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    Re: Pilot avoids collision with Venus
    From: Gary LaPook
    Date: 2012 Apr 19, 00:21 -0700
    I remember a similar experience. i was getting sleepy as I was driving so I pulled into a rest area to take a nap. While I was asleep another car came and parked right in front of me and he had backed into the parking spot. When I woke up I saw the rear end of the car in front of me, I thought that I had dozed off while still driving and so I stomped on the brakes!


    So to avoid that shock in the future, when I take a nap I get into the passenger seat so when I wake up I'll know that I didn't fall asleep while driving.


    --- On Wed, 4/18/12, Ronald van Riet <ronald@van-riet.nl> wrote:

    From: Ronald van Riet <ronald@van-riet.nl>
    Subject: [NavList] Re: Pilot avoids collision with Venus
    To: NavList@fer3.com
    Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 11:28 PM

    Apparently when the pilot woke up, the TCAS alarm was on, informing him that another airplane was on a possible collision course. So, when he saw a light slightly higher, he decided to descend but then noticed that the TCAS instructed him to go higher, which he did. A perfectly normal reaction, I believe, I remember once dozing off in the passenger seat of a car and suddenly waking up, thinking I had dozed off behind the wheel and tried to grab the wheel in front of me (which wasn't there of course).

    If the people had been strapped in, they would not have gotten injured.

    The described scenario is impossible, since at least one pilot has to be in the cockpit at all times, and what's more, (s)he should be awake...

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