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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!

Mar 19, 2024

Episode 324 Show Notes 


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the risks associated with departing from a non towered airport without a published instrument approach procedure.  What should every pilot understand about the departure?  How will they maintain terrain and obstruction clearance?  Can ATC provide them with an IFR clearance if they depart VFR but are below the minimum vectoring altitude?  We discuss this complex issue and many more of your aviation questions and feedback.  You don’t want to miss this episode.


Timely Feedback:  


1. The TERPS Elf sends feedback about feedback he already sent and we forgot about. Also sent a link to another related conversation: 
2. Patron PD shares a technique on cold call procedures

3. Patron SG talk about NorCal flight following call ups 

4. Patron AF asks about AI, German controllers and long feedback. 


1. Patron DW provides a DIYers timeline.  

2. Patron SG shares a great technique for airborne IFR cancellation and discusses circling minimums. 

3. Patron HTB expresses dismay over ILS critical area disruptions. 

4. Patron MTW asks about AI in ATC. 

5. Patron BD provides more insight into Angel Flight flying. 


Mentioned on the show: Terps Elf response to our missed approach question on OB136 (8/3/2020), starting at about 52:28 where we discuss his response: 


Angel Flight West: 


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