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April 18, 2005



In order to avoid a collision, rules are clearly defined for aviators. They ressemble the collision regulations for sailors, but seem to be much simpler. Basic rules are common; the more restricted manoeuvering then you have the priority and the one on the right has the right of way (sailors call it "stand on"). As for airplanes, these two rules cover almost every case. On the other hand, for ships, there are some exceptions according to the sea area. I think this difference comes from the time before collisions. Pilots have a few seconds between recognition and collision, and sailors have much more time to decide what to do for collision avoidance.

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