Top 5 Controllers for June 2015

top5blueIt is the end of June and the results are in for the Top 5 ZOA controllers. Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you your Top 5 Controllers for June 2015!!!!

  1.  Nick Navarro                      42 Sessions            70:55hrs
  2. Justin Gray                           33 Sessions           55:30hrs
  3. Brandon Guistolise            28 Sessions           47:48hrs
  4. Clyde Barney                       39 Sessions           40:29hrs
  5. Dominic Nguyen                 23 Sessions           30:53hrs

Nick Navarro is in controlling BEAST MODE. Can anyone take this controlling monster down? Great Job Nick, keep up the great work!!! Justin moving on up from #3 to #2. Great Job Justin, keep up the great work. A couple new names to the list this month with Brandon and Clyde making the Top 5. Congrats guys, nice to see a few new names to the list.  And our very own DATM still on the list, Great Job Dominic. Everyone lets give these guys some congrats when you see them next. As always keep controlling and having fun!!!

Top 5 Controllers for May 2015

top5blueIt is that time of month again Lady’s and Gentlemen!!! It is time to recognize vZOA’s Top 5 Controllers for May 2015!!! And the Winners are?

  1. Nick Navarro              28 Sessions     49:49hrs
  2. Chris Leipelt               21 Sessions     46:28hrs
  3. Justin Gray                  24 Sessions     42:00hrs
  4. Dominic Nguyen        17 Sessions     32:31hrs
  5. Ryan Gerrard              22 Sessions     23:53hrs

Again Nick on the top of the list #1 for Nick. Keep up the great work. Chris was a close seconded. Nick better be careful for June, or we might see a new #1 on top. Welcome back to the top 5 Justin and Dominic. And a new name to the list Ryan G. Welcome to the top 5 list. Great job everyone. As always keep controlling and keep having fun. Lets push some TIN!!!

CA Central FNO

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Featuring KFAT and more June 5th from 23:59-04:00z (5-9 PM local)
Kick off the summer with a visit to the beautiful California Central Valley. This Friday, ZOA will be staffing up KFAT (Fresno-Yosemite) and smaller fields. Don’t miss out on this unique and breathtaking opportunity.

Controllers, sign up in the forums here.

ZOA’s Newest Mentor!

Join me in congratulating Nick Navarro as the newest Mentor at Oakland ARTCC. Nick has been working hard and showing a lot of promise, we couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the training staff! Nick will be able to train students up to San Francisco Tower, so keep an eye out as he’ll be posting training availability soon! Congrats Nick!

Top 5 Controllers for April 2015

top5blueIt is that time of month again. Time to recognize the vZOA Top 5 Controllers for April 2015!!!

  1. Nick Navarro               79:39
  2. Nicolas Stevens           41:08
  3. Clyde Barney               28:60
  4. Matthew Chicoine      27:44
  5. Chris Leiplet                23:17

Nick Navarro raking up the hours again this month. Nick is a controlling monster. Nicolas returning to the top 5 along with Chris. A couple of new names with Clyde and Matthew hitting the upper controlling hours this month. Keep up the great work all of you. Keep controlling and having fun. Great job everyone!!! See you on the Scopes!!!

AIRAC 1505 Brings SOP and Sector File Changes

AIRAC 1505 has been rolled out and brought us several new arrivals, SOP changes, and a new sector file. The NORCAL Metroplex program is now complete with the addition of the DYAMD#, EMZOH#, OAKES#, RAZRR# and SUUTR# arrivals. All of these arrivals have been added to the ZOA Sector file which was also released yesterday. The new sector file includes an updated SFO Ground Map, updated airac, SID and STAR maps, and more.

Please read these following forum post for more information on SOP changes and AIRAC 1505.

AIRAC 1505 Post
SOP Changes Post

Alex Bower Memorial Event – 19APR15

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Held to honor one of our previous controllers who has moved on to a better place.
Alex Bower was a member of ZOA several years ago. He passed away on January 31, 2007 at his home in San Francisco. The son of an American Airlines pilot, he earned his pilot’s license and flew frequently until an injury permanently grounded him from flying solo. But nothing could ground his love for aviation. He was a long time member of VATSIM and ZOA, where he would fly into SFO every night from Tahiti as AAL1028. Alex also loved yachting and cycling, and everyone that knew him would say he was a fantastic person and a great friend.

In memory of Alex, we will be featuring the place he called home – San Francisco, and well as nearby San Carlos. Please join us to honor a special person.

Controllers: Sign up here.

Tracon Thursdays #6 – 16APR15

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Staffing ZOA TRACONS every other Thursday from 5-8PM Pacific (00:00-03:00z)
This is the second to last TRACON Thursday of the season. Come in to cool down on your Thursday evening and enjoy the complexity of the Norcal TRACON airspace.

Controllers: Full info in the forums located here.