There is alot of talk here in NY the last two days in the pilot community because of the latest "near" miss.
Seems that a NWA airliner cruising over albany, ny
received a TCAS warning from an aircraft that had just taken off from albany. What did the crew do?
They pulled what we call a "pop up" in response to the TCAS warning: climb climb climb.........
During his "pop up", he never realized that an Air Ontario
turbo-prop was above. They came within 100ft vertically and 1 mile laterally. Now one mile may sound like enough seperation but at jet speeds, one mile can close very rapidly.
My point being, TCAS is a great innovation but it must be used correctly. ATC MUST be informed of any maneuver you make in response to a TCAS warning.
I cant tell you how many times we have received false TCAS warnings.
If every crew acted on what TCAS advised, there would be havoc in the skies. TCAS is needed and it will save lives but it must be used correctly.
I can tell you that the crew will now be evaluated, and
their actions will be evaluated by a chief pilot at NWA.
I wouldnt be surprised to hear that they received an official warning or reprimand.