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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!

Apr 25, 2022

Episode 225 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Today’s show is all about going “down the tubes”.  What is going on in the tracon to create the feeling that you are behind, unable to get a second to think, and too busy to do even one more thing?  AG and RH discuss the tasks that make us feel like we are slammed in...

Apr 18, 2022

Episode 224 Show Notes


Topic of the show: AG and RH revisit wake turbulence avoidance and interactions with control towers that may be placing pilots in a tight spot behind a larger, wake producing aircraft.  What can pilots do to prevent inadvertent wake encounters and more importantly, how can they safely convey...

Apr 11, 2022

Episode 223 Show Notes


Topic of the show: How do we stay off the landline and why is it an important controller skill?  On this week’s show, RH goes off on a rant about the misuse of landlines and the lessons he learned as a trainee to use them sparingly.  We also talk about “landing assured”, a busy flight...

Apr 4, 2022

Episode 222 Show Notes


Topic of the show: When a pilot calls up for an airborne IFR clearance and is dangerously close to an unidentified target on our scopes, when do our separation responsibility begin?  How do we protect against a midair collision when we are not talking to both aircraft?  We share our thoughts...