257 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 • 507 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.

    Schrödinger's Bravo

    Schrödinger's Bravo

    Episode 241 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: After a pilot receives their PDC, how do the tower and radar controllers know where they are going?  On this week’s show, we revisit basic ATC procedures and the discuss the methods we use to track airplanes within our airspace.  We also discuss a Class Bravo airspace bust, more feedback about missed approaches, and confusion over PIREPs.  You don’t want to miss this episode!
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron JEC asks how we would deal with a pilot that told us to standby. 2. Juliet Sierra got his podcast ATP rating. 3. Patron CK shares thoughts on managing a missed approach. 4. Patron CH shares what center controllers can see on their magical data screens.  
    Feedback
    PJ want to know about inadvertent IMC for a helicopter: what would we do? BF shares audio about a recent PIREP mixup. JP shares a story of a Class Bravo bust.  
    Mentioned on the show: https://www.thepilotsguidetoairtrafficcontrol.com/
    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
    Sleepless in Oshkosh

    Sleepless in Oshkosh

    Episode 240 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show:  On today’s show, we are digging deep into the inbox.  We discuss some more feedback on missed approach cockpit chaos, tricks on avoiding talking to centers altogether, and proper use of airports as part of a clearance route.  This episode is packed with aviation information and entertainment!  Enjoy!
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron CP sent audio illustrating real callsign struggles. #alphabetsoup 2. BC calls out RH for his slip of the tongue. 3. SGAC Patron MB shares a story about a missed approach in a B767. 4. Patron JM wants to know what happens if the missed approach loses radios? (moved to next week, sorry JEC) Patron MN shares some audio feedback about the live show and the Penguin shirt. Patron MEH wants to know how we got the radio red carpet at FISK. SGAC MS caught RH and AG in the wild!  
    Feedback
    SD shares a tip about calm wind runway information in the Chart Supplement Patron JM put his phone number in the remarks but ATC couldn’t see it. Why? Patron EA has a trick to avoiding center airspace altogether! Patron AD wants to know if using airports as part of a clearance route is normal. Patron WO used a lot of gas and flew a long way out of the way. Why? 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 14 min
    Live at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

    Live at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022

    Special live episode from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022! 
    RH and AG would like to thank AOPA for hosting our 3rd live show at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2022 next to the AOPA Pavilion at the 39 Lounge. AOPA's mission is to ensure that the sky remains within reach of everyone who dreams of becoming a pilot.  And our mission on the show is to share our passion for aviation while educating and entertaining our worldwide audience.  
    And a special thanks to SGAC Sierra Echo for helping with this year's live production!
    Another special shout out to Bravo Kilo, the ATC controller that watched us during the arrival and gave us a very special "Rock Your Wings" over FISK!  That audio is a special memory.  Thank you!
    And finally, thank you to our fantastic network of supporters on Patreon.  Our community of show supporters is what made this trip to AirVenture possible and without our Patrons, this show would never have made it this far with such a strong listener base.  Thank you!
    Enjoy this special live episode for bios, background, and awesome AirVenture specific questions and answers.  If you couldn't make it to AirVenture, put it on your list of places to go.  You won't regret it!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Radio Calls Are Toll Free

    Radio Calls Are Toll Free

    Episode 239 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: AG and RH give their opinion on a disagreement between pilots at a non-towered airport and discuss the importance of timely radio calls and announcing your position.  We also discuss LPV approaches and get to more of your feedback regarding missed approach instructions. 
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Patron CWS got a great tour! 2. Patron TG shares some kind words about the show. Thank you! 3, 4, 5. Patrons AW, GF, and CH share their thoughts on alternate missed approach instructions.
    KG got to send his first student to solo and watch from the tower!  
    Feedback
    Patron DW asked about LPV approaches in Hawaii and we got some feedback from the Terps Elf!https://www.nstb.tc.faa.gov/RT_VerticalProtectionLevel.htm MN shares her thoughs on the show using audio feedback! #savethepenguins Patron SH asks about active MOAs and how to plan for them along your route of flight. Check this article out: https://www.boldmethod.com/learn-to-fly/airspace/flying-through-military-operations-area-moa-vfr/ 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
    Standby Me

    Standby Me

    Episode 238 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: AG and RH answer a listener’s question about when controllers should stay quiet or minimize instructions due to pilot workload and task saturation.  We also discuss ways a controller can combat workload increases with the help of another set of eyes.  This episode is packed with aviation gold, you don’t want to miss it!
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. JW sent a fun EFB trick where you can add pattern entry to your flight path for situational awareness. 2. Patron WO shares some safety advice for all pilots: set personal minimums.      3.Bravo Kilo (a real life Oshkosh AirVenture controller) sent    some tips and comments about flying into the busiest airport in the world.
     
    Feedback
    Patron JY asks about temporary controllers during staffing challenges. JC wants to know if we can Brasher Warning a cat? 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 21 min
    2022 AirVenture Notice-Rock Your Wings!

    2022 AirVenture Notice-Rock Your Wings!

    Episode 237 Show Notes
     
    Topic of the show: RH is joined by Dispatcher Mike to discuss the 2022 EAA AirVenture NOTICE.  We share our experiences flying into AirVenture so you can prepare for your arrival into the busiest airspace in the world.  Follow along with the 2022 AirVenture Notice and get answers to all your questions related to the NOTICE.  
     
    Timely Feedback:
    1. Juliet Sierra clarifies the runway crossing phraseology. 2. Patron MEH shares kind words about the show. Thank you!  
    Find the 2022 FAA/EAA AirVenture NOTICE: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/about-eaa/eaa-media-room/airventure-news-releases/2022-05-25-airventure-2022-notice-released
     
    You still have time to prepare with live ATC on your home flight simulator: https://www.pilotedge.net/pages/simventure
     
    Find Mike: http://flyingandlife.com/
     
    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 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
507 Ratings

507 Ratings

Sal A L ,

Favorite podcast

Who knew learning could be so much fun. While driving to one of the major Delta airports in the Big Apple, where I park my Cardinal, AG and RH keep me company. It is fun, and most importantly informative just having these voices during the trip. Keep the penguins on the ice and keep up the great work. SL

crappycrapcrapcrap1 ,

Best Aviation Podcast!!!

Started listening while training for my PPL, found it after Capt. Nick made disparaging remarks on another podcast. I don’t listen to that one anymore, I guess it has something to do with penguins. :) Slowly working on my instrument rating and tailwheel endorsement. The info is presented in helpful and entertaining manner. Finally caught up with all the episodes so now I have to wait each week to listen while walking the dog, though he does look at me funny when I burst out laughing.

DS from the PNW ,

The Aviation Podcast of My Dreams

While working on my instrument rating in the "espresso Delta", a CFII turned me on to the wonderful Opposing Bases podcast from AG and RH, who live in a mythical land where ATC hands out cookies and pilots always use flight following. I have been listening from episode one to catch up, jumping back to current episodes each Monday, and find each one interesting and informative. I can honestly say that this is the podcast of my dreams, as in my dream last night I was driving around with my partner listening to Opposing Bases, and woke up realizing I needed to finally give them the five-star review they deserve. Now, if only they could help me find a way to make the non-dream version of my partner actually want to listen to OB, but I haven't quite gotten there yet. -DS

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