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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!

May 15, 2023

Episode 280 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, RH and AG discuss the difference between foreign and domestic separation responsibilities as they relate to uncontrolled airspace.  How do we do our job when aircraft may be passing into an area that is uncontrolled?  What responsibilities do we have to prevent a collision?  We also discuss IFR non towered cancellation etiquette, approach requests, and much more.  You don’t want to miss this episode!


Timely Feedback:

1. SGAC Patron SE spotted a Contact Approach in the wild!

2. SGAC Patron JS asks our opinion on non towered IFR cancelation etiquette.

3. Patron WTF shares some insider tips on PDC using an EFB.

4. Anonymous audio from a future ATCer and current pilot!  Congratulations!



1. Patron SY asks about crossing runway squeeze plays.

2. Patron DW has some general questions about approaches in use.

3. Patron SL asks about IFR pickup struggles leaving AirVenture.


Mentioned on the show: The 2023 AirVenture NOTICE is out and available!


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