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.
Cat Door Arrivals
Wake turbulence is a flight hazard for all aircraft but especially dangerous for small, light airplanes. Do non-pilot controllers understand the implications of squeeze plays with regard to wake turbulence encounters? On this week’s show we will break down arrival to departure wake turbulence minimums and how pilots can play a role in risk mitigation.
During an emergency, controllers have required information they must get from the pilots. Sometimes that gets done repeatedly. On this week’s show, we will discuss why that happens and ways to reduce the redundant communications.
OB197: Pushing Penguins
What does ATC expect when a pilot experiences radio failure? How closely do lost communication regulations match up with what happens in real life? We discuss a common question that many instrument pilots have and give our take on what pilots can do to be more predictable.
OB196: Life Extending Vectors
AG and RH discuss MEDEVAC flights, medical emergencies, and priority handling. How do we expedite traffic with time sensitive cargo on board? We also discuss tips and tricks for planning on weather reroutes, traffic avoidance, and international overflights.
OB195: Closer to Kah Kahs
Low altitude alerts and collision alerts go off all the time. How do we know when they are genuine safety alerts or nuisance alarms? AG and RH explain the two safety alerts and how we process the information to keep the pilots safe! This week, our show topic was inspired by SGAC Patron Mike Mike. Thank you!
OB194: NOTAM Dustpan
Sometimes the most important NOTAMS are either buried in a stack of words or hidden in places pilots don’t even know to look before making a flight. AG and RH share some pilot feedback about the AirVenture NOTAM and discuss Domestic Notices. Also, we talk about weather reroutes and missed traffic calls.
I asked a question about flight following on an aviation website after a flight through NY class B. One of the respondents told me all has been answered on your podcast. What a great show. I had given up talking years ago, but hav now dusted off my mic. Potomac and me are rebuilding our relationship. Thanks.
And I am also with you, on Flight Following that is.
I sparked an interest in ATC and this podcast has become my savor on west coast freeways. Saving to obtain my PPL!
ODP’s from non-towered airports
Hey AG and RH, AD here. I am a flight instructor out the big sky class D. I have been listening to the podcast since July and have been quoting you guys to fellow instructors and students ever since.
My question is this: when departing a non-towered airport on an instrument flight plan and cleared as filed, what does ATC expect you to do if you do not tell them you are planning to fly the ODP?