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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 20, 2023

Episode 272 Show Notes


Topic of the show: How can some airports run aggressive squeeze plays and compressed finals when some airports operate with much large gaps on a very slow final?  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the major differences in airports that effect flow, efficiency, departure and arrival...

Mar 13, 2023

Episode 271Show Notes


Topic of the show: What type of decision making and planning is involved when a controller takes decisive action to run a squeeze play?  What is a squeeze play?  Why is the anatomy of a squeeze play important when evaluating a given traffic scenario?  This week’s show answers all those...

Mar 6, 2023

Episode 270 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s episode we discuss air traffic controller tone, delivery, and pilot perception.  Why do we sound grumpy sometimes?  What factors contribute to the controller’s mood?  We also discuss flight following, the importance of filing a VFR flight plan, and more...

Feb 27, 2023

Episode 269 Show Notes


Topic of the show: When you are a newly certified pilot, air traffic controllers can be intimidating and the system can make new private pilots apprehensive about using the services available to them.  In this week’s episode, we dive deep into a pilot’s first real interaction with ATC...

Feb 20, 2023

Episode 268 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On Today’s show we break down more details about visual approaches, dissect the soup sandwich departure near the Oracle Database Airport, and hear from a very aware student pilot on their first solo!  We are working with a new audio setup so our voices may sound a...