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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!

Oct 4, 2021

Episode 197 Show Notes


Topic of the show: What does ATC expect when a pilot experiences radio failure?  How closely do lost communication regulations match up with what happens in real life?  We discuss a common question that many instrument pilots have and give our take on what pilots can do to be more predictable.


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Papa Victor shares an idea on a code name for the Fly-In airport.
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  3. 3. PATRON Juliet Golf asked Foreflight for their thoughts on the AirVenture NOTAM.
  4. 4. PATRON Charlie Alpha shares some wise helicopter advice.




  1. PATRON Alpha Hotel wants our thoughts on an IFR pilot/controller interaction.
  2. PATRON November Mike has a tip on buying time during the vector to final chaos.
  3. Alpha Charlie wants to know about short range clearances.
  4. PATRON Mike Sierra shares a bit about some phraseology used in Europe:
  5. Juliet Zulu wants our tips on staying current from the sidelines.


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