September 11 (Wed) 7PM - A Visit from NorCal TRACON

Event Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm



Pilots who fly in the SF Bay Area need to have a sophisticated understanding of the Air Traffic Control facilities that service the area, and the arrival and departure routes used by jumbo jets into SFO, OAK, and SJC.  Radar services from NorCal TRACON help keep VFR pilots safe and allow us to coordinate with our larger IFR colleagues. 

What has been the impact on NorCal and the rest of us as a result of the sweeping changes last year to the SFO Class Bravo.  In particular, what new challenges exist for pilots in the East Bay, where VFR pilots often conflict with the approach corridor into Oakland and Hayward?

SCFC has invited representatives from NorCal TRACON in Sacramento to help us understand the impact of recent changes on controller workload and on the number of traffic and collision alerts occuring in the East Bay.  We’ll hear about the challenges NorCal controllers are being forced to make for airplane separation and safety, and how VFR pilots can help.

If you are a VFR pilot in the SF Bay Area (and we know you are), you’ll want to attend or watch online this important seminar.


Zachary McFall is an Operations Supervisor at Northern California.  His primary duty is to ensure safe and efficient air traffic services in the East Bay as well as the San Joaquin Valley.  Mr. McFall has been at NorCal TRACON since 2008 and had a broad range of experience in the facility. He has worked as an Air Traffic Controller, Traffic Management Coordinator, and Supervisor.  Apart from his normal duties, McFall works with the Local Safety Council, Standard Operating Procedures Committee, Letter of Agreement negotiations team, and Facility Pilot Outreach program. Mr. McFall is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a private pilot license.

Alton Pamintuan is a Certified Professional Controller (CPC) at Northern California TRACON (NCT).  Prior to NCT he was a CPC at the Oakland Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and Scottsdale ATCT, totaling 12 years of controller experience.  At NCT, Alton works as the final approach controller for OAK and services the east bay and valley airport i.e. LVK, SCK, MER, etc. Alton is an active member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, recently helped organize the AOPA LVK fly-in, and is presently the Training Subject Matter Expert for his area.  


San Carlos Flight Center (SCFC) is the SF Bay area’s most dynamic flying club, committed to building general aviation thought safety, community, and adventure.  AOPA has consistently recognized SCFC in their Best Flight School survey, most recently in 2018 as the best flight school in the West.

SCFC is committed to promoting safety in general aviation through our regular safety seminar and guest speaker programs.  Space is often limited so it is important to sign up early. SCFC members may choose to watch the seminar live over the web at home, or recorded at a later date.  Contact a SCFC member service rep at (650) 946-1700 for more information about online access.