Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

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!

Nov 1, 2021

Episode 201 Show Notes


Topic of the show: VFR practice approaches and local pop-up IFR clearances are not the same thing and do not afford the pilot the same separation standards or cloud clearance latitude.  RH and AG discuss why a pilot must be clear in their request to ATC and have an understanding of why these two clearances are different. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON MEH sent kind words after flying home from Taco Truck Airport. Thank you!
  2. 2. PATRON DG couldn’t make the show but sends their best.
  3. 3. PATRON JJ tried to remember to record audio but sent this message instead. Thank you!
  4. 4. Alpha Charlie started lessons with Opposing Bases as his pseudo ground school.
  5. 5. PATRON Mike Kilo sends tips on picking up IFR near ATC boundaries.
  6. PATRON Bravo Sierra has a new addiction and the product is very hard to find.



  1. PATRON Papa Mike has a question about what we see when a pilot squawks VFR.
  2. PATRON Charlie Alpha Whiskey has a bird activity question.
  3. PATRON Juliet Mike has a question about suggested headings and metar wind direction.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!  Visit our website at You can support our show using Patreon or visiting our support page on the website.  Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to Find us on twitter @opposing_bases.  Music by  Third party audio provided by  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear:

Legal Notice  The hosts of Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk podcast are speaking on behalf of Opposing Bases, LLC.  Opposing Bases, LLC does not represent the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, or the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.  All opinions expressed in the show are for entertainment purposes only.  There is no nexus between Opposing Bases, LLC and the FAA or NATCA.  All episodes are the property of Opposing Bases, LLC and shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent.  For official guidance on laws and regulations, refer to your local Flight Standards District Office or Certified Flight Instructor.  Opposing Bases, LLC offers this podcast to promote aviation safety and enhance the knowledge of its listeners but makes no guarantees to listeners regarding accuracy or legal applications.