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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 30, 2023

Episode 304 Show Notes


Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH get into the details of a rare type of approach clearance.  What would we do as pilots if we received this clearance?  How would we issue the clearance as controllers?  And is there a regulation to establish an argument that it’s not only safe, but legal?  We also discuss pilot punishments, PIREP holds, and more of your aviation questions and feedback.  This is a packed episode and you don’t want to miss it!


Timely Feedback


1. Patron Bravo Mike shares some pro tips about navigating the Hudson with IFR and VFR.

2. Patron Mike Zulu shares some kind words about an underlying Delta facility.



1. Patron Tango Charlie wants to know how we punish pilots.

2. Patron Alpha Juliet shared a story of being held on the ground due to a PIREP.

3. Patron Mike Romeo has introduced names for our future staff.

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