Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk
Opposing Bases: Air Traffic Talk
We are “Alpha Golf” and “Romeo Hotel”. We are both air traffic controllers and we are both rated pilots! Together, we have over 6,000 hours of flying experience in general aviation aircraft, military helicopters, and transport category airliners.
OB86: Chicago Area Flying Part 1: VFR
Aug 19 • 77 min
What are the tips and tricks every VFR pilot should know in the Chicago area?
OB85: Trail Blaze In A Summer Weather Maze
Aug 12 • 71 min
RH and AG talk about controller creativity in bad weather, holding, and deviations.
OB84: B747 Heavy, Rock Your Wings
Aug 5 • 71 min
AG and RH catch up on feedback and discuss a story about help from ATC in Kansas City area.
OB83: Live From the Saturday Night Air Show Day 6 and 7
Jul 29 • 59 min
The closing episode in the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Opposing Bases series. You don’t want to miss this closing episode.
Bonus #6: Fisk Flight Narrative Day 5
Jul 27 • 40 min
Romeo Hotel is a passenger on the FISK Arrival to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Fly In!
Bonus #5: Live OVER Fisk at AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 5
Jul 26 • 25 min
Romeo Hotel flies backseat with Mike on the Fisk Arrival after departing EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019
Bonus #4: Live from AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 4
Jul 26 • 24 min
Romeo Hotel and Mike from Flying and Life Podcast talk about Day 4, Thursday July 26 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 live from the ultralight runway!
Bonus #3: Live from FISK at AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 3
Jul 24 • 21 min
RH and Captain Nick travel to FISK to watch the FISK Arrival and the hard work of NATCA Air Traffic Controllers!
OB82: Live Audience From AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 2
Jul 23 • 80 min
Live from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, AG and RH get through some feedback while surrounded by the sights, sounds, and people of AirVenture!
Bonus #2: Live From AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 1
Jul 22 • 24 min
AG and RH attend Day 1 of AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 1
Bonus #1: Live from AirVenture Oshkosh 2019 Day 0
Jul 21 • 22 min
Rock Your Wings: the window to fly to KOSH is open! Fly safely and we will see you soon!
OB81: EAA AirVenture Oshkosh NOTAM
Jul 15 • 125 min
Fly safely to AirVenture Oshkosh and let’s review the arrival procedures in the NOTAM!
OB80: Bay Area Flying With Max Trescott
Jul 8 • 80 min
Bay Area flying with Max Trescott and a discussion about VFR vs IFR practice approaches.
OB79: English For Air Traffickers
Jul 1 • 70 min
AG and RH catchup on feedback, AG nearly electrocutes himself, and we get another English lesson from Captain Nick!
OB78: Practice Approaches: Tips and Tricks
Jun 24 • 72 min
What is the best way to accomplish practice approaches safely and efficiently?
OB77: Everyone Is Cleared to Land
Jun 17 • 72 min
We discuss what happens when someone forgets to cancel at a non-towered airport and how we make sure they are safe!
OB76: Help Wanted
Jun 10 • 81 min
How to apply to be an air traffic controller, awesome feedback, and great audio from our listeners!
OB75: Class Delta Communication and Coordination
Jun 3 • 69 min
AG and RH discuss which controlling ATC facility VFR pilots should call during flight following near Delta airspace.
OB74: Radio Faces Host Canadian Aces
May 27 • 65 min
Live studio recording with AG, RH, CP, and JB! Your feedback and their perspectives!
OB73: Fun Checkrides and Fat Airplanes
May 20 • 66 min
AG and RH discuss checkrides in flying and ATC.
OB72: The Aviation Community
May 13 • 67 min
We are going to dig deep into the inbox and catch up on some awesome feedback. We will also show PATRON’s perspective on air traffic control, her experience during an emergency, and what advice she has for the flying community.
OB71: Potomac Approach (PCT), Part 2
May 6 • 71 min
AG and RH will continue discussion about the complex Potomac Approach airspace.
OB70: Potomac Approach (PCT), Part 1
Apr 29 • 77 min
How to navigate under VFR near Washington, D.C. and the SFRA!
OB69: Category III Approaches and Autoland
Apr 22 • 68 min
What is required for an aircraft to use CAT III ILS and autoland?
OB68: ARTCCs vs TRACONs
Apr 15 • 65 min
AG and RH read some feedback from Foxtrot Foxtrot from “Frozen Tundra Center” and discuss some of the differences between ARTCC and TRACON traffic, equipment, and controllers!
OB67: Center Controllers Can See The Future
Apr 8 • 66 min
How do center controllers predict and resolve conflict so far away?
OB66: Beechcraft Days, 100,000 Plays
Apr 1 • 61 min
What are your weather planning considerations when filing IFR to an airport without an IAP?
OB65: Atlanta TRACON (A80), Part 2
Mar 25 • 70 min
PRM approaches, breakouts, missed approaches, resequencing, and Class Bravo transitions.
