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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 20, 2020

Episode 121 Show Notes

Topic of the show: AG and RH got some great feedback about two topics recently: flight following in the SoCal area and the use of autopilot on checkrides.  We will share our thoughts and you can hear what our listeners think!  RH and AG were recently interviewed by Carl Valeri on the Stuck Mic AvCast episode 237!

Timely Feedback:

Part 1: PATRONS Bravo Sierra, Delta Bravo, and Echo Alpha, and Romeo Lima Hotel sent in feedback about the use of autopilot on check-rides.  Great perspectives from pilots in the field.  Thank you!  Tango Sierra sent in some audio, too!

Part 2: PATRONS Tango Foxtrot and Sierra Mike sent in feedback about SoCal flight following.  Thank you for sharing your stories.


  1. PATRON Delta Mike shared some timely feedback and a story about a great flight instructor.
  2. PATRON Kilo Whiskey shared his story about being yelled at by ATC.
  3. PATRON Local Mike Bravo has a story about “Opposing Bases” in real life on the same runway.
  4. PATRON Charlie Papa is sad about the Fly-In being postponed and sent in an example of how practice areas are depicted in the Great Frozen North.
  5. Mike Juliet Delta has a question about our show music.

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