263 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 • 525 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.

    Speeding Inside Opposing Canyons

    Speeding Inside Opposing Canyons

    Episode 247 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: On this week’s episode, we discuss aircraft speed limits and dig deep into the regulations to answer a listener question.  Can ATC assign a speed greater than 200 knots below a Class Bravo shelf?  We also discuss following a drone, resolution advisories, and more of your awesome questions. 
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. The Badger Pilot’s public apology for a vocabulary slip. 2. Patron India Mike shares ADS-B stories from the canyons of the back country! 3. RBB had a stuck mic and figured it out before takeoff. 4. Patron Alpha India provides some evidence of nice center controller behavior.  
    Feedback
    Patron DW was told to follow a Reaper drone! Uniform Hotel Charlie shares his techniques for teaching students to mix with traffic after an approach. Patron TJM asked about an RA and what happens on the controller side of things afterwords. 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 19 min
    Three Levels of Inception

    Three Levels of Inception

    Episode 246 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: On this week’s show, we run down a list of operational questions and explain who is working during a normal shift, position responsibilities, and the impact of short bursts of traffic on the operation.  We also discuss a radio failure in the tower, termination of radar services, and more of your awesome aviation questions and feedback.
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron Echo Delta shared a picture of their student preparing to enter a pattern. 2. Patron BLJ shares some career news and also got a tower of TRIAD. 3. Charlie Golf has a theory on the placement of static discharge chains on our new tower chairs. 4. Kilo Hotel sent a great site to find out if a MOA/SUA is hot.  
    Feedback
    Patron Alpha Foxtrot asks about the CIC’s role in the pit. Patron Kilo Whiskey asks about a tower radio failure. The Badger Pilot shares a story about termination of radar services going into a towered airport with cookies.  
    Mentioned on the show:
    www.sua.faa.gov
    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 11 min
    Twice the Tower, Ten Times the Power

    Twice the Tower, Ten Times the Power

    Episode 245 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: New tower at TRIAD is only a few weeks away!  RH and AG talk about the training required to make the move to the new building and our thoughts on the new facility.  This was a really fun episode!  We also discuss VFR weather deviation tolerance and a missed approach without communication with the tower. 
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron EH asked us to clarify on the “WHO” blinking on our radar scope. 2. Patron AT has a question about VFR weather deviations . . . when do we start to care? 3. Patron JS figured out how to upset the simulator instructor and cause multiple system failures.  
    Feedback
    Patron GB shares a story about a missed approach with the wrong frequency keyed up. Charlie Sierra from the mitten state shares some stories about yesteryear. Patron JKT shares thoughts about the show and a story about planning a mission with 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 23 min
    Constant State of Emergency

    Constant State of Emergency

    Episode 244 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: A student pilot sounds confused and disoriented on a cross country flight so we discuss ways an instructor and student can better prepare for flights to unfamiliar places.  Cross country flights are one of the most important steps to becoming a safe pilot and should serve as confidence builders for the aspiring pilot.  We also discuss some user tips on advising ATC of VFR altitude changes, flight following, and more awesome aviation questions. 
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. AC shares on more piece of the glider puzzle. 2. SGAC Patron SE found a fun piece of ATC trivia about circling approach clearances. 3. Patron DRH shares some tips on advising ATC of VFR altitude changes.  
    Feedback
    Patron JKG is a flight following believer now! Patron WTF wonders if certain equipment allows flight following codes from Delta airports. 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 11 min
    Altitude Your Discretion

    Altitude Your Discretion

    Episode 243 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show:  We regularly endorse the use of flight following to increase safety in the NAS and on this week’s show, we review the services provided by air traffic control when you are being watched by the ATC Gods. Why should you get flight following?  Find out today!  
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Alpha Charlie answers most of our glider tow questions from last week. 2. Patron JG shares a story about misidentified aircraft types. 3. JZ and his daughter are big fans of airplane livery and Abraham Lincoln. 4. Patron JEF shares the audio from AG’s ATC Birthday Party.  
    Feedback
    Patron WTF shares some ADS-B insight. Patron JEC sent in a great audio question about a mysterious aircraft in our airspace. Patron BS shares a story from a long solo cross country. 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 17 min
    Visions of Performance

    Visions of Performance

    Episode 242 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: A Cirrus Vision Jet pilot found a really creative, funny, and informative way to help controllers understand the SF50’s performance capabilities.  On this week’s show, we will discuss some common misconceptions about jets versus turbo prop aircraft, performance considerations, and important information pilots can share with ATC so everyone is on the same page. 
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. PATRON WTF shares a fun regulation fact about who can fly the plane. 2. A Center Controller shares information about what information is displayed on their fancy screen.  
    Feedback
    SD wants to know our thoughts on how a pilot should respond when ATC asks them to do an unusual maneuver to land quickly. PATRON GK shares audio about a glider tow operation. PATRON AW has a question about pilot discretion descents. LIH is ready to move into a flying career!  
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
525 Ratings

525 Ratings

KS29098109 ,

How’s that fun?!

Only subscribe if you want to be swept away to the mystical land of triad, a place where pushing penguins off an iceberg is a fun and enjoyable activity. This is the Click and Clack of aviation. Where else can you be VFR and get scolded for changing altitudes.

170Beesknees ,

Delightful chuckles and info

From the gal in the FlyingFarmTruck … thanks for unpacking so many of the questions I had about ATC. After 30 years of staying “under the radar” in class G I’m going legit and chasing instrument, commercial, CFI, etc etc. Your podcast has brought fun, purpose, and value into a part of flying that always intimidated me. And… perhaps… in doing so you’ve made life a bit easier for your counterparts at the Smurf Turf Charlie. They owe you one!

mildly_addequate ,

The best podcast I’ve listened to yet

After hearing about it on so many other podcast’s, I figured I had to give it a try, and boy do I wish I had sooner. These Cat and Penguin obsessed controller’s explain and demystify the NAS like nobody else, and I just can’t get enough, so much so that I now look forward to mondays instead of dread them! They keep me excellent company on my commute to school underneath the Chicken Wing Charlie, south of the Lots of Water Falling Over a Big Cliff Delta. The Oshkosh episodes were very helpful as a first timer flying in. I’m just upset I missed the live show, but that’s on me. Keep up the great work! -MRB

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