The use of ‘should’ or ‘must’ in the ATC Manual

You have to be careful and fully read the Infinite Flight ATC Manual, word for word, in order to not encounter issues in interpreting the information. The use of the words should and must can be seen, here’s a reminder as to what both of those words mean.

Should verb – used to indicate obligation, duty, or correctness, typically when criticizing someone’s actions. Used to give suggestions. Example: You should crash, if you can.

Must verb – be obliged to; should (expressing necessity). Example: You must crash, end of story, no questions asked.

December 5, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Don’t panic

Be cool. Panicking in any situation is always wasted energy.

Got more then you can handle? Do it calmly and execute. You were trained to do what you do so there’s nothing to worry about.

If you have that confidence then you won’t be worried about failing.

December 1, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Interesting VFR reposition flight, KJFK-KLGA

A positioning flight is a flight for the sole purpose of positioning the aircraft to conduct another flight from another airport. This is often done when the aircraft finishes its day in one city, but is needed in a different city the following day because another plane has broken down.

I came across one today featured in this video, from JFK to La Guardia. The interesting part being that they ended up having to depart VFR due to an issue with them filing their flight plan.

November 29, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Top 10 states where Air Traffic Controllers make the most money

The national average annual wage of an air traffic controller is $120,830 with the lowest being $77,150 and highest being $147,350.

Here is list of the top-10 highest-paying states for air traffic controllers, put out by Forbes based on occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is each states average air traffic controller salary.

  1. New Hampshire: $147,350
  2. Virginia: $139,520
  3. Illinois: $136,390
  4. Georgia: $136,210
  5. Texas: $133,260
  6. California: $132,300
  7. Minnesota: $131,330
  8. Ohio: $131,180
  9. New York: $130,840
  10. Colorado: $128,210

References: Forbes

November 28, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Don’t be a missile

At some airports, the airfield elevation isn’t very close at all to sea level. Take MMMX for example, the airfield elevation is 7,316ft MSL.

Violations kick in when you are below 10,000ft MSL, so hypothetically you could fly as fast as the airframe would allow at low altitudes.

Just because you can fly that fast does not mean you should. Flying at cruising speed into an airport and contacting approach is a nightmare for the controller. It’s like vectoring a hoard of missiles.

Note your altitude in AGL relating to the airfield elevation of your destination airport. Don’t exceed unreasonable speeds when contacting approach. Work with them, everyone work together.

November 26, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Too many variables

When you are trying new things, try to avoid adding in a lot of variables.

One step at a time. Add one thing in, subtract another.

If you add everything in all at once you will have trouble figuring out what caused the improvement or regression.

November 17, 2019 by Kyle Boas

VFR flight following to frequency change etiquette

You’re flying inbound to your destination and are with approach receiving flight following services while VFR. You are almost within 10nm of the airport and need a frequency change. What do you do?

1. Don’t enter that airport’s airspace. Turn to avoid it.
2. Don’t change frequency to Unicom or Tower on your own. Wait for a break, and then request a frequency change.

Work with the radar controller and lighten their workload.

October 31, 2019 by Kyle Boas

Realizing a strategy

When controlling radar, it can be tough to stick to a strategy once you are starting a session.

Sometimes it may seem the strategy you created may take time to develop, so you’ll create shortcuts to stick with the less optimal setup that was handed to you.

Although it may take longer for something more productive to develop, it’s important to stick with what you originally had sought out to do. It’s ok to make changes along the way, but don’t take shortcuts that will effect your long term effectiveness.

October 28, 2019 by Kyle Boas