Avoiding midair collisions is a continuing concern for all pilots, but the kind of flights you make and the type of aircraft you fly have a lot to do with how you handle the particulars.
Safety remains a team effort for aviators, however, and an event co-hosted by safety advocates in the military, the FAA, and an airport authority has been scheduled for Oct. 24 at the Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to help all pilots become better midair collision avoiders.
The New England Mid-Air Collision Avoidance Seminar will provide an opportunity for pilots who fly in shared airspace that has different kinds of operations to learn from each other and work to keep everyone safe, the sponsors said.
The event will be presented by the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s 157th Air Refueling Wing; the FAA Safety Team from the Portland, Maine, Flight Standards District Office; and the Pease Development Authority. Port City Air will host the event.
“Military and General Aviation aircraft share the same airspace, but use it very differently,” said the FAA Safety Team’s event notice. “This event is an opportunity for military and civilian pilots to meet and exchange ideas on how we can work together to avoid mid-air collisions.”
The seminar will include aircraft tours, a “trade-show style ‘meet and greet,’” and a complimentary lunch served by Great Circle Catering, the announcement said. Attendance will be limited to “active pilots, other flight crew and student pilots.”
Ramp space and event seating are limited. Pilots interested in flying in to attend the seminar are encouraged to register online.
The seminar will begin at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24, at Hangar 205, 64 Durham Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801.