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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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Jan 26, 2021

Episode 161 Show Notes


Topic of the show: This week on Opposing Bases, we clear up an error we made on last week’s episode concerning VFR climbs on an IFR flight plan.  We also discuss a myriad of topics and dig deep into the inbox.  You won’t want to miss this week’s episode!


Timely Feedback:

  1. PATRON Charlie Whiskey shares his thoughts on an RH solo episode. We need more AG!
  2. PATRON Charlie Mike shares his thoughts on the ODP bonus episode.
  3. PATRON Mike Kilo illustrates the phraseology we can use as controllers to approve a VFR climb request on an IFR flight plan. Outstanding! Thank you.  See it in action on this video:
  4. PATRON Juliet Hotel points out you can climb in VFR on an IFR flight plan.
  5. PATRON Echo Golf has a way to get the MVA maps into ForeFlight. Thank you! If you have any questions about loading this data into ForeFlight, his email address is listed on the video.  *This is for informational purposes only and should not be used for navigation.*



  1. Alpha Kilo shares a video of the circling approach at LGA. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
  2. PATRON Juliet Juliet shares his feedback on the show and long runs.
  3. PATRON Papa Victor has a question about clearance readbacks and use of some different phraseology.
  4. PATRON Tango Sierra Charlie shares some information on landing on water.
  5. PATRON Echo Hotel shares a circling approach into a busy NJ airport.
  6. The Terps Elf answers a listener question.  If you have a specific question about a procedure in your area, click


Mentions on the show: Flight of Four F15’s out of JFK:  

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