Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk
Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk
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.
OB320: Cloud Surfing on the Published Mist
Episode 320 Show Notes   Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the danger in scud running as it relates to other traffic.  How can the IFR airplane safely navigate in airspace with other traffic that isn’t in contact with ATC or CTAF?  We also discuss a great way to introduce kids to ATC, traffic advisories, and more of you aviation questions and feedback.  This episode is packed and you don’t want to miss any of it!  Enjoy!   Timely Feedback: 1. Many Patrons sent feedback on closing tower airspace and why it reverts to E or G. Answered! 2. Patron NSC set up a flight sim at the career day at school!   Feedback 1. Patron TH asks about 75/76 type ratings 2. Patron MCB sent audio feedback about “suggested heading” 3. Patron TW also sent feedback about suggested heading 4. Patron JMW on “looking for traffic” and other such phraseology 5. Patron DB asks about handoffs between approach and tower   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Feb 19
1 hr 23 min
OB319: Kids in Aviation and ATC
Episode 319 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Kids in Aviation and ATC On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss their ideas on getting kids interested in careers in aviation. Do you have an aspiring young adult and you are trying to find ways to introduce them to aviation?  Does you kids stare out the window and wonder at the magic of aviation like we did when we were young?  We also discuss trip planning with important passengers, non-towered operations, and more of you aviation questions and feedback.  This was a really fun show.  Enjoy!  https://www.faa.gov/education/programs   Timely Feedback: 1. Patron ABM sent a story about an emergency and thanks to ATC after picking up their new plane 2. Patron JU sends feedback about listening to better understand her son’s job in the ARTCC. 3. Patron KA sends timely feedback about towered airports reverting to E/G airspace. 4. Patron JY sends timely feedback on towered airport airspace after closure. Feedback 1. Patron CV has a question about VFR targets not in contact near non towered airports. 2. Patron AJS sends a novel of a feedback :) about a situation he and his family found themselves in.   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Feb 12
1 hr 27 min
OB318: Real Life in Fantasyland
Episode 318 Show Notes Topic of the show: Controller Recurrent Training What topics and scenarios do controllers train on annually or semi-annually?  And how does it compare to airline/commercial pilot recurrent training?  On this week’s episode, AG and RH will discuss the differences in training and how controllers and pilots benefit from regular interval training.  We also discuss AG’s Manual Transmission School, snarky tower controllers, and more of your aviation questions and feedback.    Timely Feedback:  1. SGAC DB talks about his son flying and his daughter requesting a spot at the RH and AG stick driving school. 2. Controller RL shares more info on how Center controllers enter flight following into the keyboard 3. Patron BM sends feedback about driving a stick in Europe. Feedback: 1. Patron MKI sent audio feedback about flight plan remarks. 2. Patron DS sent feedback about the ODP episodes 3. Patron OMH sends a question about surface based E vs G for part time D airports. 4. SGAC Sierra Hotel sends a question about being cleared for the visual approach and a snarky tower controller. 5. Patron Sierra Bravo asks a question about differences between the US and Australian procedures for alternate missed approaches.   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Feb 4
1 hr 24 min
OB317: Stick Shift Type Ratings
Episode 317 Show Notes Topic of the show: Finding Community in Aviation Listeners respond to our request for how they find community within aviation.   RH also shares updates on his training progression at Penguin Airlines.  If you want to learn more about the training and the checkride, head over to patreon.com/opposingbases   Timely Feedback: 1. Patron Echo Sierra responded to our request in 316 2. BH responded to our request in 316 3. Patron AC sent a list of ideas for finding fellow fliers 4. Patron RW likes the idea of visiting many airports 5. Patron DE recommends public service flying   Feedback 1. Patron AM sent a question about entering controlled airspace. 2. APD sent feedback about driving a manual transmission. 3. SGAC SE sent a link to be your own Terps Elf https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/application/?event=directory&directory=1AB33CD90A9F40688549AB2B13B6EC50-AAF-NDBR&type=ndbr&nasrId=AAF 4. DH recommends finding an EAA chapter. 5. The TERPS Elf responds to questions about more NA at night issues.   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor.
