Knicks at Warriors – 14MAR15

Root for the Golden State Warriors as they play the New York Knicks at Oakland, CA’s Oracle Arena. KOAK (Oakland Metropolitan) and KHWD (Hayward Executive) will be fully staffed up for your arrival. Free shuttle bus service will run the short hop from KOAK to the Arena. The game starts at 03:00z, so don’t be late! Controllers: sign up here.

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.

TRACON Thursdays #2 – 19FEB15

This Thursday, February 19th from 5PM-8PM Pacific (01:00-04:00z)
Our second Tracon Thursday of this 2015 season is this Thursday. Join us as we strive to unleash all our TRACONs yet again – this time with more aircraft. Just drop in anytime from 5-8 PM Pacific to experience the immersion. Controllers, more information here.

New VATSIM Policy

Attention All Members,

A new VATSIM Policy has been placed in effect as of February 1, 2015. This new policy is for Controller Information and ATIS information. To view this policy I have posted it in the forums. Please lets make sure we are following this policy as the Supervisors will be looking for this. And correcting people if they are not following this policy. Thank you for your help.

Top 5 Controllers for Jan 2015

top5blueI would like to recognize the vZOA TOP 5 Controllers for January 2015.

  1. Srinath Nandakumar     63:49 Hours
  2. Jesse Romero                  42:23 Hours
  3. Nick Navarro                   41:19 Hours
  4. Dominic Nguyen            35:54 Hours
  5. Nick Warren                    31:24 Hours

Great Job Gentlemen. We have 2 new names on the TOP 5 list this month. This is a great start to  the New Year. I would also like to say “Thank you” with these hours came a #3 spot for ZOA Center in  Week 4 of Iron Mic. Keep up the great work everyone. See you on the Scopes!!!

New FE and AFE

We have hired a returning FE. Cody Cochran has agreed to come back as the replacement FE taking over for Dominic, who was promoted to DATM. Cody has previous experience with the airspace and the development of the sector files. Also in this time, Cody has hired Chris Mauro to assist him in the FE department. With two very experienced former FEs filling these positions, expect to have some great updates to the sector files and training scenarios. Please help me say “Thank you” to these two members for helping fill an important position.

That is all, carry on.

TRACON Thursdays is BACK!

TRACON Thursdays 2015
Featuring ZOA TRACONS every other Thursday from February 5th to April 30th.
Join ZOA as we strive to light up every single TRACON in our airspace – and we have a LOT! Come fly anytime between 5PM to 8PM Pacific Time and experience the best Thursday night you’ll ever have. Controllers: more information can be found here.

Dominic Nguyen is the New vZOA DATM

Members of vZOA,

I would like you to congratulate Mr. Dominic Nguyen as the New DATM. As you know Dominic has been a member of the ARTCC for a long time.  He leaves the Facilities Engineer position to fill a larger role in the ARTCC. Please help me in welcoming him into his new office. Welcome to the bigger office chair Dominic and we all look forward to making the ARTCC the best with your help as the DATM.

With Dominic accepting the DATM position that means the Facilities Engineer position is now open. I will be accepting applications. Click here for more information.