Operating Safely in the Hudson Corridor
The August 2009 midair collision over the Hudson was a rare tragedy, but it points to an issue that deserves attention—flying safely in crowded skies. The Air Safety Institute developed several resources dedicated to best practices for operating in the Hudson River area while offering proven strategies for steering clear of other aircraft.
As a result, on Sept. 15, 2009, AOPAFoundation President Bruce Landsberg presented “Tight Spots: Collision Avoidance in the Hudson Corridor,” sponsored by AOPA, the Air Safety Institute and the FAA.
Collision avoidance, in the air and on the ground, is one of the most basic responsibilities of a pilot operating an aircraft in VFR conditions. During primary training, pilots are taught to keep their eyes outside the cockpit and look for conflicting traffic. But little formal instruction is given on the best ways to visually identify potential collision threats—or in procedures that can lessen their risk of occurring. Make the strategies and tactics in this Safety Advisor part of your standard procedures to keep the skies safer for you, and for those you share it with. (PDF file—427KB). Download it now>>>
Two objectives to keep in mind – One, we want the corridor to stay open and useful to as many users as possible. Two, it needs to be done in safety. Despite being the only collision in the corrdior for 45 years, aviation is held to a much different standard than other forms of transport. Read More>>>