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Collision Avoidance Techniquesby Darren Smith, CFII/MEI
Getting the Most From Your Flight Training, January 2004
Recently, a local C152 pilot collided with a twin Comanche. They met metal to metal on final approach for runway 34. For one of the two pilots, that approach was their last. If that doesn't tell you that collision avoidance techniques are important, perhaps these facts will:
Constantly checking for traffic should be a habit - a way of life. FAR 91.113(b) “See and Avoid” . . . Vigilance shall be maintained by each person operating an aircraft so as to see and avoid other aircraft. This also includes IFR flights when in VMC.
Strategies for Reducing the Risk1. Situational Awareness
Altitude Rules FAR 91.159
Other Important Reminders1. FAR 91.126(b) – Operating near Airports in Class G Airspace - When approaching to land at an airport without an operating control tower . . . each pilot of an airplane must make all turns of that airplane to the left [unless otherwise designated].
2. FAR91.127(a) – Operating near Airports in Class E Airspace - When operating in the vicinity of an airport in Class E airspace, comply with FAR 91.126
3. FAR 91.119 Minimum Safe Altitudes