COLUMBIA BASIN HERALD
By Cheryl Schweizer
MOSES LAKE — In a way, traffic in, out and around the Grant County International Airport is like any other transportation problem. But in another way it’s not – there is no such thing as an aviation fender-bender.
As a result, pilots have to pay careful attention to where they are – in relation to the airport and in relation to other traffic. And they must ensure other pilots and the control tower know where they are. That’s especially true in busy locations; Michael Rivera, a captain in the U.S. Air Force, said most in-air collisions happen within 10 miles of an airport.
Rivera is based at Joint Base McChord, and a lot of training is performed in the area of the Grant County Airport. A McChord crew usually visits BBCC once per year to discuss C-17 operations and sharing airspace with the big jets.
Traditionally the McChord crew brings along a visual aid – their plane. They did so Friday, and aviation students were allowed to take an up-close look, from cargo bay to cockpit.