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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : bwi|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 2000|
msl bound upper : 2000
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : bwi|
tower : bdr
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 40|
flight time total : 650
flight time type : 50
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : became reoriented|
flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course
flight crew : exited penetrated airspace
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
While on a VFR trip from salisbury, md, to york, PA, I mistook a VFR landmark and inadvertently entered the bwi arsa. I was called out of bed to go on this trip (with 20 mins from phone call to airport arrival). The plane was ready and I jumped in and estimated my course en route. I flew north on a course of 355 degrees at 2000' MSL to avoid strong northeast winds at altitude. I reached what I believed was the elk neck peninsula in the northern chesapeake bay (a point at which R4001A is cleared and a turn to a westerly direction is permissible). I turned to a heading of 300 degrees to navigation toward york. I must have misjudged my landmarks and the winds in part due to haze, fatigue and ill preparation. I therefore turned too soon and penetrated the bwi arsa and possible R4001B before I realized my mistake. I was not in radio contact with bwi since I anticipated being well to the northeast of the arsa. I reoriented myself to the westminster VOR and continued northward from the VOR. The flight was safely and uneventfully terminated at york airport.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA GA VFR FLT. NO FLT PLAN. PLT THINKS MAY HAVE PENETRATED ARSA AND RESTRICTED AREA. NO CONFLICTS.
Narrative: WHILE ON A VFR TRIP FROM SALISBURY, MD, TO YORK, PA, I MISTOOK A VFR LANDMARK AND INADVERTENTLY ENTERED THE BWI ARSA. I WAS CALLED OUT OF BED TO GO ON THIS TRIP (WITH 20 MINS FROM PHONE CALL TO ARPT ARR). THE PLANE WAS READY AND I JUMPED IN AND ESTIMATED MY COURSE ENRTE. I FLEW N ON A COURSE OF 355 DEGS AT 2000' MSL TO AVOID STRONG NE WINDS AT ALT. I REACHED WHAT I BELIEVED WAS THE ELK NECK PENINSULA IN THE NORTHERN CHESAPEAKE BAY (A POINT AT WHICH R4001A IS CLRED AND A TURN TO A WESTERLY DIRECTION IS PERMISSIBLE). I TURNED TO A HDG OF 300 DEGS TO NAV TOWARD YORK. I MUST HAVE MISJUDGED MY LANDMARKS AND THE WINDS IN PART DUE TO HAZE, FATIGUE AND ILL PREPARATION. I THEREFORE TURNED TOO SOON AND PENETRATED THE BWI ARSA AND POSSIBLE R4001B BEFORE I REALIZED MY MISTAKE. I WAS NOT IN RADIO CONTACT WITH BWI SINCE I ANTICIPATED BEING WELL TO THE NE OF THE ARSA. I REORIENTED MYSELF TO THE WESTMINSTER VOR AND CONTINUED NORTHWARD FROM THE VOR. THE FLT WAS SAFELY AND UNEVENTFULLY TERMINATED AT YORK ARPT.
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.