338 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 • 722 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.

    Cloud Surfing on the Published Mist

    Cloud Surfing on the Published Mist

    Episode 320 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the danger in scud running as it relates to other traffic.  How can the IFR airplane safely navigate in airspace with other traffic that isn’t in contact with ATC or CTAF?  We also discuss a great way to introduce kids to ATC, traffic advisories, and more of you aviation questions and feedback.  This episode is packed and you don’t want to miss any of it!  Enjoy!
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Many Patrons sent feedback on closing tower airspace and why it reverts to E or G. Answered!
    2. Patron NSC set up a flight sim at the career day at school!
     
    Feedback
    1. Patron TH asks about 75/76 type ratings
    2. Patron MCB sent audio feedback about “suggested heading”
    3. Patron TW also sent feedback about suggested heading
    4. Patron JMW on “looking for traffic” and other such phraseology
    5. Patron DB asks about handoffs between approach and tower
     
    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.  Music bumpers 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 views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Kids in Aviation and ATC

    Kids in Aviation and ATC

    Episode 319 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: Kids in Aviation and ATC On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss their ideas on getting kids interested in careers in aviation. Do you have an aspiring young adult and you are trying to find ways to introduce them to aviation?  Does you kids stare out the window and wonder at the magic of aviation like we did when we were young?  We also discuss trip planning with important passengers, non-towered operations, and more of you aviation questions and feedback.  This was a really fun show.  Enjoy!  https://www.faa.gov/education/programs
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron ABM sent a story about an emergency and thanks to ATC after picking up their new plane
    2. Patron JU sends feedback about listening to better understand her son’s job in the ARTCC.
    3. Patron KA sends timely feedback about towered airports reverting to E/G airspace.
    4. Patron JY sends timely feedback on towered airport airspace after closure.
    Feedback
    1. Patron CV has a question about VFR targets not in contact near non towered airports.
    2. Patron AJS sends a novel of a feedback :) about a situation he and his family found themselves in.
     
    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.  Music bumpers 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 views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Real Life in Fantasyland

    Real Life in Fantasyland

    Episode 318 Show Notes
    Topic of the show: Controller Recurrent Training
    What topics and scenarios do controllers train on annually or semi-annually?  And how does it compare to airline/commercial pilot recurrent training?  On this week’s episode, AG and RH will discuss the differences in training and how controllers and pilots benefit from regular interval training.  We also discuss AG’s Manual Transmission School, snarky tower controllers, and more of your aviation questions and feedback.   
    Timely Feedback: 
    1. SGAC DB talks about his son flying and his daughter requesting a spot at the RH and AG stick driving school.
    2. Controller RL shares more info on how Center controllers enter flight following into the keyboard
    3. Patron BM sends feedback about driving a stick in Europe.
    Feedback:
    1. Patron MKI sent audio feedback about flight plan remarks.
    2. Patron DS sent feedback about the ODP episodes
    3. Patron OMH sends a question about surface based E vs G for part time D airports.
    4. SGAC Sierra Hotel sends a question about being cleared for the visual approach and a snarky tower controller.
    5. Patron Sierra Bravo asks a question about differences between the US and Australian procedures for alternate missed approaches.
     
    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.  Music bumpers 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 views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Stick Shift Type Ratings

    Stick Shift Type Ratings

    Episode 317 Show Notes
    Topic of the show: Finding Community in Aviation
    Listeners respond to our request for how they find community within aviation.   RH also shares updates on his training progression at Penguin Airlines.  If you want to learn more about the training and the checkride, head over to patreon.com/opposingbases
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron Echo Sierra responded to our request in 316
    2. BH responded to our request in 316
    3. Patron AC sent a list of ideas for finding fellow fliers
    4. Patron RW likes the idea of visiting many airports
    5. Patron DE recommends public service flying
     
    Feedback
    1. Patron AM sent a question about entering controlled airspace.
    2. APD sent feedback about driving a manual transmission.
    3. SGAC SE sent a link to be your own Terps Elf
    https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/flight_info/aeronav/procedures/application/?event=directory&directory=1AB33CD90A9F40688549AB2B13B6EC50-AAF-NDBR&type=ndbr&nasrId=AAF
    4. DH recommends finding an EAA chapter.
    5. The TERPS Elf responds to questions about more NA at night issues.
     
