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Two rated pilots and air traffic controllers discuss air traffic stories, news, and real interactions with the aviation community. Learn about our pilot experiences and how they relate to our daily work as air traffic controllers. WE DO NOT REPRESENT OUR EMPLOYER. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THIS SITE AND THE PODCAST ARE OUR OWN. THIS SITE AND THE PODCAST ARE FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED OFFICIAL GUIDANCE OR A REPLACEMENT FOR APPLICABLE LAWS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS.

Episode Date
OB64: Atlanta TRACON (A80), Part 1
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Episode 64 Show Notes

Topic of the show: JEC sent in audio several weeks ago regarding Precision Runway Monitor (PRM) approaches at Atlanta Tracon. On today’s show, we play part 1 of our interview with “OU” from Atlanta Tracon (A80). We discuss the radar room at A80, standard procedures, personnel, arrival rates, and set up for instrument approaches. A special thank you to “OU” for an awesome interview. The professional air traffic controllers at A80 work traffic in and out of one of the busiest airports in the world and they make it look easy!

Mentions: Pinewood Derby Car

Timely Feedback: 

  1. CK sent in feedback about altitude assignments and glideslope intercept. Thank you, CK!
  2. RK sent in feedback about obstacle clearance and approach procedures. Thank you, RK!
  3. HM sent in a FAR/AIM PCG definition of “Final Approach Fix”. Thank you, HM!
  4. CS pointed out a mistake we made in Episode 62. We clarify. Thank you, CS! Mode C Veil
  5. SP sent in a response about the “white board” of transponder codes. FAA Order 7110.66.

 Feedback

  1. Delta Papa sent in audio feedback about practice approaches using our SpeakPipe button. Thank you, DP!  Yes, get ATC services whenever possible!

Question of the Week/Month

Try to submit your questions for OU from A80 ASAP.  We will try to get answers before we prepare episode 65.  Part 2 of our interview with OU will be on episode 65.

We are still compiling answer to a question we asked a few weeks ago: IFR flight plan to an airport without an IAP. Do you need an alternate? What other weather considerations have to be made? Mike Delta and Hotel Mike have already sent in great responses. Do you have anything you’d like to add?

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 @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Mar 18, 2019
OB63: Speed Restrictions
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*This episode was recorded immediately after we recorded Ep. 62.  Thank you for your patience with timely feedback!

Episode 63 Show Notes

Topic of the show: Juliet Romeo Golf sent in a question about aircraft speed restrictions and assignments. We break down speed limits, speed restrictions, and why we use speed assignments in the TRIAD airspace. Great question, JRG. Thank you! 

Timely Feedback: 

  1. Cricket audio from Captain Nick. Thank you for the wonderful explanation!
  2. Local pilot, Papa Lima sent in feedback about the show. Thank you, PL!

Feedback

  1. Tango Hotel left an audio question about 9/11. Thank you, TH! Link to video from 9/11.
  2. Alpha Hotel asked a question about balloons or airships on radar. Thank you, AH!
  3. Delta Mike sent in feedback about his bucket list aircraft. Link to Icon A5. Thank you, DM!
  4. Juliet Victor sent in bucket list feedback. Thank you, JV! Want to fly a simulator?
  5. Papa Whiskey asked about friendly voices on frequency. Thank you, PW!

Question of the Week/Month No new question this week. We catch up on aviation bucket list items. WJS, EB, and Delta Mike sent in bucket list items. Thank you!

Mentions:

E-3 AWACS

Delta Flight Museum

Coming up: RH is interviewing a large tracon controller and they are going to discuss ILS PRM approaches and a triple runway configuration.

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 @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Mar 11, 2019
Episode 062: Dodging Primary Targets
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Episode 62 Show Notes

Topic of the show: Listener feedback inspired topic this week is transponders, beacon code assignments, and tracking unidentified primary targets around Class Bravo airspace.

Timely Feedback: 

  1. Flying and Life podcast audio. Thank you, Mike!
  2. Max Trescott sent in feedback about Episode 61: Family Flight Night
  3. TT the Venus C-40 Pilot sent in some more follow up feedback.

Feedback

  1. Tango Hotel is working on his private pilot license and asked if we needed help with someone at the FAA regarding approach plates. Thanks, TH!
  2. Tango Hotel also sent in audio feedback question about OPDs. Check out the link.
  3. Sierra Lima sent in some more hilarious audio and a bucket list item: the C-47.

Bucket List item from “Joe the Airbus Guy”. Check out the TU-95! Learn more about the TU-95 here.

Question of the Week/Month

Have you inadvertently made the news on one of your flights? Tell us a story. But do it using audio, please. We love audio feedback!

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 @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Mar 04, 2019
Episode 061: Family Flight Night
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Episode 61 Show Notes

Topic of the show: 

Delta Whiskey sent in some questions regarding a recent show on the Aviation News Talk podcast, hosted by Max Trescott. During their discussion about ForeFlight, Master CFI Gary Reeves made some remarks relevant to air traffic and we try to relate them to the TRIAD. RH and AG also discuss filing IFR flight plans, alternates, weather minimums required at your destination, and good practices using arrival and departure procedures. Thanks for the great questions, DW!

