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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : 4j6|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 1000|
agl bound upper : 1000
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 60|
flight time total : 250
flight time type : 150
|Function||observation : passenger|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||other anomaly other|
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
other other : unspecified
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : returned to intended course or assigned course|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
I was doing touch-and-goes at the airport at night. The area they don't want you to fly in is clearly lighted at night. When the plane was going from left downwind to left base. As soon as the wings were level the spot light was turned on. This was my third landing that night and I was no where near the area. I was announcing my position on the unicom frequency 122.8. I blocked the light with the wing by going into a left bank, turning final and landing. If the base had a radio to listen, they would have known I wasn't a threat. If there was a student pilot with a high wing aircraft and low timed they might have been night blinded and there might have been an accident as a result. Something needs to be done about this. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information. Reporter states this is an area of missile storage and silos which may explain extreme actions of marines. Several pilots have talked to people on the base regarding the safety factors. Rptrs father knows base commander and has discussed the problem with him. Airport manager took commander on a flight to show where traffic pattern is and that it does not come into area pilots are requested to remain clear of. Commander says he will wait for FAA to say something. Reporter knows where area is, it is well lit and easy to avoid as he was doing. For some time this had been a frequent occurrence with local pilots. Reporter feels strongly that marines should be able to listen to unicom and would then know intentions of aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA IN PATTERN DOING TOUCH AND GOES. SPOTLIGHT AIMED AT ACFT FROM NEARBY BASE WITH MARINE GUARDS.
Narrative: I WAS DOING TOUCH-AND-GOES AT THE ARPT AT NIGHT. THE AREA THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO FLY IN IS CLRLY LIGHTED AT NIGHT. WHEN THE PLANE WAS GOING FROM L DOWNWIND TO L BASE. AS SOON AS THE WINGS WERE LEVEL THE SPOT LIGHT WAS TURNED ON. THIS WAS MY THIRD LNDG THAT NIGHT AND I WAS NO WHERE NEAR THE AREA. I WAS ANNOUNCING MY POS ON THE UNICOM FREQ 122.8. I BLOCKED THE LIGHT WITH THE WING BY GOING INTO A L BANK, TURNING FINAL AND LNDG. IF THE BASE HAD A RADIO TO LISTEN, THEY WOULD HAVE KNOWN I WASN'T A THREAT. IF THERE WAS A STUDENT PLT WITH A HIGH WING ACFT AND LOW TIMED THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN NIGHT BLINDED AND THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN AN ACCIDENT AS A RESULT. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO. RPTR STATES THIS IS AN AREA OF MISSILE STORAGE AND SILOS WHICH MAY EXPLAIN EXTREME ACTIONS OF MARINES. SEVERAL PLTS HAVE TALKED TO PEOPLE ON THE BASE REGARDING THE SAFETY FACTORS. RPTRS FATHER KNOWS BASE COMMANDER AND HAS DISCUSSED THE PROB WITH HIM. ARPT MGR TOOK COMMANDER ON A FLT TO SHOW WHERE TFC PATTERN IS AND THAT IT DOES NOT COME INTO AREA PLTS ARE REQUESTED TO REMAIN CLR OF. COMMANDER SAYS HE WILL WAIT FOR FAA TO SAY SOMETHING. RPTR KNOWS WHERE AREA IS, IT IS WELL LIT AND EASY TO AVOID AS HE WAS DOING. FOR SOME TIME THIS HAD BEEN A FREQUENT OCCURRENCE WITH LCL PLTS. RPTR FEELS STRONGLY THAT MARINES SHOULD BE ABLE TO LISTEN TO UNICOM AND WOULD THEN KNOW INTENTIONS OF ACFT.
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.