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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!

Mar 7, 2022

Episode 219 Show Notes


Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss the finer points of departing a non-towered airport with an IFR clearance.  Why can't you just depart in VMC and skip the release?  What could this pilot have done differently to avoid upsetting the controllers and possibly violating a regulation?  We will share our thoughts and get to many more aviation questions.


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron Bravo Sierra shares details about his Class Delta/Bravo transition from last week’s show.
  2. 2. Echo Bravo shares his background and explains some of his famous audio of landing and talking to himself.
  3. 3. Patron Whiskey Tango Foxtrot explains the origin of facility IDs with numbers.
  4. 4. Patron India India shares local insight into an MVA/ODP question.



  1. Patron Charlie Tango wants to know the best way to say hello and introduce yourself to ATC.
  2. Patron Juliet Mike shares an audio question about pireps.
  3. Charlie Alpha Mike wants some explanation on how we transition to IFR when weather deteriorates.
  4. Patron Delta Zulu wants to know if we will ever get rid of headings in favor of tracks.
  5. Patron Golf Kilo shares an awesome go/no go decision based on his weather expertise.

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