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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : ack|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : personal|
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||oversight : supervisor|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||incursion : runway|
non adherence : clearance
|Independent Detector||other controllera|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Consequence||faa : reviewed incident with flight crew|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
I received IFR clearance and taxi instructions from ack tower. I proceeded to taxi on the outer taxiway according to instructions to what I thought was to be the takeoff point, taxiway alpha and runway 24. From ack ATIS I knew that 33 was the active landing runway and 24 was the active takeoff runway. As I was taxiing close to 15/33 I was paying more attention to what was happening on that aircraft runway since I would be crossing it. A twin had landed and was taxiing towards the inner taxiway and I could see another aircraft out on final. I crossed the end of 33 about the time that the twin turned off on the inner taxiway and proceeded to the beginning of 24, where I thought that taxiway alpha was. I did my runup and pretkof checks and called ack tower. Ack tower instructed me to call them upon arrival at my destination. I asked if there was a problem and they said it would be discussed on the phone. Finally I realized that I was not at the intersection of taxiway alpha and runway 24. Taxiway alpha was on the south side of 15/33. There was no incident or aircraft coming anywhere near each other as a result of my crossing 15/33 when I actually was not cleared to do so. Contributing factors, perceptions, assumptions: I assumed that taxiway alpha was at the beginning of runway 24. I fly into teterboro where this is the case (taxiway alpha intersects with runway 24). I never saw the taxiway alpha sign which I must have passed when I was more concerned with what was happening on 15/33. I have not yet been back to ack but I am curious why I missed the alpha sign and if it is not as visible from the outer taxiway. I almost always ask confirmation to cross a runway before I do so. The twin taxiing on 15/33 reinforced my belief that going across was ok. If I'm not sure where I am supposed to go on an airport I stop and ask. I thought I was doing the correct thing. Ps: after arrival at my destination I called ack tower and had a fruitful discussion of my actions with the tower chief. His opinion was that inadequate taxiway markings in general lead to errors and he was quite sympathetic to why I made this error. Looking back at the whole thing it shows that even if a situation appears normal you cannot assume things, and I doubt that this would happen to me again. Callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information. Facility supervisor claims that they have not had any problems with pilots confusing taxiway for the end taxiway. He stated that there are taxiway signs in the area to identify all taxiways and runways, and suspects that pilot was not looking in the right direction. Doesn't think that there is a problem with airport signage. Analyst mentioned that the NOAA airport diagram includes taxiway names, but the commercial chart does not. Reporter indicated that all taxiway signs are also lighted.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: GA ACFT INADVERTENTLY CROSSED AN ACTIVE RWY DUE TO TAXIWAY CONFUSION.
Narrative: I RECEIVED IFR CLRNC AND TAXI INSTRUCTIONS FROM ACK TWR. I PROCEEDED TO TAXI ON THE OUTER TAXIWAY ACCORDING TO INSTRUCTIONS TO WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TO BE THE TKOF POINT, TAXIWAY ALPHA AND RWY 24. FROM ACK ATIS I KNEW THAT 33 WAS THE ACTIVE LNDG RWY AND 24 WAS THE ACTIVE TKOF RWY. AS I WAS TAXIING CLOSE TO 15/33 I WAS PAYING MORE ATTN TO WHAT WAS HAPPENING ON THAT ACFT RWY SINCE I WOULD BE XING IT. A TWIN HAD LANDED AND WAS TAXIING TOWARDS THE INNER TAXIWAY AND I COULD SEE ANOTHER ACFT OUT ON FINAL. I CROSSED THE END OF 33 ABOUT THE TIME THAT THE TWIN TURNED OFF ON THE INNER TAXIWAY AND PROCEEDED TO THE BEGINNING OF 24, WHERE I THOUGHT THAT TAXIWAY ALPHA WAS. I DID MY RUNUP AND PRETKOF CHKS AND CALLED ACK TWR. ACK TWR INSTRUCTED ME TO CALL THEM UPON ARR AT MY DEST. I ASKED IF THERE WAS A PROBLEM AND THEY SAID IT WOULD BE DISCUSSED ON THE PHONE. FINALLY I REALIZED THAT I WAS NOT AT THE INTXN OF TAXIWAY ALPHA AND RWY 24. TAXIWAY ALPHA WAS ON THE S SIDE OF 15/33. THERE WAS NO INCIDENT OR ACFT COMING ANYWHERE NEAR EACH OTHER AS A RESULT OF MY XING 15/33 WHEN I ACTUALLY WAS NOT CLRED TO DO SO. CONTRIBUTING FACTORS, PERCEPTIONS, ASSUMPTIONS: I ASSUMED THAT TAXIWAY ALPHA WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF RWY 24. I FLY INTO TETERBORO WHERE THIS IS THE CASE (TAXIWAY ALPHA INTERSECTS WITH RWY 24). I NEVER SAW THE TAXIWAY ALPHA SIGN WHICH I MUST HAVE PASSED WHEN I WAS MORE CONCERNED WITH WHAT WAS HAPPENING ON 15/33. I HAVE NOT YET BEEN BACK TO ACK BUT I AM CURIOUS WHY I MISSED THE ALPHA SIGN AND IF IT IS NOT AS VISIBLE FROM THE OUTER TAXIWAY. I ALMOST ALWAYS ASK CONFIRMATION TO CROSS A RWY BEFORE I DO SO. THE TWIN TAXIING ON 15/33 REINFORCED MY BELIEF THAT GOING ACROSS WAS OK. IF I'M NOT SURE WHERE I AM SUPPOSED TO GO ON AN ARPT I STOP AND ASK. I THOUGHT I WAS DOING THE CORRECT THING. PS: AFTER ARR AT MY DEST I CALLED ACK TWR AND HAD A FRUITFUL DISCUSSION OF MY ACTIONS WITH THE TWR CHIEF. HIS OPINION WAS THAT INADEQUATE TAXIWAY MARKINGS IN GENERAL LEAD TO ERRORS AND HE WAS QUITE SYMPATHETIC TO WHY I MADE THIS ERROR. LOOKING BACK AT THE WHOLE THING IT SHOWS THAT EVEN IF A SITUATION APPEARS NORMAL YOU CANNOT ASSUME THINGS, AND I DOUBT THAT THIS WOULD HAPPEN TO ME AGAIN. CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO. FACILITY SUPVR CLAIMS THAT THEY HAVE NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH PLTS CONFUSING TAXIWAY FOR THE END TAXIWAY. HE STATED THAT THERE ARE TAXIWAY SIGNS IN THE AREA TO IDENT ALL TAXIWAYS AND RWYS, AND SUSPECTS THAT PLT WAS NOT LOOKING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. DOESN'T THINK THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH ARPT SIGNAGE. ANALYST MENTIONED THAT THE NOAA ARPT DIAGRAM INCLUDES TAXIWAY NAMES, BUT THE COMMERCIAL CHART DOES NOT. RPTR INDICATED THAT ALL TAXIWAY SIGNS ARE ALSO LIGHTED.
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.