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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 18, 2019

Episode 64 Show Notes

Topic of the show: JEC sent in audio several weeks ago regarding Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) approaches at Atlanta Tracon. On today’s show, we play part 1 of our interview with “OU” from Atlanta Tracon (A80). We discuss the radar room at A80, standard procedures, personnel, arrival rates, and set up for instrument approaches. A special thank you to “OU” for an awesome interview. The professional air traffic controllers at A80 work traffic in and out of one of the busiest airports in the world and they make it look easy!

Mentions: Pinewood Derby Car

Timely Feedback: 

  1. CK sent in feedback about altitude assignments and glideslope intercept. Thank you, CK!
  2. RK sent in feedback about obstacle clearance and approach procedures. Thank you, RK!
  3. HM sent in a FAR/AIM PCG definition of “Final Approach Fix”. Thank you, HM!
  4. CS pointed out a mistake we made in Episode 62. We clarify. Thank you, CS! Mode C Veil
  5. SP sent in a response about the “white board” of transponder codes. FAA Order 7110.66.


  1. Delta Papa sent in audio feedback about practice approaches using our SpeakPipe button. Thank you, DP!  Yes, get ATC services whenever possible!

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