194 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.

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    • 4.9 • 365 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.

    OB182: Runway Picnics and Stranger Danger

    OB182: Runway Picnics and Stranger Danger

    What happens when our squeeze play doesn’t work out as we had imagined? Are we guilty of the occasional snarky response on frequency? Find out on this week’s episode.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    OB181: Tactical Dehydration Inquisition

    OB181: Tactical Dehydration Inquisition

    Required readbacks of instructions can be very confusing for new pilots.  On today’s show, we break down some common exchanges between air traffic control and pilots and discuss what we need to hear and how you can be efficient in your readbacks. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    OB180: Uncleared as Filed

    OB180: Uncleared as Filed

    Can ATC help expedite IFR traffic from non-towered airports?  What tools are available to controllers to help inbounds avoid the dreaded hold or outbounds avoid lengthy departure delays?  Find out on this week’s episode!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    OB179: PIC Talk with Max Trescott

    OB179: PIC Talk with Max Trescott

    Special guest co-host Max Trescott joins us today! Pilot in command (PIC) skills development begins with primary training and never ends. What tips do AG, RH, and Max share to help pilots become better decision makers and safer aviators? Find out our thoughts and much more on this week's special episode.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    OB178: Radar Contracts

    OB178: Radar Contracts

    What does “Radar Contact” really mean? What responsibilities does air traffic assume when a pilot hears those magical words? How do controllers establish radar contact and how does the relationship end? All this and more on another jam packed episode you don’t want to miss!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Mayday, Mayday, Mayday: Emergency Landing

    Mayday, Mayday, Mayday: Emergency Landing

    Do you plan for an engine out on all your takeoffs? Do you brief a procedure for engine failures after takeoff? What elements of your flying routine can be changed to help ensure a safe and survivable outcome in case of an emergency? We got a chance to sit and talk with "Bravo Foxtrot" about a recent landing in a field after experiencing engine difficulties above the trees on takeoff. All pilots and instructors can learn something that may save their lives!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
365 Ratings

365 Ratings

bhansley ,

Fun *and* educational!!

RH and AG take the strict and mysterious world of air traffic control and make it accessible and educational. As an always-learning pilot, they’ve taught me how to be a better, safer pilot, while making me laugh (lots) and cry (twice). Genuinely good stuff.

CaptRon ,

Learn while you laugh

The comedic duo of RH and AG will have you laughing but its not just good humor, you will learn technical details of flying from two very experienced pilots who also work on the other side of the mic as controllers. They have a unique persepective as such and are young enough so as to not be old grizzled grumpy controllers!

Captain_Ron (RWK)

123 wood 321 ,

Controllers lives matter

My CFII introduced me to this podcast. After having listened for about 20 episodes, I’ve learned that controllers do have souls, and do more than just sit in there demonic lairs. I’ve been so used to dealing with a well known controller at my home delta airport, by the cougar mormonville center, who is known to have more bad days then good it seems like. He probably just needs to eat a snickers. You two have helped me with my instrument and flight training tremendously, showing me that controllers are human. And that I don’t need to carry a bottle of holy water when speaking to them. I’ve got 10x better with my radio calls from listening to you guys. On top of the dry humor which makes me laugh every time I listen. Oh, and did I mention all the useful information you two provide as well. I love recommending your podcasts to my pilot and aviation enthusiast friends. Keep it up! And thank you, for showing that controllers lives matter!

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