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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : opl|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : atp
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 4030
flight time type : 300
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||conflict : ground critical|
incursion : runway
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
|Miss Distance||unspecified : 15|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
I was pilot and sole occupant of small transport aircraft at the opelousas, la, airport (opl) when my near miss occurred. As I was on takeoff roll on runway 35, out of nowhere came a white, male, approximately 35-38 yrs of age on a bike coming head-on right at me and just to the left. I had no time to react except to continue my rotation and departure. The last thing I saw was him stopping his bike to my left and watch as my left wingtip missed his head 10-15'. This airport has no security whatsoever and not only is it uncontrolled, but anything (person or animal) can just walk or drive onto the active runways easily.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMT ON TKOF AT UNSECURED ARPT BARELY MISSED A CYCLIST ON THE RWY AS ACFT WAS ROTATED FOR TKOF.
Narrative: I WAS PLT AND SOLE OCCUPANT OF SMT ACFT AT THE OPELOUSAS, LA, ARPT (OPL) WHEN MY NEAR MISS OCCURRED. AS I WAS ON TKOF ROLL ON RWY 35, OUT OF NOWHERE CAME A WHITE, MALE, APPROX 35-38 YRS OF AGE ON A BIKE COMING HEAD-ON RIGHT AT ME AND JUST TO THE LEFT. I HAD NO TIME TO REACT EXCEPT TO CONTINUE MY ROTATION AND DEP. THE LAST THING I SAW WAS HIM STOPPING HIS BIKE TO MY LEFT AND WATCH AS MY LEFT WINGTIP MISSED HIS HEAD 10-15'. THIS ARPT HAS NO SECURITY WHATSOEVER AND NOT ONLY IS IT UNCONTROLLED, BUT ANYTHING (PERSON OR ANIMAL) CAN JUST WALK OR DRIVE ONTO THE ACTIVE RWYS EASILY.
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.