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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!

May 10, 2021

Episode 176 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Can tower deny a go around?  Why would a controller prevent the go around?  What can instructors do to accomplish the lesson in a busy pattern and what information would have been helpful for the controller and the pilots? We also discuss a busy mountain airport's IFR flow, confusing clearances, and diversions.


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Whiskey Bravo shares some thoughts on TV research departments.
  2. 2. Lima Bravo is waiting for eagle activity to show up on the ATIS.
  3. 3. Juliet Golf shares a story of getting and IFR shortcut.



  1. JFS shares a story of a mountain airport mess: one way in and out.
  2. PATRON Mike Golf has questions about IFR flight plans and clearances.
  3. Julie Charlie has a question about speed control.
  4. PATRON Echo Whiskey wants to share a tip for holding instructions.
  5. PATRON Juliet Papa shares a pet peeve about his company callsign.
  6. PATRON Romeo Mike has a question about divert inquiries.


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