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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : pit|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : instrument|
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : atp
pilot : commercial
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 210|
flight time total : 11500
flight time type : 3000
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
other anomaly other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : anomaly accepted|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||other physical facility|
On taxiout for takeoff at pit we were assigned runway 28L, which is not the usual runway for takeoff. I looked at the 20-9 page, airport diagram, and remarked to the first officer that the taxi would be a straight shot down taxiway tango. On leaving ramp area outer taxiway, however, I saw grass ahead and braked hard to make an unforeseen jog over to taxiway tango. The conditions were late twilight and clear. Things outside were gray. The taxi lines were faded. This type aircraft has taxi lights aiming slightly left and right, leaving somewhat of a black hole straight ahead. The 20-9 page does not make clear that there is a jog on this route. At the dead end there are no visibility warnings. I recommend pit install a reflective barrier/some kind of lighting, that the 20-9 page be revised to more accurately show the jog, and that the taxi lines be painted often. Occurrences like this point out that we must be constantly vigilant, but more so when in unfamiliar places.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: CAPT OF MLG TAXIING BRAKED TO AVOID EXCURSION FROM JOG IN TXWY.
Narrative: ON TAXIOUT FOR TKOF AT PIT WE WERE ASSIGNED RWY 28L, WHICH IS NOT THE USUAL RWY FOR TKOF. I LOOKED AT THE 20-9 PAGE, ARPT DIAGRAM, AND REMARKED TO THE F/O THAT THE TAXI WOULD BE A STRAIGHT SHOT DOWN TXWY TANGO. ON LEAVING RAMP AREA OUTER TXWY, HOWEVER, I SAW GRASS AHEAD AND BRAKED HARD TO MAKE AN UNFORESEEN JOG OVER TO TXWY TANGO. THE CONDITIONS WERE LATE TWILIGHT AND CLEAR. THINGS OUTSIDE WERE GRAY. THE TAXI LINES WERE FADED. THIS TYPE ACFT HAS TAXI LIGHTS AIMING SLIGHTLY LEFT AND RIGHT, LEAVING SOMEWHAT OF A BLACK HOLE STRAIGHT AHEAD. THE 20-9 PAGE DOES NOT MAKE CLEAR THAT THERE IS A JOG ON THIS RTE. AT THE DEAD END THERE ARE NO VIS WARNINGS. I RECOMMEND PIT INSTALL A REFLECTIVE BARRIER/SOME KIND OF LIGHTING, THAT THE 20-9 PAGE BE REVISED TO MORE ACCURATELY SHOW THE JOG, AND THAT THE TAXI LINES BE PAINTED OFTEN. OCCURRENCES LIKE THIS POINT OUT THAT WE MUST BE CONSTANTLY VIGILANT, BUT MORE SO WHEN IN UNFAMILIAR PLACES.
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.