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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 20, 2023

Episode 272 Show Notes


Topic of the show: How can some airports run aggressive squeeze plays and compressed finals when some airports operate with much large gaps on a very slow final?  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the major differences in airports that effect flow, efficiency, departure and arrival separation, and passenger experience.  We also discuss how you can prepare for training in air traffic control.  This is a packed episode and you don’t want to miss it!


Timely Feedback:

1. SGAC PATRON Charlie Mike from the Frozen North asks about altitude deviation rules.

2. SGAC PATRON Sierra Echo shared a great story of standard phraseology for a busy controller.

3. SGAC PATRON India Mike shares some audio from the nicest controller on the west coast.



1. PATRON AJS asked about night versus day runway separation.

2. PATRON WC brings up a very good point about the number of departures at a busy airport.

3. PATRON WB asks what he can do to prepare for air traffic training.

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