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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 29, 2022

Episode 260 Show Notes


Topic of the show: RH and AG celebrate the last episode of 2022 and the completion of five full years of weekly episodes!  On this week’s show, we discuss visual approaches into busy Class D airports, the importance of alternate airport planning, approach request etiquette, approach plate nuances, and many more of your aviation questions.  We would like to wish the aviation community a Happy New Year!  See you in 2023!


Timely Feedback:

  1. 1. Patron WTF points out the importance of alternates and why we have to file them.
  2. 2. Patron BY shares some thoughts on non radar vs. radar areas and the importance of procedures.
  3. 3. The TERPS Elf clears the air on the obvious mistake at Antenna airport!



  1. SGAC Patron RQ asks about filing to a nearby airport and the controller perspective on approaches that overlap facility boundaries.
  2. Patron AK peppers us with some timely feedback and an approach question.
  3. Patron EL asks us to share the ATC perspective on a visual approach into a busy Class D.
  4. Patron DZ asks what happens if he doesn’t squawk VFR when radar services are terminated.
  5. Patron DM thanks us for breaking through to his non pilot wife and shares some thoughts on ATC training in the NAS. Orders of $35 or more in the United States get free shipping with coupon code FREESHIP22 (expires 12/31/2022)

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