Special thank you to Max Trescott for allowing us to use some of his audio for our show. Check out his podcast: Aviation News Talk. It’s a must listen for anyone that loves aviation!

 Timely Feedback: 

  1. Delta Zulu is getting used to his new initials for the show.
  2. Bravo Papa sent in a kind correction to an error made in Episode 60. Thank you, BP!
  3. India Mike, a controller in Australia, is a new listener and sent in a collection of feedback. Thank you, IM!
  4. Bravo Juliet sent in a thanks regarding our response to his feedback regarding lost communications with ATC. Thank you, BJ!

Feedback

  1. RH2 sent in questions for the show. Thank you, RH2! What flight was she talking about?
  2. Delta Hotel sent in comments about the hosts and their values. Thanks, DH!
  3. Captain Nick sent in an audio question about drones. Don’t miss his 3 part series on “Speedbird 38” on his show: Plane Tales. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. Well done, sir!  If you haven't heard this amazing production, check it out now!

Mentions

Recently ranked in Cutting Dynamics top aviation blogs: "Tales From The Terminal" blog!  Great work @Jen_Niffer!

Flying and Life podcast! Check it out!

ForeFlight electronic flight bag; an amazing product!

Question of the Week/Month

Trivia for the instrument pilots out there: Can you file an IFR flight plan to an airport without an instrument approach procedure? What considerations must be made regarding an alternate?

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 @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Feb 25, 2019
Episode 060: Buzzing The Tower
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Episode 060 Show Notes

Topic of the show: RH interviewed an ATL Tower Air Traffic Controller and they discussed a listener question about helicopter operations in the ATL tower airspace. Thank you, JEC! Great audio feedback. And a special thank you to my anonymous contact in the Atlanta Tower! Your airport is a factory of airplanes and ATC keeps the machine running at full capacity! Thank you, ATL! How does this compare to TRIAD helicopter operations? How does a facility layout and airspace design effect operations?

Audio clip of AG buzzing the tower in a CH-47; call sign “Freight Train”.

Timely Feedback: 

  1. BOS: Planes, Cranes, and Piers. Click here to read more.
  2. "Joe The Airbus Guy" sent in Episode 59 feedback regarding BOS. Thank you, Joe!
  3. Bravo Hotel sent in follow up to Episode 58. Thank you, BH!
  4. Captain Nick sends in some comments about cranes and NOTAMS in BOS.
  5. Mike Zulu sent in a link about ATC. Check it out.
  6. Tango Hotel sent in first time feedback and a link to an article. Thank you, TH!

Feedback

  1. EC sent in a question about flight following. Thank you, EC!
  2. Delta Zulu (formerly known as DM) sent in a link to a video from “Flight Chops”. Thank you, DZ!
  3. AH sent in feedback asking what happens when things break? Thank you, AH!

Question of the Week/Month

If you haven’t sent in your aviation bucket list items, do it now! We are going to discuss them on an upcoming episode!

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 @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Feb 18, 2019
Episode 059: Wrong Way on a Windy Day
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Episode 59 Show Notes

Topic of the show: Runway selection considerations.  Captain Nick from the Airline Pilot Guy show sent in audio feedback that inspired today’s topic.  Thank you, Captain Nick!  A special thank you to our anonymous source at Boston Tower that helped give me some clues regarding runway selection on the day Captain Nick arrived!  RH loves BOS, loved flying there as a pilot, and has fond memories of that airport.  We really appreciate your help!

 Timely Feedback: 

1. KM responded to Episode 058 “The Voice That Puts Out Fires”.  

2. CK offered a tour at the Carolina Aviation Museum.

3. “Tango Tango the C-40 Pilot” left feedback about fix names and “The Voice”.

4.  BL used a creative clearance to avoid an unfortunate accident in his aircraft.  What’s MARSA?

Feedback

1.  Bravo Juliet sent in a question concerning lost communications.  Thank you, BJ!

2. MD sent in feedback about EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh, WI.  Thank you, MD! Fisk arrival video.

Question of the Week/Month

What is your dream airplane?  An A340, a B747, an MD80?  Do you dream of piloting a Piper Cub in Alaska?  Tell us about your aviation bucket list items!

The photos of A340, B747, MD80 and Piper Cub are links to Airliners.net.  We do not own these photos and do not claim credit for them.

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 @opposingbases.  

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Feb 11, 2019
Episode 058: The Voice That Puts Out Fires
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Episode 58 Show Notes

Topic of the show: “The Voice”. AG and RH discuss training and the dreaded “voice” when a trainer (OJTI) over-keys the trainee and starts issuing corrected instructions. Why does this happen? Is it safe? Thank you, KM! Audio sent in by "Joe the Airbus Guy" rounds out the topic.

