AmericanPilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 36 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2999 times:
I was flying a 172 about 5 miles west of CCR. We (my instructor and I) were doing some Sim engine fires. I was concentrating on the panel to keep up my speed and proper glide slope. I looked out the windscreen to my right and saw a Cessna 206 come rite at me off my right wingtip. I could almost see the whites of his eyes. I dove, and he passed over me with about 20 feet clearance. If I had delayed my dive by 1 second he would have hit me.
The pilot of the 206 never even saw me even though I had my NAV, LND, BCN, and SRB lights on. I even cleared the airspace about 2 minutes before the incident. This is a danger that pilots face every day. I learned to always clear my airspace every 5 minutes when doing maneuvers and clear my turns every time. Every pilot should do the same!
ACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7744 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2896 times:
Ah, the good ol' HASEL check!
Only works if the other guys are looking too.
I've had a few close calls too. I was doing a circuit once at a controlled airfield, reported downwind and was cleared to land. 15 seconds later, a company Cheyenne flew over top of me no more then 200 feet vertical separation. Next thing, the controller calls me and asks me what I was doing? I'm like, excuse-me? Don't blame me for your mistakes!
Anyways, I got on the ground and talked to the pilot of the Cheyenne, and he agreed that ATC messed up on that one. The other pilot knew I was on the downwind leg because ATC cleared me, but he couldn't see me so he decided to fly a few hundred feet higher then normal. Smart move!
FlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7392 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2543 times:
That is one thing I really dont like about flying a GA plane. I have not flown one yet but plan to soon as I want to start training. But it must be hard to fly and look out all the time. Thats why I really dont like about training in Miami. OPF is the nearest GA airport near me but I rather travel an extra hour to Tamamia to train in less congestive airspace and not have to worry about North Perry, and FLL to my north and MIA to my south.
Training in a large city its not the best thing to do but I really dont have a choice. Man an empty area in the midwest would be the best. Farm fields to make emergency landings and not much traffic.
"It was just four of us on the flight deck, trying to do our job" (Captain Al Haynes)
I was flying a piper arrow across the bay to come back to SQL and we were flying just a little too high. A China Airlines 744 flew right over our aircaft. It was actually kinda cool considering it wasn't that close(a couple hundred feet) but I felt so small under the large belly of a 747.
Sprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1860 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2405 times:
The only close call I have had was when I was doing touch and go's at LNA . I was on short final when a helicopter hovered onto the active runway. then proceeded to fly down the runway, not talking on the radio or anything. had to do a goaround. was about 500 feet behind him and was worried he would climb right into me. other than that I just keep my head on a swivel when flying
AmericanPilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
Quoting Freedomtofly (Reply 7): I was flying a piper arrow across the bay to come back to SQL and we were flying just a little too high. A China Airlines 744 flew right over our aircaft. It was actually kinda cool considering it wasn't that close(a couple hundred feet) but I felt so small under the large belly of a 747.
That sounds kool... the only thing i would be worried about would be Wake turbulence from the huge 747. That wake could jumble a 737 pretty good let alone a small aircraft.