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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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Jun 21, 2021

Episode 182 Show Notes


Topic of the show: What happens when our squeeze play doesn’t work out as we had imagined?  Are we guilty of the occasional snarky response on frequency?  Find out on this week’s episode. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Juliet Foxtrot Sierra shares thoughts on top of descent planning.
  2. 2. PATRON Juliet Bravo shares his thoughts on the Mayday Mayday Mayday episode.
  3. 3. PATRON ABM shared two links for your viewing pleasure. One about mental math for descent planning: and one about fuel planning:

  1. 4. PATRON Juliet Golf shared a funny story about correcting a controller’s phraseology.
  2. 5. PATRON Echo Hotel shares thoughts on OB181 and gives us a chance to clear something up.



  1. PATRON Golf Mike, the “Unicorn Guy” shared a story about Clam Chowder Bravo ATC.
  2. Bravo Delta explains the visual separation on takeoffs at his airport.
  3. Delta Kilo asks about non formation “group” flying.
  4. Tango Delta asks what we have memorized. We forget.
  5. PATRON Juliet Mike wants to know if “Pan Pan” is still a thing.Spoiler alert, it’s still a thing.


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