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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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Feb 9, 2021

Episode 163 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Why are we still advertising ILS approaches when it’s VFR weather?  What types of elements are included in the decision to switch to visual approaches?  We discuss what factors are in play including forecasted weather, sequencing, tower visibility, and pilot’s ability to see the airport.  Video mentioned in the show:


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. SGAC PATRON Bravo Juliet shares a fatigue story and safety elves.
  2. 2. SGAC PATRON Bravo Sierra shares his bucket list. One of them is the VFR corridor up the Hudson which another Patron did recently:
  3. 3. PATRON Juliet Bravo shares his thoughts on the ODP episodes.
  4. 4. We share some feedback related to the radio sin of all radio sins: “Any traffic in the area, please advise”. And this article drives the point home:
  5. 5. PATRON Juliet Charlie offers a new perspective on the lack of training on ODPs.



  1. PATRON Juliet Echo Charlie shares an awesome audio question about persistent deviance from required readback phraseology.
  2. PATRON Juliet Sierra got fooled by our hateful sound effects.
  3. Papa Bravo shared audio about a balked missed approach at TRIAD. We share our thoughts.


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