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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 24, 2021

Episode 178 Show Notes


Topic of the show: What does “Radar Contact” really mean?  What responsibilities does air traffic assume when a pilot hears those magical words?  How do controllers establish radar contact and how does the relationship end?  All this and more on another jam packed episode you don’t want to miss!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. PATRON Bravo Whiskey provides some very detailed information about LSAs and IMC.
  2. 2. SGAC PATRON “Darth Pilot” shares a request for holding instead of delay vectors.
  3. 3. Kilo Sierra shares some commentary on the airport mentioned a few episodes ago with a busy pattern and a denied go around.



  1. SGAC PATRON Bravo Sierra asks about reroutes around special events airspace.
  2. PATRON Delta Zulu shares a pirep conundrum and asks for our advice on issuing them.
  3. Papa Whiskey wants to know if talking to a Delta controller well outside their airspace is a good idea. Spoiler alert: it’s always a good idea to let air traffic know you are there!
  4. PATRON Alpha Echo asks about controlled vs. non towered and shares a story.
  5. Juliet Bravo shares some hilarious audio about “breaks” in the tower.


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