Ask Your Pilot Questions About Flying – Can pilots see other airplanes on their radar ? – July 6, 2011 – Toronto Ontario

 

Toronto ON – Pilot Dan Baz is answering your flying questions here on the Cornwall Free News.

 

If you have a question about flying you can email Captain Dan or post below.

Question
Can pilots see other airplanes on their radar ?

Question posted by Sarah.

Answer
The radar in the airplanes is not actually designed to see other airplanes. The radar is used to detect clouds and thunderstorms in the airplane’s flight path.

However there is equipment on commercial airplanes that is specifically designed to detect other airplanes. It is called Traffic and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). This system shows the pilots where other airplanes  around them are.  It also shows the pilots whether they need to climb or descend to another altitude to avoid a collision with another airplane.

Have a question for the Captain ?  Send it to Captain Dan Baz    captaindanbaz@yahoo.com Every week a question from the readers will be selected and answer posted in this column.

A bit more about Captain Dan:

Captain Dan Baz enrolled in Flight School at the age of 16.

He has completed studies in Aircraft Engineering and Master of Business Administration. He has been at the controls of many different types of aircraft, from single engine Cessnas to large intercontinental jets on global routes.

Over the last four decades he has flown thousands of hours up in the blue sky.

Best Western

 

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