Reno Complex SOP taking off!

Gentlemen, after a lot of work we are happy to announce that the Reno Complex SOP is live and replaces the old SOP for Reno SOP in the Primary Airports SOP and the NORCAL Nugget & Silver SOP. The new complex format we are rolling out focuses on the airports in a certain area and includes the SOP for clearance delivery all the way up to TRACON. We think the new format will be easier to read and navigate, as well as provide you with a better way to find the information you’re looking for.

To find the SOP look on the SOP page under the “Complex SOP’s” section. You will not be able to find any Reno information under Primary Airports SOP nor will you find the NORCAL Nugget & Silver SOP, you must use the new complex SOP.

With the completion of the Reno Complex we are moving to Fresno to create the Fresno Complex. We’re test driving these new formats and we would love to hear your feedback so that we may tweak and perfect them before we move on to Sacramento. Feel free to email any of the Senior Staff with your ideas!

Another New Staff Instructor!

Will everybody please join me in Welcoming Nicholas Cavacini as the newest ZOA Staff Instructor. Nicholas previously served as an Instructor at Miami and Honolulu and was also a Training Administrator at one point. Nicholas is coming to us from ZNY and brings a lot of ideas and knowledge to the table. He has the experience and expertise we need to lead future ZOA controllers to success. We couldn’t be happier to have him and can’t wait to see him benefit this ARTCC. Congratulations Nicholas!

July Featured Airport – KFAT

KFAT opened in June 1942 as Hammer Field and was used by the Air Force. It was soon named Fresno Air Terminal. Today, the California Air National Guard operates F-16C’s out of the airport. First commercial service started in 1947 with TWA and UAL flights to SFO/OAK and LAX. TWA stopped in 1963. In 1988, international flights were allowed to operate out of KFAT. Mexicana used to operate flights to Guadalajara, and today Volaris and Aeromexico operate flights to MMGL. Air 21 and Allegiant have historically had headquarters at KFAT. Today, the largest passenger plane operated is a 757 by Allegiant to Honolulu. Fresno is the largest US city in which Southwest does not operate flights to. The most prominent airlines are Skywest and Mesa airlines. Come fly or control KFAT for the month of July! See you on the scopes!

ZOA 5k Run Event

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JULY 5th, 2014 (SATURDAY) – 2200z-0200z (1500-1900 Pacific)
Grab that small jet or piston plane and experience the great Northern California Skies – Featuring some of our smaller airports with 5,000ft runway or less.
KHWD – Hayward
KLVK – Livermore
KSAC – Sacramento Exec
KSQL – San Carlos
KSTS – Santa Rosa

White list our emails!

A fair number of individuals are not getting emails from ZOA because of the email address it is sent from. Please add the email address to your white list/ approved list/ not spam list to get our future emails. If you don’t you may miss important staff announcement emails, training notes and more. I promise we aren’t spam! We taste much better.

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