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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.

December 24, 2014

- By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

Greetings from the Virtual Boston ARTCC! If you'd like to request vZBW to host an event, or staff up for an event that your VA/group is holding, please send an email with the details (date, times, departure/arrival airports, number of participants, etc.) to To view our currently planned events, see our forum or the calendar located under the Events tab at the top of the page.

Thank you,

Camden Bruno
vZBW Events Coordinator

Recent News...

June 22, 2015

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

New procedures are in effect within ZBW as of 25 June 2015. ZBW controllers will accomodate both the old departures as well as the new ones for some transition period. Pilots should identfy the departure they are planning to fly in their flight plan. Radar vector departure procedures are also still available and in effect for those pilots unable to fly any RNAV departure.

The following departures at KBOS have been updated:

The following departures at KBDL have been updated:

The following departures at KBTV have been updated:

April 21, 2015

Looking for More? - By Camden Bruno at 12:00 AM

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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."