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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 11, 2021

Episode 159 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Why do some approaches say “NA at Night”?  The Terps Elf will do his best to answer this question.  We also discuss the use of aircraft types in ATC instructions, minimum vectoring altitudes, flight following in a practice area, and more of your awesome questions and feedback! 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. A P2012 expert sent feedback about the replacement of the C402.
  2. 2. Kilo Kilo shares a story about IFR cancelation.



  1. PATRON Bravo Bravo sent an audio question about callsigns with aircraft type.
  2. PATRON Golf Tango sent his super amazing bucket list via audio.
  3. PATRON Charlie Mike sent an MVA question.
  4. PATRON Tango Charlie asks about UHF frequencies.
  5. PATRON Bravo Bravo has a question about flight following in a practice area.



Mentions: PATRON November Tango sent with page 18 being the one that shows the 5 x 5 methodology to describe radio signal strength. (Page 18).  Also PATRON Charlie Hotel sent about history of aeronautical charting.

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