Formation flying anyone? Well, not anymore :bitenails:
Yeah, and flight following is your friend when you can get it. I also do everything I can to avoid MOAs and MTRs. Even though they are supposed to suspend operations in active MOAs when GA aircraft enter, stuff still slips through the system. Fractions of seconds was the difference between life and death in the video I posted. They couldn't have been more than 50 feet apart.@boostedM: Wow! they got really lucky. This is why I don't take chances and always ask for traffic advisories, granted sometimes they might be sleeping but it's better to be safe than sorry.
ATC said they would try to get him out of the MOA, so I assume he was flying through it. Just remember Restricted airspace and MOAs are different. Boy, that pilot was pissed. I have the utmost respect for fighter pilots, but some of them get that "cowboy" mentality and end up getting themselves or someone else killed.Try to not tear this student pilot apart but I must have missed something. Where the ga pilots in restricted airspace already when the f16 was messing with them?
Agree 110% with all of thisI would never rip student pilots apart it's the most stupid thing you can do when someone is asking a genuine question. I hate it when pilots think they have the right to attack student pilot just because they as a question. When flying, any question is a valid question because one day ur student is going to be riding on ur ticket if ur his CFI or flying a plane and be scared to ask questions when he really needs the answer. So please ask away all you want, never be scared to ask questions, especially when it comes to flying.
Having said that, from the video it seems that the two GA airplanes were cruising through an active MOA legally and the F16 pilot just felt like being a complete douche and chased them around. Apparently the F16 Pilot was reprimanded but I doubt he suffered any major consequences. I respect the AF too but if you put a monkey in a suit, it's still a monkey and they end up ruining things for everyone.
In regards to this...I remember reading about this. The F-16's were running radar intercepts beyond visual range. There was confusion on ATC's part as to whether the MOA was active or not and there were altitude discrepancies as well. This is a very rare case and I'm sure these pilots faced some serious consequences.Yeah there is a Military Operations Area adjacent to some Restricted airspace on the way to Vegas from the L.A. area which I will never go through. Even though you can fly through a MOA it's just not worth it if you are vfr imo. Take a look at this one where two GA aircraft got chased around by an F16. Some guys are just stupid, it's hard to understand why they'd be given a license to fly.