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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 25, 2022

Episode 225 Show Notes


Topic of the show: Today’s show is all about going “down the tubes”.  What is going on in the tracon to create the feeling that you are behind, unable to get a second to think, and too busy to do even one more thing?  AG and RH discuss the tasks that make us feel like we are slammed in the radar room.  We also discuss a recent laser light illumination police encounter, an approach minimums response from the Terps Elf, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback!  This episode is packed, don’t skip it!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron HTV sent in fantastic context for our discussion about “IFR qualified but not IMC capable”.
  2. Patron CKA sent a link to an awesome episode of “I Learned About Flying From That”: Close Encounter with Wake Turbulence. Check it out!
  3. 3. Patron DE wants all his club members to listen to our ODP episodes: Obstacle Departure Procedures and ODP’s, Part 2. Thanks for the invite to speak at your club!



  1. The Badger Pilot asked if he can fly an “ADF required” ILS approach with a WAAS GPS.
  2. Mike Golf sent in a question we sent to the TERPS Elf about approach minimums.



Mentioned on the show: article by Paul Berge at “The History of Going Down The Tubes”:

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