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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!

Apr 4, 2022

Episode 222 Show Notes


Topic of the show: When a pilot calls up for an airborne IFR clearance and is dangerously close to an unidentified target on our scopes, when do our separation responsibility begin?  How do we protect against a midair collision when we are not talking to both aircraft?  We share our thoughts on this great question and we also discuss forced flight following, controller mistakes, and more of your awesome aviation questions!  Special “Charlie Alpha” segment included in this week’s show!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Bravo Charlie Mike shares some more clues about the unclosed flight plan mystery.
  2. 2. Patron Sierra Charlie shares some thoughts on the overused land line!
  3. 3. Patron Mike India Kilo shares some local Triad news:
  4. 4. Patron Echo Alpha has some wild wake turbulence experience.



  1. Patron Juliet Sierra shares a story about his forced flight following in a Class Bravo.
  2. Sierra Golf shares some thoughts about his students and radio skills.
  3. Patron Echo Mike shares a near collision story.
  4. Patron Echo Delta shares a non-emergency emergency declaration.
  5. Patron Mike Zulu vectored the overflight too!

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