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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

OB229: Bravo Bamboozled

5/23/2022
Episode 229 Show Notes Topic of the show: Did the controller say the magic words and clear you into the Bravo airspace? AG and RH offer their opinions on implied Bravo clearances and how you can handle the situation. We also discuss safe and effective means of allowing your student to make mistakes along the way. 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...

Duration:01:04:59

OB228: Hijacked by the Autopilot

5/16/2022
Episode 228 Show Notes Topic of the show: When does a botched approach cross the line into a possible pilot deviation? We will discuss our opinions on the use of automation during an approach, proper monitoring of the autopilot, and how to best comply with controller instructions. We also discuss speed restrictions, setting up for the runway in use on a windy day, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback! Timely...

Duration:01:14:14

OB227: Cancellation Cookies and Bravo Bullies

5/9/2022
Episode 227 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH talk about life before GPS, stray visual approach paths, and forced IFR cancellation. We also hear from a couple pilots that overflew Bravo and didn’t realize they were in the worst spot possible. This episode is packed with aviation gold, you don’t want to miss it! Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback Mentioned on the show: Aeronautical Charting Meeting - Instrument Procedures Group...

Duration:01:11:12

OB226: Reduce Speed Ten Knots Faster

5/2/2022
Episode 226 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss a listener’s text message exchange when ATC thought his radios were not working. What do we suggest with using cell phones and having a backup communication device when flying in the NAS? We also discuss impossible ATC instructions, check in delays, priority for ground stops, and closely situated airspaces that place pilots close or inside of adjacent airspace. Timely Feedback: 123 Feedback Mentioned on the show:...

Duration:01:13:47

OB225: Laser Event Swat Team

4/25/2022
Episode 225 Show Notes Topic of the show: Today’s show is all about going “down the tubes”. What is going on in the tracon to create the feeling that you are behind, unable to get a second to think, and too busy to do even one more thing? AG and RH discuss the tasks that make us feel like we are slammed in the radar room. We also discuss a recent laser light illumination police encounter, an approach minimums response from the Terps Elf, and more of your awesome aviation questions and...

Duration:01:07:23

OB224: Warm and Fuzzy Wake Turbulence Avoidance

4/18/2022
Episode 224 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH revisit wake turbulence avoidance and interactions with control towers that may be placing pilots in a tight spot behind a larger, wake producing aircraft. What can pilots do to prevent inadvertent wake encounters and more importantly, how can they safely convey their needs to ATC? Sometimes telling ATC “unable” is the start of a valuable exchange of information that can keep the plane safe! We also discuss low altitude warnings,...

Duration:01:15:59

OB223: Shiny Aluminum Showers

4/11/2022
Episode 223 Show Notes Topic of the show: How do we stay off the landline and why is it an important controller skill? On this week’s show, RH goes off on a rant about the misuse of landlines and the lessons he learned as a trainee to use them sparingly. We also talk about “landing assured”, a busy flight school pattern, and LPV approaches. This is a packed episode and you don’t want to miss a minute! Enjoy! Timely Feedback: 12345 Feedback https://fb.watch/bkWjs-_0pA/ Mentioned on...

Duration:01:14:59

OB222: Separation Bingo

4/4/2022
Episode 222 Show Notes Topic of the show: When a pilot calls up for an airborne IFR clearance and is dangerously close to an unidentified target on our scopes, when do our separation responsibility begin? How do we protect against a midair collision when we are not talking to both aircraft? We share our thoughts on this great question and we also discuss forced flight following, controller mistakes, and more of your awesome aviation questions! Special “Charlie Alpha” segment included in...

Duration:01:20:42

OB221: We Were on the Landline

3/28/2022
Episode 221 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH often refer to the landlines. What do we use them for and why are they such an important part of our job? We also discuss military round robin flights, airport approach path obstructions, and the Boeing 737. This week is jam packed with valuable aviation information and a special guest co-host: Captain Dana! Captain Dana flies the Boeing 737 and shares his thoughts about the aircraft and adds some great insight from the professional...

Duration:01:21:57

Penguins and Peppers

3/21/2022
AG and RH offer this fun compilation of some of our favorite moments on the show. Enjoy the mix from several previously recorded episodes!

Duration:01:19:34

OB220: Airspace Blocks and Bathroom Locks

3/14/2022
Episode 220 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss what it means when we block airspace near an adjacent sector or facility. How do we keep up with all our control instructions and what memory aids are available to keep things straight? We answer a ton of aviation questions this week so you don’t want to miss this episode! Timely Feedback: 12345 Feedback Mentioned this week on the show: Wings of Carolina Flying Club Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our...

Duration:01:12:27

OB219: Don't Rush the Release

3/7/2022
Episode 219 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss the finer points of departing a non-towered airport with an IFR clearance. Why can't you just depart in VMC and skip the release? What could this pilot have done differently to avoid upsetting the controllers and possibly violating a regulation? We will share our thoughts and get to many more aviation questions. Timely Feedback: 1234 Feedback Have a great week and thanks for listening! Visit our website at OpposingBases.com...

Duration:01:14:58

OB218: Flying With The Big Kids

2/28/2022
Episode 218 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss a pilot’s denied deviation requests, Class Bravo clearances, and VFR flight following with electrical problems. We cover a lot in this episode so you won’t want to miss it! Timely Feedback: https://www.ifr-magazine.com/technique/dude-youre-busted/2345 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...

Duration:01:05:24

OB217: Unable, We're Inverted

2/21/2022
Episode 217 Show Notes Topic of the show: What if the controller denies your request for a weather related course deviation? How can the pilot stay safe but comply with air traffic instructions? We will offer our tips on how to negotiate and communicate when you’re flying towards imminent danger! We also discuss snow and ice, preparation for a shift, and super low LPV minimums. You don’t want to miss this episode! Timely...

Duration:01:12:36

OB216: Wake Turbulence Part 2-Creating Space

2/14/2022
Episode 216 Show Notes Topic of the show: On last week’s episode, we discussed wake turbulence separation from a controller perspective. This week we will share some practical advice on what to say to the controller when you’re asked to follow a large or heavy aircraft. 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 visiting our support page on the website. Keep the feedback...

Duration:01:12:14

OB215: Wake Turbulence: Flaming Hoops of Fury

2/7/2022
Episode 215 Show Notes Topic of the show: AG and RH discuss wake turbulence avoidance from a controller’s perspective. How can you stay away from the dangerous wake of a larger aircraft but still get the safest and most efficient service from air traffic control? You may be surprised how we feel about wake turbulence so don’t miss this episode! Timely Feedback: 1https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/ifp_inventory_summary/234Page 1Page 2 Feedback Have a...

Duration:01:14:16

OB214: Cookies for Aviation Enthusiasts

1/31/2022
Episode 214 Show Notes Topic of the show: We are going to discuss what happens when a pilot terminates an IFR flight plan before being handed off on an approach to a Class Delta tower. What happened to “cookies for cancellations”? This and much more on another fun episode you won’t want to miss! 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...

Duration:01:10:49

OB213: Overflight Vectors on Opposing Frequencies

1/24/2022
Episode 213 Show Notes Topic of the show: RH vectored the overflight and shares his story to save another controller from issuing the most embarrassing control instructions ever given. We also discuss an interpretation regarding flight following instructions and answer more of your aviation questions. Enjoy the show! Timely Feedback: 1https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvl4Vt0gCKE234 Feedback Mentioned on the show: https://youtu.be/vnWfgHAdajo Great job, ATC! Have a great week and...

Duration:01:20:07

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