Does ATC have to separate VFR a/c?

I am reasing the 7110.65S and was under the impression that the approach controller does not have to separate VFR a/c from one another. However, in section 7-7 TRSA-Terminal it says that they must be separated by 500 ft vertically in TRSA. Is this the case onlt in TRSA, or is this the case in B, C, & E as well?

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  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Section 8. Class C Service- Terminal

    7-8-3. SEPARATION

    Separate VFR aircraft from IFR aircraft by any one of

    the following:

    a. Visual separation as specified in para 7-2-1,

    Visual Separation, para 7-4-2, Vectors for Visual

    Approach, and para 7-6-7, Sequencing.

    NOTEIssue

    wake turbulence cautionary advisories in accordance

    with para 2-1-20, Wake Turbulence Cautionary

    Advisories.

    b. 500 feet vertical separation;

    c. Target resolution when using broadband radar

    systems. The application of target resolution at

    locations not using broadband radar will be

    individually approved by the Director of Terminal

    Safety and Operations Support.

    NOTEApply

    the provisions of para 5-5-4, Minima, when wake

    turbulence separation is required.

    Section 9. Class B Service Area- Terminal

    7-9-4. SEPARATION

    b. VFR aircraft shall be separated from VFR/IFR

    aircraft that weigh more than 19,000 pounds and

    turbojets by no less than:

    1. 1 1/2 miles separation, or

    2. 500 feet vertical separation, or

    NOTEApply

    the provisions of para 5-5-4, Minima, when wake

    turbulence separation is required.

    3. Visual separation, as specified in para 7-2-1,

    Visual Separation, para 7-4-2, Vectors for Visual

    Approach, and para 7-6-7, Sequencing.

    c. VFR aircraft shall be separated from all

    VFR/IFR aircraft which weigh 19,000 pounds or less

    by a minimum of:

    1. Target resolution, or

    2. 500 feet vertical separation, or

    NOTE-

    1. Apply the provisions of para 5-5-4, Minima, when

    wake turbulence separation is required.

    2. Aircraft weighing 19,000 pounds or less include all

    aircraft in SRS Categories I and II plus G73, STAR, S601,

    BE30, SW3, B190 and C212.

    3. Visual separation, as specified in para 7-2-1,

    Visual Separation, para 7-4-2, Vectors for Visual

    Approach, and para 7-6-7, Sequencing.

  • 1 decade ago

    ATC is only responsible for VFR/VFR separation in class B airspace. In the TSRA, ATC wll provide separation between all participating aircraft, both VFR and IFR. In other areas ATC will provide traffic advisories workload permitting, but it is the PIC's responsibility to maintain visual separation.

    Source(s): Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here is a good thread on IFR/VFR Aircraft I found

    http://www.stuckmic.com/rules-regulations-faa/394-...

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