Oakland ARTCC Expands 30/30 Trials

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Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center will on March 13 at 1800 UTC expand throughout the Oakland Oceanic CTA operational trials of 30-nm lateral and 30-nm longitudinal separation (30/30). Aircraft operating 30/30 carry required communications, navigation and surveillance equipment, along with authorization, but those aircraft not so blessed will still be accommodated. Specific instructions for convective weather avoidance and other operational and procedural guidelines are included in the "Pacific CNS Requirement/Options" Web site. The 30/30 program aims to allow air traffic control greater flexibility to manage and accommodate aircraft on user preferred routes and flight levels. Equipment improvements, including Automatic Dependant Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C), of eligible aircraft are largely responsible for improved safety under the program. For more, click here.