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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!

Jul 5, 2021

Episode 184 Show Notes


Topic of the show: A pilot explains his decision-making process while experiencing an inflight emergency.  We learn how he dealt with air traffic control, flying the plane, and briefing his passengers.  Great job, Mike Bravo!  We also get an update on the “Mayday Mayday Mayday” episode from earlier this summer. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Charlie Charlie asked for an update on the engine emergency we discussed on our bonus episode earlier this summer. Audio update!
  2. 2. Lima Alpha shares some feedback about Pan Pan usage.
  3. 3. PATRON Echo Charlie shares some feedback about his recent simulator training.
  4. 4. Mike Kilo shares audio regarding another controller’s efforts to keep planes from colliding.



  1. PATRON Kilo Foxtrot says thanks for the show!
  2. PATRON Delta Romeo Hotel asks about remote radio backup battery failures.
  3. Romeo Mike wants to know our thoughts on what his non pilot passengers can do in order to get help if the pilot becomes incapacitated. Can ATC help?
  4. Kilo Charlie is working in congested and complicated airspace. What can they do to help ATC?


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