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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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Dec 22, 2020

Episode 156 Show Notes


Topic of the show: This week, we discuss the technique of picking up an IFR clearance in the air.  What are the pitfalls?  Why doesn’t this always work?  What can pilots do to increase efficiency and remain safe under IFR?


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Mike Romeo/controller explains the balloons:
  2. 2. PATRON Juliet Hotel clarifies the reroute altitude from OB155.
  3. 3. PATRON Delta Mike sent his answer to the question of the week (NA ODP).
  4. 4. PATRON Oscar Charlie sent his answer to the question of the week (NA ODP).
  5. 5. PATRON Golf Mike sent a selfie in the new hoodie. Merry Christmas!



  1. Kilo Quebec sent audio about reporting points in Class Bravo.
  2. PATRON Mike November sent a story about a controller’s technique for increasing safety in a chaotic session.
  3. PATRON Golf Down Under sent in audio about his first balloon solo!

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