226 episodes

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.

Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk Air Traffic Talk

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    • 4.9 • 437 Ratings

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.

    Overflight Vectors on Opposing Frequencies

    Overflight Vectors on Opposing Frequencies

    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:
    1. PATRON Juliet Echo Charlie shares the video that inspired the queston on OB212. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uvl4Vt0gCKE 2. PATRON Hotel Tango Victor asks some clarifying questions about VFR practice approaches. 3. PATRON Charlie Kilo Alpha passed his checkride! 4. Juliet Papa found the legal interpretation mentioned last week and Patron Mike Kilo provided some very good audio feedback on pilot compliance. Thank you!  
    Feedback
    Alpha Charlie shares audio on altitude assignments in an abbreviated clearance. PATRON Alpha Echo has questions about ADS-B readouts on our scopes. PATRON Echo Charlie has a question about abbreviated clearances. Mike Foxtrot has a story about slam dunk approach clearances. PATRON Golf Kilo shares some great audio.  
    Mentioned on the show: https://youtu.be/vnWfgHAdajo Great job, ATC!
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    No Crying at This Party

    No Crying at This Party

    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:
    1. SGAC Patron Sierra Echo brings up a very important point about operating under Class Bravo. 2. Patron WO shared some thoughts about an episode of the The Finer Points Aviation podcast. Check it out!  
    Feedback
    Patron Golf Mike asked about controller’s knowledge of weather and how it applies to their work. Patron Juliet Echo Charlie asked about the limitation of a tower controller.  
    Mentioned in the show: Cold Weather corrections: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/aim_html/chap7_section_3.html
    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.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Forced Flight Following

    Forced Flight Following

    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:
    1. Patron CW shares an audio exchange with ATC regarding the best headset bag available. 2. Patron Mike Kilo sent in feedback about joining an approach awaiting a clearance. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/5BkWJ0S0mNM  
    Feedback
    Patron Delta Zulu has a question about a visual approach clearance that takes them through Delta. Patron Juliet Charlie Charlie sent an audio question about dealing with a saturated controller. Patron India Mike has a tragic reminder for pilots flying below cloud decks in poor visibility at night. Patron Echo Charlie sent an audio question about transponders.  
    Mentioned on the show: https://aviationnewstalk.com/podcast/214-san-diego-learjet-crash-interview-with-rob-mark/
     
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Wings Don't Flap

    Wings Don't Flap

    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:
    1. PATRON Delta Whiskey Sierra didn’t think it was Abraham Lincoln on the tail of Alaska Airlines planes. 2. PATRON Hotel Tango Victor shares his thoughts on low level unlit tower NOTAMs. 3. Mike Delta shares a bird watching story. 4. Sierra Bravo shares a friendly tip on making ATC’s day. Patron SI left feedback about center controller’s knowledge of aircraft speed limitations.  
    Feedback
    PATRON Charlie Alpha highlights the heroic fire fighting pilots! Terps Elf shares input on a listener question about RNAV approaches.https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/ PATRON Mike Charlie asks for advice on avoiding early descents. Sierra Hotel asks about non radar towers and non RVSM equipped aircraft above FL290. 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.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Indecent Glitter Liberties in the Devil Bravo

    Indecent Glitter Liberties in the Devil Bravo

    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:
    1. Patron WTF shares some PIC advice for frustrated students. 2. Tango Juliet Hotel followed the map and figured out the real TRIAD. 3. Patron Juliet Golf shares a lunar story. #dusty  
    Feedback
    Patron Mike Charlie Mike shares a funny reminder of glitter hazards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZWUsQKbWTE Patron India Hotel has a question about squawk codes. Juliet Whiskey has comments about high approaches and contact approaches. Alpha Sierra offers some international feedback from Germany. Tango Charlie Mike shares a story about “resume own navigation”. Patron Golf Mike wants to learn more about landing judges and the perfect touch down.  
    Mentioned on the show: We referred EH to this article in IFR magazine “NA at night” by Mark Kolber: https://www.ifr-magazine.com/charts-plates/na-at-night/ (subscription required for full article)
    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.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Irritating Aluminum Bird Thingy

