Av8rPHX From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 713 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (11 years 11 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4321 times:
First off I must give my condolences to the people involved and their families. On a serious note, I must say I am not surprised this happened. The area north of Phoenix is known as the "Northwest Practice Area" for the flight schools based at Deer Valley Airport. At any given time there are anywhere from 5-15 aircraft operating in that area, from the flight schools alone. The airspace is not controlled, however there is a CTAF(122.75) in use for the area. Many times people forget to switch to the frequency or just do not know that there is a frequency out there to use. I personally have almost had 3 midairs in that area involving people who were not on the CTAF. Anyhow,that is enough of my ranting for now.