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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 27, 2023

Episode 273 Show Notes


Topic of the show: This week’s show is about radar patterns.  What can you expect when you arrive from the departure side of the airport? How can you plan your descent when you are being sequenced to the airport under VFR?  Why do controllers keep you so far away from the field before placing you on final?  We answer all these questions and also discuss ELTs, flight service, and using VFR/IFR flight plans depending on the complexity of the airspace.  This is a really fun episode and you don’t want to miss it!


Timely Feedback:

1. SGAC Patron Sierra Echo shares some fun facts about Metroplex relevant to last week’s discussion.

2. Patron Charlie Kilo shares some fun facts about traffic counts in the NAS.



1. SGAC Patron Romeo Bravo asks if other pilots have specific examples of when VFR was advantageous versus IFR.  

2. Patron Echo Delta asks about lonely flight service station personnel.  Where are they?

3. Patron Juliet Echo Charlie wants to know what supervisors do in normal operations.

4. Patron Sierra Hotel asks what’s up with ELT reports.

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