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Safety Recommendation A-75-035
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS CONTINUING ITS INVESTIGATION OF THE MIDAIR COLLISION BETWEEN A CESSNA-150H AND A USAF T-29D AT NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA, ON JANUARY 9, 1975. THUS FAR, THE INVESTIGATION HAS DISCLOSED THAT THE CESSNA WAS ON A LOCAL VFR FLIGHT, THAT THE PILOT HAD NOT FILED A FLIGHT PLAN, AND THAT HE WAS NOT, AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, IN RADIO CONTACT WITH ANY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) FACILITY. THE T-29 WAS ON ITS FINAL APPROACH TO LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, AND WAS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE GROUND CONTROL APPROACH (GCA) FINAL CONTROLLER. THE FINAL CONTROLLER HAD ISSUED TWO TRAFFIC ADVISORIES CONCERNING THE CESSNA TO THE T-29'S FLIGHTCREW. ALTHOUGH IT WAS DARK, THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR, AND THE REPORTED VISIBILITY WAS 7 MILESDESPITE THESE FACTS, THERE IS NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT EITHER PILOT SAW THE OTHER'S AIRCRAFT.
Recommendation: ESTABLISH A GROUP II TRAFFIC CONTROL AREA TO ENCOMPASS THE FOLLOWING AIRPORTS IN THE TIDEWATER AREA: OCEANA NAVAL AIR STATION, NORFOLK NAVAL AIR STATION, NORFOLK REGIONAL AIRPORT, LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, PATRICK HENRY AIRPORT, AND FELKER ARMY AIRFIELD. SHOULD THIS PROVE IMPRACTICAL, WE RECOMMEND THAT THE FAA AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD) JOINT REVIEW GROUP COORDINATE AND ESTABLISH A TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE AREA (TRSA), SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN SACRAMENTO VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, WHICH WILL ENCOMPASS THE TIDEWATER AREA.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Newport News, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA75AZ008
Accident Reports: USAF VT-29D, Serial #52-5826 and Cavalier Flyers, Inc., Cessna 150H, N50430
Report #: AAR-75-10
Accident Date: 1/9/1975
Issue Date: 3/26/1975
Date Closed: 6/26/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/23/1986
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 5/23/1986
Response: AN AIRPORT RADAR SERVICE AREA (ARSA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN THE TIDEWATER AREA ON MARCH 13, 1986. THE ARSA IS CENTERED ON THE NORFOLK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, AND AFFORDS ARSA SERVICE TO AIRCRAFT WITHIN A 20-MILE RADIUS OF THE AIRPORT.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/18/1986
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 11/12/1985
Response: INITIALLY, THE FAA CONCURRED WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION BUT WAS UNABLE TO INCLUDE THE SUBJECT AIRPORTS IN THE NORFOLK TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE AREA (TRSA) BECAUSE OF EQUIPMENT AND MANPOWER PROBLEMS. ON MARCH 14, 1985, THE FAA BEGAN A NEW TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE PROGRAM, AIRPORT RADAR SERVICE AREA (ARSA), WHICH IS REPLACING THE TRSA PROGRAM. THE ARSA PROGRAM ESTABLISHES REGULATORY AIRSPACE AND MUST BE IMPLEMENTED BY RULE. THE AIRPORTS LISTED IN RECOMMENDATION A-75-35 DO NOT MEET THE PRESENT CRITERIA FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ARSA. HOWEVER, NEW CRTIERIA, WHICH SHOULD BE DEVELOPED BEFORE JUNE 1986, COULD MAKE THESE AIRPORTS ELIGIBLE FOR AN ARSA. AS EACH AIRPORT MEETS THE ESTABLISHMENT CRTIERIA, I WILL PROPOSE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ARSA. I WILL KEEP THE BOARD ADVISED OF THE FAA'S PROGRESS IN THIS AREA.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/22/1981
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/11/1981
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: THE NORFOLK TRSA WAS EXPANDED ON DECEMBER 5, 1976, TO INCLUDE LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE. THE REMAINING AIRPORTS ARE PROJECTED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NORFOLK TRSA IN 1981.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/22/1978
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/21/1978
Response: FAA LTR: THE EXPANSION OF THE NORFOLK TRSA IS BEING IMPLEMENTED IN TWO PHASES. ON DECEMBER 5, 1976, THE TRSA WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE LANGLEY AFB. EQUIPMENT NEEDED TO FURTHER EXPAND THE TRSA TO INCLUDE BOTH PATRICK HENRY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND FELKER ARMY AIRFIELD WAS INCLUDED IN THE FY-78 BUDGET. ON COMPLETION OF THE NORFOLK TOWER MODIFICATION, THE TRSA WILL BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE REMAINING AIRPORTS.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/14/1976
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE HAS TENTATIVELY ACCEPTED THE FAA POSITION THAT ESTABLISHMENT OF TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE AREAS (TRSA'S) OFFER A PRACTICABLE ALTERNATIVE TO MILITARY TERMINAL CONTROL AREAS (TCA'S). AFTER A TRIAL PERIOD, HOWEVER, THEY WOULD PROPOSE PART 93 ACTION AT SPECIFIC LOCATIONS IF HAZARDS CREATED BY NONPARTICIPATING AIRCRAFT PROVED UNACCEPTABLY HIGH. AS A RESULT, WE PLAN TO IMPLEMENT TRSA'S AT SELECTED MILITARY AIRFIELDS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING UNIQUE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/19/1975
Response: FAA LTR: THE TIDEWATER AREA DOES NOT HAVE THE AIR TRAFFIC TO JUSTIFY THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TERMINAL CONTROL AREA (TCA). A WORKING GROUP WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL SEGMENTS OF THE AVIATION COMMUNITY IS MEETING TO CONSIDER THE EXPANSION OF THE PRESENT TERMINAL RADAR SERVICE AREA (TRSA) TO INCLUDE LANGLEY AFB, PATRICK HENRY AIRPORT, OCEANA NAVAL AIR STATION, OR FELKER ARMY AIRFIELD. A REPORT IS EXPECTED BY JULY 18, 1975.