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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!

Jan 2, 2024

Episode 313 Show Notes


Topic of the show:  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss why some controllers cannot issue radar vectors. Why are they suggesting headings?  What should the pilot do in order to safely comply with the instructions?  We also discuss IFR shortcuts, an airport in desperate need of metering, and more aviation questions and feedback.


Timely Feedback:

1.  We set the record straight on altitude selection during an IFR departure near terrain.

2. Patron AMM wants to know when we are selling the Secret ATC Decoder Ring in our online store.,



1. SGAC Patron AM has a question about an unusual shortcut and interaction with ATC.

2. Patron MS shares a public service announcement to prevent pilot blindness.

3. Patron Delta Papa has a question about the new Class Charlie that could almost pass for Class B.

4. Patron MTB shares some kind words for air traffic controllers in a very busy and stressful facility.


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