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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 13, 2023

Episode 271Show Notes


Topic of the show: What type of decision making and planning is involved when a controller takes decisive action to run a squeeze play?  What is a squeeze play?  Why is the anatomy of a squeeze play important when evaluating a given traffic scenario?  This week’s show answers all those questions and dives deep into the parts of air traffic you don’t hear on the news.  As always, we keep things general and hope our listeners learn something to be better users of the NAS. 


Timely Feedback:

1. SGAC Patron SE shares some more insight into a unique and challenging missed approach procedure.

2. Patron BS loved our episode last week and shares some thoughts on reading the room.

3. SGAC Patron MS and BW share audio with local perspective on the previously discussed missed approach.



1. Patron AD asks about supersonic flight at TRIAD.

2. Patron MC asks UHF vs VFH and using slang on the radio to identify a tower.

3. Patron BG asks about the printers and Class Bravo clips, for a friend of course


Mentioned on the show: The Cirrus Owners & Pilots Association (affectionately known as COPA) is a non-profit global organization made up of over 6,300 pilots, enthusiasts, and industry insiders.


The mission of COPA is to educate, promote the safety of, and support the owners, pilots, and those interested in aircraft manufactured by Cirrus. We encourage ownership, promote goodwill toward the general aviation community, and to provide social & safety activities for its Members.

There are a number of benefits of being a COPA Member, these include:


- COPA Pilot Magazine – 12 Monthly issues a year covering all things Cirrus and COPA. From travel, maintenance, instruction, equipment reviews and more.

- COPA Forums – Millions of Post on various topics

- COPA Pilot Proficiency Program (CPPP) - Check out the website for more details on this program.

- COPA Events – Annual Migration, regional gatherings

- Critical Decision-Making courses

- Partner-in-Command seminars

- COPA Member Advantage Program – Discount program



To find out more about COPA, Check out our website

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