A pilot's duty

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I have a comment regarding your Washington Post article "FAA Will Delay Closing Airport Control Towers" (April 6). The statement was made that "at a towered airport, a controller will assign them on a path that can involve turns or can be nearly straight in, with no need for a pilot to keep track of all the other traffic."

All pilots are taught to keep track of other traffic, whether under ATC control or not, and that is one of the most basic responsibilities of any pilot, in or out of the traffic pattern. Controllers, like pilots, can and do make mistakes. Having good situational awareness and looking out for other traffic is a great help in avoiding accidents. At busier airports with a tower the controller is supposed to keep airplanes apart, but it ultimately is the pilot's responsibility to do so.

KENNETH VENMAR
Butler


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