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

Clear of all runways on Unicom

It’s very important when at a non-towered airport to communicate with the other pilots at the airport and inbound. The way you do this is by reporting traffic advisories on the Unicom frequency for that airport.

One of the more important commands you will need to send is “clear of all runways”. Whenever you exit a runway you will need to send this command to let the other pilots know that you are not on the active runway, causing a conflict.

For example, you land at KLAX on runway 24R. Once you exit and the entire aircraft nose to tail is across the hold short line, send “clear of all runways”. You’ll then most likely hold short of runway 24L. Once you have crossed 24L then again send a “clear of all runways” command.

Communication is key and it’s important to work together when ATC is not present.

November 27, 2019 by Kyle Boas

No intersection departures, where do I takeoff from?

If “no intersection departures” are in the ATIS, you need to takeoff at the end of the runway, not from an intersection. Not very close to the end of the runway, the last hold short point of the runway.

No intersection departures is reserved for places like LPMA for example, where the only exit would be blocked if someone were to try to takeoff at that intersection.

References: 6.2.4 of the Infinite Flight ATC Manual

November 19, 2019 by Kyle Boas

How to taxi a 747 in Hong Kong

Here is a video by Captain Joe explaining how an aircraft such as a 747 would taxi at Hong Kong International Airport (VHHH).

The one very interesting part is the handoff to the South Tower controller to cross runway 07R. We actually do things like in Infinite Flight so that we don’t need to communicate back and forth between Ground and Tower to coordinate crossing aircraft with arrivals/departures.

November 18, 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

When departing, do you have permission to back-taxi

When you are ready for departure and are request takeoff, you may not have the ability to request back taxi but you as the pilot in command have the ability to back taxi if you feel you need to.

On Infinite Flight, the trained expert ATC know this and will prepare for such.

Do not take your time though because your back taxi will likely cause some kind of conflict. Do not be surprised if you are issued a “please expedite” instruction.

November 9, 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