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Events / Regional Night: Valley Views
« on: March 14, 2022, 10:37:14 PM »

Come down to the California Central Valley for some evening views of the scenery, featuring Modesto, Livermore, and Sacramento Executive airports.

Airports: MOD, LVK, SAC
Date & Time: April 20th, 2022, 6 - 8 PM PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): April 21st, 2022, 0100z - 0300z

Events / Fly-in Thursday: Monterey (MRY)
« on: March 11, 2022, 06:16:47 PM »

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

Airport: KMRY
Date & Time: May 5th, 5 - 8 PM PDT (8 - 11 PM EDT)
Date & Time (Zulu): May 6th, 0000z - 0300z

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

Events / Coast Starlight FNO
« on: January 22, 2022, 10:49:00 PM »

The Coast Starlight Train runs from Los Angeles to Seattle, and for this FNO we invite you to stop at a few airports along its route.

Date & Time: March 4th, 5 - 9 PM PST
Date & Time (Zulu): March 5th, 0100z-0500z
Featured Airports: LAX, SBA, SJC, SMF, PDX, SEA
Conditionally Featured*: SBP, SNS, EUG

* these airports will be featured staffing-permitting

Events / Cross the Lake (Tahoe)
« on: December 05, 2021, 01:50:22 PM »

Pilot Brief:

Crossing bodies of water is a VATSIM tradition unlike any other. This Sunday, we invite you to fly over and around the Lake Tahoe area as you explore the various airports in the area.

Featured Airports: RNO, TRK, TVL (uncontrolled), MEV (uncontrolled), CXP (uncontrolled)
Date & Time: January 30th, 3 PM - 6 PM PST, 2300z - 0200z

The pilot brief will contain reminders for flying in and out of uncontrolled (also known as: pilot-controlled/untowered) airports so please make sure to review it before you fly!

Events / Opposite Day in the Bay (SJC, OAK, SFO)
« on: October 10, 2021, 12:30:14 PM »

Please review the pilot brief:
Pilot brief will be available at the above URL at or before Jan 7th 0000z

San Francisco International Airport is known for its closely spaced approaches to runways 28L and 28R, as well closely spaced departures from runways 1L and 1R. SFO runs in that configuration for the majority of the year, but in the rare occasion that winds are strong out of the east or southeast, the bay area falls into what is called "Southeast Plan", where San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose flip their direction of operations. For this event, we will be putting ourselves into Southeast Plan, rain or shine (or unfavorable wind). Come experience this once a year (seriously! this configuration only happens a few times a year!) configuration with us.

Featured Airports: SFO, OAK, SJC
Date & Time: January 9th, 2022, 4 - 8 PM PST (7 - 11 PM EST, 0000z-0400z)
Note: Zulu time falls on the following date in Zulu

Routing Notes Please make sure to file the following arrivals to avoid having to adjust your routing mid-flight. Only the most important changes to arrivals are noted. Non-RNAV aircraft can expect to receive appropriate routing during the event.

  • Instead of the BDEGA# arrival, file the STLER# arrival (arrivals from the north)
  • Instead of the DYAMD# arrival, file the ALWYS# arrival (arrivals from the east)
  • Instead of the SERFR# arrival, file the WWAVS# arrival (arrivals from the south)
  • The PIRAT# arrival is compatible with southeast plan

  • Instead of the WNDSR# arrival, file the AANET# arrival (arrivals from the north)
  • Instead of the OAKES# arrival, file the BANND# arrival (arrivals from the east)
  • Instead of the EMZOH# arrival, file the SKIZM# arrival (arrivals from the south)
  • The PIRAT# arrival is compatible with southeast plan

  • Instead of the BRIXX# arrival, file the FRLON# arrival (arrivals from the north)
  • The SILCN# and RAZRR# arrivals are compatible with southeast plan

Events / Down the Coast
« on: September 11, 2021, 09:29:03 PM »

You've had enough of the hustle and bustle of commuting using the Caltrain, and want something more peaceful. On October 7th, join ZOA for a scenic evening trip down the Northern California coast. All kinds of bizjets, helicopters, bugsmashers et. al. are welcome!

