IFATC Supervisor Stories: Edition 8

Supervisor Stories: Edition 8 | October 2022

Welcome back to the eighth 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. Sorry for the delay in publishing this edition as I was celebrating my birthday. Without further ad, sit back, relax and enjoy the eighth edition of Supervisor Stories as we meet and learn the stories of more supervisors from the Infinite Flight ATC team!

Andres | IFATC Supervisor and Trainer

Andres' Supervisor Story

Hola a todos!
My name is Andrés, I’m 21 years old, I live in Bogotá, Colombia and I’m a final year student of Aeronautical Engineering with a certain emphasis on everything related to Airport Operations and Air Navigation Systems, I’m currently working in my internships with a Ground Handling Services business at Bogotá ElDorado Airport (SKBO), something that motivates me and makes me proud to say.
My story at IFATC began in December 2020, Those were hard pandemic times in my country and I got Covid so I had to keep my distance, it was pretty boring, I needed something to “kill time” with, the solution that I found it’s called Infinite Flight, I already had pilot time and I was grade 3, until then, I didn’t know what it was a VA, IFATC, a moderator, supervisor, controller, I didn’t know anything about the IFATC community, Then I saw a post by Tyler saying that the calls to be a controller in the expert server are always active, you just had to fill out a form and wait for a response from a recruiter, ok, nothing can go wrong, I said.
I started my recruitment process with naro, I failed the written exam twice, for the third attempt, In a notebook and with my own handwriting, I translated the entire Ground, Tower and ATIS section of the manual into Spanish to better understand all that “aeronautical” language that was handled there, I asked for help from some IFATC controllers that today are trainers and supervisors too and I passed the written in the third attempt. I took my first practical exam, I failed it, but I was quite close, I got trained by WesleyHenrich and I understood that would be my goal, to become a trainer and then after a successful test, everyone welcomed me to IFATC on January 20, 2021.
The days passed and I was recruited by WesleyHenrich to start my radar training, NJ24 helped me during 35 Radar sessions and so on June 29, 2021 I was promoted to Officer, but I still wanted to go further so I made an effort to attend the largest amount of Training Times that I could, I managed to attend approximately 100 in 30 days, always trying to give the best feedback and having a very good altitude towards everyone, so on November 7, 2021 I was promoted to Tester within IFATC, it was a big step but I still did not feel satisfied, you can always get there further.
After being promoted to tester, I saw some trainers that were selected and for the first time I saw that some trainers would help the South American area and as we’ve seen, the Latin community of Infinite Flight is always in constant growth, I had already contacted Joshfly8 on those times letting him know that I was interested in being part of the Trainers team and then the months passed and an opportunity arose that cannot be missed, a simple message saying “got a minute to chat?” from Josh showed up unexpectedly and I remember saying “I did it” and that night I stayed up until the wee hours doing my training plan for both Local and Radar, PDF documents with the instructions of the airport, some tricks to take into account, the assignments, the format of the assignments, messages, videos, the thing is that Josh welcomed me to the Trainers team on December 13, 2022. I still didn’t want to stop there, after a lot of effort on March 15, 2022, Tyler, the same one who called the community to join IFATC among them to me some time ago, promoted me as the first Colombian IFATC Supervisor, And I still don’t want to stop, you can always go even further as I usually tell to each of my trainees!
They have been long steps achieved with a lot of effort and dedication for what is done, Infinite Flight is an inexhaustible source of knowledge in all fields of aviation, which is why it has also helped me in my studies in some areas such as aerodynamics, navigation, design, simulation, etc, so I can say that it will be and has been an excellent simulator!

Kyle | IFATC Supervisor and Trainer

Kyle's Supervisor Story

Hi! I’m Kyle, and I’m 16, from northern England. I’m a regular tennis player who loves aviation and is saving up for my PPL. I’ll take every opportunity to meet new people and explore new places. I also have an interest in Spanish with a decent understanding of it. So, where did my Infinite Flight story begin? I discovered Infinite Flight in 2019, played some solo, then left for a few months. Then, while most of us were home and isolating during Covid-19, I had copious free time so I decided to go and get myself a pro-subscription after picking up the app again. The rest is history. I began joining Virtual Airlines like Jet2VA and EZYVA where i got to become a better pilot and meet some good friends i still speak to today. I saw this organisation called ‘IFATC’ after wondering why I couldn’t control on expert, so I had to investigate. Luckily, I had just made the age requirement, being just 14 at the time, so I applied. After doing some training sessions, I was added to the slack after completing my practical test first time round. I started as an apprentice mid June 2020 and a week later, I gained specialist. I would control regularly maintaining a 100% activity for months and months at a time. 4 months after gaining specialist, I completed my radar training and took my practical. It was my 3rd and final attempt before a cooldown as I’d failed twice previously.
Luckily, I passed and went on to be a successful officer within the team controlling frequently and helping out where I could. Fast-forward 7 months, after consistent good activity both controlling and training sessions, I was messaged by Tyler, congratulating me on my new position as an IFATC Supervisor. This was a complete shock and unexpected. Clearly I was doing something right? Two months later, in early July of 2021, I asked Josh if he would like some assistance in the EU region with training, and so he said yes. I went on to have 13 successful trainees (some of them are climbing up roles themselves!) I would recommend training to many people, it’s so rewarding! I have since retired from this role as I have other roles to commit to like Appeals and Discord Moderation, but I’m still here for questions regarding training. I’ve made some great friendships with some other supervisors like DannyHL, NJ24 Edoardo_C, Toasterstroodie and the rest.
My biggest advice to anyone wanting to follow similar footsteps is just being mature, accountable, showing good understanding and willingness to help. I have received messages from controllers before asking if age will prevent them from roles etc… Short answer is no. I became a supervisor, trainer, appeals team member and discord moderator at 15. This is through good activity and commitment and conducting myself in a responsible manor. Though I do recommend that regular players take some time out for yourself as it can burn your motivation as it’s happened to me. Don’t burn-out!

