Category: Policies and Procedures

ZOA, NCT, and SFO ATCT SOP Updates

Updates to the ZOA En Route SOP, NORCAL Tracon SOP, and San Francisco ATCT have been published, as well as an update to the ZOA-NCT LOA.

The ZOA SOP has been changed to reflect the feedback you provided in the recent procedures survey, as well as a format change to reflect the new ZOA. If you have any questions please send them via Discord or email.

The NCT SOP has been consolidated back into a single document and the format was updated for consistency. We’re continuing to look at options for further updates to this SOP based on the feedback we recently received.

The SFO ATCT SOP has been reformatted and the NCT LOA has been consolidated into a single document.

The ZOA-NCT LOA updated a formatting and readability issue, as well as adding the new PIRAT STAR.

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!

Updated LOA: ZSE

We’ve updated the LOA with ZSE and there are a few things to know.

First, we’ve changed the altitude restriction for aircraft going to Reno from PDX or SEA. They’ll now cross into our airspace at or below FL330. There are some preferred route changes as well that allows us to use the new RNAV arrivals into PDX and SEA. Please take some time to review the other changes.

Updated LOA: ZLA

Gents, the LOA with ZLA has been updated to reflect a few minor changes.

The changes made in the LOA are to Fresno operations as well as some preferred routings for flights going to Burbank and Van Nuys from the bay, as well as FAT/BFL routing. You can now expect Fresno aircraft to be handed off at their cruise altitude or 11000, whichever is lowest. Please review this LOA before controlling to make sure you’re up to speed on the new requirements.

We are expecting an LOA update from Seattle soon, so keep an eye out for that.

Updated LOA: ZLC

Gents, the LOA with ZLC has been updated.

The change removes an altitude restriction at Reno, updates preferred routings for KSFO, KOAK, KSJC, KSMF, and KRNO for both RNAV and non RNAV aircraft, and more. Please go review this LOA before controlling.

We have changes with ZLA and ZSE pending, so keep an eye out for those in the future.

SOP updated for RNAV’s and more!


The following SOP’s have been updated in response for the RNAV procedures going live within ZOA on the 13th. Some other procedures have been updated as well.

Added procedure for KSMF SLMMR# RNAV arrival
Changed PIRAT crossing restriction to 15000 for SFO/OAK/SJC

Added procedure for KSMF SLMMR# RNAV arrival
Added procedure for KSFO CITTY# RNAV departure
Added procedure for KSFO FOGGG# RNAV departure
Added procedure for KSFO NITTE# RNAV departure
Added procedure for KSFO SNTNA# RNAV departure
Added procedure for KSFO TRUKN# RNAV departure
Added procedure for KOAK HUSSH# RNAV departure
Changed KSFO oceanic arrival procedure
Changed KOAK oceanic arrival procedure
Changed KSJC oceanic arrival procedure

Added RNAV SID information
Updated noise abatement procedure

Added RNAV SID information
Updated noise abatement procedure

Added KPAO

New ATCT Standard Operating Procedures!

The ZOA Facility Advisory Board is proud to announce the new ATCT SOP’s that are now in effect! We have compiled individual SOP’s for our class B and C airports in the same format as the other new SOP’s giving yo a much more organized SOP. We highly recommend all controllers review each SOP as there is new information and procedures (especially at SFO). A big thanks is in order to Mike Fries for giving us some inside information on Oakland!

San Francisco ATCT SOP-100

Oakland ATCT SOP-101

San Jose ATCT SOP-102

Sacramento International ATCT SOP-103

Monterey ATCT SOP-104