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!
Finishing the last month of 2015 with just over a total of 440 controller hours, it is certainly time to once again thank all of you for your tremendous work representing the Oakland ARTCC on VATSIM on the scopes. If my calculations are right, we finished the year with a total of 5,420 controller hours!! Wow! Expect results of the Golden Mic to be released shortly. Here a special thank you to our top 5 controllers of December 2015:
- Dominic Nguyen – 72:33 hrs
- Jeff Hanner – 59:46 hrs
- Matt Chicoine – 43:58 hrs
- Arvid Hansson – 37:06 hrs
- Chase Zimmerman – 31:00 hrs
The sector file for AIRAC 1513 has been uploaded to the site. Along with an AIRAC update it includes a fix for the incorrect sector maps being included in the last file.
Sector File Changes
– AIRAC Update
– Sector Maps corrected
November 2015, much like the months before, has been great in staffing hours, thanks to the contributions of you all! We staffed a total of 570 controller hours, or almost 1 controller online at any given time, on average throughout the entire month. Here our top five controllers for November 2015:
- Nick Navarro – 70:41 hrs
- Jeff Hanner – 61:15 hrs
- Dominic Nguyen – 59:11 hrs
- Matthew Campbell – 44:03 hrs
- Devon Howard – 39:49 hrs
I have uploaded a new Sector file for AIRAC 1512, as well as an updated POF file (v6.5), and an Alias file (v3.2). In addition, I have also uploaded an AIRAC update for those of you that use vSTARS! You can get these on the downloads page of the website.
Sector File Changes
– Updated AIRAC
– Added OAK_42_CTR position
– Removed unused Sectors
– PDC’s frequency (you must now type the frequency rather than sector ID, this is due to complaints that controllers were unable to assign a frequency when now departure controller is online.)
October this year has been very successful for us, and brought us an Iron Mic for Center in week 42. Thanks for everyone’s contributions! Here the list of our top 5 controllers for October 2015:
- Nick Navarro – 112:41 hrs
- Dominic Nguyen – 100:37 hrs
- Samuel Lee – 64:21 hrs
- Jeff Hanner – 44:35 hrs
- Garrett Powell – 37:28 hrs
For the second time in 3 weeks, ZOA wins another Iron Mic for Center! Fantastic work!
There was a delay in posting, but Oakland Center brings home an Iron Mic for Week 39! Congrats everybody and good work!
The downloads page has been updated with sector file 1510 and Alias File v3.1. The new sector file includes a nav data update, as well as the addition of IAP courses for airports. The new alias file contains new aliases such as Pre-Departure Clearances, scratchpad shortcuts for NORCAL Tracon and Oakland Center, and updated phraseology, among other items. Please check the forums for a tutorial on the usage of these new commands.
An update to the facility pof file has been released. V6.4 adds compatibility with the updated Oakland Center sector ID numbers. Please download this file on the downloads page. If you have any questions please email the staff!