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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 16, 2022

Episode 228 Show Notes


Topic of the show: When does a botched approach cross the line into a possible pilot deviation?  We will discuss our opinions on the use of automation during an approach, proper monitoring of the autopilot, and how to best comply with controller instructions.  We also discuss speed restrictions, setting up for the runway in use on a windy day, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. SGAC Patron CM missed the meeting . . . and it’s RH’s fault!
  2. 2. Patron SMH shares information about an inflight text receiving device that is surprisingly affordable.
  3. 3. Lima Oscar shares a fun tip on audio ducking in a Garmin product.
  4. 4. SGAC Patron Golf Whiskey shares some kind words about the show.



  1. Patron Charlie Hotel explains the amazing 4th line stored on a center controller’s data block.
  2. Patron Hotel Yankee has a windy runway story from his trip to TRIAD.
  3. Patron Echo Alpha asks about minimum speed assignments.




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