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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

Welcome to Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk.  Our aviation podcast is delivered by two experienced pilots that work as air traffic controllers.  We fly in the NAS and we interact with the community through our podcast.  Our show is driven by your feedback and questions.  Enjoy the show and thanks for listening!

Oct 29, 2018

What does it mean when ATC uses the terms expedite, immediately, or no delay?  How can these terms help ATC accomplish the mission of keeping airplanes separated while using their airspace efficiently?  We also answer listener feedback. 

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Oct 22, 2018

What does it mean when a controller says "Standby"?  Why is it taking him/her so long to respond to the pilot?  AG and RH break down the meaning of the word and offer some tips on proper etiquette when ATC instructs a pilot to standby.

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Oct 15, 2018

What information do controllers use to vector and clear aircraft for instrument approaches?  Position, Turn, Altitude, Clearance . . . how do they know the script to read for all 18 airports in TRIAD airspace?  AG and RH discuss the logistics of ILS approaches, visual approaches, and non-precision...

Oct 8, 2018

Where in the world do Letters of Agreement come from and how can pilots plan ahead?  AG and RH discuss LOAs, their intent, and the ways we use them to cut down on coordination with surrounding air traffic facilities.  We also play feedback from Captain Nick about his reroute during Hurricane Florence.

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Oct 1, 2018

Great job, N96X! AG and RH discuss the pilot/instructor side of recent incident where a student pilot loses her right main landing gear on takeoff during a student solo. The controllers, the instructors in the tower, and the young pilot did a great job getting the airplane on the ground safely!

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