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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!

Dec 18, 2023

Episode 311 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH answer a question about filed and expected altitudes while flying an ODP.  What is the safest way to navigate a lost comms scenario while executing the ODP?  How can you plan ahead to be a safer and more prepared pilot?  We also discuss shift work, opposite direction operation rules, and more of your awesome aviation questions.  This is a packed episode and you don’t want to miss it!


Timely Feedback:


1. Patron EF comments on the changes to the show and asks about Air Traffic schedules.

2. Patron WTF sent feedback about the ongoing glider topic.

3. Patron MK sent a link to an article he wrote about IFR approaches.



1. Patron NB sent a link to his video with an OB shoutout, go check it out here: link to his channel here:

2. Patron MF asks RH a question about getting his ATC fix.

3. SGAC Patron Charlie Mike from the frozen north sent a question about opposite direction operations.

4. SGAC Patron IC, md sent feedback about a TRACON tour at Big Apple Tracon.


Mentioned on the show: The Midlife Pilot Podcast and Safer Flying on YouTube



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