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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!

Oct 6, 2020

Episode 145 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On today’s show, we have a special guest: Ron Horton, CFI and Designated Pilot Examiner for the FAA.  We will discuss student pilot solo sign offs, going missed on a visual approach, and more of your great questions and feedback.  Welcome to the show, Ron!  Full interview with Ron will be available later this week, stay tuned!


You can learn more about our guest co-host by visiting his website, or visiting the flight school where he instructs: Aerowood Aviation located in Monroe, NC at the EQY airport.  If you’d like to email Ron, click here.  You can find Ron on Instagram @skyhawk328 and on YouTube under “Leo Horton”.


Timely Feedback:

  1. Mike Victor Romeo sent in some data about Florida mountain ranges.
  2. Mike Romeo asks about getting into the ATC career path. Start here:
  3. PATRON Sierra Echo asks about the missed approach on a visual approach clearance.
  4. PATRON Mike Kilo is one step closer to his instrument rating. Congratulations!



  1. Delta Yankee is using our show to escape the real world and take a trip down memory lane.
  2. November Hotel wants to know more about tight turns to final. Why can’t we do it all the time?
  3. PATRON Juliet Delta has a story involving today’s special co-host!


Question of the Week/Month For the pilots out there, did you feel overly prepared for your first solo or do you realize looking back that you could have benefited from more preparation?  Tell us by clicking here!

Have a great week and thanks for listening!  Visit our website at You can support our show using Patreon or visiting our support page on the website.  Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to Find us on twitter @opposing_bases.  Music by  Third party audio provided by  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs:

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