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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!

Jan 13, 2020

Episode 107 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Why do controllers say “Landing/Takeoff will be at your own risk”?  AG and RH break down this phraseology.  We received some great stories of controllers taking the plane and lessons you wish you learned before they presented themselves in real life.


Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Mike Echo Delta sent a link ( )to help support our Australian friends under a blanket of heat and fire.
  2. PATRON Delta Golf sent in great audio!
  3. Juliet Alpha Lima sent a fun fact about the Saturn V lego set.
  4. PATRON Tango Foxtrot responds to the Question of the Week. #It’sYourPlane!
  5. Helicopter pilot Lima Bravo responded to the Question of the Week about a lesson he wished he learned before he picked up his date in a helicopter!
  6. PATRON Joe the Airbus Guy sent in a story about marker beacons. Link mentioned in his feedback. Thanks, Joe!
  7. PATRON Mike Bravo responded to the trainer taking the controls Question of the Week.
  8. PATRON Delta Mike sent in a response to the Question of the Week! #refueling



  1. Alpha Hotel asked how to handle chitty chat pilots on frequency.
  2. Papa Bravo Juliet asked how our show was received by our coworkers.


Check out the next part of the Mission Triad series here!  Great work!


Question of the Week/Month  ADS-B OUT is now required for entry into A, B, C, and D airspace.  For the pilots out there, have you noticed any change in the services provided by ATC?  Click here to send us your story.

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