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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!

Dec 5, 2022

Episode 257 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, we discuss the filing of a flight plan to practice approaches at multiple airports in actual IMC weather.  How does a pilot let ATC know what they want to do in the filed flight plan?  What can the pilots do to maximize efficiency on a practice flight?  We also discuss easing back in to work after some time off, navigating busy airspace VFR, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback. 


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. SGAC Patron Sierra Echo shares thoughts on circling versus maneuvering VFR.
  2. 2. Patron GRB explains the magical technology behind the cassette that played CDs.



  1. SGAC Patron “The Original Mike Sierra” asks how we acclimate after vacation.
  2. Patron BS asks about “expect” altitudes issued during an IFR clearance.
  3. Patron AS navigated VFR through a busy corridor then got an IFR into their destination.
  4. Patron CM shares some great news and a story about a mean controller.

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