Jan 30
1 hr 16 min
OB316: Thirsty Chinooks and Penguin Riots
Episode 316 Show Notes   Topic of the show:  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss ways for a newly minted private pilot to engage with the aviation community.   We also share our thoughts on safely expanding your skills while maintaining a safety first approach to flying.  This episode is packed with aviation gold and you don’t want to miss it!   Timely Feedback: 1. SGAC JAS asks about controller training timeline. 2. SGAC AM talks about wireless headsets and controller actions during an emergency. 3. NB has a question about IFR cancellation. 4. Patron TF has a new proposed FAR.   Feedback 1. Patron AD sent audio feedback. 2. SGAC JS sends feedback about Pireps 3. Patron JD sent feedback on maintaining SA 4. SGAC BS sent a terps question. 5. Patron CH sent timely feedback about OB 315 show topic   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Jan 21
1 hr 26 min
OB315: Pet the Jet, Flee the Nest
Episode 315 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Time to get pushed out of the nest!  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the transition from trainee to certified controller and the stages of development as a professional controller.  We also share our thoughts on how a pilot should mature into a safe, risk reducing airman after they complete training.  The listener feedback on CPDLC and gliders is also discussed on this episode.  Enjoy!   Timely Feedback: 1. Patron Juliet Golf comments on actually old instrumentation 2. Controller CH responds to questions about the limits of CPDLC 3. Controller SI also responds about CPDLC   Feedback 1. Controller NP sends feedback about CPDLC. 2. Patron NB sent audio feedback about Squawking 7700. 3. Patrons GK and NB both sent articles about penguin naps. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/30/science/penguin-naps-sleep.html 4. Patron MRL asks about our push to talk switches 5. Patron GS shares audio about his retirement project.   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Jan 14
1 hr 14 min
OB314: This CAN Work in America
Episode 314 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Reroutes in Troubled Airspace SGAC Patron JAS provides the show topic this week about getting routing around weather in difficult airspace.  How can pilots prepare for deviations in busy airspace?  We also discuss denied flight following and using flight plans to keep you safe.  This episode is packed, you don’t’ want to miss it!   Timely Feedback: 1. Controller/Patron MK responded to questions about a capitol arrival being restricted. 2. Patron DC sent a follow up to the expanded Charlie airspace question https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/06/06/2023-11909/amendment-of-the-nashville-international-airport-class-c-airspace-nashville-tn-and-the-john-c-tune 3. Patron SG sent some taxi audio  Feedback 1. Patron SW asks about getting flight following that “sticks.” 2. Controller/Pilot/Patron from the North GF asks about cancelling IFR and alert services retention. 3. Patron JP asks about maxing out CPDLC 4. SGAC Patron KH likes the new intro/outro 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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Jan 7
1 hr 22 min
OB313: Dark Side of the Hot Garbage Charlie
Episode 313 Show Notes   Topic of the show:  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss why some controllers cannot issue radar vectors. Why are they suggesting headings?  What should the pilot do in order to safely comply with the instructions?  We also discuss IFR shortcuts, an airport in desperate need of metering, and more aviation questions and feedback.   Timely Feedback: 1.  We set the record straight on altitude selection during an IFR departure near terrain. 2. Patron AMM wants to know when we are selling the Secret ATC Decoder Ring in our online store. https://i.imgur.com/HpyqX1Z.jpeg,   Feedback 1. SGAC Patron AM has a question about an unusual shortcut and interaction with ATC. 2. Patron MS shares a public service announcement to prevent pilot blindness. 3. Patron Delta Papa has a question about the new Class Charlie that could almost pass for Class B. 4. Patron MTB shares some kind words for air traffic controllers in a very busy and stressful facility.   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Jan 2
1 hr 19 min
OB312: Santa's Glider Goes Missed
