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|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : als|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 13000|
msl bound upper : 13000
|Controlling Facilities||artcc : zdv|
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, Low Wing, 1 Eng, Retractable Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : intermediate altitude|
|Route In Use||departure other|
enroute airway : zdv
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 50|
flight time total : 2000
flight time type : 135
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : radar|
|Qualification||controller : radar|
|Anomaly||conflict : airborne less severe|
non adherence : required legal separation
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I called for my IFR clearance from the ground at the uncontrolled airport in alamosa, co, and was told to expect my clearance in approximately 1 min. I elected to begin the flight and remain VFR until the clearance was received to improve radio reception. Within 300 ft of takeoff roll, center called with the clearance. My son (private pilot, non instrument rated, 95 hours total time) wrote down the clearance, 'cleared to the alamosa VORTAC, climb and maintain 13000, call departing alamosa'. I read back the clearance and announced off of alamosa. Center asked me to say again and I repeated my call. They did not acknowledge I was off alamosa. The VORTAC is only 5.2 NM from the airport and there were no holding instructions provided. I was preoccupied by a red line oil temperature gauge. I was maintaining a steep angle of climb to reach altitude quickly since we were in the clouds in mountainous terrain. Upon passing the VOR I turned slightly left to join V83, my flight plan route. Center called for my position, reminded me I was cleared only to the VORTAC and gave me an immediate right turn to 240 degree for separation from traffic above me at 13500. The controller asked me why I did not call off. I was cleared to continue to colorado springs via flight plan route. Corrective actions: from the pilot's perspective, I should have waited on the ground for my clearance. There was no reason to hurry. Upon crossing the VOR, I should have notified center of my position and they would have issued instructions. I should have challenged the clearance given the extremely short distance and asked for instructions and expect further clearance time. Lastly, I should have requested acknowledgement from center that I was off the ground. From the controller's perspective, a clearance probably should not have been issued with a limit so close to the airport. Since it was issued (and accepted) it should have included instructions at the clearance limit. The controller should have acknowledged the pilot's call off alamosa (the call was repeated twice).
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMA RECEIVED INFLT CLRNC ON TKOF ROLL AT ALS, FAILED TO HOLD AT VOR PER CLRNC.
Narrative: I CALLED FOR MY IFR CLRNC FROM THE GND AT THE UNCTLED ARPT IN ALAMOSA, CO, AND WAS TOLD TO EXPECT MY CLRNC IN APPROX 1 MIN. I ELECTED TO BEGIN THE FLT AND REMAIN VFR UNTIL THE CLRNC WAS RECEIVED TO IMPROVE RADIO RECEPTION. WITHIN 300 FT OF TKOF ROLL, CENTER CALLED WITH THE CLRNC. MY SON (PRIVATE PLT, NON INST RATED, 95 HRS TOTAL TIME) WROTE DOWN THE CLRNC, 'CLRED TO THE ALAMOSA VORTAC, CLB AND MAINTAIN 13000, CALL DEPARTING ALAMOSA'. I READ BACK THE CLRNC AND ANNOUNCED OFF OF ALAMOSA. CENTER ASKED ME TO SAY AGAIN AND I REPEATED MY CALL. THEY DID NOT ACKNOWLEDGE I WAS OFF ALAMOSA. THE VORTAC IS ONLY 5.2 NM FROM THE ARPT AND THERE WERE NO HOLDING INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED. I WAS PREOCCUPIED BY A RED LINE OIL TEMP GAUGE. I WAS MAINTAINING A STEEP ANGLE OF CLB TO REACH ALT QUICKLY SINCE WE WERE IN THE CLOUDS IN MOUNTAINOUS TERRAIN. UPON PASSING THE VOR I TURNED SLIGHTLY L TO JOIN V83, MY FLT PLAN RTE. CENTER CALLED FOR MY POS, REMINDED ME I WAS CLRED ONLY TO THE VORTAC AND GAVE ME AN IMMEDIATE R TURN TO 240 DEG FOR SEPARATION FROM TFC ABOVE ME AT 13500. THE CTLR ASKED ME WHY I DID NOT CALL OFF. I WAS CLRED TO CONTINUE TO COLORADO SPRINGS VIA FLT PLAN RTE. CORRECTIVE ACTIONS: FROM THE PLT'S PERSPECTIVE, I SHOULD HAVE WAITED ON THE GND FOR MY CLRNC. THERE WAS NO REASON TO HURRY. UPON XING THE VOR, I SHOULD HAVE NOTIFIED CENTER OF MY POS AND THEY WOULD HAVE ISSUED INSTRUCTIONS. I SHOULD HAVE CHALLENGED THE CLRNC GIVEN THE EXTREMELY SHORT DISTANCE AND ASKED FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND EXPECT FURTHER CLRNC TIME. LASTLY, I SHOULD HAVE REQUESTED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FROM CENTER THAT I WAS OFF THE GND. FROM THE CTLR'S PERSPECTIVE, A CLRNC PROBABLY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITH A LIMIT SO CLOSE TO THE ARPT. SINCE IT WAS ISSUED (AND ACCEPTED) IT SHOULD HAVE INCLUDED INSTRUCTIONS AT THE CLRNC LIMIT. THE CTLR SHOULD HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED THE PLT'S CALL OFF ALAMOSA (THE CALL WAS REPEATED TWICE).
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.