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FAASTeam Notice
Type: Local Air Safety Information
Notice Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Notice Number: NOTC4640
This notice expired on
Thursday, April 18, 2013

For any of you that operate in the MatSu Valley during the peak summer flying season, it comes as no surprise as to the large number of GA operations, combined with IFR and military operations, and when combined with the large number of airports located in the valley, the increased risk of Mid-air collisions.


But, do you know that FAA has a voluntary pilot safety program, Operation Lights On, to enhance the see-and-avoid concept.


Pilots are encouraged to turn on their landing lights during takeoff; i.e., either after takeoff clearance has been received or when beginning takeoff roll. Pilots are further encouraged to turn on their landing lights when operating below 10,000 feet, day or night, especially when operating within 10 miles of any airport, or in conditions of reduced visibility and in areas where flocks of birds may be expected, i.e., coastal areas, lake areas, around refuse dumps, etc.


Although turning on aircraft lights does enhance the see-and-avoid concept, pilots should not become complacent about keeping a sharp lookout for other aircraft. Not all aircraft are equipped with lights and some pilots may not have their lights turned on.


For other recommendations for avoiding the potential hazards of a midair collision and near midair collision, and to emphasize those basic problem areas related to the human causal factors where improvements in pilot education, operating practices, procedures, and improved scanning techniques are needed to reduce midair conflicts – AC 90-48C - Pilots' Role in Collision Avoidance