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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 13, 2020

Episode 133 Show Notes


Topic of the show:  What happens when we file an IFR flight plan in the air but the controller has already cleared us to our destination before we call Flight Service?  Why would the pilot have to call FSS if they had a clearance already? We will cover this and more of your awesome feedback. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Delta Mike asked about advertising our favorite approach instead of ILS approaches. Why not?
  2. Mike Delta sent in audio of an aircraft squawking 1 7 7 6 on July 4th. #America
  3. Detla Charlie offers insight into the comms issue down near Jaguar center.
  4. PATRON Echo Hotel made a ForeFlight content pack for the TRIAD area.
  5. PATRON Tango Bravo wants to know what to say after a VFR practice approach with no separation services is provided.
  6. India Lima asked about ALTRV phraseology.



  1. Supreme Galactic Aviation Commander PATRON Lima Foxtrot sent a menagerie of feedback! #tally-HO
  2. Juliet Mike asked if there is specific guidance for similar sounding call signs.
  3. PATRON Bravo Delta asked if it’s helpful to file preferred routing or just file direct and let ATC handle the routing.


Question of the Week/Month What did you learn from the Class Bravo incident in Las Vegas?  Send in your opinion (click that link) on how we can all become better pilots or controllers and users of the NAS as a result of the incident. 

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