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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!

Jul 6, 2020

Episode 132 Show Notes


Topic of the show:  This week, RH and AG discuss the differences between approach types in terms of pilot and controller workload and difficulty.   What is our favorite type of approach and why?  And of course, more of your awesome questions!


Timely Feedback:

  1. Delta Yankee has timely feedback about the closely spaced parallel approaches and visual conditions.
  2. PATRON Delta Bravo shares a lesson in Bay Area reporting points near Valley Airport and the Pruneyard!



  1. PATRON Bravo Sierra asks about the timing of filing an IFR flight plan.
  2. PATRON Oscar Charlie has a potpourri of untimely feedback.
  3. PATRON Echo Hotel asks about procedure during poor radio coverage transitions.
  4. PATRON Sierra Hotel sent a link and asks us to interpret this helicopter procedure.
  5. Tango Sierra asks about rejecting transponder codes.
  6. PATRON Romeo Lima Hotel sent in this great link. They read our minds!


Question of the Week/Month What can we learn from the Class Bravo airspace violator exchange we’ve all heard by now?  Where can the pilot improve and how do you think the controller handled the issue?



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