Note: Half Moon Bay (HAF) is one of the featured airports...and its uncontrolled (meaning there will not be a tower staffed there)! Please review uncontrolled airport procedures if you plan on stopping at HAF.

Featured Airports: Santa Rosa (STS), Half Moon Bay (HAF), Monterey (MRY)
Date & Time: October 7th, 5 PM - 8 PM PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): October 8th, 0000z - 0300z

Events / Sacramento Saturday
« on: September 05, 2021, 03:16:31 PM »

Join us for a fun Saturday evening of flying in and out of the Sacramento area. We will have SMF, SAC, and MHR staffed, so whatever your fleet consists of, one of these airports will be able to accommodate you.

Airports: Sacramento International (SMF), Sacramento Executive (SAC), Sacramento Mather (MHR)
Date & Time: November 6th, 5 - 9 PM PDT
Date & Time (Zulu): November 7th, 0000z - 0400z

Events / Caltrain Commute
« on: July 27, 2021, 08:44:09 PM »

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)

Events / Hot Plane Summer FNO
« on: July 08, 2021, 12:02:02 AM »

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)

Events / Sausalito Summernight
« on: April 14, 2021, 10:41:34 AM »

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

Events / Sacramento River White Water Wednesday (KRDD, KCIC)
« on: March 07, 2021, 05:17:05 PM »

Featured Airports: Redding (KRDD), Chico (KCIC)
Date & Time: March 31st, 2359z - 0300z (5 - 8 PM PST)

Events / Say Yes to SFO
« on: February 28, 2021, 10:36:45 AM »

You've heard of #SayNoToSFO and you certainly said no. But today, we Say Yes to SFO, BYOP (bring your own prizes). 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 11th, 2021, 0000z-0400z

Events / Cross the Pacific Eastbound 2021
« on: February 09, 2021, 09:43:56 AM »

Event Website:

After a hiatus of a few years, cross the pacific is back. Take out your favorite long-hauler, depart Asia, and arrive a few short hours later on the west coast of the US.

Slot bookings will come out the weekend prior to the event. We ask that you book a slot if you are planning to fly, these slot times will also help you stay within ATC coverage for your entire flight.

Date & Time: March 20th, 2021, 1000-2300z
Departure Airports: ZBAA, RKSI, RJAA
Arrival Airports: KSFO, KSEA, PANC

Events / Toga Party II (KSJC)
« on: February 08, 2021, 11:56:21 AM »

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

Events / Storm the Bay FNO
« on: January 30, 2021, 03:42:49 PM »

We know you like flying to SFO, so we're going to staff it. SFO sadly does not like when you fly to it. We'll give you a chance to win prizes if you fly into one of the other featured airports. You like free stuff, so don't fly to SFO!

Pilot Brief:

We are raffling away 8 prizes, thanks to the generosity of a few of your favorite add-on developers!
  • 3x Cloudberry Simulations Oakland International Airport (P3D)
  • 3x Product of Choice from OrbxDirect (any sim)
  • 1x iniSimulations A300-600R(F) On the Line (XP)
  • 1x FlightBeam San Francisco International Airport (FSX/P3D)

To enter the raffle (one entry per person allowed), you must:
  • Complete the raffle entry form: (before 0400z on event day)
  • Complete a qualifying flight arriving into SJC or SMF, landing between 0100z and 0530z on event day
Qualifying flights must meet the following criteria:
  • The flight must arrive at SJC or SMF, landing between 0100z and 0530z on event day
  • The flight must be greater than 100 nm in great circle distance
  • The flight can depart from any airport except for SFO

Full terms of the raffle are available here:

Airports: KSFO, KSJC, KSMF
Date & Time: February 26th, 2021, 5 - 9 PM PST
Date & Time (Zulu): February 27th, 2021, 0100-0500z

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