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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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Sep 19, 2022

Episode 246 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, we run down a list of operational questions and explain who is working during a normal shift, position responsibilities, and the impact of short bursts of traffic on the operation.  We also discuss a radio failure in the tower, termination of radar services, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback.


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron Echo Delta shared a picture of their student preparing to enter a pattern.
  2. 2. Patron BLJ shares some career news and also got a tower of TRIAD.
  3. 3. Charlie Golf has a theory on the placement of static discharge chains on our new tower chairs.
  4. 4. Kilo Hotel sent a great site to find out if a MOA/SUA is hot.



  1. Patron Alpha Foxtrot asks about the CIC’s role in the pit.
  2. Patron Kilo Whiskey asks about a tower radio failure.
  3. The Badger Pilot shares a story about termination of radar services going into a towered airport with cookies.


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