Related Links.

The Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is an airborne system developed by the FAA that operates independently from the ground-based Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. TCAS was designed to increase cockpit awareness of proximate aircraft and to serve as a "last line of defense" for the prevention of midair collisions.

NOTAM and TFR

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR) are tools used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to restrict aircraft operations within designated areas. Historically, TFRs have been used by air traffic management as a means of separating “non-participating” aircraft from those engaged in certain activities, such as firefighting, rescue, and law enforcement operations. They have also been used to keep aircraft away from surface-based hazards that could impact safety of flight, such as toxic gas spills or volcanic eruptions. However, over the past two years, TFRs, along with Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZ) and Flight Restriction Zones (FRZ), have been widely used to restrict overflights through certain airspace for reasons of national security.

FAA Flight Planning -NOTAMs & TFRs
http://www.faa.gov/pilots/flt_plan/notams/

Defense Internet NOTAM Service
https://www.notams.faa.gov/dinsQueryWeb/

Graphic Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR)
http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html

Midair Collision Avoidance Technology.

The Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) is an airborne system developed by the FAA that operates independently from the ground-based Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. TCAS was designed to increase cockpit awareness of proximate aircraft and to serve as a "last line of defense" for the prevention of midair collisions.

Website: Transponders/TCAS

ADS-B Technologies, LLC is an Anchorage, Alaska based organization of international aviation experts that have joined together to help deploy ADS-B and its related Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) technologies throughout the world.

Website: Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast

NTSB Accident Database

The NTSB aviation accident database contains information from 1962 and later about civil aviation accidents and selected incidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. Generally, a preliminary report is available online within a few days of an accident. Factual information is added when available, and when the investigation is completed, the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its probable cause. Full narrative descriptions may not be available for dates before 1993, cases under revision, or where NTSB did not have primary investigative responsibility.

Website: Research Midair Collisions.

IF Intercepted by Military Aircraft

  1. Follow the instructions given by the intercepting aircraft, which you can review here.
  2. Notify ATC, if possible.
  3. Attempt to communicate with the intercepting aircraft and/or ATC on the emergency frequency 121.5 MHz, giving the identity and position of your aircraft and the nature of the flight.
  4. If equipped with a transponder, squawk 7700, unless otherwise instructed by ATC. If any instructions received by radio from any sources conflict with those given by the intercepting aircraft by visual or radio signals, request clarification while continuing to comply with the instructions given by the intercepting aircraft .

For more details on being intercepted by a U.S. Military or Law enforcement aircraft, please go to this website: What if I am intercepted?

AOPA

With a membership base of more than 411,000, or two thirds of all pilots in the United States, AOPA is the largest, most influential aviation association in the world. AOPA has achieved its prominent position through effective advocacy, enlightened leadership, technical competence, and hard work. Providing member services that range from representation at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, advice, and other assistance, AOPA has built a service organization that far exceeds any other in the aviation community.

Website: http://www.aopa.org

AOPA Air Safety Foundation

ASF is a nonprofit pilot education and safety organization that serves all pilots—not just AOPA members—by providing free or low-cost education programs to pilots and flight instructors nationwide, analyzing safety data, and conducting safety research.

Website: http://www.aopa.org/asf/

FAA Special Use Airspace

The FAA provides Depicted Special Use Airspace (SUA) and Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace (ATCAA) data that may not be complete. Pilots should use this information for planning purposes only. For the latest SUA information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF. Information concerning ATCAA airspace can be obtained from the associated Air Route Traffic Control Center.

Website: Actual Military Airspace Status