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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 27, 2023

Episode 273 Show Notes


Topic of the show: This week’s show is about radar patterns.  What can you expect when you arrive from the departure side of the airport? How can you plan your descent when you are being sequenced to the airport under VFR?  Why do controllers keep you so far away from the field before...

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...