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ZLA is looking for a Facility Engineer!

The facility engineer is responsible for keeping controllers up-to-date with new procedures and airspace changes. We're looking for someone who is motivated, experienced and willing to take on new challenges.

Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintains ZLA CRC data-admin database, alias file, video maps, and tools
- Troubleshoot issues with geoJSON files, ERAM filters, video maps, Audio for VATSIM, etc.
- Participates in and leads outreach to partner organizations, fellow engineers and outside resources
- Stays up-to-date with new procedures and airspace changes
- Manipulates and converts raw FAA data
- Coordinates with neighboring ARTCCs to maintain facility files
- Assists with creation and maintenance of sweatbox/ATCTrainer simulation files and scenarios
- Maintains an active presence within the facility and on the VATSIM network
- Other duties as required


Required Qualifications
- Be an active member of the VATSIM network in good standing with no significant disciplinary history
- Currently hold a rating of S3 or higher
- Capable of working well in a team-oriented environment
- Strong knowledge of the United States Airspace and Air Traffic Control systems
- Excellent written and oral communication skills


Preferred Qualifications
- Previous or current ARTCC staff experience
- Real world aviation experience
- Coding/Software engineering experience (especially Python), familiarity with github
- Familiarity with QGIS and geoJSON highly preferred
- Team leadership experience


This position requires a significant commitment to ZLA and VATSIM. Role and responsibilities may change as needed. All controllers who hold an S3 rating or higher and who may be interested are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with ZLA's airspace is helpful but not required.


Please include the following in your application:
- Full name, email address and VATSIM CID
- Letter of intent or cover letter
- Resume detailing VATSIM experience
- Optional: Letter of recommendation from a current or previous ARTCC/VATUSA staff member


Please submit applications to the ZLA Air Traffic Manager at [email protected] and Deputy Air Traffic Manager at [email protected].

Applications must be received by Wednesday, July 24th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

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News / Position Posting: ZLA Facility Engineer
« on: July 09, 2024, 07:12:58 PM »
ZLA is looking for a Facility Engineer!

The facility engineer is responsible for keeping controllers up-to-date with new procedures and airspace changes. We're looking for someone who is motivated, experienced and willing to take on new challenges.

Duties and Responsibilities
- Maintains ZLA CRC data-admin database, alias file, video maps, and tools
- Troubleshoot issues with geoJSON files, ERAM filters, video maps, Audio for VATSIM, etc.
- Participates in and leads outreach to partner organizations, fellow engineers and outside resources
- Stays up-to-date with new procedures and airspace changes
- Manipulates and converts raw FAA data
- Coordinates with neighboring ARTCCs to maintain facility files
- Assists with creation and maintenance of sweatbox/ATCTrainer simulation files and scenarios
- Maintains an active presence within the facility and on the VATSIM network
- Other duties as required


Required Qualifications
- Be an active member of the VATSIM network in good standing with no significant disciplinary history
- Currently hold a rating of S3 or higher
- Capable of working well in a team-oriented environment
- Strong knowledge of the United States Airspace and Air Traffic Control systems
- Excellent written and oral communication skills


Preferred Qualifications
- Previous or current ARTCC staff experience
- Real world aviation experience
- Coding/Software engineering experience (especially Python), familiarity with github
- Familiarity with QGIS and geoJSON highly preferred
- Team leadership experience


This position requires a significant commitment to ZLA and VATSIM. Role and responsibilities may change as needed. All controllers who hold an S3 rating or higher and who may be interested are encouraged to apply. Familiarity with ZLA's airspace is helpful but not required.


Please include the following in your application:
- Full name, email address and VATSIM CID
- Letter of intent or cover letter
- Resume detailing VATSIM experience
- Optional: Letter of recommendation from a current or previous ARTCC/VATUSA staff member


Please submit applications to the ZLA Air Traffic Manager at [email protected] and Deputy Air Traffic Manager at [email protected].

Applications must be received by Sunday, July 14th at 23:59Z.

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NOTAMs / Rest in Peace Matthew Chicoine
« on: May 07, 2024, 01:51:07 PM »
Friends, it is with a heavy heart that I must deliver the news that long-time VATSIM contributor, controller, and friend Matt Chicoine has sadly passed away from cancer. A staple of ZLA Live along with his dog, a stalwart ZOA controller, a lifelong lover of aviation, and one of the most kind and gentle humans I've ever had the pleasure to know, Matt brought a joy and optimism to our community that was so uniquely his own. From controlling ZOA with us late into the night, or flying all sorts of fun and interesting approaches as ASA and WJA720, Matt's passion for the hobby and sheer happiness of being on the network will be sorely missed.


Love you, Matt.

