Gliders and Radar

From: (Joe Curry)
Date:         07 Jul 96 14:09:01 
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I have just watched a UK programme that highlights the fact that gliders are
invisible to radar. Evidently there have been a number of near
misses, the most recent being an A310 out of MAN that had to go into
a dive to avoid a collision.

There is no legal enforcement for gliders to carry radios and ATC
have been badgering the CAA to act before a catastrophe takes place.

Surely a glider could be fitted with a radar reflector? Even if the
glider had radio contact with ATC, they would not be absolutely sure
of it,s position. What about hang gliders? All that lies between
safety and disaster is a piece of fabric and a body.

The same can be said about micro lights. Can they be detected on radar?

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