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Mid-Air Collision Avoidance (MACA)

The Tampa Bay Region is home to numerous airfields including: Tampa International (TPA), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International (PIE), Tampa Executive (VDF), Peter O. Knight (TPF), Albert Whitted (SPG), and MacDill Air Force Base (MCF).  Military flying activity in the area is quite busy and MacDill routinely hosts aircraft varying greatly in size and performance.  MacDill AFB is home to the USAF KC-135, C-37 (Gulfstream V) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) aircraft. Additionally a wide variety of fighter and cargo Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and other civilian aircraft regularly visit for training.

As a result there are times when the MacDill traffic pattern is saturated with many different types of aircraft.  All flyers, whether military or civilian, must remain aware of the potential for mid-air collisions.  Through education, awareness, and application of the "See and Avoid" concept, we can all share the skies of Tampa Bay more safely.

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