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A New Air Traffic Manager Emerges

Team Boston,

I am honored and excited to announce that I have been appointed as Boston ARTCC's Air Traffic Manager.

Obviously watching Don Desfosse and Rich Bonneau excel in this position before me have been great examples of what it takes to make this facility great. I feel that we have a strong core of controllers and staff members that are ready and able to step up continue the tradition that is vZBW. As DO has said many times "many hands make light work" and recently there have been many hands in getting facilities, website design, and facility documentation updated and modernized.

Our goals and vision are going to continue to be based in growth, retention, excellence, and... wait for it... FUN! We are at our best when we randomly staff 6-8 positions on a Tuesday night with no planning, and it usually starts with just one person staffing up and the rest just come pouring in. 

The future is bright here at ZBW, and I am happy to serve for all of you and do my part to make this one hell of a place to keep virtual tin separated!

Francis Dube

Air Traffic Manager

Boston ARTCC


5 days ago

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1 week ago

PDC In Use!


PDCs (Pre-Departure Clearances) are now in use at ALB, BOS, BDL, and PVD.

Be aware that PDCs will only be utilized when deemed necessary by the controller, for example, in situations such as high workload. However, if pilots wish to receive your clearance via PDC at one of these airports, they may make that request to the appropriate controller.

Pilots are not required to readback any portion of their PDC unless they have any questions or concerns. 

However, pilots are required to call in with the current ATIS code as well as their assigned transponder code. See example below:

"Boston Ground, JetBlue seventeen eighty-six ready for taxi with information Alpha, squawking 1301."

Feel free to email datm@bostonartcc.net with any questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions regarding these new PDC procedures.


1 week ago

ZBW Procedures Update

New procedures are in effect within ZBW as of 13 November 2014.   ZBW controllers will accomodate both the old RNAV arrivals as well as the new ones for some transition period.  Pilots should identfy the RNAV arrival they are planning to fly in their flight plan. Radar vector arrival procedures are also still available and in effect for those pilots unable to fly RNAV arrivals.


The KRANN3 RNAV arrival has been removed and replaced by the ROBUC1 RNAV arrivalIn addition, the OOSHN and QUABN STARs have been updated with major changes to the crossing restrictions. They are now the QUABN3 and the OOSHN3. Lastly, the SCUPP4 arrival has been removed.

Real-World Letter to Airmen


Arrival updated to WIPOR3. Additionally, some small changes to the airport diagram.


Airport Diagram update, terminal construction.


Burlington Clearance/Delivery created, frequency added to charts.


ZELKA1 RNAV arrival created.


2 weeks ago


Attention ZBW Controllers (and TS3 visitors):

Please update your settings to reflect the host as "bostonartcc.net" instead of "ts3.bostonartcc.net". Due to what appears to be local DNS caching issues, the old ts3 subdomain will no longer respond.

Please note that all email addresses are the same post-migration, however you may also elect to contact staff members through the roster.

Student Controllers

Please use the training center to request training sessions. This will provide a direct link for staff members to more easily monitor and manage training sessions.

2 months ago

ATC Online

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T/B763/F KBOS 39000 ETE: under 1 hour

Weather parsed

KBOS 282354Z 30008KT 10SM FEW050 M01/M09 A3017 RMK AO2 SLP214 T10111089 10017 21011 51024

KMHT 282353Z 27003KT 10SM FEW060 M03/M09 A3014 RMK AO2 SLP225 4/009 T10331094 10011 21039 51023

KBDL 282351Z 30008KT 10SM CLR M03/M09 A3020 RMK AO2 SLP227 T10281089 10022 21028 51022

KPVD 282351Z 29011G22KT 10SM FEW045 M01/M09 A3018 RMK AO2 SLP221 T10111094 10033 21011 51026