Episode 312 Show Notes   Topic of the show: Santa's Glider Goes Missed On this year’s Christmas show, we dig deep into Santa’s bag of feedback and discuss gliders, weight and balance, flight following, missed approaches and much much more.  Merry Christmas!   Holiday/Christmas audio used during this special episode: Music: Deck the Halls – Jingle Punks (No Copyright Music)   Timely Feedback: 1. Patron Juliet Golf sent a note about weight and balance. 2. SGAC Patron Bravo Sierra sent an announcement and feedback about his commercial check ride. 3. Patron Delta Delta has follow up feedback on ADSB out and TISB 4. Patron Mike Golf, a glider instructor, sent feedback about glider ops above 18000 feet, a recent trend on OB shows. Links for the show notes: https://www.pacificsoaring.org/articles/FAA/FAA-wave-windows.html https://www.pacificsoaring.org/documents/Wave-Window-Update-PASCO-2008.pdf   1. Controller and pilot AW comments on Center/Tracon relationships and flying as a controller. 2. Dispatcher and Patron AMB passed his dispatcher competency and sent feedback and a question about part 121/91 routing.   Feedback 1. Controller NP sent feedback from OB 305 about flight following and other things. 2. Patron Tango Echo Yankee publicly admits his addiction to OB and discusses treatment. 3. Patron TEY sent feedback about alternate missed instructions on practice instrument approaches.   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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Music bumpers by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/. Legal Notice The views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 
Dec 24, 2023
1 hr 16 min
OB311: Shift Sandwich and Avoiding Earth
Episode 311 Show Notes   Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH answer a question about filed and expected altitudes while flying an ODP.  What is the safest way to navigate a lost comms scenario while executing the ODP?  How can you plan ahead to be a safer and more prepared pilot?  We also discuss shift work, opposite direction operation rules, and more of your awesome aviation questions.  This is a packed episode and you don’t want to miss it!   Timely Feedback:   1. Patron EF comments on the changes to the show and asks about Air Traffic schedules. 2. Patron WTF sent feedback about the ongoing glider topic. 3. Patron MK sent a link to an article he wrote about IFR approaches.
https://www.ifr-magazine.com/training-sims/gettin-down/   Feedback 1. Patron NB sent a link to his video with an OB shoutout, go check it out here: https://youtu.be/POyHMCXWWnM link to his channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@NathanBallardSaferFlying 2. Patron MF asks RH a question about getting his ATC fix. 3. SGAC Patron Charlie Mike from the frozen north sent a question about opposite direction operations. 4. SGAC Patron IC, md sent feedback about a TRACON tour at Big Apple Tracon.   Mentioned on the show: The Midlife Pilot Podcast and Safer Flying on YouTube     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 show! Don’t be shy, use the “Send Audio to AG and RH” button on the website and record an audio message. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com. Find us on twitter @opposing_bases.  Music by audionautix.com.  Third party audio provided by liveatc.net.  Friends of the show and maker of bags to protect your ATC headset from dust and germs: ATCSaks.com. Keep the gunk and funk away from your most valuable pilot gear: https://pilotsaks.com/.

 Legal Notice  The hosts of Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk podcast are speaking on behalf of Opposing Bases, LLC.  Opposing Bases, LLC does not represent the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, or the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.  All opinions expressed in the show are for entertainment purposes only.  There is no nexus between Opposing Bases, LLC and the FAA or NATCA.  All episodes are the property of Opposing Bases, LLC and shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent.  For official guidance on laws and regulations, refer to your local Flight Standards District Office or Certified Flight Instructor.  Opposing Bases, LLC offers this podcast to promote aviation safety and enhance the knowledge of its listeners but makes no guarantees to listeners regarding accuracy or legal applications.
Dec 17, 2023
1 hr 17 min
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