    Irritating Aluminum Bird Thingy

    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:
    1. Charlie Hotel sent fantastic audio about the snowflake icon on IAPs. 2. Alpha Foxtrot has evidence from a check ride that the snowflake icon matters. 3. Patron JJ sent audio about a wildlife encounter. 4. Patron SH has an idea why weather directions are so confusing.  
    Feedback
    Patron India Mike shares a wild fire TFR experience. Sierra Lima has added some verbiage to vectors and it seems to be welcomed by pilots. Mike Alpha Charlie shares a story of great ATC service.  
    Mentioned on the show: https://aeronav.faa.gov/d-tpp/Cold_Temp_Airports.pdf
     
    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.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
437 Ratings

437 Ratings

Relgiez ,

Totally not leaving a review just to make it on the podcast

Almost 500 five star reviews...here's another fiver for the hosts.

If you can make it through the three minute podcast intro, you will be treated to some remarkably useful and entertaining, ironically robotic ATC banter with the hosts. Av geeks will love the show; their non-flying spouses however may protest. Use your judgement.

If you're new to the podcast, you'll need to know a few things:
1) the hosts refer to themselves by their initials. This Is a SOP for working controllers communicating with each other on a recorded land-line. The hosts continue this practice, along with their interactions with their listeners.
2) airport locations are always disguised using often amusing coded names. Presumably this provides plausible deniability with their employer. Their listeners follow this convention as well, making it a fun challenge to try to figure out which "coat factory" airport in North Carolina they're referring to.
3) The hosts and listeners never run out of interesting air traffic related topics to cover. I've been flying for almost 30 years and I'll often pick up tidbits of knowledge or wisdom every time I listen in.

Keep up the good work RH and AG. And don't forget to get your eLMS done before the end of the month.

JMiller1622 ,

Entertaining, Educational and Enjoyable

Opposing Bases is by far my favorite podcast—across all genres of podcasts I listen to. While I admit I ignored the podcast suggestion twice by my podcast player as a show I might like, I can’t imagine not listening to AG & RH every Monday on my commute to/from work. I listened to a new episode then went back and listened to all the past episodes in chronological order in between listening to each new episode that came out. Upon catching up, I felt a bit empty all those other days of the week I didn’t have these two hams entertaining me while driving, but I’ve learned to live with it and I now look forward to Mondays for the first time I’m my life. For the longest time I couldn’t figure out what it was that sparked my interest in the show, but then it finally came to me—everything happens so fast while flying and communicating with ATC in the shortest, most concise manner with specific aeronautical terminology, and this show allows for us to fill in all the details and colors between such a black & white, cut & dry, time-sensitive discourse to create a better understanding of subject we all love so much. Thanks to RH & AG for providing a platform for aviators, controllers, and aviation enthusiasts to discuss an aspect of our lives we’re all so passionate about so we can all have a better understanding of what exactly is happening on both sides of the mic in a casual atmosphere. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the laughs, explanations, discussions of serious topics, inside information about Air Venture/Oshkosh, and also the hilarious flashbacks to life in the 80s & 90s. Learning all the subtle nuances of the NAS through the eyes of fellow pilots who are also air traffic controllers has given me a lot of confidence in the cockpit and has most certainly positively impacted my flying, as I’ve achieved my instrument rating, single engine commercial, multi commercial, and CE 500 SIC type rating after becoming an OB listener. Thanks for sharing the extra knowledge to become a more confident pilot. Belated congrats on 200+ episodes! Cheers to many more! 🎉

JKG WISC ,

Airplane Otaku

Without question, Opposing Bases is by far my favorite aviation podcast that I listen to. And I listen to many. AG and RH provide invaluable insight into ATC and information that encourages pilots to fly better and safer. I eagerly look forward to each weekly episode with the witty dialogue, the peppered in chuckles and host chemistry that explains why Opposing Bases has been and continues to be successful. Any time my wife get in the car and hears OB (or any other AVGeek chatter), she looks at me, then looks forward and says “Otaku” (O-tah-coo) under her breath. That’s Japanese for geek/nerd/enthusiast. I’ll be “with you” as I continue catching up on previous shows, enjoying future shows and wish continued success. JKG

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