Timely Feedback: 

*We are still working on feedback from Captain Nick! Stay tuned. Captain Nick produces an awesome podcast called Plane Tales.

*CK sent in information and picture about the Carolina Aviation Museum. Thanks, CK!

*“Golf Tango” sent in audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application from the website.

Feedback

  1. JMR sent in a question about departure SID wording/meaning. Thank you, JMR.
  2. BH sent in a question about the Academy in Oklahoma City. Thank you, BH!

Question of the Week/Month 

What are your aviation related bucket list items? Tell us and we may share it on the show!  Check out this site sent in my RH's Dad, DH.

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com. Find us on twitter @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Feb 04, 2019
Episode 057: Ten Whoppers on a Monday
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Episode 57 Show Notes

Topic of the show: Catch up on emails!

Feedback Central

  1. DL: Do we bring our own chair to work?
  2. “Joe the Airbus Guy” responds to TCAS RA question.
  3. AY: Link to Reddit post we discussed.
  4. HG responds to the shout out to University of Dubuque.
  5. A thank you from JB!
  6. JM sent feedback about Episode 56: Miracle on the Hudson
  7. DWS commented about Brasher Warnings
  8. AW answered the hovercraft question. Learn about LCAC.
  9. JMR sent in some awesome fix names! This is our favorite!
  10. BF commented on Episode 56. He mentioned some other great podcasts that have been supportive and mentioned us recently: Airline Pilot Guy, Airplane Geeks, and Flying and Life. Thank you! What a great community!

Question of the Week/Month

What are your aviation related bucket list items? Tell us and we may share it on the show!

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application. Or you can send us comments or questions to feedback@opposingbases.com. Find us on twitter @opposingbases.

Have a great week and thanks for listening!  AG in a hay field!

Jan 28, 2019
Episode 056: Miracle on the Hudson
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Episode 56 Show Notes

Topic of the show:  Aviation Heroes!

Miracle on the Hudson 10th Anniversary Celebration. Visit Sully’s website to find his books or click here to purchase. Want a copy of the movie?.   Learn more about Sully here. Read the story of one of the passengers: Vallie Collins.

Visit the Carolina Aviation Museum to see the A320 from the “Miracle on the Hudson”.

Music from this segment:

Be Inspired by Keys of Moon https://soundcloud.com/keysofmoon
Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com
Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

RH and Sully

RH and Skiles

Errors/Timely feedback

**Captain Al left some audio about the shutdown. Thank you, Captain Al. You can listen to Al on Plane Safety Podcast.

**Hotel Golf sent in feedback from the aviation department at the University of Dubuque. We are required listening! Thank you, HG!

 Feedback:

  1. Charlie Kilo sent in feedback about shortcuts! Thank you, CK!
  2. Juliet Sierra sent in a great set of questions about “bothering” us for practice approaches. Thank you, JS!
  3. Delta Lima asks about radio etiquette. Thanks, DL!
  4. MVR asked a question about staffing at the TRIAD. Thank you, MVR!

Question of the Week/Month

We are still looking for stories about your aviation hero. Who inspired you to enter this field? And we are also waiting on more stories from pilots about air traffic controller training. Did “the voice” ever key over the trainee and fix a situation? What happened?

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application. Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com. Find us on twitter @opposingbases. Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Jan 21, 2019
Episode 055: International Pizza Party
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Episode 55 Show Notes

Topic of the show: Thank you for the kind words of support during the shutdown!  Today, we discuss: Transponders, SVFR, Drones, and more!

 Errors/Timely feedback

  1. We clear up the error made in Episode 54 regarding transponder usage before takeoff. The AIM is clear: “Transponder and ADS-B operations on the ground. Civil and military aircraft should operate with the transponder in the altitude reporting mode (consult the aircraft’s flight manual to determine the specific transponder position to enable altitude reporting) and ADS-B Out transmissions enabled (if equipped) at all airports, any time the aircraft is positioned on any portion of an airport movement area. This includes all defined taxiways and runways.”  Transponder SAFO provided by Max TrescottThanks, Max!
  2. RK is a frequent contributor to the show and we value his input. RH implied RK would respond about AG and RH butchering the transponder modes during Episode 54. Thank you for clearing it up and we appreciate your help!
  3. We address one more question from HM about Special VFR from Episode 51. Thank you, HM!
  4. SF sent in a link to Letters to Airmen.   He also said he was going to ask the Foreflight team about incorporating the data in their flight planning software. Thank you, SF!

Feedback:

  1. LPE sent in audio about drones. Thank you LPE! Here is a link to the story he wanted us to read about drones in London. Are you thinking about flying a drone? Check out the FAA guidance on Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  2. LF sent in a great question about transiting different airspace while under VFR flight following. Great question, LF! Thank you! We found a great article at boldmethod.com about VFR flight following, specific to LF’s question.
  3. MD asked if we ever envision America adopting a metric system.

