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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!

Nov 11, 2020

Episode 150 Show Notes


Topic of the show: This week we discuss a technique for getting faster flight following and help from ATC when navigating in the NAS.  We also get to more of your great questions about phraseology, strange requests from pilots, tracks vs. headings, and a short list of things we wish center controllers knew about low level TRACONS.


Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Romeo Lima Hotel shares and article from
  2. PATRON Mike Foxtrot shared a pirep about a screaming passenger.
  3. PATRON Mike Foxtrot shared his thoughts on the Army!
  4. PATRON Bravo Charlie Tango got his commercial rating! Congratulations!
  5. PATRON Mike Kilo shared some great articles about straight in approaches and the traffic pattern. and
  6. PATRON Alpha Lima wants to know if every facility gives out IFR cookies.



  1. Papa Tango has a question about numerical phraseology and release times.
  2. PATRON Mike November Mike (fellow controller) has a question about AG and RH using ERAM.
  3. Papa Bravo sent a clip of the saga like ATIS at Triad.
  4. Mike Charlie has equipment that will show track versus heading.


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