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.
AG and RH explain several different types of traffic calls and situations. Do we need the pilots to see one another? What happens if you have them in sight? What happens if you don’t see them? This and more of your awesome questions and feedback! Happy Father's Day!
AG and RH discuss ATC traffic calls. When do we issue them? What are the pilot responsibilities for reporting traffic in sight? What can controllers do knowing pilots have other aircraft in sight. We answer all these questions and much more.
RH and AG got the help of a TERPS expert answering a listener question about unpublished hold instructions on a missed approach. We also discuss full length takeoff phraseology, ATC zero, vectors to final, and ADS-B checks.
AG and RH break down the details of an arrival with “descend via” instructions with the help of PATRON Joe the Airbus Guy. We also find out what our listeners want to do in aviation when we get back to the new normal.
What is taking that controller so long? Whiskey Charlie sent in a question on OB120 about a reroute that took a little while in the tower. On this episode, we will hear from two of the controllers that work at the facility providing the outstanding service. We find out why the reroute took so long, what obstacles are in the controller’s way, and how the controller tried his best using paper charts!
AG and RH got some great feedback about two topics recently: flight following in the SoCal area and the use of autopilot on checkrides. We will share our thoughts and you can hear what our listeners think!
What does the show title mean? Whiskey Charlie asked about reroute selection, chart usage, and general controller/pilot type of knowledge in the tower. AG and RH will give our opinions on the disconnect between two sides of the microphone.
We asked listeners about their favorite instructor and we have some great feedback. We are going to resist the urge to talk about current events. Please use this show as a momentary escape from reality and stay safe, healthy, and happy. We will get through this time and we will be stronger for it!
In this week’s installment of normalcy, we discuss Flight Checks. What are they? Who does them? How do controllers safely handle these critically important missions? AG and RH share our experiences and answer more of your awesome feedback!
“Climb Via SID” vs. “Climb and Maintain” phraseology present a challenge depending on how the clearance is executed on departure. We break down the difference and illustrate some techniques for pilots that aren’t sure exactly what clearance they have been issued.
What if a control instruction places you close to another piece of airspace that is controlled by another facility? Should you call both controllers? Should you be monitoring both frequencies? AG and RH try to clear up some of the confusion and give their opinions on best practices to stay safe! Great questions from PATRON Bravo Yankee!
We encourage flight following on almost every episode. But what about short flights or local training flights? What should you do? AG and RH share their opinion on the use of flight following in these types of scenarios. We also get to more of your awesome questions. Thank you, PATRON Local Mike Bravo!
AG and RH discuss how our system gets updated approach information for airports with magnetic course changes. Can we clear the aircraft for an approach with the old runway numbers still on the approach plate? Thank you, Mike. Check out Flying and Life Podcast!
ADS-B has many benefits for the general aviation pilot community and the pilots have a lot to say on the matter. AG and RH continue to discuss the technology and how pilots can improve safety with smart integration of the new informational displays.
AG and RH continue to discuss the new ADS-B equipment requirement and we hear from our listeners about their experiences with the equipment. We briefly discuss helicopter operations, ATC communications during a critical incident, and more of your awesome feedback!
RH and AG dig a little deeper into the ADS-B equipment requirement, the informational displays, traffic avoidance, and pilot interpretation of the data. We will continue this for at least one more episode so it's not too late to add your feedback.
AG and RH are going to answer a listener question about ADS-B and discuss how the recent changes are impacting us in the radar room. Please continue to ask for flight following, continue to visually scan for other aircraft, and as always, fly safely!
Topic of the show: Why do controllers say “Landing/Takeoff will be at your own risk”? AG and RH break down this phraseology. We received some great stories of controllers taking the plane and lessons you wish you learned before they presented themselves in real life.
Juliet Sierra asks about coordination. We talk about why we coordinate, what we coordinate, and how we do it. If you want to hear a mock radar session where we do some coordination, check out OB045: Sounds From The Radar Room. Great questions, JS. Thank you!
All new content! AG and RH discuss training and how we determine when we have to step in as trainers. Also, more feedback and more of your awesome questions! Thank you for the great audio, PATRON Juliet Echo Charlie! Audio provided by a listener from LiveATC.net. Happy New Year!
AG and RH highlight some of our show’s main messages to pilots and the aviation community, answer more questions, and brighten your Monday! Delta Mike sent in some reminders of what this show is all about. Thank you!
AG and RH would like to extend a giant thank you to our listeners, our supporters, and our families for helping us reach this major milestone! We’ve had a blast making 100 episodes and look forward to many, many more! Thank you for listening and enjoy the show! Feedback and questions answered on this show, you don't want to skip a second!
Episode 97 Show Notes
RH and AG get to 12 more listener questions and comments. This is an all feedback episode. We’d like to say thank you to everyone for their patience and a special thank you to all our show PATRONS! We are having a blast with this show and the questions keep getting better each week!
AG and RH discuss a spike in TRIAD traffic and how we adapt to seasonal traffic. How do we keep the airspace moving safely and efficiently? We also discuss “Med Evac” operations and how we prioritize that type of operation.
We are going to dig deep into the inbox and catch up on some awesome feedback. We will also show PATRON’s perspective on air traffic control, her experience during an emergency, and what advice she has for the flying community.
AG and RH tackle a mountain of emails. Thank you for the awesome feedback, everyone! And thank you for all the support during the shutdown. We are so lucky to be involved in such an awesome aviation community!