Community Manager – Applications Open

We are expanding the staff here at ZOA and we would like to invite someone else to join the team and help us on this journey. If you think that is you, check out the information within. https://www.oakartcc.org/community/topic/community-manager-vzoa-position-open/

 

Cascading Triangles – FNO

Signup’s are now available in the events forum, please post up your availability and top 3 positions you are able to staff. Looking forward to a big one – thanks guys!

 
Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen, its time again to start your engines for another TRIPLE ARTCC FNO event.
That’s right, we are joining forces once again to show VATSIM what the west coast is made of.
ZLC, ZSE, and ZOA together invite you for a night of full staffing (top to bottom) and with options galore when it comes to destinations.

We have chosen to fully staff some of the biggest (and busiest) airports in our respective regions.
Choose between SLC, SFO, and SEA. We suggest flying between these fields, although we welcome all levels of traffic from all directions and if you decide to fly VFR come and test our controllers.
Our last event with ZLA was excellent and allowed us to refine our procedures, and we are building on that to try and make everything run even smoother. 

Date: 14th September 
Time: 5PM-9PM PDT 2359-0400z

Featured Airports 
KSLC – Salt Lake City Airport
KSEA – Seattle Tacoma Airport 
KSFO – San Francisco Airport

Facility Update – AIRAC 1809 Files Available

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ZOA Files for AIRAC 1809 are now available for download on the downloads page!

This includes the following:

  • Sector File Updated to 1809
  • Updated NCT HI and LO Video Maps (removes old bravo)
  • Added new bravo map, and old bravo map that can be turned on/off individually
  • Updated Class C/D towers to reflect new bravo changes
  • Updated NCT sector maps to for accuracy and included sector altitudes

This update is primarily geared towards our new SFO Bravo airspace. The VFR routes will be added soon, however everything else is there. Additionally, NCT sector maps have been updated for SFOW that are more accurate, and they include the sectors lateral boundaries. In a future updated SFOE will be included and you will be able to toggled the altitudes separate from the sector maps.

DN has updated the vSTARS file with new maps as well. OK has a hotfix for that file. Please contact DN or OK for an updated vSTARS file (it will be on the site as soon as I can get it).

Cost Lake Desert FNO – Signup Open

Join ZOA, ZLC and ZLA as we staff up for one of the biggest FNOs of the year! Triple the traffic, triple the controllers, triple the airspace!
Come along as our three ARTCCs staff up San Francisco (KSFO), Salt Lake City (KSLC) and Las Vegas (KLAS) for what will be an unforgettable evening of flying!

Signup’s are now available in the events forum, please post up your availability and top 3 positions you are able to staff. Looking forward to a big one – thanks guys!

Tracon Tuesday – Light Up NorCal

Please join the OAKLAND ARTCC in hosting a TRACON TUESDAY event. Our controllers are keen as mustard to open all the NorCAL sectors as we coordinate aircraft through the northern Californian airspace. We will plan to have NorCAL online for you, with the support of the surrounding towers (Class D).  We will be online for a few hours feel free to bring some GA traffic or some scheduled airline flights. Choose between small hops between the featured fields or conduct a Bay Tour with a Bravo airspace transition.

The choice is yours. Come hang with us and hope to see as many of you as we can!

Staffing will commence from 1800 PST and go to 2100 PST. (0100z-0400z).

Featured Towered Fields:
CLASS D
LVK – Livermore
MOD – Modesto
SQL – San Carlos
PAO – Palo Alto
HWD – Hayward Executive
Depending on numbers we may add a few more towers closer to the event.

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 – New vERAM, POF, vATIS Files Available

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Update: 8/1/2017
Sector File AIRAC 1708

  • Updated with new arrivals from 1706 & 1707
  • Updated nav info

Facility Update AIRAC 1708

  • Updated with 1708 SCT
  • Updated with pof v7.2


POF v7.2

  • Fixed two ZOA frequencies for the upcoming re-sectorization
  • Added missing ZSE frequencies

vERAM v1.1

  • The new vERAM file does not contain aliases. Aliases can be imported from the “Positons & Aliases” tab in the Facility Configuration window.
  • The VSCS has been updated to appear similar to how ZOA’s is real world. All landlines are compatible with vSTARS and VRC. If you would like to increase realism during coordination, give them a try!
  • Taxiway labels are included in the APCHMIL filter
  • There are multiple GeoMaps available to use (viewed by entering “MR” into the MCA). It is recommended that you use ZOAHI, or ZOALOW to control (MIDTIER works if NCT is online).
  • If you do not know how to use vERAM and would like to learn, email/message OK.

vATIS v1.1 – fixed typos in previous version.
vSTARS v1.1.5 – bug fixes to the client (not a facility file update). Contact OK if you still have issues.

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!