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Features June 2017 Issue

IFR/VFR Separation

Right at the beginning of the Airplane Flying Handbook (page 1-11) the FAA warns us that most midair collisions happen in good weather.

IFR/VFR Separation

The concept of “see and avoid” applies to aircraft operating under VFR and those operating under IFR in visual conditions. Think that’s enough?

Regulations prevent collisions through right-of-way rules. These codified decencies apply to the road, sea and air. For aviation, 14 CFR §91.113 warns that “regardless of whether an operation is conducted under instrument flight rules or visual flight rules, vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft.” Sage advice, that, especially with our butts in the hot seat.

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