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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 11, 2022

Episode 223 Show Notes


Topic of the show: How do we stay off the landline and why is it an important controller skill?  On this week’s show, RH goes off on a rant about the misuse of landlines and the lessons he learned as a trainee to use them sparingly.  We also talk about “landing assured”, a busy flight school pattern, and LPV approaches.  This is a packed episode and you don’t want to miss a minute!  Enjoy!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Sierra Golf shares some feedback about small GA aircraft going to Metroplex.
  2. 2. PATRON Juliet Charlie reminds us of another phone book nuance.
  3. 3. SGAC PATRON Charlie Mike has a request of the show and the Terps Elf.
  4. 4. PATRON Mike Golf enjoyed us having Captain Dana as a guest co-host.
  5. 5. PATRON Sierra Echo offers a pro tip on hitting a gap on final.



  1. Sierra Papa Delta has some comments about wake turbulence and callsign mishaps.
  2. PATRON Whiskey Tango Foxtrot shares some information on equipage and approaches.
  3. PATRON JEC has a question about “landing assured”.
  4. PATRON AMB shares some audio from a busy pattern.
  5. PATRON Papa Victor wants to know how we stay off the land lines like pros.
  6. PATRON Echo Hotel wants everyone to know how cool his car was in 1998.


Mentioned on the show: Pilot has engine failure and works with ATC to find an airport and lands on the numbers with no engine from 9000’. Well done!

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