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Making yourself seen head to head with an Aircarft.

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Hi All,

Being new to the sport i am watching / reading a lot of material and have been thinking about visibility during the day with faster moving aircraft. 

I have just watched Tucker Gotts recent video on the close call with Jet  and was thinking about his comments about watching the light coming towards him which made him aware of the aircraft in front of him. This got me to thinking about how we can be seen in the air for a specific reason (like an head on approaching aircraft), now i understand about VFR  collision avoiding techniques and agree with them but want to get peoples point of view on using a high lumen torch to make your existence in the air known to other aircraft?

I will fly with a strobe but this is more of a Plan B situation.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks Dan

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I have to call the military ATC before flying cos we have Eurofighters playing where I fly. In May a C130 flew UNDER me and offset to one side. I was at 1100 and he told me later he was at 350. This was much closer that Tucker but all done safely.

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My usual airspace is shared with Chinooks, fast jets, transport planes and anything else the military decides to use that day. Use notams and fly aware of other aircraft at all times.

You can be pretty sure they won't see you first.

A torch, or even a strobe, isn't going to make much difference in daylight. Some people avoid flying at round numbers like 500 or 1000 feet. Pick your airspace and fly accordingly. 

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There is a theory "It's a big sky", so chances of getting hit are slim.

We are tiny in the sky, IF you did see a plane coming, we are not fast enough to get out of the way, so the only real option is to quickly pull wing overs and make yourself more "see-able".

NOTAM's are the only real advice. Better to put them in 24 hours early and not fly...than not put them in!!!

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12 minutes ago, Mark Pugh said:

NOTAM's are the only real advice. Better to put them in 24 hours early and not fly...than not put them in!!!

If you decide not to fly, call and cancel it. 

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