FromRobert Bashe2:2448/44.0Date Write2018-05-14 16:30:01
ToWard Dossche0:0/0.0Date Arrived2018-05-14 17:50:18
SubjThe 2001-09-11 "atta
Ward Dossche wrote to Robert Bashe on Monday May 14 2018 at 10:04:

WD>>> Most, if not all, general aviation planes do have a transponder
WD>>> squawked to 1200. I fly enough general aviation VFR to know that.

RB>> In light planes? That would be something new to me. I took flying
RB>> lessons in the mid-^960s in a Cessna Colt and there was nothing such
RB>> thing aboard.

WD> Times have changed Bob.

WD> Montana is pretty non-busy airspace except above 30,000ft and
WD> everybody has their transponder on.

Private planes generally use VFR and fly at altitudes below 5,000 feet. The
altitude you mention is far outside their capabilities.

WD> I've got some commercial aviation friends on 747 777 and 737 and they
WD> say that these small planes are now better equipped than their big
WD> jets are.

Second-hand information abut unknown planes. What is "small"? Amd what do
"friends" on the large airliners know about private planes?

WD> Also I think in the mid-60-ies there were no transponders and
WD> certainly no TCAS.

I don't know, only that there was never one in any plane I flew.

Cheers, Bob

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