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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 15, 2024

Episode 315 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Time to get pushed out of the nest!  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the transition from trainee to certified controller and the stages of development as a professional controller.  We also share our thoughts on how a pilot should mature into a safe, risk reducing airman after they complete training.  The listener feedback on CPDLC and gliders is also discussed on this episode.  Enjoy!


Timely Feedback:

1. Patron Juliet Golf comments on actually old instrumentation

2. Controller CH responds to questions about the limits of CPDLC

3. Controller SI also responds about CPDLC



1. Controller NP sends feedback about CPDLC.

2. Patron NB sent audio feedback about Squawking 7700.

3. Patrons GK and NB both sent articles about penguin naps.

4. Patron MRL asks about our push to talk switches

5. Patron GS shares audio about his retirement project.


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