Oakland Center has been resectorized!

I am very pleased (and relieved) to announced the long awaited Oakland Center resectorization has been finished and published. It is now effective, but I am sure there will be minor modifications over time. A big thank you goes out to the ZOA staff and their hard work on this project, as well as our various RW members who have generously allowed us to pick their brains.

There is a new ZOA SOP available in PDF format. You can download it if you wish, however the published version on the site is always the controlling document. The table of contents does link to the section of the document, so simply click on the section title and it will jump to it. I highly suggest you read the entire SOP if you are already center certified. Dominic is always available for help if you need it as well.

In addition to a new SOP there are new LOA’s for ZOA-NCT, ZLA, ZLA-SBA (this one is new-new), ZSE, and ZLC. Everything has been rewritten so it is important you read the entire document.

Last, but not least, the NCT SOP also got a small update. It is in the same PDF format as the ZOA SOP, and has been updated to removed references to the now decommissioned ECA VOR, among a few other small items. It’s a small update, but worth checking out.

If you have questions or suggestions please email the ZOA staff using the contact page.

Facility Update – AIRAC 1804 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1804 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1804
  • Updated Area B STARS West map (SERFR3 changes)
  • Corrected runway at KSUU

This update includes the usual nav database update as well as an update to the Area B RNAV STAR map for west flow which changes the SERFR2 to the SERFR3 (EDDYY new location, etc). I have also corrected a runway at KSUU which was previously colored as closed.

DN has updated the vSTARS file to reflect the recent SERFR3 changes as well.

Facility Update – AIRAC 1803 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1803 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1803
  • New ZOA Sectors – NOTE: THESE SECTORS ARE NOT YET OPERATIONAL BUT MAY BECOME OPERATIONAL BEFORE THE NEXT UPDATE
  • Alias 3.7 – New PDC format

As mentioned, this update includes sector maps for new ZOA sectors. The last update had them, but it has taken longer than expected to go live and we have changed a few things with them. We are now close to actually going live with these sectors so this update is highly recommended.

DN will be updating the vERAM files to reflect changes at some point.

Facility Update – AIRAC 1705 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1705 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1705 + minor corrections
  • New ZOA Sectors – NOTE: THESE SECTORS ARE NOT YET OPERATIONAL BUT MAY BECOME OPERATIONAL BEFORE THE NEXT UPDATE

As mentioned, this update includes sector maps for new ZOA sectors. These positions are not yet operational and should not be operated unless prior permission is granted. We will likely launch them before we have to update everything again so they’ve been included.

Josh is hard at work on a vERAM update so keep an eye out for that!

Facility Update – AIRAC 1703 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1703 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1703 + New Video Maps and MVA for Fresno TRACON, updated SJC airport diagram
  • POF File Update to 7.0 – Reorganization of ZOA internal positions, ZLA/ZLC/ZSE positions, fixed a handful of typos
  • New “Facility Update” file containing all current files (sct2, alias, and pof)

An updated vSTARS file is nearly finished for use with our resectorized NCT. In addition, an SFO ATCT vSTARS file will be made available soon for use with the vSTARS beta ASDE-X mode. Lastly, a new Fresno vSTARS file is in the works. The Fresno file may take a little longer than the other two, but it is on the way!

Facility Update – AIRAC 1702 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1702 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1702 + New Video Maps, MVA, NCT sector maps, correct SMF airport diagram, RNAV maps, ZLC sectors
  • POF File Update to 6.9 (Updated NCT Positions)
  • Alias File Update to 3.6 (shortcut commands for SID’s, airport complexes, and rolling calls)
  • New “Facility Update” file containing all current files (sct2, alias, and pof)

An update for vSTARS is pending but should be available soon!

Facility Update – AIRAC 1612 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1612 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1612 + Removed outdated ASR Maps, added new NCT VM’s
  • POF File Update to 6.8 (Updated ZLC Positions)
  • New “Facility Update” file containing all current files (sct2, alias, and pof)

An update for vSTARS is pending but should be available soon!

Facility Update – AIRAC 1610 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1610 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1610 + New Maps
  • Alias File Update to 3.5 (New PDC’s)
  • New “Facility Update” file containing all current files (sct2, alias, and pof)

An update for vSTARS is pending but should be available soon!

A Night By The Bay FNO [15JUL2016 2359-0500]

A Night By The Bay FNO

Join the ZOA crew for A Night By The Bay on July 15, 2016 from 2359 until 0500z! Come enjoy five hours of insanity at San Francisco (KSFO), Oakland (KOAK), or San Jose (KSJC). There will be closely space parallel approaches, there will be airplanes every where, it will be crazy, and you will not want to miss it!

We need to staff up all three of our bay airports for this FNO! I will send out emails to various VA’s, so expect all three airports to be busy.

[19JUN2016] South Bay Sunday’s

South bay Sunday's

ZOA presents South Bay Sunday and invites you to join the party in the California’s sun!

Join ZOA as we staff up KSJC – Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport and KRHV – Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County and a few surrounding airports for a fun night on June 19th from 2300z – 0300z