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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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Jun 14, 2021

Episode 181 Show Notes


Topic of the show:  Required readbacks of instructions can be very confusing for new pilots.  On today’s show, we break down some common exchanges between air traffic control and pilots and discuss what we need to hear and how you can be efficient in your readbacks. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Mike Kilo shares a non-radar story.
  2. 2. Delta Charlie Papa passed the instrument check ride! Congratulations!
  3. 3. PATRON Juliet Golf shares a story about CTAF and TCAS.
  4. 4. PATRON Juliet Mike shares a TCAS story.
  5. 5. Juliet Hotel shares thoughts on the ATSB investigation into the LAHSO operation discussed a few episodes ago.



  1. PATRON Bravo Sierra asks about the differences between Class Delta under a center vs. a Tracon.
  2. Mike Delta asks about required documentation for pilot’s receiving the ATIS.
  3. PATRON Sierra India shares an airport with common circling and IFR cancelation before the manuever.
  4. Tango Kilo asks about flight following in a TRSA.


Mentioned on the show: Wings of Carolina Flying Club at TTA airport:

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