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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : bna|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 3000|
msl bound upper : 5000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bna|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Route In Use||enroute : on vectors|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 80|
flight time total : 8300
flight time type : 40
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : departure|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||altitude deviation : undershoot|
other anomaly other
other spatial deviation
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||controller : issued new clearance|
flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Departure clearance to 4000', leveled off at 3000' for about 3 minutes, distrs from passenger. Was on top of cloud deck. Departure gave heading change I never heard nor responded to. After a period that seemed too long on that heading, I called ATC to insure they wanted me on 070 degree heading, he said no, that he'd given a turn to 150 degree heading then added to climb to 5000'. At that time I noticed I was only at 3000', climbed to 5000' immediately. No mention was made of altitude being at 3000'., nor one of any conflict, which is not surprising since arrs were coming in from the south, departure to the north. When my passenger started to interrupt I should have turned on the autoplt and altitude select on, and certainly even more so told them to shut up! Though only at 3000' for a short period of time, leveling off at anything but 4000' was less than desirable. To allow such a thing to occur!!
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ALT AND HEADING DEVIATION. PASSENGER DISTRACTION.
Narrative: DEP CLRNC TO 4000', LEVELED OFF AT 3000' FOR ABOUT 3 MINUTES, DISTRS FROM PAX. WAS ON TOP OF CLOUD DECK. DEP GAVE HDG CHANGE I NEVER HEARD NOR RESPONDED TO. AFTER A PERIOD THAT SEEMED TOO LONG ON THAT HDG, I CALLED ATC TO INSURE THEY WANTED ME ON 070 DEG HDG, HE SAID NO, THAT HE'D GIVEN A TURN TO 150 DEG HDG THEN ADDED TO CLB TO 5000'. AT THAT TIME I NOTICED I WAS ONLY AT 3000', CLBED TO 5000' IMMEDIATELY. NO MENTION WAS MADE OF ALT BEING AT 3000'., NOR ONE OF ANY CONFLICT, WHICH IS NOT SURPRISING SINCE ARRS WERE COMING IN FROM THE S, DEP TO THE N. WHEN MY PAX STARTED TO INTERRUPT I SHOULD HAVE TURNED ON THE AUTOPLT AND ALT SELECT ON, AND CERTAINLY EVEN MORE SO TOLD THEM TO SHUT UP! THOUGH ONLY AT 3000' FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, LEVELING OFF AT ANYTHING BUT 4000' WAS LESS THAN DESIRABLE. TO ALLOW SUCH A THING TO OCCUR!!
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.