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VFR OPS: Kodiak

Come join the Anchorage ARTCC for VFR OPS, Kodiak. We will provide full tower and enroute services on Wednesday, September 9th 2015 from 2330 until 0230 Zulu (1530-1830 Alaska, 1930-2230 Eastern). All aircraft are welcome from Super Cubs to 767s and everything in between. Of course, VFR operators are the name of the game but IFR aircraft are welcome to join in the fun.

Our recurring events feature tower controlled airports, located in rural areas of Alaska. Whether it’s passenger, mail, cargo or emergency medical transportation, residents in bush communities require necessary services. Our featured airports serve as hubs that provide the essential link between small villages and the rest of the world.

CONTROLLERS - Event Scheduling

Announcing VFR OPS

The Anchorage ARTCC is pleased to announce a series of events that will add some excitement to our airspace for both pilot and controller alike. Most events on the VATSIM network are geared toward IFR operations, so we wanted to do something a little different. VFR OPS will be a recurring event that highlights the tower controlled airports within our ARTCC. The idea is to feature these airports in a manner that promotes VFR type flying. The size and type of aircraft is really up to the pilot but some of the planned airports even include waterways, allowing float operations. We will only feature a single airport during each event, so routing is entirely up to the pilot.

The featured airports will include Bethel, Kodiak, King Salmon, Kenai, Merrill, Lake Hood and Juneau. Initially, we will host the event every other week on Wednesdays and alternate the featured airport. The time period will be 2330-0230 Zulu each time, making the event 3 hours in length.

Minimum controller staffing will include at least one tower and one center position. However, the goal will be to provide as much service as possible, depending on controller availability. This is a good way for new controllers to work their way through ratings with a decent level of traffic. We hope that you can join us and help make this series a success for everyone in our airspace.

New EC Announced

It brings me great pleasure to announce that our own Alex S has agreed to step up and fill the Events Coordinator position that has been idle for so long. I am really excited to announce this as it fills a distinct lack of staffing we have, and by a person who has been with ZAN forever. He has a few issues to finish with (RL) the next couple of months, but will be planning our big fresh start event scheduled tentatively for late this year. You may reach him by emailing events@vzanartcc.net with your ideas and/or requests!

New S1!

Congratulations to Brett Lee for becoming an S1! See you on the scopes!