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Ever Had A Mid-Air Collision With AI?

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A recent "problem" with AI aircraft brought an event that happened several years ago to memory.I was flying on autopilot from Dallas Love Field to Houston Hobby. In the distance I noticed a small speck on the screen (I didn't have AI identification text on at the time). At first, I thought it was some dirt on the monitor. As time progressed, it became larger and larger. Eventually, I was nose to nose with a 737......same altitude and exact reverse heading from mine.We hit head-on. Fortunately, there was no loss of life.......only loss of pride. I never even thought of a mid-air collision happening in the sim. I've been flying many years since and it's never happened again.Has this ever happened to any of you?gwillmot

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When I began with FS I had a mid air "collision" when an AI aircraft just appeared out of nowhere and crossed in front of me at 90 degrees and I crashed into the side of it. An early lesson on how to always fly with collision detection off (and edit FSPassengers to turn it off also - there are still many people online flying with the default settings).Online there have been one or two close calls. I missed a Fed Ex MD-11 by about 200 feet once when flying a SID he obviously wasn't :( Cheers!Dave

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Never collided headon, but several times I've been overtaken while on final resulting in a collision.Bob

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I am probably not the only one that has been run over from behind while on final approach, does that count? On one very memorable occasion I did have a most spectacular near miss. While I was at cruise altitude, ATC reported a 777 at one o'clock and before I could react I got real up close and personal with the tail of the 777. The tail completely filled all of the forward view, Delta new colors. I don't get that close even when I am painting one!Regards,Mel

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I have had it on VATSIM several times now.Was flown out of the sky by a rogue F16 pilot when on approach to Seattle from Rome,and I wasn't amused.Did teach me to check collisions off,though.With AI I have had so many near misses they're impossible to count,there's some real bad AI pilots flying.Or maybe I'm the bad pilot.One thing I know for sure is that whenever I pick up another aircraft I make sure I'm either a 1000 feet or more above,or a 1000 feet or more below.

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In FSX I used to have a lot. MyTraffic added so many aircraft to my skies, that I got a Traffic Alert from ATC every five minutes, and once it was a near-miss. Now it doesn't happen as often, partly because of the TCAS in the planes I tend to fly (PMDG, etc) and the fact that I don't have MyTraffic for FS9, resulting in much less planes flying in my virtual skies. And yes, I do have collision detection turned off.

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Or this one....

AI smooth got rid of the AI over taking me on final. FSUIPC has a nice traffic zapper too (for reg versions). Helps with those pesky AI who like to bud into line or act like your not there while you taxi.

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Perhaps a screenshot "near miss" thread would be interesting.

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This is interesting, I've never had a near miss with AI at cruising altitude. I've solved the problem with AI overtaking me on approach by landing at a faster speed than them if I get a good heads up their behind me. A well known utility spaces out the AI around airports to a point this is usually not a problem. The problem I have more than anything is on approach to airports like KDFW and KATL AI still on the runway when I'm on short final. I solved this as well by requesting an alternate approach/runway when given clearance to what runway ATC is going to vector me into final. Landing on an alternate active usually results in zero conflict with AI aircraft.

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That's funny because I almost had one yesterday. I was on the vatsim network at MSP. I was went to take off at runway 30L and in about 80-90 knots I saw a delta 767 rolling on runway 22. I saw him about I would say 400 feet ahead just right out of the co-pilot window! I think he rotated early too avoid me and I was ready to go on the grass. Then about 10NM from the Minneapolis airport after I took off I saw him AGAIN; this time about 200-700 feet above me 5 miles out! My TCAS was screaming at me. It's really something on how I never encounter hardly any traffic on a normal day; but once you do get traffic, especially on departure, your adrenaline pumping somewhat and your mouth cursing like a sailor.

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One thing that I've noticed is if I stay on the exact heading of the runway that I took off from, I might end up with a head on. Even though I was given a runway to take off on, I'm beging to wonder if the wind has shifted and other aircraft are now being cleared in the opposite direction?Mark

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Midair collision happened to me once while climbing shortly after takeoff. The most funny one was on the ground though: I remember it was late in the evening, I had decided to start a long haul flight, from europe to tokyo Narita, Japan. Quite a long flight, and preparing everyhting took me not less than an hour. Finally cleared for taxi, night time, with a heavy loaded pmdg 747, lined up the runway, pushed the throttle, stabilized, full thurst, rolling, and a second before v1 noticed a 757 - I saw only the illuminated tail right in front of me - crossing the runway: that was the end of the fligh. I switched the pc off and went to bed, laughing frankly of how short the flight had been. Noone survived I guess, not even the chickens in the 757 DHL's freighter. I 've recently set the FSUIPC traffic zapper, really funny and usefull. gotta love the sound it makes when you shoot an AI away: zbam!

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