June 22, 2020
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!
June 15, 2020
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.
June 8, 2020
AG and RH discuss the importance of a good overlap briefing between controllers and how we handle the situation if we want to change their plans.
June 1, 2020
RH and AG discuss what a pilot can do to get out of a jam when they are left high on an approach.
May 26, 2020
AG and RH break down the importance of timing when turning aircraft onto final and illustrate the differences between aircraft with widely different speeds.
May 18, 2020
RH and AG got the help of a TERPS expert answering a listener question about unpublished hold instructions on a missed approach.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.
May 12, 2020
AG and RH discuss why we refer to the aircraft on approach as “my final”. Why are we so possessive of this area of airspace and why do we celebrate when we do it well?
May 4, 2020
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.
April 27, 2020
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!
April 20, 2020
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!
April 13, 2020
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.
April 6, 2020
AG and RH talk about their favorite instructors of all time!  We dig deep into the inbox and get to some more of your awesome questions and feedback!  Happy Monday!
March 31, 2020
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!
March 23, 2020
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!
March 16, 2020
“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.
March 9, 2020
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!
March 2, 2020
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!
February 24, 2020
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!
February 17, 2020
Juliet Echo Charlie left another great audio question about our use of the word “Cleared”. What does it mean and what coordination is required before we can issue control instructions?
February 10, 2020
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.
February 3, 2020
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!
January 27, 2020
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.
January 20, 2020
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!
January 13, 2020
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.
January 6, 2020
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!
December 30, 2019
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 Happy New Year!
December 23, 2019
AG and RH would like to extend a Merry Christmas to our loyal Opposing Bases listeners.  In this episode, we are going to tackle a ton of timely feedback and get to some more great aviation questions.
December 16, 2019
AG and RH discuss a VFR Lost Communication situation on the way home from Oshkosh breaking down the chain of events, the decision making process, and the safe conclusion.
December 9, 2019
RH and AG break down VFR-on-Top, King Air patterns, holding, Class Charlie communications, and ADS-B traffic displays.
December 2, 2019
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!
November 25, 2019
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!
November 18, 2019
What would happen if we lost radar at TRIAD? AG and RH catch up on feedback and your awesome questions.
November 11, 2019
Where does the controller expect you to go after a course deviation for traffic or weather when they say "resume own navigation" or "proceed on course"?
November 4, 2019
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!
October 28, 2019
Do you fly straight-in when the controller didn't specifcally clear you that way?
October 21, 2019
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.
October 14, 2019
AG and RH disuss TRIAD SIDS and STARS, the Triad Bear, and more of you great feedback/questions!
October 7, 2019
Please file VFR flight plans and get flight following whenever possible!
September 30, 2019
RH and AG explain what may have caused a delay for a military student pilot and more of your awesome feedback!
September 23, 2019
RH and AG catch up on more awesome questions and feedback! Enjoy the show!
September 16, 2019
Star Destoyer at TRIAD, practice approaches, call sign mixup, drones, and advice for a new CFI!
September 9, 2019
A pilot reacts quickly to a bird strike and lands safely in a TRIAD airspace airport. Great job!
September 2, 2019
What are separation services? And AG and RH close out the Chicago series with some information about the tower.
August 26, 2019
How are all the IFR flights separated in the Chicago area?
August 19, 2019
What are the tips and tricks every VFR pilot should know in the Chicago area?
August 12, 2019
RH and AG talk about controller creativity in bad weather, holding, and deviations.
August 5, 2019
AG and RH catch up on feedback and discuss a story about help from ATC in Kansas City area.
July 29, 2019
The closing episode in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Opposing Bases series. You don't want to miss this closing episode.
July 27, 2019
Romeo Hotel is a passenger on the FISK Arrival to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Fly In!
July 26, 2019
Romeo Hotel flies backseat with Mike on the Fisk Arrival after departing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
July 26, 2019
Romeo Hotel and Mike from Flying and Life Podcast talk about Day 4, Thursday July 26 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 live from the ultralight runway!
July 24, 2019
RH and Captain Nick travel to FISK to watch the FISK Arrival and the hard work of NATCA Air Traffic Controllers!
July 23, 2019
Live from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, AG and RH get through some feedback while surrounded by the sights, sounds, and people of AirVenture!
