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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 23, 2020

Episode 117 Show Notes

Topic of the show: In this week’s installment of normalcy, we discuss Flight Checks.  What are they?  Who does them?  How do controllers safely handle these critically important missions?  AG and RH share our experiences and answer more of your awesome feedback! 

Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Delta Mike Guy Named After a Texas Town asked what happens when we have to adapt to dynamic challenges in the NAS.
  2. PATRON Delta Zulu sends in feedback about Big Apple Tracon.
  3. Supreme Galactic Aviation Commander, PATRON Charlie Hotel shares his tips and tricks for passing a checkride! #cheater
  4. PATRON Alpha Kilo shares his recent flight with a scared flier.
  5. PATRON Delta Papa shares some weather and accident data.
  6. PATRON Irish Delta Oscar Charlie sent in a piece of audio.


  1. Sierra Mike wants advice on studying at the Academy.
  2. Lima Alpha is a local pilot and asks about flight following.
  3. Romeo Whiskey asked about runups and taxi clearances before stopping.
  4. PATRON Tango Hotel sent in an audio question.

Question of the Week/Month

Inspired by PATRON Tango Foxtrot:  "When have you been deservedly yelled at by ATC and what did you learn?" Tell us by clicking here!

Tell us about your favorite instructor here.

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