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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 22, 2021

Episode 165 Show Notes


Topic of the show: This week, we will share our thoughts on maximizing the use of air traffic control while flying in and around Class Bravo airspace.  We also discuss using airports at night without runway lights and our tips on how to be a successful air traffic trainee.  Thanks to Patrons DCW and EH for the great questions.


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON MZ shares some information about the stealth planes seen during the Super Bowl. Links below.
  2. 2. PATRON JS shares his thoughts on landing on an unlit field.
  3. 3. PATRON KW shares some interesting facts about early model Bonanzas and flares.
  4. 4. PATRON MK shares his thoughts on using unlit fields.



  1. PATRON MSS works in a different world of managing traffic.
  2. Mike Sierra is control in training and asks for our advice on being a successful trainee.
  3. Tango Victor recently soloed!
  4. PATRON DCW wants to know if there is standard phraseology for getting flight following and a code starting on the ground at a Class D airport.


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