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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 5, 2021

Show Notes


Topic of the show: Why do some center controllers give a landing direction to arrivals up at altitude and some do not?  Why is this information critical on some arrivals?  AG and RH will explain some of the differences between two large Class Bravo airports and how pilots prepare for descent.  We answer your questions and feedback every week on this show.  If you haven’t sent in a question, do it now and we may read it on the show!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON AY soloed! Congratulations!
  2. 2. SGAC Patron BS shared his thoughts on OB170.
  3. 3. PATRON KW sent some cool links about Bonanzas with flares:


C35 Price list and specifications – See item 18


Bonanza 35 Series Shop Manual – See page164 until heading FLARES (OPTIONAL)


Flippant referral to the flares like it’s totally normal at the top of the seventh page



  1. PATRON Charlie Hotel sent in audio when a controller ruined the surprise.
  2. PATRON Delta Sierra wants to know the differences between civilian and military facilities.
  3. Bravo Echo sent his first solo audio.
  4. SGAC PATRON MC asks about busy pattern work and solo controller work.
  5. PATRON Bravo Whiskey asked about using “experimental” in the remarks section.
  6. Juliet Charlie asked about “ident” without being told to first.

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