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This Near-Midair Collision Helped Modernize ATC Across The World

This near-midair collision between an Ansett Airlines F-27 and a Piper Navajo was just one of several incidents spurred the modernization of Air Traffic Control, as well as the required use of transponders in passenger aircraft. And because of it, our skies are much safer today than they were 40 years ago.

Colin Cutler

Colin is a Boldmethod co-founder, pilot and graphic artist. He's been a flight instructor at the University of North Dakota, an airline pilot on the CRJ-200, and has directed development of numerous commercial and military training systems. You can reach him at

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