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Events / CYVR-KSFO Crossfire
« on: November 26, 2023, 10:45:46 PM »
Airports: CYVR, KSFO
Date/Time: January 27, 4pm-8pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): January 28, 0000z-0400z

Events / Have Yourself a Merry Little...Go Around
« on: November 23, 2023, 01:43:27 PM »
Airport: SFO
Date/Time: December 23, 4 - 8pm PT
Date/Time (Zulu): December 24, 0000z - 0400z

Events / September Madness FNO
« on: August 21, 2023, 04:06:31 PM »

Come out and fly through ZOA as we celebrate September Madness!!  September is halfway to March, so we’ll put our final 4 down.  Some of our most scenic airports will be staffed so enjoy the landscape, and let’s see who comes out on top.

Airports: SFO, SJC, SMF, FAT
Date/Time: September 15, 2023, 4pm PT - 8pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): September 15, 2023, 2300z - September 16, 2023, 0300z

Events / Fly-in Thursday: Oakland (OAK)
« on: June 12, 2023, 02:14:15 AM »

Sky Blue Radio, The Pilot Club, and the Oakland ARTCC present another Thursday evening fly-in, this time featuring the Metro Oakland International Airport (OAK).

Airport: KOAK
Date & Time: July 13, 5 - 8 PM PT (8 - 11 PM ET)
Date & Time (Zulu): July 13, 0000z - 0300z

The target arrival time is between 6 - 7 PM PDT, but OAK will be staffed starting at 5 PM PDT until 8 PM PDT.

Events / Toga Party IV: TOGA Strikes Back
« on: June 12, 2023, 01:59:40 AM »

Come see ZOAs best and brightest at our 4th rendition of our TOGA party event. Sups have driven the controllers from the SFO cab, but a group of freedom fighters have established a new secret base on the remote ice world of Toga! On Saturday the 18th TOGA Strikes Back in Toga Party IV featuring SJC, RHV, and PAO, join the rebel alliance and fly out!!

Airports: PAO, RHV, SJC
Date/Time: November 18, 4 - 8pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): November 19, 0000z-0400z

Events / Trick or OAK
« on: June 12, 2023, 01:36:42 AM »

Calling all pilots and controllers alike, join us on this evening on a scary holloween night. We invite you to fly all planes big and small, but watch out you might be tricked and not land at all. File your flight to OAK if you wish, but be warned you may get vectored off to another airport at the controllers' bliss. We encourage you to fly your 73 and 74 alike, as O27, which has a 3000 foot runway that might bring a haunted end to your night. Enjoy this fun evening that is sure to fright, hopefully your plane survives this holloween night.

Pilot Brief:

Airports: Cross your fingers!!
Date/Time: October 28, 2023, 4 - 8pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): October 28, 2300z - October 29, 0300z

Events / CalScream XXIII
« on: March 22, 2023, 11:01:38 AM »

ZOA and ZLA have come together to bring back for its 23rd iteration, CalScream!! Book your flights here:
Date/Time: May 21st, 4:00pm-8:00pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): May 21st, 2300z-0300z

Events / Storm the Bay LIVE!
« on: March 21, 2023, 01:52:46 PM »

Come out and enjoy all the San Francisco Bay has to offer, in one of the biggest productions of the year, ZOA presents our first (at least in a long while) rendition of ZOA LIVE, Storm the Bay, LIVE!!!  Come and fly to see all of what ZOA has to offer as we'll be running almost maximum staffing. Hope to see you there!!!

Airports: SFO/OAK/SJC
Date/Time: June 17, 4 - 8pm PDT
Date/Time (Zulu): June 17, 2300z - June 18, 0300z

Events / Green Day FNO
« on: February 25, 2023, 01:52:09 PM »

Come and fly out on Patrick's Day Weekend in ZOA. We'll be staffing SJC, RNO, FAT, and celebrating the band Green Day, which are Bay Area natives! Hope to cya there!
Airports: SJC/RNO/FAT
Date/Time: March 17, 2023, 5-9pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): March 18, 2023, 0000z-0400z

Events / Half Moon Heart-Attack Fly in
« on: November 27, 2022, 09:16:48 PM »

Half Moon Bay is having a fly in and a car show IRL at the end of April, to which a temp tower will be put up in an Oshkosh style event. Feel free to take anything from your Barons, to Bonanzas, to Cirruses (Cirri?) to Half Moon Bay for this rarety of an occasion.

Airport: HAF
Date & Time: May 7, 2023, 1 - 5 PM PST
Date & Time (Zulu): May 7, 2023, 2000-0000z

Events / Bingo in the Bay
« on: November 27, 2022, 09:10:16 PM »

ZOA invites you to our first rendition of Bingo in the Bay on VATSIM!!  Lots of prizes up for grabs this time around so come out and fly and win your favorite flight sim addons!!!

ZOA is offering 18, you heard that right, 18 individual raffle winners may win one of the following prizes, thanks to the extremely generous contributions of our sponsors for the event:

ShortFinal Design:
2x ShortFinal Design SFO Scenery

1x XP12 Plane of choice

2x Toliss A320 NEOs

Flightbeam Studios:
$30 gift card for the Flightbeam Studios Shop

1x Inibuilds LAX Scenery
1x Inibuilds OKC Scenery

1x winner to receive a choice of the following 4 airports: KRDU, TIST, KLAS, EDDF.  Winner also will receive a copy of Tower! Simulator 3

3x copies of Aerosoft CRJ Bundle (includes 550/700/900/1000)

1x copy of VerticalSim KBOI
1x copy of VerticalSim KOMA

SlantAlpha Adventures:
1x prize from SlantAlpha Prize Pool (explained in raffle terms document)

3x copies FlightFactor plane of choice

To enter the raffle (one entry per person allowed), you must:
  • Complete the raffle entry form: (before April 23, 0300z)
  • Complete a qualifying flight, complete a valid bingo card, and submitting your pictures on the vZOA discord

Qualifying flights must meet the following criteria:
  • The flight must be completed complying with all VATSIM CoC, found here: This means no slewing, no spawning up in the air, no accelerating sim rate without permission, etc.
  • A valid completed bingo card via the rules explained in the terms document
  • The bingo card does not have to be completed in 1 flight

Full terms of the raffle are available here:

Link to vZOA discord:
Follow the steps in #Bingo-Announcements and #read-me-first to request the event role called "Bingo" to get started. Do not request the pilot role as this is not for the event :)

Airports: explore and fill out those bingo cards!!!
Date & Time: April 22, 2023, 4 - 8 PM PST
Date & Time (Zulu): April 23, 2023, 2300-0300z

Events / Opposite Day in the Bay Pt 2
« on: November 03, 2022, 09:55:08 PM »

Come and enjoy ZOA in one of our most complex operations, East Ops.  Feel free to enjoy Oakland's ILS 12, or even depart the 10s at SFO. Hope you enjoy us running everything backwards, see ya there!
Pilot Brief:
Airports: SFO, SJC, OAK
Date/Time: January 28, 2023, 4-8pm PT
Date/Time: January 29, 2023, 0000z-0400z

Events / Fly-in Thursday: Fresno (FAT)
« on: October 05, 2022, 09:33:26 PM »

Sky Blue Radio, The Pilot Club, and the Oakland ARTCC present another Thursday evening fly-in, this time featuring the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT).

Airport: KFAT
Date and Time: December 15, 5 - 8 PM PST (8 - 11 PM EST)
Date and Time (Zulu): December 16, 0100z - 0400z
The target arrival time is between 6 - 7 PM PST, but FAT will be staffed starting at 5 PM PST until 8 PM PST.

Events / Fly-in Thursday: Oakland (OAK)
« on: September 05, 2022, 08:11:47 PM »

Sky Blue Radio, The Pilot Club, and the Oakland ARTCC present another Thursday evening fly-in, this time featuring the Metro Oakland International Airport (OAK).

Airport: KOAK
Date & Time: September 22, 5 - 8 PM PDT (8 - 11 PM EDT)
Date & Time (Zulu): September 23, 0000z - 0300z

Pilot Brief:

The target arrival time is between 6 - 7 PM PDT, but OAK will be staffed starting at 5 PM PDT until 8 PM PDT.

Events / SFO Overload #SayYesToSFO
« on: August 17, 2022, 09:56:06 PM »

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) being the busiest of those airports, is the largest airport in the San Francisco Bay Area and the second-busiest in California, after Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In 2017, it was the seventh-busiest airport in the United States and the 24th-busiest in the world by passenger count. NCT is the 3rd busiest TRACON in the US. Come and enjoy the staffing of the best of the bay!!  Cya there!!

Pilot Brief:

Airport: SFO
Date/Time: Feburary 18, 2023, 5-9pm PT
Date/Time (zulu): Feburary 19, 2023, 0100z-0500z

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