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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : 3ck|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 890|
msl bound upper : 2300
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||descent : approach|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 20|
flight time total : 240
flight time type : 90
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
While flying as safety pilot during a simulated instrument approach to lake in the hills airport (3CK), a well-lit street was observed just west of cary, il, in a subdivision. This street is aligned with the approach course, 2.3 NM from the actual runway. Since 3CK uses low intensity runway lights, in low visibility conditions a pilot unfamiliar with 3CK and not xchking with DME or LORAN, might mistake this street for the actual runway, with disastrous results. Suggest note be added to VOR 26 approach plate. Other possible solution would be to add runway strobe lights to 3CK runway 26, to further differentiate it from this nearby street.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: BRIGHT STREET LIGHTS PARALLEL APCH COURSE, BUT 2 PT 3 MILES FROM RWY.
Narrative: WHILE FLYING AS SAFETY PLT DURING A SIMULATED INSTRUMENT APCH TO LAKE IN THE HILLS ARPT (3CK), A WELL-LIT STREET WAS OBSERVED JUST W OF CARY, IL, IN A SUBDIVISION. THIS STREET IS ALIGNED WITH THE APCH COURSE, 2.3 NM FROM THE ACTUAL RWY. SINCE 3CK USES LOW INTENSITY RWY LIGHTS, IN LOW VISIBILITY CONDITIONS A PLT UNFAMILIAR WITH 3CK AND NOT XCHKING WITH DME OR LORAN, MIGHT MISTAKE THIS STREET FOR THE ACTUAL RWY, WITH DISASTROUS RESULTS. SUGGEST NOTE BE ADDED TO VOR 26 APCH PLATE. OTHER POSSIBLE SOLUTION WOULD BE TO ADD RWY STROBE LIGHTS TO 3CK RWY 26, TO FURTHER DIFFERENTIATE IT FROM THIS NEARBY STREET.
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.