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Events / ZLA Live 2025
« on: December 17, 2023, 02:34:55 AM »
ZLA Live 2025 TK TK TK

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Events / ZLA Live 2024
« on: September 16, 2023, 02:20:07 AM »
VATSIM's Premiere Live ATC controlling event returns on Saturday June 15, 2024!
Come join ZLA as we control together in the same room!

Featured fields: LAX SAN BUR ONT PSP SNA
Time: 4pm-8pm Pacific Time (2300Z-0300Z)


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Events / Four Stacks Frenzy
« on: July 23, 2022, 01:22:07 PM »


Maintain 5,000, report the four stacks in sight. Join ZLA and SoCal Area 1 as we staff up Burbank, Van Nuys, and Whiteman. Get that VFR practice in, shoot the Four Stacks Visual to 15, see if you can fly the LDA-C using raw data, and enjoy an afternoon in the San Fernando Valley.

Airports: KBUR, KVNY, KWHP
Date & Time: August 25th, 1659 - 2100 PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): August 25th, 2359 - 0400z

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News / ZLA Announces New Pilot Initiatives
« on: August 18, 2019, 05:58:35 PM »
The Los Angeles ARTCC is proud to announce several new, or maybe not so new, initiatives designed to increase pilot and controller involvement and understanding. We are making a few changes to our community to encourage pilots and controllers to interact on a regular basis, while also hopefully increasing both pilot and controller quality across the board. First, ZLA is happy to announce we are moving to a new discord server. We are dedicated to making it as easy as possible for our controllers to access information, training staff, and resources, while also giving pilots a dedicated space to interact directly with the controllers on the other side of the scope, ask questions, and generally enjoy this hobby.

Second, we are announcing the resurgence of ZOTSOT! We are currently accepting applicants for the ZLA OTS Special Operations Team (ZOTSOT). ZLA has a long history and relationship with pilots that enjoy flying in the SOCAL and Vegas areas. In the spirit of that partnership we are opening applications for pilots to join this highly skilled team. The main purpose of ZOTSOT is to provide controllers with a diverse and unique traffic picture during their Over The Shoulder (OTS) exams or to test on their normal sessions for advancements. ZOTSOT pilots are encouraged to bring their helicopters, their airships, their light sport aircraft, and their good sense of challenge to help test the mettle of ZLA’s students. It’s a great opportunity to practice some of the more unique and challenging aspects of our airspace while also putting our best to the test.

What it takes to be a ZOTSOT Pilot:
  • Have a desire to help student controllers
  • Be able to fly on the VATSIM Network
  • Follow the ZOTSOT Guidelines in the forums Here
  • Work with the TA and Instructors
  • (Coming Soon) Get your own Signature Badge in the ZLA Forums
Interested? Read more HERE and send your CID, email, and why you are interested to [email protected].  Please note - by applying you are consenting to periodic emails in relation to ZOTSOT only. 

Finally, ZLA is recommitting to its partnership with VATSTAR pilot training. Building off the success of our first one, we’re excited to announce our next pilot/controller event coming this Fall. Going forward we hope to create more events bespoke to the training program VATSTAR provides, and generally mutually contribute to pilot and controller quality by utilizing our airspaces’ most challenging and rewarding features including Special Flight Rules Area, Tower Enroute Control Routes, unique airspace classes and a hotbed of GA flying.

From pilot ratings, to the first ZOTSOT programs, intense controller training, and a reputation for an intense workload, ZLA is proud to build on our strong history of pilot/controller relations and is thrilled to be able to continue that legacy on the VATSIM network. Please join us in our new discord, visit us at www.laartcc.org, and feel free to reach out to us anytime via email.

Blue Sky,
Your friends at ZLA
Nick Christopher, ATM [email protected] | Matthew Kramer, DATM [email protected] | Josh Borges, TA [email protected]

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Events / [28SEP18] Bravos by the Beach: A ZLA FNO
« on: July 03, 2018, 06:48:38 PM »


Featuring our two beachside bravos, ZLA presents Friday Night Ops at KLAX and KSAN!

Pilots are encouraged to fly from neighboring ARTCCs to San Diego or Los Angeles or vice versa. Pilots wishing to fly between these airports should be prepared for ground holds and release times.

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Events / [1SEP18 2300z] Losin' in Las Vegas
« on: June 13, 2018, 09:55:36 PM »


This Labor Day Weekend, come lose a little in lost wages with ZLA! Get lost in lovely Las Vegas with your friends at the Los Angeles ARTCC. We'll be staffing KLAS, approach and center. VFR and Satellite airports encouraged!

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News / Los Angeles Has a New Facility Engineer!
« on: April 07, 2018, 08:04:26 PM »
Please join me in welcoming Chris Carstens as ZLA's newest Facility Engineer! Chris has been a hard working mentor for ZLA and we're excited to welcome him to a staff position.

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