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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : dfw|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : atp
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 180|
flight time total : 10000
flight time type : 2500
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : clearance|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
|Airport||other physical facility|
While taxiing south on the west inner taxiway at dfw airport, I taxied the aircraft onto the airport service road. There was no room to turn around, so I had to be escorted by security on the road to the other side of the airport. Security personnel said this happens quite often. There are no signs pointing to the runway, or telling you that the road is not a taxiway. There is an X painted on it, but it was covered up by ice! The airport plate does not show the road and one is led to believe it is part of the taxiway. Callback conversation with reporter revealed following information. Reporter was unfamiliar with dfw airport and somewhat confused by the complex of txwys and runways. Ice on untravelled spots was snow that had frozen, covering most painted markings. It was a long taxi on the airport service road to 31L.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA SMT TAXIED ONTO ARPT SERVICE ROAD LOOKING FOR RWY 31L AT DFW.
Narrative: WHILE TAXIING SOUTH ON THE WEST INNER TXWY AT DFW ARPT, I TAXIED THE ACFT ONTO THE ARPT SVC ROAD. THERE WAS NO ROOM TO TURN AROUND, SO I HAD TO BE ESCORTED BY SECURITY ON THE ROAD TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ARPT. SECURITY PERSONNEL SAID THIS HAPPENS QUITE OFTEN. THERE ARE NO SIGNS POINTING TO THE RWY, OR TELLING YOU THAT THE ROAD IS NOT A TXWY. THERE IS AN X PAINTED ON IT, BUT IT WAS COVERED UP BY ICE! THE ARPT PLATE DOES NOT SHOW THE ROAD AND ONE IS LED TO BELIEVE IT IS PART OF THE TXWY. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED FOLLOWING INFO. RPTR WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH DFW ARPT AND SOMEWHAT CONFUSED BY THE COMPLEX OF TXWYS AND RWYS. ICE ON UNTRAVELLED SPOTS WAS SNOW THAT HAD FROZEN, COVERING MOST PAINTED MARKINGS. IT WAS A LONG TAXI ON THE ARPT SVC ROAD TO 31L.
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.