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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : sns|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 2 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : commercial
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 240|
flight time total : 1900
flight time type : 67
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : insufficient time|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
After establishing permission from ground control to taxi to runway 31, I started a left turn from my tie down spot and got centered on the taxiway. There was plenty of room to taxi in front of a parked small transport that was on the right of the taxiway. I got distracted from my taxiing duties and began an internal instrument scan and other checklist related items. I did not notice the airplane drift to the right. When I looked up I realized the collision course and hit the brakes too late. Right wing tip hit the nose cone of the small transport. I was 5 mins late (scheduled cargo operation) and thought I could save some time by performing pretkof check while taxiing. This is done often (including paperwork such as weight & balance, etc) by many of us to save time in otherwise very tight schedules and under lots of pressure; company policy (and good sense) prohibits any type of activity during taxi. The popular belief is that nothing will happen to you. I was an instrument for a long time and always insisted on extreme vigilance from my students (ironic). In my company we operated under excessive pressure from time schedules. If I had not let myself become so concerned over an extra few mins I would, most likely, not have attempted to do 2 things at the same time.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GND COLLISION BETWEEN TAXIING REPORTER ACFT AND PARKED UNATTENDED ACFT.
Narrative: AFTER ESTABLISHING PERMISSION FROM GND CTL TO TAXI TO RWY 31, I STARTED A LEFT TURN FROM MY TIE DOWN SPOT AND GOT CENTERED ON THE TXWY. THERE WAS PLENTY OF ROOM TO TAXI IN FRONT OF A PARKED SMT THAT WAS ON THE RIGHT OF THE TXWY. I GOT DISTRACTED FROM MY TAXIING DUTIES AND BEGAN AN INTERNAL INSTRUMENT SCAN AND OTHER CHKLIST RELATED ITEMS. I DID NOT NOTICE THE AIRPLANE DRIFT TO THE RIGHT. WHEN I LOOKED UP I REALIZED THE COLLISION COURSE AND HIT THE BRAKES TOO LATE. RIGHT WING TIP HIT THE NOSE CONE OF THE SMT. I WAS 5 MINS LATE (SCHEDULED CARGO OPERATION) AND THOUGHT I COULD SAVE SOME TIME BY PERFORMING PRETKOF CHK WHILE TAXIING. THIS IS DONE OFTEN (INCLUDING PAPERWORK SUCH AS WT & BAL, ETC) BY MANY OF US TO SAVE TIME IN OTHERWISE VERY TIGHT SCHEDULES AND UNDER LOTS OF PRESSURE; COMPANY POLICY (AND GOOD SENSE) PROHIBITS ANY TYPE OF ACTIVITY DURING TAXI. THE POPULAR BELIEF IS THAT NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO YOU. I WAS AN INSTR FOR A LONG TIME AND ALWAYS INSISTED ON EXTREME VIGILANCE FROM MY STUDENTS (IRONIC). IN MY COMPANY WE OPERATED UNDER EXCESSIVE PRESSURE FROM TIME SCHEDULES. IF I HAD NOT LET MYSELF BECOME SO CONCERNED OVER AN EXTRA FEW MINS I WOULD, MOST LIKELY, NOT HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DO 2 THINGS AT THE SAME TIME.
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.