July 22, 2019
AG and RH attend Day 1 of AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 1
July 21, 2019
Rock Your Wings: the window to fly to KOSH is open! Fly safely and we will see you soon!
July 15, 2019
Fly safely to AirVenture Oshkosh and let's review the arrival procedures in the NOTAM!
July 8, 2019
Bay Area flying with Max Trescott and a discussion about VFR vs IFR practice approaches.
July 1, 2019
AG and RH catchup on feedback, AG nearly electrocutes himself, and we get another English lesson from Captain Nick!
June 24, 2019
What is the best way to accomplish practice approaches safely and efficiently?
June 17, 2019
We discuss what happens when someone forgets to cancel at a non-towered airport and how we make sure they are safe!
June 10, 2019
How to apply to be an air traffic controller, awesome feedback, and great audio from our listeners!
June 3, 2019
AG and RH discuss which controlling ATC facility VFR pilots should call during flight following near Delta airspace.
May 27, 2019
Live studio recording with AG, RH, CP, and JB! Your feedback and their perspectives!
May 20, 2019
AG and RH discuss checkrides in flying and ATC.
May 13, 2019
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.
May 6, 2019
AG and RH will continue discussion about the complex Potomac Approach airspace.
April 29, 2019
How to navigate under VFR near Washington, D.C. and the SFRA!
April 22, 2019
What is required for an aircraft to use CAT III ILS and autoland?
April 15, 2019
AG and RH read some feedback from Foxtrot Foxtrot from “Frozen Tundra Center” and discuss some of the differences between ARTCC and TRACON traffic, equipment, and controllers!
April 8, 2019
How do center controllers predict and resolve conflict so far away?
April 1, 2019
What are your weather planning considerations when filing IFR to an airport without an IAP?
March 25, 2019
PRM approaches, breakouts, missed approaches, resequencing, and Class Bravo transitions.
March 18, 2019
RH interviews a controller from Atlanta Tracon to learn more about their operation.
March 11, 2019
We break down speed limits, speed restrictions, and why we use speed assignments in the TRIAD airspace. Another great list of aviation bucket list items, too!
March 4, 2019
How does ATC assign beacon codes and what happens if I forget to turn my transponder on inside of a mode C veil around Class Bravo airspace?
February 25, 2019
AG and RH discuss Foreflight, flight planning, turbulence avoidance, and family feedback.
February 18, 2019
Juliet Echo Charlie from Atlanta sent in some great questions about helicopter operations on the ATL airport. How do ATL controllers keep the traffic flowing when helicopters are nearby?
February 11, 2019
RH and AG discuss runway selection, runway use programs, and listener questions.
February 4, 2019
“The Voice”. AG and RH discuss training and the dreaded “voice” when a trainer (OJTI) over-keys the trainee and starts issuing corrected instructions. Why does this happen? Is it safe?
January 28, 2019
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!
January 21, 2019
AG and RH discuss the "Miracle on the Hudson" and RH's aviation heroes: Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles.
January 14, 2019
RH and AG discuss AIM recommended use of transponders, drones, communications during flight following, and more!
January 7, 2019
AG and RH catch up on news and feedback; serving our listeners!
December 31, 2018
Pilot deviations are on the rise at VNY; learn how to prevent it from happening to you!
December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas; Feedback Special
December 17, 2018
What is the point of Special VFR and when would a pilot request the clearance?
December 10, 2018
Thank you for your feedback and questions that drive this show!
December 3, 2018
Medical Emergencies and ATC interactions, controller saves, and listener feedback!
November 26, 2018
VFR Flight Plans, Communication Confusion, Thanksgiving Traffic
November 19, 2018
Checkride time in Australia!
November 12, 2018
Who decides which approach is advertised on the ATIS?
November 5, 2018
What is happening in the tracon when controllers are not talking to planes?
October 29, 2018
Immediately expedite with no delay!
October 22, 2018
Why is ATC telling me to standby?
October 15, 2018
AG and RH discuss approach clearance requirements.
October 8, 2018
Why can't I fly directly over this giant Class B airport at 4000'?
October 1, 2018
Student solo loses her right main landing gear during a practice flight and all ends well!
September 24, 2018
Map madness and fix frenzy: what do we see on our displays?
September 17, 2018
How do we train a new hire in RADAR at TRIAD ATCT?
September 10, 2018
How do we train a new hire in the tower at TRIAD ATCT?
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