OB64: Atlanta TRACON (A80), Part 1
Mar 18 • 70 min
RH interviews a controller from Atlanta Tracon to learn more about their operation.
OB63: Speed Restrictions
Mar 11 • 64 min
We break down speed limits, speed restrictions, and why we use speed assignments in the TRIAD airspace. Another great list of aviation bucket list items, too!
Episode 062: Dodging Primary Targets
Mar 4 • 65 min
How does ATC assign beacon codes and what happens if I forget to turn my transponder on inside of a mode C veil around Class Bravo airspace?
Episode 061: Family Flight Night
Feb 25 • 72 min
AG and RH discuss Foreflight, flight planning, turbulence avoidance, and family feedback.
Episode 060: Buzzing The Tower
Feb 18 • 68 min
Juliet Echo Charlie from Atlanta sent in some great questions about helicopter operations on the ATL airport. How do ATL controllers keep the traffic flowing when helicopters are nearby?
Episode 059: Wrong Way on a Windy Day
Feb 11 • 65 min
RH and AG discuss runway selection, runway use programs, and listener questions.
Episode 058: The Voice That Puts Out Fires
Feb 4 • 65 min
“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?
Episode 057: Ten Whoppers on a Monday
Jan 28 • 62 min
AG and RH tackle a mountain of emails. Thank you for the awesome feedback, everyone! And thank you for all the support during the shutdown. We are so lucky to be involved in such an awesome aviation community!
Episode 056: Miracle on the Hudson
Jan 21 • 66 min
AG and RH discuss the “Miracle on the Hudson” and RH’s aviation heroes: Captain Sullenberger and First Officer Jeff Skiles.
Episode 055: International Pizza Party
Jan 14 • 62 min
RH and AG discuss AIM recommended use of transponders, drones, communications during flight following, and more!
Episode 054: Serving Our Listeners
Jan 7 • 59 min
AG and RH catch up on news and feedback; serving our listeners!
Episode 053: Lost Letters to Airmen
Dec 31, 2018 • 62 min
Pilot deviations are on the rise at VNY; learn how to prevent it from happening to you!
Episode 052: Christmas Special
Dec 24, 2018 • 62 min
Merry Christmas; Feedback Special
Episode 051: Special VFR Snowpocalypse
Dec 17, 2018 • 57 min
What is the point of Special VFR and when would a pilot request the clearance?
Episode 050: TRSA Time
Dec 10, 2018 • 54 min
Thank you for your feedback and questions that drive this show!
Episode 049: My Gums Tingle
Dec 3, 2018 • 62 min
Medical Emergencies and ATC interactions, controller saves, and listener feedback!
Episode 048: Thanksgiving Blues and Night Vision Clues
Nov 26, 2018 • 59 min
VFR Flight Plans, Communication Confusion, Thanksgiving Traffic
Episode 047: Feedback Frenzy, Checkride Envy
Nov 19, 2018 • 53 min
Checkride time in Australia!
Episode 046: Turn Up The Heat Immediately!
Nov 12, 2018 • 66 min
Who decides which approach is advertised on the ATIS?
Episode 045: Smooth Radar Jazz
Nov 5, 2018 • 55 min
What is happening in the tracon when controllers are not talking to planes?
Episode 044: Must Go Faster
Oct 29, 2018 • 51 min
Immediately expedite with no delay!
Episode 043: Transmission Timing and Standby Etiquette
Oct 22, 2018 • 60 min
Why is ATC telling me to standby?
Episode 042: Victory Vector, Come On Over to My Sector
Oct 15, 2018 • 61 min
AG and RH discuss approach clearance requirements.
Episode 041: Planetary Alignment, Reroute Assignment
Oct 8, 2018 • 62 min
Why can’t I fly directly over this giant Class B airport at 4000’?
Episode 040: Wheels Flyin’ Off
Oct 1, 2018 • 66 min
Student solo loses her right main landing gear during a practice flight and all ends well!
Episode 039: Map Overload
Sep 24, 2018 • 62 min
Map madness and fix frenzy: what do we see on our displays?
Episode 038: Training Schnozzle, Part 2
Sep 17, 2018 • 62 min
How do we train a new hire in RADAR at TRIAD ATCT?
Episode 037: Training Schnozzle, Part 1
Sep 10, 2018 • 59 min
How do we train a new hire in the tower at TRIAD ATCT?
Episode 036: Ammunition PIREP
Sep 3, 2018 • 62 min
PIREP TIME! Pilot weather reports matter!
Episode 035: Alert 2, Bacon Fire!
Aug 27, 2018 • 62 min
Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting!
Episode 034: Luck of the Irish
Aug 21, 2018 • 59 min
Invisible airspace boundaries are like walls in the sky!
Episode 033: The Great East West ATC Throwdown
Aug 13, 2018 • 70 min
Follow up from Episode 032 regarding ODPs, the Seattle crash, and an interview with BG, host of “Podcasting on a Plane”.
