posted on Apr, 13 2011 @ 09:26 PM
reply to post by Stewie
no they can't - that is why the US has a FEDERAL Aviation Administration, and not a CIVIL one.
the USA used to have a seperate civil aviation authority, but a series of military/civilian crashes showed hte need for a single over-arching air
traffic control authority.
Eg see United Airlines flight 736
So in the USA the Military have to obey Air Traffic rules while in controlled airspace jsut like everyone else.
They do have an option to declare a "due regard" operation or a MASRA when in close proximity to each otehr such as formation flying - especially
aerobatic displays and refueling - but even then the law covering it is in hte FAA's rules -
"Due regard" is also covered by FAA ATC rules - specifically FAA Order 7110.65
PDF) - note that in order to operate under "Due regard" the flight must still:
Operate under at least one of the following conditions:
(a) In visual meteorological conditions (VMC); or
(b) Wthin radar surveillance and radio communications of a surface radar facility; or
(c) Be equipped with airborne radar that is sufficient to provide separation between his/her
aircraft and any other aircraft he/she may be controlling and other aircraft; or
(d) Operate within Class G airspace.
(e) An understanding between the pilot and controller regarding the intent of the pilot and the
status of the flight should be arrived at before the aircraft leaves ATC frequency.
1. A pilot's use of the phrase “Going Tactical” does not indicate “Due Regard.” An understanding between the
pilot and controller regarding the intent of the pilot and the status of the flight should be arrived at before the aircraft leaves air traffic
control (ATC) frequency.
2. The above conditions provide for a level of safety equivalent to that normally given by International Civil
Aviation Organization (ICAO) ATC agencies and fulfills U.S. Government obligations under Article 3 of the
Chicago Convention of 1944 (Reference (d)), which stipulates there must be “due regard for the safety of
navigation of civil aircraft” when flight is not being conducted under ICAO flight procedures.
and of course even if what you say was true in the USA, which I hope you now realise it is not), it is still not true in (at least) most foreign
countries where the USAF may operate under the rules of those countries.
edit on 13-4-2011 by Aloysius the Gaul because: Link to an actual military/civilian collision