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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : tcl|
|Altitude||msl bound lower : 1300|
msl bound upper : 1500
|Controlling Facilities||tower : tcl|
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||cruise other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : cfi|
pilot : commercial
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 1200
flight time type : 1050
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : local|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
other other : unspecified cockpit
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : exited adverse environment|
|Consequence||faa : assigned or threatened penalties|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I was flying a photographer over the university of alabama stadium at various altitudes. We had agreed to photo at 1000 ft above the stadium. A police helicopter reported on the tower frequency that if I did not stay above 1000 ft he would cite me. At that point I looked again at my altimeter, which read 1300 ft. However, I went up to 1500 ft. When I arrived back at the airport, I was advised by the tower that someone from the FSDO in birmingham was at the stadium and thought I was too low. They said he wanted my name and certificate number, which I gave to them. Also, I did have the current altimeter setting.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMA ACFT ON PHOTOGRAPHIC MISSION ALLEGEDLY FLEW TOO LOW OVER STADIUM.
Narrative: I WAS FLYING A PHOTOGRAPHER OVER THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA STADIUM AT VARIOUS ALTS. WE HAD AGREED TO PHOTO AT 1000 FT ABOVE THE STADIUM. A POLICE HELI RPTED ON THE TWR FREQ THAT IF I DID NOT STAY ABOVE 1000 FT HE WOULD CITE ME. AT THAT POINT I LOOKED AGAIN AT MY ALTIMETER, WHICH READ 1300 FT. HOWEVER, I WENT UP TO 1500 FT. WHEN I ARRIVED BACK AT THE ARPT, I WAS ADVISED BY THE TWR THAT SOMEONE FROM THE FSDO IN BIRMINGHAM WAS AT THE STADIUM AND THOUGHT I WAS TOO LOW. THEY SAID HE WANTED MY NAME AND CERTIFICATE NUMBER, WHICH I GAVE TO THEM. ALSO, I DID HAVE THE CURRENT ALTIMETER SETTING.
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.