Antiauthority

What is the antidote when a pilot has a hazardous attitude, such as “Antiauthority”? Follow the rules.

No matter which server you are on on Infinite Flight, training or expert, you must follow instructions.

Training controllers and pilots need you, they need you to act responsibly so that they can learn and improve. Expect things not to make sense. Expect confusion. It’s all part of the learning experience. Help them by being there and be open to being wrong sometimes because no one knows everything.

Work with Expert controllers and don’t make their lives harder. Don’t send superfluous commands. Don’t not pay attention. Follow the rules. If you don’t know what the rules are, ask.

October 25, 2019 by Kyle Boas

The first iteration of gate size restrictions

In a recent update recent update, gate size restrictions were put in place that did not allow for aircraft of a certain size to spawn in a gate that’s to small for their aircraft type.

In it’s first iteration however an “intentional“ sacrifice was made, as noted by Infinite Flight ATC Community Manager, Tyler Shelton. “Currently we take whatever is the appropriate size and allow one category above it. This was to avoid such a drastic change overnight that may be overly restrictive in unexpected cases or scenarios where a gate could’ve been incorrectly categorized. We’ll continue to monitor and improve on this in future updates!”

Always check the size restrictions at the airport yourself before starting. There’s a ton of things you can and need to check.

October 23, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Crosswind landing

Mastering either the crab and wing low technique is essential to any crosswind landing. It can be a challenge for any pilot, no matter their experience.

In situations where a crosswind is present, the aircraft will drift laterally as it approaches the runway. This drift poses significant safety issues because safe operation of the undercarriage requires the body and track of the aircraft to be aligned with the runway at touch down.

Here’s a video put out by Infinite Flight on both techniques.

October 22, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Staying calm in high pressure situations

This is a great reminder that it’s always in your best interest to stay calm in high pressure situations. Your body’s fight or flight response will attempt to make you shut down and stop communicating.

Both controlling and flying is all about making split second decisions. Being concise and making up your mind quickly will lower your workload, and allow you to evaluate the situation.

October 21, 2019 by Kyle Boas

VFR minimums in Class G Airspace

In Class G, regardless of MSL altitude, when you are 1,200 feet AGL or lower during the day, your weather minimums are 1SM visibility and clear of clouds.

References:
1. FAA

October 20, 2019 by Kyle Boas

You can do it

You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can. – Jimmy Carter

October 17, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Paying attention

It’s important to always be aware of your surroundings in a phases of flight, but especially during critical phases of flight.

The critical phases of flight are defined as all ground operations involving taxi, takeoff, and landing, and all other flight operations conducted below 10,000 ft., except cruise flight.

References:
1. Accident Board Recommendations, Lessons Learned by the FAA.

October 16, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Calculating passenger cargo for your flight

If you have 300 passengers on a flight, how much cargo does that equal.

This simple answer is that it varies depending on the airline, season, ect. In American Airline’s case for example, “ All checked bags must adhere to a max weight of 23kg for Economy & Premium Economy; 32kg for Business & First Class fares […]”, according to this article. There are of course added fees for extra baggage.

So times that by the amount of passengers and you can get a rough estimate of how much baggage there would be.

References:
1. “American Airlines Baggage Fees & Tips to Cover the Expenses” by UpgradedPoints.

October 14, 2019 by Kyle Boas