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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!

May 2, 2022

Episode 226 Show Notes


Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss a listener’s text message exchange when ATC thought his radios were not working.  What do we suggest with using cell phones and having a backup communication device when flying in the NAS?  We also discuss impossible ATC instructions, check in delays, priority for ground stops, and closely situated airspaces that place pilots close or inside of adjacent airspace. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Romeo Mike brags about his amazing car from 1982.
  2. 2. Patron Echo Golf shares his new love of flying and spending money!
  3. 3. Mike Alpha suggests using 1-800-WX BRIEF to get the ATC phone numbers.



  1. SGAC Patron Mike Charlie shares a story about an impossible ATC instruction and funny exchange.
  2. Patron Alpha Hotel shares a story about a short delay checking in and an impatient controller.
  3. Patron Alpha Sierra asks who gets priority for delays.
  4. Juliet Bravo talks about adjacent airspaces and instructions that placed him in someone else’s airspace.


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