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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 8, 2021

Topic of the show: What are contact approaches?  Why don’t we use them more often?  AG and RH discuss this rarely used approach and discuss some examples where they may come in handy for the pilot and ATC. 

Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Juliet Bravo offers some thoughts on helicopter altitudes.
  2. 2. PATRON Papa Victor heard some new phraseology.
  3. 3. PATRON Hotel Kilo shares his night landing story.
  4. 4. PATRON Bravo Juliet offers the real stealth secrets.
  5. 5. Golf Mike says hello.



  1. Juliet Papa Charlie shares his night landing story.
  2. PATRON Echo Alpha has a great way to remember to close your flight plan. Links mentioned: , 
  3. PATRON Echo Alpha has a story about an approach clearance to a closed runway.
  4. Juliet Lima Hotel asks about using guard frequency.


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