Edoardo_C | IFATC Supervisor, Recruiter and Trainer

Edoardo's Supervisor Story

Hello! My name is Edoardo, but everyone calls me Eddie.
I applied in March 2020, during the first COVID-19 lockdown. My first recruiter was Adam Williams, who guided me through the recruiting process until before my practical test. At that time, a recruit didn’t need to take the written test before enrolling in the training program and therefore I immediately decided to apply. My application got accepted by Sebastian (sebi-ue) and we started doing daily training sessions. During that time, I failed my written test three times and therefore I was forced to wait 3 months before attempting again the written test. I was very disappointed with myself since I was working really hard to get into IFATC. After three long months of practicing, I finally was able to pass the written test with an amazing score of 100%! I was really proud of myself and I immediately decided to schedule the practical test, which I passed flawlessly. I feel the need to thank Oskar (Flying_Pencil), who administered the test since Adam was very busy.
As soon as I got added to the IFATC Slack group, I opened my first airport and many of my friends stopped by to congratulate me. I was very active at that time and tried to control as often as I could. Additionally, I also started to attend many training sessions since they were useful to gain knowledge and also very fun.
After the required time passed I immediately started the radar recruiting and training process since it was an aspect of IFATC that fascinated me a lot. Unfortunately, my former trainer Sebastian wasn’t available to train anymore but I was lucky enough to be assigned to Nico (NJ24) and working with him was an amazing experience. Unfortunately, I failed my first practical test but passed the second attempt in late November.
Controlling radar was very fun although I enjoyed more controlling local frequencies for some reason.
After a few months, in May, I was approached by Tyler who promoted me to IFATC Supervisor. I was very surprised since I didn’t expect this type of promotion. A month after, the Training Team administrator, Joshua, promoted me to IFATC Trainer. I was very happy with the promotion since I always admired the role of IFATC Trainer.
After about a year Tyler contacted me asking if I was interested in becoming IFATC Recruiter. I immediately accepted without any hesitation.
I’m now really enjoying it and my main focus is on recruiting rather than training.
Unfortunately, life is getting very busy and I don’t have much time to control as I did before.
That’s all from me, thanks for reading!

Thanks for tuning in to the eighth 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.


A wonderful edition again, such inspiring stories!

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And I admired your work as a trainer @Edoardo_C thank you for that ❤️

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Yes! I am always happy when you post these beautiful stories Declan! I loved them all 😍

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Thanks for being a kind and hardworking trainee!

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great stories guys ❤️


Great as always Declan! Thanks to those who shared their stories!

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Thanks for your support! Glad you found the stories inspiring!

Thanks so much for the support and I always appreciate the support on each edition. Thank you!

Glad you enjoyed the stories! Thanks for the support!

Thanks for your continued support. Appreciate it!


Nice job! ‘

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Thanks so much for the support mate!

Amazing stories as always 💯❤️

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Thanks so much for the support mate!

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These are some really great stories! I’m looking into applying for the IFATC and they’re inspiring me on the start of my journey (I haven’t applied yet, so the very start), thanks for these very inspiring stories Declan.

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Thanks so much for your support! You should certainly apply for IFATC. It’s certainly a great team and family. Glad these stories inspire you, exactly one of the main reasons that I started this initiative.

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First time I’ve seen one of these topics. Very calming and happy to read! Understanding each and every individuals story to their successes, through trial and error makes it an incredible story to be engaged in. Lovely

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Thanks so much for the support mate and glad you like the stories. Be sure to check out the previous editions as well!

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You never fail to impress me @Declan Thanks for sharing this awesome readings!


Amazing Stories guys!

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Thanks for your continued support. It’s greatly appreciated!

Glad you enjoyed the stories. Thanks for your support!


Announcement Regarding November Edition:

Just thought I would quickly post an update as some people may be wondering where the November edition of Supervisor Stories is.

I’m currently away on vacation until the 14th of November, therefore the reason for the delay in regards to publishing a November edition. By the time I get back to Australia, it will be the 16th of November so therefore we will be combining the November/December editions together to release on the 1st of December.

The reason for this, I believe that releasing two seperate editions close together (16th of November and 1st of December) wouldn’t allow each edition to get the full spotlight that it deserves.

Thanks for the understanding!