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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 20, 2021

Episode 208 Show Notes


Topic of the show: AG and RH answer a listener question regarding the magic words to listen for in an approach clearance.  Are you being instructed to join the final approach course or are you being cleared for the approach?  Find out what to listen for and how to make sure you are on the same page as ATC.  This week is full of great questions, you don’t want to miss it!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Charlie Hotel sent fantastic audio about the snowflake icon on IAPs.
  2. 2. Alpha Foxtrot has evidence from a check ride that the snowflake icon matters.
  3. 3. Patron JJ sent audio about a wildlife encounter.
  4. 4. Patron SH has an idea why weather directions are so confusing.



  1. Patron India Mike shares a wild fire TFR experience.
  2. Sierra Lima has added some verbiage to vectors and it seems to be welcomed by pilots.
  3. Mike Alpha Charlie shares a story of great ATC service.


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