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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!

Mar 6, 2023

Episode 270 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s episode we discuss air traffic controller tone, delivery, and pilot perception.  Why do we sound grumpy sometimes?  What factors contribute to the controller’s mood?  We also discuss flight following, the importance of filing a VFR flight plan, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback.  This was a really fun episode that you don’t want to miss!


Timely Feedback:

1. Patron WTF told us about a local procedure to differentiate between IFR/VFR departures.

2. Patron AJS sent audio from another ATC robot.



1. Patron IJM sent a bonus question about a missed approach under a busy Bravo. 

2. Patron SC asks about separation standards at a non towered airport with an inbound IFR.

3. Patron JW was used and immediately discarded by ATC. 


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