Question of the Week/Month

We are still looking for stories about your aviation hero. Who inspired you to enter this field? And we are also waiting on more stories from pilots about air traffic controller training. Did “the voice” ever key over the trainee and fix a situation? What happened?

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application. Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com. Find us on twitter @opposingbases. Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Jan 14, 2019
Episode 054: Serving Our Listeners
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Episode 54 Show Notes

Topic of the show: All things feedback and news

AG and RH address some feedback that is time sensitive. We also discuss the news of the week. PD gave us permission to post the picture of his flight path during the pilot deviation at VNY where he turned earlier than anticipated towards IPIHO. DW, DS, and JB left quick notes.  We played audio from "Biba" who is learning English listening to our show.  DA sent in a “Merry Christmas” message on Twitter and a link to a video where Captain Joe interviews the retired controller known as “Kennedy Steve”. NATCA video related to the shutdown available on the NATCA website.

Feedback 13:05:

  1. MEH left feedback about altitude deviations in her C172. She also remarks about her new level of awareness regarding controller workload. Thanks, MEH!
  2. DWS asked about transponder code inputs and what we prefer when a student pilot wants to let the controller know they are a student. Thank you, DWS!
  3. Max Trescott from Aviation News Talk podcast sent in a link to find the Letters to Airmen. Thank you, Max! Everyone should add this to their preflight planning checklist for the arrival and departure airport!
  4. MVR asked about military air traffic control coordination with FAA facilities. PA from "Beach Airport" answered the question for us. Thank you MVR and PA! The ORF airspace referenced in his question.
  5. YN from Aktobe, Kazakhstan sent in some feedback. Thank you, YN!
  6. DM sent in follow up feedback regarding SVFR, the topic of Episode 51: Special VFR Snowpocalypse. Thank you, DM!

Question of the Week/Month 55:03
We are still looking for stories about your aviation hero. Who inspired you to enter this field? And we are also waiting on more stories from pilots about air traffic controller training. Did “the voice” ever key over the trainee and fix a situation? What happened?

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application. Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com. Find us on twitter @opposingbases. Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Jan 07, 2019
Episode 053: Lost Letters to Airmen
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Episode 53 Show Notes

Happy New Year!  Thank you for your support and feedback in 2018!

Topic of the show: Pilot Deviation at Van Nuys 04:39

RH and AG break down a resolved pilot deviation.  What went right?  What went wrong?  What lessons can be learned?  For privacy purposes, the identity of the pilot has been intentionally withheld but he has shared details with us that he hopes will prevent this type of error from happening again.  Thank you, “Unnamed pilot”!  

FAA Safety Team Letter to Airmen

Canoga 2 Deparute VNY (1)

Canoga 2 Departure VNY (2)

ILS RWY 8 BUR

Feedback 40:57:

1. TW sent in feedback used in the previous episode.  On this segment, RH explains what TW meant by “sitting reserve”.  Thank you, TW!

2. TM “The Fire Truck Guy” summarizes his unplayed audio feedback about munitions.  He also sent a picture of an ARFF truck he is restoring.  Thank you, TM!

3.  BL sent in some follow up questions regarding coordination within TRIAD ATCT.  He sent a link to his virtual air traffic network; VATUSA.  Thank you, BL.  

4. DEW sent in questions about FSS relaying cancellation of IFR flight plans and a suggestion on how to activate a VFR flight plan before departure.  Thank you, DEW!  RH mentioned hearing more details about opening and closing VFR/IFR flight plans using tips learned from Max Trescott at Aviation News Talk podcast, Episode 091.  Thanks, Max!

Question of the Week/Month 57:39

We have feedback in the hopper related to air traffic controller training, specifically at a busy tower when the controller working was in training and the training controller had to step in and over key the trainee.  Do any of you have a story where you could tell someone was training?  What happened?  

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application.  Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Find us on twitter @opposingbases.  Happy New Year!  See you next week!

Dec 31, 2018
Episode 052: Christmas Special
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the team at Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk!

Opening Chit Chat; Happy Birthday Golf Charlie!

Topic of the show: Feedback 10:25

1. “CM” from Alaska, a frequent contributor, asked about working military traffic.  RH and AG discussed the USAF C-32.  Check it out here.  Thank you, CM! 

2. “SP” sent in feedback about fix names.  Check out the Tidioute VORTAC.

3.  First Officer “TW” sent in questions about tours in the tower/tracon and what controllers do for wellness checks.  

4.  MG sent in pre feedback feedback about Patreon, specifically asking us to check out UHH YEAH DUDE. If you think Patreon is a good idea for Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk, stay tuned.  We are discussing rolling this out soon.

5.  Read a review from Brandon at Podcasting on a Plane.  Thank you for the kind words, BG.  Do you want to ask us a question?  Send us feedback and you may end up on the show.  Check out Episode 33 where BG and RH interview each other about the profession and our similar paths to ATC.

