almost exclusively controlled approach and gained a lot of experience with it. Because of the great training I received I also wanted to give something back and was eager to become a Trainer myself.
In mid 2020 that finally happened and I became a Trainer. It was a great time and I really enjoyed training people. Not too long after I also became a Supervisor and had other fun tasks to do parallel to training. In 2021 I controlled a lot and continued to gain experience as radar controller, always controlling the busy hub of the day.
Earlier this year I also became a Recruiter which was something I hoped for for quite a while. I’m
really enjoying it and my main focus is now on recruiting rather than training.
Unfortunately with all the tasks parallel to controlling and real life getting busier again I had less time for controlling.
I’m still trying to control as often as I can though and especially during the Flash Flights you can still often see me active on approach.
That was my story, I hope you liked it!
Mauricio's Supervisor Story
Hello. My name is Mauricio. I am 39 years old and I live in the city of Itaperuna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’ve been with the IFC since 2017, but I knew Infinite Flight much earlier. I am part of the VO Infinite Flight Brasil (IFBR) management team and I was once a supervisor at IFAET.
In the old days, when I heard about flight simulators, I only thought about the experience of flying a plane, but Infinite Flight showed me that there was something more to discover, something called ATC. Being ATC is not just about controlling an airspace, but helping to improve the community experience in the simulator. Although sometimes it’s not an easy task, I’ve come to enjoy being ATC more than being a pilot. When I became aware of IFATC, I immediately admired this team, both for the seriousness of the service provided and for the companionship. So, after some time as a pilot on Infinite Flight, I decided to take the written test to be part of the IFATC, even though I don’t know English. I don’t say it was easy, as it took me five attempts to pass the written test, however, my persistence was rewarded with a message from my recruiter congratulating me on the long-awaited approval.
After some time as a Specialist at IFATC, I decided to take the exams to be an IFATC Officer. Controlling Radar was a new and no less rewarding experience. However, a big surprise came when they decided to promote me to IFATC Supervisor. This really made me very surprised and happy. Analysing all the difficulty I had at the beginning to enter the IFATC, all the failures in the tests over time and seeing that today I am a Supervisor, this makes me very happy and grateful; and I just have to say thank you. I cannot fail to thank my recruiter, Manoel G; a supervisor who is not with us today, but who helped me a lot at the time with his teachings, Anton de Zeeuw; coaches Rocco and Balloonchaser who helped me a lot; and also to Tyler and the other Supervisors for their trust and companionship.
My advice to those who want to be part of the IFATC and face difficulties is: Don’t give up. Be persistent, and in time the reward for your effort will come. There is no victory without a fight. Fight for what you want.
Anthony's Supervisor Story
Hello there! My name is Anthony Morgan, currently I am working as an engineer in Singapore. Back in 2014, I first discovered Infinite Flight when I was looking for a Flight Simulator in the Google Play Store. After exploring, I was really impressed with the realism it offers. However, as I was still in school, I didn’t have money to subscribe to the Global Server (Pro).
Fast track to 2020 COVID lockdown, I thought of Infinite Flight again. Hence in May 2020, I decided to subscribe for one month. Then I saw the ATC feature, and that’s when my interest started to blossom. Finally on the end of July 2020, after I qualified for G3, I decided to apply for IFATC. After one failed theory test, I managed to join IFATC in August 2020.
Fast forward till March 2021, I trained and got promoted as an IFATC Officer. After one year of being in IFATC, I got offered the position to help out as a IFATC Trainer. I can’t be more thrilled the fact that I was trusted to help out the team in training new recruits and the upgrading process. Even though I may not be as active as other Trainers, I try to invest my time as much as I can. Time couldn’t be better. After one year as an Officer, I got promoted as IFATC Supervisor. It really excites me as I get to be involved more in helping the team that I have been joining for almost two years now.
Throughout my 22 months here in IFATC, I have learned a lot to work as a team and to help out whenever I can. As I got more roles, I have learned to see things from both sides of the coin and offer best solution to solve any problems that may arise. This also applies in real life, where I always study what I have been given before executing the task in the best possible manner. Last but not least, even though COVID has wrecked our lives, keep trying and don’t give up. It will bear fruit in the end.
Thanks for tuning in to the seventh 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 above by the stories of the supervisors.