A little over a year ago an Alaskan industry/government working group was established to look at the rash of mid-air collisions that occurred in 2011. To support that effort, AOPA fielded an online survey to hear directly from pilots concerning this topic. The goal of the survey was to discover what methods pilots used to avoid mi-air collisions, and to find out how often they encountered unsafe conditions while flying in the Mat Su Valley.
The survey was emailed directly to a sample of 2,942 AOPA members who live in Alaska. In addition the Alaska Airmen’s Association, FAA and other aviation groups broadcast the link to the survey through their communication networks. Over 600 people took the time to respond. This will help the industry working group focus its efforts as it considers recommending ways to minimize the potential for mid-air collisions. While that process goes forward over the months ahead, I wanted to share the summary of the survey so that you could see what the cumulative results tell us about how we operate—and what the respondents of this survey had to say regarding this topic. A summary of the survey is available here: 2012_04 Mat Su Valley Collision Avoidance Survey Final Report. Look for more information in the months ahead as the working group starts to develop recommendations.