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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : lax|
airport : toa
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 3500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : lax|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 2100
flight time type : 300
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : published procedure|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Consequence||faa : investigated|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Intended to transit the lax TCA in the special flight rules corridor from smo to toa (destination) at 3500'. Over smo discovered that toa ATIS didn't mention 3500' scattered broken clouds (they were calling the ceiling 5000'). I wanted to descend, but this required calling lax approach to get clearance down the shoreline route. Told him I was over smo. By the time he called back with a clearance I was over lax on the shoreline at 3500' (which is in the sfr area). He busted me for a TCA incursion, because he thought I was in the shoreline route portion of the TCA. I was so upset by this, plus copying down the RAPCON supervisor's phone #, that I did deviate below 3500' (thinking of $3000 lawyer bills). Problem was caused by the controller expecting me to stay over smo while clearance was gotten, but instead I flew into the sfr area, intending to descend into the shoreline route. In hindsight, I should have told him this in the beginning more explicitly. Additional contributing factor: he wasn't picking up my mode C or transponder squawk (even though I had flown the route IFR, cancelling on the vny ILS to proceed VFR, west/O any center complaints about my transponder).
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMA UNAUTH PENETRATION LAX TCA.
Narrative: INTENDED TO TRANSIT THE LAX TCA IN THE SPECIAL FLT RULES CORRIDOR FROM SMO TO TOA (DEST) AT 3500'. OVER SMO DISCOVERED THAT TOA ATIS DIDN'T MENTION 3500' SCATTERED BROKEN CLOUDS (THEY WERE CALLING THE CEILING 5000'). I WANTED TO DSND, BUT THIS REQUIRED CALLING LAX APCH TO GET CLRNC DOWN THE SHORELINE ROUTE. TOLD HIM I WAS OVER SMO. BY THE TIME HE CALLED BACK WITH A CLRNC I WAS OVER LAX ON THE SHORELINE AT 3500' (WHICH IS IN THE SFR AREA). HE BUSTED ME FOR A TCA INCURSION, BECAUSE HE THOUGHT I WAS IN THE SHORELINE ROUTE PORTION OF THE TCA. I WAS SO UPSET BY THIS, PLUS COPYING DOWN THE RAPCON SUPVR'S PHONE #, THAT I DID DEVIATE BELOW 3500' (THINKING OF $3000 LAWYER BILLS). PROB WAS CAUSED BY THE CTLR EXPECTING ME TO STAY OVER SMO WHILE CLRNC WAS GOTTEN, BUT INSTEAD I FLEW INTO THE SFR AREA, INTENDING TO DSND INTO THE SHORELINE ROUTE. IN HINDSIGHT, I SHOULD HAVE TOLD HIM THIS IN THE BEGINNING MORE EXPLICITLY. ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTING FACTOR: HE WASN'T PICKING UP MY MODE C OR XPONDER SQUAWK (EVEN THOUGH I HAD FLOWN THE ROUTE IFR, CANCELLING ON THE VNY ILS TO PROCEED VFR, W/O ANY CENTER COMPLAINTS ABOUT MY XPONDER).
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.