Top 5 Controllers for February 2016

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What is there to say to an overall increase of staffing hours of 67% comparing February 2016 to February 2015? There were a whole 24 hours more time to control this February due to the leap year, okay, you beat me to it. 🙂 I thought the 43% increase we managed in January was like winning the jackpot, but you all have proven that I was far off. Well done, folks! You all have every right to be proud members of the Oakland ARTCC on VATSIM. Please join me in a round of applause for the February 2016 top five:

  1. Dominic Nguyen – 85:34 hrs
  2. Jeff Hanner – 64:42 hrs
  3. Michael Roach – 55:35 hrs
  4. Nick Navarro – 55:16 hrs
  5. Matthew Streem – 32:40 hrs

Top 5 Controllers for January 2016

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2016 started out very well for us with a total of 478 controller hours in January. This is an increase of 43% compared to the total hours logged in January 2015! Great job everyone! A special thank you goes to Dominic Nguyen for having staffed a total of more than 100 hours in January 2016. Here the list of the top 5:

  1. Dominic Nguyen – 102:12 hrs
  2. Jeff Hanner – 59:03 hrs
  3. Nick Navarro – 52:20 hrs
  4. Matt Chicoine – 43:03 hrs
  5. Chase Zimmerman – 26:38 hrs

Superbowl 50 Event

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The 50th Superbowl is upon us taking place in beautiful Santa Clara, California. Join us as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers! ZOA will be primed to take on the arrival rush into San Jose (KSJC) and Reid-Hill View (KRHV) as well as other Bay area airports on February 6, 2016 from 2200z until 0200z.

See you there!

Controllers, please visit the forums to sign up for the event and view event details!

Updated Sector file and NCT sector changes!

After months of hard work I’m happy to announce that we’ve made some needed changes to the NorCal TRACON. In addition we have rebuilt the sector file to offer more features and more organization. The NCT SOP was rewritten from the ground up and formatted so that it is easier to read and find information within it. The Reno Complex SOP has been split, putting the Nugget and Silver information into the NCT SOP and the ATCT into it’s own SOP.

In depth details regarding the sector changes can be found on the forums. In a nut shell, not much has changed with the west flow sectors except for the addition of OAK_DEP. SFO_DEP has been renamed from Richmond to Sutro to reflect the real world name, and OAK_DEP is now called Richmond. The OAK_DEP sector was added in order to give OAK_APP or Area C controllers the ability to full control Oakland rather than confusing them when OAK_APP is online but not providing departure or local services to them. A few other minor changes have taken place that help with some of the operational conflicts that were introduced with the new RNAV arrivals.

The east flow sectors are where most of the changes have occurred. The previous sectorization was very bulky, had confusing operations, and wasn’t very efficient. We have redrawn almost all of the east flow sectors and believe that it will make east flow a little less intimidating and confusing. More details regarding sectorization can be found in the forums.

The sector file was rebuilt with organization and ease of use in mind. Everything has been organized in a way that makes sense and is easy to find. We really hope that you enjoy the sector file and if you have any suggestions we want to hear them! The sector file is available for download in the downloads section – it includes major sectors changes so everybody needs to update their sector file!

Top 5 Controllers for December 2015

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Finishing the last month of 2015 with just over a total of 440 controller hours, it is certainly time to once again thank all of you for your tremendous work representing the Oakland ARTCC on VATSIM on the scopes. If my calculations are right, we finished the year with a total of 5,420 controller hours!! Wow! Expect results of the Golden Mic to be released shortly. Here a special thank you to our top 5 controllers of December 2015:

  1. Dominic Nguyen – 72:33 hrs
  2. Jeff Hanner – 59:46 hrs
  3. Matt Chicoine – 43:58 hrs
  4. Arvid Hansson – 37:06 hrs
  5. Chase Zimmerman – 31:00 hrs

Facility Update – AIRAC 1513

Gents,

The sector file for AIRAC 1513 has been uploaded to the site. Along with an AIRAC update it includes a fix for the incorrect sector maps being included in the last file.

Sector File Changes

– AIRAC Update
– Sector Maps corrected

Top 5 Controllers for November 2015

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November 2015, much like the months before, has been great in staffing hours, thanks to the contributions of you all! We staffed a total of 570 controller hours, or almost 1 controller online at any given time, on average throughout the entire month. Here our top five controllers for November 2015:

  1. Nick Navarro – 70:41 hrs
  2. Jeff Hanner – 61:15 hrs
  3. Dominic Nguyen – 59:11 hrs
  4. Matthew Campbell – 44:03 hrs
  5. Devon Howard – 39:49 hrs

Facility Update – AIRAC 1512

Gents,

I have uploaded a new Sector file for AIRAC 1512, as well as an updated POF file (v6.5), and an Alias file (v3.2). In addition, I have also uploaded an AIRAC update for those of you that use vSTARS! You can get these on the downloads page of the website.

Sector File Changes

– Updated AIRAC

POF Changes

– Added OAK_42_CTR position
– Removed unused Sectors

Alias Changes

– PDC’s frequency (you must now type the frequency rather than sector ID, this is due to complaints that controllers were unable to assign a frequency when now departure controller is online.)

Top 5 Controllers for October 2015

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October this year has been very successful for us, and brought us an Iron Mic for Center in week 42. Thanks for everyone’s contributions! Here the list of our top 5 controllers for October 2015:

  1. Nick Navarro – 112:41 hrs
  2. Dominic Nguyen – 100:37 hrs
  3. Samuel Lee – 64:21 hrs
  4. Jeff Hanner – 44:35 hrs
  5. Garrett Powell – 37:28 hrs