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Created 03/19/2016 03:55
Last Updated 11/24/2020 22:39
by Skylar Hutter

Oceanic Clearences

 

In this Step by step guide to an oceanic clearance, we will discover How to give one, How to talk to ZAK oceanic and how to relay that information to the pilot.

  • The "Clearance" portion of the flight, really starts at the moment they get their clearance. Clearance Delivery reads the pilot the clearance and puts an estimated departure time (zulu) on their flight strip. He then sends the Center controller a copy of the flight strip. With that copy, the Center can now make an estimated time for the aircraft to reach the TCP (transfer control point), and can relay that information to the San Francisco Radio. Luckily the only two TCP's that we have to worry about in ZSE's airspace are Sedar and Hemlo.

 

  • "The request for clearance shall consist of the callsign, TCP fix or route number, cruise altitude, and estimated time the flight will reach the TCP fix or ARTCC boundary" as quoted in the ZAK oceanic SOP's (http://pacificoceanic.vatsim.net)

 

  • In English all you have to do is say "AAL1028 SEDAR FL350 2312z" 

 

  • The Oceanic Controller will then (if he can accept them) reply with his initials, and you with yours. If he cannot accept the request then he will reply another Zulu time as in 2325z and it will now be your job NOT to have that aircraft cross the TCP before 2325z. 

 

One more thing

Since ZAK is Non-radar-controlled then when you hand off the aircraft to Oceanic, you would "radar service terminate" him and tell him to squawk 2000 (oceanic squawk) then to "contact San Fransisco with a position report"

 

Information for Seattle ARTCC

A331 Departure Info
CYVR to PHNL CYVR.YVR3.TOU.SEDAR.A331.ZIGIE.MAGGI3.PHNL
CYVR to PHOG CYVR.YVR3.TOU.SEDAR.A331.ZIGIE.JOELE.LNY.CAMPS2
KSEA to PHNL KSEA.SEA.J70.HQM.SEDAR.A331.ZIGIE.MAGGI3
KSEA to PHOG KSEA.SEA.J70.HQM.SEDAR.A331.ZIGIE.JOELE.LNY.CAMPS2
ALTITUDES (1X): FL310, 350 and below (non-RVSM)
ALTITUDES (2X): FL390
ALTITUDES (4X): FL410
TRANSFER CONTROL: 5min prior to SEDAR
Estimate OC KSEA KSEA.SEA.J70.HQM.SEDAR in 34min (climb to FL350, 218nm, avg GSP 385 knots)
Estimate OC (Airborne) HQM to SEDAR in 18min (137nm, avg GSP 455)
Estimate OC (Airborne) TOU to SEDAR in 24min (182nm, avg GSP 455)
A332 Departure Info
KPDX to PHNL KPDX.BTG.J136.ONP.HEMLO.A332.ABSOL.R463.APACK.MAGGI3
KPDX to PHOG KPDX.BTG.J136.ONP.HEMLO.A332.ABSOL.R463.TOADS.MAGGI.LNY.CAMPS2
ALTITUDES (1X): FL310, 350 and below (non-RVSM)
ALTITUDES (2X): FL390
ALTITUDES (4X): FL410
TRANSFER CONTROL  5min prior to HEMLO
Estimate OC KPDX KPDX.BTG.J136.ONP.HEMLO in 34min (climb to FL350, 223nm, avg GSP 400 knots)
Estimate OC (Airborne) ONP to HEMLO in 15min (117nm, avg GSP 455)
A331 Arrival Info
RECEIVE CONTROL  5min prior to SEDAR
CYVR ROUTING SEDAR.TOU.CASDY4.CYVR
KSEA ROUTING SEDAR.HQM.J34.OLM.OLM4
A332 Arrival Info
RECEIVE CONTROL  5min prior to HEMLO
KPDX ROUTING HEMLO.ONP.J136.BTG DCT

 

SUMMARY:

  • Clearance Delivery gives Center a copy of the flight strip.
  • Center contacts ZAK with an OC request "AAL1028 SEDAR FL350 2312z"
  • He either accepts or gives you a new Zulu time
  • Once the plane hits the TCP, "radar service terminated, squawk 2000 contact ZAK with a position report".
  • Done!!!