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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 26, 2021

Episode 187 Show Notes


Topic of the show: When a pilot has the airport in sight, sometimes a visual approach clearance is delayed.  But when the controllers point out the airport and the pilot can’t find the field, it can create problems for ATC.  Find out when super vision helps and when it hurts.  We also discuss law enforcement flights, hazardous missed approaches, and more of your awesome aviation questions. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Alpha Mike Bravo is curious about the recent TRIAD ATC situation.
  2. Sierra Papa has some feedback about “when able, cleared direct . . .” phraseology.
  3. SGAC PATRON Sierra Echo shares some tips on PDC and last minute flight plan changes.



  1. SGAC PATRON MRM shares thoughts on the show. Welcome to Patreon!
  2. Hotel Bravo seeks some clarification on proper readbacks with altimeter settings.
  3. Tango Sierra is back in the saddle and doing their best to keep up!
  4. PATRON Charlie Alpha has a feedback catchup session: missed approaches and internal pep talks.
  5. Golf Hotel asks our thoughts on company policies that don’t work with our plans.
  6. Tango Alpha has questions about being a good team player while performing emergency and law enforcement flights.


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