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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

Air Traffic Talk
187 episodes
RH and AG are two experienced air traffic controllers and pilots that host a weekly show answering listener questions, breaking down complex aviation topics, and relating their experiences to everyday occurrences in the national airspace system. The hosts and guests do not represent the FAA or NATCA and express their own views and opinions.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

OB176: Artistically Denied Go Around

Episode 176 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Can tower deny a go around?  Why would a controller prevent the go around?  What can instructors do to accomplish the lesson in a busy pattern and what information would have been helpful for the controller and the pilots? We also discuss a busy mount…
1h 11min

OB175: How to Plant a Plane

Episode 175 Show Notes   Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss missed approaches to crossing runways and how controllers can mitigate the risks in simultaneous go arounds.  We also discuss the typical shift at TRIAD Tower, tower traffic management techniques, and clearances below the MVA.  Anoth…
1h 13min

OB174: Lost in Frequency Land

Topic of the show: Which air traffic instructions do we wish required mandatory readbacks?  Are there any instructions that must be confirmed but are not found in the regulations?  We also discuss a recent change at a towered airport which stopped allowing IFR departures off a runway that has been …
1h 16min

OB173: Family Flights, Poisonous Bites

Show Notes AG and RH give their opinions on how to bridge the gap between controllers and pilots on everyday flights.  Don’t be shy.  Tell the controllers what you want or need and you might be surprised at the results.  We discuss incorrect assumptions and the use of plain English with ATC.  We …
1h 5min

OB172: Astronaut Hats with Fix Proximity Awareness

Show Notes   Topic of the show: This week we will address some of the pilot pet peeves.  What drives you crazy?  How can ATC limit the number of things that drive you crazy?  We also discuss ICAO codes, busy frequencies, and more of your awesome questions and feedback.      Timely Feedback:…
1h 4min

OB171: Number Two On The Arrival

Show Notes   Topic of the show: Why do some center controllers give a landing direction to arrivals up at altitude and some do not?  Why is this information critical on some arrivals?  AG and RH will explain some of the differences between two large Class Bravo airports and how pilots prepare f…
1h 11min

OB170: Unquenchable Flaming Magnesium

Episode Notes   Topic of the show: What drives us crazy from the pilot side and the controller side?  AG and RH discuss their pet peeves, flame throwing airplanes, noise abatement headings, and much more.    Timely Feedback: SGAC PATRON BS shares his thoughts about tower sequencing plan…
1h 14min

OB169: Panic Vectors, Cheesy Peppers

Episode 169 Topic of the show:  What types of factors are taken into consideration when a tower controller is deciding the sequence?  What tools are available to keep traffic flowing safely and efficiently?  AG and RH will discuss their methods for organizing aircraft at the TRIAD.    Timely …
1h 11min

OB168: Under There. Under Where?

Topic of the show: AG and RH are in catch-up mode again.  We are all over the map this week with PDCs, VFR MVA warnings, Procedure Turns, ODPs, and feedback from the Terps Elf!   Timely Feedback: 1. SGAC PATRON Juliet Oscar was doing “Mach 135” on the way to TRIAD. 2. SGAC PATRON Papa Cha…
1h 4min

OB167: Reach Out and Touch ATC

Topic of the show: What are contact approaches?  Why don’t we use them more often?  AG and RH discuss this rarely used approach and discuss some examples where they may come in handy for the pilot and ATC.  Timely Feedback: 1. Juliet Bravo offers some thoughts on helicopter altitudes. 2. PA…
60min

OB166: Class Bravo Operations, Part 2

Topic of the show: Class Bravo VFR Operations.  AG and RH break down the responses from two experienced Class Bravo controllers regarding VFR services, air work near the boundaries, and visibility on the ground in underlying non-towered airports.  This is the second episode in our Class Bravo airsp…
1h 11min

Extra Ketchup, No Mustard

Extra Episode Show Notes   AG and RH spend an entire episode on listener questions.  We are all over the map on this special episode.  Enjoy!   Link mentioned in today’s show: https://www.kirtland.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2471177/air-traffic-controller-at-kirtland-afb-credited-…
1h 13min

Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk

Hit subscribe so our episodes are ready to play each week and join listeners from all over the globe! Find us at opposingbases.com Get access to exclusive content and live video streams of our recording session at patreon.com/opposingbases and follow us @Opposing_Bases     Send your questi…
2min

OB165: Class Bravo Operations

Episode 165 Show Notes   Topic of the show: This week, we will share our thoughts on maximizing the use of air traffic control while flying in and around Class Bravo airspace.  We also discuss using airports at night without runway lights and our tips on how to be a successful air traffic train…
1h 12min

OB164: IMC Soup Sandwich

Episode 164 Show Notes   Topic of the show: What happens when the radar controller gives you an expected instruction and the tower controller issues you a different instruction?  Which instruction should the pilot follow?  AG and RH will offer their opinion on how to handle this situation as a …
1h 7min

OB163: Can You See Me Now?

