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!
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!
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!
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
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
– Added OAK_42_CTR position
– Removed unused Sectors
– 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.)
For the second time in 3 weeks, ZOA wins another Iron Mic for Center! Fantastic work!
There was a delay in posting, but Oakland Center brings home an Iron Mic for Week 39! Congrats everybody and good work!
The downloads page has been updated with sector file 1510 and Alias File v3.1. The new sector file includes a nav data update, as well as the addition of IAP courses for airports. The new alias file contains new aliases such as Pre-Departure Clearances, scratchpad shortcuts for NORCAL Tracon and Oakland Center, and updated phraseology, among other items. Please check the forums for a tutorial on the usage of these new commands.
An update to the facility pof file has been released. V6.4 adds compatibility with the updated Oakland Center sector ID numbers. Please download this file on the downloads page. If you have any questions please email the staff!
The Sector file and vSTARS nav data have both been updated to match AIRAC 1509. Changes in 1509 can be found here. To download, go to the downloads page.