|37000 Feet||Browse and search NASA's
Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||atc facility : cl14|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||general aviation : instructional|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Flight Phase||ground : preflight|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : flight engineer
pilot : cfi
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 28|
flight time total : 800
flight time type : 800
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||non adherence : far|
non adherence other
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Primary Problem||Flight Crew Human Performance|
|Air Traffic Incident||Pilot Deviation|
We requested permission to launch from the parking lot of the rose bowl during a football game. Permission was denied. I asked if it was permissible to fly over if we launched elsewhere. The pasadena police officer said it would be no problem. We selected what we thought was a 'non dedicated' street and attempted to launch. The police arrived and ordered us to not launch. We complied. The officer advised us a police helicopter was prepared to 'force us out of the air' if we had launched. We were cited for 'unsafe operation of an aircraft' even though the aircraft was not ready to fly. This NASA report is being filed because of the bogus charge against me, plus the unwarranted threat to 'attack' us with a helicopter and 'drive us out of the air.' I attempted to explain what FARS applied, but they had no interest in anything except stopping my flight.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: HOT AIR BALLOON ATTEMPTS TO LAUNCH INTO A TEMPORARY RESTRICTED AREA.
Narrative: WE REQUESTED PERMISSION TO LAUNCH FROM THE PARKING LOT OF THE ROSE BOWL DURING A FOOTBALL GAME. PERMISSION WAS DENIED. I ASKED IF IT WAS PERMISSIBLE TO FLY OVER IF WE LAUNCHED ELSEWHERE. THE PASADENA POLICE OFFICER SAID IT WOULD BE NO PROBLEM. WE SELECTED WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A 'NON DEDICATED' STREET AND ATTEMPTED TO LAUNCH. THE POLICE ARRIVED AND ORDERED US TO NOT LAUNCH. WE COMPLIED. THE OFFICER ADVISED US A POLICE HELI WAS PREPARED TO 'FORCE US OUT OF THE AIR' IF WE HAD LAUNCHED. WE WERE CITED FOR 'UNSAFE OP OF AN ACFT' EVEN THOUGH THE ACFT WAS NOT READY TO FLY. THIS NASA RPT IS BEING FILED BECAUSE OF THE BOGUS CHARGE AGAINST ME, PLUS THE UNWARRANTED THREAT TO 'ATTACK' US WITH A HELI AND 'DRIVE US OUT OF THE AIR.' I ATTEMPTED TO EXPLAIN WHAT FARS APPLIED, BUT THEY HAD NO INTEREST IN ANYTHING EXCEPT STOPPING MY FLT.
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.