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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : ors|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 100|
agl bound upper : 400
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||climbout : takeoff|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time total : 2100|
|Function||other personnel other|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||conflict : airborne less severe|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other flight crewa|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : took evasive action|
|Miss Distance||horizontal : 1000|
vertical : 300
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
|Airport||procedure or policy : unspecified|
Inbound to east sound airport, a call was made on unicom that jumpers would be in the air over the northwest corner of the airport (runway 34 in use). I waited for these jumpers to land on the west side of the active and then landed. Prior to taxiing for takeoff, I noted that there were not parachutists in the air and saw no signs of the jumper aircraft. No calls were made on unicom pertaining to parachute activity between manning my plane and takeoff. Upon taking the runway, I could see no jumpers, but I had poor visibility straight up due to the high wing small aircraft. At rotation, I could see 5 jumpers. One of whom was midfield on runway centerline. After liftoff I maneuvered east avoiding what would have been a head on pass with approximately 300 ft of vertical separation. While I realize the value of proximity to an airport for skydiving, it seems inherently obvious that such activities should not be permitted over a runway in use. I am an experienced, and, I believe, conservative pilot. I attempted to take all precautions to avoid the divers prior to takeoff and was still put in a hazardous situation where an abort would certainly have presented a problem and the only remedy not a good option either.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMA PLT ON TKOF TAKES EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID SKYDIVERS LNDG ON ACTIVE RWY.
Narrative: INBOUND TO E SOUND ARPT, A CALL WAS MADE ON UNICOM THAT JUMPERS WOULD BE IN THE AIR OVER THE NW CORNER OF THE ARPT (RWY 34 IN USE). I WAITED FOR THESE JUMPERS TO LAND ON THE W SIDE OF THE ACTIVE AND THEN LANDED. PRIOR TO TAXIING FOR TKOF, I NOTED THAT THERE WERE NOT PARACHUTISTS IN THE AIR AND SAW NO SIGNS OF THE JUMPER ACFT. NO CALLS WERE MADE ON UNICOM PERTAINING TO PARACHUTE ACTIVITY BTWN MANNING MY PLANE AND TKOF. UPON TAKING THE RWY, I COULD SEE NO JUMPERS, BUT I HAD POOR VISIBILITY STRAIGHT UP DUE TO THE HIGH WING SMA. AT ROTATION, I COULD SEE 5 JUMPERS. ONE OF WHOM WAS MIDFIELD ON RWY CTRLINE. AFTER LIFTOFF I MANEUVERED E AVOIDING WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HEAD ON PASS WITH APPROX 300 FT OF VERT SEPARATION. WHILE I REALIZE THE VALUE OF PROX TO AN ARPT FOR SKYDIVING, IT SEEMS INHERENTLY OBVIOUS THAT SUCH ACTIVITIES SHOULD NOT BE PERMITTED OVER A RWY IN USE. I AM AN EXPERIENCED, AND, I BELIEVE, CONSERVATIVE PLT. I ATTEMPTED TO TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID THE DIVERS PRIOR TO TKOF AND WAS STILL PUT IN A HAZARDOUS SITUATION WHERE AN ABORT WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE PRESENTED A PROBLEM AND THE ONLY REMEDY NOT A GOOD OPTION EITHER.
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.