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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

OB212: No Crying at This Party

1/17/2022
Episode 212 Show Notes Topic of the show: On this week’s episode, AG and RH discuss how they determine when they’ve reached their maximum capacity. How do we deal sudden task saturation? What tools do we have available to safely work our way out of a busy session? This episode was a lot of fun to record and you won’t want to miss it! Timely Feedback: 12The Finer Points Aviation podcast Feedback Mentioned in the show: Cold Weather corrections:...

Duration:01:12:14

OB211: Forced Flight Following

1/10/2022
Episode 211 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss what could cause a controller to deny a pilot’s request to cancel VFR flight following. Oftentimes pilot’s think since they are clear of Class B, C, or D airspace, they are safe to fly wherever they want. On this week’s show, we will discuss why that is not always true. Timely Feedback: 1best headset bag available2https://youtu.be/5BkWJ0S0mNM Feedback Mentioned on the show:...

Duration:01:05:27

OB210: Wings Don't Flap

1/3/2022
Episode 210 Show Notes Topic of the show: The Terps Elf is back! Another week of awesome feedback and aviation questions covering unlit towers, early descents from fuel savings land, fire fighting heroes, and non-RVSM airplanes above flight level 290. You don’t want to miss this episode! Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/ Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com You can support our...

Duration:01:12:45

OB209: Indecent Glitter Liberties in the Devil Bravo

12/27/2021
Episode 209 Show Notes Topic of the show: RH and AG discuss a pilot’s options when they encounter IMC at night and the approach they want to shoot says “N/A at night”. We also go deep into the inbox with more of your awesome aviation related questions and feedback. Timely Feedback: 123 Feedback https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZWUsQKbWTE Mentioned on the show: We referred EH to this article in IFR magazine “NA at night” by Mark Kolber:...

Duration:01:14:58

OB208: Irritating Aluminum Bird Thingy

12/20/2021
Episode 208 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH answer a listener question regarding the magic words to listen for in an approach clearance. Are you being instructed to join the final approach course or are you being cleared for the approach? Find out what to listen for and how to make sure you are on the same page as ATC. This week is full of great questions, you don’t want to miss it! Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback Mentioned on the show:...

Duration:01:07:35

OB207: Garbage Bags of Service

12/13/2021
Episode 207 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss restricted low approaches, go-arounds, and denied IFR airborne pickups. We also answer more of your aviation questions, discuss the ancient technology known as a VCR, and celebrate many new listener pilot ratings. This was a really fun episode so hit play now! Timely Feedback: Feedback Mentioned on the show: https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/, opposingbases.com/shop Everything in the Opposing Bases online merchandise...

Duration:01:09:29

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