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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!

Dec 6, 2021

Episode 206 Show Notes


Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss pop-up IFR requests from the controller and pilot perspective.  What happens behind the scenes to make this work?  And how can pilots help ATC reach a common goal?  We also discuss more of your awesome aviation questions. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Audio from Bravo Tango.
  2. 2. Audio from Charlie Sierra.
  3. 3. Golf Mike responds to our discussion about his vector to final flight from another episode.
  4. 4. Patron JG shares historical evidence of helicopter superiority: airwolf - YouTubeV-22 Osprey (




  1. Patron AMB asks about the origin of sector names at TRIAD ATC.
  2. Patron BN asks about VFR checkpoint additions. Try here:
  3. Patron RK asks what happens after an accident.
  4. Patron BCJ shares an interesting piece of information about Apollo 10.


Question of the Week/Month  What is the snowflake and temperature found on some approach plates?  Send answers to


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