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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!

Feb 15, 2021

Episode 164 Show Notes


Topic of the show: What happens when the radar controller gives you an expected instruction and the tower controller issues you a different instruction?  Which instruction should the pilot follow?  AG and RH will offer their opinion on how to handle this situation as a pilot and offer some explanation on what may be happening in the background.  We also discuss departing under VFR when the weather is IFR, Class Bravo boundaries, and more of your awesome questions and feedback!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Kilo Whiskey shares his thoughts on wasted words over the radio.
  2. 2. Kilo Sierra offers a funny analogy on wasted radio calls.
  3. 3. PATRON Tango Kilo Hotel is curious about stealth technology on the Super Bowl flights.
  4. 4. PATRON Juliet Echo Charlie explains his regional pilot comment in last week’s episode.



  1. SGAC PATRON Alpha Bravo Charlie wants to know how to pass on important messages to pilots.
  2. PATRON Bravo Foxtrot shared this video:
  3. PATRON Delta Echo Whiskey asks about Victor airways and skirting Class Bravo airspace.
  4. Charlie Kilo wants to know how to handle a unique weather issue departing a non-towered airport and sent this link:(


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