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April 13, 2015

Light Up America - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

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VATUSA is excited to announce the return of Light Up America on Saturday May 30, 2015. This event will feature all 22 ARTCCs within VATUSA for 10 hours. 4 hours of which the entire continental USA will be lit up with Air Traffic Control at the Centers as well as Major Approach and Tower facilities. Enjoy uninterrupted ATC during the event. Simply fly between any airports as much you would like and enjoy the quality ATC Services that VATUSA facilities pride themselves on.

Every facility will be on for at least a 6 hour time frame with the East Coast facilities starting up at 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. As the event progresses, the additional centers will log on at noon in their local time zone. By 3:00 PM all the centers will be online for you. As the event winds down, facilities will be encouraged to remain online, but must remain online until at least 6:00 PM local time. As they begin to close down, we will extend the event even further west with the Anchorage, Honolulu, and Oakland Oceanic control facilities coming online to work your Hawaii and Alaska flights! It will be a great day of flying for you.

We have lots of prizes available to those pilots that do a bit of exploring aroun the country during the event. Details on this will be forthcoming via this thread.

April 12, 2015

FlightSimCon 2015 - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

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FlightSimCon is a flight sim convention hosted at Bradley International Airport's New England Air Museum. This year it is being held June 13th and 14th. We will be setting up a booth to speak, answer questions, and show off some of our VATSIM-only software to those interested (such as vATIS, vSTARS, VRC, etc). Lastly, some of our controllers and staff will be sharing their experiences both real-world and virtual. If you plan on attending please be sure to stop by, say hello, and check out our booth! We hope to see you there.

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.

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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

November 17, 2014

PDC In Use - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

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."

November 13, 2014

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

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 arrival. In 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.

Arrival updated to WIPOR3.

ZELKA1 RNAV arrival created.