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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!

Jul 10, 2023

Episode 288 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, we discuss general aviation operations at busy Class Bravo airports.  Flying to a big airport can be intimidating so we offer some tips for the general aviation pilot.  How can you safely taxi behind a heavy jet and keep ATC happy?  What should you be prepared for when arriving or departing a busy, Class Bravo airport in your general aviation aircraft?  Our special guest, Bravo Kilo, is a friendly voice in a busy tower and shares his experience so your next flight is both fun and safe. We also discuss our schedules, frequency planning, and remote clearance etiquette.  This episode is packed and you don’t want to miss it!


Timely Feedback:

1. Patron CRO asks if we can use intersections to alleviate longer departure lines.

2. Patron “The Badger Pilot” shares a fun ATC story with remarks “I love ATC”.



1. SGAC Patron Charlie Mike asks about our schedule and work/life balance.

2. Patron CLW asked about frequency planning on a cross country flight.

3. Patron BD got asked about the remote frequency vs. the phone to get an IFR clearance.


Thank you, Bravo Kilo!  We really enjoyed having you as our guest co-host for the AirVenture episode and this episode about Class Bravo operations! 



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