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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!

Apr 13, 2020

Episode 120 Show Notes

Topic of the show: What are "Opposing Bases"?  Also, PATRON Whiskey Charlie asked about reroute selection, chart usage, and general controller/pilot type of knowledge in the tower.  AG and RH will give our opinions on the disconnect between two sides of the microphone.  

Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Juliet Bravo sent in some local VFR feedback for SoCal area.
  2. Supreme Galactic Aviation Commander Charlie Hotel provides some fun facts about practice areas and frequency usage.
  3. PATRON Golf Tango sent audio about the land down under!
  4. TERPS ELF Romeo Whiskey from Tornado Alley responds to our introduction last week.
  5. PATRON Mike Echo Hotel got the latest T shirt!
  6. PayPal Supporter Delta Charlie sent in timely feedback about OB117 and flight checks.
  7. PATRON and HOST of Aviation NewsTalk podcast, MT sent in some feedback about the use of our show title in traffic calls. #opposingbases


  1. PATRON Alpha Whiskey sent in a question about a military operation for AG.
  2. Bravo Golf sent in some feedback about TRIAD Tower.
  3. Juliet Mike wants to know our opinion on an exchange between a distressed pilot and a controller.

Question of the Week/Month Respond to the following statement: The use of an autopilot on an initial civilian instrument check ride should be limited to cruise flight or prohibited altogether.  Send your response to

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