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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!

Jan 4, 2021

Episode 158 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.  AG and RH discuss a veritable cornucopia of aviation feedback including canceling flight plans, gaming the system for release times, old school nav aids, leaky towers, and aviation bucket list items.  This week’s episode will be a lot of fun.  Enjoy!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Echo Hotel sent a link about the cement/beacon system used over 100 years ago.
  2. 2. Sierra Golf sent in some more feedback about how pilots used the lights and arrows to navigate at night.
  3. 3. PATRON Juliet Hotel asks about flight plans timing out or falling out of the sytem.
  4. 4. PATRON Delta Papa is a CFII. Congratulations!
  5. 5. Juliet Mike shared his tips on remembering to close your flight plan/cancel IFR.
  6. PATRON Joe the Airbus Guy shared a story of how pilots used to manage their own release times creatively.



  1. PATRON Echo Sierra shares his aviation bucket list using audio.
  2. PATRON Charlie Whiskey crossed this item off his list and hopes it never happens again.
  3. PATRON Charlie Hotel has a question about VFR codes.
  4. PATRON Charlie Mike sent an audio question about tower spray/chem trails?
  5. Romeo Kilo wants to thank some center controllers and aks a question about frequency bleed over.




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