A Night By The Bay FNO [15JUL2016 2359-0500]

A Night By The Bay FNO

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.

[19JUN2016] South Bay Sunday’s

South bay Sunday's

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

[22MAY] Storm The Capital!

Storm the Capital Event

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!

[16APRIL] CalScream XVI

CalScreamin Event

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!

ZOA has a new DATM

All,

First, I’d like to give a big thank you to Michael Mund-Hoym for his time as DATM. His contributions were enormous and instrumental to getting ZOA on the right track. He’s been given a promotion in his Vatsim Membership position and must resign. Michael, we wish you the best, good luck, congratulations, and thank you for everything you’ve done here at ZOA! Michael will still be around as an Instructor, so be sure to congratulate him when you have a chance.

Now, join me in welcoming Jesse Romero as the new DATM here at ZOA. Jesse’s been with us for a while, and after a brief break with ZLA he has returned to help ZOA continue to get on the right track going forward. Jesse’s an experienced Instructor and controller having previously been with us on the training staff. I’m excited to see what the future holds, welcome back Jesse! Congrats!

Top 5 Controllers for March 2016

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Another month has gone by with some magnificent controlling hours. Over 450 hours total staffing time in March 2016! Well done everyone! Here our top five controllers for March 2016:

  1. Michael Roach – 80:58 hrs
  2. Dominic Nguyen – 60:23 hrs
  3. Jeff Hanner – 52:29 hrs
  4. Brandan Dadoun – 36:01 hrs
  5. Malachie Oie – 22:34 hrs

Top 5 Controllers for February 2016

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What is there to say to an overall increase of staffing hours of 67% comparing February 2016 to February 2015? There were a whole 24 hours more time to control this February due to the leap year, okay, you beat me to it. 🙂 I thought the 43% increase we managed in January was like winning the jackpot, but you all have proven that I was far off. Well done, folks! You all have every right to be proud members of the Oakland ARTCC on VATSIM. Please join me in a round of applause for the February 2016 top five:

  1. Dominic Nguyen – 85:34 hrs
  2. Jeff Hanner – 64:42 hrs
  3. Michael Roach – 55:35 hrs
  4. Nick Navarro – 55:16 hrs
  5. Matthew Streem – 32:40 hrs

Top 5 Controllers for January 2016

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2016 started out very well for us with a total of 478 controller hours in January. This is an increase of 43% compared to the total hours logged in January 2015! Great job everyone! A special thank you goes to Dominic Nguyen for having staffed a total of more than 100 hours in January 2016. Here the list of the top 5:

  1. Dominic Nguyen – 102:12 hrs
  2. Jeff Hanner – 59:03 hrs
  3. Nick Navarro – 52:20 hrs
  4. Matt Chicoine – 43:03 hrs
  5. Chase Zimmerman – 26:38 hrs

Superbowl 50 Event

Superbowl 50 Event Banner

The 50th Superbowl is upon us taking place in beautiful Santa Clara, California. Join us as the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers! ZOA will be primed to take on the arrival rush into San Jose (KSJC) and Reid-Hill View (KRHV) as well as other Bay area airports on February 6, 2016 from 2200z until 0200z.

See you there!

Controllers, please visit the forums to sign up for the event and view event details!

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!