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!

Reno Air Races [17SEP16 2359-0300z]

The summer is coming to a end! Come out and enjoy the National Championship air races in Reno! Come out and have a good time as we staff up the KRNO – Reno/Tahoe International Airport from 2359z to 0300z on September 17th! We will also staff up KRTS – Reno Stead as the real world props up a temporary tower there also for race day.

Controllers: Sign up here to control this event! Expect some good traffic.

Battle of the Sierras [06AUG16 2300-0400z]

The Oakland and Seattle ARTCC’s present the Battle of the Sierras! Fly up and or down the scenic route of the Sierra Mountain Range between Seattle – Tacoma International and San Francisco International Airport. Both ARTCC’s will be fully staffed for this ultimate battle on Saturday August 6th, 2016 from 2300 – 0400 Zulu (4 – 9PM PDT), so fly the round trip!

Controllers: This event will be heavily advertised, so be sure to sign up in the forums for a night of good controlling fun.

Top 5 Controllers for June 2016

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Great job to all of you that controlled the month of June! We have really increased the amount of time we are online. There has been a very increase of aircraft movement in Oakland ARTCC due to us being so active. More than 110+ Hours! Great job! Here are the top 5 controllers for June 2016:

  1. Matt Chicoine – 42.01
  2. Elliot Skinner – 24.81
  3. Justin Martin – 20.01
  4. Brandon Dadoun – 14.85
  5. Michael Roach – 14.76

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

[22MAY] Storm The Capital!

Storm the Capital Event

ZOA presents Storm The Capital and invites you to join the party in California’s capital city!

We will be staffing up KSMF – Sacramento International, KSAC – Scaramento Executive Airport, KMHR – Sacramento Mather Airport on May 22nd from 2300z to 0300z.
As always it should be a fun event Keep your schedules clear and come have some fun with your fellow controllers!

[16APRIL] CalScream XVI

CalScreamin Event

The return of California Screamin is here! Join ZOA and ZLA as they host an event that will knock your socks off, California Screamin! Since its inception in 2001, CalScream is considered to be one of VATSIM’s oldest and largest events. This year, ZLA and ZOA are proud to present California Screamin’ XVI, the latest addition to the series.

Controller signups are available in the forums! Get your position requests in ASAP!

ZOA has a new DATM

All,

First, I’d like to give a big thank you to Michael Mund-Hoym for his time as DATM. His contributions were enormous and instrumental to getting ZOA on the right track. He’s been given a promotion in his Vatsim Membership position and must resign. Michael, we wish you the best, good luck, congratulations, and thank you for everything you’ve done here at ZOA! Michael will still be around as an Instructor, so be sure to congratulate him when you have a chance.

Now, join me in welcoming Jesse Romero as the new DATM here at ZOA. Jesse’s been with us for a while, and after a brief break with ZLA he has returned to help ZOA continue to get on the right track going forward. Jesse’s an experienced Instructor and controller having previously been with us on the training staff. I’m excited to see what the future holds, welcome back Jesse! Congrats!

Top 5 Controllers for March 2016

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Another month has gone by with some magnificent controlling hours. Over 450 hours total staffing time in March 2016! Well done everyone! Here our top five controllers for March 2016:

  1. Michael Roach – 80:58 hrs
  2. Dominic Nguyen – 60:23 hrs
  3. Jeff Hanner – 52:29 hrs
  4. Brandan Dadoun – 36:01 hrs
  5. Malachie Oie – 22:34 hrs