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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!

Oct 10, 2022

Episode 249 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, RH and AG discuss ways flight schools can organize and plan their flights to help ATC and reduce unnecessary flying miles and extra back and forth exchanges of information.  What techniques did our flight schools employ to keep everyone safely separated during practice missions and what did ATC do to help us reduce communications?  This is a packed episode with tons of aviation gold.  Enjoy!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. SGAC Patron CM sent audio about a drone at his home airport!
  2. 2. Patron MK breaks down the rule on aircraft speed. Thank you!
  3. 3. Patron JH shared a way to leave a PIREP:
  4. 4. Patron TV shared metric and imperial dimensions of the Sectional chart.



  1. SGAC Patron MB shares a story of poor phraseology and we explain the confusion.
  2. Patron GR doesn’t want to clog the frequency with too much information, what do they say?
  3. Patron DW asks about “pilot discretion” descents.
  4. Patron EM asked about VFR MSAW processing.


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