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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 24, 2022

Episode 251 Show Notes


Topic of the show: We’ve talked about handoffs and airspace boundaries but today we discuss the finer points involved with transferring radar control to an adjacent sector or facility.  How do we accomplish this task legally and what happens between a handoff and the boundary?  We also discuss ways to safeguard against the normalization of risky behavior in your airplane.  This episode is jam packed with air traffic and aviation information that can help you be a safer user of the NAS. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. JS has some tips and tricks for providing MSAW to VFR pilots. Thank you!
  2. 2. Patron EM has a good example of MSAW for VFR pilots that would be practical and timely.
  3. 3. JD sent an audio story about FOD on the taxiway.
  4. 4. Patron DBC shares an opinion on the normalization of risk.



  1. SGAC Patron AK asks about IFR airborne pickups.
  2. Patron EM sent audio about subtle ways ATC can help a pilot find the right altitude.
  3. Patron NS asks what to do if an instruction places the aircraft in an unsafe situation.
  4. Patron PJW shared a story of an up close encounter with a gigantic airplane near RH’s first airport.

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