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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!

Aug 31, 2020

Episode 140 Show Notes


Topic of the show: What’s going on in the radar room when a pilot declares and emergency and can’t make it back to an airport?  AG and RH will offer their opinions on what you don’t’ hear on frequency.  Links to the story: link to kathryn's report flight radar24



Timely Feedback:

  1. Juliet Whiskey wrote in after hearing us talk about his gear issue in TRIAD airspace last week.
  2. Unnamed PATRON shares some more details about the Class Bravo bust including ways to reduce the chances of that ever happening again.
  3. PATRON Echo Hotel wants to thank two awesome contributors to the show for their detailed and curious questions.




  1. PATRON Delta Zulu shares a flight following experience and handoff issues.
  2. Papa Bravo asked about visual approaches and sent this link to a video: See link—-
  3. Juliet Sierra shares his thoughts about flight following and codes from a Class Delta controller.
  4. ATC Ben works airplanes in the Land of Amazing with far better radio technology than the U.S.


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