6.  BL sent in some questions about coordination, specifically “appreqs” and “point outs”.  AG and RH role play and discuss how we coordinate with adjacent controllers in house.  BL is a VATSIM controller.  Check out the site.   Thank you, BL!

7. “Joe the Airbus Guy”, a frequent contributor, sent in follow up feedback about Episode 49 "My Gums Tingle".  Thank you, Joe!  Check out Joe’s twitter feed! 

Question of the Week/Month 57:21

We have feedback in the hopper related to air traffic controller training, specifically at a busy tower when the controller working was in training and the training controller had to step in and over key the trainee.  Do any of you have a story where you could tell someone was training?  What happened?  A funny meme, click here. 58:20

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application.  Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Find us on twitter @opposingbases.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from OBATT!  

Dec 24, 2018
Episode 051: Special VFR Snowpocalypse
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Episode 51 Show Notes

Opening Chit Chat about snowpocolypse in the TRIAD area.  Thank you, @avgeekandrew for the great picture.

 Topic of the show 5:42

“ER” asked about Special VFR:  “There is one thing that is still a mystery: SVFR. When\How do you grant this magical clearance? What kind of magic do you possess to let me skim clouds in reduced visibility situations without the risk of hitting other things? How does ATC treat a SVFR aircraft?”

AG and RH use the JO 7110.65X and the AIM to break down the topic and answer his questions.  Check out this great article on SVFR from boldmethod.

Feedback 24:12

1. Audio from DW.  Thank you, DW. 

2. Question about visual approaches from Romeo Kilo.  Thank you, RK.

3. Follow up feedback from JB about the airshow practice near large buildings in Australia.  Skip to minute 2:00 to see the C17 climbing near an apartment building.  The first video (warning: explicit language) he sent was from the perspective of a resident of the apartment building and the C17 got very close.  Thank you, JB!

4. Question from AV about medical requirements with a history of strokes.  Helpful links: “Tips for getting your medical back after suffering a stroke” by Warren Silberman. From the FAA website: SPECIFICATIONS FOR NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS FOR POTENTIAL NEUROCOGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT. Or visit AMAS ; your trusted source for confidential risk-free assistance with the FAA medical certification process.  Thank you, AV!

Question of the Week/Month 47:28

For the pilots out there, tell us who your aviation role model was before you made the leap and got your training?  Was it a family member, movie star, or the pilot that flew your first commercial flight?  

Keep the feedback coming, it drives the show! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application.  Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Find us on twitter @opposingbases.  Have a great week and thanks for listening!

Dec 17, 2018
Episode 050: TRSA Time
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Episode 50!  On today’s show, we are going to talk about TRSAs with “Papa Alpha”, and of course, more feedback!  AG and RH would like to extend a giant thank you to all the listeners this past year!  We can’t do the show without your feedback and we appreciate you all!

 

TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE AREA (TRSA)− Airspace surrounding designated airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring, sequencing, and separation on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The AIM contains an explanation of TRSAs. TRSAs are depicted on VFR aeronautical charts. Pilot participation is urged but is not mandatory.  

 

Class Charlie Airspace “Outer Area”- (associated with Class C airspace)− Non−regulatory airspace surrounding designated Class C airspace airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring and sequencing on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The service provided in the outer area is called Class C service which includes: IFR/IFR−IFR separation; IFR/ VFR−traffic advisories and conflict resolution; and VFR/VFR−traffic advisories and, as appropriate, safety alerts. The normal radius will be 20 nautical miles with some variations based on site-specific requirements. The outer area extends outward from the primary Class C airspace airport and extends from the lower limits of radar/radio coverage up to the ceiling of the approach control’s delegated airspace excluding the Class C charted area and other airspace as appropriate.

 

Interview with “Papa Alpha” from the only TRSA in the TRIAD area. 17:35

 

FEEDBACK 33:21

 

Lima Foxtrot asked “Is there a requirement for the controllers to verify pilots have weather information at a non-ATIS airport (or any airport for that matter)?”  AG and RH explain the ATCS requirements outlined in FAA JO 7110.65X Chapter 4 IFR, Section 7 Arrival Procedures, Paragraph 10 Approach Information.   Thank you, LF!

 

Romeo Charlie feedback read during the .  Thank you, RC!

 

5 STAR iTunes reviews from “books reader” and Derek Cooks.  Thank you for the kind words!

 

QUESTION OF THE WEEK 50:04

 

For the pilots out there, tell us who your aviation role model was before you made the leap and got your training?  Was it Tom Cruise in Top Gun?  Charleston Heston in Rescue of Flight 262?  Tom Hanks in Sully?  Tell us if there is an aviation story that inspired you along the way. 

 

A special thank you to the loyal listeners of the show.  We are having a great time doing this show and we can’t do it without your feedback.  Keep it coming! Visit our website and leave audio feedback using our Speak Pipe application.  Or you can send us feedback/comments/questions to feedback@opposingbases.com.  Find us on twitter @opposingbases.  Have a great week and see you next time!

