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Number of near mid-air collisions may be triple what is reported

Air Safety

The number of near mid-air collisions in Colorado since 2000 may be as much as three times higher than the Federal Aviation Administration has publicly reported. An I-News comparison of two federal aviation safety databases found many more incidents in Colorado classified as near mid-air collisions than the FAA lists in its public database. Continue Reading →

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State news outlets feature air safety report

Several of Colorado’s largest news organizations, including 9News (KUSA-TV) and The Denver Post, this week featured an I-News analysis of air safety data that shows concerns by air traffic controllers. The Post used Burt Hubbard’s project on the front page of Wednesday’s paper. The report is online here: Air-traffic concerns on the rise in Colorado. KUSA combined the investigation with further reporting by Kyle Clark in a “9 Wants to Know” segment. Clark’s report is on the 9News website: Safety concerns from air traffic controllers spike

The Colorado Springs Gazette and Greeley’s NPR station for northern Colorado, KUNC 91.5-FM, used the investigation as well. Continue Reading →

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Coming Wave of Retirements Adds Urgency

Denver International Airport

During a thunderstorm last July, as wind shears and microbursts descended over Denver International Airport, two air traffic control supervisors puzzled over how to set up landings for incoming aircraft.
 “They took a guess,” said an air traffic controller who was in the tower at the time. “They were wrong.”
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