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Collision Avoidance Resource Center

Collision Avoidance Safety Center: Providing resources to learn how to avoid mid-air and on ground collisions


Concept art of two aircrafts in a near mid-air collision

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. Man-made obstacles, mountains, and other aircraft are just some of the things we don’t want to encounter in flight. Learn more about the gotchas that could ruin your day and how to prevent a collision from happening.

Prevention starts with education.

Instructional Materials

Scan pattern used by pilot to look for traffic to avoid collisions

Review our collision avoidance Training and Safety Tips. Then take the Runway Safety Online Course for additional guidance on safe operations during taxi, departures, and arrivals at airports.

Maintain Proficiency

Collision Avoidance Blindspot between low wind and high wing aircraft

Brush up on your collision avoidance knowledge and stay safe operating on the ground, in the air, and in high terrain. Listen to lessons learned from two midair collisions and review our webinar on an Alaskan sightseeing tour midair collision.

Accident Reviews

Collision Avoidance Blooming effect where aircraft seems to come out of nowhere when coming directly head on

In these accident videos, the AOPA Air Safety Institute highlights factors surrounding collisions on the ground and in the air to share critical lessons and help pilots recognize and avoid similar mistakes.

Quick Tip Videos

AOPA Air Safety Institute Senior Vice President Richard McSpadden shares tips to stay vigilant and on the lookout for conflicting traffic.

Best Practice Safety Videos

It’s in the Numbers

The beauty of landing on a grass strip

The AOPA Air Safety Institute spends time on accident analysis and research to identify areas for improvement and to help others avoid similar mishaps. How is general aviation doing on the safety front? Get the details in the latest Richard G. McSpadden Report.

View the McSpadden Report