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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!

Mar 16, 2020

Episode 116 Show Notes

Topic of the show: “Climb Via SID” vs. “Climb and Maintain” phraseology present a challenge depending on how the clearance is executed on departure.  We break down the difference and illustrate some techniques for pilots that aren’t sure exactly what clearance they have been issued.

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Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Bravo Yankee comments on Charlie and Delta airspace proximity.
  2. PATRON Juliet Echo Charlie sent audio about picking up flight following in a busy Class Bravo area.
  3. SUPREME Galactic Aviation Commander PATRON India Mike sent in airspace and airspeed feedback.
  4. PATRON Charlie Alpha Whiskey sent in Florida beef feedback and a link to the Wagon Wheel Davie Field.
  5. PATRON Juliet Charlie Delta sent is some Florida beef facts.
  6. PATRON Kilo Whiskey sent in some more Florida beef numbers.
  7. PayPal Supporter Mike Victor Romeo did a bike tour in FL and came across this giant piece of land.
  8. PATRON Delta Oscar Charlie from Ireland sent in audio about the upcoming Opposing Bases Fly-In on April 18. As of now, the Fly-In will happen as scheduled.
  9. PATRON Local Mike Bravo has been listening to us on and has a question about TFRs related to VIP movement.


  1. PATRON Juliet Charlie Delta sent in an audio question about his CH65 Zodiac and being confused with a CH47 Chinook.

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