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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!

Oct 9, 2023

Episode 301 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss a shortcut through a very busy Class Bravo area on an IFR flight.  Why was the original routing assigned?  How is it possible to fly directly over a busy airport?  And what can the pilot to do to plan for this type of routing?  We also discuss departing VFR looking for your IFR flight plan, remarks, and much more.  You don’t want to miss this fun episode!


Timely Feedback:

1. SGAC Patron Alpha Kilo asks about the use of ident and why it seems inconsistent in the NAS.

2. Patron Tango Alpha Charlie shares some terrible memories of the DME arc holding areas.



1. Patron Bravo Kilo asks about departing VFR on on an IFR flight plan.

2. Patron Sierra Bravo asks about useful items to put in the remarks.

3. Patron Golf Hotel shares some thoughts on “practicable” and its eventual demise.

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