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N90 Callsign Changes

N90 Callsign Changes

For close to 20 years, ZNY has been using NY_XXX_APP and NY_XXX_DEP for our N90 logon callsigns to the VATSIM network and it has been a staple in how we are shown on the VATSIM network. However; for just about the same amount of time, our controllers and staff have been frustrated by the fact that pilots, especially pilots who have never flown to the New York area before, do not know who to contact in what situation. Additionally, when connected as NY_XXX_APP, users of VATSPY and other tools that display who is online on the VATSIM network, only see a ring centered on JFK, not LGA, EWR or ISP when they are connected.

Today, we're announcing that we are changing the N90 connection callsigns! 

Note: These changes will take effect on April 15th, 06:00z.

Individual Airports

From April 15th, we're moving to a callsign pattern for each individual airport that clearly indicates what airport they are covering. For example, Newark Approach will be known as EWR_APP and LaGuardia as LGA_APP etc. Subsectors will be using the middle identifier to indicate what subsector they are covering, i.e. LGA EMPYR will connect as LGA_E_APP, Kennedy final as JFK_F_APP etc.

The approach sectors will still use the radio callsign “New York Approach” as always, and when coordinating, will still be known as their individual sectors, i.e. the primary sector for the field EWR_APP = Yardley, JFK_APP = Camrn, LGA_APP = Haarp etc.

There are some situations where sub-sectors start with the same identifier, or clashes with reserved callsigns (Mentor) EWR MUGZY and EWR METRO are good examples. In these situations, we use the second letter in the identifier to indicate which sector it is. MUGZY becomes EWR_G_APP and METRO becomes EWR_E_APP.

N90 Combined

When combining two or more fields, for example when one controller is covering both EWR and LGA from the same frequency, the controller shall use NY_APP as their callsign and must keep their controller information update at all times. The controller is required to use their controller info to indicate what airports they are covering. 

If a controller is connected as NY_APP and someone wants to open up a facility already covered by NY_APP, the NY_APP controller may remain connected as NY_APP as long as their controller info is updated, even if they are just covering a single facility.

Example: NY_APP is connected covering EWR, and JFK and JFK_APP connects. NY_APP may remain connected as NY_APP as long as they update their controller info. 

 

Complete list of callsign changes:

Current CallsignFrequencyIdentifierNew CallsignCombined
 128.1202GJFK_APPJFK_APP
NY_CAM_APP128.1202GJFK_C_APPJFK_APP
NY_RBR_APP125.7002KJFK_R_APPJFK_APP
NY_RBS_APP118.4002SJFK_S_APPJFK_APP
NY_KFI_APP132.4002AJFK_F_APPJFK_APP
NY_KEN_DEP135.9002JJFK_DEPJFK_DEP
 128.5504PEWR_APPEWR_APP
NY_ARD_APP128.5504PEWR_A_APPEWR_APP
NY_MET_APP132.8004HEWR_E_APPEWR_APP
NY_MGZ_APP127.6004UEWR_G_APPEWR_APP
NY_NFI_APP125.5504QEWR_F_APPEWR_APP
NY_NOA_APP120.1504AEWR_N_APPEWR_APP
NY_ZBO_APP123.7004SEWR_Z_APPEWR_APP
NY_NWK_DEP119.2004NEWR_DEPEWR_DEP
 120.8001VLGA_APPLGA_APP
NY_HRP_APP120.8001VLGA_H_APPLGA_APP
NY_EMP_APP127.3001DLGA_E_APPLGA_APP
NY_LFI_APP134.9501FLGA_F_APPLGA_APP
NY_NBI_APP126.4001XLGA_N_APPLGA_APP
 120.4001LLGA_DEPLGA_DEP
NY_LSO_DEP120.4001LLGA_S_DEPLGA_DEP
NY_LNO_DEP120.5501YLGA_N_DEPLGA_DEP
  3HISP_APPISP_APP
NY_ISP_APP120.0503HISP_S_APPISP_APP
NY_LOV_APP124.0703IISP_L_APPISP_APP
NY_SEA_APP133.1003RISP_E_APPISP_APP
NY_VIK_APP128.6203ZISP_V_APPISP_APP
NY_CCC_APP118.0003EISP_C_APPISP_APP
NY_BDH_APP125.9703BISP_D_APPISP_APP
NY_BDL_APP118.9503NISP_B_APPISP_APP
 132.7505HSWF_APPSWF_APP
NY_CSK_APP132.7505HSWF_APPSWF_APP
 126.80056NY_L_DEPNY_L_DEP
Rest of Liberty unchanged

 

 

Author: Karl Mathias Moberg | Posted: 2021-03-31 00:00:00 (Updated at 2021-03-31 00:37:39)

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