Previous Events

Toga Party II

2021-09-18 23:59 UTC - 04:00 UTC

Toga Party? Toga is the name of one the sectors covering San Jose, named so since there are many planes that execute go arounds in the sector. Well, maybe not, but that's the lie we are going with.

Ever since we had the first Toga Party a few years ago, we've been itching to do it again. So here it is! San Jose (for your jets) and Reid Hillview (for your props) will both be staffed for your flying desires.

Airports: KSJC, KRHV
Date & Time: September 18th, 2021, 5 - 9 PM PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): September 18th, 2021, 2359-0400z

Note: the form will collect your email simply so that you get a confirmation of your sign up (so that you can refer back to it if you forget what you signed up for)

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Caltrain Commute

2021-08-29 23:00 UTC - 02:00 UTC

Rumor has it that at ZOA, we like trains. Well, that happens to be 100% fact, so we thought, what better way to show our love for trains than by having a train-themed plane event? This summer night, join us in your favorite piston, turbo, or F40PH as you commute between SJC, NUQ, PAO, and SQL.

Airports: SQL, PAO, NUQ, SJC
Date & Time: August 29th, 4 - 7 PM PDT (23z - 02z)

SMT is authorized for this event. Please sign up for featured event airport cabs first (SJC, NUQ, PAO, SQL) before signing up for other cab positions. Our first priority is to make sure we can have at least a tower staffed at each event field.

Hot Plane Summer FNO

2021-08-06 23:00 UTC - 03:00 UTC

It's summer, there's planes, and it's been hot in lots of places lately. Time to put those three things together during a Friday Night Operations event, brought to you by ZOA, ZLC, and ZSE.

Featured Airports: SFO, RNO, SEA, PDX, SLC
Date & Time: August 6th, 2300z-0300z (4 - 8 PM Pacific, 7 - 11 PM Eastern)

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Light Up North America

2021-08-05 02:00 UTC - 05:00 UTC

As part of VATSIM's 20th anniversary celebrations, VATUSA, VATMEX, and VATCAN will be hosting a rolling light up of North America. Every facility will be staffing 7 - 10 PM local time.

Airports: Anything in ZOA airspace!
Date & Time: August 4th, 2021, 7 - 10 PM PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): August 5th, 2021, 0200z-0500z

Please indicate your interest in controlling for this event using the sign-up form below. SMT is authorized on all positions.

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Sausalito Summernight

2021-07-18 23:00 UTC - 02:00 UTC

Did you know that there is a town in California named after the Diesel song "Sausalito Summernight"? Today, we invite you to fly into the area as you rock to the song's epic guitar riff.

Featured Airports: Sonoma County Airport (STS), Napa County Airport (APC)
Date & Time: July 18th, 4-7 PM PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): July 18th, 2300z - 0200z

Shift 1: 4-5 PM PDT (2300z-0000z)
Shift 2: 5-6 PM PDT (0000z-0100z)
Shift 3: 6-7 PM PDT (0100z-0200z)

This is a ZOA-sponsored event; while sign-ups are first-come, first-serve, the positions may be adjusted as necessary for the event's success. SMT is authorized for supporting positions (NCT, SFO).

Say Yes To SFO

2021-07-10 23:59 UTC - 04:00 UTC

You've heard of #SayNoToSFO and you certainly said no. But today, we Say Yes to SFO. Fly in using your favorite airliner or turboprop. If you want some GA action, we'll have KSQL open for you!

Airports: KSFO, KSQL

Date & Time: July 10th, 2021, 5 - 9 PM PDT

Date & Time (Zulu): July 10th, 2021, 2359-0400z

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Fireworks Friday

2021-07-02 23:00 UTC - 03:00 UTC

VATUSA is proud to present the first of many more themed Fridays, FIREWORKS FRIDAY! Join us in celebrating the 4th of July VATUSA style, with ARTCCs staffing up all across the country for your enjoyment. Kick off America's 245th birthday weekend right by flying your favorite aircraft out of your favorite airport! Staffing will start at 2300z and go until the night is over (or 0300z). We look forward to seeing you there, and happy 4th of July!!

Fajita Friday FNO

2021-06-25 23:59 UTC - 04:00 UTC

It's time for another FNO! Featuring SFO, OAK, LAX, LAS, and PHX!

We're all here for a good time!!!

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Light Up America

2021-06-04 23:59 UTC - 04:00 UTC

Hold on to your yokes, because Light Up America has returned! VATUSA is proud to present Light Up America, where all 21 of our facilities will be staffed from 2359-0400z for your enjoyment. Dust off the 172, or roll out the A320. We will be staffing as many positions as possible, so fly your favorite route or try something new! Our controllers are excited and can't wait to see you there!

There will not be a roster, positions will be determined on the day of. The sign-up is just to gauge interest and people's availability.

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Coastline Transition (Virtual USA Flying Club)

2021-05-26 00:00 UTC - 02:00 UTC

Virtual USA Flying Club will be hosting "Coastline Transition", as part of their "homefield advantage" event series. They always bring a good crowd, and have asked us to staff for their event!

Event Notes (from vUSA Flying Club Briefing):

  • Pilots can either depart from KMHR Sacremento Mather, fly the VFR Coastline Transition past the Golden Gate bridge South to KSQL San Carlos, or vice versa.
  • The San Francisco TAC or FLY sectional will have all the details for this fun and scenic Class Bravo transition. The FLY is included on page two for you to preview.
  • Upon reaching your destination airfield, a full stop landing is required.
This is not an official ZOA event, and a roster will not be made for this event. However, the sign ups on this page should be adhered to. SMT is authorized. Feel free to staff up positions that are not listed as well!