Dec 10, 2018
Episode 049: My Gums Tingle
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It’s Monday December 3, 2018.  Welcome back, everyone.  On today’s show, we talk about pilot medical issues and keep chipping away at the feedback!

“Tango Mike, The Fire Truck Guy” sent in some great audio feedback about controller’s diagnosing pilot’s with medical emergencies.  How do controllers train to recognize these events and more importantly, how do the controllers help the pilot’s in need?  What happens when a pilot demonstrates diminished mental capacity or shows signs of hypoxia or possible intoxication?

Audio from a distressed/hypoxic pilot and interaction with ATC.

Audio from an incident involving a drunk pilot and ATC recognizing the problem and alerting authorities.  Great job, ATC!  The controllers were honored at the Archie League Awards banquet in September.  To learn more about the Archie League Awards, click here. 

 To watch the video, click here.

Hosted annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), Communicating For Safety (CFS) is the aviation industry’s leading conference focusing on safety, technology and building relationships. This three-day event is unique in that it's the only conference of its kind to focus specifically on the air traffic needs of all members of the aviation community who are affected by the National Airspace System (NAS).  

“Joe The Airbus Guy” had a question about intersection departures at BWI.  Click here to see a taxiway diagram.  Thank you, FlightAware.com and LiveATC.net.

Listener feedback about “Procedural Control” used in military theaters.   Thank you, TM.

Listener feedback about pilot deviations and refusal to follow ATC instructions.  Thank you, JK.

Listener feedback on iTunes/Apple Podcasts.  Please leave us a review today so more aviation podcast listeners can find our show!  Thank you, CP!

Visit our website and leave feedback.  Or send your questions directly to feedback@opposingbases.com.  

Thank you and have a great week!

Dec 03, 2018
Episode 048: Thanksgiving Blues and Night Vision Clues
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AG and RH respond to a listener question about VFR flight plans.  Sierra Lima sent in some audio feedback used on the show.  Thank you, SL!

What happens when you file a VFR flight plan?  Who sees it?  How do you activate it?  Why is it so important?

Mike Delta sent in audio about his recent flight in the cold tundra up North.  What does "Radar Contact Lost" mean?  How do we separate aircraft not under radar coverage?

AG tells a story of audio issues in the helicopter while using his night vision goggles.

And of course, more listener feedback.  Check out the website: opposingbases.com or follow us on twitter!

Please leave a review on iTunes!  Thank you for listening.  Send audio or written feedback to feedback@opposingbases.com

Nov 26, 2018
Episode 047: Feedback Frenzy, Checkride Envy
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AG and RH tackle a mountain of feedback!

Nov 19, 2018
Episode 046: Turn Up The Heat Immediately!
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AG and RH discuss low IFR weather; equipment used, advertised approaches, minimums, pilot/controller responsibilities, and the differences between VFR, IFR, IMC, and VMC.  

Nov 12, 2018
Episode 045: Smooth Radar Jazz
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AG and RH discuss the transition between one controller to the next, briefing, and the overlap with the wonderful sounds of the tracon.  We also play some listener feedback.  See you next week!

Check out Talesfromtheterminal.com to read about JN's adventures in aviation!

Nov 05, 2018
Episode 044: Must Go Faster
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What does it mean when ATC uses the terms expedite, immediately, or no delay?  How can these terms help ATC accomplish the mission of keeping airplanes separated while using their airspace efficiently?  We also answer listener feedback.  

Oct 29, 2018
Episode 043: Transmission Timing and Standby Etiquette
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What does it mean when a controller says "Standby"?  Why is it taking him/her so long to respond to the pilot?  AG and RH break down the meaning of the word and offer some tips on proper etiquette when ATC instructs a pilot to standby.

Oct 22, 2018
Episode 042: Victory Vector, Come On Over to My Sector
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What information do controllers use to vector and clear aircraft for instrument approaches?  Position, Turn, Altitude, Clearance . . . how do they know the script to read for all 18 airports in TRIAD airspace?  AG and RH discuss the logistics of ILS approaches, visual approaches, and non-precision RNAV approaches.  

Oct 15, 2018
Episode 041: Planetary Alignment, Reroute Assignment
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Where in the world do Letters of Agreement come from and how can pilots plan ahead?  AG and RH discuss LOAs, their intent, and the ways we use them to cut down on coordination with surrounding air traffic facilities.  We also play feedback from Captain Nick about his reroute during Hurricane Florence.

