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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!

Oct 16, 2023

Episode 302 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss a complicated approach in mountainous terrain.  Why is the controller leaving the pilot high?  What routing may help the pilot comply with the approach using normal descent maneuvers?  We share our thoughts and some ideas on what this pilot can do next time.  We also discuss vectors to final at the last second, wandering luggage tugs, and more of your aviation questions and feedback.  You don’t want to miss this episode!


Timely Feedback:

1. Patron Mike Sierra shares a story about flight following near local TFRs.

2. Patron Tango Sierra is a newly minted multi engine ATP with a legacy carrier job!

3. Patron Sierra India from the Frozen North shares some fun facts about our credentials.



1. Patron Juliet Hotel shares the penguin analogy with friends at his own risk.

2. Patron Romeo Charlie asks “why the vector” when they were already setup perfectly for an approach.

3. Patron Tang Mike The Fire Truck Guy sent audio about jet blast.

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