Episode 163 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Why are we still advertising ILS approaches when it’s VFR weather?  What types of elements are included in the decision to switch to visual approaches?  We discuss what factors are in play including forecasted weather, sequencing, tower visibility, an…
1h 11min

OB162: Radio Sinners, Record Player Spinners

Episode 162 Show Notes   Topic of the show: RH and AG are all over the map this week.  We discuss sequencing in the pattern, flying tracks vs. assigned headings, go arounds, VFR callup phraseology, and much more!    Timely Feedback: 1. PATRON Juliet Hotel shares his thoughts on ODPs and…
1h 7min

Obstacle Departure Procedures, Part 2

Bonus: ODP’s, Part 2   This episode is a follow up to our first bonus episode on Obstacle Departure Procedures (released on 1/12/2021).  If you haven't listened to that episode, go do that first! All feedback is specific to ODPs.  We review some errors and discuss elements of the procedures …
1h 6min

OB161: Heading Shmeading

Episode 161 Show Notes   Topic of the show: This week on Opposing Bases, we clear up an error we made on last week’s episode concerning VFR climbs on an IFR flight plan.  We also discuss a myriad of topics and dig deep into the inbox.  You won’t want to miss this week’s episode!   Timely Fe…
1h 5min

OB160: Departing VFR vs. IFR

Episode 160 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Your two favorite air traffic controllers discuss the difference between departing a non-towered airport VFR in VMC looking to pick up your IFR clearance in the air versus an IFR departure with a clearance issued on the ground.  Do you know the differ…
1h 12min

Bonus: Obstacle Departure Procedures

Bonus: Obstacle Departure Procedures with Max Trescott   Topic of the show: In the first part of this bonus episode, RH interviews Max Trescott about Obstacle Departure Procedures and 14 CFR Part 91 regulations regarding the application and use of these vital procedures.  In the second part of …
1h 41min

OB159: Terps Elf's Secrets Revealed

Episode 159 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Why do some approaches say “NA at Night”?  The Terps Elf will do his best to answer this question.  We also discuss the use of aircraft types in ATC instructions, minimum vectoring altitudes, flight following in a practice area, and more of your aweso…
1h 12min

OB158: ATC Strips and Spritz

Episode 158 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.  AG and RH discuss a veritable cornucopia of aviation feedback including canceling flight plans, gaming the system for release times, old school nav aids, leaky towers, and aviation bucket list items.  This week’s e…
1h 7min

OB157: Better Routing, Less Pouting

Episode 157 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Echo Hotel wants our thoughts and opinions on handling a pilot that forgets to cancel his/her IFR flight plan at a non-towered airport.  Is a Brasher Warning and possible pilot deviation/violation necessary?  What do we suggest to avoid this issue and…
1h 17min

OB156: Airborne Clearances and Balloon Appearances

Episode 156 Show Notes   Topic of the show: This week, we discuss the technique of picking up an IFR clearance in the air.  What are the pitfalls?  Why doesn’t this always work?  What can pilots do to increase efficiency and remain safe under IFR?   Timely Feedback: 1. PATRON Mike Romeo…
1h 8min

OB155: Garbage Phraseology

Episode 155 Show Notes   Topic of the show: AG and RH dig deep into the feedback and discuss straight-in approach phraseology requirements, reroutes, ODP requirements, and much, much more.  This week is packed with information you won’t want to miss.   Timely Feedback:   1. PATRON Rom…
1h 10min

OB154: Antarctic Reroute

Episode 154 Show Notes   Topic of the show: This week, we discuss how pilots can plan ahead for the inevitable routing complexity when operating on the east coast through various Class Bravo airports.  What tools are available in electronic flight bags to help you plan ahead? How can you safely…
1h 10min

OB153: Circular Logic

Episode 153 Show Notes   Topic of the show:  AG and RH continue the conversation about circling approaches.  We discuss circling for sea planes, large jets into TEB, and airplanes without GPS.  Mentioned in the discussion: https://news.aviation-safety.net/2019/03/13/ntsb-continuation-of-unsta…
1h 6min

OB152: Circling Frozen Turkeys

Episode 152 Show Notes   Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss the differences between circling maneuvers at a towered airport and a non-towered airport, circling maneuvers for seaplanes, and circling maneuvers designed to keep a safe distance from surrounding airports.  Articles mentioned: htt…
1h 6min

OB151: Navigation Failures

Episode 151 Show Notes   Topic of the show: What are you required to do in the event of an equipment malfunction?  Can you prepare for this event with the use of electronic flight bags?  RH and AG give their tips on avoiding confusion when your equipment quits and you need ATC to help out.   …
1h 10min