Oct 08, 2018
Episode 040: Wheels Flyin' Off
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Great job, N96X! AG and RH discuss the pilot/instructor side of recent incident where a student pilot loses her right main landing gear on takeoff during a student solo. The controllers, the instructors in the tower, and the young pilot did a great job getting the airplane on the ground safely!
Oct 01, 2018
Episode 039: Map Overload
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What do we depict on our radar scopes? What can we see? What maps do we use to get aircraft from point A to B? What is helpful and what is a distraction? AG and RH discuss our displays and how we use them to run traffic at TRIAD.
Sep 24, 2018
Episode 038: Training Schnozzle, Part 2
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AG and RH discuss training a new hire in the RADAR room! We also play some listener feedback and answer some questions! Part 2 of a 2 part series on training at TRIAD ATCT. Thank you for the great feedback, everyone!
Sep 17, 2018
Episode 037: Training Schnozzle, Part 1
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AG has officially flown his last flight on the Chinook! AG and RH discuss training a new hire in the tower! We also play some listener feedback and answer some questions! Part 1 of a 2 part series on training at TRIAD ATCT. Thank you for the great feedback, everyone! Stay tuned for Part 2 next week!
Sep 10, 2018
Episode 036: Ammunition PIREP
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Give us your PIREPs, please! We use them to formulate plans to keep other aircraft out of hazardous weather, augment weather forecasts, and help pilots plan ahead of their flights. AG and RH discuss PIREP reporting requirements, solicitation, and dissemination. We also hear from Captain Nick, read listener feedback, and respond to some questions! Happy Labor Day!
Sep 03, 2018
Episode 035: Alert 2, Bacon Fire!
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AG and RH discuss aircraft emergencies, airport fire and rescue alert levels, medical emergencies, field emergencies, and listener feedback.
Aug 27, 2018
Episode 034: Luck of the Irish
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AG and RH answer listener questions about Shamrock 104 Heavy deviating for weather in New York. They also discuss the runway incursion in Springfield.
Aug 21, 2018
Episode 033: The Great East West ATC Throwdown
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We follow up on some questions regarding ODPs from last week and briefly discuss the recent accident near Seattle. RH interviews "Bravo Golf", host of Podcasting On a Plane (podcastingonaplane.com). RH and AG will play the first half of the interview on this episode. BG will play the second half on his show. Check out BG's Vlog. We discuss how our operations are vastly different, our backgrounds, and answer some listener feedback. Thank you, Joe the Airbus Guy for sending this article about the safety measures and changes resulting from the Havoc 58 crash in 1996.

