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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

OB206: Fueled Short, Moon Clearance Denied

12/6/2021
Episode 206 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss pop-up IFR requests from the controller and pilot perspective. What happens behind the scenes to make this work? And how can pilots help ATC reach a common goal? We also discuss more of your awesome aviation questions. Timely Feedback: 1234airwolf - YouTubeV-22 Osprey (globalsecurity.org) Feedback https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/ Question of the Week/Month What is the snowflake and temperature found...

Duration:01:10:00

OB205: Lawn Dart Arrival

11/29/2021
Episode 205 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH answer a listener question about a poor setup for a visual approach. What can controllers do in order to set the pilot up for success? How can pilots get the most out of ATC? We will also share some awesome listener feedback and get to some more of your aviation questions! Timely Feedback: 1 2.Mike Delta sent a tip on how to file a delay at an airport in your flight plan....

Duration:01:13:07

OB204: Five Star Through Flight

11/22/2021
Episode 204 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH break down some audio of a medevac helicopter through flight clearance in the middle of the night. The controller provided outstanding service and learned something new along the way. We also discuss who to contact when entering busy Class Delta airspace and more of your awesome feedback! Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using...

Duration:01:07:40

OB203: Unappreciated ATC Practices

11/15/2021
Episode 203 Show Notes Topic of the show: On this week’s episode, we discuss a pilot’s lengthy flight up and down the west side of the United States where they experienced several different air traffic control facilities’ less than desirable practices like slam dunk visual approaches, poorly setup ILS approach clearances, and center reroutes. AG and RH will add their perspective and share some insights that may help you the next time you travel outside your normal local area. Timely...

Duration:01:11:03

OB202: Vacation on Yaw Damper Island

11/8/2021
Episode 202 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH are doing their best to catch up with all the questions. We are all over the map this week: Magnetic vs. True wind direction, student pilot remarks, wake turbulence encounters, and pilot compliance with instructions in a timely manner. You won’t want to miss this fun episode. Enjoy! Timely Feedback: 12345 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show using...

Duration:01:09:49

OB201: Cloud Police and Bird Murder

11/1/2021
Episode 201 Show Notes Topic of the show: VFR practice approaches and local pop-up IFR clearances are not the same thing and do not afford the pilot the same separation standards or cloud clearance latitude. RH and AG discuss why a pilot must be clear in their request to ATC and have an understanding of why these two clearances are different. Timely Feedback: 12345 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our show...

Duration:01:10:33

OB200: Vanishing Yellow Ink, Hand Wash Only

10/25/2021
Episode 200 Show Notes Topic of the show: Live from Killer Taco Truck Airport in Sanford, NC, AG and RH answer audience questions, play some audio from listeners that couldn’t make the show, and discuss the podcast’s history. We are humbled by the turnout and so thankful for our listeners and show supporters. Thank you to our host: Wings of Carolina Flying Club and the delicious taco truck: Taqueria El Azteca. Captain Jeff drove all the way from Atlanta to watch today’s show and...

Duration:01:45:05

OB199: Cat Door Arrivals

10/18/2021
Episode 199 Show Notes Topic of the show: Wake turbulence is a flight hazard for all aircraft but especially dangerous for small, light airplanes. Do non-pilot controllers understand the implications of squeeze plays with regard to wake turbulence encounters? On this week’s show we will break down arrival to departure wake turbulence minimums and how pilots can play a role in risk mitigation. Timely Feedback: 123 Feedback SGAC 200th Episode Live at TTA on October 23, 2021 Have a...

Duration:00:51:53

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