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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 23, 2022

Episode 229 Show Notes


Topic of the show:  Did the controller say the magic words and clear you into the Bravo airspace?  AG and RH offer their opinions on implied Bravo clearances and how you can handle the situation.  We also discuss safe and effective means of allowing your student to make mistakes along the way.   


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron CA sent some great suggestions regarding CTAF congestion.
  2. 2. Patron EH shares some background on the GPS approach under the Devil Bravo.
  3. 3. Patron SC shared a story about navigation pride!
  4. 4. JZ sent an update about her first flight with the baby.



  1. Patron MR reminds IFR pilots trying to sneak out VFR isn’t always a good plan.
  2. Patron MG shared a great ATC service story from out West.
  3. Patron MK adds some phraseology to his goodbye to IFR aircraft at non-towered airports.
  4. DN wants our thoughts on safe ways to let your student make mistakes.


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