Oakland Oceanic Pilot Tools

Knots Indicated
Domestic ATC (Seattle Center, Oakland Center, Los Angeles Center, etc) will coordinate your oceanic clearance with Oakland Oceanic either on the ground or in the air. Be prepared to relay the time in zulu you estimate crossing your first oceanic fix to ATC. For example, if filing R464 to Honolulu your first fix is BAART, which is on the border of ZOA and ZAK airspace.
When crossing any waypoint in oceanic airspace you must provide a position report. If your estimated time over your next fix changes by more than 2 minutes you must provide ATC with a new estimated time over than fix. If you do not provide a position report within 3 minutes of your estimated time, ATC will attempt to reach you for a position report.
Positions reports must be given in the current real world zulu time. If you fly using times other than real world you must convert your position report time to the current time in zulu before passing your position report to ATC.
Time compression may be used with ATC approval in accordance with the following procedures. ATC may deny or suspend the use of time compression due to congestion on the route.
  • Time compression may be available only for RVSM equipped aircraft at the following altitudes:
    • Westbound at 2X - FL380
    • Westbound at 4X - FL400
    • Eastbound at 2X - FL390
    • Eastbound at 4X - FL410
  • Pilots must indicate time-compression in the flight plan comments (e.g.: "2x R464"), as well as indicating the proper cruise altitude.
  • Aircraft entering oceanic airspace shall not commence time compression until at least 20 minutes after passing the oceanic entry waypoint. Aircraft leaving oceanic airspace shall cancel time compression at least 20 minutes prior to the applicable oceanic exit waypoint. These 1x segments allow ATC to facilitate sequencing.
  • Pilots shall not submit position reports while in time-compressed simulation rates, but must maintain a continuous network connection.
  • Upon resuming 1x simulation rate, pilots must set the simulator clock to real world time to insure accurate position reports.
VFR flights may be conducted in the airspace surrounding Pacific Islands within the ZAK FIR:
  • Between sunrise and sunset
  • When operating less than 100nm from any landmass
  • Below FL200
VFR flight is otherwise prohibited in Oceanic Class A airspace.
On VATSIM, Oakland Oceanic is identified as ZAK_E_FSS, ZAK_W_FSS, or ZAK_FSS. The callsign is "San Francisco Radio".
  • ZAK_E_FSS covers the Pacific Ocean east of the international dateline (mainland US, Hawaii, etc)
  • ZAK_W_FSS covers the Pacific Ocean west of the international dateline (west of Hawaii, going to Asia)
  • ZAK_FSS covers all of the ZAK airspace over the Pacific Ocean.