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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 17, 2022

250th Episode!  Thanks for being a part of this big milestone!  Please take the time to share the show with a friend and leave us a review and five star rating so everyone hears about the most fun you can have listening to a podcast!  -RH and AG


Topic of the show: On this week’s episode, AG and RH discuss the perfect amount of information for your next long VFR cross country flight.  Which additional points are useful for ATC?  Airport, navaids, fixes?  We also discuss the bigger picture with SIDS, STARS, and navigating near busy airspace.  This episode is packed with aviation information that can help you be a better user of the NAS and contribute to overall aviation safety.  Thanks for keeping this show at the top of the charts for 250 episodes!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron SAW sent some cool links about flying weather balloons: You can view AMDAR Soundings here Some additional helpful info from the NOAA
  2. 2. Patron WTF sent some awesome commentary on SIDS & STARS.
  3. 3. Patron Anonymous sent some real life Class Bravo controller feedback about speed limits under the shelf.



  1. Patron AJS sent a very good question about missed approaches at non-towered airports.
  2. Skipped JD’s audio: moved to OB251 next week.
  3. Patron AA asks our opinion on a pilot’s that don’t want to participate in the system.
  4. Patron SA shares some kind words about efforts to preserve the Penguine population. Thank you!

Have a great week and thanks for listening!  Visit our website at You can support our show using Patreon or visiting our support page on the website.  Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to Find us on twitter @opposing_bases.  Music by  Third party audio provided by  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear:

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