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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : mhv|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 6500|
msl bound upper : 6500
|Controlling Facilities||tracon : edw|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 11|
flight time total : 260
flight time type : 212
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : approach|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited penetrated airspace|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
Departed mojave, ca, with 20 KT winds, gusting to 30 plus. On climb out, noticed VOR's not indicating properly. Set up VFR course following ca, highway 14 (I thought) towards palmdale, ca, and began to troubleshoot VOR settings while maintaining course during climb visually. On reaching 6500' MSL, I recycled all avionics, to include transponder, and began to get readings and obs deflections on tuning. Once over 'palmdale' I realized that I had followed the highway to edwards auxiliary north base rather than palmdale. I then climbed to 8500' and proceeded direct to the lancaster VOR and then the rest of the way to vny and eventually to long beach. This involved the incursion into the restr area 2515. This incident could have been avoided had I requested flight following from edwards immediately after lifting off of mojave but after getting bounced around quite a bit on takeoff and finding 'squirrelly vors' I spent too much time getting them working and insufficient time insuring my position. I did get my flight plan opened but that's as far as I got until realizing how far afield I had strayed.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA UNAUTH AND INADVERTENT PENETRATION OF R2515.
Narrative: DEPARTED MOJAVE, CA, WITH 20 KT WINDS, GUSTING TO 30 PLUS. ON CLBOUT, NOTICED VOR'S NOT INDICATING PROPERLY. SET UP VFR COURSE FOLLOWING CA, HIGHWAY 14 (I THOUGHT) TOWARDS PALMDALE, CA, AND BEGAN TO TROUBLESHOOT VOR SETTINGS WHILE MAINTAINING COURSE DURING CLB VISUALLY. ON REACHING 6500' MSL, I RECYCLED ALL AVIONICS, TO INCLUDE TRANSPONDER, AND BEGAN TO GET READINGS AND OBS DEFLECTIONS ON TUNING. ONCE OVER 'PALMDALE' I REALIZED THAT I HAD FOLLOWED THE HIGHWAY TO EDWARDS AUX N BASE RATHER THAN PALMDALE. I THEN CLBED TO 8500' AND PROCEEDED DIRECT TO THE LANCASTER VOR AND THEN THE REST OF THE WAY TO VNY AND EVENTUALLY TO LONG BEACH. THIS INVOLVED THE INCURSION INTO THE RESTR AREA 2515. THIS INCIDENT COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED HAD I REQUESTED FLT FOLLOWING FROM EDWARDS IMMEDIATELY AFTER LIFTING OFF OF MOJAVE BUT AFTER GETTING BOUNCED AROUND QUITE A BIT ON TKOF AND FINDING 'SQUIRRELLY VORS' I SPENT TOO MUCH TIME GETTING THEM WORKING AND INSUFFICIENT TIME INSURING MY POS. I DID GET MY FLT PLAN OPENED BUT THAT'S AS FAR AS I GOT UNTIL REALIZING HOW FAR AFIELD I HAD STRAYED.
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.