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TCAS is an electronic eye in the sky which does provide a big safety net in the cruise. However, when there is a closing speed of ca. 1000 mph, there is very little the human eye or reactions can do, especially if the aircraft is closing from above or below (as opposed to the level flight).

As with anything electronic, you have to have trust in your instruments, but still back those up with you own intuition. There is nothing stopping any pilot from removing window coverings, in bright sunlight or night, from time to time to take a look, it’s called good airmanship.

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