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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 19, 2021

Episode 186 Show Notes


Topic of the show: A recent video on the internet sparked a conversation about Class Delta air traffic services, a pilot’s responsibility to see and avoid other traffic, and the primary job of air traffic controllers.  In this week’s episode, we will add our thoughts to the conversation.  A link to the video can be found in the show notes.


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. SGAC Patron Darth Pilot responds to OB185 and vectors to final for an RNAV approach.
  2. 2. PATRON Sierra India (fellow controller) shares audio on what his center does everyday.
  3. 3. Romeo Alpha shares some audio about a random run in with ATC.



  1. PATRON Echo Mike sent audio about facility changes and how it effects controllers.
  2. PATRON Juliet Echo Foxtrot asks about atrocious settings on the radar scope.
  3. PATRON Delta Hotel asks about non-ADSB radar identification and traffic alerts.


Mentioned on the show: AvWeb’s Paul Bertorelli:  A reminder to our listeners: AG and RH do not speak on behalf of the FAA, Department of Transportation, or NATCA.  AG and RH are both rated flight instructors and air traffic controllers.  The hosts of this show express their own opinions.  The follow up blog can be found here.

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