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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 26, 2021

Topic of the show: Which air traffic instructions do we wish required mandatory readbacks?  Are there any instructions that must be confirmed but are not found in the regulations?  We also discuss a recent change at a towered airport which stopped allowing IFR departures off a runway that has been used safely for many years. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Tango Sierra shared our show with a couple list servers. Thank you!
  2. 2. PATRON Hotel Golf sent audio about bonehead instruction from ATC.
  3. 3. PATRON Mike Kilo illustrates user defined waypoint entry:
  4. 4. PATRON Oscar Charlie has a simple ask for ATC.
  5. 5. PATRON Echo Golf sent audio about PDC and CPDLC.



  1. PATRON Delta Mike sent a question about disappearing runway options for IFR departures and the Terps Elf helps solve the mystery.
  2. November Sierra wants to hear about our checkrides.
  3. Juliet Bravo wants to know if 121.5 is recorded.
  4. PATRON Juliet Hotel shares some more information about “expect” altitudes.
  5. PATRON Captain Nick sent some old audio backlog. We missed his humor!


Mentioned on the show: Come join us for a pancake breakfast fly-in on—- Saturday, May 1, 2021 @ 14A (Lake Norman Airpark), 9-12pm
Talk to professional pilots & air traffic controllers to see what it takes to make this a career!!


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