This year has flown by - I remember celebrating the start of it like it was yesterday. The year has also been a fantastic one, both in my general life and of course in terms of Infinite Flight, and the Infinite Flight Community.
This community is quite simply astounding, and Infinite Flight wouldn’t be where it is without it. It is such a unique selling point, and the amount of connections, genuine friends, and memories I’ve made because of it is amazing - all from signing up for an account one January morning nearly two years ago.
Looking back, I can think of two stand-out highlights from the current year that have been amazing things to attain and achieve, and have allowed me to give back to this community that means so much to me in ways I didn’t think were possible. This is in addition to my voluntary roles within the IFVARB and the wonderful British Airways Virtual Airline - both fantastic organisations with a wonderful team behind them.
My first stand-out highlight would most definitely being given the opportunity to become a Recruiter for Expert Server Air Traffic Control. Receiving an invite into becoming a Recruiter by Tyler earlier this year in May was a great honour and privilege, and I’m thankful to be able to help those looking to join the program in supporting them through the recruitment process, and trying to help with any questions or needs along the way. The rest of the IFATC team do a marvellous job, and it’s such a lovely team to be a part of.
My second highlight would be the community meet-ups, whereby I’ve been lucky enough to attend two this year, at London Heathrow and RAF Museum Cosford. As I’m sure I’ve mentioned elsewhere, meeting so many people passionate about aviation and Infinite Flight all at once is amazing, and to get to know them further is great fun too.
Having the opportunity to help out with exhibiting Infinite Flight at Flight Sim Show 2019 at RAF Museum Cosford this year was a great privilege, and I truly enjoyed engaging with the wider aviation community and promoting a Flight Simulator and application I truly believed in - from the features in the app itself, to the brilliant team of staff and developers. I do now feature in the gallery of Flight Sim Show’s website, which I regard as an achievement in itself!
Looking back, I suppose @ewanfleming deserves a bit of a mention too. (You’re welcome.) Last week I took a train down to London, and we met up to go to a concert together in the Hammersmith Apollo. (Sigrid, if anyone was interested). It’s amazing how this community can connect people with common interests, and can actually allow you to create some great real-world bonds with those in the community.
So - what a year! I am looking forward to what the next year (and decade!), has in store - I’m sure we won’t be disappointed. Roll on 2020, and a happy new year to all of the community when it comes!