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January 30, 2015

Boston Tea Party 2015 - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

Time: 16:00 - 23:00

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The 16th Annual Boston Tea Party is coming! On Saturday, August 8th, Boston's finest controllers will gather on the campus of Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH for the 16th consecutive year as we present our own Boston Tea Party! ZBW airspace will be fully staffed for our premier event and we will have some fantastic prizes lined up as well. Visit the Tea Party page for details.

January 29, 2015

A New Beginning - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

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Please join us in celebrating our extraordinary merger with Boston Virtual ATC as we host our first major event as one community. ZBW will be lit up and staffed more than it ever has been before. All types of traffic are welcome across the area and the entire ARTCC, be it your local flying club doing some VFR, your VA operating scheduled flights, or just a fun little jaunt in your Cessna from point A to point B, we'll be turning up the heat for our controllers and shooting for a busy Sunday night.

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December 24, 2014

- By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

Greetings from the Virtual Boston ARTCC! If you'd like to request vZBW to host an event, or staff up for an event that your VA/group is holding, please send an email with the details (date, times, departure/arrival airports, number of participants, etc.) to To view our currently planned events, see our forum or the calendar located under the Events tab at the top of the page.

Thank you,

Camden Bruno
vZBW Events Coordinator

Recent News...

July 13, 2015

Project Vector - By Camden Bruno at 06:00 PM

Introducing Project Vector

Within the next few months, we will be taking off as Boston Virtual ARTCC (BVA), a new VATSIM community formed between VATSIMs ZBW ARTCC and Boston Virtual ATC, focused on providing ATC and flying in the Boston ARTCC (ZBW) airspace.

On July 14, the Project Vector Team met for the first time to discuss the future of Boston Virtual ARTCC. During the initial meeting, the team agreed to hold regular team meetings (weekly or more frequently). The team also formalized its membership and established the norms for its meetings. In general, members can expect to receive a summary from each meeting approximately 24-48 hours after the session. Those summaries will be posted on this thread.

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June 22, 2015

New ZBW Procedures - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 PM

New procedures are in effect within ZBW as of 25 June 2015. ZBW controllers will accomodate both the old departures as well as the new ones for some transition period. Pilots should identfy the departure they are planning to fly in their flight plan. Radar vector departure procedures are also still available and in effect for those pilots unable to fly any RNAV departure.

The following departures at KBOS have been updated:

The following departures at KBDL have been updated:

The following departures at KBTV have been updated:

April 21, 2015

Looking for More? - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

Looking to keep in touch with the latest news, events, and updates from the Virtual Boston ARTCC? Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@vzbwartcc) and "Like" us on Facebook (

Interested in controlling for one of the most well-respected and professional Air Route Traffic Control Center's on the VATSIM Network? Watch this video and get a sense of what it's like!

March 23, 2015

Michael (Dugan) Cannon - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

As an ATM this is by far the hardest post I have ever and hopefully will ever have to write. It has come to our attention that our controller, webmaster, and staff mentor Michael Dugan (DA) has passed away. Based on what little information I have this happened sometime either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. I really have no information on what happened but it was obviously sudden and unexpected. I have no intention of trying to get that information from a grieving family at this time. I will be sending them a message in the next couple of days letting them know what he did for us and getting info to send along anything we want for his funeral.

There are a lot of things to sort out and we will do that in the near future, web transfer and whatnot may be a rocky process but that is the least of my concerns right now. Our thoughts will continue to be with a friend and fellow ATC enthusiast who is no longer with us. As I said in an email to staff last night, we move forward but we never forget.

Thank you Mike for everything you have done and the laughs you brought us all. Your personality stood tall at the Tea Party event last year and any other day you controlled or hung out on TS with us.

Francis Dube (DB)
vZBW Air Traffic Manager