Sunny Swift Issue 22: Collision avoidance - make yourself seen

Vladimir FOLTIN • 20 May 2020
in community General Aviation

Many pilots have experienced situations in flight when another aircraft came too close without them being aware or when a mid-air collision did not occur just by coincidence.

EASA recently reviewed this type of scenario and developed new actions to help mitigate the risk. As well as improvements in airspace design and management of airspace, the plan also relies on promising technological developments in the area of non-certified traffic awareness systems. Despite these systems not always being mutually compatible, their wider use combined with improvements of their interoperability could significantly help in reducing the airborne collision risk, especially in situations when uncontrolled traffic is involved. In support of these developments EASA came up with a novel concept called iConspicuity*.

This latest story of Sunny Swift introduces this new concept and also recognises the efforts leading to a broader compatibility of various iConspicuity systems.

The main message here is that being equipped with an iConspicuity compatible system, and activating it, can improve pilots' awareness of nearby traffic and thus make a timely avoidance manoeuvre possible so to avoid mid-air collision.

Happy landings! 

The EASA GA Team.


*iConspicuity (or in-flight electronic conspicuity plus) means in-flight capability to transmit position of aircraft and/or to receive, process and display positions of other aircraft in a real time with the objective to enhance pilots’ situational awareness about surrounding traffic. It is an umbrella term for a range of technologies and solutions, whether airborne or on the ground, that can help airspace users and other affected stakeholders to be more aware of other aircraft in their vicinity or in a given airspace.


Here below some interesting links related to iConspicuity:


Comments (2)

Vladimir. A timely reminder that we all need to be as conspicuous as possible. With iConspicuity, no one system meets all the requirements of all pilots types of flying, aircraft, or budget. So that's why we have different systems.

Several suppliers including those mentioned above can already see multiple systems so this lowers the risk further.

Obviously all iConspicuity devices should be used as a secondary aid to a continuous visual scan. If I recall correctly the recommendation is that the pilot spends at least 75% of the time looking outside and encourages his passengers to do the same.

However as Sunny Swift showed, quite often aircraft are obscured by many factors.

Keep a lookout there is some great flying ahead for those that fly defensively and arrive home safely.

Vladimir FOLTIN

Thank you Keith, for sharing your views. I am glad we share the same objective.

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