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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : bna|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air taxi|
|Make Model Name||Small Transport, Low Wing, 2 Recip Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : cfi
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 200|
flight time total : 2200
flight time type : 120
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Poor ground visibility created difficulty in taxiing for many aircraft that night. As I approached runway 31 I understood the controller to say 'turn right next intersection and cross 31.' the term 'hold short' was not used. A couple of mins later I heard an airplane ask what had crossed his runway. I had trouble identifying my next turn as the strobes that are normally on at 20C were off. My first taxi clearance from the end of 2L was to 'taxi on bravo but hold short of 2R.' this should have been 2C. Pilot fatigue may have played a part. It was near the end of a long week and had I been sharper I may have noticed an inappropriate crossing clearance. I was 100% sure that I had been cleared to cross the runway with the words 'cross 31' or 'do now cross 31', at the time. Better pilot training in taxi operations is, I believe, needed. Too many people learn to fly at smaller airports where the acquisition of taxiing orientation is not stressed. Also, only the term 'hold short' should be used to stop an aircraft at a runway intersection. The fog and poor visibility plus a fogged windshield were an important factor. I will in the future be even more careful about questioning instructions and asking for taxi help if not positive.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF ATX CARGO FLT TAXIING AT BNA BELIEVES HE IS CLEARED TO CROSS RWY 31, WHEN IN FACT, HE WAS NOT.
Narrative: POOR GND VISIBILITY CREATED DIFFICULTY IN TAXIING FOR MANY ACFT THAT NIGHT. AS I APCHED RWY 31 I UNDERSTOOD THE CTLR TO SAY 'TURN RIGHT NEXT INTXN AND CROSS 31.' THE TERM 'HOLD SHORT' WAS NOT USED. A COUPLE OF MINS LATER I HEARD AN AIRPLANE ASK WHAT HAD CROSSED HIS RWY. I HAD TROUBLE IDENTIFYING MY NEXT TURN AS THE STROBES THAT ARE NORMALLY ON AT 20C WERE OFF. MY FIRST TAXI CLRNC FROM THE END OF 2L WAS TO 'TAXI ON BRAVO BUT HOLD SHORT OF 2R.' THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN 2C. PLT FATIGUE MAY HAVE PLAYED A PART. IT WAS NEAR THE END OF A LONG WEEK AND HAD I BEEN SHARPER I MAY HAVE NOTICED AN INAPPROPRIATE XING CLRNC. I WAS 100% SURE THAT I HAD BEEN CLRED TO CROSS THE RWY WITH THE WORDS 'CROSS 31' OR 'DO NOW CROSS 31', AT THE TIME. BETTER PLT TRAINING IN TAXI OPERATIONS IS, I BELIEVE, NEEDED. TOO MANY PEOPLE LEARN TO FLY AT SMALLER ARPTS WHERE THE ACQUISITION OF TAXIING ORIENTATION IS NOT STRESSED. ALSO, ONLY THE TERM 'HOLD SHORT' SHOULD BE USED TO STOP AN ACFT AT A RWY INTXN. THE FOG AND POOR VISIBILITY PLUS A FOGGED WINDSHIELD WERE AN IMPORTANT FACTOR. I WILL IN THE FUTURE BE EVEN MORE CAREFUL ABOUT QUESTIONING INSTRUCTIONS AND ASKING FOR TAXI HELP IF NOT POSITIVE.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 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.