Category: Staff Announcements

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New Staff Instructor

Join me in welcoming, and congratulating, Dominic Nguyen as the newest Staff Instructor at Oakland. Dominic has been a dedicated controller and mentor for a while now and his time to step up has finally came. He’ll be a great asset to the training department and I am very excited for him. I have high hopes for this outstanding instructor and I look forward to seeing the next generation trained up under his tutelage.

New Cheat Sheets

The training staff has released new cheat sheets for SFO, OAK, SJC, SMF and RNO that include basic information for all positions (GND, TWR, APP and even CTR). They’re created in a neat PDF format and are ready for you to download them now in the downloads section of the website! We hope you find these useful and keep them handy while controlling!

“Climb via SID” in effect at vZOA

With the launch of our new site we also roll out our use of the new “climb via SID” phraseology the FAA implemented about a month ago. There has been discussion among the FAB regarding the use of the phraseology and we think we’ve got it set the way we like it without making it too difficult.                                   

Please review the following forum post, the primary airports SOP, and the training wiki for details. If you have questions please contact the TA at training [at]

Climb via SID Information Post

Welcome to the New Website

On behalf of the vZOA Staff, I want to welcome you into our new, redesigned website. We hope you’ll enjoy the new look as well as the improved features we will have available to use. I will tell you more about those things in an upcoming post.

I’d also like to thank the staff members who helped out a great deal in bringing this project to a successful completion. That especially goes to our TA Ryan Parry, who did a ton of content creation & migration work in the past few weeks!

If you have any questions or difficulties in using the website, you can send me an email at

– Chuck

New Sector File Update!

vZOA 17.4 is now available for download! All controllers are expected to upgrade their sector files! The new update contains the updated MOD5 and more video maps available to use.

vSTARS File Added

vstarsCheckout our brand new vSTARS NorCal Approach file in our downloads area (ATC Training->Downloads)!!!

Just a reminder that instructors/mentors will continue to only teach on VRC at this time. Thank you for understanding!

KOAK Runway Number Change

Attention Pilots and Controllers:

KOAK – Oakland Metro Intl has changed its runway numbers effective 10/17/2013 (AIRAC 1311).

  • Runway 11/29 changed to Runway 12/30
  • Runway 9L/27R Changed to Runway 10L/28R
  • Runway 9R/27L Changed to Runway 10R/28L

More info can be found in our NOTAM section of our forum.