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SEE AND AVOID
A means employed by ATC to separate aircraft in terminal areas and en route airspace in the NAS. There are two ways to effect this separation:
The tower controller sees the aircraft involved and issues instructions, as necessary, to ensure that the aircraft avoid each other.
A pilot sees the other aircraft involved and upon instructions from the controller provides his/her own separation by maneuvering his/her aircraft as necessary to avoid it. This may involve following another aircraft or keeping it in sight until it is no longer a factor.
source: FAA Pilot/Controller Glossary
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