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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!

Jun 27, 2022

Episode 234 Show Notes


Topic of the show: When a squeeze play looks like it can only get worse, a controller has to do something to stop it.  On this week’s episode, we will break down an intersecting runway arrival/departure squeeze play that resulted in a canceled takeoff clearance instead of a go around.  Why did this happen? What types of things are being considered during a squeeze play like this one?  We also discuss situational awareness on a cross country flight to an unfamiliar airport, approach lighting, and weird radar identification practices.  This episode is packed with aviation gold nuggets.  Don’t miss it!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. SGAC Patron SE shares an experience with CPDLC. Cool!
  2. 2. JS dug deep into the fine print regarding runway crossing and hold short instructions. Thank you!
  3. 3. Patron JH shares a small correction to our discussion on WAAS and GPS units. Thank you!



  1. Patron WTF asks about a very unusual radar identification practice.
  2. Patron MG asked our opinion on approach lights. Check out this great article to learn more about approach lights:
  3. Patron JS shares a story of their long cross country and being slightly confused on arrival pattern direction.


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