Practicing on your own

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

You can train with your trainer, fly with a flight instructor, ect. but if you don’t put in the work and meet your teacher half way, then you’ll never reach your ultimate goal of succeeding.

October 9, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Proactivity and Reactivity

A poem by Humars.

“Proactivity is the prevention of conflict

Reactivity is the complete opposite

Understanding and confusion
Both are existent

Aviation in particular is all about proactivity
never underestimate the power of prevention

To the disagreement of such statement,
I say ‘farewell for the bite shall come one way or another’.”

October 8, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Off-Route Obstruction Clearance Altitude (OROCA)

An off-route obstruction clearance altitude (OROCA) is an off-route altitude that provides obstruction clearance with a 1,000-foot buffer in non-mountainous terrain areas, and a 2,000-foot buffer in designated mountainous areas. This altitude doesn’t guarantee signal coverage from ground-based NAVAIDs, ATC radar, or communications coverage. It can be seen here on this IFR low chart.

References:
1. “You Should Know These 10 Minimum IFR Altitudes” BoldMethod

October 7, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Keep working on it

Nothing happens until something moves. — Albert Einstein

Nothing will happen if you don’t put in the practice and start somewhere. Everyone starts at zero.

October 6, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Having a good line of communication while tagging

“Tagging“ is the act of opening an airport with one or multiple people, all controlling different frequencies.

When you become an expert server controller you become part of the https://community.infiniteflight.com/t/infinite-flight-atc-recruiting/217147?u=trio “>Infinite Flight ATC team. By joining the team, you get access to our https://slack.com/ “>Slack.

On Slack, you’ll have an open line of communication, which is a different experience compared to the isolation of the training server.

Some controllers aren’t very talkative while controlling, some talk to much. The important thing is that your communication is clear and that both you and the other controllers you are tagging with are on the same page.

If the strategy is unclear then you leave yourself vulnerable to confusion. It’s all a domino effect. Don’t freak out though if it’s unclear to you, let it play out and execute.

October 5, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Stopping at an exit

Don’t stop at the other end of the hold short line, in the exit taxiway. See this.

One of the first things you want to do when you exit is retract the spoiler, flaps, turn off the lights and request taxi to parking. The thing most don’t know is that this doesn’t need to be done immediately.

No one is watching you closely, ground doesn’t mind if you continue taxiing to a safer spot. Continue taxiing past the hold short line, pull off to a safe spot on the main taxiway out of the way. Then go ahead and retract everything, turn off lights, request taxi to parking, do your own thing, on your way you go.

By blocking the exit taxiway you stop the flow. In some instances you might even created unneeded conflicts.

Say you land, and an aircraft is on final behind you. You land, and park yourself right at the end of the hold short line. Your off the runway by having the entire plane over the hold short line, but you’re still sat in the exit taxiway. Your buddy on final lands, but you’re blocking the only exit. What to do. Now the flow is ruined for a few minutes. Not the end of the world but it could be avoided.

October 4, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Finding the time to practice

We all get to a level eventually where we think, we’re too good for that. I don’t need to practice. I don’t need to train. I don’t need a reminder.

Then you fly or open a frequency, and your performance is half of what it could have been. Why? You procrastinated and didn’t put in the time beforehand.

Setting aside time to refine is the most important step to become great. You can’t achieve perfection if your prep work is mediocre or non existent.

October 3, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Zoom in and out, look around

When controlling you need awareness, you need to know what the needs of the other controllers are.

Does Tower need more arrivals on the right side versus the left side of the airport? Same applies for departures.

How long is the queue to takeoff?

Does Departure need more spacing on the departure leg?

Do you need to stagger departures more to give Departure room?

Is a gate hold in effect?

Does a gate hold need to go in effect?

Is the queue to arrive way to big?

Is the runway exiting effecting ground flow?

Each frequency needs to be aware of what’s going on in the airspace, regardless if it’s their responsibility. You need to work as a team and anticipate conflicts. It’s a domino effect, each frequency needs to be working together to achieve the most efficient flow to get traffic in and out of the airport.

October 2, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Be smart, start slow

Start off slow, fly to small low traffic airports, fly pattern work at a controlled field. That’s the same thing the trained and tested controllers do, so if you jump right into the deep end the minute you join the server you’ll flounder. Read the ATC Manual, contact the controller when you are given a “please follow instructions” instruction or “check the tutorials on the forum for assistance using ATC instructions, ect.

Be proactive not reactive.

October 1, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Putting yourself in the pilot’s shoes

One thing to do while controlling is to put yourself in shoes of the pilot. Would the command I’m about to send make any sense to the pilot, if I was the pilot? It’s ok not know if you’re new and learning. It’s always a great habit to get into though, even for those who have a ton of experience.

September 30, 2019 by Kyle Boas