    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.  Music bumpers 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 views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Thirsty Chinooks and Penguin Riots

    Thirsty Chinooks and Penguin Riots

    Episode 316 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show:  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss ways for a newly minted private pilot to engage with the aviation community.   We also share our thoughts on safely expanding your skills while maintaining a safety first approach to flying.  This episode is packed with aviation gold and you don’t want to miss it!
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. SGAC JAS asks about controller training timeline.
    2. SGAC AM talks about wireless headsets and controller actions during an emergency.
    3. NB has a question about IFR cancellation.
    4. Patron TF has a new proposed FAR.
     
    Feedback
    1. Patron AD sent audio feedback.
    2. SGAC JS sends feedback about Pireps
    3. Patron JD sent feedback on maintaining SA
    4. SGAC BS sent a terps question.
    5. Patron CH sent timely feedback about OB 315 show topic
     
    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.  Music bumpers 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 views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Pet the Jet, Flee the Nest

    Pet the Jet, Flee the Nest

    Episode 315 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: Time to get pushed out of the nest!  On this week’s show, AG and RH discuss the transition from trainee to certified controller and the stages of development as a professional controller.  We also share our thoughts on how a pilot should mature into a safe, risk reducing airman after they complete training.  The listener feedback on CPDLC and gliders is also discussed on this episode.  Enjoy!
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron Juliet Golf comments on actually old instrumentation
    2. Controller CH responds to questions about the limits of CPDLC
    3. Controller SI also responds about CPDLC
     
    Feedback
    1. Controller NP sends feedback about CPDLC.
    2. Patron NB sent audio feedback about Squawking 7700.
    3. Patrons GK and NB both sent articles about penguin naps.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/30/science/penguin-naps-sleep.html
    4. Patron MRL asks about our push to talk switches
    5. Patron GS shares audio about his retirement project.
     
    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.  Music bumpers 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 views and opinions expressed on Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk are for entertainment purposes only and do not represent the views, opinions, or official positions of the FAA, Penguin Airlines, or the United States Army.  Episodes shall not be recorded or transcribed without express written consent. For official guidance on laws, rules, and regulations, consult an aviation attorney or certified flight instructor. 

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
722 Ratings

722 Ratings

Zippie12 ,

Opposing Bases

Hey dad

From: Zippy

ezrsf ,

Come fly the penguin skies

Because AG and RH read these reviews aloud on their show, I'm going to make them work for this 5 star rating by including a selection of difficult words for them to stumble over:

Onomatopoeia
Sesquipedalian
Schadenfreude
Anathema
Ignominious

All jokes aside, I have learned so much from this show, and these guys have been at my side (or at least in my ears) as I worked my way through my private pilot and instrument ratings. Thank you so much for the laughs, groans, and eye rolls over the years, and looking forward to the next 300 episodes!

RT, from underneath the sourdough bravo

Zam_Gordell ,

Nothing but the Best

I was convinced I didn’t like podcasts… until I gave Opposing Bases a listen.

Hosts RH and AG manage to strike the perfect blend of education, humor, and the occasional soap-box tirade, taking the often sleep-inducing lessons found in the endless books of rules and regulations and transforming them into the highlights of my week.

As a private pilot working on my instrument rating, OB has helped me become a substantially more competent, safe, and confident pilot. They give invaluable insight into what’s happening on the other side of the mic, and always manage to teach me things about myself I never knew, such as the lives and habits of the “penguins” in my brain…

I implore you to support them in whatever way you can, through your listenership and Patronage, so we can keep this show running and ourselves learning from our gracious hosts’ experiences and perspectives.

With many thanks,
Patron SDC from heart of the Big Apple Bravo

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