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Departures (10)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
AAR203 KLAX RKSI Enroute 2014
AAR201 KLAX RKSI Enroute 1845
AAL9733 KLAX RKSI Enroute 1739
DAL3576 KLAX KSFO Enroute 0532
KAL9210 KLAX RKSI Enroute 1600
KAL8210 KLAX RKSI Enroute 1600
KAL210 KLAX RKSI Enroute 1600
UAL1149 KLAX KDEN Enroute 2046
AAL2711 KLAX KEGE Enroute 1600
DAL358 KLAX KATL Enroute 1600

Arrivals (14)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
DPJ3903 KBOS KLAX Enroute 0450
VIA002 KJFK KLAX Enroute 0214
UAL959 KEWR KLAX Enroute 0449
JBU487 KBOS KLAX Enroute 0442
VIA080 MMMX KLAX Enroute 0025
SOA0848 KDEN KLAX Enroute 0404
TOM7MW KSEA KAVX Enroute 0215
NKS141 KBWI KLAX Enroute 0449
AAL1364 KCLT KLAX Enroute 0526
AAL427 KCLT KLAX Departing
DAL312 KBOS KLAX Enroute 0544
N109FM KVGT KSMO Enroute 0732
CLX4262 ELLX KLAX Enroute 0420
UAL1281 PHOG KLAX Enroute 1839

Los Angeles (SoCal) 24

Departures (1)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
ATI4301 KONT KLAL Enroute 1600

Empire (SoCal) 1

Departures (1)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
N41G KSAN NONE Enroute 1600

Arrivals (6)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
FDX4801 KIND KSAN Enroute 0413
GTI1775 KEWR KNKX Enroute 0300
N900YB KLPC KRNM Enroute 0722
FDX9302 KMEM KSAN Departing
UAL555 KSFO KSAN Enroute 1600
SWA4685 KPHX KSAN Enroute 1758

San Diego (SoCal) 7

Departures (2)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
SWA1154 KSNA KSMF Enroute 1600
ASA5VC KSNA KPDX Enroute 1600

Coast (SoCal) 2

Departures (2)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
N640BU KBUR PHLI Enroute 2358
ASA1021 KBUR KSEA Enroute 1307

Burbank (SoCal) 2

Departures (3)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
NKS954 KLAS KFLL Enroute 1837
N109FM KVGT KSMO Enroute 0732
AA1616 KLAS KPDX Enroute 2040

Arrivals (5)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
VIR847 EGLL KLAS Enroute 0418
AAY491 KIND KLAS Enroute 0523
AAY44 KGPI KLAS Enroute 0249
ASA725 KPDX KLAS Enroute 0134
ASA546 KMIA KLAS Enroute 0325

Las Vegas 8

Arrivals (1)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
ANA9434 PANC KMHV Enroute 0831

Edwards 1

Departures (2)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
BAW91A KGCN TNCM Enroute 2149
N900YB KLPC KRNM Enroute 0722

Arrivals (1)

Callsign Dep Arr Status ETA
BAW92C PABR KGCN Enroute 1753

Other 3
  • Flights To/From ZLA: 48
  • Flights in ZLA Airspace: 21
  • Controller Schedule

    January 18th, 2021

    Socal Approach (Combined)
    Kage Cooke

    Session with CZ

    2000 - 2130 PST / 0400 - 0530 Zulu

    Understanding SOCAL (SCT) Airspace

    Understanding SoCal Airspace

    The Southern California TRACON (abbreviated SoCal) is one of the world’s busiest TRACONs and serves more than 20 airports. You can find controllers from ZLA opening this facility on the network under the callsign SCT_APP. This means that they are covering the entire TRACON and, where there are no ground or tower controllers online, they are also providing top-down services. This means that with just one controller, you will have full ATC coverage within the TRACON airspace.

    Now, what are the boundaries of the SoCal TRACON? As everyone knows, VATSPY, VATTASTIC, etc. just visualize TRACONs as circles around the main airport (KLAX for SCT), but this is not always the case. 

    The SoCal TRACON airspace extends from Burbank to the northwest, Palm Springs to the east and San Diego to the South. Below you have an image that displays the TRACON boundaries with referenced airports and VORs.



    As you can see, the TRACON covers a large portion of airspace. Whenever you are inside the sectors contained within the gray bold lines, and SCT_APP is online, you should contact the controller prior to any activity if you’re at a towered airport (class B, C and D). 

    If you’re inside the airspace but in a non-towered airport, and you would like to fly IFR, you can either contact the controller for IFR clearance on the ground or after you’re airborne. If you’re flying VFR and do not want flight following, just fly making sure you are remaining outside of any class B, C and D airspace. Otherwise, you need to contact ATC to transit through class B, C and D airspace. 

    Pro tip: even though it is not required, flight following is always encouraged in order to start practicing ATC communications and be aware of traffic around you.

    As a general guideline, whenever you’re in doubt about operations or anything, always ask ATC first. VATSIM is an environment where everyone should learn something new every day and the controllers can help you enjoy this experience.