Guest Pabloako Posted February 16, 2009 Share Posted February 16, 2009 I'm sitting here bored at work, so I thought I would share with you my experience that happened last weekend. It isn’t really an incident or accident, but I guess it could have been quite nasty! On Sunday I planned a small navigation flight from Caboolture to Kingaroy and then onto Gympie and back to Caboolture again. Although the weather was fine after a very rainy day previously, there was some low cloud dotted around, but I thought I would give it a go. I left Caboolture as normal with the transponder set to 1200 and set it to ‘ALT’ as I lined up. A few minutes after departure I changed frequency to the Brisbane centre as I left the Caboolture CTAF area, which I always do. As the ground started rising below me I climbed to an altitude of 2500 feet, which was a few hundred feet below the cloud base (hence clear of cloud) however the visibility started to reduce somewhat and it was rather hazy. I decided to carry on and give it a couple more minutes and see what it is like then, because I thought it was getting pretty close to the VMC limits. All of a sudden Brisbane centre came on and said…. “VFR aircraft 8 miles to the east of Kilcoy at 2500 feet, traffic alert for VFR aircraft 8 miles to the west at 2500 feet”. After about 10 seconds of having a good look around and not seeing anything through the haze, or hearing anything from two aircraft somewhere else, it sunk in and I thought "crikey… that’s me" and responded “Brisbane centre… [Aircraft call sign] 8 miles to the east of Kilcoy at 2500 feet, descending to 2000 feet and turning to heading 360 degrees (right turn)”. He responded that the traffic was now one mile to the west and within a minute of me commencing the decent and turn I saw a twin engine "something" fly almost over the top of me with about 500-600 feet vertical separation and less than 1 Km horizontal separation. We never did hear anything from the twin engine aircraft. That was then my hint to turn back towards the coast! Lessons learnt The radio for us VFR people is not just so we can listen to people getting told off when they roam towards controlled airspace, or to listen to Singapore airlines departing on it’s long trip. The transponder is not just a pretty flashing light with a bunch on numbers next to it. Even though VMC is >5km visibility (at the height I was), when one relatively high speed aircraft and one high speed aircraft are heading for each other, 5km (or even the 8 mile gap reported by the controller) doesn’t give you much time! Big thanks Big thanks to the controller at Brisbane centre! Big thanks to my instructor(s) for teaching me how to use the equipment properly! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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