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

janpolet.nl: A great resource for aircraft information

Often people have a hard time getting the proper aircraft information for the aircraft they fly, especially it’s limitations.

janpolet.nl is a great quick resource that we endorse. You can check airframe limitations for the cruise ceiling, cruise speed, flap limits, ect.

Some very basic information that will help lead you to get better basic understand of the limitations of the aircraft you plan to fly so you don’t exceed it’s limitations.

November 1, 2019 by Kyle Boas

What is wind shear?

Wind shear is a change in wind speed and/or direction over a short distance. It can occur either horizontally or vertically and is most often associated with strong temperature inversions or density gradients. Wind shear can occur at high or low altitude.

Four common sources of low-level wind shear are—

  1. Frontal activity
  2. Thunderstorms
  3. Temperature inversions
  4. Surface obstructions

Wind shear is currently not implemented in Infinite Flight but it has a very big role of course in the real world.

Airplane pilots generally regard significant wind shear to be a horizontal change in airspeed of 30 knots for light aircraft, and near 45 knots for airliners at flight altitude.

References:

1. ”Wind Shear” by the FAA. [PDF]
2. FAA Advisory Circular Pilot Wind Shear Guide

October 26, 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