Aug 13, 2018
Episode 032: Havoc Five Eight Crash
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AG and RH discuss a fatal accident in 1996 involving obstacle departure procedures.
Aug 06, 2018
Episode 031: Escaping Non-Towered Airports
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AG and RH discuss departures from non-towered airports and listener feedback.
Jul 30, 2018
Episode 030: Captain Al's Waterspout Cornucopia
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AG and RH address audio feedback; go arounds, missed approaches, emergency phraseology, ICAO lingo and more! Shout out to all those at Oshkosh Airventure!
Jul 23, 2018
Episode 029: Dispatcher Lingo and Slot Time Bingo
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RH and guest co-host Mike discuss airline dispatching, reroutes, release times, and interactions with traffic management and the command center. flyingandlife.com opposingbases.com
Jul 16, 2018
Episode 028: NOTAM Novels
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AG and RH share their opinions about the massive amount of NOTAMS that pilots and controllers are responsible for understanding, applying, and disseminating.
Jul 09, 2018
Episode 027: Missed Approach Mountain Mayhem
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RH and AG discuss missed approach procedures in mountainous terrain below the minimum descent altitude.
Jul 02, 2018
Episode 026: How to Apply to Be an Air Traffic Controller
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Time Sensitive: Apply now to be an Air Traffic Controller!
Jun 25, 2018
Episode 025: Musketeer Madness
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AG and RH talk about charted visual approaches, weather deviations, and the famous flying duo: Captain Mike and First Officer Jeff on their blazing Musketeer through TRIAD airspace!
Jun 18, 2018
Episode 024: Flying Squirrels in Dark Caves
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What can AG and RH see on the radar scope? It's a bird, it's a plane . . . . we don't know if it doesn't have a transponder! Great listener questions and commentary on this episode. Thank you, DH for the questions that drove today's show! Enjoy!
Jun 11, 2018
Episode 023: Endless Vectors to 18 Airports
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AG and RH discuss who they control, who they don't control, and who they wish they could control. Shout out to Dr. Steph @apgcrew and Nevil @planetalkingUK Podcast! Thanks for the feedback! Thank you to all the twitter feedback . . . this was a fun episode and your comments help shape the show!
Jun 04, 2018
Episode 022: Kangaroos on the Runway
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AG and RH discuss what happens when a new runway is built for a busy airport. Thank you, TS from Australia for the great questions! We also read some feedback! Fighter Pilot Podcast mentioned at 47:20, visit http://fighterpilotpodcast.com/ Baron Pilot Youtube video mentioned at around 55:00, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsYZIVmJwYk Thanks for tuning into our podcast and don't forget to leave feedback using feedback@opposingbases.com or leave an audio message on our website: opposingbases.com
May 29, 2018
Episode 021: Starship Enterprise, Possible Pilot Deviation
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Captain Kirk and Spock (AG and RH) talk about pilot deviations, NASA ASRS, new nicknames, advice to aspiring student pilots with radio challenges, and more! Enjoy AG's impression of Christopher Walken! Check out our website at Opposingbases.com for links to the articles mentioned in today's show!
May 22, 2018
Episode 020: Catalina Wine Mixer and Blue Angels
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Recorded in the car, AG and RH respond to questions, revisit landing with lost communications in IMC, and talk about where TRIAD fits in the giant ATC puzzle. Thank you for your patience with some audio issues in this episode. The call was a bit fuzzy at times.
May 14, 2018
Episode 019: Holding Hands on Finals to Parallel Runways
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AG and RH explain how to apply the separation requirements for parallel runways at TRIAD. We also answer your feedback!
May 07, 2018
Episode 018: The Clearance Heard Across the County
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AG and RH respond to a listener's idea for a way to communicate with a NORDO aircraft in IMC and address a backlog of feedback.
Apr 30, 2018
Episode 017: Our Thoughts on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
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Two controller's thoughts on SWA1380. Riordan’s family has set up a memorial trust in her name to support “causes that Jennifer held dearest.” https://www.caringcent.com/sparklejennifer/ Audio: https://youtu.be/FkVTdvcghHc SWA CEO, Gary Kelly response: https://youtu.be/fz2rC1deJd0 News and facts provided by Aviation Herald.
Apr 23, 2018
Episode 016: Readbacks and Shout-Outs!
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AG is back! We discuss required readbacks, shout-outs to OBATT/APG listeners, and your feedback!
Apr 16, 2018
Episode 015: International Flights and Instructing with "Zak the Seven Six Guy"
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"Zak the Seven Six Guy" guest hosts this fun episode about flight instructing, teaching scenarios, and international flight operations. We address your feedback and of course, another question of the week.
Apr 09, 2018
Episode 014: Air Traffic CRM and Going Missed on a Visual Approach
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AG and RH discuss crew resource management and teamwork in ATC, missed approaches on the visual, and your feedback!
Apr 02, 2018
Episode 013: Caution Wake Turbulence, Flying Porta Potty
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AG and RH discuss wake turbulence separation requirements, wake avoidance techniques, and real life encounters with wake turbulence.
Mar 27, 2018
Episode 012: Lost Communications
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RH and AG discuss the lost communications failure scenario: night, IFR, IMC, divert for bad weather, go missed, NORDO, now what?
Mar 20, 2018
Episode 011: Unverified Altitudes and Mode C
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RH and AG break down the the transponder and altitude readouts, listener feedback, and restate last week's question of the week!
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 010: A Trip Down Memory Lane on a DC-10
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AG and RH discuss their earliest memories of aviation, planes, and air traffic. We share stories of our first solos, our first plane rides, and our first impressions of air traffic. music by audionautix.com
Mar 09, 2018
Episode 009: Zooming into Non-Towered Airports and CTAF
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AG and RH interview Eric the Corporate Pilot about entry into non-towered airports, the use of CTAF, and safe operating procedures to mingle with slower traffic. We also discuss listener feedback and ask another "Question of the Week".
Mar 01, 2018
Episode 008: Approach Briefings, Holds, EFC times, and Fuel Emergencies
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AG flies to DCA with RH as his copilot where they brief an approach. They discuss holding, EFC times, and communicating fuel emergencies! And of course, listener feedback! Thanks for listening.
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 007: Practice Approaches, APG dinner, and "Zippy" says hello!
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AG and RH discuss APG Meetup, Falcon heavy launch, listener feedback concerning practice approaches and stabilized approaches, and "Zippy" makes his podcast debut!
Feb 15, 2018
Episode 006: VFR Flights Matter
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AG and RH discuss VFR flight following, filing VFR flight plans, and working within the NAS as a VFR pilot. We also address listener feedback.
Feb 06, 2018
Episode 005: Reroutes, Reduced Runway Separation, and RAs
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AG and RH answer listener questions about reroutes, compare US to England operations, discuss the Resolution Advisories from TCAS, and listener feedback!
Jan 31, 2018
Episode 004: "Cleared to Land" and Solving The Mystery of "Opposing Bases"
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AG and RH answer Captain Nick's question about landing clearances in the US vs. Europe, discuss the show title, and share their tips for pilots in the NAS.
Jan 23, 2018
Episode 003: SFO Go Around: The Controller's Perspective
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"Go Around": SFO Tower controllers did a great job last week dealing with a go around! We respond to listener feedback about autopilot, pop up IFR, fish finders, reroutes, and more. http://www.liveatc.net http://airlinepilotguy.com/ http://audionautix.com/ Thank you, Airline Pilot Guy!
Jan 17, 2018
Episode 002: Air Traffic Tackles the Autopilot
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AG and RH discuss airplane automation, autopilot, hand flying, and what happens when the autopilot does the unexpected. Fly the plane first and then manage the automation!
Jan 09, 2018
Episode 001: Welcome to Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk
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Introductions, bios, quick lesson on our airspace, the tower, radar, and what we do!

Jan 03, 2018