Episode 032: Havoc Five Eight Crash
Aug 6, 2018 • 62 min
How do you stay clear of obstacles departing IFR from a non-towered airport?
Episode 031: Escaping Non-Towered Airports
Jul 30, 2018 • 70 min
How do you pick up an IFR clearance at a non-towered airport?
Episode 030: Captain Al’s Waterspout Cornucopia
Jul 23, 2018 • 66 min
Thank you, Captain Al for your wonderful feedback!
Episode 029: Dispatcher Lingo and Slot Time Bingo
Jul 16, 2018 • 65 min
An in depth conversation about dispatching and air traffic interactions.
Episode 028: NOTAM Novels
Jul 9, 2018 • 69 min
NOTAMS have gotten out of control!
Episode 027: Missed Approach Mountain Mayhem
Jul 2, 2018 • 64 min
What happens if you go missed in the mountains below MDA?
Episode 026: How to Apply to Be an Air Traffic Controller
Jun 25, 2018 • 72 min
AG and RH guide you through the process of applying to be an Air Traffic Controller!
Episode 025: Musketeer Madness
Jun 18, 2018 • 65 min
Captain Mike and First Officer Jeff travel through TRIAD!
Episode 024: Flying Squirrels in Dark Caves
Jun 11, 2018 • 62 min
What do we see on our radar screen?
Episode 023: Endless Vectors to 18 Airports
Jun 4, 2018 • 61 min
When AG and RH rule the Galactic Aviation Universe …
Episode 022: Kangaroos on the Runway
May 29, 2018 • 60 min
What happens when a new runway is built at a busy airport?
Episode 021: Starship Enterprise, Possible Pilot Deviation
May 22, 2018 • 73 min
Possible pilot deviation, Advise you call TRIAD Approach!
Episode 020: Catalina Wine Mixer and Blue Angels
May 14, 2018 • 44 min
Blue Angels, F35, helicopters, and more!
Episode 019: Holding Hands on Finals to Parallel Runways
May 7, 2018 • 62 min
Parallel Runway Operations and Separation Requirements
Episode 018: The Clearance Heard Across the County
Apr 30, 2018 • 59 min
Listener feedback, long range audio, evacuations, and more!
Episode 017: Our Thoughts on Southwest Airlines Flight 1380
Apr 23, 2018 • 67 min
AG and RH discuss SWA1380
Episode 016: Readbacks and Shout-Outs!
Apr 16, 2018 • 66 min
Why are read backs so important to the safety of the NAS?
Episode 015: International Flights and Instructing with “Zak the Seven Six Guy”
Apr 9, 2018 • 71 min
Take a trip on a 75/767 to Europe with Zak, our first guest co-host!
Episode 014: Air Traffic CRM and Going Missed on a Visual Approach
Apr 2, 2018 • 59 min
Crew Resource Management and ATC Teamwork!
Episode 013: Caution Wake Turbulence, Flying Porta Potty
Mar 27, 2018 • 57 min
AG and RH discuss wake turbulence separation requirements, pilot wake avoidance techniques, and real life encounters with wake turbulence.
Episode 012: Lost Communications
Mar 20, 2018 • 59 min
Night, IMC, IFR weather, missed approach, NORDO, now what?
Episode 011: Unverified Altitudes and Mode C
Mar 13, 2018 • 54 min
Transponders, altimeter settings, and unverified altitudes.
Episode 010: A Trip Down Memory Lane on a DC-10
Mar 9, 2018 • 76 min
AG and RH discuss their earliest memories of aviation, planes, and air traffic.
Episode 009: Zooming into Non-Towered Airports and CTAF
Mar 1, 2018 • 64 min
How does ATC help keep you safe going into a non-towered airport under IFR?
OB008: Approach Briefings, Holds, EFC times, and Fuel Emergencies
Feb 21, 2018 • 67 min
AG Flies to DCA! Holds, EFCs, and Fuel Emergencies
OB007: Practice Approaches, APG dinner, and “Zippy” says hello!
Feb 15, 2018 • 68 min
Practice Approaches, APG dinner, and “Zippy” says hello!
OB006: VFR Flights Matter
Feb 6, 2018 • 61 min
VFR Flights Matter and AG and RH are answering GA questions about VFR in the NAS
OB005: Reroutes, Reduced Runway Separation, and RAs
Jan 31, 2018 • 65 min
Reroutes, Reduced Runway Separation, RAs
OB004: “Cleared to Land” and Solving The Mystery of “Opposing Bases”
Jan 23, 2018 • 51 min
What are “Opposing Bases”?
OB003: Go Around: The Controller’s Perspective
Jan 17, 2018 • 44 min
The controller’s perspective on the SFO Go Around last week.
OB002: Air Traffic Tackles the Autopilot
Jan 9, 2018 • 50 min
Understanding airplane automation and how it plays an important role in air traffic control.
OB001: Welcome to Opposing Bases Air Traffic Talk
Jan 3, 2018 • 52 min
Getting the introductions out of the way … welcome to Opposing Bases!
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