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Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk

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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.

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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

OB198: NAS Charcuterie

10/11/2021
Episode 198 Show Notes Topic of the show: During an emergency, controllers have required information they must get from the pilots. Sometimes that gets done repeatedly. On this week’s show, we will discuss why that happens and ways to reduce the redundant communications. Timely Feedback: 123https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo%27s_aerial_screw4 Feedback SGAC The 200th episode Fly in at TTA is on October 23, 2021! Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at...

Duration:00:50:46

OB197: Pushing Penguins

10/4/2021
Episode 197 Show Notes Topic of the show: What does ATC expect when a pilot experiences radio failure? How closely do lost communication regulations match up with what happens in real life? We discuss a common question that many instrument pilots have and give our take on what pilots can do to be more predictable. Timely...

Duration:01:16:11

OB196: Life Extending Vectors

9/27/2021
Episode 196 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss MEDEVAC flights, medical emergencies, and priority handling. How do we expedite traffic with time sensitive cargo on board? We also discuss tips and tricks for planning on weather reroutes, traffic avoidance, and international overflights. Timely Feedback: 123 Feedback Mentioned in the show:...

Duration:01:26:52

OB195: Closer to Kah Kahs

9/20/2021
Episode 195 Show Notes Topic of the show: Low altitude alerts and collision alerts go off all the time. How do we know when they are genuine safety alerts or nuisance alarms? AG and RH explain the two safety alerts and how we process the information to keep the pilots safe! This week, our show topic was inspired by SGAC Patron Mike Mike. Thank you! Timely Feedback: 12 Feedback Mentioned on the Show: Opposing Bases TTA Fly-In on October 23, 2021. If you plan on coming, let us...

Duration:01:23:06

OB194: NOTAM Dustpan

9/13/2021
Episode 194 Show Notes Topic of the show: Sometimes the most important NOTAMS are either buried in a stack of words or hidden in places pilots don’t even know to look before making a flight. AG and RH share some pilot feedback about the AirVenture NOTAM and discuss Domestic Notices on this week’s episode. Timely Feedback: 12 3.Bravo Tango shared kind words about episode 56 “Miracle on the Hudson”...

Duration:01:27:00

OB193: (Ident)ity Crisis, LOA Bias

9/6/2021
Episode 193 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH go back to ATC basics and discuss a few of our local letters of agreement with surrounding facilities, how that changes your flight path, and how those reroutes relate to airspace. We also discuss merging target procedures with a duplicate target, flight following, and more of your aviation questions. Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback SGAC Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can...

Duration:01:19:25

OB192: Above Average But Not Exceptional

8/30/2021
Episode 192 Show Notes Topic of the show: RH and AG heard from the listeners about techniques they use to resolve the RNAV vector to final issue with ATC. We also discuss local flight following, emergency airspace, and clearances to unknown fixes. Timely Feedback: 123 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using Patreon or visiting our support page on the website. Keep the feedback coming, it drives the...

Duration:01:32:04

OB191: Too Close For Terps

8/23/2021
Revised addition Episode 191 Show Notes Topic of the show: How much room below glideslope does a pilot have until they are too close to obstacles? We hear from the Terps Elf about obstacle clearance on the ILS and the importance of maintaining your vertical path on the glideslope to avoid hitting the ground or obstacles. Timely Feedback: 12 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using Patreon or...

Duration:01:13:10

OB190: Know When To Hold 'Em

8/16/2021
Episode 190 Show Notes Topic of the show: Hold for release phraseology is used every single day throughout the NAS at non-towered airports to expedite IFR clearances. How should a pilot handle it when they run into a brick wall trying to get their IFR on the ground so they can load up the FMS/GPS? We discuss our ideas and explain what it means when we use this technique. Timely Feedback: 12 Feedback Mentioned in the show: https://youtu.be/KKUQ9-zujoc Have a great week and thanks...

Duration:01:32:42

OB189: Inglorious ATC Arguments

8/9/2021
Episode 189 Show Notes Topic of the show: When pilots and controllers get into an argument on frequency, nobody wins. It’s a waste of time and can most likely be solved on the ground using a phone. AG and RH explain what they consider before engaging in an argument or heated discussion on frequency. Timely Feedback: 1videoAirVenture23 Feedback Mentioned on the show: OB188 Live From AirVenture, EAA AirVenture NOTAM Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website...

