September 2001 Issue

Eye Spy

See-and-avoid usually works, but densely packed airports can present unseen danger

Nearly every pilot has stuck his head in the lionís mouth.

You realize itís happened only after the crisis has passed. You have the metallic taste of fear in your mouth and the pounding of your pulse to remind you of the fleetingness of your mortality. Itís not much fun, but at least you have seen the enemy and will have a better shot at recognizing him next time.

If there is a next time.

Busy airspace is one place where constant vigilance is the order of the day. During good weather, that vigilance depends on scanning outside the airplane and being alert to the dynamics of the airspace as well as the possibility of traffic.

Some pilots, particularly those who routinely fly IF...

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