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Safety Recommendation A-75-038
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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: INITATE ACTION TO ENABLE DOD TO ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN GROUP I TYPE TERMINAL CONTROL AREAS AROUND SELECTED MILITARY FACILITIES.
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: 12/22/1978
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/22/1978
Response: Closed--acceptable alternate action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/21/1978
Response: FAA LTR: DURING THE PAST 3 YEARS, FAA/DOD ESTABLISHED TRSA'S AT SELECTED MILITARY LOCATIONS. THESE LOCATIONS INCLUDE MILITARY AIRFIELDS AT WEBB AFB, BIG SPRINGS, TEXAS; PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA; COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, MISSISSIPPI; LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, DEL RIO, TEXAS; POPE AIR FORCE BASE, FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA; AND SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA.

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: WE ARE PRESENTLY WORKING WITH MILITARY REPRESENTATIVES TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF TCA'S AT CERTAIN MILITARY AIRPORTS. THERE ARE FACTORS WHICH MUST BE THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED BEFORE ANY ACTION CAN BE STARTED TO IMPLEMENT TCA'S AT ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS.