Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center
A VATUSA Sub-Division

About vZOA


The Oakland ARTCC on VATSIM strives to be one of the most professional and realistic ARTCCs in VATUSA, and controllers are expected to know and learn a significant amount of information. Our mission here is dedicated to the highest quality ATC services delivered with a sense of friendliness, individual pride, and ARTCC spirit. Our airspace covers the harrowing Bay Area airspace including San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, as well as challenging mountainous airports like Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Mammoth Lakes. We've got something for everybody!

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Top Controller Monthly Time
Emmy Ramirez "EO" - 1482786 49:47 hrs
Maxim Salikhov "GG" - 1203809 23:17 hrs
Josh Warn "JW" - 865141 21:14 hrs
Rowan Young "RY" - 1385367 18:25 hrs
Brett Wells "BW" - 810036 16:01 hrs
Top Facility Monthly Time
Norcal Approach 79:40 hrs
San Francisco Ground 64:52 hrs
Oakland Center 63:36 hrs
San Francisco Tower 38:28 hrs
Oakland Ground 11:23 hrs
Top Controller Weekly Time
Zev Solomon "ZS" - 1520035 03:29 hrs
Josh Warn "JW" - 865141 01:55 hrs
Cole Rhody "UD" - 1463983 01:31 hrs
Emmy Ramirez "EO" - 1482786 01:28 hrs
Top Facility Weekly Time
Oakland Ground 03:29 hrs
San Francisco Tower 01:55 hrs
Oakland Tower 01:31 hrs
San Francisco Ground 01:28 hrs
Top Controller All Time
Matthew Chicoine "MC" - 815543 3040:20 hrs
Brett Wells "BW" - 810036 2166:35 hrs
Michael Mund-Hoym "" - 1038942 2161:05 hrs
Nick Navarro "NA" - 1082318 2017:55 hrs
Dominic Nguyen "DN" - 1200795 1959:59 hrs
Top Facility All Time
Oakland Center 12983:50 hrs
Norcal Approach 10258:05 hrs
San Francisco Tower 4274:00 hrs
San Francisco Ground 2944:03 hrs
Oakland Ground 1083:28 hrs

Feedback for Josh Warn

I was flying a DR40 into KSFO and it was the busiest I've ever seen an airport outside of an event, and SFO controllers were some of the friendliest and most professional controllers I've ever flown with. Amazing job!

  • Submitted by Nathan Hoggard flying N444XG
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  • ATC Position: SFO_TWR

Feedback for Dominic Nguyen

Amazing ATC, he knew what he was doing and was professional.

  • Submitted by Anonymous
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  • ATC Position: SJC_TWR

Feedback for Emmy Ramirez

Awesome controller, got some hate from a kid that didn't understand, Hope to see her controlling more often!

  • Submitted by reese kauputollefsen flying HAL24
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  • ATC Position: SFO_GND

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Recent Promotions

Jul 23
Paul Huynh passed the Orientation Quiz exam!
Jul 23
Phil Hutchinson passed the vZOA Major Ground (SFO) exam!
Jul 18
Conor O'Brien passed the Orientation Quiz exam!
Jul 18
Phil Hutchinson passed the Orientation Quiz exam!
Jul 15
Kevin Piller passed the Orientation Quiz exam!

Current ZOA Flights 14

  • 11 San Francisco (SFO)
  • 1 Oakland (OAK)
  • 0 San Jose (SJC)
  • 0 Sacramento (SMF)
  • 2 Reno (RNO)
  • 0 Monterey (MRY)

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