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Virtual New York ARTCC on the VATSIM Network.
Introduction
New York ARTCC (ZNY) is one of the largest and busiest control facilities in VATUSA with an average roster of 170 controllers. Controller administration is managed by the state-of-the-art New York ARTCC website. Despite such a large roster we maintain a training staff of around 17 Instructors and Mentors to facilitate a 10:1 student to teacher ratio.

Upon joining the New York ARTCC, you will be assigned to one of our primary major facilities – John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), Newark (EWR), or Philadelphia (PHL) – based on the facility’s staffing needs. The amount of time it takes to certify on all cab positions is generally consistent among the major facilities and averages between 1-3 months. Once you reach the TRACON, you will be able to begin training at other major facilities. The amount of time it takes to become fully certified at ZNY, and eligible to work New York Center, varies from controller to controller but on average takes 1-3 years.

New York Center (ZNY) owns 3.27 million square miles of airspace which is divided between mainland and Oceanic sectors. Sector shelves start as low as 0 AGL (ground level) and top out as high as Flight Level 600 (60,000 ft) AGL. ZNY handles a total of 28 sectors, excluding those that are Oceanic. These are broken down into 16 low altitude, 12 high altitude, and 2 super high altitude sectors. Incorporated within the Center, although worked as a separate position, are two Oceanic areas – collectively designated New York Oceanic (ZWY) – one of which one has control over Bermuda (BDA). Generally the mainland sectors are combined into 1 or 2 operational positions.

New York TRACON (N90), widely considered to have the most complex airspace in the world is a large, consolidated facility that has the primary responsibility for arrivals and departures at three major airports (the New York Metros) – John F. Kennedy International (JFK), Newark Liberty International (EWR), and LaGuardia (LGA). Additionally, N90 is responsible for satellite general aviation fields that provide much of the area’s Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic, including Long Island MacArthur (ISP), Teterboro (TEB), Westchester County (HPN), and Republic (FRG). The TRACON is divided into 5 areas, Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy, Islip, and Liberty. The Newark Area covers EWR along with satellite airports including TEB, Essex County (CDW), and Morristown Municipal (MMU). The LaGuardia Area controls LaGuardia and two satellites, HPN and Danbury Municipal (DXR), and is known to many as the world's hardest area due to airspace less than 6 miles wide and bordering Kennedy and Newark on either side. The Kennedy Area controls JFK and its only satellite FRG, and controls many international flights from Europe. The Islip Area controls all low altitude flights along Long Island in addition to ISP. The Liberty Area controls high altitude departures from the all Areas as well as aircraft in the north portion of the airspace, the Catskills. New York TRACON is one of the busiest facilities in the nation and handles an average of 300 operations per day.

Philadelphia TRACON is not a stand-alone facility but rather an up/down facility, meaning it includes both a TRACON and ATCT (Air Traffic Control Tower) in the same facility. The primary responsibility of the Philadelphia ATCT and TRACON are arrivals and departures at Philadelphia International (PHL) and satellites including Northeast Philadelphia (PNE), New Castle (ILG), Trenton Mercer (TTN), and several smaller general aviation fields. The TRACON's airspace overlies a total of three states including New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, and is bordered by both New York Center (ZNY) and Washington Center (ZDC).

New York ARTCC is one of the only facilities in the nation to have a fully operational Traffic Management Unit (TMU) and a traffic management training program. The TMU’s mission is to balance air traffic demand with system capacity to ensure the maximum efficient utilization of ZNY’s airspace. A safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of traffic, while minimizing delays, is fostered through continued analysis, coordination, and dynamic utilization of traffic management initiatives and programs.
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