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:
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.
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.
Come watch the Golden Sate Warriors as their overly stacked team takes on the poor Phoenix Suns at home! We will be staffing up from 3-6 PM Pacific (22:00-01:00z) Airline pilots can fly into KOAK (Oakland Int’l) while corporate and GA pilots can choose between KOAK and KHWD (Hayward Executive), based on how rich their passengers are. Free shuttles will run between the Oracle Arena and both airports while Uber will have guaranteed surge pricing. The game starts 5PM Pacific, so don’t be late!
Controllers: Sign up in the forums for a night of fun!
The summer is coming to a end! Come out and enjoy the National Championship air races in Reno! Come out and have a good time as we staff up the KRNO – Reno/Tahoe International Airport from 2359z to 0300z on September 17th! We will also staff up KRTS – Reno Stead as the real world props up a temporary tower there also for race day.
Controllers: Sign up here to control this event! Expect some good traffic.
The Oakland and Seattle ARTCC’s present the Battle of the Sierras! Fly up and or down the scenic route of the Sierra Mountain Range between Seattle – Tacoma International and San Francisco International Airport. Both ARTCC’s will be fully staffed for this ultimate battle on Saturday August 6th, 2016 from 2300 – 0400 Zulu (4 – 9PM PDT), so fly the round trip!
Controllers: This event will be heavily advertised, so be sure to sign up in the forums for a night of good controlling fun.
Great job to all of you that controlled the month of June! We have really increased the amount of time we are online. There has been a very increase of aircraft movement in Oakland ARTCC due to us being so active. More than 110+ Hours! Great job! Here are the top 5 controllers for June 2016:
- Matt Chicoine – 42.01
- Elliot Skinner – 24.81
- Justin Martin – 20.01
- Brandon Dadoun – 14.85
- Michael Roach – 14.76
Join the ZOA crew for A Night By The Bay on July 15, 2016 from 2359 until 0500z! Come enjoy five hours of insanity at San Francisco (KSFO), Oakland (KOAK), or San Jose (KSJC). There will be closely space parallel approaches, there will be airplanes every where, it will be crazy, and you will not want to miss it!
We need to staff up all three of our bay airports for this FNO! I will send out emails to various VA’s, so expect all three airports to be busy.
ZOA presents South Bay Sunday and invites you to join the party in the California’s sun!
Join ZOA as we staff up KSJC – Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport and KRHV – Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County and a few surrounding airports for a fun night on June 19th from 2300z – 0300z
ZOA presents Storm The Capital and invites you to join the party in California’s capital city!
We will be staffing up KSMF – Sacramento International, KSAC – Scaramento Executive Airport, KMHR – Sacramento Mather Airport on May 22nd from 2300z to 0300z.
As always it should be a fun event Keep your schedules clear and come have some fun with your fellow controllers!
The return of California Screamin is here! Join ZOA and ZLA as they host an event that will knock your socks off, California Screamin! Since its inception in 2001, CalScream is considered to be one of VATSIM’s oldest and largest events. This year, ZLA and ZOA are proud to present California Screamin’ XVI, the latest addition to the series.
Controller signups are available in the forums! Get your position requests in ASAP!