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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : 73j|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : tus|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Primary Problem||ATC Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|ATC Facility||other physical facility|
procedure or policy : unspecified
A potentially dangerous situation exists in the area covered by the beaufort, sc, approach/departure control area. Beaufort approach closes operations on holidays and other times west/O notice and west/O NOTAMS to FSS. Thus, a pilot flying IFR into 73J does not know until he arrives that there is no instrument approach available to him. The only approach at this airport is an ASR approach, which of course required ATC participation. The pilot is left at the most critical phase of flight west/O ATC assistance or advance warning. Pilots then have to get down the best way they can or go elsewhere.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: ATC FAC CLOSURE DURING HOLIDAYS AND OTHER TIMES RESTRICTS INSTRUMENT APCHS TO ARPT.
Narrative: A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION EXISTS IN THE AREA COVERED BY THE BEAUFORT, SC, APCH/DEP CTL AREA. BEAUFORT APCH CLOSES OPS ON HOLIDAYS AND OTHER TIMES W/O NOTICE AND W/O NOTAMS TO FSS. THUS, A PLT FLYING IFR INTO 73J DOES NOT KNOW UNTIL HE ARRIVES THAT THERE IS NO INSTRUMENT APCH AVAILABLE TO HIM. THE ONLY APCH AT THIS ARPT IS AN ASR APCH, WHICH OF COURSE REQUIRED ATC PARTICIPATION. THE PLT IS LEFT AT THE MOST CRITICAL PHASE OF FLT W/O ATC ASSISTANCE OR ADVANCE WARNING. PLTS THEN HAVE TO GET DOWN THE BEST WAY THEY CAN OR GO ELSEWHERE.
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.