Duration:01:17:35

OB188: Live at AirVenture 2021

8/2/2021
AG and RH are live at EAA AirVenture 2021! We discuss the origins of Opposing Bases, answer live questions from the audience, and hear feedback from our most valuable show supporters. The sounds of EAA AirVenture in the background will make you feel like you were at the live show! Thank you for attending and see you next year! To learn more about EAA, click here. Thank you for allowing us to record a show at the Forums! #OSH21 A special thanks to all our Patreon supporters and our...

Duration:01:56:20

OB187: Airport Insight

7/26/2021
Episode 187 Show Notes Topic of the show: When a pilot has the airport in sight, sometimes a visual approach clearance is delayed. But when the controllers point out the airport and the pilot can’t find the field, it can create problems for ATC. Find out when super vision helps and when it hurts. We also discuss law enforcement flights, hazardous missed approaches, and more of your awesome aviation questions. Timely Feedback: Feedback Mentioned on the show:...

Duration:01:02:30

2021 AirVenture NOTAM

7/19/2021
Bonus Episode: 2021 EAA AirVenture NOTAM On this week’s episode, we will review some highlights of the 2021 EAA AirVenture NOTAM. Print the NOTAM and follow along as Romeo Hotel and Mike from the Flying and Life podcast review important changes to this year’s arrival procedures. As always, fly safely and see you at AirVenture! Helpful links: RH and Mike’s first NOTAM episode: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/opposingbases/1412947-ob81-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-notam.mp3 NOTAM:...

Duration:01:26:11

OB186: Planes Can Never Go Bang Bang

7/19/2021
Episode 186 Show Notes Topic of the show: A recent video on the internet sparked a conversation about Class Delta air traffic services, a pilot’s responsibility to see and avoid other traffic, and the primary job of air traffic controllers. In this week’s episode, we will add our thoughts to the conversation. A link to the video can be found in the show notes. Timely Feedback: 123 Feedback Mentioned on the show: AvWeb’s Paul Bertorelli: https://youtu.be/FM3dmaC4z8E. A reminder to...

Duration:00:52:40

OB185: Unvectored, Uncleared, and Unhinged

7/12/2021
Episode 185 Show Notes Topic of the show: RH and AG discuss the importance of controllers having a basic understanding of the GPS/RNAV approach and vectors versus initial fix usage. We discuss some easy tips for pilots and controllers to avoid confusion when executing RNAV approaches and issuing clearances. All feedback episode! Feedback No new question of the week Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using...

Duration:01:30:55

OB184: In the Bosom of the Bravo

7/5/2021
Episode 184 Show Notes Topic of the show: A pilot explains his decision-making process while experiencing an inflight emergency. We learn how he dealt with air traffic control, flying the plane, and briefing his passengers. Great job, Mike Bravo! We also get an update on the “Mayday Mayday Mayday” episode from earlier this summer. Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback Mentioned on the show:...

Duration:00:47:39

OB183: Flights and Wings and Things

6/28/2021
Episode 183 Show Notes Topic of the show: We are all over the map today. We discuss through clearances, SIDs, terrain clearance, radio confidence, and non-towered airport pet peeves! This was a fun show that you won’t want to miss. Congratulations to everyone that got new ratings, this was a huge week for listener announcements! Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback SGAC Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using...

Duration:00:47:56

OB182: Runway Picnics and Stranger Danger

6/21/2021
Episode 182 Show Notes Topic of the show: What happens when our squeeze play doesn’t work out as we had imagined? Are we guilty of the occasional snarky response on frequency? Find out on this week’s episode. Timely Feedback: 123https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDGQshynEKA&t=2790s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydogesjgmzU 45 Feedback https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan-pan Mentioned on the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taDgOeu1Ac0 Have a great week and thanks for...

Duration:01:35:40

OB181: Tactical Dehydration Inquisition

6/14/2021
Episode 181 Show Notes Topic of the show: Required readbacks of instructions can be very confusing for new pilots. On today’s show, we break down some common exchanges between air traffic control and pilots and discuss what we need to hear and how you can be efficient in your readbacks. Timely Feedback: 12345 Feedback Mentioned on the show: Wings of Carolina Flying Club at TTA airport: http://wingsofcarolina.org/ Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at...

Duration:00:49:12

OB180: Uncleared as Filed

6/7/2021
Episode 180 Show Notes Topic of the show: Can ATC help expedite IFR traffic from non-towered airports? What tools are available to controllers to help inbounds avoid the dreaded hold or outbounds avoid lengthy departure delays? Find out on this week’s episode! Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using Patreon or visiting our support page on the website. Keep the feedback coming, it...

Duration:01:29:49