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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 19, 2022

Episode 259 Show Notes


Topic of the show: We endorse flight following!  But what should you do if you can’t break the controller away long enough to initiate flight following?  We will discuss busy airspace, conflicting traffic, and tools to ensure you get flight following services as early as possible.  We also discuss lost communication, alternate airports, and more of your awesome aviation feedback.  Merry Christmas from RH and AG!  Fly safely and have a great week!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron Sierra Mike shares some thoughts on how they teach their flight students about lost communications and alternate airports.
  2. 2. Patron Juliet Mike sent audio explaining the knowledge gap between ATC and the FARs.
  3. 3. We got some feedback about the student pilot quitting her flight training right after an encounter with a mean air traffic controller. Come on back! We promise that isn’t the normal type of interaction you should expect from air traffic.  Don’t set aside your flight training goals because of a radio mixup on your solo flight.  If you are ever in the TRIAD area, we’d be happy to show you what to expect from ATC: professionalism and a positive attitude!



  1. Patron Juliet Romeo Papa shares a positive interaction with ATC during an equipment malfunction.
  2. Patron Whiskey Oscar asks about duty limitations and shift times.

Holiday/Christmas audio used during this special episode is from no copyright music in library for creators.

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